Princeton researchers discover a genetic basis for hyper-social behavior in people and dogs.
Brain scans can help predict which dogs will make it through rigorous training to become service dogs for people with disabilities.
Dogs with epilepsy who received cannabidiol as part of a clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures.
Findings could help animal shelters to improve the pet adoption process and find the perfect pet partner for people.
fMRI study reveals dogs do not have a specific face area similar to that of primates. Dogs' brain activity showed little response to faces but increased in response to seeing another dog over a human.
Researchers say people may be over estimating the cognitive abilities of dogs. A new study reveals dog intelligence is matched with that of other domestic animals, social hunters and carnivores.
Those who own dogs may have a boost when it comes to cardiovascular health. Researchers found pet owners report better physical wellbeing than those who don't own a pet. Dog owners had a significant improvement in cardiovascular health, physical fitness, and diet over owners of other types of pets.
Owning a dog was associated with a 33% lower risk of death for heart attack survivors who lived alone, and a 27% reduced risk for those who suffered a stroke, compared to those who did not own a pet. Additionally, dog ownership was linked to a 24% reduced risk of all-cause mortality and a 31% reduced risk of death by heart attack or stroke.
Dog owners whose pets are diabetic are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with healthier pets. The study supports the hypothesis that pet owners may share certain behaviors, such as physical activity level, with their pet.
Researchers identify an interspecies correlation between hair cortisol concentrations in humans and dogs during summer and winter months. The cortisol levels were not affected by the amount of activity the dog had during these periods. The study reveals a seasonal effect in higher cortisol levels between humans and animals, and human personality traits significantly affected the dog's level of stress. Findings suggest that dogs often mirror the stress levels of their owners.