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Dog Behavior

Who Comes First: You or Your Dog?

Nicole Wilde | Posted 06.25.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 05.29.2014 | 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.

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
Dogster

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.