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Life with Dogs

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August 20, 2019

Most of the 83 million dogs owned in the United States are peaceful, friendly animals that are viewed as loving, non-threatening family members. However, just like many common household implements, such as knives and scissors, which are usually safely used, but sometim...

May 21, 2019


"They fight like dogs and cats!" is a statement which expresses the universal belief that there is something about cats which brings out aggressive behavior in dogs. The problem is that nobody knows what that "something" is.

Of course, there is one situation...

May 14, 2019


Should we be prescribing dogs instead of Prozac or Valium to treat stress in children?

The school bus dropped my granddaughter off at my  home. From the way that she clomped up the stairs, with her head hung low I knew that she had had a bad day at school. Childr...

May 4, 2019

I remember listening to a lecture delivered by a clinical psychologist about how to cure a person's fear of dogs (technically called cynophobia). During the question period that followed, a person from the audience asked, "Isn't the problem complicated by the reactions...

February 14, 2019

Humans obviously teach other humans the vocal sounds that we call words. Dogs also use a broad range of sounds to communicate. Some of these canine sounds are inborn and seem to be universal across all dogs, regardless of their breed or geographic location, however som...

February 8, 2019

It is hard to love a dog who has bitten you, or your child, or a visiting friend. A number of studies have shown that aggression in a pet dog is one of the top three reasons for getting rid of it. Aggressive dogs are difficult to rehabilitate and dangerous to keep arou...

September 16, 2018

The next time you wave off a request from a friend or family member for the last cookie on the plate and decide to eat it yourself, you should check to see if your dog is watching. Your actions may well affect your dog's opinion of you and your personality, at least as...

August 28, 2018

While most people can accept the fact that a dog's coat color can predict a human being’s emotional response to the dog (click here for an example) it is more difficult for people to accept the fact that fur color can also predict certain aspects of a dog’s temperament...

June 17, 2018

Humans are often embarrassed when a dog trots over and starts sniffing at their groin, or pokes its snout in their butt. The dog has no idea that placing its nose in these parts of the human body might be offensive to some people, rather the dog is simply seeking infor...

May 19, 2018

Sooner or later everybody who lives with a dog finds himself asking the question "Why does my dog have tail?" It turns out that there are several good reasons why tails are a useful piece of apparatus for our dogs.

It is quite clear that the dog's tail was originally de...

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