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In my last article, I discussed how fearfulness in dogs can be caused by genetics, mistreatment, trauma, poor socialization, medical issues, or immersion into traumatic situations. Now, let's discuss the importance of (and ways to) manage your fearful dog, including:
There have been a number of reports lately in and around Denver, Colorado, about coyote attacks. Most notable are some recent attacks on children in Broomfield, and several attacks over the past few years on dogs and people in Greenwood Village. All along the Front Range, there have been reports of close calls with coyotes in back yards and open space walking trails.
The fourth of July is only a few days away, and Denver will be filled with celebration and fireworks. Not only will there be many major fireworks displays, but the streets of nearly every neighborhood will be filled with the sounds of firecrackers and roman candles. However humans tend to enjoy the ear-piercing shrieks and thunderous booms produced by fireworks more than dogs do.
Spring is almost over in Colorado, and summer is just around the corner. As temperatures rise, it is more important than ever to think of your dog's safety when considering leaving him alone in your car.
With kids finishing school and Memorial Day around the corner, many Americans are looking forward to summer vacation and a little traveling. They also are wondering how best to provide for their dogs while they are gone. Many of us would love to take our dogs along. But when traveling extensively, particularly if it involves air travel, bringing Rover may not be feasible or desirable.
Eliminating indoors and territorial marking in the home are two of the most common reasons dogs end up being relinquished to shelters. This article provides some simple steps for dealing with both of these behavior issues.
Children have little inhibition around strange dogs and often will charge right in for the hug. While a well socialized dog may tolerate such an approach, a more shy dog may move behind its owner, try to run or even bite.
Whether the dog is well socialized or not, children should be taught how to approach a dog, and owners should understand how to handle the inevitable approach of children.
In this five part series, I am discussing some well-intentioned but serious mistakes dog owners commonly make that actually cause behavior problems in their pets. I'm also suggesting some tips that will improve your dog's confidence, obedience and overall wellbeing.
This article covers:
NOTE: This article is intended for otherwise well-socialized animals. If your dog seems non-playfully aggressive toward the cat, or if the cat seems predatory toward your smaller dog, you should seek out specialized advice. If you're in the Denver Metro area, please contact FetchMasters for assistance.