How to Recognize Signs of Stress in Your Dog

How to Recognize Signs of Stress in Your Dog

Before we start, look at this picture... What a cute little Yorkshire... Do you think that there is something wrong with this dog? I'll come back to this later... Stress in dogs is triggered by many factors that might not be significant for us but for them could be a big deal. A new environment

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How To Handle Your Dog's Fear Of Thunderstorms and Fireworks

How To Handle Your Dog’s Fear Of Thunderstorms and Fireworks

Fear of fireworks or thunderstorms is common in dogs, and tends to get worse as they age. But for some dogs it can be a severe problem. Because of their sensitive sense of hearing, many dogs become overwhelmed by sudden loud noises. Some breeds may be predisposed to a fear of storms. Collies,

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Why Is My Dog Barking?

Why Is My Dog Barking?

Have you ever wanted to know the meaning of your dog's bark? Dogs bark for many different reasons. It is their basic language to communicate  with each other. They make sounds like the alert bark, the attention bark, play bark, or even a warning growl. Vocal tones also have different meaning

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Do You Know Everything About Your Dog?

Do You Know Everything About Your Dog?

Hi everybody! Do you know everything about your dog? Well, if the answer is no, I have great news for you! Have you heard about Dog College? The website www.dogchannel.com has a online three-month curriculum of nine courses focusing in understanding and caring for your canine friend. The be

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Learning How To Read Your Dog's Body Language

Learning How To Read Your Dog’s Body Language

Dogs in general use a nonverbal language of body and face movements. It is essential that you understand this language to help the communication between you and your pet. Start observing dogs communicating with each other. It is important that you give your dog the opportunity to socialize wit

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Why Does Your Dog Lick Your Face?

Why Does Your Dog Lick Your Face?

Since dog and wolf behaviors are similar, the interactions of wolves in the wild give scientists a chance to observe communication in a pure form, as it exists without human interference. For example, a behavior that many people find annoying is when dogs lick people's faces, and especially thei

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Why Do Dogs Bite?

Why Do Dogs Bite?

Fact: Dogs bite more than 4.7 million people in the United States each year. Many of those cases are children. Even though there are ways to curb the aggressive behavior in dogs, some bites can't be prevented at all.  So, why do dogs bite? There are some situation where dogs might feel trappe

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Understanding Your Dog's Behavior: Separation Anxiety

Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior: Separation Anxiety

The Situation: The dog is a perfect angel when people are home. When left alone, the dog scatters the trash, chews the pillows on the couch and generally ravages the place. When humans return, the dog grovels ate the door, sheepishly wagging his tail, sometimes going belly up. The Humans Viewpoin

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Does Your Dog Have Emotions and Feelings?

Does Your Dog Have Emotions and Feelings?

Does your dog have emotions and feelings? Canine behaviorists and dog owners say YES! Some people recognize the emotions through expression of their eyes, gestures, body languages and sound them make. Specialists say that it's not possible to quantify the emotion of a dog. They don't know how ha

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Causes of Aggressive Behavior In Dogs

Causes of Aggressive Behavior In Dogs

As territorial animals, a dog’s instinct is to dominate people and other dogs and be the leader. In the wild, all canines have their hierarchy. To keep their position, they can be aggressive toward other dogs for survival reasons. As a domesticated animal, the dog will act the same as in nature

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Learning and Understanding Your Dog's Body Language

Learning and Understanding Your Dog’s Body Language

Learning and understanding your dog is an amazing experience. A dog can tell a lot about another dog just by looking at him and noting what the different parts of his body are doing. Eyes - Direct eye contact means a dog is feeling bold and confident. - Casual eye contact means he's

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How Well Do You Know Your Dog?

Learning what motivates your dog and finding out where your dog is most distracted will help you know where to start.  Below are some questions to ask yourself before you begin your training program. - Is the dog energetic or laid back? - Does he do something that you've always meant to put on cu

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Is Your Dog Really Guilty When It Gives You the “Guilty Look?”

This is a really interesting study. Alexandra Horowitz, from Barnard College in New York, uncovered the origins of the “guilty look” in dogs in the recently  published “Canine Behaviour and Cognition” Special Issue of Elsevier’s Behavioural Processes. Check it out: http://www.impactlab

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Dog Intelligence and Dog Obedience – Are They the Same?

Too often, if a dog does what a person wants him to do, he's labeled "inteligent", and if he's not so compliant, he's called "stupid". But think about it: Do intelligent people always do what they're told? The ones I know are more inclined to think things through and make their own decisions. It's

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Why Dogs Chase Their Tails

Tail chasing is a very common behavior in an active puppy. In an older dog, tail chasing may have different and more serious causes. Here are some reasons that dogs chase their tails: 1. Because the tail is always there. Puppies don't know where their bodies end and begins. So a wiggly little tai

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Becoming a Pack Leader

Becoming a Pack Leader

When a dog becomes a part of the family, it expects you to treat it like a dog, not like a human. Understanding how dogs think is a key to future training, behavior, and solving social problems. The dog is an expressive and sociable species. Their behavior may be apparently similar to humans, but s

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Is Your Dog Suffering From

Is Your Dog Suffering From “Separation Anxiety”?

It is wonderful to have a dog that adores his owner; however, he may become very dependent and suffer each time he is left alone. Often called "separation anxiety," the most common symptoms exhibited include lethargy, refusing to eat and play, moping around the house, howling incessantly, peeing

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Bad Behavior! Stop Your Dog from Jumping on People

Bad Behavior! Stop Your Dog from Jumping on People

If your have a dog with the issue of jumping on a guest as they enter your house, or if your dog is generally excited by people and jumps on them a lot, this is a problem that you, the owner and trainer, can easily fix. A problem can get much worse if the pet learns the wrong things from the owner

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Destructive Chewing

Destructive Chewing

Dogs love the act of chewing. Some of them seem to have an instinct to chew, while others start chewing simply because of boredom. Most dogs have strong jaws and their teeth are very sharp. In a minute, they can chew just about anything. The phrase "destructive chewing" refers to inappropriate ch

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Why Dogs Eat Poop (Coprophagia)

Why Dogs Eat Poop (Coprophagia)

Despite being relatively common, when dogs eat feces their owners are appalled by this.  But for the dog, the stool can be a tasty treat, as well as something to gain attention. To deal with this issue, different strategies are needed. In general, the tips below can be used both to prevent the

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