What are the rules of dog play?

It appears there’s a lot of myths about what your dog is doing when he play.   You have probably been told if a dog shows its belly it is being submissive.  Well apparently when they’re playing that is not true. Researchers found that playtime behaviours are governed by a different set of rules from your…

How many words can dogs understand?

  The quick answer is, “way more than you think.” The comprehensive answer is it’s complicated.  That’s because researchers have learnt that it depends on a lot of things, from training and their owner/trainer’s intelligence to their breed, occupation i.e. herding, rescue etc., and how you speak to them. Currently, the record-holder for the most…

Why do some dogs eat poop?

Cow poop, sheep poop, horse poop, unidentified poop … sometimes, their own poop. Do you not feed them – of course not, you feed them the very best of food, designed just for their health and most of us feed them a little more in the form of treats.  It can’t possibly taste good ……

Why do dogs always act like they’re hungry?

You feed your dog really well, healthy, hearty meals designed to ensure you dog remains healthy and happy.  In fact, you may have just fed your dog yet the minute you sit down to eat your meal here comes those eyes.  Oh and the act that goes with the eyes –as if they’re one stagger…

My Dog has Started Walking in Circles – should I be concerned?

Although it is normal for puppies to chase their tails and even for fully-grown animals to dash around in wild twists and turns.  But, dogs don’t typically walk in circles, except when they are preparing to urinate, defecate, or they find an interesting smell or another animal. Some dogs may circle just before they lie…

How do they make us love them?

The bond between us humans and our doggy friends is a special one. If you put the time and effort into building up a relationship with your dog, you’ll be rewarded exponentially with a friend who’s always there for you, who’s always ready to listen, and is always ready to do whatever it takes to…

What’s with circling before lying down?

Stanley Coren is a psychologist who’s an expert in dog behaviour, and he decided to get to the bottom of why some dogs walk around in small circles before settling down. Stanley tested 62 dogs on various surfaces to see what kind of behaviour they demonstrated before lying down and found that if the surface…

Do dogs dream?

Ever wondered why your dog makes those funny little noises, twitches their foot or their feet kind of start running – could they be dreaming?  Science suggests that yes they are dreaming just like we do. Monitoring the brain activity of sleeping dogs has shown that there’s activity going on in a similar manner to…

Why do dogs roll in smelly stuff?

Nooooooo, you have just recognised the shoulder lean, the butt in the air … and you know that, no matter what you say, scream or yell, your dog has just found something fun and probably stinky to roll in. It’s making your eyes water already, so how can dogs, with their superior sense of smell,…

Why dogs chase their tails?

In January 2017 I wrote a blog titled; there’s more to tail wagging than meets the eye,  which talked about how many different things a dog can say with their tail, but how funny is it when they start to chase it. It’s a hilarious behaviour, and it’s even funnier if they catch it. But…

Right pawed or left?

Did you know that like us humans, dogs can be either right-paw or left-paw dominant or ambidextrous?  To learn which is the dominant paw, pay attention to which paw is used to do things like give high-fives or steadying toys. I don’t remember why, but I do remember that when I was growing up there…

Why Dogs sniff Butts

What’s with the weird butt sniffing fetish dogs have?  What could possibly be so enticing about the smell of dog butt that dogs just can’t get enough of?  And not just smell — they need to get a good long whiff that’s bordering on obsessive-compulsive.  And aren’t dogs supposed to have a sense of smell…