Dog behavior question? Ask Dr. Wan.

Dr. Wan, dog behaviorist, takes your questions about dog training, behavior, cognition, and dog-human relationships.

Got a burning question about your dog’s behavior or dogs in general?  I’m a dog behaviorist, and I’m here to help.  Every month, I will select one question to answer from a local reader.  In essence, this will be an advice column for dog owners.  Submit your questions to me at AskDrWan@westportdogs.com.  And remember what your first-grade teacher told you: There’s no such thing as a stupid question!

First, a bit about myself: I provide dog behavior and training consultations to local dog owners.  I am also an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University, where I earned my doctorate in psychology and researched dog-human communication.  I have spent eight years working professionally with dogs and can answer your questions on dog training, behavior, cognition, and dog-human relationships.  I will do my best to incorporate the most up-to-date research and best practices in the field when answering your questions.

A few caveats:

  • I apologize in advance for not being able to respond to every question that I receive.  
  • It will help me tremendously if you keep your submissions to one paragraph or less.  
  • I will not be able to address serious behavior problems, such as aggression, in this blog.  If you suspect that your dog has a serious behavior problem, please contact myself or another qualified dog behavior professional immediately for a full behavior consultation.   
  • I am not a veterinarian and will not be able to answer non-behavioral health questions.  Please contact your veterinarian with such questions and concerns.
  • If your question is selected, it will be posted along with your name.  If you prefer to remain anonymous, please let me know.  Your question may be edited for brevity or clarity. 


I’m eagerly looking forward to hearing from you!  Send your dog behavior questions to me at AskDrWan@westportdogs.com.

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