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Dogs Training & Grooming Veterinary Care

Give It a Chin Rest

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Reading Time: 3 minutes I had just started a private training lesson when I noticed the little Poodle’s right eye was swollen, with yellow-greenish goop gathering in the corner and seeping down the side of his nose. He kept winking at me, clearly uncomfortable. “Has Buddy seen your veterinarian?” I asked. “Poor guy, his eye looks awful!” “I just […]

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Birds Other Travel & Safety

Teaching Birds to Travel Stress-Free

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Like many pets, birds aren’t always fans of visiting the veterinarian. Part of that is likely because they aren’t used to riding in a car. Most avian companions rarely travel outside of the home. This means travel may have the potential to be challenging. Training your bird in advance for transportation can give you peace […]

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Dogs Fears & Anxieties

The Spectrum of Fear, Anxiety, and Stress in Dogs

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Is your dog relaxed, interested, anxious, getting scared, or ready to run for the hills? You can tell a lot by reading his body language and paying attention to his vocalizations. In our handout, we offer tips on how to recognize whether your dog’s level of fear, anxiety, or stress is escalating. If you have […]

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Birds New Pets

Thinking of Getting Backyard Chickens? Don’t Wing It

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Recognizing the emotional and physical needs of chickens reduces stress for them and you.

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Cats Fears & Anxieties

The Spectrum of Fear, Anxiety, and Stress in Cats

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Is your cat relaxed, interested, anxious, getting scared, or ready to run under the bed? You can tell a lot by reading body language and paying attention to vocalizations. In our handout, we offer tips on how to recognize whether your cat’s level of fear, anxiety, or stress is escalating. If you have concerns, talk […]

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Birds Cats Dogs Equines Fears & Anxieties Other Uncategorized

Lives Regained at Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelter

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When people don’t leave situations of domestic violence, it’s often because they fear for the welfare of their pets. Only 10 percent of shelters for victims of domestic violence have facilities that can accept pets as well as people, so women stay rather than risk harm coming to their pets. A 2021 report from the […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Dogs Fears & Anxieties Holidays

Give Your Pets a Fear Free Fourth of July

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes The Fourth of July should be fun for the whole family, your pets included. Fireworks, parades, large numbers of strangers, and other out-of-the-ordinary experiences can be stressful and scary to your pet. Follow the tips in this handout to celebrate the Fourth of July and keep it Fear Free for your pets.

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Equines Fears & Anxieties Other Training & Grooming

Tricks and Treats Help Horses Gain Courage

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Reading Time: 4 minutes When a horse becomes part of your life, it is important to help him learn to deal with changes and unusual interactions without fear.

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Cats Fears & Anxieties Life at Home

In From the Cold: How a Community Cat Came to an Indoor Life

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Reading Time: 4 minutes They often prefer to live the wild life, but some community cats can be wooed to live happily indoors.

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Dogs Shelters & Fostering

Hotel for Homeless Dogs Reshapes Traditional Shelter Models

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Since enrichment is a cornerstone of the Fear Free Shelter Program, it’s always exciting to hear of creative ways shelters work to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) while providing for the physical and emotional wellbeing of animals in their care. The Hotel for Homeless Dogs is a shelter founded on the notion that reducing […]