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The paths dogs take on group walks reveal their personality traits as well as the leaders of the pack, according to a new study. Credit: Wikimedia Amazingly, researchers can describe most major traits of a dog sight unseen. "We showed that it is possible to determine the social ranking and personality traits of each dog from their GPS movement data," study co-author Máté Nagy of Oxford University's Department of Zoology said in a press release. PHOTOS: The Earliest Dogs Researchers analyzed data from GPS devices that were attached to harnesses worn by the dogs, according to a study published in PLoS Computational Biology this week. "On individual walks it is hard to identify one...

As Loki grew from a puppy to an adult dog, his active owners presented him with a variety of enriching challenges, and they were smart enough to film his attempts to negotiate them. He's skilled in yoga, aerobic exercise and engaging the dark night of the soul that comes with really taking a good look at oneself in the mirror. But the real treat here is puppy Loki's encounter with a slice of lemon and his persistence in trying to make it taste good. Watch and laugh....

Are Treadmills for Dogs a Good Idea?

A couple of weeks ago "oh holland" posted, "I hear NYC radio ads pitching treadmills and treadwheels as indoor exercise contraptions for city dogs. Instinctively I hate them, but would really appreciate a post on the topic..." As I replied at the time, my professional experience with canine treadmills is strictly limited to their role in physical rehabilitation. In that setting they can certainly be beneficial, but when it comes to their use in the home, I think their value is limited. Here's why: Treadmills and treadwheels are no substitute for outdoor exercise. When a dog goes for a walk or run, chases a ball in the park, etc., the activity engages his mind and all of his senses. He...

Do Dogs Get Runner's High?

There's compelling evidence that dogs experience "runner's high," a euphoria-inducing buzz experienced by regular runners and other athletes. The discovery, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, could mean that nature rewards many animals with this pleasant feeling, encouraging them to run and jump around. David Raichlen of the University of Arizona and his colleagues wrote that "a neurobiological reward for endurance exercise may explain why humans and other cursorial mammals habitually engage in aerobic exercise despite the higher associated energy costs and injury risks, and why non-cursorial mammals avoid such locomotor behaviors." In short, we're fools for exercise...