For humans, there is a link between the development of language and cognitive skills. Studying the same process in dogs can be used to determine their capabilities at the puppy stage.
Robot pets are marketed as substitutes for living animals. Rather, we should use existing technologies to design robots that provide other services, like health care and lifestyle support.
Traditional treatments for PTSD, such as talk therapy and medication, do work for some veterans. But service dogs can make a difference when those methods fall short.
Trained service dogs are fundamentally different from emotional support animals – and certification could make sure the public understands the difference.
If you’re flying during the holidays, you may encounter some emotional support animals. The practice has ticked off many people, especially the airlines. A veterinarian looks at the issues.