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Do Dogs Get Embarrassed When We Dress Them Up?

Humans experience a wide range of emotions, but what about dogs? Do they ever get embarrassed by things their humans force them to do?

Get Rid of Your Retractable Dog Leash, Stat!

If you walk your dog on a retractable dog leash, you need to read this article before you or your four-legged friend wind up hurt.

Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?

People often hear if a dog's nose is dry, the dog is sick. If that's true, does a wet nose signal a healthy dog?

Dogs Love Rolling in Stinky Stuff

And the smellier the better. But nobody seems to be able to figure out why they do it.

No Chocolate, No Avocado: 10 Foods Dogs Can't Eat

Slipping your dog a little human food once in a while is fine, but be aware that some human foods are toxic to Fido.

Dog Trancing: You're Gonna Need to See This Video

Your dog might even 'trance' — and you have no earthly idea what he's doing. We assure you, he's not the only one.

Arrival of European Breeds Wiped Out Native American Dogs

Ancient American dogs were decimated when the Europeans arrived. But these pre-Columbian dogs did leave behind a lasting legacy.

Do Dogs Know They're Being Photographed?

Since there seem to be no scientific studies one way or another on whether dogs know when we're photographing them, we have to rely on anecdotal evidence.

Why Do Scent Hounds Have Long Floppy Ears?

Bloodhounds, with their floppy skin and gangly ears, are the quintessential tracking dogs, and there's good reason.

10 Dogs Who Made History

Dogs are more than man's best friend. They've also helped out with the Cuban Missile Crisis, joined the Russian space program and discovered a rare archaeological find. And at least one was promoted to sergeant.

ThunderShirt Helps Fido Face Fear

Anxiety-reducing thunder shirts can help calm frightened dogs and other pets.

Dogs Make More Expressive Faces When Humans Are Watching

A new study suggests those puppy dog eyes could be trying to tell you something.

People Sleep More Soundly With Their Dogs in the Bedroom ... With One Exception

Let sleeping dogs lie? Maybe even in the same room, says a new study.

Wolves Are Probably Smarter Than Our Dogs

A new study put dogs and wolves head to head in the intelligence department. Guess which species won?

How Did 'Fido' Become the Default Name for a Dog?

Credit for the ubiquity of the name as shorthand for a generic, random dog goes to one of the most popular U.S. presidents.

Interactive Database of NYC Dog Names Provides Endless Distraction

The most popular pooch names in the Big Apple reveal more about us humans that we might care to admit.

Can a D-O-G learn to S-P-E-L-L?

Some pet owners are amazed when their dogs respond to 'W-A-L-K' the same way they respond to 'walk.' But are their pooches getting smarter or just responding to something else?

Why Your Dog's Paws Smell Gloriously Like Corn Chips

Huffing your puppy's feet for an aroma reminiscent of Fritos all comes down to the existence of certain microbes.

Could Rapamycin Pills Extend a Dog's Life?

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but researchers hope a pill could postpone the aging process and make man's best friend live a little longer.

There's a Name for When Your Dog Zooms Around Like a Joy-crazed Maniac

Veterinarians have a name for when a dog gets the call of the wild, often after a bath, and suddenly starts tearing through the house with an untamed glint in its eye.

The Weird, Painful Condition That Stops Dog Tails From Wagging

Dogs suffering from the condition known as "limber tail" experience pain as their normally waggable appendages go limp.

Amazing Water Dogs to the Rescue!

Think you're an ace swimmer? These canines might be even better.

10 Amazing Things Dogs Can Sense

If you live with a pooch, you know that dogs are insightful, intuitive creatures. But you may not realize just how insightful they can be.

Can dogs sense storms?

Dogs may be humankind's best friend, but they're not always that reliable. Sure, they can detect hidden objects at the bottom of a lake, but they also tend to mistake their tails for prey. So can we really trust them to predict the weather?

Could a wearable device help you train your dog?

Imagine your dog sending you a text alerting you that he needs to go out. Sound like science fiction? It may be closer to reality than you think.


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