Monday, November 17, 2014

On the scent of a diagnosis: "Sniffing out Cancer"

BFFL .. There are extraordinary things happening in our world everyday. So many that it is easy to overlook them. This project highlights an amazing project with Dogs who are being incorporated to who work small and big wonders doing what they do best: sniff.

I just got word on this and am sharing the links and pages. Booking the Interview for 2015 on Conscious Living/Empower Radio. Great story here. Am so glad to see this project in the works!!

Details from the Youtube post: Filmmaker Adriana LaCorte takes us on a journey through the past, present, and future of this ground-breaking new discovery and tries to determine just what it could mean for man (and animal) kind.

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Again, I will update as the project gets rolling! Share if you can. Thank you!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Animal Behavior - Dogs convey emotion in yawns and tail-wags

Yes, the tail is a communication device. Can dogs communicate with out it? Certainly. That's what all those other body part are for. Smile. 

Couple of Canine studies in the news focus on animal communication and the behaviors related to the process.

Emotions in Dogs. A recent study confirms an emotional link between you and your dog. For anyone who needs an (yet another) "official" sign-off before allowing the obvious to be given merit, this is it.

What happens when you yawn? Does your dog yawn too?

"Not only did the dogs in the study yawn more in response to their owners' yawns, they also yawned less when they saw fake yawns from their owners or from strangers, suggesting they were exhibiting true contagious yawning."

*Story Source - Nat Geo
*Study Source PLOS ONE: "Familiarity Bias and Physiological Responses in Contagious Yawning by Dogs Support Link to Empathy"

The second study explores tail-wagging. Yes, the tail is a communication device. Can dogs communicate without it? Certainly. That's what all those other body part are for. Smile.

Gracie and Jack - Happy tail-wagging

- "The Italian team found that dogs had higher heart rates and became more anxious when they saw others wag their tails more to the left, but not when they wagged more to the right, or failed to wag at all."

- "But a negative experience, such as being confronted by an aggressive and unfamiliar dog, had the opposite effect: greater activity in the right side of the brain, and more tail wagging to the left.

That translates to paying attention to various physical cues, including (but not limited to) the tail wag to better understand your dog and whether a situation is stressful.

*Source - The Guardian
*Nat Geo - Tail wagging Q & A 

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