All Dogs Have a Purpose

Year: 2013

  • Countless Australians risk their lives to save animals during bushfires and floods – why do they do it?

    A PhD Scholarship is available on the ARC DECRA Project ‘Should I stay or should I go? Increasing natural disaster preparedness and survival through animal attachment’ to work with principle supervisor Dr Kirrilly Thompson who is based in the Adelaide Campus of Central Queensland University. Countless Australians risk their lives to save animals during bushfires and floods. Many die. Animal attachment […]


    Domestic dogs are much more likely to steal food when they think nobody can see them, suggesting for the first time that dogs are capable of understanding a human’s point of view. Many dog owners think their pets are clever or that they understand humans but, until now, this has not been tested by science. […]

  • Owning a Dog Is Linked to Reduced Heart Risk

    American Heart Association, the nation’s largest cardiovascular health organization has a new message for Americans: “owning a dog may protect you from heart disease.”The new report reviewed dozens of studies, and over all it seemed clear that pet owners, especially those with dogs, the focus of most of the studies, were in better health than people […]

  • PUPs Program

    Pets Unstressing Passengers   Some people recommend a stiff drink to combat anxiety about flying. Officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) think they have a better solution: friendly dogs. Launched this week at LAX, the Pets Unstressing Passengers – or “PUP” program – aims to have tails wagging in various terminals at the airport in an […]

  • Can your Dog Point?

    After he got his doctorate in biological anthropology from Harvard, Dr. Brian Hare and his colleagues finally published their results: “Dogs could indeed pass the pointing test, while wolves, their wild relatives, could not”. Photo: Brian Hare, associate professor at Duke University and chief scientific officer at Dognition, conducting the “folder game” with Finley – Carl […]

  • 15 Reasons Animal-Assisted Therapy Works!

    Animal assisted therapy can be more effective than traditional talk therapy because: Animals can increase a person’s motivation and participation in therapy. Animals can help build trust with the therapist and came make the therapy room feel like a safe place. Animals can improve everyone’s social interactions. Dogs offer unconditional acceptance. People may identify with […]