Monthly Archives: December 2014

5 Ways to Prepare for the Bangs and Booms!

Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve. You can make a plan and take action now to help your dog be a bit less afraid of the unpredictable scary sounds of fireworks, firecrackers, whistles, and even guns. Get Ready Here are some … Continue reading

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Helping a Fearful Dog Feel Safe

If you have a fearful dog, you probably read all sorts of conflicting advice about what to do about that. Everybody’s got an opinion, and unfortunately some of them include very poor methods. Even if we rule out the methods that … Continue reading

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Posted in Fear, Management | 12 Comments

Introducing “My Dog’s Safe Place: A Photo Gallery”

I have a new resource page on the blog: My Dog’s Safe Place: A Photo Gallery Thank you to all the wonderful people who let me publish photos of their fearful or sensitive dogs’ hideouts and quiet, comfy places. And … Continue reading

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Fooled by the Foobler? A Review

If you have a small dog with little experience with food toys and who is not prone to chewing hard plastic, the new toy called the Foobler might be the very thing for him. If you have a larger dog, … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever for Dogs

Many thanks to jarah’s mom for researching RMSF and answering my questions and generally getting me out of a confused state. Thanks also to Lori S. and Judith B. for their support and info, and to the many other helpful … Continue reading

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Ground Scratching: Why Does My Dog Do It?

Why do some dogs scratch with their paws after they eliminate? I recently read a discussion on Facebook about the meaning of this dog behavior. Some people’s speculations about the reasons for the behavior included: Avoiding something or another behavior (displacement) Expressing … Continue reading

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Posted in Dog behavior, Dog body language, Elimination | Tagged , , , , | 22 Comments