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Dog/human miscommunication and how it can lead to anxiety in dogs

Pack structure and the human animal bond are damaged in the confusion of communication in most instances of behavior problems. Understanding that assertiveness and submission more accurately describe a dog or wolf pack structure is only the beginning. However it has been my experience that this must be understood to achieve proper modification of behavior… Continue Reading


When a dog eats feces (poop) it is called coprophagia. Dogs will eat their own feces, the feces of other dogs, the feces of other animals such as rabbits, cats, horses and others. It is a natural behavior when bitches eat the feces of their puppies. This keeps the den clean and eliminates smells that may… Continue Reading

Chewing Dangers & The Right Dog Toy

Puppies and some adult dogs explore with their mouths. Creating a safe environment could mean the difference between life and death for your dog. Keep everything dogs should not have out of their environment. Dog toys should not be so small that they can get stuck in their mouth or throat, or swallowed. I worked in… Continue Reading

Dogs With Destructive Behavior

Beloved family dogs commit a wide variety of “destructive crimes”. As humans we take damage to our property and possessions personally. It is vital that you realize your dog is not trying to punish you dog is not getting even with you. This view will greatly effect the bond that you have with your dog in… Continue Reading


Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour emergency hotline at (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee may apply. When you call the center, please be ready to provide: * Your name, address and telephone number If You Think Your Animal Is Poisoned… Cornell University Poison Plant Database If you need help training your dog… Continue Reading


If you think your dog has separation anxiety please seek the help of a dog behaviorist, dog behavior specialist, dog psychologist. Your dog is suffering more than you are over the loss of your couch and shoes. This is a very serious disorder. I can help you.Contact me for more information Your dog is not… Continue Reading

What’s Wrong With Punishing My Dog?

Positive Punishment or Negative reinforcement is a reaction to an unexpected negative emotional response as the result of an unwanted behavior. You had a negative emotional reaction to something your dog did that you didn’t expect or like. The dog jumped on you and you hit him or kneed him. This is a nice professional… Continue Reading

Dressing Your Dog

I had a client ask me recently if it was ok for his wife to dress up their male Pomeranian. I think he wanted me to say no. Come on guys, women love that cute stuff! Coats and sweaters are necessary for some dogs in chilly weather. Boots are necessary for all dogs in bitterly… Continue Reading

Feeding Your Dog to Lower His Stress

Daina Beckman Dog Behavior Specialist Happy Tails Dog Behavior & Training 607-698-9122 There has been a lot of studies on the canine diet as it relates to all areas of growth, dog breed and dog behavior. It is important that you check with your veterinarian before you change your dogs diet. Once you have the… Continue Reading


When dogs get sick it will effect the dogs behavior and training. It is important for you to be up to date on health warning that could effect your dog. If you see a sudden change in your dogs behavior consult with your veterinarian. Many illness can effect your dogs psychology. This is especially true… Continue Reading

Stress & Cortisol; Why Your Dog Can’t Learn & Think Clearly

Daina Beckman Dog Behavior Specialist Happy Tails Dog Behavior & Training 607-698-9122   When a dog is exposed to a stressor or anxiety, a cascade of what is referred to as the stress response happens. It includes the behavior/endocrinal response fight/flight/freeze. Examples are: dog/dog attacks (dog fights), shying away from women with long dark hair… Continue Reading

If Your Dog Gets Lost

Daina Beckman Dog Behavior Specialist Happy Tails Dog Behavior & Training 607-698-9122 Be prepared ahead of time in case your dog gets lost. You should have current pictures of your dog. Make sure your dog has a tag with at least your phone number on it. Two phone numbers are better. You could use the… Continue Reading

Dogs and Heat exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Signs of heat exhaustion include : heavy panting, hyperventilation (deep breathing), increased salivation early then dry gums as the effects of over heating progresses, weakness,  confusion or inattention, vomiting or diarrhea and sometimes bleeding.   As the condition progresses towards heat exhaustion or heat stroke there may be obvious paleness or graying to the gums.… Continue Reading

How to choose dog food

Understanding Pet Food & Why I recommend the foods I do. Daina Beckman     If you want to skip reading all this, I recommend Blue Buffalo, Acana, Fromm, Lotus and Grandma Mae’s for adult dogs, and Blue Buffalo for puppies.  I am no longer recommending By Nature as the manufacturing is going to… Continue Reading