Important mission: Science sets out to determine age of peak puppy cuteness

How would you like to be a researcher investigating the “optimal age” of puppy cuteness?

A group of lucky researchers got to embark on that task to publish a recent study that gauged the exact age at which dogs are most appealing to humans. The answer? According to the study, puppies are at their cutest […]

Science: Dogs may improve kids’ bonds with family and friends

The bond between a kid and their dog could almost be called legendary at this point. Movies about these dynamic duos basically have their own genre. And while plenty of research has been done about how having pets affects childhood development, until now, nobody has really looked at how having a pet dog influences, or […]

Good dogs: Study tracks 3,000 Golden Retrievers to understand canine cancer

Who’s a good dog? The 3,044 Golden Retrievers whose lives have been dedicated to a major research project that could improve canine life quality, that’s who.

The dogs are part of a study, which stretches across the U.S., that scientists hope will reveal the mysteries behind why dogs get cancer. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, […]

Science: Yes, your dog gives you puppy dog eyes — even without treats

“Puppy dog eyes” are a very real phenomenon, science shows.

A paper recently published by a team of scientists from Britain explains how domestic dogs change their facial expressions, becoming more expressive when humans are paying attention to them.

“Oh, sure,” you might say. “Because they think they’re getting a treat.”

Not so, the scientists […]

Puppies send 9 people to hospitals with Campylobacter infection

Say it ain’t so, doc.

Puppies don’t come across as very dangerous, but nine people have been hospitalized and 30 others made sick in the past year thanks to the little pooches, according a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

Puppies across seven states (Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and […]

8 foods dog owners shouldn’t feed their pets

Dog owners: we’ve all done it. When those puppy-dog eyes beg to us from under the dinner table, we can’t resist. A little scrap of people food becomes dog food thanks to a guilty Dog Mom or Dad. (Kudos to those of you who hold strong against the relentless force of the sad puppy-dog eyes.)

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Double-dog domestication: How many times did dogs become man’s best friend?

Some 14,700 years ago, a loyal dog was buried alongside its human companions near what is today Bonn, Germany. That dog is the oldest undisputed domesticated dog on record, though many scientists purport that dogs were first domesticated far earlier, between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago.

It’s actually hard to say for sure where and […]

How to get your dog on a journal review board

A lot of people think their pets are pretty darn smart. But are they as smart as Dr. Olivia Doll, former researcher at the Shenton Park Institute for Canine Refuge Studies, and holder of a degree in canine abdominal massage from Subiaco College of Veterinary Science?

Dr. Doll, who is an expert in the role […]

Science: Researchers map history of dog breeds

From the delicate, minuscule Yorkie to the powerful, hulking Great Dane, dog breeds are as diverse as they are beloved as household pets and companions.

Now, researchers have pieced together the largest family tree of dogs ever compiled.

In a study published in Cell Reports, researchers have explained how over two decades, they used gene […]

Science: Pets lead to healthier babies

For many families, adopting a pet provides learning opportunities for all ages. Young children learn about responsibility as they care for the animal, and about friendship and loyalty as they grow closer to their beloved pet. But now science shows that some of the benefits of pet ownership may not just be social; they may […]