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Training and Behavior

The concept of Alpha Dog and its effect on dog training (VIDEO)

This is an important video on how to have a better relationship with your dog through proper training techniques. This 2012 documentary, "Tough Love: A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs" traces the history of the "alpha dog" concept from its origins in 1940’s wolf studies to its popularity among ordinary dog owners and professional trainers. The problem many dog trainers are now recognizing is that this theory is based solely on wolves in captivity and...
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Some dogs are wearing yellow ribbons. The meaning behind this is something EVERYONE should know.

Do you know what a yellow ribbon on a dog or dog's leash means? It means this dog needs some space. Just like an amber traffic light, a yellow ribbon is a signal to proceed with caution. It's to help people, especially children, easily identify that the dog needs to be approached slowly and that interactions between you or your dog should be discussed with the dog’s handler beforehand. The yellow ribbon is not necessarily...
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The concept of Alpha Dog and its effect on dog training (VIDEO)

This is an important video on how to have a better relationship with your dog through proper training techniques. This 2012 documentary, "Tough Love: A Meditation on Dominance and Dogs" traces the history of the "alpha dog" concept from its origins in 1940’s wolf studies to its popularity among ordinary dog owners and professional trainers. The problem many dog trainers are now recognizing is that this theory is based solely on wolves in captivity and...
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Dogs can be optimistic or pessimistic just like people according to study (VIDEO)

A new study on dog behavior has revealed that some dogs are inherently more optimistic than others, just like people.  Dr. Melissa J. Starling, an animal behaviorist at The University of Sydney, Australia, did a study to gauge whether or not dogs expect more positive outcomes in their life or more negative outcomes. "This research is exciting because it measures positive and negative emotional states in dogs objectively and non-invasively," she said. Her research revealed...
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How You Can Help Socialize Your Precious Pup

    We’ve all heard about how man is a social animal. Most human beings prefer to belong to a community of people and establish respectable and responsible social relationships. Man, however, isn’t alone in this. Even his most loyal friend, the dog, needs to be socialized to become stable, well-adjusted, and friendly.   Dog owners would understand the importance of socializing their pets when young. It is a critical time in a puppy’s life,...
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My Training

I adopted a 9 week old Domeranian named Milo a little bit ago. It has been quite the learning process. He is the first animal I have ever owned. I grew up in a house of animals, but I wasn't the only one responsible for them. It's very different when it's just you and the animal, you really form a connection and an understanding of their personality. It's a whole new learning process not just...
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I NEED ADVICE ASAP... PLEASE!

A PROBLEM IM HAVING WITH MY 10 MONTH OLD PUP.. WELL ITS NOT MUCH OF A PROBLEM.. NOW.. BUT LATER MAYBE IT WILL BE.. OUR NEIGHBORS HAVE KIDS AND THEY GO TO THE FENCE TO PET HER.. SHE LOVES IT.. BUT THEIR DOG CAME INTO MY YARD AND MY 10 MONTH OLD PUP WAS CORNERING THE DOG IN EVERY CORNER.. SHE WOULDNT GROWL OR ANYTHING.. BUT THE OTHER DOG WAS LITERALLY ALMOST HOWLING.. I DONT KNOW...
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BLONDIE WILL BE HOUSE TRAINED

After doing some logical thinking... i have decided to offer my landlord another 200 dollar deposit so he can let me have mypitbull inside... as long as she is house trained... therefore.. everything will go back to normal for this little 10 month old pup... oh!! she's also getting spayed and neutered this weekend :D
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Calm music during thunderstorm

Played my dog calm music.  I have never seen her more relaxed during a thunderstorm.   Usually Mia is the timid mouse during thunderstorms and New Year's Eve. But with my latest discovery on Youtube the small problem was successfully treated.
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The Happy Birthday Stick

I’ve been studying Boxer’s quirks since he moved in and get the biggest kick out of his obsession with sticks. I used to introduce him at the dog park as the Golden Retriever who didn’t retrieve. Throw a ball or stick and, sure, he’d chase it, but then he’d hang out in its general vicinity, looking around, clueless. Occasionally, he’d pick it up and… drop it. At other times he’d even trot a few feet...
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Dogs associate their owner’s scent with happiness

Dogs associate their owner’s scent with happy thoughts, according to a new study. Essentially, a dog can smell the scent of someone they like and it causes a positive reaction in the area of a dog's brain associated with pleasure. Scientist and study leader Gregory Berns at Emory University in Atlanta likens the dogs' reaction to the way a person reacts to the perfume or cologne of a loved one. In the experiment, dogs were presented...
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The Most Phobic Dog in the World

Back in August, when a friend called to ask if I could give his dog a home, I was thrilled to become Boxer’s foster mom. I’d met him a few times, but had no idea my new roommate is in the running to be the most phobic dog in the world. To say that walking Boxer was a challenge is an understatement. He’ll only walk familiar routes and is terrified of anyplace new. If an...
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