Shanghai has adopted a “one dog” policy. It’s not hard to imagine that in a crowded city of over 23 million people problems between dogs and humans are bound to occur. In 2011 there were over 14,000 reported incidents of people being bitten by dogs. Even many dog lovers wonder why people living in densely-packed urban areas insist on keeping a dog in the household.
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New Study on Dog Walking Behaviors
Mendel University, located in Brno, Czech Republic, recently completed a study of almost 2,000 dogs interacting with other dogs during their walks. The observers noted the size, age, and gender of the dog as well as the gender of the owner and whether the dog was on or off leash during the walk. They discovered one of the most telling variables was the gender of the walker. Dogs who were walked by males showed aggressive behavior toward other dogs (such as biting or threatening) four times as much as other dogs. Additionally dogs who were walked off leash were half as likely to be aggressive as dogs who were on leash. Read more >>
Puppies and dogs naturally jump up on people when they say hello. Why? Because we’re taller than they are! When dogs meet, they sniff each other’s faces. They like to do the same thing when greeting us, so it’s perfectly natural for dogs to jump up on us to try to reach our faces and get our attention. Read more >>
Learn to listen to your dog. If your dog appears to be uncomfortable meeting another dog, animal or person, don’t insist that he say hello. He’s telling you that he isn’t comfortable for a reason, and you should respect that. Forcing the issue can often result in bigger problems down the line. Read more >>
Yikes, how ridiculous is this? Some people can’t tell the difference between their pets and human children!
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If you’ve obedience trained your dog, you have a pooch who is a good listener and a savvy learner. But some dog problems and behaviors cannot be solved with the basic commands such as “Sit!” and “Come!” And a dog who follows every command during a training session can still have behavioral problems. Read more >>
Holiday fireworks and other fanfare are often frightful experiences for dogs. The loud noises can hurt their sensitive ears. Read more >>