Category Archives: Behavior

Doggie Bloggie has a new doghouse!

Announcing the relocation of A Doggie Bloggie to a new site:  Motley Dogs!

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This site will remain up, but I will no longer be posting here.  Well, maybe a reminder or two about the move… 🙂

Please check it out… I think you will like it!


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The Golden Rule for successfully training your dog

The “Golden Rule” to successful training with your dog is not a rule, or a guideline, but rather a concept… an understanding of the relationship between man and dog.  When I have explained this to friends who are are having difficulties with training their dog basic commands and/or acceptable social behavior, miracles start occurring.

A dog’s sole purpose is to serve man.  There are a variety of ways in which a dog may serve their man… hunting, herding, guarding, service dog, therapy dog, and, yes, regular ol’ companionship is a form of serving man.  This instinct in dogs started developing thousands of years ago when man began using wolves, then eventually dogs, for hunting.  Thousands of years of instinct just does not disappear.  Use this to your advantage.  All the dog knows now is the desire to serve their man and make them happy.  When the dog knows their man is happy, then the dog is happy.  Then the dog will want to repeat the same behavior which made their man happy.  From the dog’s view, they just successfully served their man, which nature tells them to do.

Very simple.

Here is an example of a train of thought from the mind of a dog that just responded correctly to a new command:

“Oh, my human is happy.  Yay!!!  This is great!  What did I do that made them happy?  Tell me…. [human gives dog the command]  Was it this? [dog responds correctly – human praises]  Yes, that was it!!!  Tell me to do it again, please, please, please!”

Let the miracles begin.

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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Behavior, Dog Blog, Tips / Advice, Training


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A tender moment between my Mama dog and her “lethal white” son

My two beautiful children (animated gif below).  Rescued together from a shelter (see “About Me & My Dogs” in the top menu).  He was about 3-4 months old, her age unsure – estimating around 4 yrs old at the time of adoption in 2007.

I, very affectionately, call the son “Dork”… because he’s a dork.  Very happy-go-lucky.  Born completely deaf, and blind in his left eye, he will occasionally run into something, then give it a look as in “whatever” and go on his merry way.

Sadly, though, I have come to realize by his actions that he is now starting to lose vision in his one good eye.  This is not abnormal for “lethal whites” with his eye defects.  It appears as though he is now seeing shadows in the upper part of his field of vision as he is constantly looking up and flinching, both inside and outside.  At first I thought a branch may have hit him, or a bird attacked him, as he was only doing this outside.  But now the frequency and reaction has grown, and he is behaving this way inside.  Just the other day, he stood up on his hind legs with his forepaws on the wall (as though he was trying to climb the wall), looking up and attempting to reach whatever he was seeing up at the ceiling.  He now displays fear when going outside and rarely goes beyond five feet from the back of the house – unless I am with him.  He has changed his toilet area from the very back of the yard, to a spot off to the corner of the house – out of the way – but within a close proximity to the house itself.  When inside, he rarely leaves my side now.  He usually likes to lay on the cool linoleum floor in the kitchen, but now crawls under my legs under the desk.

For the first time in his life, he feels fear.  And it is breaking my heart I cannot explain to him what is occurring.


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Why dogs chase their tails

Tail chasing is a very common behavior in an active

puppy.  In an older dog, tail chasing may have
different and more serious causes.  Here are some reasons that dogs chase their tails:

1.  Because the tail is always there.  Puppies don’t know where their bodies end and the world begins.  So a wiggly little tail is definitely intriguing.  This is especially true when the puppy has been separated from his littermates and has only himself to play with.

2.  Older dogs sometimes chase their tails when they are anxious, bored, or frustrated.

3.  Tail chasing can be a symptom of a physical problem such as the presence of fleas or irritated anal glands.

4.  Tail chasing can also result when a dog is confined and has his movement restricted.

5.  Some breeds such as Bull Terriers, German Shepherd Dogs, and Australian Cattle Dogs are more predisposed to chase their tails, suggesting that this tendency may be an inherited trait.

6.  The dog may have canine compulsive disorder.  This is a rare condition, but it might be the cause of tail chasing.

7.  One good turn deserves another.


Source: Sandra and Harry Choron. Planet Dog, a doglopedia. Houghton Mifflin Co. 2005

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Animated gif's, Behavior, Dog Blog, Lists


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