Archives for January 2018

Why Does My Dog Lick His Paws?

If your dog always seems to be licking his paws there might be a reason behind it. Paw licking can be a habit like nail biting in adults, but it’s important to take a look at the paw to see if a vet visit might be necessary. 

First, take a look at the nails. Do they need a trim? Sometimes a nail can break off or grow long enough to be bothersome to the dog. Now look between the paws and paw pads. Any debris or foreign objects? Also look for redness as this can indicate possible allergies or yeast and a consult with an allergy specialist might be in order. Finally, check for any lumps or growths. If everything looks good then this could be a behavioral issue. If it is excessive a consult with your regular veterinarian is still a good idea, he or she might be able to provide some valuable insight. 

Should I Leave The Radio On For My Dog?

A lot of dog owners leave the radio or tv on for background noise when they are not home.

But do you ever wonder if your dog has a music preference? Well there’s a recent study that suggests they do! 

Irish psychologist Deborah Wells exposed dogs at an animal shelter to different genres of music including pop, classical and heavy metal. 

When heavy metal was played the dogs appeared agitated and began to bark. The classical music seemed to have a calming effect and many of the dogs began to lay down and quiet their barking. The pop music made no notable behavior difference in the dogs. 

So there you have it, it would seem dogs like to chill out to classical music! 

Have you noticed a difference in your dog’s behavior when you play music?