behavior

Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help!

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My Dog Can’t Pee!

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Why Do Dogs Howl? 5 Reasons

No matter where you live, you almost certainly have had the experience of being out on the stoop or porch late at night and hearing the unmistakable sound of dogs howling in the distance. So, why do dogs howl? Researchers believe that dog howling is bound up in dog genetics. The ancient dog breeds are …

Why They Happen and What to Do

Dog zoomies are what they sound like. It’s hard not to smile when you see a joyful dog running wildly around your house or yard, zipping back and forth for a few moments before collapsing after a case of what most of us call the “zoomies.” Dog zoomies, or Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPS) as they’re technically called, generally only last …

Do You Have a Lethargic Dog or a Dog Who Just Loves to Sleep?

The old saying goes let sleeping dogs lie, but can dogs ever sleep too much? Can sleeping be signs that something is wrong? While many dogs sleep a lot, a change in energy for your dog could be a sign that there is an underlying medical condition and may be a symptom of a larger …

Dog Pacing – Why It Happens and How to Help Your Pacing Dog

Just how pacing in humans is often associated with restlessness or anxiety, dogs might begin pacing if feeling anxious or experiencing stress. In most cases, dog pacing is not a serious health issue — rather, merely a behavioral response to general nervousness or anxiety. “When a dog paces they are usually walking back and forth …

Dog Growling — 4 Things to Know

The little dog had been in our training center for 15 minutes before he noticed the giant painting of a dog hanging on the wall. His eyes widened as he took a step toward it, growling. “Pssht!” his owner hissed, snapping her fingers at him. He jerked in surprise, then sat down and licked his …

How To Teach Your Dog The “Leave It” & “Drop It” Commands

We have all heard the horror stories of dogs choking on small items, getting into dangerous medications, or being poisoned by spiteful neighbors.
Empower yourself and protect your pooch from these types of dangers by teaching the “Leave it” and “Drop it” commands that could one day save his life.

Note: Professional dog trainer, Jess Rollins, recommends spending just 15 minutes a day in 5 minute sessions working on these skills to prevent your dog from becoming bored or frustrated.
Teaching the “Leave It” Command This is your first line of defense when trying to keep your dog away from something that could potentially cause him harm. It is also useful in protecting others from your dog in the case of pups that enjoy chasing bikers, joggers, squirrels, etc.
While there are several steps, don’t feel intimidated. Dogs are highly intelligent and eager to please. Chances are they will catch on quickly and the instructions account for slip-ups and minor setbacks.

Step One: Place a desi..

5 Tips For Helping A Dog That Doesn’t Like The Rain

When a rain-filled weather report interrupts your dog’s regular exercise and bathroom break routine, simple things become immensely more complicated. You prepare for pee stains on the carpet, stinky surprises in the hallway, and a rambunctious pet with too much energy for indoor activities.
Refusing to go outside in the rain is common in dogs. Think about it, you don’t like getting soaked by the rain, and your dog is no different. They’re used to the good life of memory-foam dog beds and a bin full of toys, and being forced into the damp outdoors isn’t something they take lightly. Unfortunately, staying inside every time it rains isn’t an option. You need to get your dog outside to do their business and run off energy, and here are a few tips on how to make them more comfortable with getting wet.

1. Lead by being a good example. Dogs get a lot of their personality quirks from their humans. If you hate the rain and yell out or act otherwise startled or uncomfortable when it starts ra..

How To Train A Senior Dog

Your shoes are safer around a senior dog than they are a puppy, and most older dogs have long-since mastered basic obedience. But that doesn’t mean training is no longer important. Old age doesn’t stop a dog from learning new tricks, and continued training is a big part of maintaining mental and physical health. There’s also the fact that senior dogs aren’t perfect, and training can help fend off problem behaviors.
Whether you’ve loved your dog since they were a pup or recently adopted them from a shelter, here’s what to know about training a senior dog.
Flickr/Eli Christman Assess Their Training History If your dog has spent their entire life by your side, assessing where they are with training is easy. It’s more complicated for families that recently adopted a senior from a shelter. Your newly adopted dog’s past life is probably a complete mystery, and you don’t know what kind of training they’ve already received. To make sure your training is as worthwhile as it should be, take ti..