Behavior

The best way to understand your dog’s behavior is to understand what their actions mean. Canine Journal can give you advice and feedback that will have you, your dog, and your family on a level of understanding that will make it fun and rewarding to live together. We address both ends of the leash in our behavioral topics, as it’s just as important that your pup understand your actions and the reasons behind your behavior.

Dog with head tilted (Caption: Dog Body Language)

Dog Body Language Guide: What Is Your Dog Trying To Tell You?

Dogs can’t talk, but they have an effective way of communicating with their body language, showing signals to indicate their feelings. As we learn to recognize how dogs communicate, we can better understand what our furry friend is telling us. You don’t have to be Cesar Millan to know when a pup is happy, hurt, or angry. Dog facial expressions and dog tail and ear languages are ways to find out what your dog might be thinking. 

Two dogs playing rough (Caption: Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing?)

Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing? Fighting, Tips To Avoid, And More

You roll up to the dog park, and Fido is excited to play with all the pups. After a little bit, Fido has selected his playmate, and you notice the dogs are growling at each other while playing. Are they being aggressive, or are they just playing? How do you know when playtime has escalated to aggression? And why do dogs growl when playing? We’ll help you understand why your dog growls when playing, so you can monitor the situation and ensure it doesn’t turn into aggression.

Dog barking (caption: Why Dogs Bark)

Barking Mad: Why Dogs Bark And How To Stop It

The doorbell rings, a school bus drives by, a dog is across the street or you’re standing in the kitchen, it doesn’t matter what you do, it seems like Fido is barking at everything. Why is Fido barking and how can you stop it?…

Two dogs playing (Caption: Dog Bite Statistics)

Dog Bite Statistics (How Likely Are You To Get Bit?)

According to a study from the Center For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. The U.S. population was approximately 328.2 million people in 2019. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 73 people. These are scary statistics. But scary becomes a lot less so when you’re armed with the right information. From the top breeds to be wary of, to considering your behavior around animals, to why dogs bite in the first place, we give you an arsenal of information so that you can bite back in the dog bite debate.

Dog barking with teeth (caption: Aggressive Dog Training Tips)

Aggressive Dog Training Tips: Calming The Beast

Most of the time, when you see an aggressive dog, he was not born that way. An owner of this type of dog may not fully understand how to train their pup. This lack of training often leads to aggressive behavior because the dog responds to situations using his instincts since he has never been taught differently. Learn why it happens and how to get your dog to stop aggressive behavior.

Dog eating grass (caption: Why Dogs Eat Grass & How To Stop)

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? (And How To Train Them To Stop)

Our dogs often do things that we struggle to understand. One of those things is eating grass. While we may feed our dogs a perfectly well-balanced diet and provide them with all the stimulation they need, they may still take to consuming grass. There are many theories behind just why our canine friends impersonate cows chewing cud, and we are going to take a shot at the reasoning behind them…

Dogs eating poop (caption: Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?)

Why Do Dogs Eat Poop (And How To Stop It)

My 4 month old black lab Daisy is eating her own poop. How can we get Daisy to stop eating her poop? Not only is it gross, but when she gets to it first thing in the morning, she ends up throwing up shortly thereafter. What are some easy suggestions to get her to grow out of this puppy habit fast?…

Dog chewing on piece of wood (Caption: Dogs Eating Wood)

Dog Eating Wood: How To Make Them Stop

Dogs chew on wood because they like chewing on things. That’s why you see dogs play with chew toys, and why chew bones and treats are so popular with dogs. While it’s fairly common for a dog to chew on wood (especially if you use sticks or small logs to throw to them when you’re playing fetch) your dog will thank you if you help them lay off the wood. Why?…

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