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Study links asthma risk to dogs, not cats
I feel like I have a built-in radar for dog versus cat stories. Or rather, I’m sort of a magnet for them. I know it drives some Bark readers crazy—those who don’t feel a need to make comparisons and think I should stop feeding the feud. Well, if you are such a high-minded egalitarian read no further. If you’re with me (and keeping score), add a hash mark to the “Cat’s rule” side of the ledger.  ...
Blog: Karen B. London
Decoding Dog Growls
Each kind contains specific information
Dogs growl in different contexts—when guarding something of value, when threatened by a stranger and during play. These growls can sound remarkably similar to the novice human ear, but a new study in the journal Animal Behavior suuggests that the meanings of these growls are very different to dogs.   Scientists in Hungary recorded growls by dogs in different situations and analyzed the structure...
Blog: Karen B. London
Lost Wallets
Can your dog’s photo help?
According to a psychology study by Richard Wiseman in Edinburgh, Scotland, the likelihood that your lost wallet will be returned to you is influenced by the photos in it. The highest percentage of wallets were returned when there was a baby picture inside (88 percent), but the next most effective photo was one of a dog at 53 percent. A family portrait prompted a 48% return rate while wallets with...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
The Best & Brightest in the World of Dogs
During the past 25 years, there have been amazing advancements in the dog world. To commemorate them, we set out to find the people behind these accomplishments—the innovators, thinkers and achievers who relished challenges and whose creativity, compassion and commitment helped reshape the world of dogs and our understanding of it. Without further ado, we present our honorees: The Bark’s 100 Best...
Blog: Guest Posts
Gene Linked to Compulsive Disorder
Dogs and humans have a lot in common
Last spring, Julia Kamysz Lane blogged about a study that suggested a link between compulsive tail-chasing and high cholesterol in dogs. Now, Bark contributor Mark Derr reports for The New York Times on a study linking compulsive behavior in dogs—think: excessive licking, fence running, spinning, staring and more—to a gene for the first time. The discovery is important not simply for the...
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Which Is Better?
Cats v. dogs—a serious consideration
New Scientist has stepped deep into the dogs v. cat debate with a comparison of species across 11 categories--from brain size and bond-ability to smell, sight, hearing and domestication. Of course, dogs claim a win but the 6-to-5 squeaker was far closer than I would have thought. Who knew cats, on average, have more acute sniffers? Or that they have a subliminal power in their purrs? My big...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Fur Is the Best Medicine
Pet therapy helps to reduce the need for pain pills.
As a pet therapy team, my Sheltie, Nemo, and I have visited patients at the hospital and read with kids at the library. Nemo loves children, so he’s always excited about the reading program, although sitting in one place for 15-30 minutes can sometimes be a challenge! But my favorite place to visit is the hospital. I love bringing some canine sunshine into the dreary rooms and chatting with the...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
From Timeouts to Clicker Training
What we’ve gained from studying animal behavior.
I’ve learned a lot about human behavior from my experience training dogs and always knew it would somehow influence how I raise my future kids. I often joke that I’ll corral unruly children in crates, which is usually met with nervous laughter, but in all seriousness, many of the techniques we use to modify human behavior stems from what we know about animal behavior. A recent Slate.com article...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
$2 Million to Study the Human-Animal Bond
Research on the health benefits of pets begins to receive major funding.
While I don’t need any studies to know the benefits of the human-animal bond, research in this area is critical to the support of programs and legislation that dog lovers care about. Now, more institutions are receiving funding to explore the effect that animals have on humans. Last month, I wrote about a $300,000 government funded study that seeks to quantify the impact of service dogs on Post...
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Cheap, Easy Alternative to Spay/Neuter Surgery
One man is funding the search for an answer.
Last October, I posted a blog about billionaire orthopedic surgeon Gary Michelson’s bid to drive research into finding an efficient, inexpensive and nonsurgical alternative to spay/neuter. His nonprofit foundation, Found Animals, put up $75 million to fund promising research and commercial development of what many consider to be the key to fighting pet overpopulation and, in turn, euthanasia--...

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