Category Archives: Dog Behavior

A Cure For Your Monday Morning Blues

Somewhere out there, some puppy’s got it worse than you.

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A Cure for Your Monday Morning Blues

This guy’s week isn’t off to a great startMonday7

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A Cure for Your Monday Morning Blues

Someone’s not getting off easy this time…monday6

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Some great dog training reminders…

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There are lots of benefits to training your dog. Your dog can learn to behave better and you can learn to improve the way you treat him or her. The information in this article can aid you in understanding the advantages of training a dog and how you can enjoy dog training sessions that are positive experiences. This is an activity that you and your dog can both enjoy.

Use the same hand signal or voice command to get your dog’s attention. Start each command by calling the dog’s name. You can get their attention by doing this and then use the command. Usually, dogs quickly respond when you can their name and are aware you want to grab their attention.

Don’t play tug of war with your puppy. These, along with chasing and wresting, can encourage them to bite your hands. This behavior is very difficult to break, so…

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A Cure For Your Monday Morning Blues

Monday’s are the worst, especially when you ruin someone else’s Monday…monday4

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Why Does a Dog Eat Grass?

A Dog is Not a Cow

Ever wonder why your dog eats grass? Dog food certainly doesn’t taste good to us, but it can’t be THAT bad, right? There are several theories out there, and most are wrong. Most people think dogs eat grass to make themselves sick, when in fact the dogs are most likely already ill.

Studies have been executed to try and link grass easting with illness, vitamin or mineral deficiencies and lack of roughage in the diet, none of which found any significant evidence. If you see dogs only eating grass from certain areas, this could be because it might taste better or have higher mineral deposits. Other ideas include that these are areas where other dogs have scented, or other animals have urinated.

But, fear not. Routinely eating small amounts of grass will not hurt your dog, and is perfectly normal. You should only worry when your dog eats lots of grass. It’s not easily digestible and there is a danger if vomiting occurs; pieces of grass can be deposited in the nasal cavity, which can lead to infection.

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Why Do Dogs Yawn?

Why do dogs yawn? Have you ever found it a little disheartening when you see your dog yawn?  Maybe you’re about to take your pet on an exhilarating walk, but then you see him or her yawn.  You think, “Oh, I’m sorry.  Am I BORING you by taking you on a walk?  Must I remind you that it’s one of your favorite things to do?”

The truth of the matter is, all mammals yawn to increase oxygen flow to the brain and increase heart rate.  Several dogs that compete can be seen yawning at the starting line, but it is ultimately to increase their ability, not because they are bored or uninterested in the event.

Yawning prepares dogs for several situations, including stressful ones.  If you see your dog yawning, take note of the stimuli around it to figure out if it’s being stressed out.  Maybe your aunt is visiting from out of town and your dog has never met her.  If the dog yawns, it could be a sign that he or she is uncomfortable or stressed out that there is a stranger in the home.

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