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Weird Animal Question of the Week: How Do Dogs Talk With Their Tails?

For starters, wagging isn't always a sign of friendliness.<p>Nothing is more of a telltale sign of happiness than, well, a dog's wagging tail.<p>It's a main method of communication for man's best friend—but "what about dogs without tails?" reader Leanne Kirby asked in comment on a recent story exploring …

How Dogs Understand What We Say

Scientists — and anyone who lives with a canine — know that dogs pay close attention to the emotion in our voices. They listen for whether our tone is friendly or mean, how the pitch goes up or down and even the rhythms in our speech.<p>But what about the meaning of the words we say?<p>Sure, a few …

Can Dogs See Color?

Panda Playing in Snow Goes Viral: How Do Zoos Plan for Weather?

Bao Bao, the 16-month-old cub at D.C.'s National Zoo, warmed hearts with her wintry romp.<p>A video of the Smithsonian National Zoo's young giant panda, Bao Bao, tumbling down a snowy hill in Washington, D.C., has become a warm and fuzzy distraction amid this week's frigid U.S. cold snap.<p>As the year's …

A hotel is giving guests the chance to adopt a rescue puppy during their stay

Thinking of getting a puppy? A boutique hotel in America is giving guests a taste of dog-ownership when they check in.<p>When guests arrive at the Aloft …