What Causes Dogs to be Fearful?

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Fear is unfortunately all too common in dogs and can be traced back to one of two causes. The causes are either a genetic predisposition to fear or fear they have learned in their lives. Fear can be learned in a dogs life by human mistreatment (which includes physical, mental, and social mistreatment) or it can be learned by a traumatic event that has not been dealt with properly by the dog. Physical mistreatment of a dog is when a …
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Why does my dog lick his paw?

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Many dogs lick their paws and they do it for a variety of reasons. Before you start correcting your dog for the constant licking, it is important to figure out the cause. One very common cause of dogs licking their paws is allergies. Allergies can be environmental or caused by their diet. Pay attention and see if the licking corresponds to a certain time of year. That will typically tell us that the reason is an environmental allergy. If the …
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How Do I Stop My Dog From Barking

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This is a question that I receive a call or email about almost daily. The great thing about breaking this habit is that it has an identifiable cause and is easy to correct. We start by figuring out why the dog is barking and then pick an appropriate correction. When correcting dogs you should not need a harsh aggressive correction, a calm soft correction is more than adequate when given consistently and appropriately. Most barking will fall into one of …
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Picking the right dog

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When looking to buy or adopt a dog it is very important to research the breed and evaluate the specific dog that you are looking at. Many times people become focused on a breed because they like the typical qualities of the breed but the specific dog they find might be a little different than the breed standard. The first thing to figure out is what type of dog you want. Not what breed, what type. Do you want a …
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