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Dog Behavior

Here's Scientific Proof That Your Dog Has Your Back

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science

Rover knows more about rudeness than you might think. New research from Japan indicates that dogs seem to know when someone is snubbing their owne...

An Open Letter to the Man Who Smacked His Dog

Nicole Wilde | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Look, I know what it's like to be really irritated with your dog. If we're being honest, most dog owners do. But how about using good management by keeping him closer to you, and better yet, teaching him what you expect?

Here's Why Your Dog Isn't So Good At Video Chats

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.03.2015 | Science

Don't blame Rover if he's not very responsive to your video chats. Scientists say dogs have a hard time viewing (and making sense of what they see on)...

The Danger of Redirected Aggression in Dogs

Nicole Wilde | Posted 05.31.2015 | Green
Nicole Wilde

So what can you do to avoid redirected aggression? Be aware of the potential. Try to avoid putting your dogs in situations where redirected aggression might occur. If you see a situation building, interfere before it escalates. Teach a solid attention cue.

Andrea Arden With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 03.30.2015 | MarloThomas

I was so thrilled to have Certified Dog Trainer Andrea Arden as my guest on Mondays with Marlo. Andrea shared so many great expert tips with us about ...

Human Foods That Are Harmful To Dogs, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

What human foods are harmful to dogs? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says there are lots of foods that fall into this category. Chocolate, grapes,...

The Best Dogs For Apartment Living, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

What are the ideal dog breeds for apartment life? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says that while some dog breed generalizations that ring true, th...

Essential Tips For Training Your New Puppy, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden shared her top tips for teaching your puppy the do's and dont's of living in your home. Andrea says that the most i...

The Most Effective Way To Discipline Your Dog, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

Is hitting your dog actually an effective discipline method? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says that the old-fashioned way of training an animal ...

The Health Benefits Of Having A Pet, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

Is it true that having a pet is good for your health? Certified dog trainer Andrea Arden says, "Absolutely!" Studies have shown that having a pet as a...

The Latest In Pet Technology, From Andrea Arden (VIDEO)

Posted 03.23.2015 | MarloThomas

When it comes to the latest in pet technology, certified dog trainer Andrea Arden has a few app recommendations for your four-legged friend. Apps that...

Here's What May Have Turned Dogs Into Man's Best Friend

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.01.2015 | Science

We shower them with affection and provide all their necessities. They love and protect us in return--even run to our side when we call and cuddle on c...

New Study Shows Dogs Can Spot A Liar

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.24.2015 | Science

Dogs are certainly no dummies when it comes to understanding humans. Canines can understand our voice commands and know what it means when we poin...

Here's More Proof That Dogs Can Totally Read Our Facial Expressions

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.13.2015 | Science

Fluffy really does know what that big grin or frustrated frown on your face means. At least, that's according to a new study that suggests dogs can...

Do Little Dogs Get Away With More?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 03.17.2015 | Green
Nicole Wilde

I can't help think that had the dog been a hundred-plus-pound mass of muscle, the problem most likely would have been -- excuse the unfortunate pun -- nipped in the bud after the first occurrence.

Are You and Your Dog Sympatico?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 12.11.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

As much as I hate to admit it, although I've had dogs I absolutely adored, and one named Mojo who will forever be my soul dog, I never had that truly sympatico type of relationship.

Why Your Dog Kicks His Hind Leg When You Rub His Belly

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.20.2014 | Science

Fido just can't help himself. Each time you scratch that sweet spot on his belly, his hind leg starts kicking like crazy--but why? Ultimately, it's...

What Is 'No!' Really Telling Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

'Leave it!' is an instructional reprimand, whereas, 'no!' which leaves a dog wondering what exactly he did wrong, thereby increasing the likelihood that he'll get it wrong again. Once the dog had complied with 'leave It!' the owner could redirect him to a more appropriate behavior.

Scientists Find Another Way Pooches Are Just Like People

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.23.2014 | Science

Some see the bowl as half-empty; for other dogs, it's half-full. At least that's what researchers at The University of Sydney in Australia say. The...

Aggressive Dog? No Problem!

Nicole Wilde | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Humane, scientifically sound methods for handling dog aggression are not flashy. They don't come with wild promises, bells or whistles. Proper behavior modification can take time and patience. What it doesn't do is scare the dog, break the trust between dog and owner, or make the problem worse.

Dogs' Surprising Preference Revealed In New Study

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.08.2014 | Science

"Good dog" just doesn't cut it with pooches. Surprising new research shows that dogs prefer petting over verbal praise. "I spend half my day talki...

Scientists Solve 'Herding' Mystery

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Science

When it comes to getting unruly livestock to toe the line, sheepdogs certainly know their stuff. And now scientists know how these incredible canines ...

Options for Severely Aggressive Dogs

Nicole Wilde | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

For severe cases, before anything else, I recommend a veterinary exam that includes a full blood workup and a thorough physical exam to rule out any type of physiological cause for the aggression. Assuming the dog is physically sound, for those dogs at the extreme end of the aggression spectrum, options are limited.

Confessions of a Dog Trainer: I Train My Dogs Using 'People Food' -- And You Should Too

Sara Reusche | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Sara Reusche

We frequently hear it in training class: "I won't give my dog any people food." This is a bit of a ridiculous sentiment if you think about it. Food is food.

Who Comes First: You or Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

We all have an idea of what we'd like life to be like with our dogs. Depending on our own lifestyle, we might need a dog to be social around kids, be athletic, dog-friendly, or any of a host of traits. But sometimes the dog we get is not the dog we want.