Essential Reads

Which Breeds of Dogs Are Best for Your Health?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 23, 2017 in Canine Corner
New data not only shows that dog ownership provides substantial health benefits, but also that some breeds have a more substantial positive impact.

What’s Different About Dog Owners?

By John Bradshaw Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Pets and Their People
Want to live longer? Check if you already have a dog.

What Can 10,000-Pound Juvenile Delinquents Teach Us?

The elephant gangsters of Pilanesberg.

Why Be Tolerant? Lessons From Bonobos

By Lydia Denworth on November 10, 2017 in Brain Waves
Humans aren't the only species willing to help strangers for no benefit. Bonobos, one of our closest relatives, do it, too.

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A Solution to The Biggest Mystery You've Learned to Ignore

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Ambigamy
You've probably never thought to ask even though it's the question behind all your big questions: What is trying and how did it start?
Photo courtesy of Dr. Colleen Koch DACVB

The True Cost of a Nail Trim

This procedure often is more touch-and-go than you think. Let’s talk about why you should bring basic dog care back home where your friend is most comfortable.

Animals Aren't Sentient and Can't Feel Pain, Tories Claim

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Animal Emotions
The inane claim that animals are unfeeling beings counters a vast amount of science and opens the door for horrific abuse. Let's stop pretending and lying to ourselves and others.

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

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Chimps alter alarm calls and seem to know what others know about possible danger.

Are Dogs Insanely Friendly Because of Their Genetics?

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 16, 2017 in Canine Corner
A genetic abnormality which causes extreme friendliness in people also causes the friendliness we observe in dogs.

Happy National Slobber Appreciation Day: Let Dogs Enjoy It

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Slobbering is good for dogs—and their humans.

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 15, 2017 in Animal Emotions
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.

Do Animals Have Emotions? A Debate

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
The legitimacy of the argument that non-human animals have emotions is debated by an advocate and a skeptic.

Do Tidy Households Have Fewer Bugs?

Cleaning sure has its benefits. But does cleaning impact the the diversity of bug biomes in homes?

Requiem For Leon, A Cat

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on November 11, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
Even a cat, especially a well loved one, deserves a public obituary,

Pets and the Pregnant Woman

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
Is an animal companion an asset or a liability for an expectant couple?

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

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Animal Emotions
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?

Dogs Can Promote Friendliness Just By Hanging Out

By John Bradshaw Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Pets and Their People
"Pet magic" seems to work even when the animal is just there in the room.

Shark Attacks: Myths, Misunderstandings, and Human Fear

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Animal Emotions
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

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 07, 2017 in Animal Emotions
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

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Animal Emotions
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

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Animal Emotions
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.

The Dog, the Flame, and the Magic Circle

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Play in Mind
Unbidden ideas will lead you if you’re prepared to follow them.

The Best Relief for Stress in Children May Be a Dog

By Stanley Coren PhD., DSc, FRSC on November 01, 2017 in Canine Corner
New data suggests that we should think about prescribing dogs instead of Prozac or Valium to treat stress in children
Photo by Dr. Leslie Cooper DACVB

Where Not to Take Your Dog

Now more than ever people are taking their dogs with them to public places, but is that always a good idea?

Professor Kevin Laland On What Made Us Who We Are

By Isaac Lidsky on November 01, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
Our culture shaped our evolution; by teaching and learning from each other we distinguished ourselves as a species.

Male Monkeys Show Neural and Hormonal Correlates of Jealousy

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Animal Emotions
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.

Animal Intersection: The Intelligence-Happiness Connection

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on October 31, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
How humans and animals derive joy from working together. For many species, happiness is closely linked with opportunities to stretch our minds and work as part of a team.

Do Not Put This Costume on Your Cute Puppy Dog

By Kevin Bennett on October 30, 2017 in Modern Minds
What is wrong with dressing your dog up for Halloween? Absolutely nothing. But buying your dog an imitation service dog vest is not good—and it is more common than you think.

Jane Goodall: Iconic Conservationist and Pillar of Hope

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 29, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A brief biographical sketch of the woman who changed how we view humans and other animals.

Dogs Smell Your Emotional State and It Affects Their Mood

It is widely believed that dogs can recognize the scent of human fear and they react hostility to it. New data tests this idea.

Chimpanzee Personalities: Jane Goodall Redux

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 25, 2017 in Animal Emotions
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

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Animal Emotions
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.

Forgetting the False and Dangerous

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on October 23, 2017 in Bear in Mind
Scientists say that what zoos teach is "false and dangerous." An interview with educator Kiersten Cluster examines captive-held Elephant psychological trauma.

The Neurobiology of Jealousy

By Christopher Bergland on October 23, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A first-of-its-kind study on the neurobiology of jealousy in monogamous monkeys sheds light on how male jealousy operates in humans, too.