Signup for The Your Dog Flash

Latest health and behavior news and advice from the veterinarians at Tufts University.

Dog Training & Behavior

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves

How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves

When most people see a behavior in their dogs that they dislike, “they automatically ask, ‘How can I stop that behavior?’” says late veterinarian and applied animal behaviorist Sophia Yin, DVM, MS. Instead, Dr. Yin deftly posits, it is more useful to ask, “How has the undesirable behavior been reinforced, and what behavior would I reinforce instead?” By which she means, every time we interact with our dogs, they’re learning something. Each interaction is, in effect, a training session. We’re just not always training the way we intend.

Continue Reading

More Dog Training & Behavior

Dear Doctor: October 2017

Our small cockapoo Bailey always sleeps on the bed with us. And he always ends up on my pillow, curled around my head with breaths from...

Quality of Life (HHHHHMM) Scale

 Subscribers Only“When to euthanize is a very deeply spiritual decision,” says Alicia Karas, DVM, who heads the Tufts Pet Loss Hotline and...

Ticket to Ride

 Subscribers OnlyAfter the two broke up, Ms. Brodsky moved from Albuquerque to Portland, Oregon, to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. The...

The Cycle of Life

Tom Hughes, who lives with his wife, Penni, in the big yellow house with the wraparound porch at the top of our street, had a motto:...