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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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How to deal with a fearful puppy

June 7, 2019 By admin

Puppies are hardwired to be fascinated about the world around them, but because of their inexperience, they’re liable to be fearful of things as well. In the article to follow, we’re going to lean on insights from expert dog behaviorists who explore how to tackle – and improve – the behavior of young dogs. Inexperience is the root cause of frenetic behavior Struggling to keep your puppy under control? Unable to go out in public without her cowering in fear? That’s not unusual. As dog behaviorist Jeff Stallings notes in his article on the topic, puppies are… Read More
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Bringing your dog to work: what to keep in mind

May 3, 2019 By admin

More and more, modern offices are coming round to the idea that having a pet or two in the vicinity is good for business – after all, who doesn’t like a furball to play with during breaks from day-to-day tasks? That said, while bringing your dog to the office is a useful way of ensuring the animal isn’t home alone and lonely, not every breed is suited to the office environment. Moreover, there are a few things to keep in mind before taking the decision. Consider the breed Certain breeds are better suited to offices than others. Here are a… Read More
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Using food to reward your dog

April 26, 2019 By admin

Dogs love to nibble. In fact, some say the quickest way to a dog’s heart is through her stomach. It’s the quickest way to get her to be obedient too, and because food is such a powerful agent for coaxing desirable behaviors from your animal, it can be tempting to reward her for every good deed she does. But as dog behaviorists have discovered, and outlined, this approach stymies development. Repetition only works at first Before we dive in, let’s start with an indisputable truism: if you’re trying to teach a young pup to obey your command, you need to… Read More
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Tips for understanding your dog better – and why safety is so important

April 18, 2019 By admin

Dogs and humans have lived in harmony for thousands of years. It’s one of the strongest and longest-enduring relationships between our species and any animal. Dogs have and continue to help us reach new heights; they’re dependable companions, loyal servants, guards at night, and companions to the disabled. And yet, for all the stock we’ve built up together, we so regularly get things wrong. Here are four key things you need to know about your dog. Dogs live in the moment One of the biggest mistakes we make is punishing our dog for an action he/she has committed hours earlier. Read More
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Why adopting siblings can be a bad idea – what you need to know about “littermate syndrome”

April 11, 2019 By admin

While it can make all the sense in the world to adopt two dogs from the same litter – siblings, no less – this isn’t always the wisest course of action. Yes, breaking up young pups can be heartbreaking, but there are some very real reasons to avoid bringing siblings into your home. Note, what we’re going to unpack is based on anecdotal evidence but has been borne out by dog owners worldwide. So, let’s get started. Not all siblings bond in the early weeks of their life – but some do, and that bond is very profound Littermate syndrome… Read More
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Correcting the behavior of dogs that compulsively chew

March 14, 2019 By admin

Getting home from a long day at work only to find your hard-earned possessions are now dog eared and in a state beyond repair is far from ideal. And more times than not, you don’t have to go far to find the culprit. A wagging tail and a happy face will be waiting to greet you. Dogs love chewing things, for a variety of reasons, which we’ll explore in greater detail below. Stick around as we unpack this decidedly common but vexing part of life with a furry friend. Why do dogs chew? The most obvious answer is they… Read More
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How to deal with difficult, tense, aggressive dogs

January 10, 2019 By admin

Chances are, you come into contact with dogs all the time. You might own a large number of them at home; you might work with them professionally; you might simply come into contact with them when you’re out and about. The article that follows is designed to help you interact with dogs better: specifically, dogs that are initially unwilling to be friends. Here are some good tips to keep in mind any time you come face to face with a dog that is outwardly scared, aggressive – or both.  The first thing to note… Read More
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Dogs are the great imitators. So what does this mean for you as an owner?

January 2, 2019 By admin

Doggy See, Doggy Do Dogs look up to their elders. Younger dogs will emulate the behavior of older dogs and turn to them for direction. That’s why it’s incredibly important that you ensure your eldest is well-disciplined and able to set a good example for other dogs in your household to follow. Dogs imitate us too Dogs are one of the few animal species that not only look to their own kind for guidance but their owners too. Read More
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