Behavior

(Picture Credit: Getty Images) It’s funny when I ponder the word “own” to describe my place in my dog’s life. I can’t imagine telling someone that I own a child — biological, adopted, or otherwise. And I feel that the word “own” — when it comes to describing the inclusion of a dog in my
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Question: Why is my dog suddenly aggressive toward other dogs? Answer: Without meeting your dog, it’s impossible to know for sure. That said, here are some of the most common reasons dogs begin to show aggression toward other dogs: 1. The dog is coming into adolescence. Adolescent dogs are little fur-covered
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(Picture Credit: Getty) There’s a short developmental window in every dog’s life when he’s extremely sensitive to his environment. The number of positive encounters he has with other people and dogs during this period, which ranges from just a few weeks old to three or four months of age, can dramatically influence how friendly he
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Can dogs read our emotions? (Picture Credit: Shutterstock) A study shows that just by looking at your smile or frown, your dog can tell if you are happy or angry. Scientists showed dogs separate photos of the upper face around a person’s eyes and the lower part of the face — specifically the mouth. Each
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(Photo Credit: Shutterstock) For humans, the extra hour when Daylight Saving Time comes to an end is a great way to catch up on sleep. But for dogs, the effects can be very different. Animals don’t set their routines by the clock that we use as humans to keep on schedule. They have their own
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Pet parenting styles. (Photo Credit: Shutterstock) If you go to the dog park you’ll see a wide variety of human and dog interactions and parenting styles. Some people are more attentive, while others sit on a bench in the shade and talking on the cellphone or reading a book, barely paying any attention to their
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Why Does My Dog Lean On Me? (Picture Credit: @bellaccini’s Instagram) Does your dog lean? Most dog owners have experienced a dog leaning on their legs at least once in their life. Your dog simply sits or stands next to you and casually leans a bulk of her weight against your calf. And, more often
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Do Dogs Dream? (Picture Credit: Getty Images) According to the National Sleep Foundation, our dogs spend roughly 12-14 hours per 24-hour period snoozing. Often, dog owners will associate that little leg twitch or tiny “yip” that comes out while sleeping has to do with something their dog is dreaming about. But do dogs dream, or
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Half empty, or half full? Discovering if a dog is optimistic or pessimistic can helpful in the context of working and service dogs. (Picture Credit: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images) Most of us would suspect our dogs have an optimistic view on life. After all, they seem happy and easy to please. That’s not always
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Although the UCSD study believes dogs demonstrated jealous behavior in their trials, other researchers think the emotion may be fear. (Picture Credit: Getty Images) Ever experience cuddling with your significant other while your dog wiggles his way right between the two of you? Does your dog feel jealous or are we just imagining that? We
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