Dog Training Advice – Common Dog Behavior Questions Answered




Why Do Dogs Howl?

We all know that dogs bark and whine and cry and whimper. These are all perfectly normal ways for a dog to communicate. But you may forget that dogs howl, too. They may not do it very often, but your dog is just as capable of howling as any wolf or coyote.

Dogs Like Stuffed Toys

Just why do dogs like stuffed toys? If you’ve ever watched your dog rip the stuffing from a stuffie, or gently carry a stuffed animal around like a friend, you may have wondered why dogs like them so much. The answers can be complex.

The First Night Your Puppy Is At Home

For anyone who’s ever known the joy and anticipation of waiting to bring a new puppy home, you know what it’s like when you finally bring your prize home. The first night your puppy is at home with you is loaded with excitement. That’s why it’s best to plan ahead so both you and your puppy can have the best first night together possible.

Should I Use A Nail Grinder?

Nail grinders are very popular for dogs right now though some people may not realize they are using them. They are being sold as “pet nail trimmers” with “precision emery filing wheels” but they are actually nail grinders or sanders. Is a nail grinder right for your dog? Should you use a nail grinder?

Train Your Dog To Go To Bed (Place Command)

It can be very helpful to teach your dog to “go to bed” or to learn the “place” command. Many times a dog may hang around the door when you have visitors going in and out, or he may be under foot in the kitchen or when you’re doing something else. Being able to send your dog to “his place” is a good way to handle these situations. Here are a couple of ways to train this command.

Dogs And Anesthesia

Many pet dogs will undergo anesthesia at some time during their lives. Whether it’s for a spay/neuter procedure, to have their teeth cleaned or for some other operation, anesthesia is commonly used in veterinary hospitals. However, there are some things that you should know about dogs and anesthesia.

Why Do Dogs Chase Their Shadow?

Like humans, dogs are subject to some compulsive behaviors. Chasing shadows is one of these behaviors, along with snapping at flies, biting their flanks, chasing their tails, and compulsive licking. Of course, it’s possible for a dog to chase a shadow occasionally as something fun to do, but if your dog regularly chases his own shadow or other shadows, then it’s likely that it is a compulsive behavior.

Including Your Dog In Celebrations

Who doesn’t enjoy a celebration? Well, most of us do. And if you have a dog in your family there’s every chance that your dog would like to be included when you celebrate. Including your dog in celebrations can be a lot of fun. Here are some tips to having a great time with your dog.

Do De-Shedding Tools Work?

You’ve probably seen some of the ads on TV for these wonder tools that almost magically whisk away mountains of fur from dogs. They look great – but do they really work? Can it really be that easy to remove all that hair? Well, the answer is yes, and no. Yes, they do work but there is some actual work involved.

Are There Really Indestructible Dog Toys?

If you’re a dog owner then you have probably had the pleasure of buying toys for your dog. It’s fun to pick out a great new toy and bring it home. What’s not fun is watching your dog destroy it in 30 seconds! There are lots of toys that claim to be “indestructible” but are there really indestructible dog toys? It depends.

Why Are My Dog’s Teeth Stained?

Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their dog’s teeth. Not until they notice their dog has stained teeth, tartar, bad breath or bad teeth. The truth is that your dog’s teeth are very much like your own. Here are some things to think about.

Do Dogs Make Us Healthier?

We often hear stories that claim that pets, including dogs, make people healthier and even help them live longer lives, but are they true? Is there any science to back up these claims? The answer is yes! People with pets do lead healthier lives in many ways.

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