Category Archives: Behavior and Psychology

Seasonal Lap Changes

Photo by Philley
Photo by Philley

We have had a major upset at my house with the change of seasons. Checkers, the Coonhound in the background looking like the world has ended, has taken her afternoon snoozle in my lap all summer because Rosie the Vizsla wasn’t interested. However, now that the weather is a bit cooler, Rosie is all about being a lap dog.

For the past couple of days, Checkers has been spending a lot of time barking and whining at the back door, but not wanting to go outside. I couldn’t figure it out until it finally dawned on me that we went through this last fall, too. Checkers hopes that she will entice Rosie to get off my lap to see what’s going on so she (Checkers) can jump up on me for her turn. Rosie is a year smarter now and isn’t falling for it, and I have yet to convince them that they will both fit at the same time.

Oh, the joys of having multiple dogs in the family!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Is Your Dog an Escape Artist?

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If your dog has ever run away from home, you know how nerve-wracking it can be trying to find him or her.

My current dogs haven’t left the front yard since they left puppyhood, but I’ve had runners in the past. How about you?

Has your dog ever run away or escaped?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: The Green-Eyed Monster

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Earlier in the week, I shared a picture of my Vizsla, Rosie, looking absolutely crestfallen that her sister Checkers got to go for a walk without her. Rosie gets jealous of any attention paid to Checkers. Does your dog get jealous?

What does your dog get jealous of?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Signs of Aggression

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Earlier in the week, I posted a graphic showing the Canine Ladder of Aggression. Some of the signs are pretty subtle, until you know what you’re looking for. The lowest level signs, blinking / yawning / licking the nose, can also be signs of anxiety, so it doesn’t necessarily mean you have an aggressive dog. The problem is that some dogs become aggressive when they are nervous.

Has your dog ever shown any signs of aggression?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!