By Karen A. Soukiasian A healthy dog should not have bad breath. The reality is, approximately 80 percent of dogs do suffer from gingivitis or a periodontal disease by the time they are 5 years old. Now and then a simple dental procedure such as a professional cleaning or perhaps a bad tooth extracted can… Read the rest »
By Karen A. Soukiasian Dog digging is hardwired into the DNA of many breeds and nearly all dogs just love to dig. In fact, dog digging is perfectly natural. Dogs have been digging for thousands of years, for a number of reasons, mainly survival.
By Karen A. Soukiasian Many dogs eat grass to settle an upset stomach. Dogs can’t run to the pharmacy if their tummies are upset. Nature, however, has provided them with an instinct to eat grass as a way to help them rid their bodies of indigestible materials, such as toy stuffing, a sock or especially… Read the rest »
By Karen A. Soukiasian Dog begging is a two-headed monster. Almost every dog owner has had to deal with at one time or another. The first head is nature. The second is nurture. But with work, you can stop dog begging. An inherent instinct, puppies learn to beg from the day they are born. Their… Read the rest »
By Karen A. Soukiasian There are a number of reasons why some dogs find eating their own or another animal’s — especially cat feces — so appetizing. And it can be a major challenge for some dog owners to make their dogs stop eating feces. 1. Most female dogs will instinctively keep their litter area… Read the rest »
By Karen A. Soukiasian Most veterinarians choose not to diagnose dogs with canine autism, even though the signs and symptoms exhibited are the same as in human autism. Instead, they prefer to refer to the condition as a canine dysfunctional behavior. In puppies and dogs, this behavior is rare. It is believed to be idiopathic,… Read the rest »