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

Let's All Play "Snoop Dogg or Real Dog?"

We love shows that teach things, are very in to the esoteric, and are funny. So our new favorite is "You're the Expert," which has three comedians trying to figure out the field of a guest expert. A few months ago, an episode featuring Dr. Alexandra Horowitz, an expert in dog cognition, gave us "Snoop Dogg or Real… » 8/01/14 1:30am 8/01/14 1:30am

No, It's Not Your Imagination -- Your Dog Is Actually Feeling Jealous

Humans share basic emotions like anger, sadness, and joy with other animals. But for a long time, scientists argued that complex cognition is necessary for secondary emotions like jealousy and guilt. Owners see those emotions in their dogs all the time, however — and now it turns out they may be right. » 7/23/14 12:38pm 7/23/14 12:38pm

Even In The 1900s, Humans Were Obsessed With Photos Of Dogs In Clothes

Dogs have been our best friends for the last 15,000 years. So it shouldn't be surprising that as soon as we invented the camera, we started taking wacky photos of dogs wearing glasses, hats, suits, ties and other gear. Here are the most adorable (and alarming) vintage photos of dogs wearing human clothing.… » 5/28/14 3:53pm 5/28/14 3:53pm