Understanding Dogs

Explore expert tips that help you understand a range of dog behaviors, from barking and tail wagging to different body language cues. We'll help you decode your furry friend's behavior so you can better understand their wants and needs. Plus, we provide tips on how to correct any behavioral issues that may arise, such as separation anxiety, aggression, or destructive behavior. Whether you're a seasoned dog owner or a curious newbie, our goal is to help you build a strong and healthy relationship with your canine companion.

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Why Are Dogs Scared of Fireworks?
Why Are Dogs Scared of Fireworks?
Many dogs experience fear around loud noises, including fireworks. Find out why dogs are scared of fireworks and ways to keep them calm when firework shows are common.
Why Do Dogs Chew Everything?
Why Do Dogs Chew Everything?
Dogs chewing is a normal behavior, but it can become a problem for household objects. Learn why your dog is chewing everything and how to curb problem chewing.
Can Dogs See Color?
Can Dogs See Color?
Can dogs see color or are they all color blind? Visit Purina.com to find out whether dogs can only see in black and white or if they can see in color.
How to Stop a Dog from Digging
How to Stop a Dog from Digging
Is your dog digging holes in your lawn? Learn why your dog is digging and how to curb this negative behavior before it becomes a habit.
Tips to Help Cats & Dogs with Separation Anxiety
Tips to Help Cats & Dogs with Separation Anxiety
When established routines change, pets can be affected by separation anxiety. Learn how to spot the signs and help your cat or dog’s separation anxiety.
How to Read Dog Body Language
How to Read Dog Body Language
Why does your dog wag their tail, bark or hide under the bed? Learn how to read canine body language to understand what they're trying to say and improve communication.
How to Stop a Dog’s Aggressive Behavior
How to Stop a Dog’s Aggressive Behavior
There are many reasons a dog may be aggressive, and it may require veterinary advice. Read Purina’s tips for understanding and managing your dog’s aggression.
Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?
Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?
Why is my dog eating poop and how do I make it stop? This odd behavior could result from a nutritional deficiency or could simply be instinct. Our experts explain reasons why dogs eat poop and how to correct the behavior.
How to Calm Dog Anxiety and Dog Fear
How to Calm Dog Anxiety and Dog Fear
Dogs depend upon us to make them feel safe and secure. See what Purina’s experts say about how anxiety or fear can develop and what you can do to calm an anxious or scared dog.
Why Are Dogs Scared of Thunder?
Why Are Dogs Scared of Thunder?
If you’re wondering why some dogs are scared of thunder, there are several possibilities including the loud noises and flashes of light. Find out some other possible causes for this fear and how to ease your dog’s storm anxiety here.
Shelter Pet Photography Tips
Shelter Pet Photography Tips
A good picture can make all the difference in pet adoption. Learn how you can help your local shelter provide quality photos with these professional photographer tips.
Dog Pulling on the Leash? Training a Dog to Walk on a Leash
Dog Pulling on the Leash? Training a Dog to Walk on a Leash
Is your dog displaying a “bad dog” behavior that is causing you frustration? Explore the causes of common dog behaviors that trouble owners, and get advice from pet behavior experts on how to correct them.