Category Archives: The Science Behind the Story

Some Keys To Preventing Dog Bites

Banning dangerous breeds will not prevent dog bites. Photo Credit: Juanedc

Banning “dangerous” breeds will not prevent dog bites. Photo Credit: Juanedc

 

I learned two valuable lessons about dogs at a young age. The first is that there are some people on this Earth that actually don’t like dogs. In fact, some people are even scared of them. This was shocking news to 9-year-old me. My new friend Trisha came over to my house after school to play. When she rounded the corner to the kitchen, she shrieked at the sight of Tonka, my family’s German shepherd. I couldn’t understand why; Tonka was the nicest dog. She ran for the dining room; Tonka ran after her. She motioned to kick him, and he bit her foot. Second valuable lesson learned: any dog can bite, even my gentle-hearted Tonka. Continue reading

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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’ 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

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More than meets the eye…

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.
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New Research: Why Yawning Means I Love You

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 10.05.13 AM“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.

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