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When dogs play too rough

Roughhousing is part of the fun of being a dog. Playing is a way for dogs to explore their world and to socialize with other animals and people. It is completely normal, safe, and healthy in most cases, but it can become dangerous if it goes too far. Dogs may play-bite, lunge, swipe, and even […]

7 Reasons Why Meeting Dogs on Leash is a Bad Idea

Most people can’t read body language Humans primarily convey ideas and feelings through words, dogs don’t. Much of what we need to know about a dog’s current frame of mind is conveyed through their body language and the various signals they give off at any given moment. Yet most of us are unable to decipher […]

California Laws on Psychiatric Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals in Public Places

California law requires most public places to admit service dogs and psychiatric service dogs but not emotional support animals. California law allows persons with disabilities to bring trained service dogs and psychiatric service dogs, but not emotional support animals, to all public places. Several different California laws set out the rights of people with disabilities […]

The Importance of the “Place” Command

Among the handful of standard obedience commands a dog should know, the “place” command is one of the most helpful. What is the “place” command? It could be considered a step above the “stay” command because you’re actually training your dog to “stay” on a specific “thing.” It’s a vital command if you plan to […]

Suffocation in Dogs

(Hypoxia) Suffocation, or hypoxia, occurs when the lungs do not get a sufficient amount of oxygen to pass on to the body’s tissues. What Causes Suffocation? There are a few common emergencies that can cause a dog to suffocate: 1   Choking due to an object or food article lodging in the throat 2   Lung injury […]

Walking Your Dog: How to Do It Well and Why It’s So Important

Most dog breeds were developed with a specific purpose in mind, for example, sporting, working, herding and so forth. Consequently, whether your pet is a purebred or mixed breed, chances are he carries genetic traits that drive him to pursue an activity. Many modern-day dogs don’t get opportunities to do what their breed instincts tell […]

Dogs Are Even More Like Us Than We Thought

It’s likely no surprise to dog owners, but growing research suggests that man’s best friend often acts more human than canine. Dogs can read facial expressions, communicate jealousy, display empathy, and even watch TV, studies have shown. They’ve picked up these people-like traits during their evolution from wolves to domesticated pets, which occurred between 11,000 […]

Why do dogs lick?

See if this sounds familiar: After going for a long walk with your dog and feeding her, you sit down to relax. She comes over, so you start petting her, but as soon as you do, the licking begins. You’re not a fan, but it isn’t a big deal at first… and then it progresses […]

Do Dogs Actually Watch And React To Television?

Does your dog pay attention to the TV when it’s on? Does he react when there are dogs on the small screen? A study published in the journal Animal Cognition found dogs observe images just like we do, and that they can identify images of other canines. They also spot images faster than we do, […]

Why Some Dogs Don’t Bark

A dog who doesn’t bark may be an apartment dweller’s dream come true, but can also cause some obvious concerns. Before looking for an un-mute audio button on your dog, consider that some dogs are by nature less predisposed to barking. However, keep in mind that at times there’s actually something wrong with a dog […]