Category: Dog Behavior

Cat: Introducing Dogs and Cats

Find your pet’s perfect match. Before taking the plunge, it’s important to know whether the
dog you’re considering is a good candidate to live with your cat and vice versa.

Dog: Will baby make four?

Do you have a bundle of joy on the way? Congratulations! Introducing a newborn baby into your home is a big change for the entire family, including the family dog. However, a baby on the way shouldn’t mean an eviction notice for your dog.

Dog: Training Philosophy

Like people, dogs perform better when they are reinforced for their achievements. Rewards
maintain the motivation and build a positive human-animal bond.

Dog: Submissive and Excitement Urination

Submissive urination is a fear-related appeasement behavior that happens when a dog feels
threatened—regardless of whether or not the threat is real or only exists in the dog’s head.

Dog: Separation Related Problems

Dogs generally don’t enjoy alone time. They are highly social animals, genetically programmed to be in a pack with other individuals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Dog: Repetitive Behavior

Repetitive behavior— or the clinical name “stereotypic behavior”—is a normal behavior
performed in a repetitive and compulsive manner. We don’t know if dogs obsess the way
humans do, so we can’t call these behaviors obsessive compulsive.

Dog: Puppy Socialization

Socialization is the process by which your puppy learns to be comfortable with all the things in her environment. If this sounds like a big project, it is.

Dog: Play biting and mouthing

The sheer amount of biting and mouthing your puppy subjects you and your clothing to can be
shocking, even a little alarming. The good news, however, is it’s normal and healthy behavior,
and not in any way an indication your puppy will grow up to be aggressive.

Dog: Puppy Chew Training

Chewing is a normal and important activity for puppies and adult dogs. Lifetime habits form early and puppies need guidance in learning what is theirs to chew and what is not.

Dog: Poop Eating (Coprophagia)

Nobody knows for sure why dogs eat poop, but we do know it’s a common and natural behavior in dogs (and many other species). Scientists think the practice originated as a way to keep the den area free of parasites and avoid attracting other predators.