Yawning by Dogs Support Link to Empathy

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Research Article
Familiarity Bias and Physiological Responses in Contagious Yawning by Dogs Support Link to Empathy

Teresa Romero,Akitsugu Konno,Toshikazu Hasegawa
PLOS One
Abstract

In humans, the susceptibility to yawn contagion has been theoretically and empirically related to our capacity for empathy. Because of its relevance to evolutionary biology, this phenomenon has been the focus of recent investigations in non-human species. In . . . → Read More: Yawning by Dogs Support Link to Empathy

Dogs use their color vision

Colour cues proved to be more informative for dogs than brightness
Anna A. Kasparson1,Jason Badridze2 andVadim V. Maximov1?

It has long been known that dogs’ eyes are physically equipped to perceive colors, thus, they are not colorblind. But dogs are believed to see only shades of yellow, blue, and gray. That’s because their eyes have only two types . . . → Read More: Dogs use their color vision

Assessment tool :Quality of life in Canine Cancer patients

Abstract
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
June 15, 2013, Vol. 242, No. 12, Pages 1679-1687
doi: 10.2460/javma.242.12.1679

Development of a survey instrument to assess health-related quality of life in small animal cancer patients treated with chemotherapy
Maria A. Iliopoulou, DVM, MS; Barbara E. Kitchell, DVM, PhD, DACVIM; Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, PhD
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and the Comparative Medicine . . . → Read More: Assessment tool :Quality of life in Canine Cancer patients

Problem-solving Strategies in Dogs Diagnosed with Anxiety

Different problem-solving strategies in dogs diagnosed with anxiety-related disorders and control dogs in an unsolvable task paradigm
Chiara Passalacqua,  Sarah Marshall-Pescini , Isabella Merola, Clara Palestrini , Emanuela Prato Previde
Accepted 10 May 2013. published online 10 June 2013.

Abstract

In humans and in other animal species anxiety-related problems are associated with poor performance in different abilities ranging from decision-making, . . . → Read More: Problem-solving Strategies in Dogs Diagnosed with Anxiety

Efficacy of dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP)

Can Vet J. 2010 April; 51(4): 380–384.
PMCID: PMC2839826
Efficacy of dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP) for ameliorating separation-related behavioral signs in hospitalized dogs
Young-Mee Kim, Jong-Kyung Lee, A.M. Abd el-aty, Sung-Hee Hwang, Jae-Hoon Lee, and Sang-Mok Lee

Abstract

Dogs hospitalized in veterinary clinics are likely to show signs of separation-induced anxiety from hospitalization. The study assessed the effect of dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP) . . . → Read More: Efficacy of dog-appeasing pheromone (DAP)

New Research; how odor is processed

“For most animals, smell is a very, very important thing,” said Harvard Professor Venkatesh Murthy. “If they are in an environment where there’s one overwhelming smell that’s irrelevant, they need to be able to detect a weak smell that may signal danger.” Earlier studies had hinted that the interneurons in the olfactory bulb are the primary . . . → Read More: New Research; how odor is processed

Canine Devocalization Position Statement

The American Animal Hospital Association is opposed to the practice known as debarking, canine devocalization or vocal cordectomy.

Devocalization for inappropriate and excessive vocalization is often ineffective in achieving the desired results and can deprive canines of the ability to perform a normal behavior. Appropriate behavioral modification efforts should be employed that avoid the use of punishment . . . → Read More: Canine Devocalization Position Statement