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Dog Care Center - Behavior

How Your Dog's Behavior Can Change with Age

Filed Under Training, Senior Dog

Few people want to admit that their once-beloved puppy is approaching his twilight years. Here are some changes to expect.


Why Do Dogs Pant?

Filed Under Behavior, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Don’t you just love playing fetch with your dog? It’s such a joy when she comes bounding back to you, toy in mouth, tongue lolling out, waiting for the next throw -- often as she pants heavily. But why exactly do dogs...


Top Ten Ways to Stop Your Puppy From Destructive Chewing

Filed Under Training, Puppy

We've all been there -- you go into your closet, pull out your favorite pair of shoes and suddenly you notice that they've been torn to pieces. Who's to blame? The new puppy, of course. Here are some guidelines to keep your...


Crate Training for Puppies

Filed Under Potty-Training, Puppy

When making the first introduction, it is best done in steps. The last thing you want to do is frighten your puppy to the point that he is reluctant or unwilling to get into his grate. Ideally, you want your puppy to get into the crate at your...


Why Do Puppies Eat Poop?

Filed Under Health, Puppy

Stool eating, also known as coprophagy, is actually quite normal behavior for a puppy. And though you may find it utterly gross, the behavior does have an underlying cause. Moreover, if the cause is not addressed appropriately and in a timely...


Aggressive Behavior in Dogs (and Cats): How to Handle this Tough Situation

Filed Under Training, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

By T. J. Dunn, Jr., DVM The following essay is based upon thirty years of personal experiences working with dogs, cats and their caretakers. It is not intended to be a scholarly dissertation of psychological, sociological,...


House Soiling (Marking) by Dogs

Filed Under Behavioral, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Inappropriate Urination and Defecation in Dogs House soiling is a common problem, affecting up to 37 percent of dogs diagnosed with behavioral problems. Most pet owners train their dogs to urinate and defecate outside, and "accidents"...


Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Filed Under Behavioral, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat -- whether real or perceived. The response of the autonomic nervous system...


Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Filed Under Behavioral, Puppy, Adult Dog, Senior Dog

Separation anxiety in dogs commonly results in destructive or otherwise inappropriate behavior when an owner leaves the pet or is not in close proximity to it. Behaviors that may be seen include vocalization, destroying objects, digging,...


Common dog Questions

  • Q: How do I become my puppy's “pack leader”?

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Catahoula Leopard Dog

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Named the official state dog of Louisiana in 1979, the Catahoula Leopard Dog, or Catahoula Hound, originates from a mix of dogs from different parts of the world that were all brought...