Articles: Decoding Your Dog

What To Do About Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs

Some dogs are better at forecasting the weather than the National Weather Service. They know a storm is approaching before we do. They pace, salivate, tremble, whine and become “Velcro dogs” (sticking to you like glue) even when a storm is an hour away or more. By the time the tempest arrives, the pet may…

Housetraining Questions Answered

Q: Just over a month ago, we acquired a 1-1/2-year old, 12 lb. dog. She’s had been an outside dog, and she’s not spayed. She’s now indoors 100 percent of the time. She’s totally house broken for bowel movements, but she urinates inside, especially when our grandson pets her. Will this behavior stop after she…

Dog Doesn't Trust My Husband

Q: My husband and I adopted a 4-year-old Sheltie from a shelter. The dog was surrendered because he didn’t get along with the other dog in the home. Our problem is, Jordy doesn’t trust my husband. He backs away from him, even though my husband is mellow and gentle. He’s the one who takes Jordy…

Anxious Pets 101 with Dr. Gary Landsberg

High anxiety is the cause of many behavior problems of dogs and cats, according to veterinary behaviorist Dr. Gary Landsberg, who is a contributor to a book authored by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, “Decoding Your Dog,” (which I co-edited with Dr. Debra Horwitz and Dr. John Ciribassi). Listen HERE to my conversation about…

Pet Behavior, Don't Be Afraid To Talk About It

Behavior issues are the number one cause of pets being relinquished to shelters. Dr. Kate Crumley, immediate president of the American Animal Hospital Association says that clients are sometimes too embarrassed to bring up behavior problems, or feel that it makes them look like ‘bad’ pet owners. Others just don’t believe their veterinarian is interested. When…

Pet Behavior Problems

Anytime you note a change in behavior in your dog or cat, contact your veterinarian. It’s my mantra these days. And I’m not alone, Dr. Kate Crumley, president of the American Animal Hospital Association agrees. Listen HERE as Dr. Crumley explains on nationally syndicated Steve Dale’s Pet World  that you should always think about any changes…

Dog Behavior Questions Answered: Decoding Your Dog

Your dog behavior questions are answered by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Valarie Tynes of Sweetwater, TX, a contributing author of Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Behaviors (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY, 2014),. This is the first ever book authored by members of the…

Puppy 101

Set your puppy up for psychological success. Listen HERE from Steve Dale’s Pet World with real world tips from veterinary behaviorist Dr. Lore Haug. Early socialization Teaching puppies that being handled by other is acceptable, even playing ‘doctor’ with your dog Visiting veterinary offices just for fun and cookies Puppy classes Haug is a contributing author…

How Do Dogs Think?

Q: I’ve read your column for many years, and I’m wondering if you’ve written anything else, say a book, that might help me understand how my three dogs think? If so, where can I buy it? — P.F., Winchester, KY A: For starters, you’ve given me a reason to promote my two current books, both…

Victoria Stilwell on Shock Collars

Victoria Stilwell speaks her mind, one of the reasons why I love her. of course, you know her from “Its Me or the Dog” on Animal Planet. Stilwell offers her take on Schaumburg’s program of loaning ‘bark collars,’ to dog owners who have a dog that barks in the backyard. She calls this idea ‘the stupidest thing…

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