Dogs and ADHD: Researchers Identify Dogs Most Prone to ADHD Behaviors

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition most closely associated with humans, but some dogs can show similar types of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention seen in humans with ADHD. A study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry found that dogs can have ADHD-like behaviors. What dogs are most at risk? The researchers found that a … Continue reading Dogs and ADHD: Researchers Identify Dogs Most Prone to ADHD Behaviors

Study: Parrots Need Plenty of Mental Stimulation to Thrive in Captivity

A recent study on captive parrots found that they suffer from a lack of mental stimulation more than other captive birds. Their high intelligence and natural food gathering behavior require a lot of human intervention to ensure that they do well as pets and in other captive environments like zoos. The researchers found parrots that … Continue reading Study: Parrots Need Plenty of Mental Stimulation to Thrive in Captivity

Is Your Dog Jealous When You Pay Attention to Other Dogs?  New Study Looks at Jealousy in Dogs

Many dog owners report that their dogs seem jealous when they interact with other dogs, exhibiting behaviors like leash-pulling, agitation, and vocalization.  Is this similar to human jealousy? Researchers at the University of Auckland wanted to see if our dogs demonstrate a similar type of jealousy to human children when their “parents” pay attention to … Continue reading Is Your Dog Jealous When You Pay Attention to Other Dogs?  New Study Looks at Jealousy in Dogs

Owners Report Medical Alert Dogs Go Beyond the Call of Duty

Researchers studying the performance of medical alert dogs found that, even though the dogs were trained to work with one person and one medical condition, they proved adept at alerting to multiple people and multiple conditions. Medical alert dogs (MAD) are trained to detect certain biomarkers that are associated with conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, … Continue reading Owners Report Medical Alert Dogs Go Beyond the Call of Duty