Dog Discoveries

A Look into Dog Hackles

  A black cat with raised hackles is a staple of Halloween decorations, but did you know that dogs have the ability to raise their hackles too? The action of raising hackles is known as piloerection, literally meaning raising of hairs. Cats are known to raise their hackles, but so do porcupines with their thick hairs when … Read more…

Dogs Learn Words Courtesy of Fast Mapping

  It’s Talent Thursday, and learning to associate words with certain items is certainly an impressive talent, especially when it comes to dogs! How many words can a dog learn? Rico, the border collie, has shown the ability to learn over 200. Juliane Kaminski from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology along with colleagues, has … Read more…

Dog Word of the Day: Crabbing

  Today we decided that the dog word of the day is “crabbing.” What is crabbing and how does it relate to dogs? According to the American Kennel Clubs glossary it’s a dog’s movement with the body kept at an angle to the line of travel. As the word implies, the movement is likely inspired by the … Read more…

How Many Senses Do Dogs Have?

  What are exactly senses and how do they relate to dogs? If we look at our reference book “Clinical Anatomy & Physiology for Veterinary Technicians, p. 269:” it says that senses are “extensions of the central nervous system” that allow it to monitor what’s going on inside and outside of the dog’s body. Generally, when an internal … Read more…

I am Your Dog’s Liver

  Today we’ll be sharing some interesting discoveries pertaining a marvelous organ that is often underestimated, the dog’s liver. For those folks who loved reading stories from Reader’s Digest around the mid 80s’ may remember the author J.D. Ratcliff who wrote compelling articles featuring organs as if they were talking  in first person. We thought it would be fun to share … Read more…

Dogs are an Altricial Species

  How are puppies born and get to survive and thrive despite being born in such a helpless state? When it comes to animals coming into existence, there are two ways that the mission can be accomplished: the mother may endure a long pregnancy or incubation period which produces fully developed offspring, or the mother may undergo … Read more…

Can Dogs Lose Their Sense of Smell?

  Can dogs lose their sense of smell? Many dog owners may find it surprising that dogs can become “scent blind” and   lose their sense of smell. Perhaps this fact is quite surprising because we mostly hear about dogs who become blind or deaf, but rarely about dogs who lose their sense of smell. Because … Read more…

The Fascinating Tongue of the Chow Chow

  What’s more fascinating than a chow chow’s tongue? Many of us already know that the tongue of the chow chow dog breed is of a distinct blue-black color. There are only a few animals on this planet with blue tongues. Among dogs, the chow chow and the shar-pei are the only two breeds known for … Read more…

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