Hello and Welcome to “The Science Dog”! Let me introduce myself. My name is Linda Case and I am a dog trainer, canine nutritionist and science writer who specializes in topics about canine nutrition, health, training and behavior.  My academic training is in animal sciences, specifically in canine/feline nutrition and companion animal behavior. I have a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University and an M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition earned at the University of Illinois. Following graduate school, I taught the undergraduate program in companion animal science in the Animal Sciences Department at the University of Illinois for 15 years and also taught companion animal behavior/training at the College of Veterinary Medicine for 5 years.  I left academia several years ago to concentrate more on writing and teaching. Currently, in addition to writing books and this blog, I teach canine nutrition courses through The Science Dog Courses.

Me, hiking with Cooper and Alice in Acadia National Park

I am the author of numerous publications and eight books. My most recent books are “Dog Smart: Evidence-based Training with The Science Dog” (2018),  Beware the Straw Man: The Science Dog Examines Dog Training Fact and Fiction”  (2016) and  “Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for Your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices” (2014). I am currently working on a new book, entitled “Feeding Smart: Evidence-based Nutrition with The Science Dog” that will be available in 2021. Information about all of my dog books can be found in the Books section of this blog.

My husband Mike and I live with and love three dogs; Cooper, Alice (aka Ally) and Stanley, plus Pete, the (formerly feral) cat. In a nutshell, my work, my life and my happiness revolve fully and completely around dogs. I write about dogs, train dogs, teach other folks about dogs, play, run, hike and cuddle with dogs, and am fully capable of talking for hours on end  about……dogs! Like many of you who are interested in this blog, I consider myself to be a card-carrying, lifetime, proud member of the “dog person” club.

So, welcome! I hope that you enjoy The Science Dog and look forward to reading your comments and suggestions! (If you would like notification when new essays are posted, press the “Follow” button on the right side of the blog. You can also “Like” The Science Dog on Facebook!). And, if you are interested in webinars and courses about canine nutrition and feeding practices, take a look at The Science Dog Courses! We would love to get to know you and your dogs through our courses!


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  1. I love your Dog Food Logic book and am looking forward to reading your new Feeding Smart: Evidence-based Nutrition with The Science Dog when it comes out. In the meantime, I’m really enjoying your blog. Thanks for doing the work that you do.


  2. Thought this might be of interest to you (same brands as dog foods – Purina, Hills, Wellness, Iams, etc.):
    “A study that set out to measure how much wildlife domestic cats eat to supplement the food they are given by their owners was unsuccessful due to an unexpectedly high variability in cat food ingredients. This accidental discovery suggests that some cat food manufacturers regularly change ingredient composition, even within the same flavors of cat food.”
    North Carolina State University. “Cat food mystery foils diet study.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 February 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200228105224.htm
    Brandon W. McDonald, Troi Perkins, Robert R. Dunn, Jennifer McDonald, Holly Cole, Robert S. Feranec, Roland Kays. High variability within pet foods prevents the identification of native species in pet cats’ diets using isotopic evaluation. PeerJ, 2020; 8: e8337 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.8337


  3. Hi Linda, thanks for the great blog. I just read with interest your article on cats/dogs when it comes to being an ‘obligate carnivore’. I was just wondering, do you have any specific knowledge on how wolves might differ from dogs in terms of their digestive system and nutritional requirements? Is this ability to scavenge widely an attribute that dogs developed later in the course of domestication?

    The reason I ask is that I have two rescued low-content wolfdogs and was wondering if it might be appropriate to try to reduce their meat consumption, as both of them are currently fed mostly a raw, meat-heavy diet, and I have been told by other rescuers/owners that wolfdogs don’t react very well to kibble, etc. However since low-content wolfdogs are more dog than wolf, I wonder if this might be a myth?

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  4. A link to this just came up in my FB ‘memories’ from 15. Sept. 2013 when I shared your blog on my timeline. I have been following you ever since – great blog, thank you
    Love your books too

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    1. Hi Lyn, Thanks so much for your note and kind words. I am so glad that you have been enjoying The Science Dog (and are one of its earliest fans!) and that you enjoy my books! I am finishing up a new book, to be published in early 2018, so look for it soon! Best wishes, Linda


  5. Hi Linda, I have been reading “Dog Food Logic” and am wondering if you are aware of any studies/have a view on feeding a border collie maltodextrin and water after an agility run to effectively replenish glycogen levels, particularly in multi-day competitions? I would like to keep the border collie in top performance shape during the entire competition and the maltodextrin would be in addition to the recommended and slightly higher fat/protein diet I would be feeding her.


  6. What a great job you’re doing describing both canine and human behavior. A friend introduced me to your site via the dog park post. I couldn’t agree more that human behavior in dog parks is sometimes quite atrocious. My dogs and I avoid dog parks entirely: too potentially dangerous. Thanks.


  7. Hi Linda, I have a question regarding the nutritional facts about quinoa. Quinoa is becoming a popular (and expensive!) ingredient in dog food. For years I have seen quinoa talked about as having calcium equal to or greater than a glass and of milk. Most recently I have seen this calcium claim this posted by The Honest Kitchen. I have asked them what their source for the statement but so far they haven’t answered. https://www.facebook.com/TheHonestKitchen/photos/a.282082315436.317238.92788370436/10156336605470437/
    I have never seen nutritional information to back up this claim. Nutritional information on the packaging for quinoa and on various sources on the internet state that quinoa is not a significant source of calcium. I’m was when wondering if you have any insight into this.

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  8. Hi, as I love your site I subscribed to your blog but have never received any updates. I checked today and I’m definitely subscribed to the The Science Dog as of June 22, 2015, but I didn’t get your June 24th blog ‘Weigh in on this’. I check my spam (only 2-5 spam emails a day) very carefully so it hasn’t ended up there. Any ideas how I can ensure I receive updates? Thanks 🙂


    1. Hi Maddy – I am sorry to hear you did not get a notice for the last blog. I have not been writing as much this summer due to a new puppy in the house and some other competing projects. I will be releasing a new essay soon, so hope that you get the notification for that piece. I wish I could help you with this, but the email notification are all completely automated via WordPress so I do not have the ability to make changes. You may want to register a second time in case you typed your email incorrectly and were not aware of the error. If that does not work, you could follow The Science Dog on Facebook as notifications of new blog pieces are always posted there. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy the blog! Linda Case


      1. Thanks for your response Linda, and I’ve just received your new blog about Alice so all appears well with my subscription now. Looking forward to reading your new blogs, I’ve been reading through all the old ones and really enjoying them and learning a lot. Thank you! 🙂


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