Innocuous Behaviors

All About Dogs

Weird Things Dogs Do

You’re just drifting off to sleep after a hard day at the office, when all of a sudden — WOOF! What the–? Probably just somebody walking by outside that caught your dog’s attention. You close your eyes again and — WOOF-WOOF-WOOF! Now a little concerned, you grab the nearest “weapon” — a plunger — and tiptoe down the stairs. Your dog is nowhere to be seen. Strange… You continue your intruder check, but as you pass by your dog’s bed, you notice that she’s sleeping soundly. Okay, what the heck is going on here? Then, as you’re standing there, it

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A dog whines because he is hurt
All About Dogs

Why Is My Dog Whining?

If you have or have ever had a dog, then you’ve probably heard it whine at one time or another. Whining is another form of communication that dogs use, but since a dog’s primary form of communication is through energy and body language, the progression to whining indicates a higher level of excitement and need on the part of the dog. Dogs whine to communicate their physical, mental, or emotional state, and not all whines are created equal. Here are the main categories, and what your dog may be trying to tell you. Reasons Why Dog’s Whine Physical Need If

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A dog hears a sound that scares him
All About Dogs

Scared Of Sounds Inaudible To Humans

Do You Have Issues With Your Dog When it Comes to Sounds We Humans Cannot Hear? Below you will find a letter from one of our fans and my answer in how to deal with this issue. _____ Hi there, My dilemma is my nine-year-old Border/Queensland mix Scarlet has trouble with noises.I do my best to redirect and distract. It seems to do her some good to put on the leash and ‘work her’ while she is troubled. This is something that I am still working on, providing that I can hear what she hears. Sometime there are ‘noises’ that I can’t hear

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All About Dogs

Pride And Predator: Do Dogs Feel Proud Of Themselves?

Previously, we’ve looked at whether dogs can feel emotions like guilt or jealousy with mixed results. Many researchers do not believe that dogs actually feel guilt, but instead express anticipation over punishment under certain circumstances — for example, if the accident they had in the kitchen is visible when their human comes home. On the other hand, at least one study showed that dogs can behave in a jealous manner, at least when they think their human is paying too much attention to another dog — although, again, it isn’t clear whether they’re experiencing the emotion or we are just

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Dog Behavior

Do Dogs Feel Guilty?

Many Pack Leaders have experienced something like this before: They arrive home to discover a huge mess. Somehow, their beloved pooch got out of his crate and tore into the furniture. Again. The fluffy innards of your comfy chair cover the floor and the couch. Some of it is even stuck to the curtains. And where’s the culprit? You find him hiding in your closet. Looking down. Avoiding your gaze. Clearly he knows that he’s been bad and feels guilty about it… so you soften. Instead of scolding him as you’ve done previously, you just sigh and grab his leash

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a dog lays down to rest
Dog Behavior

6 Things You Do That Your Dog Hates

If you have a dog as a family member, it’s likely there are behaviors he engages in that drive you up a wall. Maybe he always covers you with love—and his fur!—right after you get dressed in your best, or he always paws at the door to be let out at five in the morning. But it’s just as likely that you engage in behaviors that drive your dog nuts! Let’s look at it from your pup’s perspective and explore the things you do that your dog hates. Top Things Humans do that Dogs Dislike Shouting Commands at Me Over

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woman sits along the water with her dog
All About Dogs

What Your Dog Wishes You Knew About Her

Your dog knows you like the back of her paw! For many Pack Leaders, the best part of the human-canine bond is that feeling of connection. You don’t have to tell your dog what you need or what you’re feeling. She just knows. But how much do you really know about her? Does she have the same feeling that you really “get” her? In our modern life, many of us have become disconnected from a lot of the things that are instinctual to our dogs. In fact, that is often the root cause of problem behaviors. If you really know

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All About Dogs

Strange Facts About Canine Instincts

Every dog is born with a number of natural behaviors, things they can do without having to be trained or taught. Certain breeds have incredibly visible canine instincts, such as guarding or herding behavior, or strong natural hunting abilities. These are instincts that have been intentionally bred into these dogs over generations. But while dogs can be bred to encourage particular skills and behaviors, there are also a number of natural instincts that every canine shares. Many of them are so innocuous or understandable that most Pack Leaders don’t even think about them. Some examples include dogs’ inborn ability to

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Dog Behavior

Tracking Or Exploring?

Dogs are natural born hunters. It’s how the pack survives: by tracking and then attacking prey. But just because your dog is sniffing around, it doesn’t mean that she’s on the hunt. Of course, the way to tell the difference is entirely in body language and energy. Do you think you can spot the difference between tracking prey and just exploring territory? Give it a try, then watch below as Cesar shows you how you can tell if your dog has gone into predator mode. Learn more about canine instincts with Cesar’s DVD “The Language of Dogs.”

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Can Your Dog Read Your Mind?

Has this ever happened to you? It’s time to take the dog somewhere she doesn’t like to go, like the vet or groomer; or you’ve decided it’s bath time — but when you look for the dog, she’s nowhere to be found. You haven’t even said the words “vet” or “bath,” and yet your dog somehow seems to know something unpleasant is coming and hides from you. It may seem like psychic ability, and you probably find yourself wondering, “How did the dog know what I was thinking?” As science is learning, though, the answer is because dogs are a

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