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Really, Canine Science is Open Access

I've noticed a trend. Not everyone wants someone else's interpretation of the latest canine science study. "I want to see the study's methods myself, how the research was done, and who the subjects were before drawing any conclusions," I see time and again on Facebook...

April 28, 2015 — Julie Hecht

The Guilty Looking Companion

Live with a dog, and you've probably met the "guilty look." It all happens so fast — you come home, the plants are knocked over, soil is tracked all over the floor, and there's the dog, frozen, averting gaze, and tail thumping...

April 20, 2015 — Julie Hecht

What You Don't Know About Your Dog's Nostrils

Nostrils. Your dog has them. Two of them actually. And you don't give them any attention, do you? Sure, you might take your dog to the vet when you see gunk coming out of them, but on any given ho-hum day, you're not giving your dog's nostrils a second thought...

March 31, 2015 — Julie Hecht

This Month, Step Inside the Dog's Nose

Even from a block away, I could tell the dog was having a Best Day Ever moment. The dog walked with the bounce of newly melted snow, birds chirp-chirping, and a warm breeze pouring new smells from the street’s nooks and crannies...

March 8, 2015 — Julie Hecht

Why Do People Sometimes Give Up Their Dogs?

"We would love to tell you that every dog can flourish in every home, but the truth is that, no matter what you do, sometimes a dog and family are not a good fit." ~ Patricia McConnell and Karen London, Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home My first dog [...]..

January 21, 2015 — Julie Hecht

Do Dog Athletes Get Dog Injuries?

My inbox has changed in the last few years. I still receive work, friend, and family emails, but I increasingly receive dog product and promotional emails, which I've learned to delete as quickly as possible...

January 16, 2015 — Julie Hecht

A Dog Rolling Over During Play Is a Combat Tactic, Not Submission

I've got the `dog play' bug, arguably one of the better winter bugs to have. I recently covered which toys dogs prefer (the answer: new ones, although old ones can be reinvigorated), as well as the unfortunate finding that when a dog's not "playing right," it could be you, not them...

January 9, 2015 — Julie Hecht

28 Santa-Approved Dog Science Articles

Can't believe so-and-so said that in front of everyone? Is it time for a break from members of your own species? The dogs are here to help.

December 25, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Why Dogs Hump, Brought to Life In a Way You Can’t Unsee

I've been writing about dog humping for years. Jon Stewart mentioned my first piece, "H*mping: Why Do They Do It?" on air. Fine, it could have had something to do with the dog-friendly workplace at “The Daily Show” being featured in that issue of The Bark magazine, but for some reason, my humping article grabbed [...]..

December 11, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Could Our Love of Dogs Obscure Their Most Important Parts?

Ask me about my childhood dog Brandy, and I hope you have at least an hour to spare. The story of how she came into my life (told here) is entertaining enough (and to hold your attention, I would play up the parts about the mother-daughter conflict that preceded visiting the shelter, as well as [...]..

November 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Oh the cuteness. Why do dogs sneeze?

A picture of a dog mid-sneeze is delightful. Twenty-seven dogs caught mid-sneeze is icing on the cake. It is impossible not to smile as you scroll through these dogs, squinting and contorting just like we do...

October 31, 2014 — Julie Hecht
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine