roll over regular emotion quotient Ever felt as though no one really understands you but your dog? Science now says there may be something to that! A Hungarian research group has found that dogs have “voice areas” that help infer emotion from voice inflection, located in the same region of their brains as in ours — which could explain why humans and dogs are able to communicate so successfully. Researchers sampled nearly 200 pooch and people sounds — including whining, crying, happy barks and laughing — and found that both two- and fourlegged friends processed the vocalizations the same way. The findings help bring us a little closer to understanding how pets process our social environment (and how your dog always knows when you need a hug). calm in a can Does your dog or cat ever need a chill pill? Give pheromones a try! ThunderSpray (by the makers of ThunderShirt) is a quick spritz that mimics a pet’s mother’s natural pheromones and provides soothing fragrances of lavender and chamomile. It’s great for vet visits, crating, car travel, noise phobias, separation anxiety, reactivity and other issues. To help unruffle your furry friend’s feathers, we’re giving away dog and cat sprays to six lucky families. For your chance to win, visit GoPetplan.com/Thunderspray and tell us what makes your four-legged fearful. Winners will be selected on August 22 and announced in September. have a ball Want a puzzle feeder to help tap into your pup’s natural instinct to hunt, but don’t feel like constantly refilling the thing? You’re in luck! The Foobler™ is an automatic self-reloading puzzle feeder with six timer-activated pods – delivering up to nine hours of active and engaged feeding for your dog! Petplan is offering five families the chance to win one of these clever canine contraptions that let you space out treat or meal time into 15, 30, 60 or 90 minute increments. For your chance to win, visit GoPetplan.com/Foobler and tell us what your hound loves to hunt (whether it’s socks or squirrels!). Winners will be selected on August 22 and announced in September.
Shiny Happy Pets Issue
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