Tips for Bad Dog Behavior – Sniffing House Guests

Two dogs meet on a walk and sniff each other to greet one another

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Dogs don’t come with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have awkward behaviors that are acceptable in the dog world, but not so much in the human world. Let’s discuss dogs’ awkward crotch sniff greeting of humans, in particular when they come to your house.

Problem – Crotch Sniffing Your House Guests. You greet your visitors with handshakes or hugs. In the canine kingdom, one dog “greets” another by sticking her nose in the back end of the other dog and sniffing. The canine nose detects details about the other dog, including his age, health condition, what he recently ate, and even his mood. That is why dogs also try to do this when they meet a person.

Solution. Teach your dog to greet two-legged guests in a less-embarrassing manner by reinforcing her compliance when told to “sit” and “stay.” Then place a small treat in your hand just below your dog’s nose and encourage her to paw at the treat. Couple this with “good shake” so your dog learns that sniffing a house guest does not yield him with treats. But when he sits politely and raises a paw to shake to greet then he gets one.

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Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Getting into Garbage

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By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have naughty behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss your dog’s desire to get into the garbage and some solutions to help curb this behavior.

Problem – Getting into the Garbage Can. As disgusting as it may seem to you, some dogs find “leftovers” in the trash can to be deliciously irresistible. But the contents may cause digestive upset and diarrhea in your dog or be toxic, such as chocolate or household cleaning materials.

Solution. If possible, relocate the trash can inside a space with a door that can close. For example in the kitchen, place the garbage can in the pantry or under the kitchen sink and place childproof latches on the door handles. Also, make the trash can less beckoning by spraying dog repellent in it and sprinkling baking soda (a taste most dogs detest). Finally, invest in a trash can with a sturdy, strong lid your dog can not pry open.

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Dog Breed Guide: Chinese Shar Pei

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Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Chinese Shar Pei

Height (to base of neck): 18 -20″

Weight:  45 – 60 lb

Color: Solid colors including black, cream, red and sable.

Origin: China

Coat: Very short, straight, standoff coat and rough, almost bristly.

Life Expectancy: 11-12 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Shar Pei

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Cat Breed Guide: Egyptian Mau

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By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Egyptian Mau

Weight:  5-12lb, males are larger than females

Points of conformation: Medium sized well muscled body with pointy tufted ears.  Medium long tail with wide base.  They possess a skin flap from the point of the knee to the flank.

Coat: Short-medium length coat is silky and lustrous and can vary in texture.

Color: Original coat was spotted bronze, but spotted silver and smoke are also accepted.  Agouti hairs have at least two bands of color.

Grooming needs: Low maintenance, light occasional brushing is recommended.

Origin: Egypt.

Behavior Traits: Vigorously playful and fiercely loyal

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Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Nipping Your Hands

A puppy protected with Pets Best Pet Insurance nips his owners hand.

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have naughty behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss your puppy’s nipping of your hands and ankles and some solutions to help nip this behavior in the bud!

Problem – Mouthing and Nipping Your Hands and Ankles. Puppies use their mouths to explore their environments and to grab your attention. But ouch! Their sharp, tiny teeth can puncture your skin.

Solution. Teach your puppy the proper play rules from day 1 that he needs to sit on cue before any interactions with people: greeting visitors to the home, engaging in fetch, or getting ready to go for a leashed walk. If your puppy’s teeth contact your skin, make a high-pitched yelp to let him know it hurt. This will help teach him to inhibit his bite. Don’t quickly yank your hand from his mouth because this rapid movement can trigger his play drive. Instead, let your hand go limp as you move it away from his mouth. Finally, offer him a suitable substitute to satisfy his teething needs like a chew toy.

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