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Behavior resembling human ADHD seen in dogs

A study involving some 11,000 dogs demonstrated that the gender, age and breed of the dog, as well as any behavioral problems and certain environmental factors, are connected to hyperactive and impulsive behavior and inattention (ADHD).http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/o2fum62e3IgView the source article

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Gorillas can tell human voices apart

A new study is the first to show that gorillas are able to recognize familiar human voices based on their relationship with the speaker.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/9XlV_d-63D4View the source article

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‘Pet prep’ could be key to disaster survival

Researchers have discovered most pet owners have inadequate plans for their pets if a natural disaster strikes -- but disaster response planners may be able to turn this into a positive.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/6wEGk_n7ic0View the source article

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Man's best friend could be a jaguar's next meal: A case study from the Mexican Caribbean

Events of jaguars predating on and attacking dogs are poorly documented throughout the Americas. Researchers from Mexico and Germany report in detail jaguar attacks on 20 dogs at a tourist site in the Mexican Caribbean. In addition, they describe an initiative proposed by locals as well as national and international NGOs to prevent human-jaguar conflicts due to pet predation.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/YMxp97HEvfUView the source article

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Dog parasite is developing resistance to treatments

Right now, U.S. veterinarians rely on three types of drugs to kill the hookworms, but the parasites appear to becoming resistant to all of them. Dog hookworms can also infect humans.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/Ootjm6V9yaUView the source article

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Early long-distance trade links shaped Siberian dogs

Analysis of ancient canine DNAs reveals that the inhabitants of Arctic Siberia began importing dogs from Eurasia some 2000 years ago.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/ai3Ka_vOijoView the source article

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Seven personality and behavior traits identified in cats

Researchers have developed a new comprehensive questionnaire for surveying feline personality and behavior. A dataset of more than 4,300 cats representing 26 breed groups revealed seven personality and behavior traits, with significant differences observed between breeds.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/IvbxaTSBBoYView the source article

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Indian wolf among world’s most endangered and distinct wolves

The Indian wolf could be far more endangered than previously recognized, say first scientists to sequence its genome. Indian wolves could also represent the most ancient surviving lineage of wolves.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/0rv687tZEgIView the source article

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Farmed carnivores may become 'disease reservoirs' posing human health risk

Carnivorous animals lack key genes needed to detect and respond to infection by pathogens, a study has found. Farming large numbers of carnivores, like mink, could allow the formation of undetected 'disease reservoirs', in which a pathogen could spread to many animals and mutate to become a risk to human health.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/olxDEuUol8YView the source article

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Raccoon dogs pose a particular threat to ground-nesting birds in Northern Europe

Artificial nest experiments demonstrated that the raccoon dog, an alien species abundant in Finland, is a more common duck nest predator than any indigenous mammalian species. The species depredated nests on shorelines as well as in forests, rural landscapes and urban areas.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/_r4vW2iySh4View the source article

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Genetic enigma solved: Inheritance of coat color patterns in dogs

Scientists have unraveled the enigma of inheritance of coat color patterns in dogs. The researchers discovered that a genetic variant responsible for a very light coat in dogs and wolves originated more than two million years ago in a now extinct relative of the modern wolf.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/h889XP9nUlsView the source article

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Some birds steal hair from living mammals, study finds

A new paper documents an unusual behavior among tufted titmice and their closest bird kin. A bird will land on an unsuspecting mammal and, cautiously and stealthily, pluck out some of its hair.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/AGCMGqzvZRwView the source article

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Man's new best friend: What cats can teach us about human genetics and precision medicine

Although cats have lived alongside humans for millennia, it remains a dogs' world. This bias has historically bled into science as well. It's time for cats to get their day, argues veterinary medicine experts. Cats, they say, have the potential to be a valuable model organism for geneticists, as the feline genome is ordered similarly to humans.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/-qGupZ6MdH4View the source article

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DNA assay aids in identifying and protecting North American wolves, coyotes

Forensics specialists can use a commercial assay targeting mitochondrial DNA to accurately discriminate between wolf, coyote and dog species. The genetic information could aid authorities in prosecuting hunting jurisdiction violations and preserving protected species.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/VMwdFBWLL40View the source article

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Dogs may not return their owners' good deeds

Domestic dogs show many adaptations to living closely with humans, but they do not seem to reciprocate food-giving according to a new study.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/kYugw-DKVh0View the source article

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Restless nights: Shelter housed dogs need days to adapt to new surroundings

Every year, thousands of dogs end up in a shelter in the Netherlands. Experts expect an increase in this number in the upcoming period, when people go back to the office after working from home during the corona crisis. Despite the good care of staff and volunteers, the shelter can be a turbulent experience for dogs. Researchers investigated if dogs can adapt to their new environment based on their nocturnal activity.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/dOftsAYYLHUV

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You can snuggle wolf pups all you want, they still won't 'get' you quite like your dog

You know your dog gets your gist when you point and say 'go find the ball' and he scampers right to it. This knack for understanding human gestures may seem unremarkable, but it's a complex cognitive ability that is rare in the animal kingdom. New research comparing dog puppies to human-reared wolf pups offers some clues to how dogs' unusual people-reading skills came to be.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/UQe-RbCuC84View the source article

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Hunting and hidden deaths led to 30% reduction in WI wolf population

About 100 additional wolves died over the winter in Wisconsin as a result of the delisting of grey wolves under the Endangered Species Act, alongside the 218 wolves killed by licensed hunters during Wisconsin's first public wolf hunt, according to new research. A majority of these additional, uncounted deaths are due to cryptic poaching, where poachers hide evidence of illegal killings.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/dogs/~4/_absHMbiaC0View the source article

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