Content tagged "dog behavior"

Guard Animals for Goats

Goats Companion Animals Updated: November 18, 2015

 There are special considerations when selecting the type of guard animal for goats. The first is how much care you want to provide that animal. Dogs are the...

Excitement Barking

Companion Animals Updated: August 06, 2013

Training to reduce excitement barking takes patience and a calm approach. Dogs that bark due to excitement are easily aroused, and the owner may...

Are shock collars harmful to dogs?

Companion Animals Updated: July 30, 2012

Shock collars (also called bark collars) are a form of punishment and work by remotely delivering an electric shock to the neck. They do cause some pain,...

Why does my female dog mount her stuffed play toys?

Companion Animals Updated: July 02, 2012

Mounting (also known as "humping" or "hunching") is a normal behavior in both male and female dogs. While it is part of sexual behavior, it does not always...

Certification for Animal Training/Behavior Professionals

Companion Animals Updated: June 25, 2012

Are you looking for an animal behaviorist or animal trainer? Finding one who is certified by a professional organization for animal behaviorists or animal...

Barking Dogs

Companion Animals Updated: June 25, 2012

Almost all dogs bark, but barking that is excessive, becomes chronic, or disrupts the neighborhood can be a problem. Controlling barking takes a serious...

Fear Barking

Companion Animals Updated: November 03, 2011

When dogs bark out of fear, the result can be barking that is loud, incessant and extremely frustrating to humans within earshot. A fearful dog will often...

Frustration Barking

Companion Animals Updated: November 01, 2011

Dogs often bark out of frustration or boredom when left alone for long periods or when they are kept in a confined area with little stimulation. They may...

Crating Dogs

Companion Animals Updated: February 22, 2011

Crating dogs is a practice that can sometimes raise eyebrows. Individuals who do not understand the natural instincts of dogs might think that owners are...

Dog Collars and Harnesses

Companion Animals Updated: February 22, 2011

Every puppy should have a collar to wear on its first day home. Collars can save a dog’s life by helping owners keep the dog from wandering into traffic or...

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