Posts Tagged ‘dog research’

How Many Human Years are in a Dog Year?

Black and white photo of a young girl and a dog sitting in a wagon in the countryside.

It is a well-accepted fact that a single dog year is equal to 7 human years. If your dog is 3 years old, that would mean that they are 21 in human years. Sounds about right! However, if you start translating the the age of a very young or older dog, this 1:7 ratio starts…

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Can Dogs Detect Cancer?

Closeup of a black and white dog's nose.

We’ve likely all heard about the possibility of dogs being able to detect cancer. With about 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, dogs may be able to smell anywhere from 40-100,000 times better than humans. This allows them to be able to detect compounds at the low parts-per-billion range, according to Nancy Dreschel, a…

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Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?

Brown mixed breed dog standing in grass on leash with its head tilted.

Everyone knows what we’re talking about: that characteristic head tilt that dogs do where they appear to be confused. But are they confused? What’s actually going on when dogs do this? According to certified applied animal behaviorist Jill Goldman, Ph.D., it’s complicated. There are likely a variety of factors that contribute to this odd behavior,…

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Researchers Discover The Mutation That Causes Canine Night Blindness

Beagle puppy sitting in field of tall grass.

  The mutation that causes congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) in dogs has been discovered after years of research by an international team including a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. CSNB is an autosomal recessive disease, meaning that it occurs on one of 38 pairs of non-sex chromosomes, and that symptoms will only occur…

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