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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...
Blog: Guest Posts
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...
Blog: Guest Posts
Peanut-Sniffing Poodles & Cash-Crazy Cockers
A nosy dog can catch criminals and help kids.
When my dogs sniff at a tree or dirt patch with special enthusiasm, I wonder what kind of information they’re getting. Their amazing noses allow them to “see” a world that’s practically foreign to us humans. Over the years, smart people have found ways to harness that nose power to help detect drugs, cancer and illegal DVDs. Now they’re training Cocker Spaniels to sniff out cash-carrying...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Canine Role in the Anti-Piracy Crusade
Disc-detecting dogs help shut down illegal DVD operations in Malaysia.
Dogs have been trained to detect everything from bombs to cancer. But until this week, I had never heard of DVD sniffing dogs in the anti-piracy crusade. There really is no limit to what dogs can be trained to do! According to the Motion Picture Association (MPA), its member companies lost 6.1 billion dollars to worldwide piracy in 2005. Struggling to find a solution, they turned to dogs’...
Good Dog: Behavior & Training
Eight New Dog Training Trends
What’s new with the dog pros
Dog training is a dynamic field (although probably not as dynamic as dogs themselves), and at the annual national conference of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) in Louisville, Ky., in mid-October ’08, it was fascinating to witness the ways in which the field continues to evolve. Following are, in my opinion, some of the most notable trends in dog training, all of which figured...
Blog: Karen B. London
Sue Sternberg Creates A Dog Ethogram
Videos of dog behavior are interesting and informative.
Ethologists, those people who study animals’ behavior in their natural habitat, generally feel you need on the order of one thousand hours of observation before you know your study species. No matter how much you read and hear about behavior, there is no substitute for great quantities of time observing members of that species. Sue Sternberg has spent many times the requisite number of hours with...

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