Understand Your Dog's Behaviour

Loving your dog is easy... most of the time. For all those other times, we are here. This site will help you make sense of your dog's behaviour and help you know what you can do to help your furry friend behave and cope with dog-life better.

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Lessons from the Pakenham Dog Attack

Lessons from the Pakenham Dog Attack What Happened? It’s the dog attack that went viral. Pictures uploaded by Kashila Chintamunee show Hero, the aggressor, covered in blood. The victim, Chintamunee’s Daschhund, Coco, died due to the injuries sustained during the...
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What Do You Do if an Off-Leash Dog Approaches You While You Are Walking Your Dog?

It’s something all dog owners fear. You’re out walking your dog. You see an approaching dog — he looks aggressive, and he's off his leash. What you do next is essential to prevent a full-scale attack. What do you do...
Fearful Dog

How Can You Tell if a Dog is Nervous to the Point of Being Aggressive?

What is Fear Aggression? What is an aggressive dog? We tend to think in terms of black and white – we think that aggressive dogs try to prove that they're the pack leader. The truth is that dogs display 21 types...
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Most Aggressive Dog Breeds

When you’re buying a new puppy, it’s easy for them to win you over with their cuteness. But is that puppy one of the more aggressive dog breeds? Is there a risk that the Jack Russell terrier you’re considering could...
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Stress Signs in Dogs

Is your dog's behavior uncharacteristic? Does he seem distant or anxious? It could be that he's stressed out. Has he been shivering and panting more than normal or yawning excessively? Are his ears pinned back?  These are all common signs of anxiety, and you need...
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Rethinking Puppy Socialization

Puppy socialization is essential if you want your puppy to be confident, well-adjusted, and happy. Getting socialization right early on will help your dog deal with strangers and other dogs in an appropriate manner.  In the wild, dogs grow up with their packs....
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Predatory Behavior in Dogs

In the wild, a predatory drive is a survival mechanism. Unfortunately, this drive to prey doesn't translate well when it comes to a pet. A pet that sees you or any family member as prey can be dangerous. If your...
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How Do I Stop My Puppy From Biting?

Is there anything cuter than a puppy? They're adept at worming their way into our hearts. One look from those big, beautiful eyes and we melt. Their antics and even the mischief they get up to are all easy to forgive. ...
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Aversives in Training

There are two basic approaches to dog training today – positive reinforcement and aversive training. The former involves using positive associations to reward good behavior. With positive reinforcement, your dog gets a treat, cuddle, or toy for doing something right....
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All Animals are Food Motivated

You've got your pooch home and are starting to train him using treats. The dog might need some severe correction in his behavior. But what if your dog is not food motivated? Some dogs seem to be more treat motivated...
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Aggression in Dogs

Aggression manifests as snapping or biting, or your dog growling at family members, strangers, or other dogs.  Angry, biting, growling dogs can frighten people terribly or even injure them. Whether the dog directs it at one person or many, it's something that needs addressing...
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C is For Consequence

CONSEQUENCE - The action or response that follows a behavior. The consequence determines whether or not the behavior will increase or decrease in frequency or intensity. Without going into a full discussion of the quadrants of operant conditioning (which fellow...