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dog cat behavior anxiety aggression

Why are BEHAVIOR ISSUES so common and how can they be resolved? About three years ago, our Irish setter Coral developed a fear of thunderstorms. She was seven at the time, and prior to that, she’d completely ignored thunder and even fireworks. We have no idea why her behavior changed, as she was never trapped …

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Dark-coated kitties have a harder time getting adopted than their more colorful cousins, but this organization is changing that. When Jennifer Stott and Samantha McDuffee adopted a black cat, they were surprised to learn that dark-coated felines are much harder to find homes for than kitties of other colors. “And when cats are not adopted …

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companion animals

Having a furry companion not only give us unconditional love and friendship – they also make us healthier. Karen is an actress who used to burn the candle at both ends. That is, until she rescued a beaten and abandoned dog named Valoche. As she cared for her new companion, she experienced a renewed sense of …

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ready for a walk

Whether you have a dog or just like to get outside for a stroll, a daily walk comes with a number of benefits. Walking you dog is a great excuse to go outside and get some extra exercise, and now with charitable apps like Wooftrax’s Walk for a Dog App, you can give back to …

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cat in fear

Do you have a cat that spends much of his time in closets, under the bed, or in the quietest, most unused part of the house? Do loud noises or new people prompt him to run away and hide? If so, he may have fear issues. As a cat behaviorist, I work with many felines …

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With gorgeous good looks and star quality to spare, Bocker, the famous Labradoodle, wears many hats – from fashion model and movie star to therapy dog and animal advocate. Bocker is one busy guy. This personable and intelligent Labradoodle is not only a therapy dog, animal advocate, and social media darling with almost half a million …

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Introducing new dog

Introducing a new dog into your home can sometimes be a challenge. By easing into things at a neutral location, and avoiding some common mistakes, you’ll help lay the foundation for a lifelong friendship. My former neighbor, Tracey, has a large, lovable, laid-back yellow Labrador named Cody. Last year, she wanted to add a new dog …

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  By Jasmine Cabanaw Did you know that more than 40% of Canadian and American women will not leave an abusive situation if they have to leave their pets behind? This is because historically there has been a lack of protection for pets involved in domestic violence disputes. Thankfully, that is beginning to change. Many …

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  When it comes to being charitable, there are generally two types of people: People who help people and people who help animals. Helping anyone or anything is a noble gesture that deserves to be rewarded. It could be something as courageous as saving a puppy from traffic, adopting a pet, or just something as …

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Tuna, the tiny Chiweenie, is helping to change society’s definition of beauty. The first time you see a photo of Tuna, you’re liable to do a double take. Is this little guy for real? Is he making faces for the camera? Has the image been manipulated? Yes, he’s for real, and no, the photo hasn’t been …

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He was found wandering the busy streets of Cleveland, Ohio. Because he had no identification, there was no way for the city kennel that picked him up to find his family. No one came to the shelter searching for him. Because space is always at a premium in shelters, this senior Schnoodle was going to …

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His whimsical balancing act has made him a star – and an irresistible “spokesdog” for pit bulls. He’s patient, good-natured and droll. And he has a uniquely humorous talent that has attracted attention from news networks, TV shows and dog lovers all over the globe. Scout is a charming nine-year-old pit bull who loves to …

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It may seem natural to hug and kiss your furry friend, but these gestures may actually feel threatening to some canines. Learn how to read his response to your affection, and show your love in a way he understands. We adore our Irish setter, Coral. From the time we brought her home as a seven-week-old …

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crystals

Healing crystals If you’ve noticed your dog or cat sometimes seems to take on your health issues, you’re not the only one. “When my health was bad, especially my hips and legs, what was fascinating was how my standard poodle Jody developed the same problems as myself,” says Sara Brown. “I knew on some level …

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smarter

Everyone wants their dog to be the smartest on the block. With these training tips you’ll be sure to get her off on the right paw. Adopting a puppy or kitten guarantees lots of love and laughter. It also guarantees some added responsibilities. New animal parents may not experience the same intensity of caretaking duties …

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animals

Animal lovers unite! Social media is a great tool to stay connected with those who share your passion for dogs and cats and everything in between. What is social networking? Think “birds of a feather” meets high tech, without the constraints of coordinating schedules or even being in the same country. Groups of people with …

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camping cat

Have you ever considered taking your cat with you on a camping trip? It might be easier than you think, and she will love the experience. Believe it or not, I have taken my cats camping with me since 2001. Granted, I rescued both of them as campground strays. Tina came to us wounded. We …

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depressed dog

Do you think your dog may be depressed? Here are 6 simple ways to keep him off the shrink’s couch. We’ve all passed through times in our lives that bring us down, when we feel there’s nothing we can do to make it better. It’s usually called depression. We’re sad and soppy and feel we …

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animal law

Not long ago, many animals had little or no legal protection. But animal law has become a burgeoning field in recent years, with more and more professionals showing an interest in it. There are all kinds of lawyers – from criminal and family lawyers to personal injury and tax lawyers. Over the last few years, …

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lost dog joint

Don’t push the panic button if Fido or Fluffy runs away or becomes lost. Instead, follow these suggestions to help him get back safe and sound. Over the years, your perfect pooch or kitty has wiggled his way into your home and your heart, earning himself a starring role on your family tree. And then …

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investment

A penny saved is a penny earned, so the old saying goes. But choosing an investment can be tricky. More and more people are making socially responsible investment choices with their money, such as backing companies that are doing good for the environment or promoting the welfare of animals. The trend toward socially responsible investing …

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boarding kennel

Planning a trip to visit family or friends this festive season? Depending on how long you’ll be away, you may need to hire a pet sitter or board your companion at a kennel. Many people balk at the idea of leaving their dogs at a kennel, but if you choose the right facility, your companion …

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Cat outside waiting behavior

He’s the first cat I’ve ever had – and he’s taught me all I need to know about solving feline behaviour problems. As a first time cat person, I’ve had to learn a lot about feline behavior. My first kitty, Sir Lancelot, came from the SPCA and lived on the streets prior to my adopting …

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behavior

You probably know your dog better than you know some of your friends. You can tell how they’re feeling and what they want by subtle behavior cues that wouldn’t even be noticeable to other people. So, you definitely take note when your dog’s behavior starts to change – it sets your internal alarm bells off …

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Charley Poodle visits our local book shop. And the hardware store. And the church. Not to shop or worship, but to keep up his skills as a visiting therapy dog. Charley needs to be able to take everything in stride no matter where he goes, and as his keeper, trainer and social secretary, I ensure …

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litter box

Litter box problems can occur in any household, regardless of the number of cats, but the chances certainly increase as you add more cats into the mix. I think it’s pretty safe to say that if you have several cats, you’ve probably dealt with a litter box problem or will at some time in the …

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breeds

A new study reveals that canines use both visual and cognitive cues to identify others of their species, no matter how different the breeds. Louise’s daughter asked her an interesting question one day while they were walking their dog. The friendly golden retriever had just stopped to say hello to a passing pug. “How does …

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kindergarten

Kitty kindergarten is a way to put an end to undesirable traits like unsociability or aggression and ensure a happy, well-adjusted kitten. We’ve all heard about training classes and obedience schools for puppies. But what about kindergarten for kittens? Contrary to popular belief, it’s every bit as important for kittens to be properly socialized and trained …

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dog theft

The incidence of dog theft is rising, but you don’t have to become a victim. Take steps to protect your pooch, and know what to do. You open the back door to call your dog in, but he’s not there. Your heart pounding, you dash out to discover the gate gaping open, the latch and …

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behavior

Here’s how to discourage and redirect three of the most common behavior problems in cats. There’s a lot to be said for cats. They’re affectionate but rarely suffer from separation anxiety. They don’t need to be “housetrained” in the traditional sense – if you provide litter boxes that meet their preferences, they’ll use them. And while …

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hile walking through my neighborhood last winter, I made a new friend. Bonding with a dog through idle, one-sided communication, you wouldn’t think the encounter would be so memorable, but it was. I’ve engaged with strangers at the train station, or while in line at the farmer’s market – those interludes have been pleasant enough, …

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Dog licking her lips

Does your dog like to give you and your guests tongue baths? An animal behavior consultant offers advice on why she does this, and how to deter her from licking everyone she meets. You’ll probably be welcoming friends and family into your home during the holidays. Like a lot of dog guardians, you might worry …

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