Myth About Your Dog: Do Dogs Share Happily?

Myth About Your Dog #1: Do Dogs Share Happily? I’m starting a little summer series of  “myth busters” about the way we misunderstand our dogs and cats, unwittingly applying human-type emotions and desires to animals, who are actually cut from a different piece of cloth than we are. I hope these will serve as little […]

Is This Dog Dangerous? Shelters Struggle with Testing “Aggressive” Dogs

Is This Dog Dangerous? Shelters Struggle with Testing “Aggressive” Dogs For decades, animal shelters have evaluated whether a dog was dangerously aggressive by poking a rubber hand attached to a pole into a dog’s food bowl while he was eating — then pulling the bowl away from him. If the dog lunged or bit at […]

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed?

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed? Many of us have strong feelings about whether we want Fido curled up in bed with us at our feet (or up on the pillow!), or whether just having him sleep in the bedroom is enough bonding for the mixed species “pack.” Now, scientists have looked […]

Interrupt “Bad” Behavior With A Reward!

Interrupt “Bad” Behavior With A Reward! We have all heard about ways to stop your dog from doing something we don’t like by basically “snapping him out of it,” using various methods of distracting him from his shenanigans. There’s the squirt bottle that often comes up as a supposedly harmless intervention. Some trainers suggest that […]

Do You Let Your Dog Lick Your Face?

Do You Let Your Dog Lick Your Face? How do you feel about letting your dog lick you in the face (or elsewhere!)? It turns out there are many sides to the answer and expert opinions aside, people seem to embrace dog kiss as a welcome sign of affection. This week on DOG TALK® we […]

Crowd-Sourced Canine Behavior Study

Join a Historic Study of Canine Behavior before January 15, 2018! How does this sound: answer a few questions about your own dog(s) behavior and in doing so, contribute to helping save the lives of other pooches in shelters? At the same time, you might get an insight into some of the issues dogs can […]

Is that the ‘Look of Love’ in Your Dog’s Eyes?

Is that the ‘Look of Love’ in Your Dog’s Eyes? You know how some dog trainers caution to never look a dog directly in the eye — that it can be threatening or intimidating or send a negative message along those lines? And might even incite a dog to go after you? Now this may […]

Are Dogs Wolves?

Are Dogs Wolves? The conversation has been going on for years about whether dogs are basically governed by the qualities of their distant ancestors, the wolf. There have been lively debates about whether the chihuahua under someone’s arm retains any of the instincts, abilities and natural tendencies of the wolf in his genetic background. Dog […]

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed?

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed? My two dogs sleep in my bedroom. Wanda likes her soft-sided “hut” and Maisie stretches out on the chaise longue which is designed as “hers,” but neither of them sleeps on my bed — partly because, as a widow of two years, I have a crazy […]

Turning Off the Barking with Bark Collars

On Facebook I got this comment and question from Jessica, who listened to an episode of GOOD DOGS! [my training show with the Avidog International team]: I was glad to hear you say how much you dislike excessive barking! I have a dog boarding business and I’ve always wondered if I’m unusual for my dislike […]