We get nagging little questions about our furry darlings. You probably do too. Is my dog showing his affection when he licks me? Does my pup recognize her sister that we see at the dog park? Which dog breeds got the brains not the trains? And what is my dog’s tail trying to tell me? Keep reading for your favorite tips in our absolute favorite category.

Do Dogs Recognize Their Kin? | 2009-09-01

It even happens to dogs. Out of all the dog parks in town, your dog’s littermates and mom have to pick the one he goes to. There’s Mom playing fetch, and now your dog’s little brother wants in on the action. Do you think your dog would even recognize his littermates and parents after years of separation? As it turns out, many studies have zeroed in on this topic known in scientific circles as “kin recognition,” the study of how animals recognize their relatives and its importance in the natural world. Read on to find out that dogs do likely recognize their family members and prefer an unfamiliar relative over a more familiar non-relative.

The Brainiest Breeds | 2009-07-10

For someone who chases his tail all day, “genius” may be too big a word. But just like us, some dogs are simply brainier than others. And what do we care? Give us the unconditional love and someone to curl up on the couch with and we’re set. In any case, PetMD’s got the list of the top pup brains by breed (those with mixed breeds, get out your calculators). But don’t worry if your dog didn’t make the list. As it turns out, he was out of town on testing day, probably partying with the mutts and other canine einsteins who didn’t make the list. Check out the goody-four-paws who scored big on PetMD’s list.

The Look of Love | 2009-03-24

Don’t tell the kids, but your dog is moving in on their territory. A recent study from Japan’s Azuba University shows what dog people everywhere have suspected for eons: We experience the same surge of emotions when gazing at our pup as moms do with their babies. It’s all thanks to a burst of the delectable “cuddle chemical,” the hormone oxytocin. All we need to do is play with our pets, look into their eyes, and the love drug surges, banishing stress, breeding trust and lifting our spirits as it flows. Finally, there’s a scientific explanation for how a human can love a dog like a child. Your mother-in-law will be so pleased.

Kissed by a Dog | 2009-05-06

It’s kind of gross, but somehow we treasure a kiss from our dog. Sure, it’s from the same mouth that eats mud and carries around your dirty socks he finds. It may be ripe with germs and stinky breath, but there’s one thing every pet parent knows: we’d miss the dog kiss. Whether it’s a sweet greeting or a gift of love, there’s meaning in every kiss. Keep reading for a few reasons why your pooch puckers up.

Dog Scout’s Honor | 2009-07-28

You loved your Scout days and now your kids aren’t interested. Or, maybe your kid happens to have four paws and no scout training. Well, that’s all about to change. The non-profit organization Dog Scouts of America welcomes good canine citizens and their people to Dog Scouts. Imagine it – your dog becoming a certified Dog Scout, participating in your community, and earning up to over 70 merit badges to wear on his adorable little cape. It’s every pup’s dream. Find a troop to join in your area, start a local chapter or even head off to Dog Scout Camp. We know you’ll love it as much as we did, Dog Scout’s Honor.

Talk to the Tail | 2009-03-12

Praise for the puppy dog tail. For centuries it’s wagged its way into our hearts. That’s because dogs’ tails are so much more than a range of 6 to 23 highly mobile vertebrae, they’re extremely adorable, and a major communication tool for the fuzzy mug at the other end. Everybody knows that dogs wag when they’re happy, but did you also know that happy wags usually veer to the right? Or that dogs typically don’t wag when they’re alone? We didn’t either. See what else we found out about the wonderful wag.

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