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  • Dog Spies | Mind & Brain Comedians Do Everybody Good (Researchers Included)

    Comedians Do Everybody Good (Researchers Included)

    In my perfect world, artist-in-residence is just the beginning. In my perfect world, all researchers and research institutions are paired with a comedian-in-residence.

    July 31, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | Mind & Brain Pulp Fiction Gangster Gets Dogs

    Pulp Fiction Gangster Gets Dogs

    Pulp Fiction gangster Jules Winnfield is right. "A dog's got personality, and personality goes a long way.” Cross-species animal behavior studies confirm Winnfield's statement (although he's wrong about pigs: pigs have personality, too).

    July 22, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | Mind & Brain Canine Science: A Trend You Can Easily Get Behind

    Canine Science: A Trend You Can Easily Get Behind

    Most trends I can't get behind. Hammer pants should have stayed in the 1980s and 1990s and far away from 2014 (there, I said it). Sure, I love a good flash mob, but the more of 'em you do, the older they get.

    July 21, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | More Science The Unexpected Dog Killer

    The Unexpected Dog Killer

    For some, it happens in the bathroom. For others, it's the living room. All across America, as fireworks go off on July 4th, many dogs experience varying degrees of fear and stress.

    July 4, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | Mind & Brain Dog-Eared Reading (June 2014)

    Dog-Eared Reading (June 2014)

    I had one of those `woe is me' moments in September 2013, lamenting that on top of my personal dog-related To-Do lists there is so much dog-related reading to take in each month–much of it covering canine science research.

    June 30, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | Mind & Brain Canine Science Summer Camp

    Canine Science Summer Camp

    I always loved summer camp — the forced rituals and the chaos and buzz of lots of people doing similar activities. Even though the age of summer camp is far behind me, I still find myself thrown into grown-up versions of “summer camp.” Earlier this year, I joined up with Academia Film Olomouc (Twitter, Facebook) [...]

    June 29, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | Mind & Brain Why I Locked a Cat in the Bathroom and You Would Have Too

    Why I Locked a Cat in the Bathroom and You Would Have Too

    The first thing I noticed was his balls. Peering out my back window at the unfamiliar cat lounging in the courtyard, my eyes immediately fell on the two testicles protruding from his backside.

    June 28, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | Mind & Brain Is Dog Training Scientific?

    Is Dog Training Scientific?

    Dog owners seem pleased when they meet me because they can talk about their dog with someone who is truly interested. Sometimes they share intricate descriptions about something interesting that their dog does (often followed with the question, "Why does she do that?"), and other times, owners have a question like, "How do I get [...]

    June 22, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | More Science Don't Let These Dog Projects Pass You By

    Don't Let These Dog Projects Pass You By

    Over the last few years, there has been a surge in public-participation science projects, and I don’t mean watching dog videos on YouTube.

    May 31, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | More Science Maybe Dogs Don't Want to be Walked by a Drone

    Maybe Dogs Don't Want to be Walked by a Drone

    I like playing the game, "What's going to make people mad?" Dogs wearing pantyhose = mass hysteria! A dog being walked by a drone = not cool...

    May 30, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies Being Man’s Best Friend’s Best Friend

    Being Man’s Best Friend’s Best Friend

    Let's pretend you and I meet at a `Spring is finally here!' potluck in the park. You: Hi! Me: Hi! After exchanging niceties about your horrible subway ride (mine wasn’t so bad), you mention you work in (fill in the blank), and we chat about how crazy (fill in the blank) has become.

    May 29, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies You're Invited to a Canine Science Conference (WITH TICKET GIVEAWAY)

    You're Invited to a Canine Science Conference (WITH TICKET GIVEAWAY)

    If you think I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, Thank You! That means you stopped by Dog Spies in May 2013 and read a post with the same title.

    May 19, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | More Science Only You Can Prevent Sniffing of Guide Dogs' Butts

    Only You Can Prevent Sniffing of Guide Dogs' Butts

    I am not a manners minder. If food falls on the floor, I abide by the 5 second rule and then tack on another 30 seconds. Do forks, spoons and knives have a special place at the dinner table?

    April 29, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | More Science Don't Sell Your Dog Short

    Don't Sell Your Dog Short

    In 1996, veteran dog trainer Jean Donaldson picked a fight with Walt Disney. Donaldson begins her book Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Dogs by explaining that people continue to buy into a made-up, Walt Disney version of dogs.

    April 23, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | More Science What Should I Feed My Dog?

    What Should I Feed My Dog?

    How wonderful if you could pose this question just once in your dog's life and receive a perfect answer that would last a lifetime. Imagine if there were a ‘right' formula, and once you know it, you could feed your dog forever and ever on the same exquisite diet.

    April 14, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies Dog Farts Blow Up Building

    Dog Farts Blow Up Building

    Well, not quite. But maybe they wrecked a few Dog Fart Suits. But did cow farts blow up a building in Germany? Or is that just an April Fools joke?

    April 1, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies 3 Ways Dogs Have Been `Consciously Uncoupling' Way Before Gwyneth

    3 Ways Dogs Have Been `Consciously Uncoupling' Way Before Gwyneth

    Some people get divorced. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin `consciously uncouple.' Fine. I don't know exactly what that means (and neither do you), but here's my take on how dogs have been `consciously uncoupling' way before Gwyneth and Chris even met: 1) Butt Sniffing Humans greet with handshakes and hugs, while dogs greet with head-to-head [...]

    March 30, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies Dog Destroys Humanity in World War Z

    Dog Destroys Humanity in World War Z

    One of my earliest ‘grownup’ gifts was the Dawn of the Dead box set, so I was a happy camper to find myself on recent flights to and from San Francisco sitting next to people watching World War Z.

    March 29, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | More Science Is DOGTV Right for Our Nation's Dogs?

    Is DOGTV Right for Our Nation's Dogs?

    For people who don't understand this whole companion dog thing, I can imagine DOGTV being the tip of the `I can't believe how crazy dog people are' iceberg.

    March 25, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies February Dog Roundup (Brains, an Identity Crisis, Undrinkables and More)

    February Dog Roundup (Brains, an Identity Crisis, Undrinkables and More)

    February might be a short month, but like every month, it was packed with a healthy dose of dog studies and dog news. In case you were hibernating, working, catching up on a good book (or True Detective!), taking care of a sick loved one or just not reading dog news, here's what you should [...]

    February 28, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies Why Owners Drive Veterinarians Crazy But Not Me

    Why Owners Drive Veterinarians Crazy But Not Me

    Here's why I love what I do. I took courses at the The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and I regularly attend veterinary conferences (particularly AVSAB and AVMA), but I am not a veterinarian.

    February 28, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies Well That Stinks! Reporters Blow Cow Farts Out Of Proportion

    Well That Stinks! Reporters Blow Cow Farts Out Of Proportion

    Apparently cows are terrorists too. Last month, journalists reportedin what can only be described as a chicken-run scenario of cows plotting their big escapethat a herd of dairy cows in central Germany caused an explosion in their housing facility.

    February 13, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies What Do Dogs and Cows Have in Common?

    What Do Dogs and Cows Have in Common?

    I meant to tell you this earlier. The Dog Spies tag line: ‘Explore the science behind the dog in your bed is actually short for Explore the science behind the dog in your bed and all the other animals we interact with and care for.’ You can see why brevity won, but this expanded [...]

    February 12, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies | Mind & Brain Man’s Best Friend? The Mysterious Role of Oxytocin Revealed

    Man’s Best Friend? The Mysterious Role of Oxytocin Revealed

    The World of Dog revolves around humans. If youre a companion dog, who you socialize with, when you frolic in the park, and whether or not you procreate are often determined by someone with two legs.

    January 28, 2014 |

  • Dog Spies Would Your Dog Make a Good Cadaver Detection Dog?

    Would Your Dog Make a Good Cadaver Detection Dog?

    Sitting on the couch, with your dog curled up by your side looking ever-so-peaceful, maybe youve been overcome by the thought, Gosh, wouldnt Banjo make the most perfect therapy dog!?

    January 26, 2014 |

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