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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.

Why Do Dogs Mark Territory?

Dog lifting leg up peeing

Within the first few hours of bringing our newly adopted dog home, he had marked in the same room three different times. We had never experienced this with other dogs, so this was new for my husband and I. How do we stop his marking so we can trust him in the house? Read more to see what solutions we came up with….

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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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How to Deal with Separation Anxiety in Dogs

How to Deal with Separation Anxiety in Dogs?

Unable to leave home without your dog destroying the place? Or maybe your neighbor calls your landlord to complain about the howling pup? If this story sounds familiar, there’s a chance your dog is suffering from separation anxiety. In this article, we will explain what dog separation anxiety is and how you can help your dog overcome her fears…

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How to Stop Your Puppy From Crying in its Crate

Puppy crying in crate: How to Stop Your Puppy from Crying in its Crate

Is your new puppy more whine than roses when he’s in his crate? Is the joy of your new family member wearing thin because he won’t stop crying and whining? Well, it’s time you take the lead. Crate training a puppy can be frustrating, to say the least, but the earlier you start the better. The good news is — there’s a lot you can do to nip the crate whining in the bud so it doesn’t become a prolonged problem…

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Why Do Dogs Bury Bones?

Why Do Dogs Bury Bones?

You may find your dog burying a toy or bone, then digging it up and reburying it elsewhere. This is very common. In fact, your dog may even “bury” items inside on furniture or carpeting. Sometimes they’ll even bury things in piles of laundry. So the next time you’re looking for the TV remote, car keys or your cellphone you may want to look under the couch cushions and in your laundry! Find out why they do this and how to get them to stop…

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A-oooooo! Why Do Dogs Howl?

Why Do Dogs Howl?

Dogs use vocalization to express all kinds of emotions. Yips, barks, muffled snorts and even sneezes all have meanings that the dog is trying to express. Try hiding a tasty treat in your closed fist and your dog will let you know just how he feels about that. The most primal, hair-raising sound the dog makes comes from deep in his throat, when he holds his nose high, purses his lips and howls like a wolf. Indeed, dogs get their habit for howling from their closest ancestor, the gray wolf…

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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. In fact, after a mother has her pups, she licks them to help them start breathing and clean them. This initial licking sticks with dogs throughout their lives, and they use it for many reasons. Licking for dogs is similar to humans biting their nails — both release pleasurable endorphins which creates comfort and relieves stress. Below are some common questions about licking that we’ll answer to help you better understand your dog and what he or she is communicating. Why do dogs lick you? Find out below…

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Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Some dogs chase their tails. The image of a dog spinning like a little tornado has been shown on TV, in movies and is about as normal of a phenomenon as leaves regaining their spring color or cars buzzing down a busy street…

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Why Dogs Eat Grass: How To Train Them To Stop

Dog in Grass

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…

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Dog Eating Wood: How To Make It Stop

Dog chewing on piece of wood

Dogs chew on wood because they like chewing on things. That’s why you see dogs constantly playing with chew toys, and why chew bones and treats are so popular with dogs. The problem with wood is that it’s not the best thing for your dog. 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? Read on to learn more…

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