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Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home

Cats on High: Maximize Vertical Space

Reading Time: 4 minutes No matter the size of your living space, by going vertical, you can greatly increase your cat’s lifestyle real estate.

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Training & Grooming

Teaching the Seek Back as a Game

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Seek Back is used by police to send a dog to search a large area where a crime may have been committed. A trained dog will search methodically, quartering the area and searching back and forth, the way you might mow a lawn, so they don’t miss a spot. Once they find something that […]

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New at the Zoo: Design Trends Benefit Animals and Humans

Reading Time: 5 minutes Animal wellbeing, both physical and mental, is a priority for modern zoos, and that involves a lot more than you might realize. It starts before an animal even arrives, with the design of the exhibit where they’re going to live. A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body To start, an exhibit needs to provide a […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home

How to Make Your Dog Happy and Even Laugh

Reading Time: 4 minutes We know how much our dogs make us happy and even laugh. And scientists confirm that snuggling with our dogs unleashes oxytocin, informally referred to as the cuddle chemical. Medical studies confirm again and again that hanging out with dogs can lower our blood pressure, reduce our stress levels, and boost our moods. But when […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home

Is Your Cat Ready for a Water Fountain?

Reading Time: 4 minutes You can lead a cat to her water fountain, but you can’t make her drink. Cat water fountains are becoming popular with pet owners. I decided to join the fountain brigade and purchase one for my cat, Angel, hoping it might increase her water consumption, which is important for cats. A 10-pound adult cat should […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home New Pets

Kitten Meetups With All Creatures Great and Small

Reading Time: 4 minutes So you’re thinking of adding a kitten to your menagerie. The little voice in your head tells you it will make your family complete. Or an orphan shows up on your doorstep with saucer eyes and a fluffy coat, begging for a handout. Introducing the newbie to your existing crew requires patience and caution. Keep […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs

Playing in a Winter Wonderland

Reading Time: 3 minutes Most dogs love snow, the exceptions being some small dogs and dogs without much haircoat. That said, throw a jacket and some booties on them and even dogs such as German Shorthaired Pointers love to skijor and sled. Here are some ideas for winter fun with your dog. Backyard Play The best snow for dogs […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs New Pets Training & Grooming

Old Tricks for New Puppies

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tricks are perfect for puppies. They’ll help your puppy learn to pay attention to words, and to you; they’ll demonstrate the joys of cracking a joke and making people laugh; they can reinforce training; make for a better partnership; instill confidence in a new puppy; and give you, the human partner, a chance to show […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Training & Grooming

Clicker Training Basics

Reading Time: 5 minutes Clicker training techniques allow us to communicate with our animals using positive reinforcement.  Positive reinforcement (which you may sometimes see abbreviated as +R) is one of the quadrants of learning. It involves adding something desirable to the interaction to increase the likelihood that an animal will repeat a behavior. To enhance its benefits, positive reinforcement […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home

8 Ideas for Getting Out That Pent-Up Energy This Winter

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dogs everywhere seem to be afflicted with the zoomies these days. With the arrival of winter’s challenging weather coupled with the spike in COVID cases, many pet parents and their dogs are forced to stay socially distant, spend more time in our homes and cancel travel plans for at least the upcoming winter months. That […]