Stop a Dog From Whining for Attention

How to Stop a Dog from Whining for AttentionDogs really know how to get our attention, and one way to do so is by whining.

It works, right?

Whining almost always gets a reaction from us. We either laugh at the dog, talk to the dog, pet the dog or even scold the dog. Either way, the whining is reinforced.

Some dogs whine more than others, and sometimes it even becomes a really annoying habit. If you have a dog that tends to whine for attention, the following are some ideas to get the behavior under control.

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When Should I Replace My Dog’s Collar?

Personalized collars from dogIDsSome dog collars are made better than others. The same is true for dog ID tags. Some collars and tags are designed to last the lifetime of the dog, while others may only last a few months.

I’d like to start a discussion on when a dog’s collar should be replaced for the safety of the dog. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts and let us know how often you have to replace your dog’s collar and tags.
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How to Help a Dog Feel Calm When Left Alone

Australian Shepherd (Aussie) Puppy Watching“Separation anxiety” is a phrase that’s often used when a dog becomes anxious when left alone. Some dogs with separation anxiety will bark all day when left alone. Others are so nervous they have accidents, and some dogs will destroy property in an attempt to get out of the house.

On the other hand, just because your dog is acting this way does not necessarily mean he has true “separation anxiety.” It could just be that he’s bored or that he’s not fully potty trained like you thought. Or maybe he’s just barking because he hasn’t been taught any other options.

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How to Stop a Dog From Eating Poop

Syurs I like to eat poopsicles Does your dog have the gross habit of eating his own poop? Or maybe snacking on your other dog’s poop? No one wants to receive doggy kisses after that! And how about when you’re at the dog park and sure enough there’s your dog munching on turds! Embarrassing!

Surprisingly, poop eating is actually a fairly common problem in dogs, right Syrus?

Syrus is one of the dogIDs dogs, and he has a tendency to snack on “poopsicles.” So, don’t worry if your dog is doing this. He’s not alone! Sometimes they grow out of the habit, and sometimes they need some help. I contacted a couple of dog trainers to get their ideas on how to stop this behavior. [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day: 4 Ways to Show Your Dog You Love Him

What are you doing for Valentine's Day?Are you planning anything special for your dog or cat this Valentine’s Day? Maybe a special treat or toy?

Or maybe your dog is sending a Valentine to someone he loves?

The following are four simple ways to show your dog you love him this Valentine’s Day, but more importantly I’d love to hear what you have planned for your pets!

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How to Stop a Dog From Digging in the Yard

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Photo: Lindsay Stordahl

Some dogs love to dig, but their owners are not exactly impressed by this behavior.

For example, my parents have a springer spaniel named Sophie who enjoys leaving little “potholes” throughout the yard as she searches for mice and who knows what else. This often means Sophie’s feet and toenails are covered in dirt and she has to have her paws washed before heading back in the house.

So, is there anything dog owners can do to stop this behavior? Or is it a lost cause? I asked some dog experts for their thoughts.
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Dental Tips for Dogs and Cats – What to Know

I’m taking my 11-year-old cat Beamer to the vet on Friday to have his mouth examined. The poor guy has some gross-looking teeth that might be causing him pain. Had I taken his dental care more seriously while he was younger, I could’ve prevented some of his current discomfort.

February is National Pet Dental Month, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, and I’m writing this to encourage other pet owners to do what they can to keep their pets’ teeth and gums clean and healthy.
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How to Stop a Dog From Barking in the Yard

Stop a dog from barkingDogs bark. They bark at the door. They bark in the yard. They bark when they see other dogs. They bark when they’re scared or excited or frustrated.

Not surprisingly, one of the most common behavioral questions dog owners have is how do I stop my dog from barking?

Of course, it all depends on the exact situation and the exact dog. For this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common problems with barking: Barking in the yard.

I’ll share some of my own tips on how to stop this behavior, along with some ideas from a professional dog trainer who focuses on positive reinforcement training.
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How to Introduce a New Dog to Your Cat

How to introduce your new dog to your catMany of us live with both dogs and cats and they all get along fine. I have a Lab mix and two cats, and the cats definitely rule the house. Still, whenever a new dog visits I always make sure to consider the safety of my cats during introductions. Even though my cats are used to dogs, I never know exactly how the visiting dog will react and it’s just better to use precaution.

If you already have a cat and you plan on adding a dog to your home this year, the following are some tips to set everyone up for success.

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What Dog Breeds are Best for First-Time Dog Owners?

Best dog breeds for new dog ownersWhich types of dogs are best for first-time dog owners?

Every dog is an individual, regardless of her breed or mix of breeds. When you’re thinking about getting a dog, you’ll receive tons of opinions about which breed of dog is best for you and you’ll have to take that advice in stride. For example, golden retrievers and Labs are often recommended as great family pets, but some retrievers can also be unruly and excitable.

I asked other dog experts for their opinions on the best breeds for first-time dog owners. Their responses are below, but keep in mind it’s all a matter of opinion. The perfect dog for one person may not be the perfect dog for someone else. But that’s a great thing about dogs! They come in a huge variety of sizes, personalities and energy levels.

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