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Maska, the Charmer, participates in new canine research study

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Maska is a male Husky living in Toronto, Canada with his little fur sister Adler. Maska’s mom Nancy purchased the Embark Vet dog DNA test to see if Maska was indeed a purebred Siberian Husky, and to see if he was at risk for any genetic diseases. Contrary to popular belief, many dogs sold as purebreds have other breeds mixed in. To Nancy’s delight and relief, Maska’s Embark dog DNA test results revealed that he is indeed a purebred Husky and is not at risk for any genetic diseases.

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When Nancy found out about the research partnership between Embark Vet and Dognition, she eagerly completed the Dognition assessment with Maska to learn as much as she could about her beloved dog and to participate in our new canine behavioral genetics research study.

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Dognition hits prime time with Nat Geo WILD’s “Is Your Dog A Genius?”

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Make no barks about it! Dognition, the science-based assessment that enhances the relationship between dogs and their owners, will be returning to prime time television this spring. This time with Is Your Dog A Genius?, a three-part series on Nat Geo WILD. Continue reading

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On Why Dogs Want to Lick Us And Wolves Want to Eat Us

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Why are dogs our best pals and wolves our competitors?

It’s clear that the dogs we know and love are very distinct from wolves. Aside from variations in their genetic code, the way dogs interact with and behave around us humans is very different from the behavior of typical wolves, even if the dogs and wolves are raised in similar conditions. In particular, the special relationship dogs have with us is because the success of dogs as a species relies heavily on humans. Continue reading

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The Cunning Game: How Sneaky Is Your Dog?

Imagine you are making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in your kitchen. Your dog is keeping you company. The phone rings and before you take the call, you tell your dog to not touch your food. Would you trust that your dog would leave your sandwich alone?
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Rolling Over: What’s Your Dog Saying?

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What does it mean when your dog rolls over while playing with another dog?

Dognition polled 800 people through our social media channels, and 44% of dog parents say their dog rolls over during play with another dog. Are these dogs communicating that they are subordinate to their play partner?

A 2014 study out of University of Lethbridge and University of South Africa looked to see what a dog rolling over to a supine position during play with another dog really means. Does it communicate submission?

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