Dogs sniff out bladder cancer

Cancer Biomark. 2010-2011;8(3):145-53. doi: 10.3233/CBM-2011-0208.
Volatile organic compounds as biomarkers of bladder cancer: Sensitivity and specificity using trained sniffer dogs.
Willis CM1, Britton LE, Harris R, Wallace J, Guest CM.
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Abstract
In a previous canine study, we demonstrated that volatile organic compounds specific to bladder cancer are present in urine headspace, subsequently showing that up to 70% of tumours . . . → Read More: Dogs sniff out bladder cancer

Attentiveness of Dogs

Lifespan development of attentiveness in domestic dogs: drawing parallels with humans
Lisa J. Wallis1,2*, Friederike Range1, Corsin A. Müller1,2, Samuel Serisier3, Ludwig Huber1 and Zsófia Virányi1
Frontiers in Psychology
Attention is pivotal to consciousness, perception, cognition, and working memory in all mammals, and therefore changes in attention over the lifespan are likely to influence development and aging of all . . . → Read More: Attentiveness of Dogs

Stress & behavior in therapy dogs

Salivary cortisol and behavior in therapy dogs during animal-assisted interventions: A pilot study
Lisa Maria Glenkemail address, Oswald David Kothgassner, Birgit Ursula Stetina, Rupert Palme, Berthold Kepplinger, Halina Baran
Abstract
Animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) have been associated with positive effects on human psychological and physiological health. Although the perception of quality standards in AAIs is high, only few investigations have . . . → Read More: Stress & behavior in therapy dogs

The Yellow Dog Project

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The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. It hopes to educate the public and dog owners to identify dogs needing space, promote appropriate contact of dogs and assist dog parents to identify their dog as needing space.

Yellow Dogs are dogs who need space – they are not necessarily . . . → Read More: The Yellow Dog Project

Dogs personality traits on walks

http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1003446

Abstract

Movement interactions and the underlying social structure in groups have relevance across many social-living species. Collective motion of groups could be based on an “egalitarian” decision system, but in practice it is often influenced by underlying social network structures and by individual characteristics. We investigated whether dominance rank and personality traits are linked to leader and . . . → Read More: Dogs personality traits on walks

How dogs scan faces

The original article:

How dogs scan familiar and inverted faces: an eye movement study

Sanni Somppi, Heini Törnqvist,Laura Hänninen,Christina M. Krause,Outi Vainio

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10071-013-0713-0/fulltext.html

Facial recognition is an important skill for humans and other social animals. Humans have specific brain mechanisms involved in face processing, which focuses attention to faces and recognizes the identity of faces remarkably quickly and accurately. However, . . . → Read More: How dogs scan faces

Dogs alert to low blood sugar

Investigation into the Value of Trained Glycaemia Alert Dogs to Clients with Type I Diabetes
Nicola J. Rooney,Steve Morant,Claire Guest
Abstract

Previous studies have suggested that some pet dogs respond to their owners’ hypoglycaemic state. Here, we show that trained glycaemia alert dogs placed with clients living with diabetes afford significant improvements to owner well-being. We investigated whether trained . . . → Read More: Dogs alert to low blood sugar