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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.

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.

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.

The Dog Poop Diet: How to Teach Your Dog to Avoid Eating His Own You-Know-What

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

Here's a word you probably haven't heard today: Coprophagia. I never studied in Greek in high school. Was too busy doing other really useful things (...

Could Using a Simple Dog Command Help Us Leave the Past Where It Belongs?

Gregg McBride | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

By telling ourselves to "leave" something that's weighing us down (figuratively or otherwise), we then, too, have the opportunity to move on to other things. We can't undo what's transpired. But we can move on if we choose to.

5 Ways to Make Walks More Fun for Your Dog (and You)

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

An enriching walk will also help tire out a dog out both mentally and physically, which can result in better behavior during the inside portions of the day. Here are some ways to make walks as fun as possible for both canines and humans.

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...

10 Ways to Avoid a Dog Bite in 2014

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 03.15.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

2. Steer clear of a dog who stares at you: Being stared at is unnerving no matter how many legs you walk on. A dog who stares is contemplating your next move. Be wary and keep your distance.

Dog Gone Crazy? 5 Tips for Managing Fido During the Busy Holidays

Sophia Yin | Posted 02.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
Sophia Yin

While pets are fun and so are holidays, the two can clash without proper planning. What can you do to ensure that the family gathering is problem free while ensuring that your pet can be part of the party too?

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.

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?

Rehabilitating Rescue Dogs and Puppies

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Once you learn to translate canine postures and responses, you'll find that your dog's actions speak louder than words. What then do specific dog behaviors tell us?

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?

We Want These Hiking Puppies To Show Us The World

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.24.2013 | Good News

When these little Swiss Mountain pups turn 7 weeks old, it's time to learn to hike! Watch them get so excited to learn the ins and outs of hiking, and...

Don't Even Think About Messing With This Little Girl And Her Dog

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 09.20.2013 | Weird News

We've got a piece of advice for any bullies or 'bad guys' out there who might encounter this little girl: you don't want to mess with her! The ...

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."

Are You a Pet Commitment-Phobe? Consider Dog Fostering

Lauren Levine | Posted 11.05.2013 | Good News
Lauren Levine

I'm a dog person through and through. No matter how big or small or slobbery, sign me up. But despite my passion for all things furry, I don't think I'm ready to make a lifetime commitment just yet. Then I read about the option of fostering.

Milestone

Cesar Millan | Posted 11.03.2013 | Celebrity
Cesar Millan

When I teach people how to assess a dog's energy and behavior, one of the things that surprises them is how many dogs that are instantly classified as aggressive are not.

5 Quick Tests When Choosing a Rescue Dog or Puppy

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Is your schedule random or consistent? Is your home quiet or chaotic? You can test for these traits in an eight-week-old puppy with alarming accuracy.

The Most Talented Pup Ever!

Posted 07.11.2013 | Comedy

We're no strangers to Jumpy The Dog's amazing tricks. The wonder pup and his skilled trainer Omar Muller are back with a less extreme but equally as a...

Dogs, Summer and Poolside Etiquette

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

Many dogs drown in pools over the summer, though not for lack of a naturally ability to swim. The accident happens when they mistakenly fall into the water chasing prey/object or horsing around poolside.