Dogs recognize other dogs on a computer screen

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.

Does your dog know what you're thinking?

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.

Dogs evolved to eat our food

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.

Why dogs are tameable and wolves aren't

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.

Can fMRI scans show what your dog is thinking?

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.

Do military dogs have titanium teeth?

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."

Mother half-starves children to play Small World

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.

Lo-fi speakers, for the pet that has everything

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.