Michael Mattes

Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Chewing On Himself

Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Chewing On Himself

  It’s perfectly natural and normal for dogs to occasionally chew on their legs, feet, ears, and tails. This behavior is no different than when you scratch an itch — it provides relief. However, if you notice that your dog is constantly chewing herself, it may indicate a deeper problem — particularly if the chewed […]

Dogs Crying: What Does It Mean

Dogs Crying: What Does It Mean

    At some point you may have looked down at your dog and noticed watery eyes. It’s easy to assume that the dog is crying, but those tears are actually caused by something other than emotions. We know that dogs can sense our emotions, and we know they are capable of grief, but can […]

Puppies Growing Up in Nature and in Our Home

Puppies Growing Up in Nature and in Our Home

There’s an old saying, “Like father, like son” — and, I suppose, “Like mother, like daughter.” This seems to imply that everyone is born to be the way they’re going to be and they’re going to be that way because of genetics. But how does a son really become like a father, or a daughter […]

10 Of The Smartest Dog Breeds

10 Of The Smartest Dog Breeds

Pack Leaders always want to believe that their dog is the smartest on the block, and while this may be true, a smart dog can come in many forms. Of course, a smart dog is just potential without a human willing to put in the time and effort to train and channel the dog’s intelligence. […]

State Of Weight: Where Are The Heaviest Dogs?

State Of Weight: Where Are The Heaviest Dogs?

In humans, obesity can lead to all kinds of problems, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and joint problems, among other issues — but did you know that obesity in dogs can be just as dangerous? It can also increase your veterinary bills by as much as 25%. And, as with humans, canine obesity is […]

What Your Dog Knows About You

What Your Dog Knows About You

Do you ever feel like your dog really knows you — perhaps even better than some of your human family members? You may be surprised by how right you are. In some ways, dogs have an advantage over humans in this regard. Humans can be misled by what we say, which sometimes doesn’t reflect what’s […]

How To Cope With Putting Your Dog To Sleep

How To Cope With Putting Your Dog To Sleep

  Having to say good-bye is something every dog lover faces eventually. It’s the most difficult part of having a dog. It would be nice if they could be with us for decades, but sadly this is not the case. In order to make it through the process of having your dog put to sleep, […]

Is Your Dog Addicted To You?

Is Your Dog Addicted To You?

Like dogs, humans can experience separation anxiety, although usually for rational reasons. People generally don’t feel anxiety because their spouse went to work or their kid went to school. But it’s normal to feel it if your spouse works as a firefighter, or it’s your kid’s first day at a new school; worse if your […]

Why Do Dogs Imitate Their Owners And Other Dogs?

Why Do Dogs Imitate Their Owners And Other Dogs?

Pretty much every Pack Leader has opened a door with their hand and then watched as their dog reached out her paw and attempted to do the same. Likewise, you’ve probably seen your dog watching other dogs, then jump in and engage in the same behavior. Dogs, just like humans, are natural imitators. But why? […]

What Your Dog Wants For The Holidays

What Your Dog Wants For The Holidays

Here we are again — the end of the year and beginning of the holiday season. For my American fans, I hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving with good food, surrounded by friends and family. For everyone else, it’s time to count down to the finale of 2017 and get ready to celebrate. And by […]

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