The Great Chase: How To Prevent Your Dog From Chasing Small Animals

The desire to chase is an instinctive and innate drive in most breeds. At its most basic, dogs evolved as predators and scavengers, and so this natural instinct can be difficult to curb or eradicate, especially with certain breeds

Still, it can be possible to train, distract, and prevent your dog from chasing small animals and birds. 

Why Do Dogs Chase?

The desire to chase is closely tied to a dog’s amazing sense of smell. Their nose, which is 10,000 more sensitive than ours, acutely detects the scent of small mammals and birds, and the quick movements of these “prey animals” also serves to attract some dogs to the chase. 

Another reason dogs chase is that the activity is inherently pleasurable for them. Your dog has a lot of fun in the chase, and sometimes catching something can deliver the ultimate reward – unfortunately. 

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Lonely or Just Alone? What to Know About Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

We all know that dogs are our best friends – after all, they are hard-wired to want to be with us all the time. And many of us would love to take them everywhere we go. Unfortunately, there are times when our dog pals can’t accompany us. Work, social functions, and other obligations sometimes dictate that we leave our dog home alone.

Leaving your dog home alone doesn’t a bad pet owner make. But there are some tips and tricks we can use to make this time spent alone more enriching for our dogs. Keep reading as Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates shares our best tips. 

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Spotlight on Dog Behavior: Why Do Dogs Chase Their Own Tails?

A dog chases his tail

In the human world, we “chase our tails” when we rush around ineffectually – be it physically or mentally. And, really, who can’t relate to that every once in a while? Dogs definitely can, but for many of our canine friends, the idea of chasing their tails is rooted in reality rather than metaphor. Why do they do this? Is there anything to be done about this mysterious (and yet universal) dog behavior? 

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