For this month’s All About Dogs column, we bring you tips from our friends at PetHub on how to keep your pets safe this holiday season. From the Dognition family, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season!
Don’t know what to get your loved ones for the holidays? From dog enthusiast to dog parents, Dognition has some suggestions for you!
Caring for a dog, as well as being cared for by a dog, can teach us a lot about patience and perspective taking. In particular, the empathy dimension in the Dognition Toolkit strives to show owners how their dogs read their emotions. This feedback can tell us a lot about how to communicate with our dogs. Through professional dog trainer Patricia Tirrell, we recently got a unique look into just how much the Toolkit could improve the relationship between dog and owner.
Territorio de Zaguates, an animal rescue organization in Costa Rica, was having trouble finding forever homes for their mixed breed dogs–94% of their dogs in their organization. So they had an innovative idea: if people are more likely to adopt when they know the breed of the dog, why don’t we create unique one of a kind breeds? With the tagline, “when you adopt a mutt, you adopt a unique breed,” Costa Rica now has one-of-a-kind breeds, like Fire-tailed Border Cocker, Shaggy Shepherd Dachspaniel, and Marbled English Filamaraner. With the help of National TV, social media, and billboard advertising, adoptions for these mutts skyrocketed! In 45 days of their campaign, Territorio de Zaguates adoption rate grew by 1400%, their mutts obtained $457,000 of PR value, and their Facebook page received 510,484 interactions. As well, 100% of the shelters expenses are now covered by sponsors.
After months or years of spending time with our dogs, we begin to feel that we know everything about them. Dognition has collected some surprising facts. Read on to find out the answer to how well you really know your dog.
Our Vanessa Woods has written an Op-Ed for LiveScience about dogs as treatment for veterans with PTSD. She writes:
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The United States has been at war ever since. For many U.S. military personnel who return from war zones, another type of combat awaits. The Dognition citizen science project is working with veteran support groups to help veterans better understand their dogs and raise awareness about how dogs can help veterans returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“What does my dog think about me?” is a question that many dog owners — including us — have wanted to know. The Dognition games use a large base of published academic research to give users enriching details on many aspects of their dog’s mind. A brand new study out of the University of Tokyo in Japan has added even more support to the sizeable evidence behind one of the most talked about Dognition games, the Yawn Game.
We all love our fur friends dearly, but given how much time we spend with them, it’s easy for us to overlook important things that are right in front of our eyes.
To show you what we mean, we invite you to take a look at the video posted below. Silently count how many passes the individuals in white shirts make with the basketball.
How many did you count?
If you said 15, you are correct. But…
Did you see the Gorilla?
If your answer is “no!?”, then take a look at the video again, except this time don’t pay attention to passes. You’ll find that a person in a gorilla suit walked right through the video. If you missed it the first time, don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. When this experiment was done at Harvard University, researchers found that half the people watching didn’t see the gorilla either. How is it that we missed something that was so seemingly obvious?
Sometimes I feel like my best friend just doesn’t understand me. I call him and he doesn’t respond. I point and he looks at my fingertip instead of whatever I’m pointing at. I’m talking about my dog Teddy, of course. Continue reading
So far thousands of dogs from more than 40 countries have experienced Dognition first hand, giving their people a dog’s-eye view of their world. In addition to learning about their own dogs, each of these owners is also contributing to the world’s understanding of all dogs – from breed differences, to age differences, to gender differences.
From the outside alone, our dogs are such wonderful characters. But as anyone who lives with a dog can tell you, they’re real characters inside, too. We at Dognition are lucky to get to talk with other dog people around the world about what makes their dogs so interesting.
And the more dogs we learn about as individuals, the more we can learn about dogs in general. In fact, we’ve been pleasantly surprised that of the 175 AKC-recognized breeds, 120 have registered with Dognition in just a few months. (Not to mention all the lovable mixed breed dogs, like my Teddy.)
Below are the breeds who have yet to find out about Dognition. Know someone with one of these dogs? Let them know about Dognition. They may learn something incredible about their own dog, and at the same time, they’ll be contributing to the world’s knowledge of dog breeds. What qualities do they share, and what makes them unique?
Pictured: Briard Continue reading