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PetMD Editorial
Mar 12, 2019

Reviewedforaccuracyon March 12, 2019, by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM Your dog never fails to make you smile with his silly antics. He chases a tennis ball for hours on end and barks at every squirrel that enters his backyard. He also loves to chase his tail, an action that… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Dec 10, 2018

Image via iStock.com/Aleksei Andreev By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell Barney, an 11-year-old Chihuahua, is a small dog who weighs in at 9 pounds, but when he pees, Barney lifts his leg as high as possible. But why? Put simply, he might want all the other dogs who pass by to think… Read More

Sarah Wooten, DVM
Oct 23, 2018

Whenever I am sad, my dog Alma never fails to sit by my side, put her head into my lap and bring comfort. Conversely, when she has done something naughty, Alma has this uncanny ability to slink away as soon as I look at her. Do you ever feel like there’s a dog sixth sense… Read More

Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB
Jun 29, 2018

There are plenty of amazing stories about how certain dogs are able to find their way back home after being lost on a trip or after wandering away. How do they do that? Do dogs have a good sense of direction like some people do? Do they navigate by watching the stars like… Read More

PetMD Editorial
May 25, 2018

Reviewed and updated for accuracy on May25, 2018, by Jennifer Coates, DVM Chemical communication through pheromones was probably the first form of communication to evolve in animals, says Dr. Valarie Tynes, DVM, President of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists… Read More

Victoria Schade, CPDT-KA
Apr 23, 2018

Reviewed and updated for accuracy on April 27, 2020, by Jennifer Coates, DVM Most pet parents have two goals when they set off for a walk with their dog: elimination and exercise. While both are critical to maintaining a happy and healthy dog, limiting your pup to those… Read More