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  • Border Collie Has Large Toy Vocabulary

    Border Collie Has Large Toy Vocabulary

    There’s yet another study out about a dog who knows the names of dozens of different toys. Whisky, a Border Collie in Norway, has done more than learn that each individual toy has its own name. She has also shown that she can categorize items into different types of toys—ropes, balls, frisbees and rings—without prior […] More

  • Puppy Doesn’t Want to Walk Outside

    Puppy Doesn’t Want to Walk Outside

    Dear Bark: Why doesn’t my puppy like walks? About two months ago, I got a puppy. He loves to play inside the house, and to sit in front of our house. However, he doesn’t enjoy going on walks around the neighborhood. I often wind up picking him up and carrying him, but even that freaks him […] More

  • Where Should Puppies Be Raised?

    Where Should Puppies Be Raised?

    The early experiences of puppies have such profound effects on their behavior as adults, but most people don’t even meet their puppies until they are 7-8 weeks old. Those first few weeks matter so much, but it can be hard to acquire information about what puppies have experienced in those early days. A new study […] More

  • How to Connect with a Skittish Dog

    How to Connect with a Skittish Dog

    The Bark’s advice columnist answers readers’ questions about canine behavior. Got a question? Email askbark@thebark.com Dear Bark: We live out in the woods, and sadly, people often dump their animals on our lonely road. Recently, a beautiful young Husky appeared and seems to have adopted us. We named him Buck, and we feed him, give him lots […] More

  • Is “Muzzle Grabbing” a Proper Canine Greeting?

    Is “Muzzle Grabbing” a Proper Canine Greeting?

    The Bark’s advice columnist answers readers’ questions about canine behavior. Got a question? Email askbark@thebark.com Dear Bark: I saw a video online recently that showed presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg greeting a dog by grabbing and “shaking” the dog’s open mouth. I found it completely bizarre! But some people are saying greeting a dog by shaking the muzzle […] More