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Jun 2018

  1. Dogs understand what's written all over your face

    A new study in Learning & Behavior shows that dogs are able to understand the emotions in a human face's expressions. It gives evidence that dogs use different parts of their brains to process the emotions of humans.

  2. Many wildlife-vehicle collisions preventable

    A study from the University of Waterloo has found that many of the wildlife-vehicle collisions in Ontario are preventable. The study gives examples of strategies that could help prevent these incidents, including better signage, wildlife detection systems, and fencing and wildlife crossings.

  3. Purdue research promotes benefits of 'tickling' rats

    Researchers at Purdue University are studying the impacts of tickling rats. Their paper, published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments, describes the tickling techniques and claims that tickling can be beneficial as rats used in research laboratories as well as those kept as pets can...

  4. Are smarter animals bigger troublemakers?

    A new paper from researchers at the University of Wyoming's Animal Behavior and Cognition Lab looks at whether smarter animals are better at learning to live in urban spaces, and how that also impacts conflict between those animals and humans. The paper was published in Animal Behaviour.

  5. UCalgary researchers show living with a dog helps patients with chronic pain

    Researchers at the University of Calgary have recently found that dogs can help with improving pain, mental health, and physical and social well-being for those living with chronic pain. The interdisciplinary team of researchers coming from nursing, social work, veterinary medicine, sociology,...

  6. Graduates design responsive devices to help animals survive extinction

    Royal College of Art and Imperial College London postgraduate designers have worked to create advanced bio-logging tags that monitor behavior and environments and inform the animals (humpback whales and collared peccaries) of potential human threats. The tags are meant to serve as an alternative...

  7. Baby wallaby finds a home at animal-assisted therapy farm in north Omaha

    Scatter Joy Acres in Omaha brought in a 6 month old wallaby named Willis recently. He came from a family in Wisconsin, and joins nearly 100 other animals at the farm in Omaha. Scatter Joy Acres provides animal-assisted therapy to many, including seniors, veterans, and disabled individuals.

  8. Rosario: Story on emotional-support animals was murky

    An opinion piece from the University of Iowa argues that research on emotional support animals, while inconclusive, doesn't necessarily point to emotional support animals as ineffective.

  9. Emotional support animals are helping turn lives around

    Amy Johnson, director of the Center for Human Animal Interventions at Oakland University, has an innovative program called Teacher's Pet. The program has helped more than 2,300 students and 3,200 dogs by increasing the empathy and patience in the students and socializing the dogs.

  10. Working like a dog: Study shows pups at work can relieve stress

    Dry Ridge Family Medicine in Asheville, North Carolina have been getting the benefits of the human-animal bond through two rescue dogs. Frankie and Gracie welcome patients and make the environment feel more comforting and less like a doctor's office.

  11. LLC turned 501(c)(3) provides emotional support plush dogs to hospitalized kids

    Owner of the Lange Veterinarian Hospital, Randy Lange took inspiration from easing his own daughter's fears of surgery to creating a new organization to comfort those undergoing medical interventions utilizing the human-animal bond. Josh and Friends, now a 501(c)(3), provides a Medical Josh...

  12. Human activity is causing more and more animals to embrace the night

    Several previously diurnal animal species - like foxes and deer - have become nocturnal to avoid human activity, according to a new study. Mammals studied that used to be evenly active between the nighttime and the daytime have increased their nighttime activity to 68 percent.

  13. Reading for Paws hopes to aid with learning, socialization

    The Watauga Humane Society has begun offering its summer reading program, Reading for Paws. Running through August 9 from 11:30 to 12:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the program is mean to promote reading skills and interest in children while also socializing the cats and kittens they...

  14. New York Shelter Will Let Domestic Violence Survivors Live With Their Pets

    New York domestic violence shelter and service provider Urban Resource Institute hopes to meet a need with its new PALS Place opening this October. PALS Place will be a domestic violence shelter that houses survivors and their animal companions. While up to 48 percent of domestic violence...