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Dog Bowls Are Breeding Grounds For Bacteria

Ceramic and plastic bowls, especially, have been shown to breed E. coli, salmonella and even MRSA.

Dogs Love Rolling in Stinky Stuff

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

Your Dog Really Wants to Help When You're Upset

A new study shows that our beloved four-legged friends are moved to action when they see us in emotional distress.

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.

Does Rover Have a "Red Cross"?

If your pooch has an emergency, chances are he could need a blood transfusion. So where exactly does the blood he gets come from?

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.

When Car Sharing and Pets Converge

We live in a sharing economy. And a pet-loving economy. So what happens when the two worlds collide?

Airlines Are Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals

Some airline passengers have been trying to get out of paying pet fees by claiming their dog, cat or even pig is an emotional support animal. But what does that mean anyway?

Nikola Tesla's Cat and Other Feline Fascinations

If it wasn't for Tesla's cat, we might not have electricity in our homes.

ThunderShirt Helps Fido Face Fear

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

Why Do Dogs (and Cats) Eat Grass?

Are they sick? Hungry? Thirsty? Or do they just like the way the stuff tastes?

Is It Illegal to Drive With a Dog in Your Lap?

It may not be in your state, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

What Should We Be Feeding Our Dogs?

With so many dog foods on the market, how do we know what's best for our furry friends?

New California Law Requires Pet Stores Sell Only Rescue Animals

The country's first statewide ban on the retail sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits from commercial breeders is in effect.

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.

Caring for Sick Pets Creates Heavy Emotional Burdens

A new study found that owners of sick pets cope with many of the same burdens as caregivers of sick family members.

Wolves Are Probably Smarter Than Our Dogs

A 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?

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