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New dog, old tricks? Stray dogs can understand human cues

Frontiers

If you have a dog, hopefully you're lucky enough to know that they are highly attuned to their owners and can readily understand a wide range of commands and gestures. But are these abilities innate or are they exclusively learned through training?

Channels: Cognition and Learning, Pets, Psychology and Psychiatry, Staff Picks, All Journal News,

Released:
17-Jan-2020 1:40 PM EST
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Dogs and wolves are both good at cooperating

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

A team of researchers have found that dogs and wolves are equally good at cooperating with partners to obtain a reward. When tested in same-species pairs, dogs and wolves proved equally successful and efficient at solving a given problem.

Channels: All Journal News, Behavioral Science, Evolution and Darwin, Environmental Science, Pets, Staff Picks,

Released:
6-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
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Therapy dog lifts patients' hearts

UW Medicine

Kepu Savou thought he had come down with a cold. When his symptoms persisted, he visited a doctor and learned that his heart was failing – something Savou never would've imagined at age 29. He has been an inpatient at UW Medical Center, awaiting a donor heart for transplant. While the monthslong experience has been difficult, he says a program called Paws for Patients has provided much-needed emotional support. Program volunteers bring registered therapy dogs to visit patients who face challenging medical conditions.

Channels: Cardiovascular Health, Healthcare, Heart Disease, Pets,

Released:
20-Dec-2019 3:15 PM EST
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Ohio State Experts: Partner with Your Pet to Succeed with Diet and Exercise Plans

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Experts at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say that partnering with your pet when implementing healthy habits can be a great way to find motivation and make you both happier and healthier.

Channels: All Journal News, Exercise and Fitness, Pets, Weight Loss,

Released:
18-Dec-2019 11:35 AM EST
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Newswise: Study Suggests Early-Life Exposure to Dogs May Lessen Risk of Developing Schizophrenia

Study Suggests Early-Life Exposure to Dogs May Lessen Risk of Developing Schizophrenia

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Ever since humans domesticated the dog, the faithful, obedient and protective animal has provided its owner with companionship and emotional well-being. Now, a study from Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that being around “man’s best friend” from an early age may have a health benefit as well — lessening the chance of developing schizophrenia as an adult.

Channels: All Journal News, Behavioral Science, Pets, Psychology and Psychiatry, PLOS ONE,

Released:
18-Dec-2019 11:00 AM EST
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Newswise: Puppies as Presents? Just 1 in 6 parents would allow child to receive a pet as a gift
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    16-Dec-2019 12:05 AM EST
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10-Dec-2019 8:00 AM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mount Sinai Hospital Receives Early Holiday Gift - A Grant To Support Popular Four- Legged Friend

Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital announced today that PetSmart Charities has offered a gift of $75,000 to extend the tenure of Professor Bunsen Honeydew the hospital’s first of three facility dogs, through October 2020.

Channels: All Journal News, Children's Health, Healthcare, In the Workplace, Pain, Pets, Psychology and Psychiatry, Grant Funded News,

Released:
12-Dec-2019 8:05 AM EST
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Newswise: S&T Studies How K9 First Responders Can Join the Team in Active Shooter Scenarios

S&T Studies How K9 First Responders Can Join the Team in Active Shooter Scenarios

Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Canines are widely used by law enforcement agencies and first responders to protect the homeland in various ways. DHS S&T is studying how they might be used in new, non-traditional ways, like in active shooter scenarios, to detect potential explosive threats – clearing the way for responders to quickly engage hostile adversaries or administer aid to those who need it.

Channels: All Journal News, Pets,

Released:
5-Dec-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Newswise: A Cancer Drug Trial For Dogs Presented At The RSNA Annual Meeting
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    4-Dec-2019 4:00 PM EST

A Cancer Drug Trial For Dogs Presented At The RSNA Annual Meeting

Johns Hopkins Medicine

What do you do when your best friend is diagnosed with a cancer that kills most of its patients within a few months? A few brave dog owners turned to Johns Hopkins, where veterinarians, radiologists and physicists have teamed up to conduct an experimental trial of a therapy they hope will extend the lives of their beloved pets.

Channels: Cancer, Neuro, Pets, Veterinary Medicine, Medical Meetings,

Released:
1-Dec-2019 8:00 AM EST
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Veterinary clinicians’ ‘house call’ saves beloved Chihuahua

Cornell University

Dr. Jared Baum from the Cornell University Hospital for Animals took a recent late-night road trip east to help save the life of Mabel, a 16-year-old Chihuahua, whose owners run a shelter for aging dogs.

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Released:
26-Nov-2019 4:10 PM EST
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