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Dog Behavior Expert Shares Her Thoughts, Answers Your Questions

WGN’s Judie Garcia has a special two part series for everyone thinking about getting a dog.  She talks with a respected dog expert  about  finding the right pet for your family.   And also highlight ways to keep dogs and people safe when visiting off-leash parks.

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Dog behavior expert Sue Sternberg answers your questions – Pt 4

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Dog behavior expert Sue Sternberg answers your questions – Pt 1

Chicago dog owners have   21  public park options  for letting their dogs run off -leash.  It’s a chance for the animals  to get exercise and socialize.  But what does a dog’s behavior at a dog park say about the dog?

Dog behavior expert Sue Sternberg says for  many people  watching   dogs  interact off-leash ,  anything short of  bloodshed   is  play.

But that is not always the case.

Sternberg has spent years  videotaping  and analyzing  dog interactions.  She says she  learned much of what many dogs are doing is  bullying, mobbing, pinning, body-slamming  each other -  in ways that are not friendly  and are  not  play.

She says dogs need  human  guidance to play  and interact  appropriately.

Sternberg says   multiple dogs together off-leash – can be especially dangerous when big dogs and tiny toy breeds  are  left  to interact   uninterrupted.

Sternberg says she often talks to dog owners who mistakenly think  some dog nipping and growling is just   “the pack”  correcting  each other.

Sternberg says dogs don’t reason the way people do.  They’re not moral creatures  and they can hurt  or kill  another dog  if play is allowed to escalate  uninterrupted.

Sternberg says the worst thing owners can do is ignore what their  dog is doing in off-leash settings.   Sternberg believes  each  dog park visit  either   enhances  or erodes  the   owner / dog  bond.

An out-of-control dog in the dog park – will likely be out of control in other settings.

Solid training can prove crucial – so your dog  always comes when called.

For more information on Sternberg, visit her websites:

Youtube Channel:  “Great Dog Productions”  

Dogs are such a part of our lives we may not give much thought to what dogs are saying to us.

But a dog’s body language speaks volumes.

Sue Sternberg has been working with, observing, and training dogs for more than 30 years.  She says – we need to carefully consider the personalities and behaviors of dogs we`re adding to our families.

24981824Friendliness is the single most important quality Sternberg looks for in dogs, regardless of breed.    A friendlier dog is much less likely to bite strangers and you.

But what does friendliness look like in dogs?

Sternberg talks with WGN’s Judie Garcia and visits a local shelter with tips like focusing on behaviors rather  than  breeds and considering the age of the dog.

Youtube Channel:  “Great Dog Productions”