Category Archives: Training

Tips on Socializing your Dog

Properly socializing your dog in a positive and safe environment is a big step towards raising a stable canine friend.  In an urban environment like Hong Kong it helps our dogs to adjust and adapt to the congestion and limited spaces that are available.  It’s a lifelong process that is particularly important during puppy-hood where...
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Your Dog’s Amazing Sense of Smell

Unlike humans who largely experience the world through their eyses, for dogs the sense of smell is by far the most important sense.  This is how they generally explore and provides the bulk of information on the their surroundings.  By harnessing their incredible ability to identify and locate source odours dogs have been trained to...
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So Your Female Dog Humps – Why?

As with male dogs female humping is not an unusual behaviour.  It is not uncommon for either sex to mount human legs, toys and other dogs.  Primarily a behaviour used for mating purposes, it is clearly a necessary activity for male dogs to engage in but what about females?  Engaging in humping is indeed a...
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Does your Dog Bully other Dogs?

Balanced dogs get plenty of time to play, interact and socialize with other dogs. Dog parks can be a great place for this when dogs understand and display proper play protocol.  The following are body language cues dogs will often display when happy and playing with other dogs appropriately:
  • The tail is wagging in wide...
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Top 5 Dog Training Tips

1.  Pay Attention to Body Language

Observe your dog's body language.  If your dog appears to be uncomfortable in a new environment or meeting other dogs, animals or people, don’t force the issue and insist he interacts.  Doing so can lead to behavioural issues.  It's important to make gradual introductions in a safe and controlled manner. ...
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Separation Anxiety – Part 2

The Treatment Plan

The objective is to reduce and eventually eliminate the dog's underlying anxiety by using  desensitization and counter-conditioning.  Instead of anxiety developing when left alone the dog learns to relax and starts to find some joy in the experience.   We can initiate this change by introducing a series of rewards that override...
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Separation Anxiety – Part 1

A relatively common condition, separation anxiety occurs when the owner or guardian has left or is about to leave.  It results in unwanted behaviour such as barking, howling, chewing, digging, urinating, defecating, coprophagia (eating of feces) and attempts to escape.  Although all of these can...
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Submissive Urination

Submissive urination is not an abonormal behaviour.   In the canine world urinating  in the presence of other dogs is one way to communicate that she is not a threat. ...
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What Causes Paw Licking?

Excessive paw licking is a common issue that can lead to serious skin problems if left untreated.  There are a number of causes and it is important to identify the correct one to ensure the appropriate treatment is applied.  As part of the identification process observe which paw or paws the dog is licking.  If...
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Is Apartment Living Appropriate for your Dog?

Living in an apartment with a dog can be challenging.  Too much time spent at home often leads to dogs becoming frustrated and bored resulting in unwanted behaviours such as barking and chewing.  Fortunately, with some planning and research into dog breeds, the development of such behaviours can usually be prevented.  Many breeds of dog...
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