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Dog Behavior
Most dogs who display reactive or aggressive behaviors – lunging, barking, growling – do so in large part because they FEEL a certain way about their triggers: fearful, anxious, frustrated, or some combination of the three. Just like with people, a dog’s emotions have a big influence on their behavior. If they no longer feel...
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By Dr. Emily Levine, DACVB & Dr. Chris Pachel, DACVB Practice makes perfect, right? This statement is true for dogs as much as for people!  The behaviors your dog “practices” are the ones likely to be repeated again in the future – regardless of whether those behaviors are ones we like, such as sitting on...
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Millie playing outside
For many new dog owners, dog daycare conjures images of fluffy friends romping and playing, maybe stopping for a mid-afternoon snooze in a quiet sun spot, and returning home at the end of the day tired and happy. And while dog daycare can offer physical exercise, mental stimulation, and companionship to some dogs during otherwise...
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by Dr. Emily Levine, DVM, DACVB From Team Instinct: We are delighted to welcome Dr. Emily Levine, DVM, DACVB, to the Instinct blog as a guest author! Dr. Levine is a board certified veterinary behaviorist in Fairfield, NJ, with a wealth of knowledge and experience working with complex dog behavior issues. ***Remember, veterinarians and veterinary behaviorists...
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Cartoon of dog sniffing
Dogs love to sniff, right? But how often is the average pet dog actually using its nose in everyday life, and what does sniffing – or not – tell us about a dog’s state of mind? Super sniffers, or do the eyes have it? Incredible. Amazing. Almost magical. If we used any of these terms...
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