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.

Are Dogs’ Mouths Cleaner Than Humans?

Dogs panting

When you get home, does your dog greet you with kisses and licks? You’re not alone. My dog loves jumping up and down and is determined to kiss my face. She can jump pretty high and is more successful at this than I’d like her to be. But I’m not a fan of puppy kisses on my face, it kind of grosses me out. Is this something I need to be concerned about or am I just overreacting? It’s time to settle the question, “Is dog saliva cleaner than humans?” Find the answer below…

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Dog Eating Wood: How To Make Them Stop

Dog chewing on piece of wood

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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Dog Body Language: What 4 Things Is Your Dog Trying To Tell You?

Puppy smiling

You’ve heard the expression “to wear one’s heart on their sleeve.” It means that someone lets their emotions be known without actually having to tell anybody how they feel. Dogs are in a constant state of wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Dogs are great because of how simple they can be. They have a very instinctual language and as we learn to recognize how they communicate we begin to better understand what our furry friend is telling us through dog body language…

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How To Introduce Dogs

How to Introduce Dogs

Introducing dogs to each other can be tricky. Some dogs have aggressive tendencies that might not come out around you or other people, but in the presence of the right dog, they will attack or bite on instinct. The good news is that there are ways you can safely introduce dogs to each other to limit aggression and make sure you control the situation so that nobody gets hurt…

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Why Do Dogs Lick? 5 Slobbery Explanations

Dog licking its face

Is your dog constantly licking and you have no idea why? Licking is a very natural way for dogs to communicate with one another. Licking for dogs is similar to humans biting their nails — both release pleasurable endorphins which creates comfort and relieves stress. Here are some common questions and answers to help you better understand your dog and what he or she is communicating with its tongue…

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Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt? (Is It An Unhealthy Habit?)

Puppy sniffing dirt (caption: Why do dogs eat dirt?)

Dogs love digging holes in the ground, but what happens if they take it a step further and eat the dirt? In addition to making them a muddy mess, is ingesting soil harmful to your pup? First, you need to determine the frequency of your dog’s dirt disposition. If your dog consumes soil infrequently, it’s probably fine (but it’s always good to discuss this with your vet). However, if your dog routinely devours dirt, there may be cause for concern…

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