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How Dogs Judge Us

Babies do it by the age of a year-and-a-half and, as studies have shown, so do capuchin monkeys. Now, in the continuing effort to understand canine psychology through science, researchers think that dogs can do it, too. So what is this mysterious “it?” It is the tendency to judge others based on their altruism. That is, babies, monkeys, and dogs will all favor humans that they see helping other humans, especially when that assistance is given to their own humans. A sense of fair-play In short, dogs seem to have a built-in sense of fairness and will shun people they

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Your Dog Remembers More Than You Think

Have you ever had this experience? Today is the day you’re going to take your dog to the vet, something that she hates. The appointment isn’t for a few more hours, but you realize that she’s already hiding from you and when you grab her leash and get ready to go, it’s clear that she knows what’s going to happen and is doing everything to avoid it, almost as if she has dog ESP. How Did Your Dog Know That? Logically, she should have no idea that a trip to the vet is in store. She should only think that

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State Of Weight: Where Are The Heaviest Dogs?

In humans, obesity can lead to all kinds of problems, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and joint problems, among other issues — but did you know that obesity in dogs can be just as dangerous? It can also increase your veterinary bills by as much as 25%. And, as with humans, canine obesity is becoming more prevalent in the U.S. Can you guess which states have the most and least obese dogs? We’ll answer that question below, but first some more human statistics. In 1990, Colorado was the least obese state, with 6.9% of the population falling into that

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What’s In A Breed?

Currently, there are almost 400 different domestic dog breeds that are different enough from each other to be classified as unique. However, recent genetic studies have shown that there may only really be 23 different groups, or clades, into which all of these dogs can be sorted. Just as human DNA testing, like Ancestry or 23AndMe, can show people where their ancestors came from and ultimately in what part of the world they originated, the same testing is now giving a bigger picture of the origin of dogs, and how various breeds are related. A “clade” is defined as a

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Dog DNA Test: Taking The Guesswork Out Of Your Dog’s Breed

Unlike humans, dogs can’t tell us about their background, so until very recently figuring out what breeds made up a “mystery mutt” was mostly guesswork based on appearance. But looks can be deceiving — and even in the case of a dog that looks completely like a particular breed, there may be hidden ancestors. You can test your dog’s DNA and save $30 off the full price thanks to Cesar and Embark. Just go to their site and use the coupon code CESARDNA. This can be important information to know because some breeds are more inclined than others to have

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Getting The Point

Humans and dogs first came together tens of thousands of years ago, a process that turned ordinary wolves into our closest animal companions. As it turns out, research has shown that dogs are more in tune with us than even our closest genetic relatives, chimpanzees — and they have one remarkable ability that both wolves and non-human primates lack. Dogs are able to read our social cues and act accordingly. As reported in the journal Science, a study led by Brian Hare at UC Santa Barbara showed that dogs are able to follow human directions or gestures. In the basic

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“Muttical” Marijuana?

More than 20 years ago, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and in 2018 permitted recreational use of the fabled weed. Given marijuana’s success in alleviating human pain, stimulating appetite, or reducing anxiety, it was only a matter of time that its use would spread to our canine companions.   Medical marijuana states As of 2017, 28 states have legalized medical marijuana, and 16 have legalized cannabidiol. Naturally, almost as soon as marijuana was made legal for medical use, people started to find loopholes in order to obtain it for recreational use, which has unfortunately obscured the fact

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Tilt: A New Angle On An Old Habit

If you’ve ever been around a dog, you’ve probably seen this classic of canine behavior: they tilt their head to one side while you’re talking to them, and the tilt seems to be bigger the more excited your tone of voice is. It’s such a universal behavior in dogs that you’d think science would have figured out the cause for it a long time ago. Well, science does have an answer, which is, “We’re not really sure.” Multiple explanations Although dogs perceive the world through nose, eyes, and ears, in that order, a dog’s sense of smell does not enter

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Fulfill Your Dog By Understanding How They Behave In Nature

Understanding how dogs behave in nature can help us to better fulfill their needs when we bring them into our homes. When a puppy enters the world, his first pack leader is his mother. Canine moms teach rules, boundaries, and limitations from day one! Newborn puppies don’t get a name like we do. The closest thing to a personality is a dog’s status within the pack. In the animal world, there are two positions: the leader and the follower. As newborns, first the puppy’s nose starts to work, then the eyes, and finally the ears. As they grow older, dogs

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