You’ve seen those “puppy dog eyes” before with your pup–those pleading sad eyes they throw at you when they’ve either done something they shouldn’t have, or they want a treat or to go outside. But how did dogs know to start making that look?
Your dog will have a few behaviors that can tell you exactly how they’re feeling about the people and dogs they meet on their travels. But what are those behaviors, and how do we understand dog body language?
When asked if I own a dog, I frequently find myself replying, “Yes, I have a dog.” But even then the word “have” implies that your dog is an object or a thing, a possession of sorts. Often, I delight in saying that I gave spiritual birth to a second child who just happens to be a dog.
Most dog owners have experienced a dog leaning on their legs at least once in their lives. Your dog simply sits or stands next to you and casually leans a bulk of her weight against your calf. But why do they do it?
Business goes to the dogs on Friday, June 21st as workplaces across the country celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day. But before you put a tie around your pup’s neck and print out an employee badge for Fido, take some common-sense steps to help the workday go smoothly for all involved.
hile eating disorders are well known in humans, not many people know about the eating disorders that affect dogs. Animals have different reasons for having unusual eating habits, but they can be just as troubling for concerned dog owners. Here are six eating disorders that affect dogs.
One study gathered 955 records of dogs adopted from shelters over a seven-year period. The researchers found three main factors that influence a person’s dog adoption decision based on their gender.
Most dog owners can tell you that the head tilt means a dog is intrigued and experiencing something out of the ordinary. But why do they do it? Well, there are a few reasons your dog might be doing that adorable tip of the noggin.
We know the difference between an hour, day, week, month, year, and so on because of the way we experience, record, and remember time. Are dogs capable of telling time the same way? Do they have emotional responses based on how much time has passed?
Some shelters are trying to find ways to reduce the stress of dogs in their care. Research that studied stress levels of shelter dogs when they have sleepovers at foster homes might provide an answer for these often-overcrowded facilities.
Some pet parents are more attentive. Meanwhile, others sit in the shade, talking on the phone or reading a book, barely paying attention to their dog. There are a wide variety of dog parenting styles out there. Which on describes your style?
Does your dog sleep curled up? Twitch a lot? Take naps all day? The way your dog sleeps and their sleeping habits can say a lot about what they’re feeling. Sleeping habits can give clues about a dog’s health and happiness that you can interpret if you know what to look for.
If your neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking, it can go beyond a minor annoyance. Here are a few ways you can put a stop to a noisy neighbor pooch.
Having a velcro dog is not always a bad thing – but sometimes it can be a sign of anxiety. Learn how to tell the difference.
Dog paws have scent glands, which can enhance the olfactory message that they create and transmit to other dogs. They can use scratching as a way to communicate with another pup via their paws.
Maybe your dog becomes extremely nervous or acts out when you leave. This may no longer be a case of your pup missing you—it might be separation anxiety. A pet behaviorist may be able to help you train the anxiety away.
The eyes are supposed to be the windows to the soul in humans—but the same may be said for dogs. A new study suggests that dogs’ eyes may be a clue to their tendencies for communication.
Your dog can go through a lot of anxiety at the start of Daylight Saving Time, but there are steps you can take to reduce anxiety and make it a positive transition. Here’s how your dog might be affected and what you can do about it.
Do you ever look into your dog’s eyes and feel filled with love? New research from Japan suggests that those loving looks at your dog might be the “oxytocin gaze,” and the feelings of adoration go both ways.
An estimated 33 percent of your dog’s walk is dedicated to sniffing time alone, and that’s a lot. But this is actually a good thing. A new study shows that dogs who are allowed to sniff and practice nose work are actually more optimistic.
According to a new study, dogs can immediately know which children need treatment for malaria with a simple whiff from their socks. Researchers claim that this can add to existing low-cost tests for malaria and help detect the disease in group settings.