Blog Entries ( Science and Technology )

A Good Word, Food or Petting: Study Finds Out What Your Dog Really Wants

September 10th, 2014
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It turns out your furry friends will take a good ear scratching over a “good boy” said in a singsong voice any day. A study published in the journal Behavioral Processes, which analyzed dogs’ reactions to petting vs. vocal praise, found verbal affirmation had almost no impact on the pups. “We focused here on dogs’ preference for petting and vocal praise, and the influence that familiarity (owner ...

Barking up the wrong bee: Meet the dog trained to sniff out killer disease that wipes out hives… and he has his own beekeeping suit to protect him from stings

April 29th, 2014
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A beekeeping dog has been trained to sniff out a killer disease which wipes out hives and even has his own suit to protect him from stings. Bazz the black labrador was specially trained by beekeeper Josh Kennett to detect by smell a killer bee disease called American foulbrood. But Mr Kennett was forced to design him his own beekeepers suit after he kept getting stung while ...

From Dogs, Answers About Breast Cancer

April 7th, 2014
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By the time the elderly woman surrendered the 10 dogs living in her mobile home in rural Maryland, the shih tzus were unkempt and full of fleas and had gone years without their shots. A cream- and mushroom-colored female named Akyra, with a sweet disposition and a comical underbite, was in such bad shape that volunteer rescue groups declined to take her in. Akyra’s mammary glands ...

Dogs learn to sit, stay, get brains scanned

February 26th, 2014
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You think your dog can sit and stay? You might want to check out the pooches in Budapest, Hungary, that managed to be still for eight-minute stretches in a brain scanner without twitching their tails or moving their bodies more than three millimeters. The 11 border collies and golden retrievers, in fact, equaled or bested their 22 human cohorts in the first-ever comparison of functional magnetic ...

Dogs have FEELINGS too!

October 16th, 2013
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A professor of neuroeconomics at a university in Georgia has discovered that dogs have emotion, just like humans. Gregory Berns, a professor of neuroeconomics at Emory University, Atlanta, who has been testing the results of MRI scans on his dog’s brain, has discovered that our canine friends use the same part of the brain as humans to ‘feel’. His initial goal was to determine how dogs’ brains ...