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Science Lessons for National Dog Week

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Did you know that it was National Dog Week? You probably know a lot about your furry pal, like her favorite toys and treats, or his favorite place go for a walk. Although we are pretty familiar with dogs behavior and habits, how much do you actually know about the science of your dog?

Did you know, for example, that your dog's nostrils work independently of one another so they can better pinpoint scents? Or that when your dog looks at you, the level of the hormone oxytocin (the "love" hormone) in its body rises? Yes, all true. What else can we learn about the science of dogs?

A dog's sense of smell is one of its most amazing senses. For all sorts of fascinating facts and links to lessons about dog science, check out Science Netlinks- Dogs Sense of Smell.

If you are into learning about recent scientific research, visit Science Daily's site on dogs. You'll find that recent studies have determined a lot about dog and cat evolution. Very interesting stuff!

From genetics and breeding to pet care and the Iditarod sled race, there is a lot to learn about dogs. Check out the following links for all sorts of lesson plans and science activities for school or home about man, woman and children's best friend!


Book suggestions for scientists and dog lovers (affiliate links, click images for more information)


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