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 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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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 including housebreaking, not biting, listening and responding to your commands, and more. While the variety of commands you may desire to teach may differ, teaching obedience will ensure a well-behaved dog who understands basic commands and what is expected from it. Using these dog obedience tips will help get your relationship with your pup off on the right paw…

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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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Do Dogs Dream?

Dog sleeping on carpet

Our dogs are so cute when they are asleep. Sometimes, my dog, Sally, will start twitching or whimpering in her sleep. I always say, “She must be dreaming about chasing squirrels,” but is she really? Do dogs have dreams and if so, what do dogs dream about? Read on to learn more about what might be going on inside their head and how to tell if your doggy is dreaming when it dozes off…

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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 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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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 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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