Dogs + Behavior

  • Dog communication uses most of the senses, including smells, sounds and visual cues. Pheromones, glandular secretions, barks, whines, yips, growls, body postures, etc., all serve as effective means of communication between dogs. Unlike in people, canine body postures and olfactory (scent) cues are significant components of dog language and vocal communications are less significant. People are listeners; dogs are watchers.

  • The birth of a baby or the adoption of a new child is associated with a great deal of anxiety, excitement, and stress for not only the family, but also the family pet. Some dogs and cats can have a difficult time adjusting to these changes, especially if this is your first child, but preparation and planning will help.

  • Getting a new puppy is an exciting time and there is no perfect science to picking the perfect puppy. Have a brief look over them physically with their littermates as well as seeing how they interact together and with you. Be sure to take your puppy to a veterinarian as soon as possible to check for any health problems. 

  • Clonidine is a medication that is used to treat behavioral disorders in dogs, particularly anxiety or phobia-related. Give as directed. Side effects are generally mild if present and include sedation, lethargy, agitation/excitation, aggression, and constipation. Monitoring blood pressure as well as heart rate and rhythm is recommended with chronic use. If you suspect an overdose or an adverse reaction to the medication, call your veterinary office immediately.

  • Choosing the right collar or harness for a dog requires understanding how each device works and what is best for the dog and the owner. Correct selection, fit, and use are crucial for any training tool's success.

  • Head Halter Training for Dogs

    Los collares de cabeza se utilizan como alternativa a los collares convencionales porque tienen muchas ventajas. Por un lado, permiten conseguir un mejor control del animal con menos esfuerzo; por otro lado, los perros que tiran demasiado con los collares tradicionales pueden lesionarse el cuello y, aunque los collares de cabeza tampoco deberían utilizarse cuando este tipo de lesiones ya se ha producido, son por lo general más seguros y evitan que el animal se agobie y se encuentre parcialmente asfixiado al tirar.

  • Behavior Counseling - Diagnosing a Behavior Problem – Is It Medical or Behavioral?

    Los problemas de comportamiento pueden deberse a causas médicas, psicológicas o a una combinación de ambas. Una historia clínica minuciosa, un examen físico completo y una serie de pruebas diagnósticas apropiadas determinarán si hay alguna enfermedad que influya en el problema.

  • In dogs, compulsive behaviors include acral lick dermatitis, flank sucking, pacing, circling, incessant or rhythmic barking, fly snapping or chasing unseen objects, freezing and staring, polydipsia (excessive drinking), sucking, licking, or chewing on objects (or owners), tonguing or licking the air and other forms of self mutilation.

  • Dogs and Destructive Digging

    Puede deberse a diferentes motivos: algunas razas, como las procedentes de lugares fríos (huskies, malamutes), escarban para hacer agujeros en los que tumbarse para estar más frescos. En verano y en días de calor, perros de cualquier raza pueden adoptar esta conducta.

  • Dogs and Destructive Chewing

    Los perros, en especial los cachorros, tienen una gran tendencia a la exploración y al juego, actividades que constituyen una parte importante de su desarrollo social y de su aprendizaje sobre el ambiente. Por lo tanto, el hecho de que los cachorros investiguen su entorno oliendo, probando sabores e incluso mordisqueando objetos de la casa, es un comportamiento normal.