Permission-Based Training: How And Why It Works

One of our primary goals when training and rehabbing dogs is to shift them out of auto-pilot, reactionary, impulsive mode, and get them into a listening, processing, thinking mode. What does this auto-pilot/reactionary/impulsive behavior mode look like? It’s the mode where the dog sees, hears, smells something and instantly reacts to it. No evaluating involved. […]

Weathering the storm

Perhaps you know the drill: A flash of lightning, a clap of thunder, and your normally calm dog is off whining and wildly searching for a hiding place. Animal behaviorists call this reaction “storm anxiety” or “noise phobia.” And while it’s pretty common in dogs, it’s hardly easy to watch — or cure. But don’t […]

Keeping your dog safe when the fireworks start

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 stressful holiday for […]

WHAT PEOPLE FOOD CAN DOGS EAT?- AN INFOGRAPHIC

Dogs are not the most picky eaters, but that doesn’t mean that they should eat whatever they want. To learn which kinds of food are safe for your pup, and which are dangerous, check out this handy infographic. Dogs are not known for being the most finicky eaters. In fact, most dogs will eat pretty […]

Legal Ways to Help Pets In Hot Cars

Summer’s here and that means safety precautions for our pets that we do year round need to be kicked up a notch. Unfortunately, a great number of people leave their pets behind in cars during the warmer/hotter summer months, and the outcome is often fatal for the pet. Those in the know understand that pets […]

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 […]

How to break up a dog fight

Dear Dion, I have read several articles in our local paper about people witnessing a dog fight and wanting to stop the dog fight but did not know how to stop a dog fight. I am impulsive when it comes to these things and it caused me to ask what is the best thing to […]

Protecting children from dog bites

By Edward P. Buchanan, MD It is estimated that over 4 million people are bitten by dogs yearly (1). Nearly 800,000 of these injuries require hospital visits, and close to one half of these patients are children Although most people are treated in the emergency department and sent home, there are a few unfortunate people […]

When (several) dogs attack…

Having an encounter with one aggressive dog while you’re out is bad enough, and worse if that dog attacks your own. But what do you do if more than one aggressive dog go after you or your dog? We’ve already explained what to do when dogs attack, and many of the techniques described there will […]

Puppy Biting – Nip It In The Bud

1 Extra Notes Biting or nipping is normal behavior for your puppy. Your puppy is learning what he is capable of, and how his behavior affects those around him. It is best to address puppy biting as early as possible. Biting occurs often when your puppy wants to play with you. Puppies normally learn to […]

When dogs attack

By Jon Bastian You may have heard the news about a 63 year-old woman who was mauled to death by four dogs in Palmdale, California, when she was jogging. While most such incidents don’t end as tragically, joggers, runners, bicyclists and others know all too well the problem of suddenly being pursued, snapped at, or […]

Dog not playing nice

How do I stop my one year old pit bull from being so rough while playing with other dogs? He is a gentle dog but very strong and has drawn blood of another dog from simply playing. He likes to grab the saggy jowls of his boxer friend. He hasn’t bitten people so far, however […]

Introducing a Second Puppy

1 Extra Notes 1. Before you bring the second puppy home, take your current puppy and the potential new puppy on a walk together. This offers them a neutral space to interact while having another activity to focus on. Both puppies should be on a leash, but make sure the leashes are held loosely so […]

When dogs play too rough

By Ashley Bennett Roughhousing is part of the fun of being a dog. Playing is a way for dogs to explore their world and to socialize with other animals and people. It is completely normal, safe, and healthy in most cases, but it can become dangerous if it goes too far. Dogs may play-bite, lunge, […]

How to help dogs get along

It’s an all-too-familiar scenario. Two humans try to blend their existing packs and wind up with their dogs fighting and creating chaos. It can happen with roommates moving in together, people trying to date, or even when bringing a new dog into an existing pack. It doesn’t have to be this way and, short of […]

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. […]

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 […]

Do You Know What A Yellow Ribbon Tied On A Dog’s Collar Means?

You are out in the park with your family, playing, running, maybe even having a picnic. Perhaps your dog is with you; however, off in the distance you see adorable dog approaching with their handler and your children immediately begin to run towards this adorable dog. As the dog is getting closer, you see a […]