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Discovering Why Dogs Keep Their Mouths Open When Playing

Many dogs keep their mouths open when playing and dog owners may wonder all about this doggy facial expression and what it denotes. In order to better understand this particular behavior, it helps taking a closer look into how dogs communicate with each other and the underlying function of the behavior.

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Should I Let My Dog Go Through the Door First?

Whether you should let your dog through the door first boils down to personal preference. You may have heard that allowing dogs to go out of doors first is bad because by doing so we are allowing dogs to be "alphas over us," but the whole alpha and dominance myth is something that has been debunked by professionals.

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Why Do Dogs Eat Tissues?

Dogs eat tissues for the simple fact that they are rather indiscriminate eaters and will gulp down things like there's no tomorrow. This is the short answer. The longer answer takes a look at a dog's health, behavior and sense of taste. Veterinarian Dr. Ivana shares reasons dogs eat tissue and what can be done about this behavior.

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Discovering The Real Reason Why Dogs Wag Their Tails

Dogs wag their tails because they use their tails to communicate. This is the most simple and short explanation. The longer explanation entails ultimately understanding how dog tails work and how dogs use their tails to send olfactory information for other dogs to pick up. Understanding the scientific reason why dogs wag their tails is fascinating to discover so let's delve deeper into the real function of tail wagging.

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Ask the Vet: Behaviors of Intact Female Dogs

The behaviors of intact female dogs are for the most part hormone-induced. In other words, when an intact female dog is spayed, a portion of these behaviors should decrease due to the reduction of hormones. Veterinarian Dr. Ivana shares a variety of behaviors of intact female dogs.

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Why Do Dogs Mark Territory With Pee?

When dogs mark territory with pee, the behavior may appear quite odd from our humanoid perspective, while from a dog's point of view, it's a totally normal behavior. For us humans pee is just waste that is quickly flushed down the toilet, while dogs find pee fascinating. Veterinarian Dr. Ivana Crnec shares what's behind the practice of dogs marking territory with pee.

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The German Shepherd Teenager Phase

The German shepherd teenager phase can sweep through like a tornado, finding you puzzled and unprepared. Not surprisingly, this is the phase that most dog owners struggle with. Right when your German shepherd puppy got potty trained and was starting to be responsive to you, comes the teenager phases with its turbulent heap of challenges.

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Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing Tug-of-War?

Many dogs growl when playing tug of war and dog owners may be concerned about this behavior. Is growling during a game of tug-of-war a sign of the dog becoming aggressive? Every dog is different and there is growling and growling in the dog world. It's therefore important considering the dog's accompanying body language and the context in which the growling occurs.

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Veterinarian Shares How to Stop a Puppy from Peeing When Excited

Many puppies pee when excited and this behavior can get rather annoying after some time. Will you always be stuck carrying a paper towel to clean up messes when you greet your puppy? Discover more about the dynamics behind excitement urination in puppies and what you can do about it.

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Ask the Vet: Behaviors of Intact Male Dogs

The behaviors of intact male dogs is something all dog owners should be aware of when considering not neutering their male dogs or postponing the procedure. Knowledge is power and therefore being aware of these behaviors can help you better understand your dog and what to expect once your puppy reaches maturity.

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Ask the Vet: Why Do Dogs Eat Their Own Vomit?

When dogs eat their own vomit, dog owners are often disgusted by this behavior and can't come to terms with the fact that their best friend engages in such a repulsive behavior. To make matters worse, sometimes dogs seem even eager to eat their vomit or even the vomit of other dogs and cats sharing the household. What's up with these dogs?

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Why Does My Dog Mount Guests (and How to Stop it)

If your dog mounts guests, you are likely very embarrassed by this behavior and don't know what to do about it. The behavior seems to start from nowhere, one moment your dog is sniffing the guest, the next, he's humping his leg. One important thing to consider is that dogs may mount for several reasons and it's not fair to lump it into one universal category. There is mounting and mounting in dogs. Fortunately, there are several ways you can stop your dog from mounting guests.

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Why Does My Dog Not Eat Treats?

A dog not eating treats may feel disappointing for dog owners eager to start training their dogs. Their high hopes of their dogs learning new obedience behaviors and cool tricks therefore goes down the drain as they feel helpless as they're not sure what they can do to go over this hurdle. Why does your dog not eat treats as many other dogs do? There are various possibilities.

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Why Does My Puppy Keep Biting My Older Dog?

A puppy biting your older dog can be a problem, considering that older dogs may be reluctant to interact with young, boisterous puppies who all they want to do all day is play. It's not surprising therefore for older dogs to try to keep distance or go to places where puppies can't get to.

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Why Does My Dog Bark at Children?

If your dog barks at children, rest assured, you are not alone. Many dogs bark at children, but there is barking and barking in the dog world, so it's important to address this issue rather than assuming it's just a phase that your dog will get over with time or that it's a rather innocent behavior considering that all dogs bark to some extent.

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Why Does My Dog Bark When I Go Upstairs?

If your dog barks when you go upstairs, most likely there's something that your dog has associated with you going to the upper floor that he doesn't like. To better understand the behavior, it helps to put yourself a bit in your dog's mind and view the world from a dog's perspective. Let's discover what may be going on!

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Why Do Dogs Escape Their Yards?

Many dogs escape their yards leaving dog owners wondering what they can do to keep their best friends enclosed where they should belong. Whether you have un-fenced acreage or a gap in a gate enclosing your small yard, one thing is for sure: some dogs seem to really think that the grass must be greener on the other side of the fence.

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Why Do Dogs Bark When Playing?

Many dogs bark when playing and dog owners may often wonder what triggers this behavior. Why do dogs have to"talk so much" when they are having fun? What are they trying to say? And most of all, where's that "off button"? How can we reduce a dog's barking behavior when playing?

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Ask a Dog Trainer: Why Do Dogs Sigh?

Dogs sigh for similar reasons humans sigh, but there is sighing and sighing and some forms of sighing in dogs may warrant veterinary attention. Discover why dogs sigh and when you should play it safe and have your dog see the vet.

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Why Do Dogs Guard Food From Cats?

Many dogs guard food from cats and will do whatever it takes to send any inquisitive felines away from their chow, but why do they that? Why can't cats and dogs peacefully coabitate without going through disagreements? Turns out, dogs will be dogs and cats will be cats, however, we can take some steps to decrease the risks for scuffles and try our best to keep everyone safe.

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Why Does My Dog Hate Being Held?

If your dog's doesn't want to be held, it's important to listen to what your dog is trying to tell you: "I am not comfortable with this type of interaction, so please don't do that!" Your dog may communicate his dislike for being held up in your arms in a variety of ways, the most common being growling, barking or even baring his teeth and biting.

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Why Do Dogs Act Scared of Their Water Bowl?

Some dogs act scared of their water bowls, and the behavior often leaves dog owners baffled. What's wrong with the dog's water bowl? And why do dogs act scared as if their water bowl is their biggest enemy? Last time we checked, water bowls didn't bite, so what's up with these dogs? Discover what may be going on.

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Why Do Dogs Pee on Beds?

Dogs pee on beds for their own good reasons. To better understand the behavior, it helps to put on your investigative hat and sort through several underlying causes so to go the root of the behavior and address it accordingly. Despite what you may think, dogs do not pee on beds on spite because of anger or to seek revenge.

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Why Do Dogs Poop After Coming Inside?

Many dogs poop after coming inside just after spending time in the yard and this behavior often frustrates many dog owners. What gives? What causes dogs to behave this way? And most of all, what can be done about it?

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Why Do Dogs Flip Their Food Bowl Over?

It seems like dogs flip their food bowl over and over for the main purpose of irritating us, but dogs don't really think in terms of purposely making us angry. Rather than acting out of spite, dogs instead act out of instincts. So don't get angry with Rover, he likely has his own good reasons for pushing his food bowl around and over.

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Why Do Dogs Get Scared in Cars?

Many dogs get scared in cars and this can make traveling for both dogs and owners quite a miserable event. Affected dogs pace back and forth, pant, whine or bark for the entire duration of the car ride. Truth is, car rides can't be avoided for a lifetime, there is always a time when your dog must be taken somewhere. What can you do to help your furry friend?

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Why Do Dogs Bark When Excited?

Dogs bark when excited just as children shriek or squeal when they're enthusiastic about something. Since dogs don't have the words to communicate their emotions, they must rely on their vocalizations as a way to express themselves. In order to better understand the behavior, it helps to take a closer insight into what stimuli and situations make dogs excited and how they impact them.

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Why Do Dogs Destroy Things When You're Not Around?

Dogs destroy things when you're not around most likely for two main reasons: negative associations and anxiety. No, despite what you may think, Rover doesn't chew on your favorite rug out of spite or because he seeks revenge for not taking him along for the car ride. Forget about that guilty look on his face being undeniable proof of his wrongdoing, truth is, he's just reacting to your emotions.

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Why Do Dogs Stretch?

Many dogs stretch during the day and observant dog owners may wonder all about this behavior. What's the purpose of such stretching? And why does it sometimes seem to happen in specific circumstances? In order to better understand a dog's stretching behavior, it helps to gain a closer insight into what happens exactly when dogs stretch and how it impacts them physically and emotionally.

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Why Do Dogs Become Reactive?

Dogs become reactive because of genetics or the influence of the environment in which they are raised, but most experts agree that it's a combination of the two. In order to better understand the making of a reactive dog, it therefore helps gaining a closer insight into how the dog's brain works and the impact of nature and nurture. Let's discover how nature and nurture intertwine.

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Why Do Dogs Hump the Air? 6 Possible Causes and Solutions

Dogs hump the air often at the most inappropriate times, such as when grandma visits or when visiting the dog park during peak hours when lots of dogs and people are around, but what causes this peculiar behavior? Sure, it looks somewhat "dirty" often leading to embarrassment or funny remarks, but not always air humping is what it looks like. There can be behavior and medical etiologies (causes) to air humping behavior in dogs.

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Why Do Dogs Do Hand Stands While Peeing?

Dogs do hand stands while peeing for a possibly reason: they are likely trying to appear bigger than they are. A new study has revealed that small dogs are the more likely ones to engage in this "deceptive" behavior. To better understand this curious behavior, it helps taking a closer look into what pee means in the dog world and how dogs perceive other dogs from just examining a little trickle of urine.

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Why Do Dogs Steal Food Off the Counter?

Dogs steal food off the counter for a simple reason: nobody seems to care about it when it's left on a counter and it's readily available, so why let it go wasted? After all, who can blame them: dogs are blessed with a philosophy of life that aims on focusing on the present, appreciating the value of every moment in life without worrying about tomorrow. No, it's not like Rover is part of the Dead Poets' Society, it's just that dogs tend to be this way, courtesy of their evolutionary past.

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Why Do Dogs Howl When Left Alone?

Dogs howl when left alone for the simple fact that being left behind is something that many dogs dread. It doesn't matter if you are just leaving for a handful of minutes or for several hours: from the howling dog's perspective, you forgot to bring him along and his mournful crying is his way of hoping you come back. It's as if your dog was saying something along the lines of: "Where are you? Come back! Your forgot about me! When will you come back?"

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Why Do Dogs Protect Pregnant Owners?

Dogs protect human owners because, as sensitive beings, they are capable of detecting even the most subtle changes taking place in their owner's bodies. Of course, not all dogs act protective of expecting mothers: it just seems like it takes a certain personality for the dog to display protectiveness.

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Why Does My Dog Jump Up and Bite Me On Walks?

Help, my dog jumps and bites me on walks, what can I do?" said the dog owner in a pleading, desperate voice. If your dog engages in this behavior, rest assured you are not alone. Countless dogs jump and bite when out and about on walks, and many times these are young dogs with lots of energy and who are easily excitable.

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Why Do Dogs Chase Shadows?

Dogs chase shadows often out of boredom, just for fun, attention, or even as an obsession. Regardless of the underlying reason, one thing is for sure: it's not a behavior you want to encourage-and by encouraging this includes looking at your dog, talking to your dog, laughing or doing anything that your dog perceives as attention, even if it's attention of the negative type.

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Why Do Dogs Jump on People?

Dogs jump on people for one simple reason: they are trying to say hello. Too bad though that when puppies jump, people are all "awww" and "ahhh" because of how cute puppies are, but 80 pounds later, they are no longer considered cute. After all, we can't blame people for not being very fond of our dog's jumping behavior; who wants to have their stockings ruined or getting all those muddy paw prints on their pants?