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Dogs + Behavior

  • Why do dogs fulfill the stereotypical, cartoon-documented canine behavior of burying bones?

  • Dogs constantly amuse us with their playful antics, like chasing their tails. Sure, it's funny - but the reason he chases his tail may be no laughing matter. Here’s why dogs chase their tails.

  • The question may be simple, but the answer is not. Nevertheless, here are a few reasons your veterinarian will discuss when you pose the question, “Why does my dog eat grass?”

  • Since dogs are part of our human families, we need to understand what dogs are trying to communicate when they howl so we can respond appropriately.

  • One of the more embarrassing things that dogs do is to lick their “private” parts in public. There is no genteel way to discuss public licking, and this less than appealing behavior annoys pet owners everywhere.

  • There is no delicate way to ask, “Why do dogs sniff butts?” To address this question, we have to understand their sense of smell and their communication techniques.

  • You know the pose. You love the pose. The most photogenic, heartwarming, smile-generating canine pose…the head tilt. Dog owners are entertained by the upward turned face, curious eyes, and perky ears that accompany the cute canine head tilt when their dog hears an interesting sound.

  • Dogs, unlike humans, don’t just plop down in bed when they are tired. They spend lots of time preparing their bed before snuggling in for the night.

  • While punishment can be effective at decreasing those behaviors that are undesirable (when applied within 1 to 2 seconds), if not administered properly it can aggravate existing problems and cause new ones.