Tagged: dog behavior

12 Breaking Bad Habits: Predatory Chase Drive (AKA Prey Drive)


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This is the fifth blog in our dog training series written by Adopt & Shop trainer and pet safety coordinator Jessica J.  In case you missed them, be sure to check out the first blog, Breaking Bad Habits in Dogs, the second blog on how to curb leash pulling, the third blog on how to stop your dog from jumping up, and the fourth blog, solving the problem of excessive barking.

I am the proud owner of an Alaskan Malamute mix named Cindy.  If you ask anyone who has ever owned a Malamute or read a book about the breed,…

3 Simple Steps to Prevent Your Dog From Running Away

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This guest post is authored by Adam Holmes, a writer for wireless fence provider, Havahart Wireless and a lifelong lover of dogs. After his dog ran away when he was a kid, he swore to never lose another one. He now keeps his dogs safe and secure at home and has recently enrolled them in Canine Good Citizen training.  
Most people at some point in their lives have experienced the woes of having their dog run away. It’s one of the most heart-breaking moments in a dog owner’s life, and unfortunately, it’s an all too common occurrence.

Many runaway dogs…

2 Breaking Bad Habits: Excessive Barking


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This is the fourth blog in a series that we have posted each week in January for Train Your Dog Month.  In case you missed it, be sure to check out the first blog, Breaking Bad Habits in Dogs, the second blog on how to curb leash pulling, and the third blog on how to stop your dog from jumping up.

Working as the trainer for Adopt & Shop, I am no stranger to barking dogs.  I work around dogs barking in the shop throughout the day, then I come home to my own dogs barking when I get home. …

5 Submissive Smiling in Dogs


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Even though we eat, sleep and breathe pet adoption all year round, October is a special month because it is National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month!
Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month is great because it gives us the opportunity to pause and re-focus a little more on dogs in shelters and how we can get more humans to adopt dogs in shelters.
Today, I want to talk about a behavior potential adopters may encounter when they are walking through the kennels at their local animal shelter.
We touched on submissive smiling a little bit in Stephanie’s Doggie Discourse: Smiles and Poses blog, but here…

9 Pets Unstressing Passengers and 9 Other Types of Therapy Dogs


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Dogs are exceptional at reading our facial expressions and body language because they have co-evolved with us for tens of thousands of years.  Since the beginning of time we have had a symbiotic relationship with these four-legged wonders.  We rely on them and they rely on us, and that is the way it has always been.
Dogs are like incredible machines, possessing a superior sense of smell, speed, strength and hearing, as well as soulful eyes and a warm, cuddly body.  It is no wonder that they can and do a variety of crucial jobs for the benefit of man.…

Animal Behavior Workshop & Dog Training Classes


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On Sunday, June 23rd, the Found Animals Foundation hosted a continuing education workshop on animal behavior and safety for our current active animal volunteers.  At this fun-filled, interactive workshop, Jessica Johnson, the Found Animals Foundation’s Behavior Specialist was able to address the many safety and behavior issues that our current volunteers are faced with on a regular basis.
The workshop topics ranged from how to train basic commands such as sit, lay, stay and loose leash walking to proper restraint of a cat or dog while administering medications or trimming nails.  All those in attendance were sent home with a…

Understanding Normal Dog Behavior

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Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, Colleen Pelar, clarifies some common misconceptions and shares some important information about your dog’s “bad” behavior.

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 these “problems.”  Colleen’s four cures are exercise, mind games, management, and training. If your dog digs, exercise him more.  If he likes to chew, make sure he has plenty of chew toys.  If he pulls on the leash, try using a no-pull harness.  This seems like…

9 Dog Bite Prevention Week: What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk


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May 19th is the beginning of Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we’d like to take this opportunity to add onto our dog bite prevention blog from last year and update some statistics. Getting bitten by a dog is probably not something you think about ordinarily. But, in reality, dog bites occur more frequently than you may believe, and in some cases, they are fatal.
When we look to our friends and family, I’m sure that we all know at least one person who has experienced a dog bite, or at least, has encountered an aggressive dog. While it is up…

Fear Aggression in Dogs

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For many dog owners, everyday activities can turn stressful when their normally well-behaved pet displays aggressive behavior towards friends, family, and even objects around the house.  If a dog exhibits this type of sudden personality change, it can sometimes be associated with fear aggression, a type of dog aggression triggered by the dog’s belief that a person or object is threatening.
While dog behavior problems can be frustrating, fear aggression is especially challenging because the dog may risk being labeled as dangerous or mean, even though it is only frightened.  Treating this type of dog behavior should be a high…

Understanding Aggression in Dogs

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Though aggression is often perceived as a natural response, it is not normal behavior for dogs who have been socialized.  Because aggression is so complex and its consequences can be very dangerous, we recommend that you consult a professional behaviorist if your dog is displaying serious signs of aggression.  Here are the four basic types of aggression in dogs:

Dominance Aggression
Though you may not notice it, your dog is constantly monitoring the dominance hierarchy in your home and evaluating his place in the pecking order.  If your dog perceives his own ranking in this hierarchy to be higher than…