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    Slobodchikoff is President and CEO of Animal Communications, Ltd., specializing in pet behavior problems and in educating people about the behavior of animals.

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December 22, 2010


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Tom Waydi

You can just imagine on how those three dogs will be doing. ^^
I am sure that it would so sweet and happy looking at them play together with different looks and beauty on each other.

bringing home a new puppy

It is good to train a puppy and even took him for an exercise. According to what I know, to own a pet will increase the lifespan of a person. That is why many homeowners preferred to have pets on them.


My Beau (catahoula/lab rescue, will be 3 years old in Feb)has always loved going to the dog park. There is one in our apartment complex, we're there at least an hour a day, in the warmer months 2-3 hours a day, and he has always loved playing with other dogs. I've had him since he was 12 weeks old.

In the past 6 months or so it seems doesn't want to make new friends. He LOVES LOVES LOVES his old friends, but has no use for new dogs. If I hold on to him until he has a chance to sniff the new dog, he usually develops an indifference, but doesn't really play with them. The exception is puppies that are 6-9 months old, he has no tolerance for them whatsover. I liken it to a grumpy old man who has no time for teenage foolishness. We leave the park when I see said dogs approaching. The funny thing is younger puppies he doesn't mind one bit, and is very gentle playing with them.

I've been trying to figure out what brought about this change. I thought it was a territorial issue. We don't have any problems at other bigger dog parks or when we go to doggie swim events during the summer, although he mostly ignores the dogs that aren't his friends in those situations, and usually a lot of his friends are there for him to play with.

This article was very informative! I will continue to monitor his interactions with new dogs and avoid the puppies he doesn't tolerate. It's nice to have some sort of explanation.


This is a great post! It would be very educational to see video showing what is proper play and what is not.

TopDogTom - Small Dog Training

I believe a truer statement has never been made. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to supervise their dogs” Some times I wonder if the owners have manners?

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