Kailee&Candice
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Can you help us??

Postby Kailee&Candice » Fri Feb 11, 2011 6:52 pm

we want to know the factors of why a dog likes a toy.

barretttomlinson
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Re: Can you help us??

Postby barretttomlinson » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:13 am

Hi,

Why not experiment and try to answer your own question? Here are Science Buddies project ideas in that area:

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p016.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p012.shtml

I am not an expert on why dogs behave as they do, but these sites might help give you soome ideas:

http://americandogblog.wordpress.com/20 ... -to-learn/

http://www.wisegeek.com/why-do-dogs-lik ... y-toys.htm

http://www.oes.org/page2/7050~Why_do_do ... _toys.html

http://askville.amazon.com/dogs-love-sq ... tId=163588

http://www.articlesbase.com/pets-articl ... 74140.html

http://www.seefido.com/why-dogs

Here are resources for science fair experiments involving dogs - note that colored letters following topics are links to other pages:

http://www.juliantrubin.com/fairproject ... scats.html

I suspect much of dog likes and dislikes are inherited genetic leftovers that evolved when dogs lived as wild animals that hunted for their food and had to survive in the wild. These instincts have been evolved somewhat by selective breeding by dog breeders who value some traits, but not others, and select animal matings to optimize their valued traits.

Have fun!

Barrett L Tomlinson


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