Welcome to our article on over friendly dogs! In this article professional dog trainer Jo Laurens shares her thoughts on dealing with an over friendly dog. If your pushy dog is accidentally upsetting the dogs he meets on walks, this guide is for you. There is a behavior problem lurking in the dog world, which may not have a name. We'll refer to it as the problem of over friendly dogs. I’m … [Read more...] about Over Friendly Dogs – How To Cope With And Train Your Pup
Has your head been turned by an English Cream Golden Retriever? Who can blame you? These beautiful dogs are famous for their thick, lustrous fur. It’s usually seen in the gold color for which they’ve been named. But don’t be fooled, English cream goldens are the same dog as any purebred Golden Retriever. We’ll look at whether coat color plays a role in temperament, health, or other … [Read more...] about English Cream Golden Retriever – What Can Their Color Really Tell You?
Welcome to one of many popular dog games: "4 Paws in a Box." Like most tricks, this game doesn't just entertain your dog. The purpose of this trick is twofold. It is aimed at teaching the trainer how to shape new behavior. It is also aimed at teaching the dog how to earn rewards by offering small changes in behavior. Shaping New Behavior If you haven’t read our article on shaping, … [Read more...] about Dog Games
People often get confused about the concept of "fading rewards" in dog training. When we begin teaching a new skill, we reward the dog each and every time he gets it right. But, over time, to ensure that the new skill is maintained, many trainers make rewards more intermittent or occasional. We often refer to this as "fading" rewards. People usually direct their enthusiasm for fading … [Read more...] about Fading Rewards in Dog Training
Did you ever wonder what your dog sees when he’s staring at a TV screen? How do dogs see color on TV, anyway? We love our dogs, and we want them to be happy. Giving them the best life possible involves trying to put yourself in their place so that their lives are stimulating and sweet. Scientists feel the same way! Perhaps that’s why some Australian researchers decided to look at how the … [Read more...] about How Do Dogs See Color On TV? New Study Looks at Canine Cognition
Have you ever wondered about this phenomenon? Why do dogs jump on you? About 90 percent of dogs jump on people during some period of their life. So, researchers thought it was time to study why this behavior happens, and what affects the frequency of dogs jumping on people. What they found is that whether or not a dog jumps on you depends on various factors. Your body position, the … [Read more...] about Why Do Dogs Jump On You? Scientific Study Throws New Light On This Common Problem
Does your dog have separation anxiety? What makes certain dogs more prone to this stressful condition than others? A recent study on separation related behaviors in Labrador and Golden Retrievers in Australia sheds some new light on a common canine behavior problem. It turns out there are several factors that make a dog more likely to suffer from separation anxiety. Did you know that … [Read more...] about Does a Neutered Dog Miss You More? Scientific Study Says Yes!
Some three million dogs are relinquished to shelters each year in the USA. And the hard truth is that not all of those dogs will survive the experience. Young dogs are more likely to be re-homed by potential rescuers than senior animal shelter dogs, and old age has been a factor that puts people off adopting a pet. It also increases a dog’s chance of being returned to a shelter after … [Read more...] about Senior Animal Shelter Dogs – A New Report On Improving Their Chances
Dog medicine side effects are a common concern for pet owners. When your dog needs medical treatment it can be hard to hear that in getting him better, you might be opening him up to the possibility of some more unpleasant symptoms too. Side effects are the most challenging problem of some of our powerful drugs. And are key issues with many common medicines. Those recommending … [Read more...] about Dog Medicine Side Effects
Low fat diets for dogs come in several different forms. In today’s article we investigate low fat feeding options for dogs. Asking if low fat diets are necessary or beneficial, as well as looking at the role that dietary fat plays in canine nutrition and in treating pancreatitis in dogs. We’ll also look at the causes of pancreatitis in dogs, and investigate the link between the disease … [Read more...] about Do Dogs Need A Low Fat Diet?