Behavior

A Dogs Body Language

Dogs are very clear in their body language. If you take a moment to understand them, it is clear to tell if they are happy, sad, angry, nervous or afraid. Dogs use canine body language extremely well. Having the ability to read your dog’s body language will help you significantly in understanding your dog’s wants, needs and emotions. Find out here what your pooch is trying to tell you!… Read More…

Dogs And Children Does Your Dog Fear Children

Does your dog have a fear of children ? There are some dogs which see children and immediately become upset. There are signs in a dog’s body language to look for to determine if your dog is being fearful including a hunched back, a tucked tail, trembling and/or urinating. Defensive aggression may occur also with a fear of children where the dog may growl, bark or show his teeth. Fear of ChildrenThere may be several reasons why your dog is fearful of children including:… Read More…

Is Your Dog Afraid Of Car Rides

The majority of dogs absolutely love riding in the car with their pet parent(s). They tend to enjoy watching the cars go by, the wildlife surrounding them and some may even take a nap to relax! There is that dog who absolutely despises riding in the car and actually has a fear of riding in cars, though. Why would a dog possibly not enjoy a relaxing drive? Why would a dog be fearful of a car ride?… Read More…

How To Stop A Dog From Chewing

Whether a dog is young or old, it is common for dogs to chew. If your dog is a puppy, he is likely chewing to relieve the pain of incoming teeth ( how to handle teething in puppies? ). If the dog is older, your dog may be bored, anxious or frustrated. Either way, it is often extremely frustrating for us as the pet parent. Dog chewing can be serious behavioral problem.… Read More…

Puppy Chewing How To Stop Puppies From Chewing

Puppy chewing is a common problem among pet parents. This is a completely normal behavior among puppies; so if you have a puppy who is chewing everything in sight, you are not alone. Puppies enjoy chewing on everything; hands, arms, clothing, furniture, toys and even shoes! Is there any way you can prevent puppy chewing or perhaps reduce it? Why do Puppies Chew?Why Does My Puppy Chew? For those of you who have experience with human babies, you notice your baby will put everything in her mouth to experience what it is.… Read More…

Dog Aggression Towards Other Dogs

Your dog may become aggressive toward other dogs for a number of reasons. There are different types of aggression your dog may be experiencing. Several types of aggression are associated with dog to dog aggression. Dog to Dog AggressionFind here a listing of several types of dog aggression including dog aggression towards other dogs, such as protective aggression, possessive aggression, and territorial aggression: Protective Aggression Dogs are extremely social.… Read More…

Why Do Dogs Chase Cars

This is a common question asked by many dog owners; why do dogs chase cars ? Some dogs see a car and automatically feel the need to chase the high-speed objects. This is clearly dangerous which is the reason pet owners are very concerned with this problem and look to understand it. Chasing cars is natural in dogs; they are interested in chasing the moving object. There are steps which can help you prevent or manage your dog chasing cars, though.… Read More…

Dog Barking How To Stop Your Dog From Barking

Just as humans talk, dogs bark. Barking is a dog’s method of communication. Your dog barking is often not the problem; the problem is that your dog is barking excessively. Each bark carries a function. You must find out why your dog is barking in order to treat the problem effectively. If you listen to your dog, you are likely to hear differences in her bark. For example, the bark she uses to warn against intruders is much different than the one she uses to get your attention.… Read More…

Common Dog Behavior Problems

There are a number of dog behavior problems which are common experiences to pet parents. There are several which are more common than others. Aggression, for example, appears to be the most common problem for pet parents with several following closely behind. Find here the most common behavioral problems in dogs ! Aggression in Dogs Dog aggression is a common dog behavior problem which pet parents are facing today. Why is this?… Read More…

How To Get Your Dog To Stop Digging

Digging comes natural to your dog so it may be somewhat difficult to get your dog to stop digging. The dog’s relatives, foxes and wolves, naturally dig for many reasons. Understand why your pooch´s favorite activity is digging up the garden and how to solve this problem. Why Your Dog is Digging Why do dogs dig ? As stated, digging is natural for dogs. A dog, for example, may dig to cool down in the summer time.… Read More…

How To Stop A Dog From Biting

Although play biting can seem cute as a puppy, play biting is often not as cute in an adult dog. Most pet parents do not enjoy their dog play biting, mouthing or nipping them. So, how to stop a dog from biting ; what steps do you need to take? And, how to train your dog not to bite ? Is Your Dog Playful or Aggressive?When first determining how to stop a dog from biting, the pet parent should determine if their dog is biting due to aggression or play.… Read More…

Dog Anxiety

Dog anxiety can be quite frustrating for the pet parent. In order to understand dog anxiety, you must first understand what anxiety really is. Anxiety is essentially your dog expressing fear. Common dog breeds which experience anxiety include the Border Collie, Siberian Husky and the English Springer Spaniel. Although these are the only breeds listed here, many other dog breeds experience anxiety as well. Genetics may also play a factor in dog anxiety.… Read More…

Destructive Behavior In Dogs

Often, the actions the pet parent describes as destructive behavior in dogs is an instinctive behavior for the dog. To dogs, it is normal to dig and chew on anything they believe is interesting. Destructive behavior is often diagnosed when a dog is chewing on any type of unwanted item; a pair of shoes, your clothing, your furniture. In order to prevent these behaviors, we must teach them they are not desired behaviors in “our world.… Read More…

Misconceptions Of Pit Bulls

When the general public thinks of pitbulls, the immediate thought is often regarding pitbull aggression. For example, when renting a house there are often certain breeds prohibited by the home owner. Pitbulls, of course, are one of them due to the large number of misconceptions associated with their breed. While some of the misconceptions have some truth behind them; many of them are misconstrued. Misconception 1: Pitbulls Are Always Aggressive Pit bull aggression is not as big as an issue as people believe it is.… Read More…

Aggressive Dog Breeds

Although any dog has the potential to be aggressive, there are breeds known as “ aggressive dog breeds ” and these are the breeds which are more prone to show aggressive behavior. When thinking about an aggressive dog breed, which breeds would come to your mind as being aggressive? The breeds which are actually the most aggressive may shock you.  Number One Most Aggressive Dog Breed: DachshundThe number one most aggressive dog breed ; the Dachshund!… Read More…

How To Prevent Dog Bites

Preventing dog bites is often fairly simple. Most of the time, your dog is likely not biting to display aggression but rather is performing a behavior known as “ mouthing.” Mouthing often occurs as a result of play or “love biting.” Your dog is not attempting to hurt you when he is mouthing but is rather showing a form of affection or attempting to get you to play with him.… Read More…

Understanding Dog Psychology

Dog psychology, or canine psychology ; have you ever heard of it? The general public has often not heard of canine psychology. Dog psychology often looks at situations from a dog’s perspective rather than a human’s perspective in an attempt to understand how they are feeling or why they are behaving the way they are. Human-Dog Connection Dog Psychology, looking at a situation from the dog’s perspective, is extremely important.… Read More…

Understanding Dog Aggression

Dog aggression is a sensitive topic as there are so many types of dog aggression out there. To fully understand your pet, the pet parent needs to fully understand dog aggression. A dog is often punished for her aggression regardless of the reason she is being aggressive. This is not always necessary; she may simply be protecting you, her pack leader, against a danger she feels will harm you. Learn here how to prevent dog bites.… Read More…

Cat Psychology

Just as we need to look at dog psychology to determine the best way to handle a situation with a dog, we also need to look at cat psychology in relation to cats when there is any type of problem. For example, if your cat scratched the wall, many pet owners believe this is a form of vengeance upon them as if the cat was angry the pet owner left for an hour.… Read More…

Cat Behavior

Cat behavior  varies based upon  breed  and is often best analyzed based upon a  cat’s body language. A cat’s body language can give insight into behaviors such as aggression, play, and communication efforts in as little as one glance. Some of the most common behaviors cat owners report are urine marking, grooming, and hunting. Body Language in CatsBody language while studying cat behavior is crucial because it reflects how a cat is feeling.… Read More…

How To Introduce A Cat To A Dog

They are boisterous, they can be noisy and they can be bold. To a cat that has not been exposed to dogs, these critters of the canine kind can be intimidating and downright frightening. Learning how to introduce a new cat to a dog is all about keeping their meetings brief, controlled and gradual. How to Introduce a New Cat to a DogBefore you bring home your newly adopted kitten or cat from an animal shelter or responsible breeder, it is essential to prepare a room for the kitty.… Read More…

Why Are Dogs Afraid Of Thunder

With the first distant rumbles of thunder, your dog begins to pant, tremble, pace and whine as it contemplates an escape route from the impending storm. Why are dogs afraid of thunder? There are a number of potential factors that can contribute to a dog scared of thunder, fireworks and other loud noises. Not all dogs are afraid of thunder and other noises. Some dogs afraid of thunder are actually exhibiting fear of the environmental changes that they experience prior to a storm’s arrival.… Read More…

Frequently Asked Questions About Pet Behavior

Our specialist have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about Behavior and Training, in dogs and cats. If your pet has changed his/her behavior, or you want to know how to treat a behavior problem, you’ve come to the right place! Learn about topics ranging from aggression in dogs and cats to destructive behavior and body language. Dog Behavior ProblemsAggression in DogsDog BitingHead PressingDog BarkingCryingDiggingChewingJumping on PeopleChasing CarsDog Car SicknessDogs Fear of ChildrenPreparing Your Dog for a New BabyDog Behavioral ChangesDestructive BehaviorDogs Body LanguageAggression in CatsKitten BehaviorLitterbox TrainingCat ScratchingCat AnxietyCat Compulsive BehaviorCats and the OutdoorsCat and New BabyClicker Training for DogsClicker Training for PuppiesClicker Training for CatsBonding with Your PetDog Behavior ProblemsWhat is the most common behavioral problem faced by dog owners?… Read More…

Testimonials From Pet Parents

“My lab/German shepherd mix, Moose, has always had chewing problems. After talking with Amber, she let me know this was from separation anxiety. Prior to working with Amber, he had eaten three couches and a memory foam bed. Amber recommended giving him mental stimulating chewing toys to keep his mind busy while we were not home. She recommended a Kong toy which helped and also recommended hide and seek with his snacks.… Read More…

Why Are Dogs Afraid Of Fireworks

Dogs and fireworks together are generally not a good mix; however, some dogs are not afraid of fireworks in any way. If a dog has been desensitized to loud, unexpected noises he may not be afraid of the fireworks. The fireworks may just be another noise to them. Most dogs though, will likely be extremely afraid of fireworks on the fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, and other holidays, as this is not in their everyday experience.… Read More…

Why Are Dogs Afraid Of Storms

There are some dogs who have an extreme fear of storms. Why are dogs afraid of storms, though? Dogs who are extremely afraid of storms can sense the storm coming and even before the first sound of thunder begin to panic. Dogs afraid of storms may pace, cry or hide before a storm even arrives. TriggersThe commonly asked question: why are dogs afraid of storms ? Experts do not yet truly know the answer of why dogs are afraid of storms.… Read More…

How To Keep A Dog From Escaping The Yard

How to keep a dog from escaping the yard, or rather, how to keep your dog in the yard, is a common question among pet parents. Some dogs are extremely territorial and actually prefer to remain in their own yard or territory. Other dogs feel the need to escape the yard and explore other areas. There are a number of reasons for the escape behavior in dogs. Reasons for EscapingThere are several reasons which may be associated with a dog escaping the yard.… Read More…

Dog And Human Relationship

There is no surprise when we hear people say “Dogs are a man’s best friend.” The human canine relationship is a unique bond shared between pet and pet parent. According to the LA Times, when you look into the eyes of your dog, the chemical oxytocin is released into the human brain. What does this mean? The release of oxytocin gives us the feeling of love. Benefits for HumansThe human-canine bond is beneficial to both the human and the dog.… Read More…

Cats And Human Relationship

The cat-human relationship is a unique bond. The cat-human relationship is not the same as a dog-human bond and may be more difficult to develop. Cats are more independent than dogs which makes it more difficult to develop a strong relationship with them quickly. The cat-human relationship still has the ability to become extremely strong, though. Begin SocializingThe cat and human relationship begins at about 2 weeks of age. Cats begin socializing at approximately two weeks of age.… Read More…

Submissive Urination In Dogs

Submissive urination in dogs is not uncommon as this is another form of communication to them. When a dog urinates in submission, he is portraying to you that he is not a threat to you. Most commonly, submissive urination in dogs occurs when they’re greeting unfamiliar people or animals or when they are being petted. This could range anywhere from a huge puddle to a few drips of urine.… Read More…

Puppy Anxiety

Puppy separation anxiety is often misunderstood by pet parents. Pet parents often mistake separation anxiety in puppies for destructive behavior. The most common form of puppy anxiety is puppy separation anxiety. Puppies hate separation and as such are likely to show signs of anxiety while you are away from them. This does not only occur when you leave the home but can also occur even if you walk into the next room.… Read More…

Dog Body Language Infographic

Pet parents often wonder how to improve the communication between them and their dog. The first step is getting to know their dog’s body language and the meanings. How do you know what your canine companion is thinking? Of course, body language ! Your dog’s body language services as their sole line of communication. They speak to you via doggy language; mainly their facial expressions and posture! Learn how to distinguish between emotions using this dog body language chart from PetPremium !… Read More…

Stress In Dogs Emotional

Dogs are naturally sensitive creatures and can easily become emotionally stressed based upon their surroundings. Stress in dogs is most commonly noted when there is some type of change in their environment. Stress in dogs is fairly common as there are many changes in our, the pet parents’, lives. Occasional stress is not a reason to be concerned; it is when the stress becomes a permanent part of your dog’s life when you should worry.… Read More…

Stress In Cats

Many pet owners do not consider their cat can become stressed. Just like people, cats can become stressed over various conditions. Some cats may stress more easily than others. You may have a cat which is not bothered by hardly anything; just the same you may have a cat which is intimidated by almost everything. Even small events could trigger stress in cats including new carpet, loud music, a change in litter brand or a new couch.… Read More…

Are Pit Bulls Naturally Aggressive

The pit bull has a horrible reputation… but are they really as bad as people think? Many renters experience problems if they have a pit bull as they are not generally permitted in rented houses. Why is this? This may be due to that particular landlord not preferring that breed due to its “dangerous” reputation. This is also due to the fact that if a pit is in the home, the homeowners insurance is generally much more expensive.… Read More…

How To Build A Bond With Your Dog That Will Last Forever

The bond we share with our dog is special; we are drawn to our dog as they are drawn to us. Dogs provide us with excellent companionship and unconditional love. They also provide us with health benefits including lowering our blood pressure and keeping us more active. We even have dogs who assist those with developmental and physical disabilities. There is no denying dogs are truly a man’s best friend; but how can we make this bond stronger?… Read More…

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