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What Colors Can Dogs See?

A dog’s eyesight is significantly different from ours, starting with the fact that they are red-green colorblind. What colors do dogs see best? While...

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass (and Should They Stop?)

If you’ve noticed your dog eating grass, you might be relieved to hear that this is a common dog behavior, and, contrary to conventional...
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Tell-Tail Signs: What’s Your Dog’s Tail Language?

Everybody knows that when a dog approaches you wagging her tail it means she’s inviting you to pet her, right? Wrong! We may have...
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Please Don’t “Alpha” Your Dog

For over a decade, the scientific behavior community has been telling us that trying to be the human “alpha” is a seriously flawed approach...
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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

The advent of the pandemic in 2020 caused many of us to begin spending most of our time at home with our dogs. Many...

Great Expectations: What to Expect When Adopting a New Dog

Some of the happiest dog people I know never even meant to get a dog. Their stories run the gamut – from a stray...
How To Get Cats and Dogs to Get Along

How To Get Cats and Dogs to Get Along

According to family lore, when my husband was a little boy, his bedtime request was always the same: “Tell me a story about a...
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Alpha Dog Myths

You might think that after 20-plus years of moving toward a deeper and more scientific understanding of dog training and behavior in the dog-training...
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Intelligent Disobedience

Sometimes, we don’t want a dog to do what we just told the dog to do. Intelligent disobedience, also known as intelligent refusal, is...
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Dog Bites: What To Do If a Dog Bites You

When he got bitten by a dog who had jumped out of a car in a shopping plaza parking lot, at least family medicine...

Dog Muzzles: When To Use Them and How

Muzzles, and the dogs who wear them, often get a bad rap, as many people associate them with dogs who may display aggressive behavior....
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5 Tips for Avoiding Fights at the Dog Park

Dog parks have never been more popular. They can be good opportunities for your dog to expend excess energy and have fun with other...

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Cultural differences (and what are we doing wrong?)

Last month, my sister-in-law and my almost-13-year-old niece, Ava, spent two weeks in France, visiting my sister-in-law’s mother and stepfather, who live in Paris....