Category Archives: Behavior Problems

Dog Bites – How To Prevent Your Dog From Biting

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Evelyn Pang and Hilary Louie, authors of the book Good Dog!: Kids Teach Kids About Dog Behavior and Training, explain that bite inhibition is when your dog bites down on you, without pushing in with its teeth. Mostly, it is mouthing or nipping you. Puppies do this a lot, nipping at your heels and other places. In the case […]

Why Is My Dog Barking and How Do I Stop It?

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The United States Postal Service reports that thousands of urban and rural mail carriers are bitten each year by dogs. It’s such a severe problem that the U.S. Postal Service helps spread the word about National Dog Bite Prevention week every May. Certain territorial dogs are very disturbed by mail carriers. Think about it from your dog’s […]

Understanding Your Dog’s Mealtime Behavior

The short answer to why your dog is guarding her food is that it values its food and doesn’t want anyone else to eat it. The longer, more complicated, answer has to do with your dog’s overall demeanor and your behavior. In extreme cases, some dogs may actually attempt to bite anyone who attempts to […]

How Do I Stop My Dog From Counter-Surfing?

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could teach your dog a memorable audible lesson. Pet stores sell deterrent devices that can serve a similar function. 3. Provide plenty of physical and mental exercise, and be sure to feed your dog quality food on a schedule. If your dog is on a diet and consuming lower-calorie fare, speak with your veterinarian about […]

How to Stop Your Cairn Terrier From Chasing

One famous cairn terrier was Toto from The Wizard of Oz. In that classic movie, it seemed like Toto was being chased more than he chased. In reality, cairn terriers are infamous for going after cars, bikes and anything else that catches the dog’s eyes. If you do a Google search for “cairn terrier” and […]

How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

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Your dog has evolved ways of behaving around you, even predicting your emotions and reactions, which can make it challenging to get your dog to change. On the other hand, “when a new person comes in, this individual introduces a new element, so the dog is inclined to pay attention more,” says Kramer. If your […]

Small Dog Syndrome

“Small dog syndrome” refers to tiny dogs with a big attitude. In humans, a comparable phenomenon is called the “Napoleon complex.” That’s a phrase used to describe an inferiority complex held by people who are short in stature. Napoleon stood about 5 feet 6 inches, but what would today be considered a short stature obviously […]

Stop Your Dog From Licking the Carpet

Many dogs obsessively lick carpets, a habit that can be rather unappetizing for us humans to watch. You might be wondering if the carpet contains some food crumbs or if your dog is doing something that only it could enjoy. Wendy Nan Rees and Kristen Hampshire, co-authors of The Dog Lover’s Companion, say that at […]

Top 10 Dog Behavior Problems

Individual dogs, like people, misbehave in their own unique ways. However, sometimes this is tied to breeding. Some dogs, like coonhounds, were bred to be very vocal. It’s therefore not really the dog’s fault that it has a predisposed drive to loudly howl. In fact, under the right situations, that behavior is desired. However, surveys […]