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  1. Do dogs have self esteem?

    I am studying dog motivation and would like to know if dogs have self esteem. I have surveyed several owners and find that owners of more primitive dogs such as Border Collies and GSDs think not while small dog owners such as pugs and other toy dogs say yes. What are your thoughts on this. Many thanks (love Dognition)

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  3. 10 votes
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  5. What if food, toys and praise don't get the dog's attention?

    My Jack Russell doesn't care about food, toys or praise while we are walking, his only focus is squirrels, rabbits, etc... and dogs, with two different reactions. For small animals, he wants to chase it, for dogs he barks and try to reach them at all cost.
    He passed through 2 different trainers, I read more than 10 books on dog behavior, I took classes... but nothing, he doesn't change. And by the time is getting old, I'm concerned about his health.
    I'm hopeless here, I just accepted the way he is, but maybe you have some advices.

    Thank you!

    10 votes
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  6. My dog has bad front door manners.

    My 3 year old neutered male second generation wheaten/standard poodle mix is sweet, well behaved, gentle and affable. But when someone comes to the front door, he cannot control his excitement. It doesnt matter whether the person at the door is a total stranger or my mother, he jumps all over them in his exuberance. He often gets sent to his kennel as a punishment (which he hates but accepts). We could discourage his behavior with his electic collar but I am reluctant to use painful training techniques. Any ideas or insight you have would be appreciated.

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  7. hiding big girl bones do other dogs do it too?

    she takes her big girl bone outside then buries it. then comes inside and barks at you until you follow her outside where she stands by it
    until you unbury it for her. do other dogs do similar things?

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  9. 7 votes
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  10. Why does my dog ignore me sometimes?

    Sometimes when I give my dog a command, he will ignore me. Why does this happen?

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  11. How can I stop my dog running up to strangers and jumping up to 'kiss' them in greeting.

    I am keeping my 18 month old dog on leash around people at the moment as he leaps up at peoples faces to greet them. This in not acceptable for most people. He has learnt not to do it to us and can be controlled at home but in the park it is an issue. Any ideas on the best way to stop this behaviour.

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  12. 6 votes
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  13. 5 votes
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  15. Treats become ineffective rewards for my dog when we're outside. I give one to him, but he drops in on the ground in favor of other things.

    He'd rather look at fire hydrants and trees than accept a treat for good behavior. How should I reward him when we are training outside so that he will be more motivated to repeat desired behaviors?

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  16. Do dogs recognize themselves in a mirror similar to how human babies acquire this ability between 18-24 months?

    Do dogs recognize themselves in a mirror similar to how human babies acquire this ability between 18-24 months?

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  18. Does a dog understand anything he or she watches on television?

    Does a dog understand anything he watches on television or is he just responding to movement and sound?

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  19. Why does my dog chew on hard things?

    Truffle our 2 year old lab likes to steal clothes, but one he has stolen them will not chew on them. However, when he steals something hard, like eyeglasses, he will chew these to bits. Why does he do this, and is there any way to stop it?

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  20. Do dogs "apologize" to one another?

    Our dog Pike was about 11 years younger than our older dog, Max. When Pike was about 2 years old, there was some kind of "thing" going on be Pike and Max, I think over a toy, if I remember correctly. Pike snapped at Max. Then,withink about 30 seconds or so, Pike seemed to purposely turn around, trot back over to where Max was standing, sort of quickly touch noses with Max, and then walk away. It was almost like a, "Gee, I screwed up when I snapped at you" kind of thing - I realize Pike might have been…

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