Going in without a bite: How to enter a dog’s territory

A lot of our visitors have asked for advice to help letter carriers, meter readers, gardeners and other workers avoid being bitten when they have to go into a yard with a dog in it. It’s a valid concern. Just among postal workers in 2014, there were nearly 6,000 bites or attacks in the U.S. […]

How to handle a territorial dog

Dear Pawfessor, I would like to know how to properly handle a situation in which a territorial dog came after me when I was walking in my neighborhood. This situation arose yesterday when my cousin and I were walking. A dog who is usually confined behind a fence suddenly charged across the yard at us. […]

Will work for food

By Jerry Golden There’s one thing that still brings most humans right back to their instinctual side whether they realize it or not, no matter how far removed it seems from Nature with all of our grocery stores and restaurants and fast food places. That thing is eating. The only hunting most of us do […]

Making dinner special

by Pawfessor Dion Mealtime is when we make one of the most important connections with our dogs — or at least it should be. It is the perfect time to reinforce your role as Pack Leader, because you are the source of the food they need. So for me it is important to take a little […]

Speed eater

We have had issues with our 7-month old puppy, Philly, and her eating…she always seems nervous when she eats — tail tucked between her legs and she will consume her food very rapidly. She often eats her breakfast and within 10 minutes will throw it all up. We have taken her to our vet and […]

The ritual of feeding your dog: Make them work for it

Domestication has made it possible for dogs to receive their food without having to hunt it down themselves, but it’s still in their nature to feel the need to work for it. Before my dogs eat, I take them for a walk. In this way, I ask my dogs to work for food and water. […]

Food aggression and what to do about it

By Jon Bastian When a dog shows aggression to protect his food, it can be a serious issue. Not only is there the danger of other dogs or humans in the house being bitten, but over time it can lead to the dog becoming possessive over everything. What is food aggression? Food aggression is a […]

How to keep your dog safe and at ease when the fireworks start

By Pawfessor Dion Some dogs have no problem with the sight and sound of fireworks if they’ve been desensitized — hunting dogs, for example, grow used to the sounds and smells of hunting rifles and gun powder. Most dogs, however, are not used to these things, so the Fourth of July can be a particularly […]

Did somebody say ‘V-E-T’?

How many of you have experienced this scenario? It’s the day of your dog’s vet appointment. You haven’t said a word about it, but when it comes time to go, your dog is nowhere to be found — until you look in a closet or under the bed. Or, if your dog doesn’t hide, he […]

Dog afraid of telephone and other devices

Hello Pawfessor Dion, We have four dogs, no real behavior issues other than the smallest one has become very afraid of telephones. It started with cell phones, but now he runs outside if you so much as pick up a phone (we have a dog door and a pen), and it takes much coaxing to […]

Commands Every Puppy Parent Should Know

  Having a well-trained puppy will bring a lifetime of happiness for your family. But it isn’t always easy and takes some learning from both you and him. So, beginning his training early will help your family get off on the right paw. Here are some basic commands you and your pup should know to […]

Why do dogs chew their paws?

Are you wondering why your dog is chewing his paws? You’re not alone! There are a variety of reasons why dogs might chew their paws. Let’s look at the most common reasons, as well as the signs that might let you know it’s time to take your pup to the vet. Allergies Dogs, like people, […]

When your dog is afraid of men

One of the common fears people report their dogs having is of men in general. This seems ironic given that dogs are known as “man’s best friend,” but if there’s one class of people that some dogs seem to fear, it would be men. So why is this? There’s an old saying—a dog that’s been […]

Why dogs bury things

By Josh Weiss-Roessler 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 […]

The causes of unwanted chewing — and how to stop it

By Pawfessor Dion 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 […]

50 puppy tips to help you stay sane

Puppy training tips to help those first few weeks go more smoothly Puppy love is a wonderful thing. It can also be exhausting and frustrating, though. Here’s some sanity-saving advice: 50 puppy tips to help guide you through those first few weeks and months, to help you get and stay on the right track when […]

How To Avoid Dog Bites

Most dog bites occur in the home. More than likely, your four-legged best friend doesn’t mean to hurt you, but might get carried away during playtime and accidentally nip you. Other dogs, especially small ones, will nip at you for attention, and puppies may use you for teething. Here are some tips for reducing the […]

Training Your Dog To Wear A Muzzle

One of the most humane tools that you can use to train your dog is a muzzle, because it will help to manage their behavior while protecting them, you, and others. Of course, in order to actually use a muzzle on your dog, you have to get them to accept it, and that, in itself, […]

How To Calm A Hyper Dog

If your dog seems hyper, or overly-excited, the problem likely stems from boredom and a lack of stimulation. So in order to address the problem, you have to assess the way you are interacting with your dog and the kind of activity your dog gets on a daily basis. Here are some simple techniques you […]