Behavior

Why do dogs chase their tails?

Why do dogs chase their tails? Do they enjoy it? Do they know the tail is theirs? Some common theories about why dogs chase their tails are: They're bored and chasing their tail is fun. People laugh when they chase…

7 ways to discipline your dog

There are many ways to discipline your dog. Be careful when using them that you are disciplining your dog while they are doing the bad behavior and not after they’ve quit. For example, if your dog is barking in the…

Why does my dog wag his tail?

Your dog’s tail says a lot about how he’s feeling. A happy dog that is busy interacting or exploring will hold his tail high and wag it horizontally. When he stops to check something out, the tail drops and stops…

Does my dog really smile?

Ever wondered if your dog is really smiling at you? You certainly know he’s happy to see you and it looks like he’s smiling … Dogs are capable of facial expressions, just not as many as humans. Your dog’s smile…

Dogs learn and imitate selectively

Dogs imitate, but don’t ape quotes a study that shows that dogs not only imitate behavior but they understand the goal and the workarounds. In the study, dogs were faced with the task of opening a container with food by…

Does your dog love you? Watch his tail.

This New York Times article describes a new study that found that dogs tails wag more to the right when they are happy and more to the left when they are scared: Thus when dogs were attracted to something, including…

Help! My puppy chews my shoelaces!

First, remember your puppy is just exploring the world.  But don’t forget that cute behavior in a two month old puppy might become unbearable in a two year old dog so now’s the time to teach your puppy what’s acceptable.…

Don’t let your dog down!

Dogs pay a lot of attention to routine.  My dad came to visit once and I let him sleep in my bed and I slept in the living room.  Every morning he took Teddy for a walk while he was…