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Explore our blogs below to learn more about common dog training and behavior concerns.

Our dog training blog identifies common concerns about dog behavior and answers everyday questions with our science based background and our hands-on daily experience. See how Beyond the Dog has contributed to the field of applied animal behavior not only through practice, but through contributions to the scientific community.

Dog staring at other dogs and people

Why Do My Dog’s Hackles Stand Up on End?

Common body language when I observe dogs in various situations is a dog’s hackles, or fur, standing up on end. Technically this is referred to as piloerection and is due to an

Dog licking another dog

Licking Behavior Explained

One of the more commonly mistaken behaviors in dogs is licking. Most people think of licking as akin to a dog kissing. In some cases, the behavior is a friendly gesture, but

Bulldog with tongue out

Why Does My Dog Bark?

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. To determine why a dog is barking, I consider what happens prior to the bark, the body language of the dog, the pitch of the

Mia outside with her cat harness

A Guide to Training Your Cat to Walk on a Leash

It’s a common belief that cats are born to be homebodies. Many consider their cats strictly indoor pets; most cats spend so much time sleeping, lounging, and cuddling with their owners but

Person communicating with a dog

How Do I Communicate With My Dog

Do you ever wonder what your dog is thinking? Dogs primarily communicate nonverbally. Instead, they rely on their body language. Communicating using body language seems to be something innate in dogs or,

friendly or neutral dog behavior

Identifying Body Language in Dogs

One might think that since dogs cannot speak, it is more challenging to communicate with them. Indeed, this might be the case if words were always valid. Dogs lacking words make communicating

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