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Training and Behavior

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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Direction a dog's tail wags in reveals more about their mood than previously thought

  A new study reveals that the direction a dog's tail wags in reveals more about their emotions than previously thought. Scientists determined that if a dog's tail wags to the right they are happy; if it wags to the left, they could be scared. The scientists involved in the study concluded that dogs use their tails to deliver subtle signals to other dogs that are hidden from humans and mean more than simply "I'm...
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Newest Articles

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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Dog trick: balls and coins in jar (video)

Despite his disability, this lab really likes to learn new tricks.    
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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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Tail Talk Translated

"He's fine. Look, his tail's wagging." This common comment heard at dog parks and beyond is at once helpful and misleading. Yes, a wagging tail often signals a happy hound, one eager to join the pack or be loved on by a two-legged stranger. Yet just as often the little tails wagging to the left suggest our pups are feeling anxious or at minimum unsure. Where we as humans interpreting our canine counterparts fail is...
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Dogs poop in alignment with Earth's magnetic field

Dogs poop with their bodies facing a certain direction based on the Earth's magnetic field. As incredible as that sounds, a recent scientific study has proven that dogs are sensitive to small variations of the Earth's magnetic field, which affects the way they go to the bathroom. After studying dogs for several years, a team of scientists in Europe observed that dogs preferred to poop with their body aligned along the North-South axis under calm...
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Smart service dog lovingly pushes guardian in wheelchair (VIDEO)

Tamandra Michaels and her service dog Justice True are an inseparable pair. Tamandra's previous service dog loved to pull her in her wheelchair. When Justice True came into her life, she knew she had another special dog. She writes, "Justice True [is] my smart, amazing, talented boy who has a very special behavior that he started doing all on his own - pushing me in my wheelchair." All of Justice's training has been force free...
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Dogs watch human interactions and understand subtle signals

Do dogs watch human interactions to figure out who has the tastier treats? A new scientific study seems to think so and suggests that the way dogs eavesdrop on people is more subtle and sophisticated that previously thought. Dogs in the experiment were able to work out which person would provide the tastier meal through watching and listening to the ways people interacted with one another. The study offers evidence that dogs not only gather...
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Direction a dog's tail wags in reveals more about their mood than previously thought

  A new study reveals that the direction a dog's tail wags in reveals more about their emotions than previously thought. Scientists determined that if a dog's tail wags to the right they are happy; if it wags to the left, they could be scared. The scientists involved in the study concluded that dogs use their tails to deliver subtle signals to other dogs that are hidden from humans and mean more than simply "I'm...
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