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Big dogs, big dreams

There’s a correlation between the size of a dog and his sleep, says psychologist and dog researcher Stanley Coren, PhD. The bigger the dog, the longer the REM cycles — those portions of sleep in which most dreaming occurs. Lest you think that means big dogs dream more than little ones, Dr. Coren also says […]
A dog left alone in a foreclosed home can become aggressive when finally approached.

Dogs Left in Foreclosed Homes

When people can no longer pay their mortgage and lose their home as a result, they sometimes cannot take their dog with them and decide to leave him in the house. They assume “the next person” will find their pet and take good care of him. It’s a bad idea. “Agents for the foreclosure company […]

Does a Dog in the Bed Enhance or Diminish Sleep Quality?

Science would tell you that having a dog in the bed with you will interfere with a solid night’s sleep. Research on two dozen dogs showed that our canine friends wake up 23 times during an 8-hour sleep cycle — and stay awake for 5 minutes each time, sometimes barking! People, on the other hand, […]

Rx For Pain Reduction in Hospital Emergency Rooms: Dogs

Pain is the reason for 80 percent of all visits to hospital emergency rooms, yet conditions in emergency room departments can actually contribute to pain intensity. Bright lighting, persistent noise, extended wait times, lack of distractions…all of these emergency room factors can increase actual pain as well as the perception of pain. But research conducted […]

Rx for Disaster: A Small Dog in the Backyard — Without You There to...

More than half of all pet dogs in the United States weigh fewer than 25 pounds, and the trend appears to be edging downward, with many dogs weighing significantly less than that. Is it safe to let a toy breed or other very small dog out in the backyard by himself? No, says Florina Tseng, […]

Norway Bans the Breeding of Two Popular Dog Breeds, Citing Severe Health Problems

Norway has banned the breeding of English bulldogs and cavalier King Charles spaniels, both among the most popular dog breeds. The ban came in response to a lawsuit brought by an animal rights group called the Norwegian Society for the Protection of Animals. The group argues that breeding those dogs violates the country’s Animal Protection […]

What Not to Say to Someone 
Who Has Lost a Dog

Which of the following things should you not say to someone whose beloved dog has died? A) He’s not suffering anymore. B) At least you got to have him for as long as you did. C) You gave him a good life. D) Give it some time. E) Better not to say any of the […]

Online Dog Videos Not So Funny

Some online videos involving dogs are so obviously and gratuitously cruel that a lawsuit has even been filed against one social media video giant by an animal protection organization. Among the most objectionable video posts: defenseless puppies being placed in the way of predators, including snakes and crocodiles, and then “rescued” in the nick of […]
Kim Charlson and her guide dog, Idabelle.

Dear Doctor: How guide dogs do their work

Q.  You said in a recent issue that guide dogs help blind people by remembering that a green light means go and a red light means red, but I thought dogs didn’t see green and red all that well and were better able to distinguish blues and yellows. Wouldn’t that make their ability to help […]
Did she say “beef tips” or “cheese dip?”

Why Dogs Tilt Their Heads

You know how dogs will sometimes tilt their heads adorably with an almost quizzical look on their face, as if they’re trying to process information or figure something out? It appears that what we think it means is more or less what it does mean. When researchers at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest worked with […]
How do they love us? Let us count the ways!

The Heart (Beat) Never Lies

In a small but telling piece of research, researchers in the United Kingdom equipped dogs with special collars that tracked their heart rates for...
2022 may officially be the year of the tiger, but for dog lovers, every year is the year of the dog.

The 5 Best New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Dog

Happy 2022! Why not start it off on the right foot by resolving to follow through on five key resolutions with your dog in mind? I’ll never yell at my dog again. Yelling isn’t just mean. It’s counterproductive. A dog’s brain can’t translate a harsh voice into the behavior you desire because it doesn’t provide […]