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Reasons for Aggression in Dogs

Aggression in dogs

Aggression in dogs is cause for concern in many dog owners.  Aggression is defined as the threat of harm to another individual involving snarling, growling, snapping, biting, barking, and/or lunging.  Understanding the contributing factors in aggression can often help in the treatment of aggression.  The most common reason for aggression is fear, but occasionally other factors contribute to aggression.  Aggression, whatever the cause, is a very serious issue that should only be treated by working with a veterinary behaviorist that can work wi

I'll Be Back... Really! Preventing Separation Anxiety

Preventing separation anxiety in puppies

Puppies learn lots of things in their first four months:  where to poop and pee, how to come when called, what to chew and not chew, and so on.  Owners are often so busy solving problems (how did he reach the TV remote??) that they don’t always think of preventing problems.  Preventing separation anxiety may prove to be one of a puppy owner’s most important tasks.

Housetraining 101

Housetraining 101: A survival guide

There are four simple rules for housetraining a puppy or dog:

Crate Training Your Puppy

Crate training your puppy

Crating a puppy is a procedure widely recommended by trainers, groomers, veterinarians, animal shelters, and behaviorists. Crating is based on the idea that dogs are denning animals. In the wild many canid species use a small cave or dug-out area to give birth to pups and for protection while sleeping or resting. However, contrary to what some sources would lead you to believe, wild canids do not spend their day in the den. Crating, while a useful tool in many situations, can be over-used and improperly used.  

Etiquette for Dog Owners

Etiquette for dog owners

As pet owners, we have a responsibility to manage our pets and ensure good behavior in public.  Gentle, pain-free methods are essential to training dogs and helping them bond with their owners.  Being gentle, though, doesn’t mean allowing or sugar-coating bad manners (“He’s so excited to see you!”  “She doesn’t know her own strength”).  Cultivating appropriate behavior in our dogs paves the way for pleasant relations and peaceful coexistence among dog owners and non-owners alike.  Read on!<

Unusual Eating Habits

Unusual eating habits in dogs and cats


Nocturnal Behavior in Cats

Managing noctural behavior in cats

“My cat is keeping me awake at night!”
This very common complaint has a completely natural cause:  cats are nocturnal, which means they are more active during nighttime hours than during the day.  Living peacefully with them entails shifting their schedule slightly and managing their environment so that you, their owners, can sleep.  The following tips can help:

How Do I Keep My Cat Off the Counter?

How do I keep my cat off the counter?

This question comes up regularly among new cat owners, for very understandable reasons.  Cats like elevated places, and in many houses, tables and counters are the surfaces highest from the floor.  In addition, this behavior (often called “counter cruising”) is reinforced, usually if the cat finds food.  The following guidelines can help you and your cat live more peacefully:

Excessive Vocalization in Cats

Managing excessive vocalization in cats

While many cats barely draw attention to themselves, spending hours napping or watching birds through the picture window, others can’t seem to keep quiet!  They may not only meow but howl, wail, chatter and so on.  Though Siamese and other Oriental breeds seem most prone to this trait, any breed of cat can be a “talker”.  Here are some considerations for frazzled owners.

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