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The Barking Dog

A dog behavior that can affect a whole neighborhood is barking. Fulton Heights has a very large dog population and that means that there is a pretty good chance that we will hear some barking. Dogs bark for many reasons, among them to warn of danger or an intruder on their territory, or to sound…

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Off the Couch

Try out this exercise: sit on the couch. The second the dog jumps up next to you. Say “OFF” and point to the ground. Wait 2-3 seconds if the dog is not off the couch – repeat. If the dog needs the command more than 3-4 x that means he is not listening. So if…

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Earning the Dinner

Divide the food you usually give the dogs in half.  Feed 1st ½ in bowl like normal.  The other ½  put in a bowl or hold in hand.  Instead of using treats use their dog food as rewards.

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Hierarchy 101

Dogs view their world in hierarchies all the time. They are constantly looking at their world questioning where they are at that moment of time. They do this with their humans, other dogs in the house even cats. What is important to remember is the humans have to be the leader 100% of the time.…

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What to Consider Before You Pick Out Your New Dog

What to look for when you are buying your puppy from a breeder, adopting an adult dog from a shelter, or a senior from a rescue group: Puppy:  Try not to focus on the cuteness but instead look for the pup that is lively and bright. The puppy needs to be bright and alert.  If…

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Thoughts on Lost and Found Dogs

30% of pet owners never recover a lost pet (American Animal Hospital Association). Only 14% of stray dogs at animal shelters are reunited with their owners. There are factors that determine the behavior and distance before dogs are rescued.  Mostly they act scared and confused.  Sociable dogs may go with a friendly human.  But aggressive…

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Spay and Neuter Fact from Fiction

Fiction: Dogs become fat and lazy after they’re or neutered FACT: Dogs generally don’t experience a reduced energy level after being spayed or neutered. However, owners still need to avoid over-feeding and under-exercising them. Fiction: Castration – a word that veterinarians often use in lieu of “neuter”- causes , dogs to be aggressive. FACT: The…

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Behavior Modifications with Barking

Behavior modifications come in handy where barking is concern. Do not allow your dog to use barking to get what it wants. Do not reward any behavior connected with barking. Do not feed because he barks, do not walk because he barks, do not pet or show affection in response to the barking. Give rewards…

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