Can Dogs Smell Fear?

If you are afraid of a strange or aggressive dog and you approach it in a fearful manner—your breathing could be elevated, you may be sweating and hormones may be surging through your body—but can that dog smell your fear? Most animal experts believe a dog cannot literally “smell fear.” They theorize that humans give dogs stronger reasons to bite than odor. The New York Times Science … [Read more...]

Signs a Dog May Bite and Training Your Dog Not To

How does a person know when a dog is going to bite someone? It’s said that any dog can bite even one who has been very gentle or never reacted by biting in other stressful situations. Veterinarians say biting is most likely to happen when a dog is afraid or is surprised. Both situations cause stress for the animal who may think he is preventing an attack on himself or believes he needs to … [Read more...]

Signs You May Own An Overly Aggressive Dog and What To Do About It

There are often no easy answers when it comes to deciding what to do about a seriously aggressive dog in your household. Patricia McConnell, an applied animal behaviorist who has been working with and studying dogs for more than 25 years, advises owners of aggressive dogs to ask themselves these questions: • If your dog has injured another person, what ongoing risk does your dog pose to … [Read more...]

Why Dogs Bite and What You Can Do About It

Dog bites can be a very serious matter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly five million people per year are bitten by dogs in the United States. Children are the most common victims. They are physically much smaller and weaker than many breeds of dogs and tend to be bitten around the head, face and neck, these bites can be very severe and possibly fatal. There … [Read more...]

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