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Moms Reject Babies - Why?
A red panda and a Chihuahua refuse to nurse their own offspring.
A red panda (think raccoon) recently gave birth to two little cubs at a Chinese zoo. But while the crowd watched, it became clear to zoo staff that mama wasn't all that interested in being a mom. They managed to find a Chihuahua--a new mom herself--who was willing to nurse them. (Follow the link to see a photo of the surrogate dog.) Strangely, the Chihuahua has now rejected her own baby and the...
Blog: Guest Posts
Karen B. London, Ph.D.
Bark Columnist and Blogger
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Pet Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 12 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs. Karen writes the training column for The Bark and blogs at Dogbehaviorblog.com. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona...
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Shelby Got Skunked
Why can’t dogs and skunks be friends?
Last night, after a long work day, my husband and I finally sat down to dinner at 9 p.m. Just as we eagerly lifted a forkful of food to our mouths, Brian wrinkled his nose and said, "Do you smell skunk?" And then in unison, our eyes wide, "WHERE'S SHELBY!?!" Ah yes, it’s that time of year again when our Pit-Bull mix, Shelby, goes skunk hunting. We live on a fenced half acre, but that doesn’t...
Blog: Karen B. London
Who Can See Behavior Cases?
Some vets want to be the only ones.
In the human world, people have long ago worked out their separate roles in helping people with behavior problems and mental illness. Different groups of professionals acknowledge the expertise and boundaries of their own and others’ fields. The result is that in the best scenarios, people needing help may have a team of professionals including teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and members...
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The Day After
Renzo survives the Fourth—with the help of Bark readers.
Thanks for all the wonderful advice and support for my fireworks-fearing dog Renzo. I tried several of your suggestions. As Anne advised, I began adding a little Rescue Remedy to his drinking water a few days before the Fourth. When I adopted Renzo from Fairbanks, the rescuer and I used this same homeopathic remedy to ease the stress of that transition. I also took a page from Karole’s and Kathy...
Blog: Karen B. London
Many Dogs Bark at Passersby
A common problem that does have a solution
A lot of dogs bark out the window at everyone who goes by. In fact, this is one of the most common problems motivating people to seek the help of a canine behaviorist or dog trainer. Luckily, most dogs can be taught a more appropriate response than barking like a maniac at every passerby. Dogs tend to bark even more if we say, “Quiet!” Barking is a social, contagious behavior, so when dogs hear...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Breaking Up Dog Fights
Learn to keep you and your dog safe in case of an emergency.
This past weekend, one of my pups was involved in a bad scuffle with another dog. Luckily those present were able to break up the fight fairly quickly, but it was a scary experience. Despite taking pet first aid classes, I realized that I don’t know what to do when one of my pets is attacked. The weekend’s events inspired me to do some research.  According to Jacque Lynn Schultz, ASPCA Companion...
Blog: Guest Posts
Help with Fireworks Fear
What’s your strategy for a blast-o-phobic dog?
I have never been a big fireworks fan. I think it’s a whole lotta noise and smoke and garbage for nothing. In the past, I’ve kept my opinion to myself and skipped the displays because a lot of people love rockets and fountains and Roman candles—why do I need to be a buzzkill? Of course, there are plenty of dogs in my camp. I’ve heard the stories about dogs wimpering, shivering, drooling and...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Four Scientific Studies on Dogs and Play
Having fun is serious business
As members of the dog-loving community, we should all be proud of our emphasis on play as an important aspect of our dogs’ lives. We have long understood that for most of our pups, playing with other dogs and playing with humans enhances their quality of life and improves their overall comportment. During the past few years, scientific research into play has emerged from a long period during...
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A Service Dog Who Bites?
Poor training is not fair to the dog.
A story in the San Francisco Weekly ("Service with A Snarl") describes Tita, a Chihuahua service dog who helps a man named Charles Esler deal with bipolar disorder. A happy, feel-good story, except for one thing: Tita bites. Tita regularly chases and lunges after people in public parks. She snarled and barked at a guard at the Social Security Administration. She bit Esler’s primary care provider...

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