• OVERVIEW Submissive urination can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem. Fortunately, it is often easily corrected. Shy, timid puppies are the most likely candidates for submissive urination but occasionally it persists into young adulthood. This problem is most common in female puppies under 1 year of age. Situations that precipitate submissive urination include: · Over affectionate [...]

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    Dr. Nicholas Dodman Behavioral Disorders OVERVIEW Coprophagia is the practice of eating stool (feces). There’s nothing more disgusting to a dog owner than seeing their dog eat its own or another dog’s stool, and then to have the dog saunter up, tail wagging, looking for a kiss and a few kind words. “Why on earth would dogs do such a repulsive thing?” an owner might ask. What on [...]

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    Dr. Nicholas Dodman Behavioral Disorders - General Practice & Preventative Medicine NIPPING AND MOUTHING When puppies play with each other, they use their mouths a lot. When they play with you or when they are petted, they usually want to bite or “mouth,” too. This behavior is not frankly aggressive at this stage – though it may be pre-aggressive. There are two different life [...]

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    Dr. Nicholas Dodman Behavioral Disorders HOUSESOILING Let’s face it. A new puppy is likely to have small accidents around the house, even though you may do your utmost to prevent them. No system is perfect, especially when it involves an active and curious, puppy with incomplete control over its bladder and bowels. Let’s consider the three different scenarios when it comes to you, the [...]

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    Dr. J. Michelle Posage and Dr. Amy Marder Behavioral Disorders OVERVIEW If you have ever been bitten by a dog, you are certainly not alone. More than 2 percent of people in the United States are bitten each year – that’s more than 4.3 million people! But what causes aggression and how should an owner handle it in dogs? Aggression in dogs is defined as a threatening or harmful behavior [...]

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