dog behavior

Girl with her family's foster care dog, a white Labrador Retriever mix
Best Friends' dog foster care manual has information on preparing for, bringing home and caring for a foster dog to prepare him or her for a forever home....Read More
dog holding paw out to woman
Dog paw licking is a common behavior and not always cause for concern. Dogs sometimes lick their paws to clean them (or because there might be something tasty on them)....Read More
new puppy sitting in a home on soft bedding
You’re thinking about taking the plunge and adopting a wriggly bundle of joy, otherwise known as a new puppy....Read More
Black schnauzer wearing a green collar
Not all dogs like wearing a collar....Read More
Well-behaved dog walking on a leash with person's legs showing
If you want a well-trained, well-socialized, well-behaved dog, you must interact consistently and practice skills to build a foundation of trust and a healthy relationship....Read More
Woman using positive reinforcement to train a shelter dog
Tara’s Run is a facility for training shelter dogs at Best Friends that contains real-life equipment to help dogs become familiar with structures they’ll encounter in a hom...Read More
Woman teaching a dog basic dog training commands using treats
Teaching basic dog cues, such as “sit” and “down,” is easy and fun, and you can see results quickly....Read More
a dog in public being walked on leash on a sidewalk
Our dogs are members of the family, so most of us enjoy taking them out in public — whether it’s for a ...Read More
dog playing with a ring dog toy
When dogs don’t have opportunities to play, they can get bored or frustrated and begin to exhibit problem behaviors, such as ...Read More
Dog who has a tendency to guard his resources is learning self-control by sitting.
Why this cue is useful for your dog to know: Guarding resources (food, toys, locations, etc.) is a common and natural behavior in many dogs....Read More