behavior

TEDx – Why We Should Stop Treating Our Dogs Like Pets

TEDx – Why We Should Stop Treating Our Dogs Like Pets

Kim Brophey is an Applied Ethologist and Dog Behavior Specialist. In this provocative TEDx talk she invites us all to look at our dogs, not as a “pet” but as an individual living complex being with feelings and emotions.  Kim has been working in the family dog mediation world for over 20 years and was awarded the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Outstanding Trainer of the Year in 2009 and the Best Trainer Of WNC annually since 2013. Her Dog L.E.G.S.® model is a revolutionary new system for dog lovers everywhere to finally truly understand their dogs’ behavior.
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TEDx – How Dogs Tell Us What We Need To Know

TEDx – How Dogs Tell Us What We Need To Know

Veterinarian and Ph.D. veterinary behaviorist Barbara Sherman is the Director of Behavioral Medicine Service at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. In this fascinating TEDx Talk, given at Sandhills Community College in 2017, Dr. Sherman shows you how to read your dog’s body language so you can both anticipate and alleviate their anxiety. She illustrates her talk both with photos and videos from her clinic so you can see how different dogs react to stressful situations, such as the approach of a stranger.  Dr. Sherman is the author of a book explaining her behavioral methods, called Decoding Your…
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Yes, Dogs Go Through A Teenage Phase!

Yes, Dogs Go Through A Teenage Phase!

For most human teens, life can be full of emotional ups and downs. According to a study conducted by a team of UK researchers from the universities of Newcastle, Edinburgh and Nottingham, dogs go through a similar phase at around eight months of age. The researchers looked at a relatively large sample of 354 dogs, including golden retrievers, German shepherds, labrador retrievers and mixed breeds and analyzed their behavior. They looked at the dogs behavior prior to adolescence and analyzed how obedient the dogs were then reassessed behavior at five month, during adolescence and when they reached eight months of…
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Dog Muzzles – What Owners Must Know

Dog Muzzles – What Owners Must Know

Most people have a negative response when it comes to the idea of muzzling a dog, as muzzles are commonly associated with agressive canines. Plus, most dog lovers think that muzzles are cruel and prohibit dogs from eating, drinking and even breathing properly. But, there might come a day when you legitimately need to use a muzzle, either for your dog’s safety or for your own. Let’s take a look at some of these situations so you can understand when you might need one. Also, it’s best to get your dog completely comfortable wearing a muzzle, because you want to…
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Why Won’t Your Dog Look At You?

Why Won’t Your Dog Look At You?

We’ve already addressed why some people’s dogs stare at them, so let’s explore the opposite situation… Why is it that your dog won’t look at you? For most people and cultures, eye contact is considered a positive thing and is viewed as a way to make a connection with a person. But for dogs, eye contact sends a different message which may not be interpreted as positive. Some dogs will respond to direct eye contact by immediately looking away from you. This may be because the dog perceives that someone looking him in the eyes is a threat. In a…
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Do Dogs Need Canine Friends?

Do Dogs Need Canine Friends?

If your pup is an “only dog” you might be feeling guilty that he doesn’t have any canine companions. After all, we humans thrive on friendships so shouldn’t our dogs be given the chance to make friends too? Plus, dogs are descended from wolves and you have likely heard they have a complex social structure with tight bonds between animals. Well, turns out the answer to the canine friends question is not so simple. Yes, our dogs are descended from wolves. But, when researchers from Washington State University at Pullman looked closer, they found that wolves’ social interactions couldn’t really…
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Why Does Your Dog Stare At You?

Why Does Your Dog Stare At You?

If you ever wonder why it seems that your dog is always staring at you, then you’re not alone! As it turns out, dogs do spend a great deal of time looking intently at their owners.  Dogs, more than any other non-human creature on this planet, has a close bond with humans that spans thousands of years. They have learned to watch us intently, both to gain information about us and to communicate their wants to us as well. Many dogs will watch their owners for a signal that something is about to happen. For example, if you regularly walk…
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Why Does Your Dog Shake His Toys?

Why Does Your Dog Shake His Toys?

If you are like most dog owners, you delight in seeing your dog play with his toys. And most likely, you’ve also seen your dog grab one of his toys and shake it, perhaps gently and perhaps not so gently. Some dogs shake the toy violently, whipping their heads back and forth and also growl as well.  What’s going on here? Well, the most common explanation for this goes back to your dog’s ancestral heritage. Canines are descended from wolves and they are hunters by nature. This “shaking” in wild animals is known as the “kill shake” and is designed…
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How To Teach Your Puppy Not To Bite

How To Teach Your Puppy Not To Bite

Puppies! They are so cute with their sweet faces, that puppy smell and their eagerness to play. But those little teeth that are like needles? Not so much!! Pups are naturally mouthy, as this is perfectly normal for their developmental stage and also because they are teething. But while puppy biting may be harmless and cute at this stage, if it’s allowed to continue, it may bring trouble when pup gets older. So let’s do both you and puppy a favor and “nip” this behavior in the bud. You are going to learn to teach your puppy something called bite…
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Five Reasons Your Dog Is Whining  And How To Stop This Behavior

Five Reasons Your Dog Is Whining And How To Stop This Behavior

Whining is just one of the ways your dog uses to communicate with you. Yes, it can be appealing, especially when it’s accompanied by a cocked head and cute expression, but if this behavior becomes a habit, constant whining can quickly become annoying. Dogs whine for a variety of reasons and you have to know why your dog is whining before you can put a stop to it. Let’s look at some of the most common causes for whining: One - Your dog is trying to tell you he wants something. This can range from his water bowl is empty…
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