Behavior

Dogs and kids : When to be careful

« The bite came out of nowhere! » « He was so patient with the baby! »                                             Accidents always happen when least expected. If a parent had any doubts that his child would get bitten by his…
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My dog eats everything!

Your dog eats everything, and anything? First relax, it is normal. This is what dogs do. Dogs are omnivors, and scavengers. Wild dogs walk around all day trying to find something to eat, and they pretty much eat anything that could be edible. This is what your does, most probably when he is bored. What…
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Things to teach your kids when you have pets

Growing up with a pet is a beautiful thing. It is not only fun, it teaches kids fundamental things about life such as empathy. We have blogged before about the benefits of growing up with a pet, and about things that dogs must learn before a baby enters a family  But there are also things…
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Pets and fireworks

Summer festivities often include fireworks for everyone’s pleasure… over here.pets excluded! Very loud and unexpected noises are not a good association with our animals’ acute and sensitive ears. Here are some advises to turn fireworks events into less stressful times for your dog or your cat: Leave your pet home – Even though you think…
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Respecting dogs in need of space

Your dog might be the friendliest dog of them all, but that does not mean that all dogs are eager to meet him. Some dogs just need space, and respecting their “bubble” is the best sign of friendliness there is.  There is nothing “friendly” or “social” about forcing an interaction, is there? Dogs in need…
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Why does my dog keep humping other dogs?

Humping can be funny at first…and then it becomes embarrassing. It can even become dangerous to the “humper”, as some less tolerant dogs can respond very intensely to this behavior not considered 100% socially acceptable in the dog world.   Why do dogs hump other dogs? –       Hormones! A non-neutered dog is more likely to…
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Cats, dogs and storms: do they have a 6th sense? how can you calm them?

Sandy, Frankenstorm or “the big storm” arrival might have turned your usually calm pet into an agitated pet (or your little monster into a big monster)! As if he or she knew that something worrisome was coming… And this has nothing to do with your cat or your dog watching the Weather report with you….
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Which dog breed is right for you according to your personality?

There are a lot of questions we should ask ourselves when it comes to choosing the right dog breed for us. First, we need to clarify our “dream dog”, what kind of behaviors we like and what kind we do not like. Second, we have to question ourselves: What kind of people are we, and…
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Do dogs like hugs?

April 10th was “National Hug Your Dog Day”. This new “holiday” has (and campaign) generated a lot of reactions among dog trainers and lovers. The fact is that dogs generally do not like hugs that much. Hugging and squeezing are displays of affection that primates – like us – crave. Dogs are not “hugging species”…
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Is a group class appropriate for my dog?

We often want to work with our dog and enrol him in a class, when things are starting to not go so well. We begin noticing inappropriate reactions in certain situations, in the presence of strange dogs, perhaps, and we want to learn in a group class the proper ways to handle these situations. We…
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