Category Archives: Dog Body Language

Raised Hackles, A Sign of Aggression in Dogs?

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People often assume that when a dog has raised hackles that it is displaying dominant aggressive behavior. While this may be the case and one should always be respectful of a dog’s show of reactivity, there are multiple reasons for this phenomena taking place.

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Abolishing The Alpha Dog Myth

It’s so wonderful that we no longer believe that we need to take charge and make our dogs submit in order to feel like a successful dog owner! The old “show them who’s boss” attitude is truly off the mark.

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Small Dogs That Bite

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Have you ever thought about what it must be like to be a little dog, always having to look up at the giant scary world?

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The Therapeutic Value of Dogs & Play

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This week we had the privilege to receive Dr. Risë VanFleet in Portland at the Annual Fall Play Therapy Conference. Dr. VanFleet has many credentials in both psychology and dog training, she has worked with therapists and trainers all around the world, and written dozens of books. 

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Being Aware of Your Dog’s Expression

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It is extremely important to become familiar with your dog’s expressions so that you may be more in tune to what a dog it trying to tell you, and even more important when there are children. They must be taught how to approach a strange dog and how to interact appropriately with the family dog.

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Getting Acquainted With Ali

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Earning the trust of the fearful dog is a slow, gentle process. Basically, the dog determines the pace as you can’t rush or cut corners. A few days ago Ali came to us for training. It’s no secret she was afraid. Her body was stiff with tail tucked.

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5 Ways to Have Fun Training

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Dog training takes time, patience, and consistency but by no means does it have to be a boring and tedious task. There are many ways to train your dog while having fun.

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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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