Behavior

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Sometimes David Greene of Maynard, Mass., wonders about the intelligence of his dog Harry. The 12-year-old longhaired Dachshund has been zapped by skunk spray three times in his life. Produced by the skunk’s anal scent glands and used as a defense against predators, the foul-smelling fluid contains sulfurous chemicals known as
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: My puppy is constantly biting my pant legs. What can I do? Answer: Biting everything that moves is normal puppy behavior but that does not mean it is fun to live with. Puppies explore their world with their mouths, just as toddlers touch everything they can reach with their hands.
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Cars, squirrels, cyclists, skateboarders, cats, and joggers — they’re all would-be targets, any one of whom could lure a chase-obsessive dog into a potentially dangerous situation. The behavior can also trigger understandably hostile reactions from people who see it as aggression when a strange dog comes bounding after them. Until you
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Bringing a new dog home can be challenging, especially for first time dog owners. Whatever challenges you are facing be sure to know you are not alone. If you hop onto our DogTime Facebook page you’ll meet lots of other dog owners with tons of advice and support for you. If
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) When young children hear a scary noise at night, they often run to their parents. The response is usually something like, “Don’t worry, it was just thunder.” Or, “It was just a noise, nothing to be frightened of.” Unfortunately for a dog that is afraid of noise, no amount of explaining
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Dogs love to howl. It’s really fun to hear your dog howl or to howl along with your pup, but why do dogs howl? There are several reasons why a dog might howl, some are fun and others are serious business. Audio Stimulation We’ve all heard a dog howling at a siren as it goes
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(Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images) Question: My dog usually likes people, but he doesn’t like my friend. What does that mean? Is my friend a bad person? Answer: I know an American Bulldog named Ichi who is convinced that her dad’s friend is the vet she had as a puppy . She barks her head
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Everybody poops. That’s just a fact. But not everybody has the habit of giving digested food another round through the body. Eating poop is actually not all that uncommon among dogs. It’s called coprophagia, and it’s generally a natural behavior with a few different causes. So why is your dog eating
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) It’s hard not to break down in tears when you watch a video of a dog reuniting with their beloved human after being separated for months, or even years, on end. You’ve probably seen some of the viral videos of soldiers returning home to be greeted by pups that have emotional
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) The picture of a dog crouched low to the ground licking the lips of another dog’s lips is often viewed as a soft and friendly appeasement gesture. Face and lip licking is most often offered by young puppies, but can carry on into adulthood. Face licking does have boundaries in the
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) It’s funny when I ponder the word “own” to describe my place in my dog’s life. I can’t imagine telling someone that I own a child — biological, adopted, or otherwise. And I feel that the word “own” — when it comes to describing the inclusion of a dog in my
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: Why is my dog suddenly aggressive toward other dogs? Answer: Without meeting your dog, it’s impossible to know for sure. That said, here are some of the most common reasons dogs begin to show aggression toward other dogs: 1. The dog is coming into adolescence. Adolescent dogs are little fur-covered
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Can dogs read our emotions? (Picture Credit: Shutterstock) A study shows that just by looking at your smile or frown, your dog can tell if you are happy or angry. Scientists showed dogs separate photos of the upper face around a person’s eyes and the lower part of the face — specifically the mouth. Each
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(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) For humans, the extra hour when Daylight Saving Time comes to an end is a great way to catch up on sleep. But for dogs, the effects can be very different. Animals don’t set their routines by the clock that we use as humans to keep on schedule. They have their own
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Pet parenting styles. (Photo Credit: Shutterstock) If you go to the dog park you’ll see a wide variety of human and dog interactions and parenting styles. Some people are more attentive, while others sit on a bench in the shade and talking on the cellphone or reading a book, barely paying any attention to their
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Why Does My Dog Lean On Me? (Picture Credit: @bellaccini’s Instagram) Does your dog lean? Most dog owners have experienced a dog leaning on their legs at least once in their life. Your dog simply sits or stands next to you and casually leans a bulk of her weight against your calf. And, more often
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Although the UCSD study believes dogs demonstrated jealous behavior in their trials, other researchers think the emotion may be fear. (Picture Credit: Getty Images) Ever experience cuddling with your significant other while your dog wiggles his way right between the two of you? Does your dog feel jealous or are we just imagining that? We
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Half empty, or half full? Discovering if a dog is optimistic or pessimistic can helpful in the context of working and service dogs. (Picture Credit: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Most of us would suspect our dogs have an optimistic view on life. After all, they seem happy and easy to please. That’s not always
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Do Dogs Dream? (Picture Credit: Getty Images) According to the National Sleep Foundation, our dogs spend roughly 12-14 hours per 24-hour period snoozing. Often, dog owners will associate that little leg twitch or tiny “yip” that comes out while sleeping has to do with something their dog is dreaming about. But do dogs dream, or are
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(Picture Credit: Getty) There’s a short developmental window in every dog’s life when he’s extremely sensitive to his environment. The number of positive encounters he has with other people and dogs during this period, which ranges from just a few weeks old to three or four months of age, can dramatically influence how friendly he
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To smooch, or not to smooch? (Photo Credit: Meleva Steiert) I asked a friend recently if she kisses her dogs. She’s a big-hearted dog lover and regularly rescues and fosters animals in her suburban, Los Angeles home. She told me that she does kiss some of them, but others were not receptive and one in
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Your child can teach his dog new tricks — with a little help from you. Spending time training a dog deepens the bond between your child and the family dog, and successful training builds confidence. “I’ve seen kids as young as 20 months doing a great job training dogs, with the
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This month marks the 46th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first small step on the surface of the moon, leaving the first human footprints on some place other than our home planet. But that big glowing rock in the sky is just as perplexing as ever for our canine friends. Do dogs really howl more at
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