More Sniffs, Less Sniffles

Does COVID-19 pass… the smell test? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  You’re feeling stuffed up and warm – with a POUNDING headache! Is it… COVID?! Getting tested is a hassle…  But wait!… Your dog knows when you’re sick… what about THE DREADED RONA?!  Enter

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Dog Bodybuilding

No more kibble, Fido! Look what you did to the rug! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s YOUR dinner time, but your dog keeps begging for treats! And he’s already a biiiiit round. Maybe it’s doggie diet time? But does dieting ACTUALLY help our

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Variety-Sized Pups

Clifford the SMALL Red Dog??? That can’t be right! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. “My dog’s bigger than your dog…” But wait – how can itty-bitty chihuahuas and HUMONGOUS Saint Bernards BOTH be dogs? Hint – it’s not the Ken-L-Ration!  Jocelyn Plassais from the

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Bilingual Dogs

Sit! Stay! Speak…in a foreign language? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Time for a WALK! Here’s your TREAT! Dogs perk right up when they hear familiar words. But if we spoke in another language, would they notice? Enter Laura Cuaya and team at Eötvös

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Purebred Pups

Being “Best in Show” may not be so glamorous! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Smushed faces, funny snorts – pugs are so cute! But like many purebred dog breeds, they have a lot of health problems. These include decreased puppy survival and increased risk

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Super-Pack

It’s election season – time to get out the…sneeze? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For we humans, elections mean it’s time to go to the polls. But how do wild pack animals make their vote known?  Ask Reena Walker from Brown University and colleagues.

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Cranium-Cockin’ Canines

Is your dog giving you the side-eye?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s one of the cutest quirks in a dog’s repertoire: the head tilt. But what makes our canine comrades shoot us that irresistible angled look? Andrea Sommese and team at Eӧtvӧs Loránd

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Wolf to Woof

Puppies are fast learners! But imagine training a WOLF PUP to sit!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Dogs started out with a wild streak, as wolves. But for fourteen thousand years, they’ve been our faithful companions.  Hannah Salomons and colleagues at Duke University wondered

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Working like a Dog

Is the phrase “working like a dog” scientifically accurate?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For ages, humans have bred mutts to hunt, herd and retrieve. Dogs SEEM to enjoy it – but are we actually stressing them out?  Enter Amanda Höglin and team from Linköping

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Doggy Bags

Dog underneath table

Why do dogs WOLF down our leftovers? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Humans eat meat. Dogs’ ancestors – wolves — eat meat. So how did these competitors get friendly and… meet? Maria Lahtinen and colleagues at the Finnish Food Authority think the answer’s close

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