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Why Do Dogs Poop In Alignment With The Earth's Magnetic Field?

It has long been recognised that birds use the Earth's magnetic field (MF) for navigational purposes, but a recent study published in Frontiers in Zoology has uncovered a rather more unexpected animal response to this enigmatic MF energy.

It transpires that, when they stoop to poop, dogs prefer to align their bodies to the north-south...
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The Agony of the Dogs

Dogs are not only considered a delicacy in Vietnam, they are slaughtered with intentional cruelty because the adrenaline this produces in the suffering animal improves the flavor. Dogs are...
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Wolves and Dogs--What's the Difference?

Dogs and wolves are genetically so similar, it's been difficult for biologists to understand why wolves remain fiercely wild, while dogs can gladly become "man's best friend." Biologists think the different behaviors are related to the animals' earliest sensory experiences...
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How Much Do Our Dogs Care About Us?

Sometimes dogs seem to be sent from heaven to be our friends, but is their empathy with us all in OUR minds?

Dogs and man have evolved together for the past 15,000 years. Researcher Deborah Custance...
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Dogs Have Been Our Friends Since Prehistoric Times

Getting a puppy for Christmas? It's amazing to realize that all dogs of today, that come in so many shapes and sizes, are all descended from...
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War Dogs are Suffering as Much as Soldiers

Now that we're finally leaving Iraq, we need to remember that the dogs who go to war with us are suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disease), just like the soldiers who...
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Dog Food Ads for Dogs

Many people watch TV with their dog on the couch beside them (we once had a friend whose dog would growl whenever the villain came on the show), so dog food companies have come up with the idea of making...
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Pollution May be Killing Your Dog

Scientists have found chemical flame retardants in the blood of pet dogs at concentrations five to 10 times higher than in humans, but lower than levels found in a previous study of cats. Chemicals are bad for PEOPLE too: A recent study found that higher levels of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) in the body are associated with increased odds of having...
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City Dogs

Man's best friend might just be treated like any other animal, if his owners live in the suburbs. Sociologists have found that people who think of animals as children tend to have a city background. But no matter where someone lives, having children often changes the owners' thoughts on their pets.

Researcher David Blouin says, "To think...

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Pets Made Us Human

Human evolution may have been shaped by our pets. But if humans want to avoid food poisoning, they shouldn't feed their pets in the kitchen.

In, Jeremy Hsu quotes paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman as saying, "Once you undergo that funny ecological transition that hardly any other animal has made, you have double the...

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Dogs & People

Get the same diseases - Dogs are a lot like humans: Both species like to eat too much! According to new research, as many as 1 out of 3 cancer deaths in both humans and dogs could be prevented by cutting calories.

Demian Dressler, who is known as the "dog cancer vet" because of his work in the study of canine cancer,...

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Doggone It!

The family dog may not only be a friendly companion but also a reflection of your community's health. And speaking of communities, there are probably lots of wild animals hiding out in YOUR neighborhood, especially coyotes! And what if you trained your dog to sniff out bedbugs so could you perpetrate YOUR OWN conspiracy and smuggle him into...

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If Your Dog Needs a Diet

Is one of your New Year's resolutions to go on a diet? Is it time for your pet need to go on a diet too? Dog and cat owners buying weight-control diets for their overweight pets are faced with a confusing variation in calorie density, recommended intake, and wide range cost of low-calorie pet foods. Your pets are too fat, but what do you feed...

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Dog Meat

The world is full of mysteries, and some of them are right in front of us. For instance, the huge variety of dogs: Long dogs, large dogs, tiny dogs. Most "toy" breeds have larger "standard" sizes that they were bred down from (poodles are one of the best known examples of this). One exception is the Chihuahua: Where is the big ancestor to the...

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Pretty Doggone Smart

People are like dogs, and dogs are like people. Although you wouldn't want a dog to balance your checkbook, dogs can count. A leading dog researcher thinks that dogs' mental abilities are close to those of a human child of around 2 years old.

They can also understand more than 150 words and intentionally deceive other dogs and people to...

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Dogs Aren't the Only Animals That Bark

And cats control us with their purrs - The only reason we notice that dogs bark is because domestic dogs vocalize in this way much more than birds, deer, monkeys and other wild animals that use barks. The reason is related to their 10,000-year history of hanging around human food refuse dumps.

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Dogs Get Jealous Too!

Researchers claim to have found a basic form of jealousy in dogs (but do you know how to interpret your dog's tail wags so you can figure out if YOUR dog has this problem?) Before this, they thought that only primates (that's us!) were able to feel that emotion.

The researchers came to this conclusion because they discovered that a dog...

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Dog Wags

In the Tuesday, April 24 New York Times, Sandra Blakeslee writes that while we all know that dogs wag their tails to express their feelings, not everyone knows that dogs have a "tail code," meaning you can learn how they REALLY feel by noticing in which direction their tails wag.

Blakeslee writes: "When dogs feel fundamentally positive...

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Suicides by Dogs & Frogs

In Glasgow, Scotland, dogs seem to have lost the will tolive. Five dogs have committed suicide?by jumping from thesame spot on a bridge. All these suicides happened atdifferent times. For instance, a woman who was out walkingher dog watched in amazement as her dog ran to the spot andjumped over, plunging 40 feet to its death. In Germany, asmany...

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Nip & Tuck for Dogs

In Brazil, dogs are undergoing plastic surgery. Dr. EdgardBrito, who gives them wrinkle-reductions with Botoxinjections, as well as full facelifts, says, "Why shouldn'ta dog be beautiful?" But just as we don't want artificially-enhanced athletescompeting in the Olympics, dog shows don't want competitionfrom surgically-altered animals. But dog...

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Do Dog Owners Look Like Their Pets?

This used to be a joke, but psychologists say it's true. Pure-bred dogs can be matched to their owners most of the time, although this doesn't work for mixed-breed mutts. Psychologist Nicholas Christenfeld gives an example: "There was a goofy guy, smiling with slightly shaggy hair and a golden retriever with a goofy smile, the same hair--...
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A new kind of crime wave is sweeping across the U.K.?criminals are stealing people's dogs and holding them for ransom. ''The ransom demands are going up and up," says Jayne Hayes, the founder of the website Doglost. "It used to be ?500. But last night we had a couple in the Midlands who paid ?2,500 to get their dog back.

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Yellow Mutt or Prehistoric Relic?

Wild dogs that live in southern cypress swamps and are called Carolina Dogs or "yaller dogs," may be descended from the first dogs to live in North America, according to I. Lehr Brisbin. He studies the world's remaining wild, ancient dogs, such as the Australian dingo, which may have come to Australia along with the original human inhabitants...

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Dog Talk

When your dog barks, he may be trying to tell you something.Scientists now think that dogs use different barks tocommunicate different ideas and can even count. (Theycertainly know the word "walk" when they hear it).

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