Dog Behavior

Why is your dog barking? Figure out what certain dog behaviors mean.


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Dog Park Etiquette

Learn the basics to make sure the dog park is safe and fun.

Dominant Dogs

Learn what to do if your dog tries to be leader of the pack.

Fearful Dogs

Learn how to help your dog overcome anxiety.

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  • Aggression

    A dog's bark may be worse than his bite, but most of us would rather not find out one way or the other.

  • Barking

    Problems such as escaping and excessive barking can result in neighborhood disputes and violations of animal contro...

  • Caring for Older Dogs

    Older dogs can enjoy a comfortable life into their advanced years. Here's how to help.

  • Destructive Chewing

    Sooner or later every dog lover returns home to find some unexpected damage inflicted by his or her dog...or, more...

  • Digging

    "I dig because I can." It's the motto of dogs everywhere, and completely normal behavior.

  • Dog Behavior Tip Sheets

    Chances are that your dog is one of your most faithful companions. But, from time to time, he may present you with...

  • 13 Dog Park Etiquette Rules

    Here are rules every pet owner should follow when taking their pet to a dog park.

  • Dog Speak: Know What Your Dog is Thinking

    Your dog might not be able to speak, but it can tell you a lot about how it feels through body language.

  • Dominant Dogs

    For some people, the phrase "top dog" isn't just a saying. It actually describes their dog. If you've got a dog who...

  • Eating Strange Objects (Such as Feces)

    If your pet has an appetite for such oddities as socks, rocks, or even feces, chances are you've wondered--and worr...

  • Escaping

    Does your dog's ability to escape from the back yard have you convinced that he's nothing less than a hairy Houdini...

  • Fearful Dogs

    Fear comes in all shapes and sizes, especially for your furry, four-pawed friend. Whether in response to a stranger...

  • Fear of Thunder (and Other Noises)

    While a good "kraack" or "boom" may have been good while Batman was taking down the Joker, such startling sounds ar...

  • Figure Out What Your Dog Is Thinking

    Can you interpret what the dogs shown below are trying to say? These translations are from Bash Dibra, the author o...

  • Separation Anxiety

    Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit behavior problems when they're left alone. Typically, they'll have a dramatic...

  • Submissive and Excitement Urination

    A dog who is threatened and lacks confidence may urinate out of submission. He may also urinate when he's being pun...

  • Urine-Marking Behavior

    Much like the miners during the Gold Rush, dogs and cats are territorial animals. They "stake a claim" to a particu...

  • Your Older Dog

    As he grows older, your dog's needs may change a bit, but he will always need good nutrition, exercise and, most of...


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