More than 500 dog owners have contributed to a study on dog cognition and problem-solving skills that suggests dogs can be conditioned toward psychological dependence.
Dogs been known for quite some time as "man's best friend" - a fairly accurate label when you consider the number of hardships we have shared with canines.
Researchers have discovered that dogs are surprisingly adept at following their masters' gaze to objects or places, even without the help of pointing or verbal commands. It's yet another revelation that shows how these animals evolved to fit our needs, but also showcases some limitations on this relationship.
Dogs have long been known as man's best friend, and now new research shows that their special bond with humans may go back earlier than thought.
Animal shelters are no-doubt good things, especially since they give stray and starving animals a temporary home. However, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, about 2.7 million animals are still euthanized at US shelters each year. Now a team of student programmers hope to change all that with a new app.
You've probably seen a dog prance around on two legs before. It's a common sight at the circus and a trick dog trainers typically like to teach little poodles in tutus. But what about a dog who was born that way? The Aloha Vet, our friend Dr Scott Sims, had the pleasure of meeting one such dog earlier this year. He helped outfit her with a little extra support as old age creeps in.
Rabies has always been seen as something of an enigma in the healthcare world. An uncommon disease, rabies has all but disappeared in developed worlds. However, its capacity to quickly and mercilessly kill its victims - even those treated with modern medicines - has made it seen as the deadliest disease in the known world. Now new data has revealed that it's not nearly as uncommon as thought, killing a stunning 160 people every single day.
I'll admit it. I'm no dog lover, but even I've felt that pang in my chest when a goofy canine gazes at me with those 'puppy dog eyes.' We have long called these incredibly trusting animals "man's best friend," but new research has revealed that there's more to it than just trust and a mutual love for bacon. Dogs, it seems, can actually hijack the chemistry for human bonding.
Being a vet doesn't always seem like an exciting job. Sure, meeting and saving cute and furry friends has its own brand of gratification, but it's not the kind of work that will get your blood pumping. That's not so for Dr Scott Sims, a veterinarian who moved to Hawaii in 2001 to take on a whole new kind of work day.
It's no secret that animals occasionally get high and drunk off the many vices nature has to offer. However, intentionally doing so has always seemed a strictly human affair. Now more and more evidence is piling up that suggests wild animals enjoy a good buzz as much as the next guy, and may even have their fair share of junkies - an idea that experts are now fiercely debating.
Don't panic yet, but Florida's local guacamole looks to be in trouble. The state's multimillion dollar avocado industry is being threatened by invasive beetles and their deadly fungus, and researchers believe that only a perfect team-up between dogs and drones can stop it.
You may think it's funny to trick a "dumb dog," by pretending to throw a ball or pointing him in the wrong direction, but Fido is on to you. A new study has determined that man's best friend can quickly learn if a person is untrustworthy, and may even start ignoring them entirely.
New research indicates that dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions.
Fossil samples that were once thought to have been the earliest dogs have been reanalyzed, and now researchers are saying that they were just wolves. This pushes the tentative time of canine domestication forward to less than 10,000 years ago.