692 Article Results For behavior

Stop Aggressive Behavior in...

You need to be the top dog in the relationship with your Dachshund to stop bad behavior.

Unruly Behaviors in Dogs

Jumping is used to describe when a dog is standing on its rear legs with its front paws on a...

Chronic pain and adverse...

Mordecai had been getting fouler tempered over the years. It had become a family joke to quip that...

Can raw, meaty bones deliver better teeth AND better behavior?...

Some of you may know that I’ve undergone something of a conversion on the subject of raw in recent years. It’s not that I feed the BARF-style diet you may have heard about (ad nauseum in some cases). I still feed mostly home-cooked with some high-quality commercial supplementation. But I no longer fear the raw—nor the raw meaty...

Aggressive Behavior in Dogs

There is enormous variation in aggressiveness or assertiveness among dogs. Nevertheless, it is a common issue. Learn more about aggressive behavior in dogs here.

Ringing in the new year with a howl: On vocalizing behavior in pets

We rang in the new year in South Florida style: A round of stone crabs and a home-made dinner, a group howl with the dogs at my parent's house (you should try this cathartic trick sometime), then some Perrier-Jouet at the Biltmore, a close-up fireworks display and, unexpectedly, a party-crashing escapade courtesy of my sister’s...

Does the veterinary profession have a behavior problem?

In a recent editorial in Veterinary Medicine magazine, a California veterinarian named Dr. Robert Miller had a thing or two to say about the red-headed stepchild of the veterinary profession that is “behavior medicine.”

Ban the Behavior, Not the Breed

Living in Colorado is great, but unfortunately, the combination of my proximity to Denver and my profession leaves me having to answer questions about that city’s asinine "pit bull" breed ban.

Dog Manners: How to Manage Your Dog’s Guest Greeting Behavior

Teach your dog to greet houseguests properly with consistency, patience and these expert-approved tips.

Destructive Behavior in Cats

It is normal for cats to scratch things. They do this to sharpen their claws and exercise their feet. It is also normal for cats to spend a lot of time licking themselves, since this is how they clean themselves. When cats scratch or lick the wrong things and do not respond to discouragement, they are diagnosed as having a...

Cesar 911: New National Geographic Series Offers Strategies to...

Recently we had the opportunity to interview Cesar Millan about his new National Geographic WILD show, Cesar 911, which specifically looks at the real-life problems of dogs that have caused neighborhood stress.

Top Ten Pet Behavior Myths All Veterinarians Should Know

Yesterday I was researching client resources for animal behavior when I ran across this great myth-busting article, written for veterinarians by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Valerie Tynes back in 2008: 10 life-threatening behavior myths. It’s so good I wonder how I ever missed it.

Pica: The funny little word for a potentially serious pet behavior...

I was sitting around the house this past weekend, fretting miserably over my next blog post's topic-lessness, when Slumdog, my genetically challenged pug mix, came prancing in from the back yard with a half-eaten cardboard box in his mouth. Twenty-four hours later would prove it: Slumdog had actually eaten the other half of the...

Destructive Behavior in Dogs

When a dog chews on the wrong things or digs in the wrong place but does not have any other symptoms, this is considered a primary destructive behavior. Dogs that have other symptoms like anxiety, fear, or aggression in combination with their destructive behavior.