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Scientists at a behavioral studies facility in Budapest set quite a tasks for themselves. They set out to analyze, with non-invasive methods, dog brains to see if our canine companions could detect emotions in both human and dog voices and to compare it to human brain activity when given the same stimuli. Credit: Getty Editorial The hardest part, in my opinion, must have been training 11 dogs to lie perfectly still for about 10 minutes while they were being scanned by an MRI machine. The neurobiologists chose Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers for the study. (I myself would have chosen Basset Hounds or English Bulldogs, which would have been a leg up - or perhaps...

Are Dogs Capable of Love?

People love to talk about how much they love their dogs and often mention that one special individual to whom no others can really compare. I wonder, are the dogs in our lives capable of these same types of feelings? Credit: Getty Creative One of the problems with exploring the idea of love is the all encompassing nature of the word in the English language. We can love our mates, our children, our pets, or even a favorite desert; but these are all actually very different emotions. No one ever talks about how they'd jump in front of a speeding truck to save a piece of chocolate cake, after all! Other languages have different words for different types of love, but in everyday English we're...

My dog Apollo recently took part in a scientific experiment. To be honest, I'm using the words "scientific" and "experiment" in the most general of ways. My 11-year-old neighbor included Apollo in her "Does Dog Breed or Size Influence Trainability" 5th grade science fair project. Credit: Getty Creative Going into the experiment, I was fairly confident which end of the bell curve Apollo would fall on ... and he didn't disappoint (or did, depending on one's point of view). He didn't learn how to jump through a hula hoop held just off the ground. He simply leaned toward a treat until it was obviously out of reach and then sat down and looked dejected. He also didn't understand that a treat...

April 2014 Pet Owner Horoscopes

These horoscopes are calibrated for you, the owner, according to your horoscope sign. Even though most pet owners don't know their pets' birthdays, astrology can still give you perspective on your animal companions by looking at your chart. Specifically, your sixth house rules the part of life that is connected with taking care of your pets, as well as other day-to-day routines. Credit: Getty Creative Aries (March 21st to April 19th) You and your pet are ready to hit the road ... if you can travel together. With April's energetic Sun and uplifting Jupiter energy, it's all about being sporty and having fun. Even if you can't get out and about, you can bring the fun home to your pet with new...