Dog Behavior

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Adopting a Pit Bull

The American Pit Bull Terrier and Pit Bull mixes are frequently available for adoption at PAWS[/index.php/cats-and-dogs/adopt/available-pets/]. In fact some Pit Bulls and mixes of the breed often account for 20 percent or more of the dogs available for adoption at area shelters. Many embody the best qualities of our favorite canine friends – lovable, loyal, eager to learn, friendly and great with families. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked by potential adopters because of misconceptions about the breed.
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Chewing - The Why's and How's to Stop a Gnawing Problem

Sooner or later every dog lover returns home to find some unexpected damage inflicted by his or her dog; or, more specifically, that dog's teeth. Although dogs make great use of their vision and sense of smell to explore the world, one of their favorite ways to take in new information is to put their mouths to work.
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The Canine Escape Artist

Escaping is a serious problem for both you and your dog, as it can have tragic consequences. If your dog is running loose, he is in danger of being hit by a car, being injured in a fight with another dog, or being hurt in a number of other ways. Additionally, you are liable for any damage or injury your dog may cause and you may be required to pay a fine if he is picked up by an animal control agency. In order to resolve an escaping problem, you must determine not only how your dog is getting out, but also why he is escaping.
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High-Energy Dogs

Just like people, dogs have individual personalities and traits. Certain breeds tend to produce high-energy types (such as Pointers, Setters, Fox Terriers, and Huskies). Within each litter of puppies there is also a variety of personality types—some lively, others laid back. If you adopted a dog who exhibits a high-energy personality, the following information will be helpful in establishing your new relationship.
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Separation Anxiety

Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit behavior problems when they're left alone. Typically, they'll have a dramatic anxiety response within a short time (20-45 minutes) after their owners leave them. The most common of these behaviors are:
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Why Dogs Bite

The American Veterinary Medical Association's National Dog Bite Prevention Week focuses on educating people and runs May 22 - 28, 2016. Below is some advice on understanding why dogs bite and taking steps to keep yourself safe.