Aggression toward people

  • Aggression toward people

    Aggression toward people

    What to know about aggressive dogs and puppies

  • Raising a people-friendly dog

    Raising a people-friendly dog

    Teaching your dog to be safe & friendly

  • Preventing aggression around food bowls, treats, and toys

    Preventing aggression around food bowls, treats, and toys

    How to prevent object guarding in your dog

  • Socializing your puppy

    Socializing your puppy

    Puppies start to learn as soon as they are born. They are especially receptive to retain what they learn during their first 13 to 16 weeks of life. It is especially important that puppies have experiences with other dogs, as well as with children and adults, from birth to 16 weeks, the optimal time for […]

  • Dominance: Dog training’s dirty word

    Dominance: Dog training’s dirty word

    Why dominance training is so controversial

  • Bad for dogs to play tug-of-war?

    Bad for dogs to play tug-of-war?

    Question: Can playing tug-of-war with my dog make her aggressive? Answer: Many people think it’s risky to play tug-of-war with a dog. And it’s true that, if the game goes too far, it can result in a dangerously out of control canine. But when played intelligently, tug-of-war is actually a great way to practice keeping […]

  • When to muzzle your dog

    When to muzzle your dog

    Question: When is muzzling a dog appropriate and can you recommend a certain kind? Answer: By and large, muzzles are used to keep a dog from biting or causing injury. There are two types of muzzles: nylon (also referred to as the “groomer’s muzzle”) and basket. Nylon muzzles consist of a wide strip of nylon […]

  • Dogs for large family?

    Dogs for large family?

    Question: We have a big family with people coming in and out of our home all the time. Are some dogs more social than others? Answer: Just as some people are naturally more sociable than others, some dogs are little social butterflies, while others would just as soon be left alone, thank you very much! […]

  • Raising a puppy: Training your puppy to be people-friendly

    Raising a puppy: Training your puppy to be people-friendly

    Master trainer Ian Dunbar explains puppy socialization

  • It’s mine! How to reduce object guarding

    It’s mine! How to reduce object guarding

    You and your buddy are out on a walk when Fido spots a tennis ball rolling his way. He lunges forward, grabs the ball in his teeth, and gruffly growls, “It’s mine.” Canine Possession Aggression (CPA) comes in two forms–food guarding and object guarding, the act of assertively protecting toys, chew treats (such as bully […]

  • Understanding canine aggression

    Understanding canine aggression

    How to nip growling in the bud

  • Dog meets baby

    Dog meets baby

    The birth of a baby is a wonderful event for your human family. To make it an equally joyous occasion for your dog, you need to give him some special attention to help him cope. Since they are pack animals and follow a strict hierarchy in their lives, having a strange new member of the […]

  • Puppy parties: The fun way to raise a people-friendly dog

    Puppy parties: The fun way to raise a people-friendly dog

    Teaching puppies to be safe & friendly around humans

  • Share bed with dog?

    Share bed with dog?

    Question: Is it okay to let my dog sleep in bed with me? Answer: Experts have long disagreed about this question. Some think it’s acceptable since dogs are part of the family. Others protest that being literally on the same level as the owner gives a dog the idea that he’s on the same level […]

  • Prevent dog collar sensitivity?

    Prevent dog collar sensitivity?

    Question: How do I prevent my dog from getting sensitive about collar grabs? Answer: Twenty percent of dog bites occur when a family member grabs the dog by the scruff or collar. One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out why. Obviously, the dog has learned that when people grab his collar, […]

  • Dog collar sensitivity?

    Dog collar sensitivity?

    Question: My dog hates being grabbed by the collar. What can I do? Answer: It’s important to treat the problem. Twenty percent of dog bites occur when a family member grabs the dog by the scruff or collar. The dog’s learned that when he’s grabbed by the collar, bad things happen, and he reacts defensively. […]