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No More Jumping on People

Teaching your dog to refrain from jumping up on people is not one of the easier behavior training tasks. One reason is that your pet is usually exuberant while doing it — she’s showing that she really likes the person she’s jumping on and is eager to engage. It can be hard to say no […]
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Using a Shock Collar for Getting a Dog to Come

Ask 100 dog parents the one thing they wish their dog would do that they currently don’t, and the answer will be, “Come when I call.” Perhaps that’s why so many people with dogs use electric shock collars. When you push a button on a gizmo that you hold in your hand, the dog receives […]
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Should You Wake Your Dog From a Nightmare?

Lots of dogs move their limbs during sleep, twitch, or emit soft barking sounds. None of those are signs of nightmares. They just mean a dog is dreaming. If it’s a nightmare, you’ll know it. A dog will clearly exhibit distress and perhaps even fear and may scream as she sleeps. Should you wake her? It’s […]
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Dogs anxious about visitors don’t tend to react this calmly.

For Whom the Doorbell Tolls

Doorbells are intrinsically exciting for dogs,” says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. “They signal something is about to happen, so it’s associated with arousal.” Some dogs will even run to the front door when they hear a doorbell ring on television. There are dog owners who can list all […]
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Many dogs do not like being hugged around the neck.

Dear Doctor: The Dog doesn’t like our Child

Q. About four months ago we adopted the sweetest rescue dog named Violet — a Lab mix of about 60 pounds who loves to take walks with us, fetch toys, and is generally happy to be in our company. A couple of weeks ago, however, we noticed that she has started to get up and […]
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Causes of Nighttime Agitation

Too much fat is not the only thing that predisposes a dog to pancreatitis. Certain breeds have a predisposition, particularly schnauzers. Terriers are prone, too. Diabetes and Cushing’s disease in a dog also increase the chance that he will develop pancreatitis, as do certain drugs, including cortisone. Finally, obesity can make a dog more likely […]
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The dog on the couch is okay — if you say it is.

Things You Think Make You a Bad Dog Leader (But Don’t)

“In many of my conversations with clients, they are very apologetic about the fact that their dog sleeps on the bed with them,” says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. They think it’s proof that they are too lenient and doesn’t show the dog who the leader is. “I happily […]
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The Right (and Wrong) Treats for Training

When training either a puppy or adult dog, you’re going to need lots of food treats to keep your pet focused on getting it right. But to make sure not too many of his calories come from treats, which are generally not complete and balanced nutritionally, make sure each one is no bigger than your […]
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Dangerous Dogs And Child

Teaching Your Dog to Handle Different Kinds of People

Some dogs react negatively to men with beards, tall people, people in hats, young children — even those with different skin tones. That’s right. Differences from what dogs are used to can freak them out, and some dog guardians indeed worry their pet might be bigoted. The dog will bark, and even lunge, at someone […]
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More Physical Activity, Less Fear

Dogs who get less than an hour a day of physical activity and who seldom engage in training activities are more fearful of people and other dogs than pets who engage in at least 3 hours of physical activity each day and whose owners involve them in training sessions at least sometimes. So says a […]
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They Can Sense Impending Earthquakes

Since ancient times, people have been saying that animals become more agitated before an earthquake, aware that something is amiss hours before the devastation occurs. Now the anecdotal observations have been put to the scientific test — with some remarkable results. Researchers reporting in the journal Ethology tagged dogs, cows, and sheep with technical gadgetry […]
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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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