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Understanding dog behaviour

Why do dogs pant? And when is it cause for concern?

Temperatures are on the rise, which only means one thing for our furry friends – more panting. Panting is perfectly normal dog behaviour, but why do dogs pant and when is it abnormal?

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How to train a dog not to jump up on people

How to train a dog not to jump up at people is a valuable lesson for you and your dog to learn.

Jumping is a common behaviour in dogs, but can be one of the most difficult to correct. Dogs will often jump to greet their human friends. But all that over-excited, in-your-face leaping is poor doggy etiquette.

Even the most devoted and patient dog lovers can get frustrated by a pooch with bad manners. So it’s important to address the behaviour quickly before it becomes an ingrained habit.

But in most cases, we humans are to blame. We often accidentally encourage the behaviour. Which means you need to change YOUR behaviour and the behaviour of others first.

Here are a few simple tips to help you keep those four paws on the ground and teach you how to train your dog not to jump up

 

how to teach your dog not to jump up
Pug jumping up

 

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Why do dogs chase their tails?

Ever wondered why do dogs chase their tails ?

Dogs are a constant source of amusement. There are few things goofier and more adorable than when our dogs spin around in pursuit of their own tail.

But why do they do it? Although tail chasing is often in good fun, there are many possible reasons why your dog might chase their tail, and it’s not always a laughing matter.

Here are a few reasons why dogs chase their tails.

puppy dog chasing its own tail
Border Collie puppy dog chasing its own tail

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Dog body language – what tail positions mean

Let’s look at how to understand dog body language, focusing on what tail positions mean.

We all understand the principles of human body language. If a person crosses their arms, they are being defensive. If they look down and avoid eye contact they are either shy, upset or feeling guilty. It isn’t always easy reading a person’s body language, but the good news is that you can learn to read dog body language simply by observing the position of his tail.

dog body language

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Do dogs understand words ? And how many can they learn ?

Dogs do respond to what we say. So, on that basis, it is safe to assume that dogs do understand words that humans use. However, it is not as simple as that, because they additionally rely on their other senses to understand what we want them to do. There are also more comlex issues around body language, tone of voice and repetative actions that make us believe they are listening to our every word.

 

dog listening

 

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Are dogs mind readers ?

People often think that dogs are mind readers. Have you ever had the feeling that your dog knows exactly what you are thinking? If you have, you are not alone.

can dogs read minds

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