Why Everything You Know About Wolf Packs Is Wrong

The alpha wolf is a figure that looms large in our imagination. The notion of a supreme pack leader, who fought his way to dominance and reigns superior to the other wolves in his pack, is huge in pop culture. And this idea informs how many people understand wolf behavior. But the alpha wolf doesn't exist—at least,… » 11/28/14 1:00pm 11/28/14 1:00pm

Search and Rescue Dog Comes Out of Retirement for One More

On November 7th, a small litter of African Wild Dog puppies (one male and two females) was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden to first-time mother Xena. The birth was monitored carefully, due to Xena's inexperience, and unfortunately she showed no interest in mothering the pups. The zoo staff decided… » 11/25/14 5:03pm 11/25/14 5:03pm

Werewolf Science: Do Dogs Really Bite More People During Full Moons?

Once upon a time, one Dr. Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney received a short note from a local farmer: "Have you university types ever looked at whether dog bites happen more around the full moon? It's a well known fact that they do." Chapman decided to put this urban legend to the test. » 10/30/14 1:02am 10/30/14 1:02am

Adorable Drawings of Dog Breeds, Grouped By Their Place of Origin

Dog breeds can be a complicated subject, but, for better or worse, humans have been doing it for a long time. Breeds are not only instantly recognizable, the popular imagination has also tended to give dogs the same stereotypes of their nation of origin. But how many breeds and their homes can you actually name? » 9/26/14 1:00am 9/26/14 1:00am

The Science of Dog Training: Is It Okay To Use A Shock Collar?

The use of electronic shock collars as aids in dog training is, to put it mildly, controversial. Some are outraged that owners would subject their canine companions to electric shocks; others insist they're the only way to get their dogs to behave. What does science say? Let us break it down for you. » 9/10/14 11:03am 9/10/14 11:03am

The Loyal Dogs Who Served Alongside Human Soldiers In War

Both cats and dogs have served as mascots and pets during wartime, but while cats were useful for pest control, dogs had a rather different set of duties, including tracking, scouting, serving as sentries, and carrying messages into battle. Here are some of the animal soldiers who served as man's best friend in war. » 9/01/14 3:00pm 9/01/14 3:00pm