Chimps Seem to Know What Others Know—So Do Dogs at Play

Chimps alter alarm calls and seem to know what others know about possible danger.

Happy National Slobber Appreciation Day: Let Dogs Enjoy It

Slobbering is good for dogs—and their humans.

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

Among the major goals of compassionate conservation (CC) is taking killing off the table. Conservation is a moral pursuit and as such CC focuses on individual well-being.

Sheep Discriminate Faces, So What's In It For the Sheep?

Sheep display "surprising" cognitive skills. This discovery is related to human diseases from which sheep don't usually suffer. Should transgenic sheep be created to learn more?

Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings, and Human Fear

An interview with Blake Chapman, author of a new and important book that portrays sharks as who they truly are.

Dogs Smell Human Fear and Mirror Our Mood When They Do

A recent study shows what many have "known" about the power of a dog's nose and its ability to detect what we're feeling. New data show dogs smell human fear and also get scared.

The Link Between Violence Toward Nonhuman Animals and Humans

The tragic church shooting in Texas is another example of the well-known link between violence toward nonhumans and violence toward humans. More data are sorely needed.

Cows: Science Shows They're Bright and Emotional Individuals

A detailed review dispels harmful myths that ignore who cows truly are. A.K.A. steak, burgers, beef, and veal, they have rich and deep cognitive and emotional lives, science shows.

Male Monkeys Show Neural and Hormonal Correlates of Jealousy

Male titi monkeys who form strong pair bonds with their mates show neural and hormonal changes indicating jealousy when their partner is observed close to a strange male.

Jane Goodall: Iconic Conservationist and Pillar of Hope

A brief biographical sketch of the woman who changed how we view humans and other animals.

When Dogs Have a Bad Day, EEGs Show Their Sleep Suffers

Bad experiences can result in dogs spending less time in deep sleep. Perhaps this explains why some dogs are surprisingly moody when they get up.

Chimpanzee Personalities: Jane Goodall Redux

New research on animal personalities shows what goes around comes around. Years ago Jane Goodall freely talked about these traits and was criticized. Clearly, she was correct.

Do Dogs Really Manipulate Us? Beware Misleading Headlines

A recent study shows only that dogs are more expressive when we look at them. It does not show "The truth about just how manipulative your dog really is." Readers, beware.

The "Possum Stomp" vs. Compassionate Conservation and Ethics

It's time to call out New Zealand's war on wildlife firmly, but nicely. "Killing with kindness" is an oxymoron; where have welfare groups gone?

Skill May Be More Important Than Size and Strength in Fights

New research suggests an individual's talent is critical to consider when they brawl. It might actually be that size and raw strength don't matter as much as an animal's skill.

Dogs Are More Expressive When We're Looking at Them

A new study shows dogs display more, but not different, facial expressions when we pay attention to them. The presence of food didn't have any effect, so they're not just using us.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: EEGs Show They Learn When Z'ing

Non-invasive research looking at surface EEGs and sleep spindles shows dogs learn when they're sleeping. There were no age differences, but females do it better than males.

Does Everybody Really Hate Possums? The Bandwagon Effect

New Zealand’s Threatened Species Ambassador claims "everybody hates possums." However, they don't. Making sweeping claims like this can generate hate even where it didn't exist.

Consciousness: How a Squishy Brain Connects to Make You, You

How do 90 billion neurons interconnect to produce a wide variety of experiences? Your Conscious Mind, a new book for a general audience, covers what we know about consciousness.

Do Dogs Understand "You Can Play 5 Minutes Then We Go Home"?

I'm often asked if dogs have a sense of time. They likely do, but we have little to no idea of what the passage of time looks like to them although we act as if it's like ours.

Dominance, Individual Personality, and Leadership in Dogs

Research on dogs shows group decisions are strongly influenced by the dominance rank and unique personality of leader individuals and the underlying hierarchical social network.

Kids and Animals: Hunting, Zoos, Climate Change, and Hope

Youngsters have rather sophisticated views on human-animal interactions in a wide variety of venues. We must teach them well so they can keep their and our hopes and dreams alive.

Aggression in Dogs: The Roles of Oxytocin and Vasopressin

New research shows oxytocin and vasopressin shape affiliation and aggression in dogs. While cause and effect haven't been teased out, controlling aggression is a win-win for all.

World Animal Day: A Global Celebration For Hopeful Futures

While there's been some progress in terms of how nonhumans are treated, millions upon millions of other animals still endure great suffering and die in the name of humans.

The Dogs of Avalon and the Unsinkable Marion Fitzgibbon

A new book by Laura Schenone titled "The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril" details how one woman made a huge difference for rescued greyhounds and other animals.

It's OK For Dogs to Engage in Zoomies and Enjoy FRAPs

Allowing dogs to enjoy zoomies (Frenetic Random Activity Periods, FRAPs) is fine as long as they don't harm themselves or others. Few FRAPs cause injuries and they're lots of fun.

Fishes Show Individual Personalities in Response to Stress

Trinidadian guppies display individual coping strategies in response to stress that are consistent over time and in various contexts. Some hide, some escape, while some explore.

Choose a Dog Trainer as Carefully as You Would a Surgeon

Using a certified dog trainer is a must for your dog and you.

Do Wolves Understand Cause and Effect Better Than Dogs?

The headline of an essay claims wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs, but some questions remain about this unequivocal pronouncement. Dogs aren't dumb-downed wolves.

What It's Like to Be a Dog

New MRI research shows startling similarities in what lights up animals' brains. Dogs, other nonhumans, and humans share neural processes involved in their thoughts and emotions.

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