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Questions tagged [dogs]

a domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, and a barking, howling, or whining voice.

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Does normal paper currency contain enough narcotics residue to attract a drug-sniffing dog?

It seems pretty well established that paper currency (e.g. in the US) is commonly contaminated with trace amounts of cocaine or other illegal narcotics. (See Snopes for instance, though I'm happy to ...
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Does this dog food double the lifespan of dogs?

Burt Ward -- 'Robin' from the 1960s Batman TV series -- has started a dog food company. In a recent promotional article, he claimed: "We've made a food where we have doubled and tripled the ...
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Can a Diabetic Alert Dog detect changes in blood sugar 15 minutes earlier than a glucose meter?

The claim: I caught a segment about Diabetes Alert Dogs on of a TV show called The Doctors in my office's lunch room, and saw the following claim, which is repeated in an article on their website ...
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Can dogs have autism?

From Alex Griswold, 2.3K RTs, 3.2K Likes: Brooklyn hipsters aren't vaccinating their dogs because they think it'll give them dog autism, which does not exist [Link to https://twitter.com/...
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Did Mesoamericans eat Chihuahua dogs?

There are multiple online sources that claim the Chihuahua dog breed was often eaten by the Mesoamerican cultures who lived there before the arrival of the Europeans. For example, this site claims ...
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Do dogs tend to distrust men with beards?

I have heard that dogs are often less friendly and generally less trusting of men with beards. Today as I walked past a dog and its owner on the way to my apartment, the dog growled at me; this made ...
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Do old dogs run away to die?

My dog passed away a few days ago. He ran away from home early in the morning, and by the time we found him it was late afternoon and he was very weak, on the brink of death. Soon after we brought him ...
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Are dogs excellent wingmen?

I was just watching the Youtube video The Science of DOGS by the channel AsapSCIENCE. It was a pretty interesting video, but something that really stuck out to me was said in the first 10 seconds of ...
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Is shaving Siberian Huskies harmful?

I recently came across a post on Imgur claiming shaving a Siberian husky exposes it to "sunburn, skin cancer, insects, and parasites". [...] the layers of your pet's coat help to protect them from ...
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Is it possible to train dogs to detect hypoglycemia?

Many people have claimed that dogs can be trained to detect hypoglycemia. For example: For example, we have discovered that dogs have the ability to smell chemical changes in our bodies when ...
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Are the bones of puppies not joined at 2 weeks old?

This image just popped up on my Facebook wall because someone shared it. To me, it sounds ludicrous. It said this: This is an X-ray of a 2 week old puppy. This is the entire Facebook post: This is ...
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Are dogs loyal to their owners? [closed]

Dog is generally accepted a mans best friend and the most loyal and faithful pet. It was found in a study that cats became domesticated for treats. Is that possible that loyalty of a dog is in fact ...
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Do small dogs live longer than large dogs?

I thought small dogs lived longer than large dogs, then I stumbled on this answer about heart beats and longevity. In the following table: Large dogs are said to live longer than small dogs. Which ...
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Do 3% of the Swiss eat dogs and cats?

There have been stories lately of a petition presented to the Swiss government asking them to outlaw the eating of cats and dogs. This BBC article includes a claim from Tomi Tomek that 3% of the ...
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Can dogs detect human cancer?

I heard several times that dogs could detect cancer before it was detected by humans. Can Dogs Smell Cancer? There are many published studies that prove dogs can detect cancer through breath ...
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Do dogs bite more during a full moon?

In various cultures throughout the world there is the widespread belief that animals, including companion dogs, are more likely to bite when under the influence of a full moon http://www.dogexpert....
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Do barking dogs seldom bite?

There is a very famous proverb that "BARKING DOGS SELDOM BITE". According to the saying: The dogs which bark too much in loud tone, bite very rarely. It implies that the people who threaten you more ...
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Is it possible for dogs to have a vegetarian diet?

I have seen some people claim that dogs can be kept healthy on a vegetarian diet, while other people emphatically deny this and yet more say "No! Unless you're really careful". Can dogs be kept ...
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Does a dog's brain secrete the same substances when it sees its owner as humans do when in love?

The following statement is doing to the rounds across the social web: When a dog sees its owner, its brain secretes the same substances as ours when we are in love It is usually accompanied by an ...
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Do cats and dogs only see in grayscale?

Ask most anybody about dogs or cats, and they will repeat the claim that these animals are colorblind. To most, it means greyscale. Is it true that cats (ref 2) and dogs (ref 2, ref 3) only see in ...
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Did Heineken knowingly sponsor a dog fighting event?

This image is circulating on Facebook: The message accompanying it is calling for a boycott of Heineken for sponsoring the event. The message is as follows (warning: horrific grammar, spelling, and ...
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Does a dog provide a reasonable deterrent against house theft?

Is there any evidence to suggest that owning a dog or that evidence of a dog (barking alarm, beware of dog sign) reduce the likelihood of your home being broken into? Example 1: Most burglars do ...
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Do antioxidants improve immune responses in dogs?

The claim "Antioxidants can also be important in improving immune responses in dogs." is being made on this web page. They go on to say Because antioxidants play a key role in minimizing damage to ...
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Can a dog remember 1400 names of toys?

In the video PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, at approximately 06:12, the woman says that there is/was a dog that was trained to have memorized 1400 names of toys. Its master would ...
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Will running through water “lose one's scent” when being tracked by dogs?

It's a fairly common movie trope that when someone is being chased by dogs they will run through water to "lose their scent" and the dogs will no longer be able to follow the trail of the one pursued. ...
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Is it safe for dogs to eat cooked chicken bones?

I've always been told not to let dogs eat cooked chicken bones since they can easily splinter/fracture and cause problems for the dog but I've never seen any satisfactory evidence of this and I am ...
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Are some breeds of dog inherently dangerous, despite training?

On another SE site, this report was cited as evidence that some breeds of dogs are inherently more dangerous than others. I have some serious issues with that report (not least of which is that it is ...