Pet Talk 101

Watch your tone! Professor Fluffykins might be listening. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You know what it’s called when someone’s good or bad mood rubs off on you? “Emotional Contagion.” This helps build social bonds within AND between species. Domesticated animals can distinguish between

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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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Confuzzled Cats

Wanna hear something PAW-esome? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You just want some peace after a long day at work. But that darn cat! It won’t leave you alone, no matter where you hide! What sort of sixth sense are they using to pin

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Cat-titude

Hey cat, quit staring at me! What on EARTH is he thinking about? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Those of us who work at home are spending a LOT more time with our pets these days! How can we better understand our feline friends’

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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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Pets Article by Nora Bradford!

Nora Bradford, Hiver writer has recently published an article about PETS with Southern California News Group (SCNG)! Nora says, “In a world where science is so central in solving problems around climate change, the pandemic, and a multitude of other issues, it’s our responsibility as scientists to make scientific literature more

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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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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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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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