Ruff History

Did ancient human children read “Work Spot, Work?” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Did early man put his pets to work? Some ancient dog fossils show evidence of the spinal disease, spondylosis deformans. Does this mean the dogs pulled heavy loads? Katherine Latham from

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Good Boy Brain

Who’s a good boy?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with The Loh Down on Science. From pugs to German shepherds, dogs are a diverse bunch! And humans have bred them to perform all kinds of jobs. They’ve mastered tracking, guarding, pest control… and being our best friends! But did centuries

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Puppy Dog Eyes

Ever seen an ugly puppy? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying – no such thing! They’re ALL cute! And they somehow look the most adorable when they’ve done something bad. It’s all in those pleading puppy dog eyes. Sometimes instead of a scolding, Fido

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Doggo Decisions

Finding THE ONE is no walk in the park! Or dog park. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When it comes to relationships, most people have a “type.” But does that only hold true for our HUMAN relationships? Samantha Cohen and Peter Todd from Indiana

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Man’s Best Friend

Does your pooch truly understand your feelings? Or is Spot’s nuzzling just learned behavior? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and on compassionate canines. Dogs often show a strong emotional connection to humans. But can they really understand what we’re feeling? Researchers at the University

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Cuteness Overload

Puppies – why are they so darn CUTE?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Puppies can be a headache! They pee and poo on the carpet. Ugh! But there’s no doubt about how ADORABLE they are! Is there actually a scientific reason for the cuteness?!

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A Dog’s Life

The dog! Man’s best friend …AND best diet buddy?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Think your dog resembles you? Maybe it’s the curly fur, the glaring distrust of the FedEx guy — or is it your… metabolism? Peer Bork’s team at the European Molecular

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No More Wheezing

Hey, tired new parents! Got an infant who wheezes her way through the night? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Get a dog! Saying, at least that’s according to a study by the University of Cincinnati’s Paloma Campo. Campo tested air quality in the

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Pessimistic Pups

Are dogs optimists or pessimists? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: It depends on the dog. Animal scientists think the way dogs respond to cues can indicate whether they expect good or bad outcomes. In other words, whether they are natural optimists or pessimists!

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Canine Conundrum

Who’s smarter? Man’s best friend? Or wolves? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Many canine experts say dogs are smarter than wolves. That’s based on studies where researchers gave both animals unsolvable tasks. Like: removing treats from jars. Dogs usually give up. They turn their

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