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How to prevent your dog from getting overexcited

September 8, 2020 By admin

We tend to think that a dog that’s jumping up and down and barking madly is happy. In fact, the opposite is true. Serenity and calm are signs that your dog is content, while excitement can often spell impending aggression. The first step to curbing excitement is recognizing that it’s a problem. The second stage is doing something about it. Here are our tips for discouraging excitable, potentially aggressive behavior. Don’t encourage your dog If we equate excitement with happiness, we’re very likely to pat a dog that’s excitedly jumping to and fro, thereby reinforcing the behavior. What we want… Read More
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Is my pup being aggressive, or simply playing?

August 22, 2020 By admin

In today’s article we’re going to examine whether your dog is being aggressive or simply engaging in play, with a particular focus on puppies, a group who are often guilty of going too hard. In focus: the rough-and-tumble between a puppy and a dog of its own age (or an adult), as well as a particular feature of young pups: nipping. What does a nip mean? Nips, or little bites, are common behaviors from young dogs. This isn’t a sign of aggression at all, but rather a sign that the dog needs to cool off a bit. What you should… Read More
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Decoding what your dog’s bark might mean

July 2, 2020 By admin

We’ve written at length about the things to do to keep your dog from barking all the time, but it’s worth considering what that bark actually means. As Cesar Milan notes, dogs don’t lie. The bark is a window into their personality; into a set of needs and preferences. Scratching your head? Here are a few of the possibilities in play. Often, a bark can be a sign that a dog is overindulged. A dog at the center of a manic household is a dog that’s likely to be badly behaved. Just like spoilt children, dogs whose owners… Read More
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Can dogs get stressed?

March 3, 2020 By admin

Cortisol, that hormone that floods our body any time we’re under stress, is a reality of adult life. Busy commuter journeys, long office hours and piling commitments can send us into a heightened state of fight-or-flight. But, did you know that dogs get stressed as well? They too have cortisol to contend with. And what’s more, our furry friends tend to mirror the stress we’re feeling after a day’s work. In other words, if you’re coming home in a blind panic, your dog is going to respond in kind. What’s happening? A study in Nature shows there’s… Read More
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How to help dogs in mourning

December 3, 2019 By admin

Just like humans, dogs grieve the loss of loved ones, whether it be a human or canine companion. Dogs are both acutely aware of their loss and capable of feeling a cascade of emotions in response – similar to the emotional range of human experience. So when you’re presented with a sorrowful, mourning dog – one in the depths of depression – just what do you do? Well, the first thing is to identify when a dog is in mourning. A common first sign is sluggishness; are they moving more slowly or spend more time sleeping, with none of the… Read More
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Looking to break up a dog fight? Here’s how!

November 25, 2019 By admin

Picture the scene: you’re walking down the road when you come across two dogs going at one another physically. Heaven forbid, it might even be your own dog caught in the fray. You want to take action – of course you do, but you’re worried about the consequences. You umm and arr and act indecisively. A bad move. Step #1: Resist the urge to shout Behaviorist Cesar Millan cautions against one yelling at the top of your lungs for the dogs to disengage. This will be an ineffective strategy, and it’s only to be used if you’re actually calling… Read More
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Dogs and security: breeds, tips and more

October 28, 2019 By admin

Dogs are alert, watchful and protective of their home. Territorial to a tee, they want nothing more than to protect their patch – and the owners that care for them. But not every dog makes an ideal guardian. Below, we’ve outlined four breeds that can fit into an ordinary American household, while acting as a first-class guard dog. What are the best guard dogs? Rottweiler Rotties have earned a bad reputation, perhaps because of their intimidating appearance and blank, often deathly stare. But appearances can be deceiving, because rotteweilers can be hugely affectionate additions to the home who… Read More
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How to help a cat and dog get along

September 30, 2019 By admin

The stereotypical cat that’s aloof and uppity is grounded in truth. Cats tend to be far less extroverted than dogs and aren’t nearly so eager to run and play. Since dogs and cats are so different, it can be a challenge to ensure they cohabit peacefully. However, the two most popular domestic pets in the world can get along, and we’ve compiled a series of tips to ensure this relationship is as harmonious and purrtastic as possible. Read on for more.  Breed has nothing to do with itRight off the bat, forget about breeds and what this might mean for… 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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