Dr. Savage’s Science-Based and Experience Driven Dog Training Blog


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 digging in sand

Why Do Dogs Dig?

As summer begins, you may spend more time in your backyard with your four-legged best friend. More backyard time also means more opportunities to explore the space and possibly get into trouble!

Frenchie playing in the grass - mental health awareness

Protecting the Mental Health of Dogs

As spring is upon us, I am reminded that May is mental health awareness month. When I think about mental health, I think about everything dogs do to improve human mental health.

Why does my dog yawn?

Why Does My Dog Yawn?

If you are like me, you want your dog to be happy and carefree.  For dogs to be fully happy, it takes having family members that truly understand them and how they

Why do dogs show their teeth

Why Does My Dog Show Their Teeth?

Most of the time, we think of a warning behavior when dogs show their teeth. It generally serves as a precursor for more aggressive behavior. It is a warning to back away

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


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