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Dog fails to swim across ocean, but is still a very good girl

December 6th, 2019

As we inch toward winter and cooler temperatures spread across the United States, one ambitious pup decided to head south. In fact, she decided to head even farther south than Florida, and attempted an exodus through the Gulf of Mexico. She did not succeed. She is still a very good dog. According a local news …

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Your kinship with dogs might be carved into your DNA

December 5th, 2019

You don’t have to be a “dog person” to recognize that some people seem to have more of a connection with man’s best friend than others. For some, understanding a dog’s emotions seems to come naturally, even if they don’t have a pup of their own. A new study attempts to reveal why that is, …

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Man dies after being licked by his dog

November 25th, 2019

A man in Germany has died and his dog is being blamed for his passing. The dog didn’t bite or attack the man in any way, it simply licked him. The bizarre story is the subject of a new paper in the European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, and it’s an important warning …

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Science says you shouldn’t yell at your dog

November 11th, 2019

Anyone who has adopted a puppy knows that they can be a handful. There are many ways to go about correcting negative behaviors and promoting positive ones, but in recent years, antiquated “aversive” training has been outpaced by reward-based reinforcement training, and a new study suggests that the benefits are many. Aversive training is, for …

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Want to live longer? Get a dog

October 8th, 2019

If prolonging your time on Earth is a big priority for you, adopting a four-legged friend could help in a big way. A new study that takes into account many decades of research on overall health and pet ownership reveals that people who own dogs enjoy a 24% reduction in overall mortality. The study is …