Dogs

(Picture Credit: ECummings00/Getty Images) Truly a team sport, agility combines skill, training, and human-canine communication in a display that’s as fun for spectators as it is for participants. In competition, a handler directs their dog through a sequence of obstacles — such as tunnels, hoops, weave poles, and seesaws — without ever touching the dog
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(Picture Credit: Philippe Gerber/Getty Images) Cartoons, movies, and comic books are filled with scenes of beleaguered postal workers being chased by dogs. But beyond the light-hearted portrayal of the dog versus postal worker relationship in pop culture, it’s also a serious issue. Today the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued details about the number of dog
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(Picture Credit: sestovic/Getty Images) Even dogs who feel that a bath is cruel and unusual punishment have to get one once in a while. While some dogs with short coats can get away with just a water rinse, most dogs need shampoo. Why do dogs need their own kind of shampoo? Why can’t they just
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Believe it or not, our canine companions get stressed. The circumstances and degrees of this can vary from dog to dog since no two are exactly alike, but it’s still something all dog parents must be wary of. Also, like humans, dogs can show their stress in different ways. To be
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Cars, squirrels, cyclists, skateboarders, cats, and joggers — they’re all would-be targets, any one of whom could lure a chase-obsessive dog into a potentially dangerous situation. The behavior can also trigger understandably hostile reactions from people who see it as aggression when a strange dog comes bounding after them. Advertisement Until
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(Picture Credit: Purple Collar Pet Photography/Getty Images) Whenever we’re sad or depressed, we try to find things that will make us feel better. We’re also lucky enough to be able to communicate and vent out our issues to others who care about us when we need to. The same can’t really be said for our
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(Picture Credit: Andrea Calzona/Getty Images) When it comes to our beloved dogs, we often think of how happy-go-lucky they are. We tend to think of them at their best, tongues out while running and playing in the backyard and having a great time. But sometimes things happen in life, and we, as pet parents, are
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(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Everybody poops. That’s just a fact. But not everybody has a habit of giving digested food another round through the body. Eating poop is actually not all that uncommon among dogs. It’s called coprophagia, and it’s generally a natural behavior with a few different causes. So why is your dog eating
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(Picture Credit: Cavan Images/Getty Images) You’re absolutely wild about your dog, and you’re not afraid to show it. But all the treats, toys, fancy collars, and comfy beds can’t let your dog know just how special they are to you. Sure, they appreciate all that stuff. But in order to convey love for your pup,
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(Photo Credit: Meleva Steiert) I asked a friend recently if she kisses her dogs. She’s a big-hearted dog lover and regularly rescues and fosters animals in her suburban, Los Angeles home. She told me that she does kiss some of them, but others were not receptive, and one in particular would probably become violent if
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(Picture Credit: Geraint Rowland Photography/Getty Images) Just like there are certain people in the neighborhood you would rather avoid on your daily commute — you know that Mrs. Jones will keep you talking for hours!–there are also certain dogs that your dog may not be completely happy about interacting with. While you keep your head
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(Picture Credit: Heather Paul/Getty Images) Sophie Jacques, an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University for Psychology and Neuroscience, is producing vital research on behalf of service dogs. In a recent study, she determined that some dogs understand more human words than others. Word recognition could predict other abilities that might help in choosing and training service
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You can reduce your dog’s problem barking! (Picture Credit: Fly_dragonfly/Getty Images) Just as human language is multifaceted and multipurpose, barking allows a dog to communicate many different messages in a variety of situations. Barking can signal a request to their human, like, “Hey, I want to go outside!” It can also impart a warning, such
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(Picture Credit: © Santiago Urquijo/Getty Images) Dog fighting and dog playing may look very similar to anyone who spends time around excited pups. Sometimes dog play can resemble dog fighting because many of the behaviors used during play are also used during fighting. But during play, dogs modify these behaviors so that they don’t inflict
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(Picture Credit: dimid_86/Getty Images) There are many types of aggression in dogs, but perhaps none are more concerning than aggression directed toward humans. Human-directed aggression can be extremely dangerous, not just for a person who might suffer an injury, but for the dog who might get put down due to their aggressive behavior. While genetics
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(Picture Credit: Ирина Мещерякова/Getty Images) One of the main reasons people surrender their dogs to shelters is unwanted or destructive behavior from their dogs. These can include aggression, excessive barking, escaping, chewing and digging, or any number of other behavioral issues. However, with a bit of training, most dog parents can reduce or eliminate these
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