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Why is my dog crying?

August 20, 2019 By admin

“Why is my dog crying?” is not a question you have to ask every day, and yet, from time to time, your dog’s eyes will begin to produce tears. But before you reach for the tissues, safe in the assumption he’s feeling a tad emotional today, consider this: dogs aren’t able to cry emotional tears. While they feel emotions very strongly and react to our positive and negative emotions like soul mates would, a dog isn’t physically able to express emotion through tears alone.   Why? Well, that’s all down to the fact that a dog’s tear duct drains… Read More
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What causes dogs to hoard – and what can be done about it?

August 12, 2019 By admin

We all know people who live in homes crammed high with nonessential things that have long since passed their expiry date. But did you know that dogs often resort to hoarding as well? Worse, dogs will often pick food as the object of their affection, then hide leftovers in hard-to-find places. If you’ve got a suspicious smell coming from the underside of the couch, chances are you’ve got a hoarder on your hands. Here’s what you need to know, and what you can do about it. Why do dogs hoard food? The behavior goes back thousands of years. Read More
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How to set boundaries with your dog

August 4, 2019 By admin

Man’s best friend is a companion like no other, but no one likes a dog that fails to respect boundaries. Boundaries are important because they ensure a dog remains respectful, both at home and in public, and by following a few time-honored techniques, you can ensure your pet toes the line. Make it clear what your dog is doing wrong A lot of owners make the mistake of disciplining their dogs at the wrong time. If you’re trying to stop your dog eating off a plate, there’s no point waiting until it’s three mouthfuls in. To correct inappropriate behaviors… Read More
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The ten smartest dog breeds

July 28, 2019 By admin

While there’s no such thing as a doggy IQ, per se, experts do agree that certain breeds are better at learning new commands and adapting to their environment than others. In the market for a furry Einstein? Here are the ten that are top of class (in descending order), based in large part on Stanley Coren’s book, The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions.  1: Border collie Experts are almost all in agreement on this one – the Scottish border collie is the smartest breed in the world, bred… Read More
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The biggest mistakes new dog owners make

July 20, 2019 By admin

So you’re looking to bring a dog into your house for the first time and you’re excited about making him part of the family. Great! Here are the biggest things to watch out for. Avoid these mistakes and you’ll have a happy, contended doggy on your hands. Mistake 1: Not doing your research Just because it’s cute doesn’t mean it’s going to be a good fit for your home. Know what breed will be right for you, because dogs come in all different shapes and sizes, and their energy requirements differ accordingly. Next, talk to the breeder about your… Read More
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Trust: how to earn it from a dog

July 13, 2019 By admin

Bringing a dog home from a shelter? Trying to interact with a friend’s dog for the first time? We’ve all had those moments where our best intentions are spurned, and our well-meaning actions actually produce fear in the dog in question. Our immediate reaction is to feel hurt and surprised. Rejection is never nice, especially when we’re trying to be friendly. But remember: dogs don’t see social interactions the same way we do. And there could be a host of reasons the dog is reacting in its way. So without further ado, here are a… Read More
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My dog is constantly begging for food. Now what?

July 5, 2019 By admin

Every dog owner is familiar with the experience of sitting down to a plate of something delicious only to feel the shadow of their pet hovering nearby, tongue lolling. Some dogs might even try to get at your plate directly, and this is particularly annoying for people who enter your home as a guest. Make no mistake: our four-legged friends love anything edible, even if it’s bad for them, like chocolate. So, what can be done about it? Should you simply accept this as a reality of life with a dog, or are there steps you can take to… Read More
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Top tips for the perfect dog walk

July 2, 2019 By admin

As we’ve stressed many times in the past, exercise is a great way of keeping a dog happy and calm. One of the best ways to do this? Regular walks around your neighborhood, or to your local park. In fact, a dog walk is not only a way of exercising your dog (and by extension, calming them), it’s also a chance for you to show that you’re the leader of the household, as we’ll explain below. Tip #1: Assert yourself as the pack leader By walking ahead of your dog during a walk, you send the message… Read More
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Why dogs do what they do: from tail- wagging to burying their heads in the sand

June 24, 2019 By admin

Dogs are full of unusual behaviors, behaviors they seemingly come equipped with out of the box. Whether it’s burying their heads in sand (are they looking for treasure?) or guarding their territory, dogs are hardwired to do certain things. Here’s how you can interpret those actions. Rolling around in dirt – or worse Ever noticed that your dog is drawn to the worst things lying around off the beaten track? Say, a giant pile of poop? Before you know what’s happening, he’s rushing over to inspect the offering and lo and behold, rolling around in it. The good news… Read More
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How to teach a dog to be calm when meeting a stranger

June 20, 2019 By admin

When we talk to dogs, we tend to use the ears and the eyes to communicate. We put out our hand in a restraining way, palm facing outwards, a reassuring or commanding phrase following our gesture. “Stay”, we might say. Or “stop it.” Or “leave it”. But as famed dog behaviorist Cesar Millan has noted, a dog uses one tool first and foremost: its nose. A dog’s sense of smell is upwards of 40 times more sensitive than our own sense of smell, and if you can harness this, you’ll be able to achieve mastery. What follows are a… Read More
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