June 17, 2019Dogs have personal space, too. Just as you and I wouldn't rub noses when we meet each other for the first time, we shouldn't do that with dogs, either. Let the dog initiate the contact. If we reach toward them, stare them down or lean over them, dogs may see that as a threat.
May 29, 2019There is an assortment of commercial products that promise to deter dogs. They can get expensive, as you'll likely have to apply and reapply the product many times. They also aren't foolproof, but it might be worth a try as they'll probably cut down on some of the problem.
April 17, 2019Dogs are famously loyal and protective. That applies not only to the dog’s owner, but to any children in the family as well. However, it’s essential that both sides observe a few clear rules in order to maintain a healthy relationship.
First, small children and pet dogs should never be left alone with each other no matter how...
January 28, 2019In an effort to help dog lovers and pets everywhere, we take a look at the issues presented by Whiskey, a sweet girl with a few behaviour challenges, and get advice from a trainer on helping her learn better manners.
September 1, 2018A new study – Timmy’s In The Well: Empathy And Prosocial Helping In Dogs – takes what’s known about canine empathy another step; it suggests that not only will dogs try to help someone in distress, they will overcome obstacles to do so.
July 23, 2018Columnist Ellen Whyte first met Kira the Retriever, her mum’s neighbour, seven years ago. She was just a pup back then. On a recent holiday to visit her mum in Spain, Ellen wondered if Kira would remember her.
November 30, 2016We are routinely told that animals are different than us. Because of this, it can be difficult for some people to understand that pets share many of our needs.
A common misconception is that animals are happy with basics like food and water, and for the rest are like children who must be controlled. This kind of thinking leads to...