In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding your Pet series, Dr. Liz Stelow discusses some of the functions or causes of excessive barking in dogs. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201509/excessive-barking-part-i-why-does-my-dog-bark
Fall is in the air! One of the most beautiful times of the year is right around the corner. A time filled with change and an abundance of color. Mother Nature has a lovely way of communicating. Of telling various species of animals and plants that its time to...
Dr. Maxwell summarizes and reviews a recent paper published in The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science titled “Effects of Caregiver-Implemented Aggression Reduction Procedure on Problem Behavior of Dogs” Full Reference: Echterling-Savage, K., DiGennaro Reed, F.D., Miller, L.K., & Savage, S. (2015). Effects of Caregiver-Implemented Aggression Reduction Procedure on...
In this post from Psychology Today’s Decoding you Pet series, Dr. Stelow provides an overview of canine body language indicators of stress and fear. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201508/behavioral-red-flags-in-the-dog
My sister-in-law has a 1-year-old Collie who continues to chew holes in her drywall walls. Any solutions? The chewing of walls by a dog can stem from a variety of causes, so a detailed assessment of the situation is necessary before an explanation or intervention can be provided for...
I often hear from pet owners that they are reluctant to walk their dogs due to various weather conditions (excessive heat, cold, snow, or rain). When the weather outside is frightful, what are some indoor options for exercising your dog? One option is tug-of-war, but tug toys (e.g., ropes...
In her most recent blog post, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Dr. Patricia McConnell discusses how to identify the “hard eye”, what its communicative function is, and what one should do when faced with this steely glance from a dog. http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/what-is-a-hard-eye-in-a-dog-and-what-should-you-do-when-you-see-one
We’ve all seen the image of a well-meaning dog owner stumbling along the sidewalk behind his or her beloved dog. The owner is yelling, “Heel! Max, Heel! Come, Wait, Heel!” as the dog, gagging and drooling all over himself, pulls mightily forward at the end of the leash, paying...
A conclusion to the 4-part series on differentials for separation anxiety, in which predatory behavior is considered. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201507/separation-anxiety-the-great-imitator-part-4
Dr. Meredith Stepita discusses the importance of teasing apart other house soiling issues from soiling resulting from separation anxiety. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201506/separation-anxiety-the-great-imitator-part-3
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