Breaking the Code

Deciphering your dog’s breed instincts and behavioral needs.

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The owner of a Dalmatian described her dog as hyperactive when they arrived for behavior consulting. “When the owner summarized the dog’s daily routine, I explained that the Dalmatian was not hyperactive, but rather simply in need of additional exercise,” says Katherine Houpt, V.M.D., of Animal Behavior Consultants of Northern Michigan in Gaylord, Mich. Dalmatians were bred to be highly active and run alongside horse-drawn coaches. A daily walk around the block may leave a Dalmatian with excess energy.

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