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Sleeping with Dogs

By Stephanie Borns-Weil | August 19, 2021

Aside from my personal preference, as a veterinary behaviorist, I can say that there is no reason why most dogs should not sleep in their owners’ beds if they and their owners prefer the arrangement.

American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior Position Statement on Punishment

By Cummings School News Staff | August 13, 2021

AVSAB’s position is that punishment1 (e.g. choke chains, pinch collars, and electronic collars) should not be used as a first-line or early-use treatment for behavior problems.

Fireworks, fireworks, fireworks

By Stephanie Borns-Weil | July 6, 2020

As soon as the sunsets, the pops and bangs begin and the poor dog begins to tremble. Even dogs with a history of mild fear can be sensitized to the frequent explosions.

Managing Mask Phobia in Dogs

By Stephanie Borns-Weil | April 22, 2020

If your dog is fearful of face masks, don’t despair. Behavior modification can help your dog accept the unacceptable masks.

How to Stop Attention-Seeking Behavior

By Stephanie Borns-Weil | April 16, 2020

A veterinary behaviorist shares how to get your dog to stop barking, pawing, stealing or otherwise acting up to get your attention during the pandemic.

How to Stop Territorial Barking

By Stephanie Borns-Weil | April 15, 2020

A veterinary behaviorist shares how to get your dog to stop barking at passersby—and providing an unwanted soundtrack to your Zoom meetings—during the pandemic.