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Dog Behavior

Don't Assume My Dog Is Friendly

Nicole Wilde | Posted 07.13.2016 | Green
Nicole Wilde

You wouldn't let your child run up to every stranger you pass. Why would you possibly let your dog do the same? Do everyone a favor and don't assume my dog -- or any other dog you pass -- is friendly. It's the truly friendly thing to do.

Can Every Dog Be Rehabilitated?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Human safety must be the first priority. And any trainer who believes they can fix any dog no matter what has an overabundance of hubris and a serious lack of understanding of dog behavior.

Your Dog May Very Well Hate Hugs, But This 'Study' Didn't Prove It

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 04.27.2016 | Science

Dog lovers around the Internet are having a crisis: Science has proven that dogs hate hugs. Just kidding, that didn’t exactly happen. But you’d th...

Turns Out, There Is A Better Way To Play With Your Dog

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 04.12.2016 | Science

About 70 million people in the U.S. own a dog, but in between cuddle sessions, staring into each other's eyes or playing plain ol' fetch, we all tend ...

Cesar Millan's Animal Cruelty Investigation Is A Wake Up Call For Dog Trainers

Zak George | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
Zak George

As someone who cares passionately about the state of my industry, I think the fact that Cesar's methods are being called into question is an important wake up call for the public. We need to make some major changes to the dog training industry as a whole.

Five Things You Should Do For Your Foster Dog

Katie Grillaert | Posted 12.02.2016 | Impact
Katie Grillaert

I often recommend that people foster before they adopt a dog. The primary benefit belongs to the dog, and it would be foolish to foster without understanding that you begin your adventure with a promise to him that you will do your best to put him first. It's not always easy, but it's worth it.

How to Read Your Dog's Body Language

Cesar Millan | Posted 12.01.2016 | Good News
Cesar Millan

While humans primarily use words to communicate, dogs use energy to communicate, expressing it through body language. To communicate with our dogs, we need to learn and adopt their 'language' rather than expecting them to learn ours.

The Most Important Thing You Could Ever Teach Your Dog

Nicole Wilde | Posted 11.05.2016 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Beyond the obvious not biting people or being aggressive with other dogs, there's one thing most trainers would agree on. Rather than simply telling you, let me illustrate what this most important thing is with an experience I had this morning.

Let it Be

Cesar Millan | Posted 10.21.2016 | Good News
Cesar Millan

Show of hands -- how many of you consider your dogs to be your children? Do you call them your "fur babies" and include them in family events? Maybe celebrate their birthdays, talk to them constantly, feed them scraps from the table?

Dogs and Backyards

Marthina McClay | Posted 10.05.2016 | HuffPost Home
Marthina McClay

Dogs that live in backyards full-time, and are never allowed in the house, tend to disassociate from their family members and are often under-socialized. They also don't learn to live in the house and learn house rules.

The Truth About Chihuahuas

Marthina McClay | Posted 09.30.2016 | Green
Marthina McClay

After seeing other breeds hurt by discrimination over many years, I don't want to see this happen again. As I look through our south bay shelters, I see many Chihuahuas and their mixes, and in some areas they have increased in numbers beyond pit-bull-type dogs.

You Know Your Dog Best -- and it Could Save His Life

Nicole Wilde | Posted 09.18.2016 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Tuesday afternoon, after being gone most of the day, I returned home to find Sierra looking strange. She had been acting perfectly normal when I left her in the morning, but now she just stood there, hindquarters trembling, eyes slightly squinty, just looking wrong somehow.

What Dogs REALLY Mean When They Smile, Yawn Or Stare At You

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.01.2015 | HuffPost Home

You come home from work, and your dog's tail is a helicopter of excitement. It's obvious that he's happy to see you. But then, he settles into a deep ...

Are You Listening?

Cesar Millan | Posted 08.25.2016 | Good News
Cesar Millan

One of the questions I get asked in almost every interview is, "Where did your ability to communicate with dogs come from?"

No, It's Not All How They're Raised

Trish McMillan Loehr | Posted 08.24.2016 | Good News
Trish McMillan Loehr

Please, pit bull lovers, stop saying "it's all how they're raised." I know you mean well. But if you truly believe "it's all how they're raised," no stray shelter dog or abused dog would be safe to place in a home.

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 06.11.2016 | 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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home

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...