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Dogs in the Andaman Islands

This past November I had the pleasure to go to the Andaman Islands which are a group of islands off the coast of southern India. Going to the Andamans is kind of like taking a journey back in a time machine. The islands are mostly uninhabited and many of those that do have people on them are almost primitive. I spent about 3 days on Havelock Island and watched how the dogs lived on the island. Most groups of dogs that I saw seemed to be families living together. Studies over the last few years suggest that the idea of a pack of dogs is really just a “family” of dogs.There appeared to be two different groups of dogs here—one...

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Not the Best Way to Introduce Dogs!

I took this picture recently in Amsterdam at a local organic market. Lots of dogs about. Look at how these dogs are being introduced. The dogs are being loaded up by their owners as they hold them tight onto the leash and by the collar. This could have been a recipe for disaster.The dog on the left is definitely a bit more “forward”. Look at that stare! His owner is holding that collar with only one finger! The dog on the right is doing a “look away”,showing reversed body pressure and basically saying “no problem pal, I’m cool!, just chill”. Polite Dog Greeting It is always better to give dogs more slack in the leash and let them by-pass the face...

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One of the Weirdest Appointments I have Ever Experienced!

Last week I went to a lesson for a male bulldog named Patton. Sarah and Jack had bought Patton when he was 8 weeks old and had him neutered at around 9 months of age.  When I got to the house, Sarah and Jack explained to me that Patton had a very peculiar behavior that he would do throughout the day, especially when Jack (who was a police officer) was at work. They said that they had called me to to fix a very disgusting behavior, as it was very upsetting to Sarah. Are you ready for this???? Patton would sit facing Sarah and he would get an erection as he stared at her.  Sarah explained that often he would...

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Dog Gone Smart’s Advanced Technologies Keep Pets Clean and Odor Free

Pets can be a one of the biggest contributors to smell, dirt and allergens in the home. When it comes to odor, the biggest contributor is the oil in the animal’s coat or fur that gets on fabrics and then bacteria attacks it. Another disgusting but true fact is that dogs will also release their anal glands on rugs and furniture as a way of marking or when they have irritation. Of course, an indoor cat that eliminates inside the cat litter pan will not only create odor, but may also track the litter through the house upon exiting the pan. If not cleaned up properly, pet mistakes will leave an odor of urine and feces in carpets, tile floors...

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Using Wee Wee Pads Can Increase the Chances of Your Dog Eating Its Own Fece

Dog using Wee Wee pad inside house Dogs have a den instinct and will usually not poop in their den. When a female dog has a litter of pups, the mother will usually lick the puppies’ anuses and eat the puppies’ poops in an effort to keep the den area and puppies clean. While this is normal during the whelping period, the female will generally not continue this practice after the puppies are weaned and can move about. Coprophagia (the name given to the act of a dog eating its poop) is unfortunately very common among canines and it is quite natural. There are many theories as to why dogs do this ranging from poor health issues, to starvation, to it...

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