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How Dogs Think

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

A scientist explores how genetics and experience shape the canine mind.

Love, After First Bites

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Nothing prepared the Devols for the Cujo-like behavior of their dachshund Otto. The sweet puppy they brought home had morphed into a snapping, snarling dog 18 months later.

Otto the Dachshund

Psychiatry for Animals

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

“Pets on the Couch” author Nicholas Dodman argues that animals have mental health problems similar to our own, and benefit from similar treatments

Lick the Habit

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

What’s behind this common bonding behavior

Dog licking owner's face

Newly identified genomic causes of severe compulsive behavior in dogs could further understanding of human OCD

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Research led by investigators in veterinary and human medicine has identified genetic pathways that exacerbate severity of canine compulsive disorder in Doberman pinschers, a discovery that could lead to better therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder in people. The discovery appears online in advance of print on February 29 in the International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine.

Dog chasing its tail

Like Minds

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

The similarities between behavioral disorders in people and animals may lead to breakthroughs in the detection and treatment of autism, OCD and other compulsive disorders.