Dogs

(Learn more about why pet dogs can’t be left to live outside. Picture Credit: Nitat Termmee / Getty Images) Pet dogs should not be left outside all day and night. This is because your dog could escape, become aggressive or become the victim of an animal attack. Additionally, dogs who are left alone all day
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(Picture Credit: ECummings00/Getty Images) Truly a team sport, agility combines skill, training, and human-canine communication in a display that’s as fun for spectators as it is for participants. In competition, a handler directs their dog through a sequence of obstacles — such as tunnels, hoops, weave poles, and seesaws — without ever touching the dog
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(Picture Credit: Philippe Gerber/Getty Images) Cartoons, movies, and comic books are filled with scenes of beleaguered postal workers being chased by dogs. But beyond the light-hearted portrayal of the dog versus postal worker relationship in pop culture, it’s also a serious issue. Today the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued details about the number of dog
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(Picture Credit: sestovic/Getty Images) Even dogs who feel that a bath is cruel and unusual punishment have to get one once in a while. While some dogs with short coats can get away with just a water rinse, most dogs need shampoo. Why do dogs need their own kind of shampoo? Why can’t they just
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Everybody poops. That’s just a fact. But not everybody has a habit of giving digested food another round through the body. Eating poop is actually not all that uncommon among dogs. It’s called coprophagia, and it’s generally a natural behavior with a few different causes. So why is your dog eating
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(Photo Credit: Meleva Steiert) I asked a friend recently if she kisses her dogs. She’s a big-hearted dog lover and regularly rescues and fosters animals in her suburban, Los Angeles home. She told me that she does kiss some of them, but others were not receptive, and one in particular would probably become violent if
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(Picture Credit: Geraint Rowland Photography/Getty Images) Just like there are certain people in the neighborhood you would rather avoid on your daily commute — you know that Mrs. Jones will keep you talking for hours!–there are also certain dogs that your dog may not be completely happy about interacting with. While you keep your head
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(Picture Credit: Heather Paul/Getty Images) Sophie Jacques, an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University for Psychology and Neuroscience, is producing vital research on behalf of service dogs. In a recent study, she determined that some dogs understand more human words than others. Word recognition could predict other abilities that might help in choosing and training service
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You can reduce your dog’s problem barking! (Picture Credit: Fly_dragonfly/Getty Images) Just as human language is multifaceted and multipurpose, barking allows a dog to communicate many different messages in a variety of situations. Barking can signal a request to their human, like, “Hey, I want to go outside!” It can also impart a warning, such
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(Picture Credit: © Santiago Urquijo/Getty Images) Dog fighting and dog playing may look very similar to anyone who spends time around excited pups. Sometimes dog play can resemble dog fighting because many of the behaviors used during play are also used during fighting. But during play, dogs modify these behaviors so that they don’t inflict
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(Picture Credit: dimid_86/Getty Images) There are many types of aggression in dogs, but perhaps none are more concerning than aggression directed toward humans. Human-directed aggression can be extremely dangerous, not just for a person who might suffer an injury, but for the dog who might get put down due to their aggressive behavior. While genetics
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(Picture Credit: Ирина Мещерякова/Getty Images) One of the main reasons people surrender their dogs to shelters is unwanted or destructive behavior from their dogs. These can include aggression, excessive barking, escaping, chewing and digging, or any number of other behavioral issues. However, with a bit of training, most dog parents can reduce or eliminate these
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Proper leash training can prevent pulling and injuries. (Picture Credit: Teamjackson/Getty Images) Pulling on the leash is a common problem, hence the old “Who’s walking who?” joke. And many of us unknowingly perpetuate it by letting ourselves be dragged along like a hooked fish. So how do you stop it? First, stop rewarding the behavior.
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With some training, your dog can stay calm around skateboards. (Picture Credit: Westend61/Getty Images) “How can I keep my dog calm around skateboards?” It’s a frequently asked question among dog parents. Many dogs go wild — barking, lunging, pulling on their leash — at the sound or sight of a skateboarder. That can be stressful for you,
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Make sure to train your dog for good walking skills. (Photo Credit: Shutterstock) Forging ahead is the biggest problem when walking adolescent dogs on-leash. Dogs pull on leashes for a variety of reasons. Many adolescent dogs pull on their leashes because they were allowed to pull as puppies. Once the leash is tightened, your dog
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[embedded content] [embedded content]Doctor Ilyena Hirskyi-Douglas, of the University of Glasgow, has conducted and authored a study that advocates for canine choice. By masterminding something called a DogPhone, she hopes to have taken a first step towards alleviating separation anxiety, and more. Essentially, the DogPhone is a hi-tech toy — a large ball, to be exact.
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) While eating disorders are well known in humans, not many people know about the eating disorders that affect dogs. Animals have different reasons for having unusual eating habits, but they can be just as troubling for concerned pet parents. Here are five eating disorders that can affect dogs. 1. Overeating (Picture
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