Category Archives: Bonding

Dog Friendships that Defy Nature

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But they were eventually reunited when the shelter found a family willing to adopt a pair of pet friends that defies nature. Do Dogs Like Cats?   Friendships between dogs and cats — and sometimes between dogs and other animals, such as ducks and birds and bunnies — are seemingly unnatural. Let loose on a playground; […]

How Do I Know If My Dog Is Stressed?

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Unfortunately, often we misinterpret these signals by punishing our dogs when we should comfort them and by giving off body language of our own that would be considered offensive in the dog world, such as bending over or staring at them. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals (Dogwise […]

A Tale of Two Species: How Do I Communicate With My Dog?

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Understand Your Common Experience With Your Dog Dogs, humans, and all mammals appear to share many underlying feelings. “We share primal emotions, like fear, anger, and happiness, with dogs,” says Dr. McConnell. It’s essential to make an emotional connection. For example, when your dog rushes to greet you on your return from the outside world, […]

What You Need to Know When Taking Your Dog on Holiday

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When Gerard Hanson of New York City planned a road trip to visit a friend in Maine, he was excited to bring his puppy, Charles, along. But the trip did not go smoothly. “Charles got carsick,” explains Hanson. “Then my friend didn’t want me leaving him at his house alone for more than an hour […]

Katrina Victim Finally Reunited With His Dog

When New Orleans homeless advocate Jessie J. Pullins was forced to evacuate the Big Easy in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he followed orders from city officials and left his 3-year-old black Labrador retriever mix, JJ, enclosed in a room in his home with plenty of food and water. Pullins had been through hurricanes before. […]