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…

Train dogs to “get off”

Teaching basic commands is an excellent way to create clear communication and to bond with your dog. How to teach “Off” If you find your dog on the couch, the bed, etc. – tell him “Off”, and then encourage him to get down and come to you. When he comes, reward your dog with praise, get…

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…

How close are you and your dog?

Dogs really are man’s best friend who else really cares that you have had a bad day and just wants to make it better.  They give us unconditional love, and they don’t care that we just want to hang out in our trackies watching really bad reality TV. What you might not even realise is…

Why do dogs tilt their heads?

Don’t try to tell me you haven’t giggled when your dog suddenly hears a sound and tilts his head.  You’ve probably gone further and tried to recreate the sound so he will do it again.  But why do they do it?  Well apart from because it’s absolutely adorable (like everything else about dogs).  We don’t…

How do I teach my dog a new trick?

How do I teach my dog a new trick? So how long will it take for your dog to learn a new trick? We often say it’s not the dog we’re teaching but rather the owner. Mostly it’s our lack of understanding and communication skills that slow the task of training our dogs. The following…

There’s More to Tail-Wagging Than Meets the Eye

One of the most basic and recognised pieces of dog psychology is via the trademark tail wag. Does your dog’s tail swish more to the right? Or, is your solemn pooch a left leaner? Scientists think they know what these subtle differences mean, and what’s more they’ve got evidence to show other dogs do too….