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Dog Behavior

Dog Training: A Little Effort Goes a Long Way

Nicole Wilde | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 02.20.2014 | 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.

The Real Truth About Rescuing Dogs -- and Wolves

Nicole Wilde | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

When you bring a dog home from a shelter or adopt one from a rescue, you're doing a noble thing. You're taking a dog whose days might be numbered, a...

Is Lip-licking Beagle a Threat to Baby?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 01.13.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

It's ironic that understanding these signals is absolutely crucial for dog owners, and yet they're not commonly taught or discussed. In a situation such as the beagle-baby one, had the owner's mind not been put at ease, the dog might have lost his home.

REVEALED: How Humans Decode Dogs' Emotions

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Most dog owners can sense the difference between Fido's yip of joy and howl of discontent. Now, scientists find people use the same general rules to ...

Can Technology Offer a Shortcut to Reading Dog Emotions?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

I would love to have technology that would tell us once and for all whether a dog is enjoying training, or being stressed out by it. It would certainly settle some arguments between trainers who use different types of training tools.

A Tired Dog Is... a Cooperative Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 02.03.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

A dog who is a bit worn out is less likely to be reactive. Think of it this way: When a body's got a lot of energy stored, it has to be expressed in one way or another. It's the same for dogs and people.

What 'Difficult' Dogs Can Teach Us

Dogster | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

I learned that when your dog does something completely outrageous, you may not be able to keep completely calm, but you have a lot of control over how you react. One thing I learned is to 'find the funny,' rather than get angry or frustrated.

Owner Attacked by Dog and Loses Arms: Was it Provoked or Out of the Blue?

Sophia Yin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Sophia Yin

While most dog attacks are not intentionally provoked, in some cases the dogs are intentionally trained. And in the case where a tough-breed of dog is owned by a violent criminal that cause is higher on the list.

Wag This Way: Left or Right Offers Insight

Nicole Wilde | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

Canine body language is such a fascinating subject, and these studies only touch on, well, the tail end of it.

Do Some Dogs Need a Heavier Hand?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

There are also some very pushy, obnoxious dogs out there (Bodhi, when he first came to us, for example), and yes, even aggressive and severely aggressive dogs. But when we put those dogs in a box and slap a label on it (Red Zone! Beware!), we do them a disservice.

Why Growling Is Good

Nicole Wilde | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

People misunderstand, and punish dogs for growling. A dog then learns that growling leads to being punished and, unfortunately, once his early warning system has been removed, the dog is likely to begin biting with no warning.

Is Your Dog Who You Thought He'd Be?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

They typically envision an affectionate dog who's fairly easy to train, won't make major demands on their lifestyle, and is friendly with the family and visitors. There's nothing wrong with that. I mean, really, who goes looking for a dog with baggage? Who wants a long-term project?

Should You Always Eat Before Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Wilde

I just finished feeding my dogs. I haven't eaten yet. Are my dogs gleefully celebrating this obvious clue that they're about to inherit the kingdom?

Standing Up for Your Dog

Nicole Wilde | Posted 11.10.2013 | Green
Nicole Wilde

A dog trainer has been in business over 20 years. The first day of every new group class, whether for puppies or adults, he teaches his canine students the meaning of the word "no."

Dog Behavior: Is Reacting Really Reactive?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 10.26.2013 | Green
Nicole Wilde

What if a total stranger ran up to you and yelled in your face? Should you be expected to stand there and behave politely? Of course not. And yet some of us hold dogs to the impossible standard of never barking, never lunging, never... being dogs.

Do Dogs 'Catch' Yawns From Their Owners?

| Virginia Morell | Posted 08.08.2013 | Science

Observant dog owners know that if they yawn, their dog is likely to do the same. It’s called contagious yawning, and it’s something that we do wit...

WATCH: Man's Best Friend Is Smarter Than We Thought

| Virginia Morell | Posted 07.27.2013 | Science

The next time your dog digs a hole in the backyard after watching you garden, don't punish him. He's just imitating you. A new study reveals that our ...

The Day I Discovered My Dog Is A Murderer

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

My dog is a murderer. According to the veterinarian, he is still a puppy and his traits are just beginning to show through; I am worried for the future of our biosphere.