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Running with dogs – what you should know

September 16, 2019 By admin

For dog owners who enjoy a spot of exercise, running with your animal can be a great way to break a sweat and bond at the same time. However, as many dog owners have discovered, the best-laid plans can easily fall by the wayside when there’s a canine companion at your side, and there are a few things you should be mindful of. Tip #1: Get him socialized firstYou’ll need to do some leash training work before you can expect to run together. Teach him some basic commands, and then start slow. A few hundred meters, at a steady pace,… Read More
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How to pet someone else’s dog for the first time

September 12, 2019 By admin

So you think you’re a dog person. You’ve just arrived at your best friend’s house and youwant to greet the new addition to the home. You rush towards the foreign dog, only toreceive a growl in response. What went wrong, you think. I’m normally so well received? Well, your approach might be all wrong. As we outline in the steps below, playing the waitinggame is often the better bet. Let’s take a look. Respect personal spaceDogs that don’t know you or your scent need to have their personal space respected. Neverapproach a foreign dog head on with unbroken… Read More
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What do humans do that dogs dislike?

August 29, 2019 By admin

Humans and dogs might be best friends, but that doesn’t mean we always get the relationship quite right. In fact, there are a number of behaviors we exhibit that actually cause our canine friends distress. Guilty of some of these? Don’t worry – many people are, and it’s a simple case of being more mindful in future. Patting a dog’s headWe’ve all done it – a simple head pat feels like just the right thing to do when your dog has behaved well. It’s a way of showing affection, right? But many dog behaviorists consider it bad form. Read More
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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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