How to Better Train Your Dog and Improve Their Behavior

An owner training a dog.

Dogs give us unconditional love and companionship, and in return, we owe them a lifetime of belly rubs, playdates at the dog park, and optimal mental and physical health. Cultivating good manners in your dog can enrich the relationship you have with him and help him interact appropriately with the world around him.

Try these useful strategies for promoting positive dog behavior from the team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital!

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What Kind of Dog is the Right Dog For You?

Woman holding puppy in her arms.

Have you ever met a puppy you didn’t like? No one has! Puppies are the best movers and shakers when it comes to winning our hearts. A spontaneous adoption can definitely work out well. But if a dog owner isn’t fully prepared to handle the needs of a dog, the outcome may not be positive. That’s why we always recommend considering your lifestyle and the needs of your household before adopting to make sure you find the right dog.

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Why Socialization Is Necessary for Your Adopted Dog

A group of dogs in the park.

In a perfect canine friendly world, all adult dogs would have had the early training and socialization that makes them a well-mannered dog without any behavior problems. Unfortunately, many dogs, and especially those who end up in shelters, lack several of the essential life skills to keep them safe, happy, and trained. This is one of the primary reasons for dogs being surrendered.

Many pet owners are enthused about bringing home an adopted dog, only to realize that they have some work ahead of them. The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital can offer you some great tips on how to socialize your adopted dog for a lifetime of happiness.

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What to Expect When Your Dog Turns One

A dog wearing a birthday hat sits in front of a cake with candles.

Your pup’s first birthday is an important milestone in their life, as they start to transition from puppyhood to adulthood. While every dog is unique, most dogs reach adulthood between the ages of 1-to-2 years old. As your dog grows, you can expect some changes to occur both behaviorally and physically. Continuous wellness care becomes more important than ever as their bodies and needs change. 

The team at Blue Valley Animal Hospital is here to break down those changes so you know what to expect when your dog turns one. 

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There’s a Fungus Among Us and It’s Called Ringworm

A dog bites at its leg.

Unlike parasites with a similar sounding name like hookworms and tapeworms, ringworm is actually a fungal infection that can infect domesticated animals like dogs. A dog can get infected with ringworm from simply touching a contaminated item like a rug, which is why it is important to know the signs of this infection so you can get the medical attention you need to clear it up.

Blue Valley Animal Hospital wants to help you avoid issues with ringworm for your dogs. Here’s what you need to know about this fungal infection:

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass, Anyway?

A dog sniffs the grass.

Spring is just around the corner, and dogs everywhere couldn’t be more excited to gobble up the first delicate shoots that emerge from the newly-thawed soil. 

Grass eating is common among dogs – some even make it part of their daily routine – and not necessarily a cause for concern. Let’s explore the reasons dogs eat grass, and when or if curbing this behavior is necessary.

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When Roughhousing Goes too Far: How Puppies and Dogs Play

One of the best ways puppies learn the ropes is by modeling the behaviors of their parents and older dogs.

This mock-fighting and roughhousing teaches them several things that can be useful later in life. This instinct for an adult dog to play-fight with puppies in an old one, deeply embedded in their DNA from the days of when they were wild.

Unfortunately, sometimes this form of play can become dangerous for a puppy when it is too aggressive. Your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital have a few tips for a safer way for puppies and dogs to play together. Let’s begin!

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How Your Dog Could Benefit from Doggie Daycare

It wasn’t too many years ago that most pet owners would laugh or roll their eyes at the idea of doggy daycare. Today, though, pet owners of all stripes are discovering the benefits of doggie daycare. 

Whether you’re looking to give your dog an afternoon away from home while you deep clean and run errands, or are looking for sustainable socialization and enrichment for your pet, doggie daycare has a lot to offer and can provide tremendous benefits for your four-legged friend

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You Dig? What To Do About Your Dog Or Puppy Digging 

If your lawn or garden is regularly being sacrificed to your dog or puppy’s paws, you may be throwing your hands up in frustration. 

Aside from the holes in the ground and a subsequent lack of foliage, dog or puppy digging is one of the more difficult behaviors to fix. A thorough understanding of why dogs dig is in order before trying to break the habit.

Keep reading as your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital elaborate on this common dog behavioral problem. 

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We Beg to Differ: Begging in Dogs Isn’t Cute 

Okay, sure those sad eyes, furrowed brows, and the unrelenting attention may be a little endearing, but Blue Valley Animal Hospital maintains that begging in dogs is not a desirable behavior. 

From those doe-like eyes earning a compromise in good nutrition and extra calories to the drool on your rug, there are many reasons to discourage it. 

We have your back when it comes to discouraging begging behavior in dogs.

Nipping Begging in the Bud

As with many things, begging in dogs is best stopped before it starts. 

Begging is a natural canine behavior, and while it may indicate that your dog’s diet is lacking, it is just as likely to be a ploy for attention from the person your pet loves most (psst, that’s you).

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