Resource Guarding

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Written by Samantha Zurlinden, DVM Candidate North Carolina State University Class of 2023 What is resource guarding and why does it occur? Resource guarding is a relatively common behavior problem in dogs. It is defined as a dog using avoidance, threatening, or aggressive behaviors to retain control of food or other items in front of … Continued

How to Stop Pulling

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  Written by Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA CTP Why do dogs pull when leashed? Leash pulling is a common complaint among dog owners. Why do dogs pull? The world is an exciting place full of new scents, sights, sounds, playmates, etc. Leash pulling is a self-reinforcing behavior, which means that when the dog pulls, they … Continued

Teach your Dog to Love Wearing a Muzzle

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Written by Sandra Robbins BS, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP Why use a muzzle? Comfortably wearing a muzzle is a great skill for any dog to have. Chances are it will be necessary to wear one at some point during their life. The veterinary hospital is the most common place a muzzle may … Continued

Behavior and the Senior Dog

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By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB Introduction Dogs are living longer these days than ever before due to advanced veterinary care and better nutrition. However, as they get older, age-related diseases such as arthritis, dental disease, diabetes, Cushing’s disease, thyroid disease, cancer, and decreases in vision and hearing can all result in subtle or more … Continued

Loose Leash Walking

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Written by Melissa Spooner-Raymond, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP, TAGteach Level One When walking your dog, you can determine how loose leash walking works best for you. You may not have a right or left side preference, or desire to have your dog perfectly aligned with your leg. You may be okay with having them … Continued

Walking Your Dog

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Written By Melissa Spooner-Raymond, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP, TAGteach Level One Taking your dog for a walk should be an enjoyable event; walks are the primary reason some people get a dog. For some owners, issues arise that make going on walks less enjoyable. Let’s think about some options to help you both enjoy … Continued

Boom, Bang, and Clang: Storm and Other Noise Phobias

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By Christine D. Calder, DVM, DACVB Storm phobia, or fear of storms, is a common behavior in dogs. Many dogs are terrified of the noise and react by hiding, pacing, panting, trembling, peeing, pooping, excessive salivation, and destroying things. Some dogs even take it to the extreme of hurting themselves by jumping through windows and … Continued

Training Series: Teaching Eye Contact to a Dog

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By Pat Koven LVT, KPA-CTP, Sandra Robins, BS, CVT, VTS (anesthesia & analgesia), CPDT-KSA, KPA-CTP, and Katharine Schwarz, RVT, KPA-CTP Eye contact teaches your pet to focus attention on you and check in with you regularly.  By reinforcing this behavior, you are making yourself more exciting than the environment around you. A strong Look on … Continued

Leash Reactivity in Dogs

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By Melissa Spooner-Raymond, LVT, VTS (Behavior), BS, KPA-CTP, TAGteach Level One What is Leash Reactivity? Reactivity is a dog’s response to something in their environment which is triggered by anxiety, fear, or frustration. Though it is not limited to these behaviors, the dog may express their concerns by barking, growling, lunging, jumping up, and pulling. … Continued

Low Stress Toothbrushing

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By Sherrie Yuschak, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP Dental disease is painful and most pets over the age of three suffer from gum disease. Recommended by veterinarians, daily toothbrushing is one of the best ways to slow the progression of dental disease, lengthen the time between professional cleanings, and has many other benefits to your pet’s overall … Continued