July 30, 2020

Your 1-year-old dog isn’t 7 human years old, contrary to the traditional math

Dogs live an average of 12 years. Life expectancy in humans, by contrast, is at least five times that. That discrepancy is in part the basis for the common rule of thumb that one “dog year” is the equivalent of seven “human years.” But according to a new study published in the journal Cell, that one-to-seven ratio is wrong. That’s because new genetic evidence shows puppies and younger dogs age faster than their older counterparts do. A 6-year-old dog would be the human equivalent of about 60 years old, the researchers found.   An 8-week-old puppy is the equivalent of a 9-month-old baby To […]
July 30, 2020

Why Do Dogs Have Tails?

At one point or another, you may have wondered why dogs have tails. Since most dogs are born with tails, it’s safe to assume those tails are there for a reason. Tails offer several benefits for dogs, outside of helping them look adorable for the humans they meet. In fact, tails are quite important to daily life. Have you ever thought about why your dog has a tail? Here’s why:   Movement Most dogs were bred for some sort of work, but you don’t need to see them performing some extraordinary task to see their tails in action. Simply throw […]
July 30, 2020

Do Dogs Grieve Other Dogs?

Grief, and the whirlwind of emotions that come with it, is something we have all likely felt at one time or another, whether it’s after the loss of a friend, family member, or beloved pet. What’s harder to know is whether grief, as we understand it, is something that our canine companions feel when they lose a fellow four-legged friend. While we can’t just ask them, we can observe them – and most evidence seems to indicate that, yes, dogs experience grief in some form. In fact, it’s likely that they feel all of the emotions that go along with grief […]

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