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Articles on Ethology -- the study of animal behavior

Ethology Articles

If You're Aggressive, Your Dog Will Be Too, Says Veterinary Study
veterinary researchers have found that most of these animals will continue to be aggressive unless training techniques are modified

Date: 3 Dec 2009, Rating: 3.33

Bears, Gazelles And Rats Inspire New Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment
Almost three percent of all Americans suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Date: 3 Dec 2009, Rating: not rated

Dogs Feel Envy, Austrian Study Finds
Dogs can feel a simple form of envy, researchers have found.

Date: 3 Dec 2009, Rating: 3.67

Dog Owners Hide The Truth From Shelters About Their Pets' Behavioral Problems
Many dog owners who relinquish their pets to animal shelters are not entirely honest about their dogs' behavioral problems probably for fear that their pets will be put to sleep...

Date: 3 Dec 2009, Rating: not rated

Using 'Dominance' To Explain Dog Behavior Is Old Hat
A new study shows how the behaviour of dogs has been misunderstood for generations: in fact using misplaced ideas about dog behaviour and training is likely to cause rather than cure unwanted behaviour.

Date: 3 Dec 2009, Rating: 4.50

Dogs Are Aggressive If They Are Trained Badly
Many dogs are put down or abandoned due to their violent nature, but contrary to popular belief, breed has little to do with a dog's aggressive behaviour compared to all the owner-dependant factors.

Date: 3 Dec 2009, Rating: not rated

A Quality Dog-Owner Relationship No Help To Storm-Phobic Canines
Having a sympathetic owner did not lower the stress reaction of dogs that become anxious or fearful during noisy thunderstorms but living in a multi-dog household did, a Penn State study has found.

Date: 3 Dec 2009, Rating: not rated

What Really Prompts The Dog's 'Guilty Look'
What dog owner has not come home to a broken vase or other valuable items and a guilty-looking dog slouching around the house?

Date: 3 Dec 2009, Rating: not rated

Learning to Change
One of the hallmarks of human nature is our remarkably flexible behaviour, especially in the social domain

Date: 26 May 2008, Rating: not rated, 2 pages

Emergence of a Peaceful Culture in Wild Baboons
For most animal species, behavioral attributes are largely the product of interactions between genes and environment, with behavioral patterns preserved by natural selection

Date: 26 May 2008, Rating: not rated

A Pacific Culture among Wild Baboons: Its Emergence and Transmission
Reports exist of transmission of culture in nonhuman primates.

Date: 26 May 2008, Rating: not rated, 7 pages

Music notation: a new method for visualizing social interaction in animals and humans
In this paper the author introduced a new graphical method for the visual display of interaction records in human and animal groups

Date: 26 May 2008, Rating: 5.00, 8 pages

Snuggling Skunks: Is It Better To Brave Winter Alone Or In A Group?
A fascinating study looks at the benefits of huddling vs. solitude, comparing strategies used by striped skunks to get through long, cold winters in northern climates.

Date: 26 May 2008, Rating: 3.50

Wild Meerkats School Their Young
University of Cambridge scientists have discovered that older meerkats teach pups how to obtain food by incrementally introducing dead, injured and then live prey.

Date: 26 May 2008, Rating: 2.75

Rare Ant May Help Solve Some Mysteries Of Social Evolution
Ecologists at Ohio State University cracked open an acorn they had found in an Ohio park and discovered a colony of extremely rare ants

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: 4.50

Worker Ants Store Fat To Share With Colony Members During Times Of Need
Daniel A. Hahn (University of Florida) explores the ability of ants to store excess fat and pass it to colony members through lipid-rich oral secretions or unfertilized eggs.

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: not rated

Drunken Elephants: The Marula Fruit Myth
Biologists from the University of Bristol argue that it is nearly impossible for elephants to become intoxicated from eating the fruit of the marula tree.

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: 2.50

Hibernating Squirrels Provide Clues For Stroke, Parkinson's
A compound that enables squirrels to hibernate may one day help minimize brain damage that results from stroke

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: 3.00

Have You Ever Seen An Elephant ... Run?
If an elephant is thundering towards you at 15mph you are probably not too concerned with the finer points of biomechanics or the thorny question about whether they are truly running or not.

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: 5.00

Memory Experts Show Sleeping Rats May Have Visual Dreams
Memories of our life stories may be reinforced while we sleep

Date: 22 May 2008, Rating: 5.00