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How Smart Are Dogs?
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How Smart Are Dogs?

Dogs have been the loyal companions of humans for more than 15,000 years. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

They work hard and play hard. But there's still a lot about dogs that humans don't know. For example, are dogs smarter than chimpanzees? Begin your exploration of dogs with this site.

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Dog Breeding Game

Dog Breeding Game

Can you breed a border collie puppy with a brown coat, long hair, floppy ears, or other specific traits? Hint: Success starts with the parents in this game (just like in the real dog breeding world). More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
Dogs’ Dazzling Sense of Smell

Dogs’ Dazzling Sense of Smell

Your average dog’s nose is tens of thousands of times as sensitive to odors as yours. Find out what accounts for this stunning piece of machinery. More...

Article
NOVA/PBS
A Dog’s Nose for Conservation

A Dog’s Nose for Conservation

A dog's nose knows. Professor Dematteo's dog helps her detect scat, you know, poop, of carnivores to help her understand how these predators move across their terrain. More...

Profile
National Geographic
Are Dogs’ Tongues Really Cleaner than Humans’?

Are Dogs’ Tongues Really Cleaner than Humans’?

Who has a cleaner mouth, you or your dog? Meet Abby, who set out to answer that question — and won a Young Naturalist Award — after her mom kept saying "Don't let the dog lick you!" More...

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AMNH
Find Your Perfect Breed!

Find Your Perfect Breed!

Thinking of getting a dog? Use this breed selector tool to learn more about different breeds and their behaviors. More...

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Animal Planet
When and Where Did Dogs  First Become Our Pets?

When and Where Did Dogs First Become Our Pets?

This centuries-old debate may soon end thanks to faster and cheaper DNA sequencing technology. New research says it happened in Europe between 18,800 and 32,100 years ago. More...

Article
Los Angeles Times
Cool Jobs: Delving into Dung

Cool Jobs: Delving into Dung

On the hunt for poop — it's not just a job for dung beetles anymore. Meet Tucker, a dog trained to sniff out whale scat. Find out what researchers have learned from his nose for science. More...

Article
Science News for Students
Infested!: Sniffer Dogs Find Bed Bug Infestation

Infested!: Sniffer Dogs Find Bed Bug Infestation

It's not just explosives and drugs that sniffer dogs can be trained to find. Warning: This video gives an all new meaning to the phrase "Don't let the bed bugs bite!" More...

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Animal Planet
Interactive Drawings and Dissections for Veterinary Anatomy

Interactive Drawings and Dissections for Veterinary Anatomy

Ready to take a closer look at the anatomy of dogs, cats, horses, or cows? Virtually view or dissect these animals with a click of your mouse. More...

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Donald R. Adams
Dog Breed Guessing Game

Dog Breed Guessing Game

Do you know a Great Dane from a mastiff? Which pint-sized pups were treated like royalty 1,000 years ago? Put your dog smarts to the test with this 10-question quiz. More...

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WebMD
Pavlov’s Dog

Pavlov’s Dog

Ivan Pavlov was a Russian scientist who studied how animals can be trained to respond in certain ways. Explore his life and work. Then see if you can train this dog. More...

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The Nobel Foundation
Who’s The Best Drinker? Dogs? Cats? Or Pigeons?

Who’s The Best Drinker? Dogs? Cats? Or Pigeons?

What if you had to drink water with your tongue just like Fido? Could you do it? See what scientists have discovered about the way animals drink. More...

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NPR
Why Do Dogs Watch—and React—to TV?

Why Do Dogs Watch—and React—to TV?

Has your dog ever barked at an animal on TV? Or, better yet, run behind the screen to chase it? Find out how this behavior maps to a dog's breed. More...

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National Geographic
Are Dogs Starting to Watch More Television?

Are Dogs Starting to Watch More Television?

The answer is yes. Dog expert Stanley Coren explains why the spread of high-resolution digital screens is increasing the number of dogs that watch TV. More...

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BBC
Sewage-Sniffing Dogs on the Trail of Pathogens Pollution

Sewage-Sniffing Dogs on the Trail of Pathogens Pollution

In Santa Barbara, California, four-legged friends serve as a fast and inexpensive alternative to lab testing when it comes to finding pollution and pathogens in the storm water drains. More...

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WERF
The Tail’s the Tell: Dog Wags Can Mean Friend or Foe

The Tail’s the Tell: Dog Wags Can Mean Friend or Foe

Scientists know that a tail wag to the left signals different emotions than a wag to the right. After watching dogs in heart-monitoring vests, it's clear dogs know the difference as well. More...

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NPR
Understanding a Dog’s Senses

Understanding a Dog’s Senses

Most dogs have amazing senses, especially hearing and smell. They also have the ability to sense others' emotions. Sniff out just what it is that makes dogs special. More...

Article
Dog Breed Info Center
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Dogs are well-known carnivores, or meat eaters. But they also eat grass. Does that make them omnivores? Scientists have a couple of reasons why dogs may like some plants in their diet. More...

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LiveScience
Barking Up the Family Tree: American Dogs Have Surprising Genetic Roots

Barking Up the Family Tree: American Dogs Have Surprising Genetic Roots

Genetic research has told us a lot about human evolution. Now it's also cracking open the mystery of dogs' genetic heritage, including breeds that are native to North America. More...

Article
NPR
Ian Dunbar on Dog-Friendly Dog Training

Ian Dunbar on Dog-Friendly Dog Training

Ever wondered what your dog is thinking or why it acts a certain way? You'll have a much better understanding after watching veterinarian, dog trainer, and animal behaviorist Ian Dunbar in action. More...

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TED/PBS
Mush On!

Mush On!

Meet Alexa, Jenaya, and Miriah, who raise and race sled dogs with their family. Watch them experiment to see if breathing rate is a good way to match up dogs in a team. More...

Video
DragonflyTV/PBS
Real 3D Anatomy: Canine

Real 3D Anatomy: Canine

View a complete 3D dog bone set from any angle, or take a closer look at how at canine lungs and hearts. More...

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Real 3D Anatomy
Scientist Profile: Dog Handler

Scientist Profile: Dog Handler

Meet Dr. Ben Ho, one of the leading rescue workers in the nation. Find out how he trains dogs in search and rescue (SAR) techniques to help find missing hikers and victims of natural disasters. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS

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