In a unique study comparing pet pigs and pet dogs on this task, researchers found that, overall, dogs showed more behaviors that indicate “asking for help” from readily available humans. This is an interesting comparison for two big reasons - (1) both were subject to domestication and (2) all animals in this study were kept and raised as pets from a very young age. Therefore, humans should play a role in both their lives, but results support that dogs may be predisposed to communicate with humans in a way that is unique to them - even among other domesticated species raised in a similar manner!
Dog Science is a fairly new and growing field. It can be overwhelming and intimidating to dive into scientific research studies. We reviewed three studies and are sharing what can be learned from them and applied to caring for and teaching your dog.
Since our dogs can't talk to us, we need to rely on the other ways they communicate. Body language is an important communication tool but it requires paying attention and understanding the meaning behind those actions.
It is a common belief that one human year is equal seven dog years. But this is not always true! Aging is a natural process and age is just a number. Your dog's actually age is influenced by many factors such as genetics, size, breed, lifestyle, and quality of care. So, how old is your dog really?
To best understand and build a relationship with our dog friends, it is helpful to understand what life is like from their perspective.
Pet owners with dogs who struggle with anxiety can learn who to recognize anxiety provoking situations and create a plan for coping.
Expert, Nikki, RVT @caninehealthnut shares how making your own dog food is one of the best ways to create a balanced diet!
Why do dogs make such good service and support animals? And what do these roles look like?
Umwelt is defined as the world as it is experienced by an organisim. When we question what our dog's inner world looks, feels, and smells like we are exploring their umwelt. Doing this can improve our relationship with our beloved pets and help them become more bonded to us!
Ever read an article about caring for and training your dog and come across a term you don't quite understand? We've created this catalog of Dog Training terms so you never have to wonder again!
Everyone wants their dog to behave. But if you really get to know your dog and bond with them, you will understand why they behave the way they do. And help them shape good behaviors!
We chatted dog poop with experts from Dig Labs and are sharing their wisdom. What is your dog's poop telling you about their gut health, when should you be concerned, what do vets look for? Find these answers and more!
Petminded presents a short review of the Grumpy Dogs are Smart Learners study.
Petminded recently attended the Animal Behavior Society Conference Public Day and have gathered up all the best tips and ideas to help you improve your relationship with your dog.
We talk to a lot of amazing scientists and researchers here at Petminded. But, there are some that hold a special place in our hearts because they kicked off our journey of exploring dog cognition! Others stand out in the ideas they research or ways they present findings to their community! This post highlights some of the most influential researchers and contributors to the field.
Petminded explains what trigger stacking is, common causes, and how to avoid it with your dogs.
Let me sniff! Nosework induces positive judgment bias in pet dogs study from Duranton and Horowitz shows how this specific enrichment activity can lead to increased optimisim for dogs.
Dog Cognitive Development: a Longitudinal Study across the First 2 Years of Life from Emily Bray offers some clues on what we can expect when our puppies enter their toddler phase of life.
Socializing a puppy with both animals and humans is important for their future behavior and wellbeing
Did you know your attention can influence how your dog interacts with other dogs?
Our dogs enjoy our attention even when they are playing with other dogs
Puppies and Young Dogs can suffer from Cognitive Issues due to seizures. Here are some watchouts
The good, the bad and ugly reasons for changes to your dog's personality