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Is an Electric Fence the Way to Go?

Is an Electric Fence the Way to Go?

The pluses and minuses of allowing more freedom with an invisible boundary.

September 2015 - At first blush it seems like a great idea for any dog. An electric fence costs hundreds instead of thousands of dollars like an actual fence would, and doesn’t mar the landscape. It allows a dog to explore the world outside without your being there to make sure he doesn’t run into the road and get killed by a car, attack passers-by, or get into scrapes with other dogs. Other benefits: an electric fence does…

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Dog In the Bed, or Out of the Bed?

Dog In the Bed, or Out of the Bed?

On whether your dog should sleep with you or alone.

“I was at a meeting recently speaking to almost 200 dog aficionados,” says Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, who heads the Behavior Clinic at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. “The room was filled with professionals — trainers, groomers, veterinarians — and a fellow speaker asked of the audience, ‘How many of you have your dog in the bedroom?’ …

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Those Things They Do

Those Things They Do

Bizarre behaviors are not always as one-of-a-kind as you may think. Looking into causes and ways to make odd behavior stop.

On the face of it, it sounds like the most unique canine behavior in the world. A dog starts “licking” the air out of nowhere, or carrying an object in his mouth while whimpering the whole time. Or maybe he begins carrying food from one room to another before he eats it, or falling to the floor and flopping around like a just-caught fish thrown to the bottom of the boat. Guess what? If your dog does it, chances are others do as well.

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