Tips for Preventing and Managing a Dog’s Food Aggression

How to stop a dog's food aggressionSome dogs have a tendency to guard their food, toys, bones or whatever they view as valuable. They may guard these “valuables” from other dogs, or they might guard them from people, too. Some dogs will just growl, while others will actually try to bite.

The following are some ideas on how to prevent and manage this type of aggressive behavior, often referred to as resource guarding. For the sake of this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common issues – guarding the food bowl.

As always, if you are even slightly concerned about being bitten by your dog, it’s a good idea to reach out to a professional trainer in your area for some help. Even one session with the right trainer can make all the difference.

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You Won’t Believe These Embarrassing Dog Stories!

Artie the black LabIf you live with dogs, I know you definitely have a few embarrassing stories to tell. And, you can probably relate to the stories I’m about to share!

I hope you can get a few laughs out of these, and of course, feel free to share your own embarrassing dog stories in the comments. At least we can all laugh about them after the fact!

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Tips to Consider if Your Dog is Scared of Children

Tips if your dog is scared of childrenChildren and dogs often do really well together. I always had a dog growing up, and our family golden retriever was very tolerant of us kids playing rough with her, chasing her, taking her toys and so on. She didn’t seem to mind one bit and likely enjoyed this kind of attention from us.

For other dogs, though, children can be stressful, annoying or even scary, especially if the dog is not used to them.

The following are some tips to consider if your dog is uncomfortable around kids.

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You’re Not Making These Dog Training Mistakes, Are You?

Dog Training MistakesI write about dog training fairly often on this blog, including all the things you should teach your dog such as to heel or to interact appropriately with other dogs, etc.

But what are some things a dog owner shouldn’t do while training a dog?

The following are some of the top dog training mistakes people make, according to the dog trainers I interviewed. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little guilty of most of these …

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How to Stop a Dog From Barking at Other Dogs on Walks

How to stop a dog from barking on walksIf you have a reactive dog, or even just an overly excited dog, then you know how frustrating it can be when your dog lunges and barks at other dogs on walks. It’s embarrassing, to say the least.

I reached out to three professional dog trainers to get some realistic tips that dog owners can try if they’re dealing with this type of problem. If you have a dog that tends to bark at other dogs, please feel free to share your own tips in the comments.

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What to Do if You See a Dog Left in a Hot Car

What to do if you see a dog in a hot carI leave my dog in the car from time to time.

I live in a coastal town where the mornings are cloudy, and we have a cool sea breeze. My dog waits for me while I run in to pick up a prescription or whatever it might be.

I love my dog very much, but I know some people would find my actions inexcusable.

There are, of course, very serious risks to leaving a dog alone in the car, and anyone who does so has to accept those risks:

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How to Get a Dog Used to Nail Trims

cutting a dog's nailsCutting your dog’s nails is no big deal as long as your dog is not afraid of having her nails trimmed! If you have such a dog, then you know how challenging and stressful nail trims can be.

This post will go over some tips on how to help your dog or puppy get used to nail trims. If your dog is especially fearful or aggressive while having her nails trimmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional groomer, vet or trainer for help.

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How to Choose a Veterinarian

How to choose a veterinarianSo, you’ve adopted a puppy or new dog. How do you go about choosing the right veterinarian?

You can assume all veterinarians are experts on canine and feline health, but that doesn’t always mean they are good with all types of dogs and cats. It also doesn’t guarantee they have good communication skills around people.

I thought I’d share a few ideas to think about when choosing a vet, because you want to find someone who makes both you and your pet comfortable.

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What to Do if You Find a Lost Dog

Homeless dogWhat should you do if you find a lost dog?

Hopefully the dog will be friendly and wearing ID tags. That way, you could just contact the owner yourself. But we all know it’s not always that easy. What if the dog is not wearing tags? Some lost dogs may not even be wearing collars. And some dogs may not be very friendly.

The following are some ideas on what you can do to help a dog if you come across one that appears to be lost.

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Safety Tips for Dogs During the 4th of July

4th of July Safety for DogsWe want to wish you all a happy Fourth of July!

Many of you will be spending time outdoors this week with friends and family and of course, your dogs. There will be lots of grilling, outdoor sports, parades and fireworks. While we hope you all have tons of fun, we also want to mention some important safety tips for our dogs. [Read more…]