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Ask a Dog Trainer: What Does Dopamine Do to Dogs?

Knowing what dopamine does to dogs can help you better understand your dog and how this chemical impacts his life. As you discover how dopamine impacts your dog's life, you will also come to discover how it impact yours. Yes, we are all impacted by this neurotransmitter, and actually as you are reading this you will have a small surge of dopamine release.

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Yes, Dogs Can Be Introverted or Extroverted, Here are the Signs

Whether dogs can be introverted or extroverted is something that has many dog owners wondering about. To gain a better insight, it helps to firstly discover what being an introvert ultimately entails and what happens exactly in the brain of an introvert. With this knowledge in mind, it is then possible to make a more accurate assessment.

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How to Tell if a Dog is Microchipped

To tell if a dog is microchipped you will need to know where the microchip is located and what types of scanners are needed to detect them. Veterinarian Dr. Sara Ochoa shares where the microchip is typically found, whether it can if be felt by dog owners, how it may travel at times and what can be done for complicated cases where the microchip migrates.

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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: Can You Cut a Dog's Whiskers?

Whether you can can cut a dog's whiskers is something that you may be wondering about and it's a great question considering that those whiskers aren't there just for decoration. Whiskers in dogs have various functions and losing them may feel unsettling to dogs.

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Why Do Dogs Hate Flies?

Dogs hate flies for a simple reason: flies are annoying pests and dogs seem to despise them just as much as we do. We can't blame them though, deprived from having hands, dogs are pretty much at the mercy of these buzzing, pesky creatures. These leaves them with only one option: attempting to catch them with the power of their jaws.

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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 Love Cheese?

Many dogs love cheese, there's no bones about it. Whether your dog does back flips for a piece of string cheese or goes bonkers for a slice of Swiss, one thing is for sure: cheese is certainly one of the those treats dogs seem to never grow tired of. Indeed, many dog owners use cheese to hide their dog's pills inside or as a reward for some fancy tricks, but what makes cheese so addicting to dogs? There's a possible scientific explanation for this and it may explain why you may love cheese too.

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Why Do Dogs Have a Long Tongue?

Dogs have a long tongue for the simple fact this body part carries out many interesting functions. Deprived from the gift of hand dexterity and lacking a profuse distribution of sweat glands, dogs depend on their tongues as grooming tools and for the important function of dissipating heat. Dog tongues work as well as wonderful ladles, grasping water as dogs drink.

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Why Do Dogs Hate Kisses?

Dogs hate kisses for the simple fact that kissing is something that dogs don't normally do. Sure, we have all seen the scene of two dogs kissing in a famous Disney movie by slurping on a piece of spaghetti until their lips touched, but real kisses are a whole different story. Actually, to say it bluntly, if we put ourselves into our dog's shoes, dogs seem to have an opposite view of kissing compared to humans.

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Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Rear Ends?

Dogs sniff each other's' rear ends for a very good reason, there is a lot of information hiding under a dog's tail! In order to better understand a dog's "butt sniffing behavior," it helps to take a closer look into what hides under the hood, and what type of information dogs may gather. So let's discover what this behavior is all about!

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Why Do Dogs Like Having Their Ears Rubbed?

Dogs love having their ears rubbed for the simple fact that they enjoy the feeling along with the interaction with their owner. Of course, this is just the short answer. To better understand why dogs love having their ears rubbed we must take a closer look into how dogs think and how their bodies respond to touch.

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Ever Wondered Why Dogs Hear Better Than Humans?

Dogs hear better than humans because their evolutionary past required them to hear well. No, it's not like humans had no use of their ears, if that was the case, we would have stopped growing ears at the sides of our heads a long time ago. It's just that dogs depended on their ears for survival purposes to a different extent than humans.

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Why Do Dogs Not See in Front of Them?

Dogs do not see in front of them for a simple fact: their eyes were crafted for different uses compared to our use as human beings. In order to better understand why your dog fails to see that toy that's located right under his nose, it helps to take a closer "look" into how dogs see and the main functions of their eyes based on their history as hunters.

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Why Do Dogs See Better in the Dark?

Dogs see better in the dark because Mother Nature has gifted dogs with eyes that are purposely crafted with their survival in mind. While most dogs nowadays are fed in shiny bowls and wear fancy collars studded with rhinestones, they still retain several features that were meant to help their ancestors hunt and scavenge with success.

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Why Do Dogs Bring Their Toys to Bed or on the Couch?

Many dogs bring their toys to bed or on the couch and dog owners may scratch their heads wondering why dogs do that. What gives? There are several possible theories as to why dogs do this and some of them may trace back to a dog's past history, way back before dogs were even welcomed into homes and had the luxury of sharing the bed or th couch.