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Want to Communicate Better with Your Dog? Understand How They Learn

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Pet caretakers often relate to their dogs in a manner that’s most closely akin to a parent-child relationship. However, while we may view our dogs as our “fur kids,” in day-to-day living it’s likely we’ll encounter ongoing reminders of just how much “dog” they actually are. It’s there, in the contrast of who we expect […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home

What Cats Want and Need: The Science Behind Their Happiness

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Reading Time: 5 minutes By Mikkel Becker, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KA, CTC We share our hearts and homes with our feline friends. However, as undeniably deep as the connection with our cats goes, there are certain aspects of our lives that simply can’t be shared. That’s because as much as we love our cats (and believe they love […]

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Dogs Life at Home Other

Study Finds Dogs Judge Human Competence

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Reading Time: 3 minutes For 13 years, my dog Rio has loved catching treats I toss him. That food-motivated Lab mix excels at watching a piece of kibble fly through the air toward his face and snatching it with his mouth mid-flight. Occasionally my throw is off, and the treat will hit the top of his head or land […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home New Pets

Create a Fear Free Environment by “Catifying” Your Home

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When I first became aware of the concept of “catifying” a house, I fell in love with the idea of my cats having a place to not only live, but to thrive. I asked two experts in cats and design for their tips on making a house that’s comfortable for and welcoming to cats. “Catification […]

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Activities & Enrichment Life at Home

Meeting Rabbits’ Needs Makes Them Friendlier

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Rabbits are among the most popular of pets other than cats and dogs, but there’s still a lot the average bunny owner may not know about bringing out their friendly side. A recent study can shed light on what you need to know about spay/neuter status, gender, size, how the rabbits were bred and raised, […]

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Cats Dogs Life at Home New Pets Training & Grooming

Helping Cats and Dogs Live Together Safely

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes The phrase “fighting like cats and dogs” isn’t really accurate. In our experience, cats and dogs can become best friends–if they’re introduced properly. This handout provides guidelines on ways to set up your household to facilitate introductions, keep cats safe during the meet-and-greet, avoid mistakes, and ensure that everyone gets their fair share of attention.

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Minimizing Fear, Anxiety & Stress for Your Vision-Impaired Pet

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Reading Time: 5 minutes While I hate exercising in general, walking our Poodle mix Dorie around our neighborhood is a pleasure because I love seeing all of her senses engaged. She’s sniffing the air, sniffing the ground, holding her cottony tail high, and like the Terminator, constantly scanning for enemies. Squirrels and grackles both incite Dorie’s wrath, but by […]

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Dogs Life at Home New Pets Training & Grooming

Potty-Training Your Puppy

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes It’s job number one (and number two) for new puppies: Learning where to “go potty.” It might seem difficult, but we have three magic tips that will ensure a winning training program for both of you: consistency, scheduling, and praise. In our handout, we offer advice on how to set up a routine, avoid mistakes, […]

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Cats Life at Home Training & Grooming

Keeping Your Cat Off the Counter or Table

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes It’s a never-ending conflict: Your cat jumps onto the kitchen counter or dining room table, you tell her to get off, and she ignores you. It doesn’t have to be that way. In our handout, we explain why cats are attracted to these areas and the best ways to “purr-suade” them to perch elsewhere.

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Cats Life at Home Training & Grooming

Clip Those Claws! Tips on Trimming Your Cat’s Nails

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes A cat’s claws are formidable weapons. Cats keep them sharpened and groomed by scratching–ideally on a scratching post–but to protect our own delicate skin from accidental scratches, it’s also important to keep claws trimmed. In our handout, we offer advice on how to accustom your cat to the process, offer the best rewards, and trim […]