At the level of folklore, it makes sense to think that a diet relatively low in protein would help inhibit aggressive tendencies in a dog. After all, throughout history protein has been the nutrient associated with red-blooded men who use aggression to hunt and then dine on protein-rich animal food to keep up their strength […]
If you use “Down” to get your dog to lie on the floor and “Done” for telling your pet that no more treats are coming or that a game is over, he may mix up the cues and not know what you’re asking him to do. That’s because dogs can’t tell words apart if they […]
”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,”...
A puppy’s adult teeth generally start to come in when she reaches the age of 3 months. It hurts; the new teeth have to cut through the gum line. That’s why she teethes on everything — your furniture, your shoes, your hands. She’s trying to relieve the uncomfortable sensation. To dull the pain, run a […]
Extroverts have better results than introverts when they work with an animal behaviorist to help their dogs get over various fears, according to new research from the veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. Investigators followed 75 people and their pets through several months of training with animal behavior professionals. The research suggests that people […]
Renowned veterinary behaviorist Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, once said that when asked what is the one thing most people would like their dog to be able to do, they respond, “Come when I call.” But ironically, people often engage in behavior that is designed to make a dog not come. They tell their pet to come […]
Time was that animal behaviorists said not to play tug of war with a dog because it could make him too aggressive. The thinking was that it would over-build a dog’s confidence and the next thing, he’d be biting you to get his way. But the thinking has evolved. In fact, for meek, overly submissive […]
Q. Sometimes my dog interacts with another dog in a way that seems kind of frightening. They growl and will even bite each other, then pause for a second and go back for more. Neither dog comes away angry or scared, but I wonder if I should let these episodes happen. I can’t quite tell […]
Before a dog reaches the age of 6 months, she will begin to show whether she’s feeling aggressive through various signals. She will also use those signals to indicate how aggressive she’s feeling. Growl. The least aggressive of the signals in her warning arsenal, a growl means “knock it off.” Heed that warning, and teach […]
Last month we discussed walking a dog who is uninterested in or a little wary of people outside of his social group, but who won’t fall apart if he is approached. But what if your dog is truly afraid? Perhaps he quakes, literally, with his tail between his legs. Maybe he urinates submissively, too. Alternatively, […]
While dogs in general are predisposed to liking people and may even have evolved to bond with us, that does not mean that every dog is interested in being petted by strangers with whom they happen to cross paths. That’s okay. “A dog that’s not interested in people outside of her family or social group […]
You consider yourself a loving dog owner who would never hit your pet or otherwise cause harm. But did you know that even mild forms of punishment you might inflict regularly without thinking could damage your dogs psyche and create behavioral issues?