Dog Senses: How Do They Know?

Dog Senses: How Do They Know?

We all know dogs are extremely intelligent. Many dog owners, if not all, claim their pups know things that humans simply don’t. Some even tell stories of their dogs seeing ghosts in the house or having a preemptive feeling that saved someone’s life. We all were wondering how our dogs would react to the solar eclipse this past week. Whether or not your dog showed any sign of the impending eclipse, dogs really can perceive things that we cannot.

 

We rely on the meteorologists …

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Why Some Dogs Are Afraid of Men

Why Some Dogs Are Afraid of Men

Many dogs are afraid of people in general, but men in particular intimidate shy and nervous dogs. Why is that? What is it about men that makes them uneasy? We have the answer…

Masculine Energy vs. Feminine Energy

Imagine you’re in a room full of 50 women. What does it feel like? Most likely, it’s easy and calm and somewhat tranquil. Now imagine that same room is full of 50 men. How did the energy in the room change? Is it more intense? This is the biggest …

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Why Yoga With Your Dog Might Be The Best Thing Ever

Why Yoga With Your Dog Might Be The Best Thing Ever

Well, pup lovers, it’s International Yoga Day! Yoga is one of our favorite activities here at DogPsych for many reasons but today we’re discussing a funner, furrier aspect of America’s favorite zen activity…

Doggie Yoga. Doga. Yoga with Your Best Friend. Whatever you call it, doing yoga with our pups is a new wave on the pet scene these days. Yoga is all the craze (and why wouldn’t it be with all its incredible mental and physical benefits) and for those of us who really love …

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The Practice of Patience

The Practice of Patience

To be calm, confident, and relaxed is a practice. There’s a reason it is called a practice: We must actually do the work. When something triggers us, we must stop and recognize what we are feeling. Then we can make the appropriate decision about how we should respond. Responding in any type of reactive way—anger, frustration, panic­—would be negative. You might get a response based on fear, but it will not be a respectful and trustworthy response.

Dogs respond and listen to calm confident …

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Fear in Dogs

Fear in Dogs

Often dogs who have a bad story, or have dealt with someone with a negative personality, become fearful. In these situations, a great offense is a great defense. Let’s put you in the position of your dog. If you have been conditioned to associate a situation with something negative you will be nervous when it is presented to you. You may have an offensive reaction at just the thought of it.

This type of response is common is dogs and people who …

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Phase Two: Addressing Anger and Anxiety

Phase Two: Addressing Anger and Anxiety

As we’ve talked about previously, positive energy is experienced through dogs as happiness and in humans as standing tall and being a leader. Negative energy, however, can turn even the sweetest owners and pets anxious, fearful, and even angry.

Think about how anger feels in your body. For me, it feels heavy, thick, and terrible. Like being stuck in mud. Maybe it makes your stomach upset, or you start to shake. It’s difficult to make rational decisions. It really just feels bad. …

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Phase One: Respect through Repetition

Phase One: Respect through Repetition

If you have a dog with a sharp temperament, he needs someone to set more limits with him. Soft personalities are more sensitive and engage in direction more easily. You should never be harsh, but you should be firm. Once you decide that you are going to require something or engage in an activity, be sure you follow through. But you must first have a vision of what you want in order for you to know where you are going, and you can’t …

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Becoming a Loving, Benevolent Dictator

Becoming a Loving, Benevolent Dictator

This week, we’re going to kick off our Mind. Body. Spirit. Dog. Summer Series. The goal of this series is to get you looking at and thinking about yourself and your relationship with your dog. What kind of relationship do you currently have? What kind of relationship do you have with yourself? Others? What kind of relationship would you like to have? I know, I know. It seems kind of silly. But, this kind of introspection can really help you with person-to-person relationships as well. …

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Laser Pointer Syndrome in Dogs

Laser Pointer Syndrome in Dogs

Laser pointers may initially seem like a great way to exercise your dog. Unfortunately, they can cause serious problems for their future. We’ve all seen the videos of dogs (and cats) chasing that elusive red dot. You may have even done it with your pup. And while we’re provided a few minutes of entertainment, they meet with an enormous amount of frustration. They can never be successful.

After playing like this, dogs can easily become obsessed over lights, reflections, and even shadows. This type …

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Should My Dog Sleep With Me?

Should My Dog Sleep With Me?

People ask me this question all the time. Or someone nervously confesses that their dog sleeps with them because they think it’s a terrible thing. At Dog Psychology 101 and U.S. Canine, we focus on pack behavior. So, let’s think about this from a pack perspective.

Do dogs sleep together? Of course they do. With that in mind though, there are some dogs that have possessive personality traits. If your dog is growling at you or challenging you over your bed or furniture, …

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