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Separating a puppy from its mother before eight weeks old incurs risks of health and behavioural problems.
Dogs have a very sharp sense of smell, as their noses have up to 300 million olfactory receptors.
Dogs have been domesticated pets for thousands of years, but their nature will not stay buried even if their bone treats do.
Frequent and unwanted barking is often unconsciously trained, but pet owners can do something about it.
A dog's destructive and disruptive behaviours are often its way of saying “find me something useful to do!”, according to pet behavioural experts.
Our columnist, out looking for her missing cat, is given a right royal fright when her neighbour's dog creeps up from behind her like a ninja.
Over time, black animals became the poster pets for evil. And by the 1580s, writers like Shakespeare began to use the image, coining expressions like black curse, black intentions and black soul – all meaning evil. However, it is mere superstition that black pets bring bad luck.
Dogs roll in the grass because it feels good - and also to share the scent.
Dogs have personal space, too. Just as you and I wouldn't rub noses when we meet each other for the first time, we shouldn't do that with dogs, either. Let the dog initiate the contact. If we reach toward them, stare them down or lean over them, dogs may see that as a threat.
There is an assortment of commercial products that promise to deter dogs. They can get expensive, as you'll likely have to apply and reapply the product many times. They also aren't foolproof, but it might be worth a try as they'll probably cut down on some of the problem.