Category Archives: Nervous

The Cause of Your Dog’s “Bad Behaviors”?

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We humans tend to think of our dogs in such simplistic terms. We get a dog for companionship with a lot of high expectations and are often disappointed in what we believe to be our pet’s “inappropriate habits” as we recite our well rehearsed litany of complaints.

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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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Your Dog’s Unwanted Behaviors May Be A Cry For Help

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When a dog owner’s frustration begins to mount with the behavior issues their pet is presenting, the first thought may be that the dog is ruining their life, being bad, and possibly should be turned over to the shelter so that they can rid themselves of the pressing inconvenience.

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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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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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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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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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