Behavior

(Picture Credit: Getty) There’s a short developmental window in every dog’s life when he’s extremely sensitive to his environment. The number of positive encounters he has with other people and dogs during this period, which ranges from just a few weeks old to three or four months of age, can dramatically influence how friendly he
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) For humans, The 4th of July generally means celebrating our independence and having fun…or at least a barbeque and time off from work. However fireworks and make the Fourth of July the scariest night of the year for dogs. The sudden, deafening sounds (what’s loud to us is ear-piercing to them)
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To smooch, or not to smooch? (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
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Business goes to the dogs on Friday June 22nd as workplaces across the country celebrate the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. The temporary office canines won’t be barking out orders to employees or wagging approval after a presentation, although some might be helping the receptionist greet visitors. The day
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(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) Dogs do plenty of cute things, but there are few behaviors more adorable than the head tilt. I make plenty of strange noises around my pups just to see if they’ll tilt their heads to the side in a quizzical look of confusion. Most dog owners can tell you that the head
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Sometimes David Greene of Maynard, Mass., wonders about the intelligence of his dog Harry. The 12-year-old longhaired Dachshund has been zapped by skunk spray three times in his life. Produced by the skunk’s anal scent glands and used as a defense against predators, the foul-smelling fluid contains sulfurous chemicals known as
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Dogs love to howl. It’s really fun to hear your dog howl or to howl along with your pup, but why do dogs howl? There are several reasons why a dog might howl, some are fun and others are serious business. Audio Stimulation We’ve all heard a dog howling at a siren as it goes
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Cars, squirrels, cyclists, skateboarders, cats, and joggers — they’re all would-be targets, any one of whom could lure a chase-obsessive dog into a potentially dangerous situation. The behavior can also trigger understandably hostile reactions from people who see it as aggression when a strange dog comes bounding after them. Until you
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Bringing a new dog home can be challenging, especially for first time dog owners. Whatever challenges you are facing be sure to know you are not alone. If you hop onto our DogTime Facebook page you’ll meet lots of other dog owners with tons of advice and support for you. If
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) When young children hear a scary noise at night, they often run to their parents. The response is usually something like, “Don’t worry, it was just thunder.” Or, “It was just a noise, nothing to be frightened of.” Unfortunately for a dog that is afraid of noise, no amount of explaining
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: My puppy is constantly biting my pant legs. What can I do? Answer: Biting everything that moves is normal puppy behavior but that does not mean it is fun to live with. Puppies explore their world with their mouths, just as toddlers touch everything they can reach with their hands.
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(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday March 11th, 2018 at 2:00am. For humans, the extra hour when Daylight Saving Time comes to an end is a great way to catch up on sleep. But for dogs, the effects can be very different. Animals don’t set their routines by the clock that we
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) No surprise, it’s consistently one of the most popular articles on our site: Five Signs Your Dog Loves You. But Dog knows there are many ways your pup might show his devotion. So with Valentine’s Day approaching, we figured it was time to update that list. Here then, are five more
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Everybody poops. That’s just a fact. But not everybody has the 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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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) It’s hard not to break down in tears when you watch a video of a dog reuniting with their beloved human after being separated for months, or even years, on end. You’ve probably seen some of the viral videos of soldiers returning home to be greeted by pups that have emotional
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(Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images) Question: My dog usually likes people, but he doesn’t like my friend. What does that mean? Is my friend a bad person? Answer: I know an American Bulldog named Ichi who is convinced that her dad’s friend is the vet she had as a puppy . She barks her head
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) The picture of a dog crouched low to the ground licking the lips of another dog’s lips is often viewed as a soft and friendly appeasement gesture. Face and lip licking is most often offered by young puppies, but can carry on into adulthood. Face licking does have boundaries in the
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) It’s funny when I ponder the word “own” to describe my place in my dog’s life. I can’t imagine telling someone that I own a child — biological, adopted, or otherwise. And I feel that the word “own” — when it comes to describing the inclusion of a dog in my
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: Why is my dog suddenly aggressive toward other dogs? Answer: Without meeting your dog, it’s impossible to know for sure. That said, here are some of the most common reasons dogs begin to show aggression toward other dogs: 1. The dog is coming into adolescence. Adolescent dogs are little fur-covered
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Although the UCSD study believes dogs demonstrated jealous behavior in their trials, other researchers think the emotion may be fear. (Picture Credit: Getty Images) Ever experience cuddling with your significant other while your dog wiggles his way right between the two of you? Does your dog feel jealous or are we just imagining that? We
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