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Dog Behavior

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.

Everything You Need To Know About How Your Dog 'Talks'

Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Jacqueline Howard

What do dogs think when humans bark? That question was thrust into the spotlight when a hilarious video of an experiment conducted by comedian Rudi Rok and magician Jose Ahonen went viral on YouTube last week.

Dogs Like Treats, But Here's What Really Gets Their Tails Wagging

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science

You want your dog to love you the best, so you sneak her the occasional scrap under the table (when no one else is looking). Sure she loves it, bu...

When a Two-Dog Home Turns Into Sophie's Choice

Nicole Wilde | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

It's hard to make the decision to rehome a dog who hasn't done anything wrong, especially when there is a strong emotional attachment. Unfortunately, part of being a responsible owner is having to make the tough decisions that are for our dogs' own good, even if it causes us pain.

Dog Training: Knowing When To Break The Rules

Nicole Wilde | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Certain rules persist, whether they make logical sense or not. Shouldn't you always eat before your dog? That is the rule, after all. But in real life, isn't it better to eat either before or after your dog, depending on what's convenient for you?

WATCH: Puppies Take On Adult Dogs In Quirky Test Of Intelligence

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 05.07.2014 | Science

Puppies may have more brains than they're given credit for, according to a new study that finds dogs, particularly young ones, are capable of followi...

Andrea Arden With Marlo Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 04.28.2014 | 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 ...

Calling All Dogs: Can You Hear Me Now?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

The dog, oblivious, continues to play with his friends. The woman calls out again, this time more loudly. No response. Finally, in a fit of frustration, she screams at the dog, grabs his collar, and drags him away. What's happened here? Did the dog really not hear his owner calling?

Dog Training: A Little Effort Goes a Long Way

Nicole Wilde | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

The thing is, having a well-trained dog doesn't happen overnight. But you don't have to drill your dog in obedience for hours a day; in fact, dogs learn better in shorter practice sessions.

Veterinarian Opens Up About Why Pets Misbehave

Posted 04.02.2014 | Green

From VetStreet's Dr. Patty Khuly: Veterinarians are in a unique position to observe unfortunate pet-related behavior on a daily basis. Here are my ...

Dog Learning is 24/7

Nicole Wilde | Posted 05.03.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

How much time do you spend each day training your dog? If you answered "30 minutes," "An hour," or even "Three 10-minute sessions," you're wrong. Oh, I believe that you're working on specific skills during those periods--but the truth is that you're training your dog 24 hours a day, every day.

WATCH: Don't Be Fooled!

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 02.27.2014 | Science

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting "Shame on you!" because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers,...

Like a Handshake, but with Noses and Butts

Sara Reusche | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
Sara Reusche

In our society, a handshake is the standard greeting for meeting new people. Dogs also have a standard greeting ritual, but as scent-oriented creatures their ritual varies slightly from ours.

'My Dog Bit Someone -- Out of Nowhere!'

Nicole Wilde | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

The dog had previously shown some signs of being uncomfortable around people, but the bite was a wake-up call. Something had to be done. The thing is, the shepherd didn't actually bite "out of nowhere" -- dogs seldom do.

Beyond Typical Resource Guarding

Nicole Wilde | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

We've all heard about dogs who guard their food, or perhaps treats or toys. But there are some dogs from whom resource guarding goes beyond the norm, and seems to be an art form.

Top Secret: What You Don't Know About Dog Aggression

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

The dog might have a bellyache or be having a bad day. Regardless, if the dog doesn't want to connect, respect him and move on. No harm, no growl.