Dog Behavior and Preventing Dog Bites

In February, Dr. Hetts had the privilege of working with the Denver NBC affiliate – 9News.com – on a series about dog behavior and communication.  The station decided to do the series because of the tragic bite to 9News anchor Kyle Dyer that happened unfortunately during a live newscast.  In an attempt to have some good…

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Fear Runs the Show

In our ‘Helping Fearful Animals” webinar course, fear is not only an emotion, but also has physiological and behavioral components.  When fear is triggered in any animal – including humans, many of the responses are quite involuntary. Suzanne was reminded of this when she got up in the middle of the night recently to let…

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Can Playing Tug Build a Dog’s Confidence?

During a recent presentation at a conference, we were discussing myths surrounding playing tug of war with dogs.  We were explaining that tug-of-war is a cooperative game, not a competitive interaction over which individual is going to control the toy.  Several people in the audience mentioned they had heard playing tug-of-war is a good way…

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Is Your Dog Afraid to Ride in the Car?

 Question:   My 1.5 year old Rat Terrier has some disturbing issues with fear and anxiety. We have been taking him on weekly car trips to visit family every week. He has never enjoyed our weekly car trips to visit family and recently his anxiety is getting worse.  I do not want him to live in…

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