An “Apawlogy” Letter from Dog

Doggone it! I apawlogize for letting the cat into the Dognition social channels, dear humans. I was having a ruff day. My stomach was growling, and the cat offered me a bacon-flavored pupsicle. He seemed nice, but he was just pulling my leash! Furgive me–I’m pawsitively embarrassed!

I apawlogize for letting the cat into our blog.

I woof you! Please furgive me!

 

-Dog

P.S. Happy April’s Fools Day from Dognition!

Posted in Behind-the-Scenes.

5 Reasons Cats Will Dominate the World

I am Science Cat.

I’m Science Cat. Purr-pare for cats to take over the world.

Meow Human,

I am Science Cat. I have scratched into Dognition Blog to purr-pare you for cats’ takeover of the world! In the days of the Egyptians, we were worshipped as gods. Now we’re laughed at on the Internet. It’s a CATastrophe! Just look at the evidence: Continue reading

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What does your dog dream about? The Dozing Dogz Captioned Photo Contest

 

Dognition’s cognition and personality assessment will tell you your dog’s unique problem solving strategies, but one thing all dogs have in common, regardless if an Ace or a Charmer: they sleep…a lot! Dognition is teaming up with PetHub for a captioned photo contest to celebrate dozing dogs everywhere! PetHub offers lost pet protection services, and with their QR-enabled ID tags, you can have peace of mind that your dog will continue to hog the bed for many years to come.  
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Posted in The Dognition Experience.

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Dog On Love Your Pet Day

Let's celebrate Love Your Pet Day! Photo: Link Humans UK

Let’s celebrate Love Your Pet Day! Photo: Link Humans UK

 

It’s the 20th of February! Do you know what that means? Today is Love Your Pet Day! Each year on the 20th of February, Love Your Pet Day is celebrated to show our appreciation and love for our non-human best friends! After all, our dogs teach us and remind us to live our best life: Continue reading

Posted in Dog Love.

Your Dog and You: How to Play the Games Without a Partner

Copper is ready to play the Dognition games!

Cooper is ready to play the Dognition games!

Can I do this by myself? Do I have to have a partner to play the games? Continue reading

Posted in Citizen Science, The Dognition Experience.

Have a Question? Ask Our Experts!

Some of the individuals who will be taking your questions.

Some of the individuals who will be taking your questions.

Dognition has a new monthly feature, Ask Our Experts, where you have a chance to have your questions about your dog and all dogs answered. The question with the most votes at the end of each month is the question we’ll ask our experts. Our experts are our Scientific Advisory Board and our Expert Panel. Here’s ways to participate: Continue reading

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Dogs Failed Physics, Aced Friendship

The video above makes us laugh because the problem that these dogs are trying to solve is so easy! We know that the solution is simple: turn the stick the long way and push it through the small opening. How could these determined pups not figure this out? The truth is that dogs don’t understand many physical properties, and have evolved to rely on humans instead.  Continue reading

Posted in The Dognition Experience, The Science Behind the Story.

Dogs’ Internal Compass and Why It Matters

A new study shows that dogs prefer to align in the north-south magnetic field axis when relieving themselves. Photo Credit: Mike Finkelstein

A new study shows that dogs prefer to align in the north-south magnetic field axis when relieving themselves. Photo Credit: Mike Finkelstein

You’ve probably heard by now that your dog has a reason for all that spinning and circling around before picking the perfect spot to excrete. If not, here’s the rundown: German and Czech researchers have found that dogs prefer to align their bodies along the north-south axis of the earth’s magnetic field during excretion. They also found that dogs avoid aligning their bodies along the east-west axis. These findings are from 7,000 observations over a 2 year period of 70 dogs of 37 different breeds defecating and urinating.

You might be wondering, like many others, what’s the big deal? Why does this matter? Continue reading

Posted in The Science Behind the Story.

Dognition Shelter Program: Showing Off the Genius of Shelter Dogs

What a good Doogie!

What a good Doogie!


This past fall, Dognition launched its pilot Shelter Program. We partnered with Petfinder and donated assessment toolkits to 12 shelters and rescues across the United States. The mission of our Shelter Program is to assist adoption organizations in placing more dogs in permanent, loving homes by helping to shine a light on what makes each dog special. In particular, we hope to help place the dogs that are commonly overlooked in the adoption process. One of these overlooked dogs was Doogie, a 4-year-old Rottweiler Shepherd, from Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) in Virginia. Found as a stray at age 2, Doogie went to two different homes. He wasn’t fond of other dogs or children in these homes, so FOHA knew that finding out his unique genius–the ways that Doogie problem solves, interacts with people, and navigates the world–would be a great tool to have in finding Doogie his forever home.
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What Does Your Dog Want for Christmas?

dog xmas rectangle

Our Dr. Brian Hare has written an Op-Ed for LiveScience about what our dogs really want for Christmas. He writes:

What does your dog want for Christmas? Anything you want, apparently. In new results from our research at Dognition, it seems that dogs are heavily influenced by their owners when it comes to choosing toys, objects and even food.

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