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Dogs Life at Home Training & Grooming

Skunked, Again!

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Reading Time: 3 minutes If your dog has land to ramble, there’s a good chance he’ll encounter a skunk. City dogs aren’t immune, since wildlife often ignores property boundaries to have babies under your front porch. It’s understandable when clueless dogs get skunked during a close encounter of the stinky kind. But why do they repeat the dirty deed […]

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Dogs Life at Home New Pets Training & Grooming

Welcome Home: How to Crate Train Your New Dog or Puppy

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Reading Time: 3 minutes You’ve just brought your new dog or puppy home. It’s been a big day and it’s time to give everyone a break. After all, there’s dinner to prepare for the humans, laundry to do, errands to run, and your favorite TV show comes on at 8, but don’t forget about that new dog. A dog […]

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Cats Life at Home Training & Grooming

Clawful Behavior

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Reading Time: 3 minutes For many cat owners, redwood would be a good choice when selecting living room furniture. While we all bemoan that rip-rip sound of claws on fabric just as we’re dozing off at night, we can’t change the fact that nature intended cats to have claws. The act of scratching serves a number of purposes for […]

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Cats Fears & Anxieties Training & Grooming

Cat Carrier Follies: How To Help Cats Learn To Love Their Carriers

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Reading Time: 3 minutes A frenzied flight to a hiding place is a common feline response to the unearthing of a carrier for an imminent trip to the veterinarian. If it weren’t so sad and serious for the cat, we humans might view cat carrier follies as humorous. But the reality is far from entertaining when it comes to […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Training & Grooming

Roll Over, Rover! How To Teach Your Dog This Fun Trick

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Roll over is a classic trick that is always a crowd pleaser! This is a more challenging trick, especially for dogs with narrow bodies. Your dog will have to utilize his core muscles to complete the move. That’s good exercise for him. Because of poor coordination on my part, I don’t usually use a clicker […]

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Cats Dogs Training & Grooming Travel & Safety

Good Pet Guests Are Made, Not Born

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Who’s a good boy or girl? Your pet, we hope, when visiting your friends or family. Whether you’re bringing Reggie or Ravenna to a friend’s home for a couple of hours or to a relative’s home for a week-long stay, your pet’s behavior will determine whether his presence is considered delightful or destructive. Here are […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Training & Grooming

Yes, You Can Train Cats!

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Despite reputations for being aloof, many cats like to ham it up by performing tricks before an audience. I know firsthand as Casey, my orange tabby, feels right at home in the spotlight. That spotlight can be before students in my pet first aid classes where he happily volunteers to be toweled, have his pulse […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Training & Grooming

Shake It, Baby! How To Teach Your Dog This Fun Trick

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Shake is a fun and easy trick to teach your dog. It also has some practical benefits beyond looking cute when she offers a paw to someone she’s met. For one, it accustoms her to having her paws touched, which can come in handy at the veterinarian or groomer. Start with your dog in a […]

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Leash Training for a Happier, More Confident Cat

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Leash training your cat can be one of your most rewarding experiences as a pet parent: It makes for a cat who is more self-assured and outgoing. Your cat can explore the outdoors more safely. It enhances the bond you have with your cat. Many people who have tried leash training their cats give up […]

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Cats Dogs Life at Home Other Training & Grooming

Making Baby-Friendly Pets—Even If You Don’t Have Kids

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The mantra for so much is “plan ahead.” And this is especially true when the stork is expected. We all want for there to be a Lassie/Timmy connection between kids and pets, but that doesn’t always happen. It is more likely to occur, though, with a little help. And the way that families can prepare […]