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9 Ways to Improve your Relationship with your Dog
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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 62: Nov/Dec 2010

Karen B. London, PhD, is a Bark columnist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in the domestic dog.

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Submitted by Noni | August 4 2013 |

Something to add to number 9... don't pet your dog too much if they don't seem receptive. Pay attention to your dog's body language. I have a Shiba/mix and Shibas are well-known for not liking to be pet too much. They like to be next to you and know where you are, but not necessarily touching you all the time. If you pet them too much, they'll get annoyed and walk away. This kind of goes hand and hand with paying attention to your dog's likes and dislikes. If they are not big into petting, a quick pet or scratch is enough (and that's mostly for human comfort).

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