Dog Behavior

  • Dispelling shelter dog myths: Myth #2

    Dispelling shelter dog myths: Myth #2

    Editorial: Some people believe a dog’s behavior is due to the way he was raised, but this isn’t entirely true; read the second of our series on shelter-dog myths.

  • Didn’t see that bite coming? Look a little harder

    Didn’t see that bite coming? Look a little harder

    Editorial: Dogs don’t bite for no reason, and the Internet is rife with videos where oblivious canine owners allow toddlers to interact with a pooch who shows the warning signs.

  • January is National Train Your Dog Month

    January is National Train Your Dog Month

    January is the month for New Year’s resolutions — and for some dog owners, successfully training their pooch probably ranks near the top of their “must-do” list.

  • DogTime’s top 10 dog news stories of 2013

    DogTime’s top 10 dog news stories of 2013

    Remember the dog transported behind the SUV? 2013 had no shortage of important events involving man’s best friend — check-out the year's top 10 news stories.

  • Top ways to spend the holiday season with pets

    Top ways to spend the holiday season with pets

    The holidays can be a time of stress and chaos for dogs and cats, but it doesn’t have to be that way: Take a look at these six activities to keep pets safe and stimulated.

  • Kids at the dog park

    Kids at the dog park

    Dog owners have passionate views about the presence of children at off-leash dog parks; while there is no right or wrong, a little common sense would go a long way.

  • Police file report after dog shoplifts from store

    Police file report after dog shoplifts from store

    A Siberian Husky with sticky paws was caught stealing dog treats, beef bones, food, pig ears, and other items via security camera from a South Carolina Dollar General store.

  • Dog Toy Gifts

    Dog Toy Gifts

    Five choice toy selections for your dog this holiday season, including a fetch toy shaped like a zombie’s foot, glow-in-the-dark balls, and a flying disc.

  • Dog saves baby from abusive babysitter

    Dog saves baby from abusive babysitter

    After the family dog started acting aggressively toward the babysitter, the infant’s parents recorded a day’s events via hidden iPhone; they were shocked at what they heard.

  • Dogs and porcupines

    Dogs and porcupines

    Smart as dogs are about some things, they’re not always noted for their intellectual prowess when it comes to investigating dangerous animals. Porcupines, for instance. More often than not, dogs rush in where fools fear to tread, getting a face full of sharp quills for their trouble. The North American porcupine is aptly named. His […]

  • Treating and preventing pet bites

    Treating and preventing pet bites

    If you have a dog or cat, chances are you’ve had to deal with biting; here’s how to treat a bite wound on an animal or human, and prevent future bites.

  • 10 ways to ensure safe encounters between dogs & people

    10 ways to ensure safe encounters between dogs & people

    You’re taking your dog for a walk and you're approached by a child who wants to pet your pooch — do you how to make it a safe encounter? Some bite-prevention basics.

  • Officer-involved tragedy

    Officer-involved tragedy

    Max, a Rottweiler, was shot four times by police while his owner was placed under arrest — would the outcome have been different if the officer had specialized dog training?

  • Postal workers urge dog owners to remember National Dog Bite Prevention Week

    Postal workers urge dog owners to remember National Dog Bite Prevention Week

    Estimates show there are over 70 million dogs living in households across the United States. While the great majority of our four-legged friends are wonderful pets, more than 4.5 million people are victims of dog bites every year, a reminder that even the friendliest dog is capable of doing some damage without the proper training […]

  • The dog trainer’s trainer

    The dog trainer’s trainer

    Ian Dunbar takes on Cesar Millan

  • Animal behavior: Like baby, like dog

    Animal behavior: Like baby, like dog

    Anyone who has ever loved a dog might be interested in a new study out of Budapest that sheds light on why we talk to our dogs as if they were babies. Researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences are reporting that a dog’s communicative skills are, in fact, much like that of a 6-month-old […]

  • Entertainment tips for dogs

    Entertainment tips for dogs

    Question: My dog seems to enjoy having "tasks" to complete — is there a way to keep smart dogs entertained? Answer: Dogs don’t need to be “entertained” generally. They do need stimulation and activity, as do almost all living things. They don’t necessarily need play groups, expensive toys, or gourmet bakery treats. Nor do they […]

  • Are all dogs trainable?

    Are all dogs trainable?

    Question: How much of a dog's behavior can be changed by training? Answer: That depends on the dog, the breed or type, and what you want to change. Some behaviors are deeply rooted in genetics and are building blocks of a dog’s personality. Other behaviors are products of genetic selection or breeder’s preference. Finally, there […]

  • Dog behavior solutions: Housesoiling

    Dog behavior solutions: Housesoiling

    Master trainer Ian Dunbar on how to handle a housetraining problem

  • Dog behavior solutions: Jumping up

    Dog behavior solutions: Jumping up

    Master trainer Ian Dunbar on training your dog not to jump on people

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