Category Archives: Training & Behavior

Clicker Training Basics For Your Dog

If you’re just starting to train your pet, you probably have encountered the term “clicker training”. Positive dog training owes much of its success over the years to clicker training, but what is this popular method, and how does it work? Clicker training is one of the fastest ways to develop a shared language with […]
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Multilingual Mutts: The Pros and Cons of Teaching Foreign Language Dog Commands

All dog owners know their pups are smart and, for many, it seems like their dog really can understand what they’re saying. Although this idea isn’t accurate, animals can associate certain words with behaviors and/or consequences (e.g., “sit,” “walk,” and “no”). Because of their unique understanding of certain aspects of human speech, body language, and […]
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Deaf Dogs are Dynamite!

While it is ideal for people (and pets, too) to be equipped with all of their senses, we are perfectly capable of functioning without one of them. There are many misconceptions surrounding pets that lack full function, in particular deaf dogs. At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, though, we know that deaf dogs are perfectly capable […]
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Lost in Translation: 5 Things Your Dog Wishes You Knew About Them

No bones about it: dogs are really smart animals. They’ve managed to live and work with us for centuries, in part because of their brains. By constantly reading body language and tones of voice, dogs understand us pretty well. Wouldn’t it be great if we could return the favor? Consider these 5 things your dog […]
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Thunderstorms and Fireworks: What Can You Do About Pet Anxiety This Summer?

Many pet owners know exactly when it’s about to rain buckets in July, but it’s not because they saw the weather report. Instead, by watching their pet closely for any signs of of fear or stress, they can count down when the first bolt of lightning will fill the sky. Between summer storms or Fourth […]
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5 Dog Training Basics Every Pet Owner Should Know

They don’t call dogs “man’s/woman’s best friend” for nothing. Sharing your life with a dog can be an incredibly meaningful experience, but when that dog jumps up on all your guests, runs away at a moment’s notice, or destroys your brand new couch and favorite pair of shoes, that special bond can experience some strain. […]
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Figuring Out Why Dogs Lick

Are you afraid to sit too low to the ground for fear you’ll feel your dog’s eager tongue? Dogs lick their owners for many reasons, but of course, the number one reason is because they love you. It’s a sign of affection, but there are nuances to the licking. If you’ve ever wondered why dogs […]
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Dogs Like to Work! Your Dog Wants to Earn Their Treat

Do you enjoy giving your pup a treat now and then – or more often? Treating the ones we love makes us feel good, but did you know your dog may get more satisfaction from having to work a bit to earn that treat? It’s true! Many of us have experienced the satisfaction and pleasure […]
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A Case Of The Zoomies: What Are They And Why Do They Happen?

If you’ve spent any time around a puppy, or bathed a dog of any age, you are probably familiar with the zoomies. It’s that crazy burst of energy that causes a dog to tear around the house or yard at top speed, sometimes… If you’ve ever wondered why your dog gets the zoomies, you’ve come […]
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Why Does My Dog Follow Me Everywhere?

If you own a dog, the old song “Me and My Shadow” probably comes to mind. Dogs are true companions who are always happy to be near us wherever we may be (unfortunately, even in the bathroom). While at first, this constant companionship may be endearing, in some cases, it may become problematic or indicate […]
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