Monthly Archives: September 2012

Latest Study Determines Dogs Are Capable Of Reading People’s Minds

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files

To anyone who is familiar with the eerily human-like qualities of man’s best friend, the news that dogs can read your mind shouldn’t come as any surprise. The latest research adds to growing evidence that dogs can interpret both human body language and general behavior and use it to their advantage.

“Dogs and (human-raised) wolves are capable of distinguishing between a person looking at them, someone who’s paying attention and someone who’s not,” said Monique A.R. Udell, lead author of a study published recently in the journal Learning & Behavior. “They’re more likely to beg (for food) from someone paying attention to them.”

Researchers have been learning more and more about the surprising capabilities and intelligence of Canis lupus familiaris, better known as the domestic dog.

One recent study found that dogs have the developmental abilities of a human 2-year-old, with the average dog capable of learning the meanings of 165 words.

“Over the last five years or so, we’ve been trying to understand how dogs and relatives of dogs such as wolves respond to social companions,” explained Udell, who was a researcher at the University of Florida in Gainesville when the study was conducted.

The latest study involved groups of pet dogs, stray dogs from a shelter and hand-raised wolves (named Tristan, Miska and Marion, among other monikers) who were comfortable around humans.

Two people stood about 6 meters apart, one of them looking directly and continuously at the dog or wolf. The other person had their vision blocked, either with a bucket over their head, a book obscuring their face or because their back was turned. Both humans held a piece of food.

“On average, both dogs and wolves were significantly more likely to be begging from the person looking at them when the other person’s back was turned,” said Udell.

But levels of sensitivity did vary by how domesticated the dog or wolf was.

“Domesticated dogs were more likely to beg from someone paying attention to them, but shelter dogs and wolves who don’t often see a person reading books were not likely to get that cue,” Udell related. “So it does seem like specific life experiences really do matter in this context.”

The findings, said Udell, are “important because previous research suggested that something happened to dogs during genetic domestication that made them begin to think like humans. This shows that wolves are capable, if reared with humans, of (picking up human cues).”


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Breed of the Week: Field Spaniel


The Field Spaniel is best suited for a house or larger living space simply because they need to run about in a yard or fenced in area. They are not well suited for apartment homes or smaller dwellings since they can become neurotic and temperamental if they do not have enough space. These dogs still have roots in natural hunting environments, and it is important that they are not let out of sight on a regular basis. A fenced-in property is the safest place for these dogs to roam and run in, as they are likely to simply follow a scent if they are left unattended. This breed prefers cooler climates and will exhibit neurotic behavior if it is simply locked away.

Life Span: 10 – 12 years

Litter Size: 4 – 8 puppies with the average being 6 puppies

Group: Gun Dog, AKC Sporting Group


Color: Solid Liver, Solid Black, Tan Markings, Speckled, White/Black, Blue Roan, Liver/White, Red Roan, Tricolours, Blue/Tan, red Roan/Tan, Solid Tan.

Hair Length: Medium

Size: Large

Shedding: Moderate Shed

Male Height: 18 inches (46 cm.)

Male Weight: 30-45 pounds (16 – 22.5 kg.)

Female Height: 18 inches (46 cm.)

Female Weight: 30-45 pounds (16 – 22.5 kg.)



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Bark In the Park Is Back!

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The cutest dogs you could ever imagine!!!


Real panda bears in the house! Awesome!


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Book Your Booth for Bark in the Park Event!

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Adopt Summer The GSD Mix Dog


Summer is an adorable 4-year-old GSD mix female dog. Summer was rescued near the Fahaheel Sea Club in February 2012. Summer was found severely abused with only half of her tail left which had to be degloved. She went through extensive surgeries yet never lost her happy spirit. She is affectionate and greets all humans with a furious wag. She loves playing in the yard , taking long walks and gets along great with her dog pals at the shelter. Summer will make a fantastic companion to a family with children over 15. To adopt Summer, contact K’S PATH at (+965) 67001622.


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Breed of the Week: English Cocker Spaniel


The Cocker Spaniel makes a good indoor dog, but they do need a place to exercise. They will make great walking or running companions or will be happy with a romp in the yard. They may be prone to hunting birds and small animals in your yard. If you’re an apartment dweller be certain to get a show line of dog, as you’ll not be able to provide sufficient exercise for a field dog.

Life Span: 12-15 years. This breed is very healthy. Most Cocker Spaniels die of old age (40%) and cancer in old age (22%).

Litter Size: 1-4 puppies.

Group: Gun Dog/ AKC Sporting


Color: There are various colors of Cocker Spaniel. Many hunters have favored white cocker spaniels because they are easier to see in the field. However, white spaniels are not used in the show ring. There are also parti-colors, which are either ticked or roaned. These are white with black, liver, or red.

Hair Length: Medium, Short

Size: Medium

Shedding: Moderate Shed

Male Height: 15-17 inches

Male Weight: 28-34 pounds

Female Height: 14-16 inches

Female Weight: 26-32 pounds

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