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Do Dogs Recognize “Dog” and What They’re Feeling From Afar?

Dogs seem to be able to perceive other dogs and their intentions at a distance. “Joe recognizes another dog from afar and knows if they want to play or are not that playful and might be aggressive” “Jasmine 'sees' other dogs from more than 200 feet and either tucks her tail as if she's submitting or runs toward them so she...
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10 Ways to Make Your Dog Happier and More Content

We can help our dogs thrive in human environments by letting them be dogs. During the research for our book Unleashing Your Dog, ethologist Marc Bekoff and I asked a bunch of people who love their dogs what they consider their essential ethical obligation toward their canine companion—what it means, to them, to be a responsible dog guardian and their give their...
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What Are The Best Indestructible Dog Chew Toys?

Introduction Many dog toys state in their very name that they are "tough", "strong" and "indestructible", but given half an hour with a much focused dog, most of these durable toys can be reduced to tatters. So what are the best indestructible dog chew toys available today and more importantly which ones really live up to their names? The Most...
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As Dogs Have Aha! Moments, What’s Happening in Their Brains?

Citizen science mirrors quite a lot about what research has discovered. I receive numerous emails from all over the world containing extremely interesting stories and questions about "all things dog," many of which center on the cognitive and emotional lives of our homed canine companions and dogs living other lifestyles. I also have many conversations at cocktail parties, dinners, and coffee houses, and with...
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Dogs Need Together Time and Alone Time, Just Like Us

It's important to realize that even the most social dogs need time on their own When a dog says, "I've had enough of you," there's no reason to take it personally or to feel snubbed It's important to realize that even the most social dogs who love us dearly and who cherish "together time" also need time on their own. We need to recognize...
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Models of the Human-Dog Relationship

Where does dominance fit? There is considerable disagreement among ethologists, dog behaviorists, and dog trainers about the meaning and function of dominance, both in the world of dogs themselves and also in the world of closely related canid species such as wolves. (See, for example, Marc Bekoff's recent post on this.) Some of the debate centers on the extent to which wolf behavior...

How to Keep Your Dog Occupied When You’re Stuck at Home

It’s tough being stuck indoors.  If you are asked to self isolate, your dog will probably be pleased that their human is now around all day for cuddles and treats but, at the same time, dogs dream of running in the park, muddy puddles and chasing squirrels and they can cause havoc in the home if they don’t have...
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6 Facts About How Dogs Think

Scientist Marc Bekoff challenges these 6 common misconceptions about dogs Humans have had a love affair with dogs extending over thousands of years, and our passion continues to blossom. More households than not include a companion dog, and nearly everywhere you go, dogs will be there too. Dogs have never enjoyed so much attention from the media, either, and books...
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Dog Leashes for Safeguarding Your Pets

What Are Dog Leashes For Dog leashes are not just for decking up your canine pet's neckline but also for their security. Well we all know what's there on the streets for our pets. Stray dogs and congested traffic pose a credible threat to our beloved pets. No one wants their pets to be under any bounds. However, sometimes it...

Are Dogs Really Our Best Friends or Family?

An analysis of data from 107,597 dog welfare complaints is very discouraging. If dogs really are our best friends and family members, why do we view and treat them as we do?      "Puppies that were reported were more likely to be alleged to have experienced cruelty, lack of veterinary support, overcrowding, poor living and health conditions, and inappropriate surgery."  A recent...
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The 3 Common Causes of Dog Skin Allergies

Dog skin allergies can cause persistent itching and scratching, which can make any pup miserable. But while dog skin conditions are common, there are many possible causes. Weather extremes in the UK can wreak havoc on our pup’s skin. But dry, itchy or flaky skin is often caused by allergens in the environment and diet too.  Since many of the...
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How Your Dog Eating Poop Can Make Your Pet Sick

Community Areas And Dog Parks Can Be Contaminated Is your dog eating poop or does he come into contact with it when you visit a dog park or other community area? It's a great way to give your pet the exercise and socialization he needs to be happy and healthy. Unfortunately these places can become contaminated with deadly microorganisms found...