Author Archives: Mark Mansfield
Author Archives: Mark Mansfield
Sometimes you may hear someone talking about “dog language.” What exactly do they mean by this term? Are dogs actually communicating with each other in some secret, unknown language that humans can’t understand? Or, is there something much more complicated going on?
Actually, dogs don’t imagine the world in ways that we would consider as using “language.” Language and the way we see the world are things created by humans. However, all animals have communication and that includes dogs.Continue reading
Getting in shape is a lot harder for you when you are trying to do this on your own. However, what you may not realize is your dog can easily be your best partner at helping you get in shape. The reason you do not realize this is you often do not think of your dog as being able to help you get in shape. To avoid this mistake you should know what the agility training your dog can do is going to do for you and them both.Continue reading
A stroke is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. This fact is no less true when the one having the stroke is a dog. It is difficult enough to recognize the symptoms of stroke in a human however. How much more is this true of a dog?Continue reading
Whether or not you realize this fact, dogs want the same thing that you want, companionship. Yes dogs are pack animals and not only enjoy being with other members of the pack but they absolutely need it to be happy. When you stop and think for a moment humans are the same. Isolation is complete torture for a human and the same for a dog. So as a member of your pack your dog has a few things it hopes you will remember. Lets talk about those things.Continue reading
Swimming can be a lot of fun for dogs. They get to cool down, chase after sticks and balls, and spend time with the family. Although swimming can be a great experience for your dog, you’ll want to keep a few water safety tips in mind.Continue reading
A friend of mine rescued a Labrador mix named Lucas.
He’s a goofball that’s always fun to play with.
But when kids pass by my friend’s house on their skates and bikes, Lucas isn’t so much fun.
He goes insane.
He’ll rush head-first to the gate, barking up a storm and even riling up the neighbour’s dogs as well.
The trouble doesn’t stop there.Continue reading
People and dogs are alike in the sense that they both are somewhat territorial. Your dog probably has a good idea of the concept of your “property” or your area of the street or neighborhood. He knows where home is, especially if he spends much time outside. If another dog walks into your front yard, your dog will likely have something to say about it. However, that doesn’t mean that your dog will understand the concept of staying in the yard. It is never easy to train your dog to stay in the yard. Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn’t know much about dogs.Continue reading
Dogs can bark and growl for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out why they’re barking and growling. It could be because a stranger is approaching or because they hear an unexpected noise. Dave Barry, the columnist, once said that dogs bark because a dog satellite passes over the earth and dogs have to check in with it. It does seem sometimes that dogs bark for no good reason.Continue reading
Unfortunately dogs can show signs of fear, just like some humans. There can be many causes for fear in dogs including lack of socialization, genetics, mistreatment and even bad experiences as a young dog.
Quite often fear is re-enforced by the dogs owner. Yes, we have all been guilty of trying to comfort our dog with a soothing voice when it appears to show fear. However that is probably the worst thing you can do because it says to the dog, that its fear is logical.Continue reading