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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 Does My Female Dog Hump My Male Dog?

Why do dogs hump on the beach?

Friends, dog lovers, it’s time we had the talk about a…sensitive topic. It may be a bit uncomfortable, but let’s try to be mature about it, shall we? Let’s talk about humping and why our furry friends do the bump n’ grind on other dogs, our legs, their beds and the occasional throw pillow…

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7 Tips For Caring For Your Elderly Dogs

Emmie and Elderly Dogs

As a 27-year-old mother of two seniors, I have slowly begun to accept the unavoidable truth that my babies are all grown up. When we first switched our boys to senior dog food, I was emotional (well, I cried) and as a social worker my first instinct was, Pet stores really should have support staff on hand for this kind of thing! I know I’m not the only one who has underestimated how emotional this transition would be…

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How To Stop Your Dog From Whining

Dog whining on the street

If dogs could talk, oh the tales they would tell. Truth is, dogs do communicate in many ways, and one of the more vocal ways they communicate, both with humans and other animals, is through whining. Dogs whine sometimes when they want attention, when they’re excited or anxious, or when they want to please you. In this article, we’ll discuss why dogs whine and how to stop a dog from whining…

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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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Dog Obedience Tips: Patience Is Key

Girl with Dog Jumping

One of the most frustrating aspects of bringing a new dog home is teaching obedience. Obedience training can include a wide variety of skills, however, the most commonly taught obedience skills include: housebreaking, no biting, sit, stay, down, come, wait, off, no, heel, leave it, place and release. While the variety of commands you may desire to teach your individual dog may differ the commands above will ensure a well behaved dog who understands basic commands and what is expected from them. Use the dog obedience tips in this article to get your relationship with your pup off on the right paw…

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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Doig with Dirty Mouth

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?…

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Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby

Dog and Baby

Many couples begin their family together with a dog and while this dog is their first child they often become concerned when they decide to add a human child to their family. Understanding how to introduce your dog to the newest member of the family is key…

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How Can a Psychiatric Service Dog Help?

Psychiatric Service Dog

Throughout the years humans have relied upon dogs for many service aspects of life but more recently dogs have become a significant part of a unique area of the medical field. Not only are dogs playing a role in the lives of those with physical impairments, but now they are also playing a role in the lives of those with psychiatric impairments as well…

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Aggressive Dog Training Tips: Help Your Dog Be Happy

Aggressive Dog

Most of the time, when you see an aggressive dog it wasn’t born that way. Owners of dogs just may not fully understand how to train their dog. This lack of training often leads to aggressive behavior in dogs because they are responding to situations using their instincts, and not proper training since they have never been taught differently…

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