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The Myth of the ‘Alpha Dog’

How many times have you heard that dogs are pack animals with an alpha as the head, and that if you don’t take the alpha position and dominate them, they will dominate you? People who buy into that concept often treat their dogs harshly in the belief that’s the only way to make sure their […]
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Detecting the Scent of a Billionth of a Teaspoon?

You knew dogs had a keen scent of smell that leaves ours in the dust, but a billionth of a teaspoon’s worth? That’s what chemists found at Canada’s University of Alberta when they trained dogs to detect the scent of gasoline and other ignitable fluids. Methods used to detect the scent in laboratories have fallen […]
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Dear Doctor: Guilty as charged, perhaps, but not feeling any guilt

Q. Please settle this one for me. My husband says dogs don’t feel guilt, but I can see it in my dog’s eyes if I catch him doing something he shouldn’t. Don’t they experience guilt if caught misbehaving? Bonnie Williams| Seaford, New York A. Dear Ms. Williams, If only dogs knew to feel guilty when […]
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Dear Doctor: Shake-Out

Q. My dog does a full-body shake-out several times throughout the day. Could it be a sign of a neurological problem? Maye Oliver Los Gatos, California A. Dear Ms. Oliver, The answer is in your question. Because your dog shakes her entire body rather than just her head, the movement is most likely behavioral rather […]
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Fear of Thresholds

Seemingly out of nowhere, your older dog balks about walking from the family room to the kitchen, or jumps over the back-door threshold to go outside as though there is an electric jolt under her feet. Because threshold or doorway fear is a common issue with dogs experiencing canine cognitive dysfunction that can come with […]
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Cheat Sheet for Building Trust

Dogs are so ready and willing to accommodate our lifestyles that it’s easy to forget they have needs of their own that go beyond feeding and walking and petting. Here are five steps you can take to help your dog feel safer and happier in your world. Don’t yell. Don’t just refrain from yelling at […]
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Dear Doctor: Constant paw licking

Q. My 7-year-old terrier licks his paws constantly, as if they are itching. My groomer said it is just a dog’s habit, but I’m wondering if there’s something more going on. It’s pretty incessant. Henry Killings Carson, California Dear Mr. Killings, A. Take your terrier to the veterinarian. Occasional paw licking is plain old dog […]
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When a Dog Doesn’t Get Along with Other Dogs

You hear it all the time: people say their pet is a “people dog” or a “dog dog,” meaning the dog either likes people or other dogs, but not both. Of course, in the best of all possible worlds, your dog is not averse to either species. But a dog can get into a frightful […]
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Is it a Command or a Cue?

”When I first became a veterinarian, I didn’t really pay attention to what word I was using to describe training dogs and other animals,” says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. “I was used to thinking of words we say to dogs as ‘commands’ — you tell your dog to […]
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Teaching “Down”

Along with “Sit,” “Leave it,” and “Come,” the cue for “Down” is one of the basics you should teach your dog. It means “lie down.” Many people mistakenly use it for “Off,” which is the cue for getting a dog to stop jumping on someone. That only has the potential to confuse a dog. A […]
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Dogs Can “Smell” Heat

Just when you thought dogs’ noses couldn’t get any more incredible — in some cases they can sniff odors at up to a millionth of the concentration we can — it now turns out they can detect heat, too. It helps explain why even a dog with compromised sight or hearing can find prey. They […]
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Anxiety Runs Higher in Dogs Than You May Have Thought

Staring, aggression toward family members, excessive drinking…. No, we are not talking about your in-laws. We’re talking about people’s dogs, yours included. A study on almost 14,000 pet dogs found that so many suffer from anxiety-induced behaviors and compulsions that it appears the large majority of our pets are afflicted with stress that significantly impacts […]
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