Prey drive problem

Pawfessor Dion, My dog is obsessed with cats, squirrels, birds, lizards, anything alive that moves. Does that mean she’s unbalanced? Is this normal, natural instinct? This summer, she’s been spending more and more time in our backyard stocking her prey, and less and less time in the house with the human pack. What am I […]

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 […]

What to do if you’re bitten by a dog

Dog bites can happen for a lot of reasons, from a puppy in the teething stage nipping you to an attack by a strange dog on the street. When dealing with dog bites, there are certain steps to take, but what to do depends upon the circumstances and severity of the injury. Here’s our advice […]

Why dog bites happen and how to stop dog biting

By Dr. Kristy Conn Approximately four and a half million people are bitten by dogs in the United States every year and one fifth of them end up needing medical attention for their wounds. Children are the most common victims with half of bite wound victims being under the age of thirteen. Children are much […]

Aggressive dog with separation anxiety

Dog with separation anxiety growls at owner Hi Pawfessor Dion! My little Frankie is three years old. I have had him since he was born. I have never had a problem with his behavior until the past few months. It seems every time that I leave the house to go to work or go out […]

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 […]

Shadow’s big breakthrough

By Jon Bastian It’s understandable if everyone just assumes that those of us who work for Dion have the most perfect, best-behaved dogs in the world, but that’s not the case. We’re only human, our dogs are only dogs, and it takes us a while to pick up on Dion’s teachings as well. But, like many […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]