dogs

Using ‘baby-talk’ gains attention and supports the human-dog bond

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Data suggest dog owners tend to anthropomorphise their four-legged friends more than cat owners (Dotson et al., 2010).  Indeed, in recent years research has explored dog owners use of ‘baby-talk’ and how they are more likely to cradle their pet much like you would hold an infant (Serpell, 1996), highlighting similarities between the dog-owner relationship […]

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Dog noise sensitivity and links with pain

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There are numerous factors that can influence a dog’s behaviour, however, a new study has found a relationship between fear of noises and underlying pain.  This suggests that dogs showing signs of stress when faced with loud or sudden noises should be routinely assessed for pain by veterinarians – especially in older dogs. Lopes Fagundes […]

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Are anxious people more likely to be bitten?

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There are many variables that can lead to a dog bite including but not limited to: the context, what the stimulus is doing that provokes the dog’s reaction, handling methods used, the dog’s genetics, state of health, hormones, and previous experiences. Learning reliable bite inhibition before 18 weeks of age is important otherwise it can […]

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People show greater attachment towards pets than partners

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Despite the plethora of species sharing the planet with humans, only a privileged few occupy the position of pets. Pet-keeping is one of the closest forms of human-animal interaction in Western society; dogs being the most popular in the UK (PFMA, 2017).  In recent decades data suggest the human-dog relationship involves characteristics similar to those […]

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Laika the dog – the first living creature in space

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3rd November 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of Laika, a Russian stray dog, who became the first living creature to orbit Earth on the rocket Sputnik 2. Previous American and Russian missions had failed, using a range of animal test subjects including fruitflies, mice, monkeys, and other dogs. Although Laika successfully journeyed into space, the […]

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Sniffing out Parkinson’s disease

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The research charity Medical Detection Dogs is partnering with Manchester University to determine whether dogs can sniff out Parkinson’s disease. In recent years, dogs have been reported to alert their owners to health problems that, in some cases, have turned out to be cancer.  (Click here to read about my personal experience of this).  Consequently, […]

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Oldest evidence of the human-canine relationship

When a puppy was found buried with a human skeleton in 1978 at a site called Ain Mallaha in Israel, it was estimated to be around 8,000 to 10,000 years old. The image (see left) shows the skeleton – thought to be a village elder – resting his hand protectively on top of the puppy’s […]

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Dogs and toddlers – similarities in cooperative communication

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A new study by the University of Arizona has further highlighted the similarities in cooperative communication skills between dogs and toddlers. The researchers studied 552 dogs including; pet, assistance and bomb-detection dogs of varying breeds.  Firstly, the team assessed the dogs’ social cognition through a number of game-related tests, hiding treats and toys, then communicated […]

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Dogs know what you’re saying and how you say it

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Scientists have discovered what many owners have long suspected: dogs understand some of what we’re saying. The study, conducted by the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, involved 13 dogs trained to lie motionless in an MRI scanner.  The researchers were looking for brain regions that differentiated between meaningful and meaningless words, or between praising and […]

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Webcast: Moving house – tips for dog owners

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A pet’s survival guide… Moving house can be an incredibly exciting yet stressful time for us humans, and it can affect our pets too.  Dogs like status quo and they are intuitive creatures; a combination of their environment changing and picking up on our frazzled emotions may lead to some unwanted dog behaviours. Watch our […]

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