Some dog owners claim to be able to read the face of their cuddly canine like a book, but it's completely possible they're just projecting. New research suggests it's not just their imagination, and that dogs really do switch on the puppy eyes -- but only in the presence of a captive audience.
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Humans and dogs have a long history of working together, leading to the assumption that the collaborative abilities of dogs are the result of domestication. New research suggests this isn't the case, and that wolves are far better at cooperation than their domesticated cousins, at least when they're cooperating with one another.
From a young age, human children learn that a rattle won't make a noise until it's shaken, and that placing fingers on a hot stove is a terrible idea. New research suggests that wolves, like humans, have a knack for identifying these kinds of cause-and-effect relationships, but that domesticated dogs do not. This finding suggests that domestication may have debilitated doggie brains, but there are other possible factors to consider as well.
German Shepherds are among the most popular breeds in the world, but their numbers have started to decline. New research suggests the decreasing demand for German Shepherds may have something to do with the breed's propensity for health problems -- likely the result of selective breeding for cosmetic traits.
In the taxonomy of domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), there are canines of all shapes and sizes, but rest assured, they are all good. A real pup enthusiast knows that within this framework, there are even more intricate strata: There are doggos, puppers, pupperinos, shoobs, shibes, shooberinos and longboys, for example. While we know all dogs are good boys (and girls), the question remains -- do dogs know?
Wolves and dogs are separated by 15,000 years of evolution, during which time the species have veered off into radically different directions. Dogs still retain many of their ancestral behaviours, but less is known about any latent "dog-like" tendencies among modern wolves. A new study of human-raised wolf pups suggests wolves can become attached to their owners in a manner reminiscent of dogs -- but that's where the similarities end.
Ladies and gentlemen, I fear that the fix was in at this year's World's Ugliest Dog competition. A three-year-old Neopolitan Mastiff named Martha took the $US1500 ($1982) top prize at the annual celebration of repulsiveness in Petaluma, California. No offence to Martha, but she's really not that ugly.
Video: Dogs are some of the most loving and affectionate pets you can own, but they do have one sworn enemy: Vacuum cleaners. They will incessantly bark, or run and hide while you're cleaning your floors. But one dog adapted to its owner's Roomba wandering all over the house like it owns the place -- it's apparently learned how to turn the damn thing off.
Last week, an avalanche engulfed a hotel nestled in the steps of Italy's Gran Sasso mountain. The avalanche, which struck in the early hours of morning, caused extensive damage to the hotel and claimed at least seven lives. At least 22 others are still missing.