Names are very important to humans. We attach important meaning to them, whether our own names or the names of our dogs. But to a dog, a name is just a sound - and it’s up to the owner to make it a sound that the dog likes to hear. It’s easy to teach a puppy her name...
Does your dog inhale food like she has never been fed and may never get a chance to eat again? You might think that since mealtime is the highlight of her day she would savor the moment, but instinct prevents that. Her ancestors could not count on eating more...
Is your dog possessive when you want to take something from them that they shouldn’t have? Do they growl when someone gets near their food bowl? Some dogs display this type of behavior because they want to keep “their treasure” to themselves.
Dogs chase because it is hardwired into many of them. Some breeds have a strong herding instinct, and others have a strong prey drive. These dogs can’t resist chasing anything that walks, runs or rolls, but it can be a dangerous habit.
Howling is a sustained noise that carries a long way so it’s the perfect way for dogs to communicate over long distances with other dogs. In the wild, it’s usually a night time activity. Maybe dogs feel lonely then and are trying to communicate to other dogs.
There are a million things you can buy to pamper your new puppy with, but more valuable than any fancy collar, plush toy, or monogrammed dog sofa, is appropriate socialization - and lots of it. If you got your puppy from a responsible breeder, the social...
Before you can stop excessive barking, you’ve got to figure out why it is happening. Unusual activity can be stressful for a dog. While you may be annoyed by her barking, she is telling you that she’s not sure about everything that’s going on.
Your puppy does not mean to hurt you when he nips, but those baby teeth are sharp. But the good news is that there are ways you can play with your new pup that encourage the behavior you want while giving him a healthy outlet for his energy.
A reliable recall, or “come when called,” might be the most important thing you teach your dog. It can also be hard to teach, usually because we unwittingly sabotage the effort. But it’s simple!
Digging is actually a good outlet for your dog’s energy, so if there is a suitable spot (preferably shady) in your yard for it, set up a designated digging area. Learn some helpful tips for that digging dog!