Dogs digest human food better and poop less

A new study finds that dogs fed fresh human-grade food don't need to eat—or do their business—as much.

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  • Most dogs eat a diet that's primarily kibble.
  • When fed a fresh-food diet, however, they don't need to consume as much.
  • Dogs on fresh-food diets have healthier gut biomes.
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Science says you should pet your dog before leaving

A study explores how your dog does when you're not home.

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  • Just exactly how much are dogs upset when we leave?
  • A new study finds that dogs spend time looking for us after we're gone.
  • The experiment also found that dogs are more relaxed when we give them an affectionate, gentle petting before leaving.
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Scientists piece together the story of humans and dogs

A new study tracks the human-dog relationship through DNA.

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  • The earliest dog, not wolf, found so far comes from over 15,000 years ago.
  • A new study tracks the travel and development of dogs since the end of the Ice Age.
  • Insights are derived by comparing ancient canine DNA with ancient human DNA.
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Dogs take shortcuts based on Earth’s magnetic fields

New research sees dogs checking a North-South axis on their way home.

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  • As dogs navigate, they appear to be using the Earth's magnetic fields.
  • 170 dogs orient themselves to north and south as they plot shortcuts back to their people.
  • Dogs join the growing number of magnetism-sensitive animals.

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Want to feel better? Science says to care for your dog

Admit it, caring for your pet can make you happy too. Science is working on why.

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  • A study shows that caring for your pets can improve your well-being.
  • The researchers found the act of caring provided more improvements than mere companionship.
  • These results aren't limited to pets. Plenty of studies show caring for others can improve your well-being.
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