Category Archives: Dog Behavior

Is Your Dog Barking For Your Attention?

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In my experience, I have found this behavior to present itself most often in retriever types who love to play fetch. They circle, back up, and bark in anticipation of you throwing their ball.The doodle dogs (Labradoodles, Goldendoodles) can add an extra dimension. 

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Signs of Stress

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Oftentimes what owners consider “bad” behaviors, are their dogs’ stress signals.  Some signs of stress might be: 1.  Barking & Whining: Take note of when your dog tends to bark and make a fuss. Is it when he/she is isolated from the family? That could indicate separation anxiety.

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Dog Holding Up Under Bed Growling

Someone asked my opinion yesterday about their dog who takes cover under the bed and dares the owner to bother him. He also has a tendency to guard his chew bones and act uneasy when the  kids want to give him a squeeze, occasionally offering a warning snap.

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Barking at Doorbell

Doorbell reactivity is a topic that has come up frequently.  Unfortunately, by the time an owner seeks a solution, the behavior has been ingrained and automatic. I recently came across a wonderful explanation of what to try by Kaye Hargreaves, owner of Wagging School in Melbourne, Australia: Firstly, there is conditioned response to the doorbell. […]

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Just Say No to Belly Rubs

When you rub your dog’s belly, you are teaching it to roll over and expose himself. It’s cause and effect through action followed by reward. Why is this a bad idea?? First let us look at the types of dogs that roll over and why.  

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Your Pesky Dog

Some dog owners don’t mind if everytime they sit down to watch TV, eat, read, etc., that their dog leaps up into their lap. However, the rest of the world (typically those with larger dogs), complain that their dogs are pushy and in their faces and are generally making nuisances of themselves.

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Dogs That Look Out Window & Bark

We got a question from Cesca on Twitter concerning her 3 yr old Yorkie that barks at everything that moves outside of the window. I suggest that owners do not allow their dogs to become hyper-vigilant about watching and barking out the front window as if they were some sort of sentry dog.

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Building Your Dog’s Confidence

Did you ever hear the saying…”if you want to feel good about yourself, then do something hard”???? That would apply to dogs as well. Many dogs are just unsure by nature, or it could be a learned behavior. You can read so much by studying a dog’s body language.

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