Category: Dog Behavior

2 A Bona Fide Good Dog: The AKC’S Canine Good Citizen Award


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In the late 1980’s, the American Kennel Club set out to create a program that could standardize the concept of what makes a “good dog.” They researched the most commonly desired behaviors for dogs and in 1989, launched the Canine Good Citizen Award. Thirty years later, the CGC test is available in nearly every city in the United States.
The CGC is a standardized test of 10 items that measure and reward dogs that demonstrate polite manners in the home and in the community. The program also stresses responsible ownership. Dogs of any age, size, breed and energy level can…

2 Saving Lives & So Much More: The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation


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On Tuesday I had a wonderful opportunity to spend the day with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation family. They are such an incredible organization, and I can’t wait to share all the new things I learned with you.
The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) was founded in 1996 by a retired schoolteacher named Wilma Melville. Melville, and her FEMA certified search dog Murphy were deployed to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. She, along with 6 other search dog and handler teams, got to work searching for victims trapped…

3 Celebrate Pit Bull Awareness with Hector and Wallace


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Anyone who’s met me (or my dog Rufus) knows that I am a huge fan of pit bull type dogs, and that I consider it a personal mission to dispel the myths about pit bulls.  So, I’m incredibly excited that Found Animals has the privilege of hosting two celebrity pit bulls in Los Angeles on October 30th.   The wonderful Roo and Clara Yori are trekking out west with their amazing dogs Wallace and Hector – and you are invited to meet them!
Wallace is a shelter pit bull who went on to become a disc dog champion and is the…

2 Ask the Experts: Puppy Biting Problem


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This question was submitted by one of our readers. If you have a pet care or pet behavior question, send it to Ask the Expert and we may feature it on The Water Bowl.

I found your website. I guess you could say I am searching for answers. I have a 8 month old goldendoodle. She was without litter mates. She was taken from her mother at 7 weeks. We bought her from a pet store that had her for 1 week prior to us buying her. She has always exhibited fear of everything around her. She has always…

Biting the Hand that Feeds: Possessive Aggression in Dogs


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Many dog owners are startled when their loving pet starts to growl or even bite when they try to take away a cherished toy or bowl of food. The behavioral term for this is possessive aggression and it is very common dog aggression behavior. Control of important resources is somewhat normal in dogs, but possessive aggression exceeds the tolerated limits of this behavior.
Dogs that have lived as strays or were allowed to roam free may develop possessive aggression as a means of survival. Lack of appropriate training of puppies, that show these traits, can reinforce their possessive behavior, and…

2 Dog Bite Prevention Week


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This May the 14th marks the beginning of dog bite prevention week. I volunteered to write this one because when I was a little kid, maybe 8 yrs old, I got bit by a dog, I’ll never forget it. My friend and I had walked up to a neighbor lady who was walking a basset hound, we stopped and were asking her about the dog (we loooved dogs) and I bent down and sort of leaned in to pet the dog and he jumped up and latched onto my arm (which was tiny! I was a child!) with his teeth.…

Ask the Experts: Indoor Marking?


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This question was submitted by one of our readers. If you have a pet care or pet behavior question, send it to Ask the Expert and we may feature it on The Water Bowl.
Holly Writes:
I have a 2 year old male Chi-gi I adopted from the shelter.  He is housebroken and knows that lifting his leg in the house, or pooping in the house is bad….that I am sure of; yet he still does it.
I have tried everything recommended.  Crating (he does fine).  Puppy pads (he does fine).  I have had him neutered, hoping it would help…..…

Dogs and Destructive Chewing


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It’s a common problem all dog owners face: dog chewing.  Dogs love to chew, it’s a normal dog behavior and yet, we’re always frustrated when we come home to discover that (insert very expensive item here) has been gnawed on or ripped to soggy shreds. What can we do to train our dogs to stop chewing?

Before you can figure out how to stop dog chewing problems, you need to find out what’s causing it. Some of the most common causes for dog chewing are: boredom, fear, separation anxiety, and attention seeking.
Your dog might be bored if he’s left…

5 Secrets of Dog Behavior


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As you learned from Aimee’s pit bull blog, there was a lot of eye-opening material presented at the HSUS Animal Care Expo.  Another session we attended and thought you might find interesting, was about the five secrets every dog adopter or owner should know.  Colleen Pelar, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, hosted the session and clarified common misconceptions with these five points:

1.    Most “bad” behavior is actually normal dog behavior.  Barking, digging, chewing, pulling on the leash – these are things that dogs do, and it’s our job as responsible pet owners to mitigate…