通过正在进行的研究，McGowan已经发现了许多有关动物的认知和感觉的知识。 在2015年进行的一项研究中，McGowan发现人的存在会导致狗的眼睛，耳朵和爪子的血流量增加，这意味着狗很兴奋。 麦克高恩还研究了宠物被爱抚时狗会怎样。 我们已经知道，对人类来说，宠爱的动物可以降低压力和焦虑的发生率。 好吧，事实证明，狗也是如此。 当人类将宠物收容在狗中超过15分钟或更长时间时，狗的心率会降低，并且总体而言，焦虑会减轻。 最近另一项关于狗认知的研究发现，我们心爱的伴侣动物可以分辨我们的情感表达。 在使用fMRI机器进行的另一项研究中，科学家发现狗不仅可以分辨出高兴和悲伤的人脸，而且它们对它们的反应也不同。
Through ongoing research, McGowan has discovered a lot of knowledge about animal cognition and perception. In a study conducted in 2015, McGowan discovered that the presence of a person causes an increase in blood flow to the dog’s eyes, ears and claws, which means the dog is very excited. McGowan also studied how the dog would be when the pet was caressed. We already know that for humans, petting animals can reduce the incidence of stress and anxiety. Ok, it turns out that dogs are the same. When a human receives a pet in a dog for more than 15 minutes or more, the dog’s heart rate decreases, and overall, anxiety is alleviated. Another recent study on dog cognition found that our beloved companion animals can distinguish our emotional expression. In another study using the fMRI machine, the scientists found that dogs can not only distinguish happy and sad faces, but they also react differently to them.