Obsessive dog hoards my things

Dear Pawfessor, My bright, affectionate six-month-old Golden Retriever named Kipper was crate-trained very early and still spends lots of time in his crate. Kipper is gentle with his mouth and wonderful with my young grandchildren. The only problem is, he’s a sneak and obsessive dog. Although he has plenty of toys, what he enjoys most […]

Why dogs hoard…

By Pawfessor Dion Is your dog a hoarder? Does she hide food around the house? Has she collected up toys and stood guard over them? Like a lot of issues with dogs, hoarding is a behavior that has roots in a dog’s oldest instincts, which clash with a modern lifestyle around humans. In the wild, dogs […]

Why do dogs chase their tails?

By Josh Weiss-Roessler Man’s best friend can provide all kinds of fun and laughter just by being a dog, but perhaps nothing is more amusing than when your pup suddenly starts to obsess over her own tail and begins spinning around in circles, trying vainly to catch it. This is a sight that can incite […]

Why is my dog staring at me?

By Josh Weiss-Roessler You’re sitting watching TV — but your dog only has eyes for you. You’re cooking dinner, and the pooch is laser-focused on your face. You head to the bathroom and… you get the idea. If there’s one thing almost all dogs do well, it’s stare at their owners. And stare. And stare. […]

Dealing with obsessive dog behaviors

By Pawfessor Dion Obsessive dog behaviors and dog fixations can become as seriously harmful as addictions are for humans. When we laugh at a dog that is fanatically mad over a toy, a bone, a shaft of light, a game of fetch, or the neighbor’s cat, it’s like laughing at someone who is a falling-down […]

Dog park problems solved

By Nicole Pajer When my rat terrier puppy first started going to the dog park, he had an incredible fascination with watching other dogs urinate. So much so that he’d stand there mesmerized as they peed and would return from playing with a yellow-stained head. It took Rocky about six times of getting peed on […]

How do I handle other dogs at the dog park?

Dear Dion, I follow your advice on being a strong pack leader at the dog park. On the rare occasions that I take my dogs to the dog park, I notice humans not applying dog training discipline if their dogs get in a dog fight or potential dog fight. If I apply dog training discipline […]

Why do dogs lick?

by Josh Weiss-Roessler See if this sounds familiar: After going for a long walk with your dog and feeding her, you sit down to relax. She comes over, so you start petting her, but as soon as you do, the licking begins. You’re not a fan, but it isn’t a big deal at first… and […]

Obsessive dog licking

Dear Pawfessor Dion, I have a 3-year-old toy Australian shepherd dog named Gina. She is an absolutely wonderful dog with a few challenges, one in particular that I need some advice on… obsessive licking. She is completely obsessed with licking all the time! My dog licks the air, your arms, your face, in your mouth, […]

How to stop a puppy from jumping on people

Jumping up on people When a puppy comes running up to us and jumps on us, we think, “She loves me, she is so happy to see me!” We feel special and chosen and cherished. And who doesn’t thrill to watch puppies jumping and leaping about in play? They are so carefree, so full of […]

How To Keep Your Puppy From Jumping On People

1 Extra Notes Jumping on people can be bothersome, embarrassing and, at times, even dangerous. Like many inappropriate behaviors, jumping up can be corrected—ideally, the sooner the better. Why Puppies Jump On You
 Puppies jump on people because they have been reinforced to do so. When they jump up, they get attention. However, they need […]

How to stop dog from jumping on guests

By Pawfessor Dion How can you tell if your dog is the pack leader? It’s simple: if your dog jumps on you when you arrive home, she is the pack leader. If your dog jumps on your guests, she is making sure that these new arrivals also know she is in charge. What can you […]

Training a dog to behave when guests visit

by Martin Deeley Have you ever loaned a favorite tool or item to a friend and when they return it, it is ruined? I hate to say it, but friends can also ruin all the training you do with your pup. Guests can overwhelm a puppy, they can frighten him, teach him bad habits, and […]

6 steps to managing a dog’s over-excitement

A dog that’s spinning in circles, jumping up and down, or barking and yipping is not a happy dog. These are all signs of over-excitement. The dog has excess energy, and the only way her brain knows how to deal with it is to work it off physically. Unfortunately, people often interpret these signs as […]

A hyper Jack Russell Terrier

Dear Pawfessor, We have a four-month-old Jack Russell named Wetto. Our dog problem with him is taking him for dog walks. He is taking us for walk — even though we continuously stop and try to get him to walk next to us. He wants to smell everything and tries to run ahead. We also […]

How can I get my dogs to stop digging?

Hi Pawfessor, My boyfriend and I have three dogs. Two are Rottweilers (three years old and one year old) and one is a Labrador retriever (nine months old). Our dogs love to dig and now our backyard is in shambles. We tried burying their poop in the holes so they would not dig anymore, but […]

Why dogs bury things

By Pawfessor Dion Dogs like to bury things. Sometimes that means finding a bone or a toy under a fresh pile of dirt in your backyard. Other times, it may mean discovering the TV remote at the bottom of the laundry basket under all your dirty clothes, or wondering how your phone got under the couch […]

Destructive in the crate

Pawfessor Dion, How can I stop my dogs from chewing whatever bedding we put in their crate? Loretta Hamann East Northport, NY Loretta, There’s so much we don’t know from your question. These are the questions I’d ask you. How old are your dogs? Are they spayed or neutered? How much exercise are they getting? […]

5 steps to stop dog chewing

You walk into your bedroom to find your dog chewing up your favorite pair of shoes. What do you do, and how do you stop it from happening again? Here are 5 steps to reclaiming your shoes, your socks, your sofa, and any other household object your dog enjoys destroying. If your dog chews on […]

Nipping nipping in the bud

By Jon Bastian It’s natural behavior for puppies to bite. As they begin to teethe, they naturally need things to chew on. Also, dogs generally prefer to use their mouths over their paws for manipulating objects, and this behavior begins in puppyhood as young pooches start to explore their world. It can be cute at […]

5 steps to correct inappropriate dog chewing

By Dr. Kristy Conn Inappropriate chewing is a fairly common problem in young dogs and stems from the fact that puppies use their mouths as a means of exploring the world around them. Chewing is a normal behavior for puppies but becomes undesirable behavior when it is directed towards inappropriate objects such as your shoes, […]

How to deal with unwanted chewing

Dogs chew. It’s in their nature, and it’s totally normal behavior. If you try to stop them the only result will be that both you and your dog will become frustrated. So what you should do is honor their instinct and direct them to something acceptable to chew. Chewing the right things can help strengthen […]

The causes of unwanted chewing — and how to stop it

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler Our dogs may be family, but that doesn’t mean they’re always the best roommates. And one of the most common complaints we humans have about our canine roomies is the chewing. Why do they always go straight for the newest pair of shoes? The important document you needed for today’s meeting? The […]

My dog bit me — now what?

By Jon Bastian No matter how close you are to your dogs, sometimes the unexpected can happen and your dog bites you. So now what? The first step, of course, is to stay calm. This isn’t the end of your relationship and doesn’t mean that your dog has turned into an aggressive killer. There are […]

Dog bite prevention

By Pawfessor Dion This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week®, sponsored by a coalition including the United States Postal Service, State Farm Insurance, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. The event is designed to raise awareness of dog bite statistics and help to educate the public on preventing dog bites. Every year in the […]