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Call of the Orangutan: The Importance of Play

Call of the Orangutan: The Importance of Play

The past couple of months have been excellent for our data collection, as we've encountered a number of parties of orangutans. This is a more common occurrence in the high productivity forests of Sumatra, where we’re working, than on Borneo, where animals tend to be much more dispersed due to limitations in food availability...

March 9, 2015 — James Askew

Do Spayed and Neutered Dogs Get Cancer More Often?

Where I live, in America, it’s taken for granted that responsible owners spay or neuter their dogs. The population of homeless animals is still large enough that risking an unwanted litter is, to many owners, unthinkable...

February 25, 2015 — Jessica P. Hekman

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
The Emergence of Death and Dying as We Know It

The Emergence of Death and Dying as We Know It

Once upon a time, people died in their homes. Up until the time of death they were cared for by friends, family members, and appointed religious leaders.

November 26, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

Do Dogs Respond to Videotaped Commands?

This question was not proposed by a mad scientist bent on world doggie domination. The idea to see whether dogs follow life-sized videos is actually entirely sensible.

September 29, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Eight Great Octopus Videos!

It’s Octopus Chronicles‘ 88th post! To celebrate, I’ve gone on an all-arms hunt through the deep crevasses of the internet to find eight of my favorite octopus videos.

September 12, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Is Data Really Changing the Nature of Wearable Technology?

Do you have a FitBit story? Last November, S came home with a Fitbit Flex. For those of you who don’t have one of these increasingly ubiquitous devices, it’s a small, plastic band that you wear on your wrist (there are other tracker options as well)...

September 8, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

What's a Dog For?

A few years back, John Homans, former executive editor of New York magazine, published What's a Dog For? — an intimate reflection on his beloved family dog, Stella, as well as a snapshot into the flourishing field of canine science...

August 31, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Don't Judge a Dog By Its Coat

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 — Julie Hecht

Fear and Anxiety May Shorten Dogs' Lifespan

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 — Julie Hecht

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 — Julie Hecht
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