Archives for Behavior

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Doggie Paddle

by Bea January 12th, 2017| Behavior, Dogs
I did not get a chance to try to train Gracie to fetch the newspaper for our family because we went on a spontaneous vacation. I will have to save that challenge for another time, but in the mean time, I do wish you the best of
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3 Reasons Dogs Chase Cats — And How to Stop Them

by Marnie Bii November 17th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
You might be alarmed at your docile dog's sudden primal response at the sight of a nearby cat. Your dog may growl, bark, raise hackles or even start to give chase. Some dogs work up into such a frenzy, they try to catch or kill the cat. Understanding the

4 Tips For Taking Your Dog To The Pet Store

by Marnie Bii October 20th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
If you want a well-adjusted pooch, you need to focus on intense socialization while he or she is still firmly in the puppy stages. Upon reaching the fear imprint period in the sixth month of age, dogs begin developing phobias that will last a lifetime without intense

Who’s The Boss?: 4 Dominance Encouraging Behaviors

by Marnie Bii September 22nd, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
Treating your dog just like one of the family could backfire and create an unruly, surly mess. Dogs come from a structured pack environment where constant permissive behaviors cause issues. You must set fair rules and keep certain activities off limits to give your dog enough structure
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3 Ways To Teach Proper Leash Manners To Your Dog

by Marnie Bii August 25th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
Does your dog tug and pull you down the street during walks? Are you tired of being frantically led around by your dog instead of being the one in charge? If so, consider teaching loose leash manners to your pooch to stop the crazy pulling behavior in its tracks.

3 Ways to Eliminate Neophobia in Dogs

by Marnie Bii July 28th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
Is your normally confident, well-adjusted pup suddenly cowering in fear at every strange noise and sight? If so, don't worry. This is a perfectly normal development stage, which usually occurs after twelve weeks of age.

Puppies at that age are just starting to realize the presence of new

Understanding Food Guarding — And How To Stop It

by Marnie Bii June 30th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
If your dog recently started growling or snapping at people when they come near him during mealtimes, you might wonder why and how to stop it. Food guarding seemingly starts suddenly and without a sure cause. Despite that, you do need to help your dog through this

Don’t Run Amok! Teach Your Dog to Stop Bolting

by Marnie Bii May 5th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
Certain breeds, such as Shiba Inus, beagles and various terriers, bolt out of the door or gate as soon as you open it. Since hunters frequently use these breeds to catch small game, their prey drive runs quite high. The natural instinct to give chase encourages these
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The Canine Good Citizen Program

by Jane Wangersky March 10th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
What makes a dog a good citizen? According to the American Kennel Club, it's "good manners at home and in the community", combined with responsible ownership by the human half of the team.  The AKC established the Canine Good Citizen™ (CGC) program in 1989 to promote this.
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Pregnant Dog Behavior

by Bea March 3rd, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
If your beloved female dog does not seem to be acting all herself, she might have a pretty good reason behind that funky behavior. Now unlike humans, your dog probably will not complain to you about morning sickness. She also probably will not want to eat a
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Flying with the Family Dog

by Bea February 11th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
Call me Captain Oblivious, but I recently spent four hours on an airplane without realizing that Cinnamon, a five-year-old Yorkie, was under my seat the entire time. While flying is one of the least favorable options when it comes to transporting your pet, if you have to,
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Doo North-South

by Bea January 7th, 2016| Behavior, Dogs
So here is an interesting finding that was recently discovered, your dog does Number Two in alignment with the Earth's magnetic field.

Seriously! If you ever stand and wait for your dog to do his or her thing, you might stand there, tapping your toes, waiting for them
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