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Features January 2019 Issue

Quirky Habit or Medical Condition?

Lifting a front paw regularly is just a habit. Lifting a back paw is something else entirely.

Quirky Habit or Medical Condition?

If your dog behaves differently or adopts a strange compulsion, investigate it with your veterinarian.

You often notice your dog’s teeth chattering. Is she cold, or is it something else? What about the dog who frequently seems to snap at the air? Does she have an aggressive streak, or might she be exhibiting signs of a neurological condition? What follows are six quirky behaviors and, given the context in which they are performed, what they might mean.

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