DOG TRAINING AND BEHAVIOR

Dog Bite Prevention

People often fear getting bitten by a big dog, but even a Chihuahua is estimated to have a bite force of up to 180 pounds per square inch. To put that in perspective, people have an average bite force of 126 pounds per square inch. 

Short Takes July 2023

Veterinarians Can Now Become Board-Certified in Shelter Medicine As of this year, a veterinary specialty in shelter medicine is fully recognized by the American...

But What’s With Their Tails?

Cats use their tails to help with balance. Think of the way you might hold out your arms to steady yourself as you make...

When Your Rescue Dog Turns Aggressive On You

You’ve had your rescue dog for a little while, and everything seemed fine at first. He was a bit meek, but you figured he’d...

Dog Language 101: Three Commonly Misunderstood Canine “Expressions”

Imagine if you reached out to shake someone’s hand and they grabbed you by the shoulders and kissed you on the lips. Dogs go...

When the Dog is Afraid to 
Be Groomed

Mike O’Hallaron of Frontenac, Missouri, is distraught. “We have a 7-year-old goldendoodle named Princess who has always been petrified of getting bathed,” he writes....

Why Won’t He Just Come When I Tell Him To?

For just about everything you teach your dog to do, you’re supposed to praise him after he gets it right. With “Come,” it’s important...

Why Dogs Sniff Our Groins — and How to Stop It

One reason dogs sniff our groins is that the area is right in front of them at nose level. They don’t have to jump...

Why Has the Dog Started Pulling Garbage from the Trash Can?

Seemingly out of nowhere, your dog starts going into the trash can and pulling everything out. What’s going on? To get to the bottom...

One of the Most Important Words to Teach Your Dog: Wait!

One way to get your dog to wait is to cue him to “Sit,” which is the very first word many dogs are taught....

Therapy Dogs in Funeral Homes

While some people may consider a funeral service or a viewing to be an inappropriate venue for a dog, more and more funeral homes...

When Your Male Dog Urinates Like a Girl

You know how it works. Male dogs lift a leg to urinate; females squat. But sometimes a male dog squats to void urine as...