Dogs can pick out faces of other dogs on a computer screen, say researchers, irrespective of breed, showing they can recognize and categorize their own species by sight alone.
It won't come as much of a surprise to most dog owners, but new research has shown that man's best friend is a lot more likely to steal food when nobody's looking, suggesting for the first time that dogs can understand a human's point of view.
One key way dogs differ from wolves, scientists have discovered, is in their ability to digest starchy foods, indicating that the split between the two species may have come about as dogs adapted to scavenging human leftovers.
It's long puzzled biologists why dogs have become man's best friend while wolves remain fiercely wild, when genetically the two are so similar.
Emory University researchers have begun a project to scan the brains of alert dogs using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and see how they react to hand signals from their owners.
Perusing the Google News headlines I came across the usual articles about mobile technology, websites, and apps, until I saw a headline that stood out: "Military dogs with titanium teeth take down Osama Bin Laden."
A British woman has been given a suspended sentence and banned from using a computer after failing to cook for her children for six months and allowing her dogs to starve to death.
The 33-year-old widow has been playing Small World, in which dwarves and giants battle to dominate a too-small area - for up to 22 hours a day, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Apparently, dogs and cats don't like the same hifi systems as us. You might think 'sod 'em', and play your music anyway; you might, if you're particularly soft-hearted, buy them some teeny tiny earmuffs.