We do our best to stay aware of hot topics in human science—but what about developments in canine scholarship? In this roundup of pup-ular science, Rover explores the latest news and science trends effecting our dogs.
Last week, we learned about a facial recognition app used to locate lost dogs; delved into the science behind dogs’ abilities to offer comfort in times of need; and discovered an organ donation system for pets. Read on for more news in dog science.
The latest dog science news
Can dogs tell time?
Using facial recognition to locate lost dogs
Service dogs treating autism
USA Today explores an increased interest in the scientific community about the role of animals in treating mental and physical disabilities. Scientists are looking for quantifiable proof of what we dog lovers have always known in our hearts: that dogs can comfort us and bring joy to our lives. Read more.
The aha moment—dogs love problem solving
Think your dog only performs for the love of a treat? You might be surprised. Recent research suggests the problem solving involved in performing a task is its own reward for dogs (though they still appreciate the treat, thankyouverymuch). Pacific Standard reveals the details. Read more.
Dog organ donation
PBS NewsHour tells the story of dog organ donation. When dogs are euthenized, pet parents can now consider donating their organs to science. There’s an opportunity for further research to be done with these donated organs. Rather than creating the disease in a lab, scientists can study these organs to save research animals’ lives—and there’s potential for transplantation, too. Read more.
Top photo via Flickr/Soggydan Benenovitch