Special CollectionDogs: Scientist’s Best Friend

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What does it mean when a dog wags its tail? How are dogs helping us fight diseases? And how did dogs evolve from wolves? Check out the Science's latest coverage of man’s best friend to find out.

Recent Items

16 April 2015 | News Feature

Solving the mystery of dog domestication

An unprecedented collaboration may solve one of the greatest mysteries of domestication.
16 April 2015 | News

How the wolf became the dog

Scientists are coming to a consensus about how canines evolved.
16 April 2015 | Daily News

How dogs stole our hearts

Canines make humans produce more "trust hormone," and vice versa.

Science in the Classroom: How did dogs become our best friend?

An annotated research paper teaches the science behind the friendship between dogs and humans.
16 April 2015 | Research

Oxytocin-gaze positive loop and the coevolution of human-dog bonds

The human-dog bond is facilitated by the interaction of oxytocin feedback loops that emerged over the course of domestication.
16 April 2015 | Insight

Dogs hijack the human bonding pathway

Oxytocin facilitates social connections between humans and dogs.

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12 February 2015 | Biology

Are you happy? Your dog can tell

Canines can distinguish various facial expressions.
26 November 2014 | Biology

Dogs really do listen to us

Study finds that dogs respond to human speech the same way we do.
25 November 2014 | Health

Guts of obese dogs look similar to those of obese people

Study hints that diversity of the body’s bacteria may play a role in obesity.
25 November 2014 | Physics

Video: Why dogs are such sloppy drinkers

Physicists get to the roots of our sloshy canines.
10 September 2014 | Plants & Animals

The Lassie effect: Movies drive our preference for certain dog breeds

But effect has waned over time.
29 August 2014 | Plants & Animals

Dogs glean information from each other's barks

Canines respond differently to the barks of friends and strangers.
21 August 2014 | Evolution

Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests

Breeding for dependence, not cooperation, may have driven initial dog domestication.
13 August 2014 | Biology

Bacteria shrink tumors in humans, dogs

Injections of microbes may be alternative to chemotherapy and radiation.
25 July 2014 | Brain & Behavior

In search of Kenya’s elusive wild dogs

A Science reporter tries to track down these mysterious canines.
23 July 2014 | Brain & Behavior

Dogs experience humanlike jealousy

Canines don't like it when their owners turn their affections elsewhere.
9 June 2014 | Brain & Behavior

‘Love hormone’ has same effect on humans and dogs

Canines more likely to bond with their owners after a hit of oxytocin.
29 May 2014 | Archaeology

Did dogs help drive mammoths to their graves?

New study argues that ancient canines may have helped human hunters snare large numbers of the tusked beasts.
6 May 2014 | Biology

Video: Dogs ‘speak human’ better than chimps

Canines can follow clues in our voices to find food.
20 February 2014 | Brain & Behavior

How dogs know what you’re feeling

The canine brain has a humanlike voice area.
23 January 2014 | Biology

Dogs follow the leader

Dominant dogs rule.
7 January 2014 | Biology

How to understand dog

Researchers decode emotions hidden in human and animal sounds.
31 October 2013 | Brain & Behavior

Video: What tail wagging means to other dogs

Humans understand tail wagging pretty well. But what about other dogs?
2 August 2013 | Plants & Animals

Video: How dogs show their love

Want to know if your dog loves you? Watch his left eyebrow.
13 June 2013 | Biology

Dogs provide insight into rare genetic disease

Researchers are using dogs to help them understand a rare genetic disease called centronuclear myopathy.
16 April 2013 | Evolution

Good dogs live longer

Body size isn't the only factor that determines how long dogs survive.
23 January 2013 | Evolution

Diet shaped dog domestication

Genomic analysis reveals that dogs and humans walked similar evolutionary paths.

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