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 […]

30 Positive Reinforcement Training Tips For Your Pup

At a loss on how to train your new dog? Read below to learn all about Positive Reinforcement. We’ve got some great tips! Have you ever been told to “think positive”? This advice is more than just a platitude for test-taking or weight-loss, it can also be a method to which you apply towards any […]

Leash Training and Walking Your Puppy

1 Extra Notes It’s a well-known fact that puppies need to feel comfortable walking on a leash. Puppies like to explore their new world. So, from a practical standpoint, a leash gives you control and provides them with safety. But it can also mean good, quality time together as a family. Walking your puppy is […]

How often should a dog urinate?

My Australian Shepherd is a wonderful girl (she’s a therapy dog). My only problem is on long drives (2 days) she will go 12 – 15 hours without urinating. When I stop for gas, I walk her. I walk her in the morning outside the hotel and again before we leave as well as soon […]

What is territorial marking and how to stop it?

By Ashley Bennett Let’s face it, dogs are territorial animals by nature. They like to protect their territory, their family, and their belongings. Territorial marking is different from urination because it is only a small amount to make other dogs aware that this is their territory. When people notice that their dog has been marking […]

Submissive urination problem

Dear Pawfessor, My daughter has a ten-month-old black cocker spaniel. She has a submissive urination problem, like all female cocker spaniels. My own cocker spaniel has outgrown this problem. However, my daughter’s cocker is getting worse. She has a six-year-old boy and four-year-old girl and a four-year-old viszla. My daughter’s cocker Ginny is now urinating […]

15 tips to overcome submissive urination

by Martin Deeley Submissive urination is a dog’s uncontrollable, instinctive reaction to the presence of another dog or human that they feel is superior or is intimidating to them. It is a subconscious response that cannot be controlled. It is not a housebreaking issue, although it is more likely to happen when the bladder is […]

Crate soiling

Dear Pawfessor, My husband and I have a male, 12 month old Cocker Spaniel/Pomeranian mix. We have been crate training him and he has virtually no problems at night. But since we’ve been crating him during the day for the last 2 weeks, he ALWAYS soils the crate in some way. It doesn’t seem to […]

Dog problem: Puppy soiling crate

Question from Jesica Mcauliff: I have a 3-month-old pit bull/boxer mix puppy that my husband and I have been crate training. Lilly had been doing really well not soiling her crate, but recently she has been doing it everyday, even if she is only in there for a few hours. We have tried everything to […]

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 […]

Smelly ears

By Dr. Sherry Weaver My almost five month-old Goldendoodle has smelly ears. I took her to the vet and was told that there weren’t any infection/mites. The vet did not smell the odor and recommended a weekly ear wash. I still notice the odor. Do you suggest anything additional that I can use that is […]

Ear infections in dogs: Symptoms, causes and treatments

By Henry Cerny, DVM, MS Ear infections in dogs are common and most dogs suffer from this painful condition sometime in their life. Scratching and rubbing at the ear(s) and head shaking are common signs. You may also notice an abnormal odor from the ear or see redness or swelling. Most ear infections in adults […]

Bye bye bad breath

Symptoms to watch for If your dog suddenly becomes a compulsive chewer, there is a chance that something is wrong with her teeth or gums. The most frequent medical problem dogs have is dental disease, and it usually goes undetected. You should watch for the following symptoms: Bad breath Red or swollen gums Bleeding gums […]

How to clean your dog’s teeth

The good news for dogs is they’re not as prone to cavities as human beings are. But despite the old conventional wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans, dogs can still develop problems like tartar and plaque buildup and gingivitis. But it’s not just bad breath and yellow teeth you have to […]

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 […]

How to bathe your dog

By Josh Weiss-Roessler If you watch people bathing dogs in movies and TV shows, most of the time it seems like a joyous, fun-filled time for all involved. Unfortunately, bathing your dog in real life isn’t always such a positive experience. Dogs don’t mind being dirty and stinky — in fact, they like it quite […]