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Road Trip: How to Make RV Travel Safe, Fun for Pets

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Reading Time: 4 minutes If you are bringing your pets on an RV camping trip, how can you make sure that the trip is Fear Free, safe, and fun for all? We asked some experts for tips.

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Cats Dogs Life at Home Travel & Safety Uncategorized

10 Tips for Low-Stress Moves With Pets

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Reading Time: 4 minutes A move can put any pet’s tail in a twist when it disrupts their routine. Here’s how to reduce or eliminate the angst.

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Dogs Training & Grooming

“Training” Collars Don’t Work. Here’s What Does

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Reading Time: < 1 minute Frustrated by your dog’s pulling or other unwanted behaviors on walks? Don’t turn to punishment-based training tools such as choke, prong and electronic collars. Our Fear Free handout shares better, kinder, more effective options.

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Dogs Training & Grooming Travel & Safety

Why You Shouldn’t Use an In-Ground Fence System

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The idea of having an open lawn—a requirement in some communities for aesthetic reasons—and still being able to keep your dog from roaming is enticing. Electric, in-ground fence systems cost less to install than traditional fencing and they may meet the requirements of your homeowners association. But the cost to your dog can be much […]

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Dogs Veterinary Care

Prep School: Help Dogs Get Ready for Blood Draws

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Reading Time: 3 minutes By training your dog to accept the handling used by veterinary staff to draw blood, you can help to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress.

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Cats Dogs Veterinary Care

Prepping Pets for Annual Visits: Vaccines

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Before I moved to Texas, my allergies were like a normal person’s allergies–occasional sniffles, but no big deal. After living here for several years, I had to start getting 3 allergy injections into my upper arms every four weeks. I hate the sting of the needle and the feeling of cold liquid slowly going into […]

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Dogs Life at Home Training & Grooming

Be Quiet! How to Cue Up Silence

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The doorbell rang. Rudy the Miniature Schnauzer erupted into a frenzy of barking. He ran to the door and back to his parents, back and forth, with increasing urgency. At times, his bark reached such a high pitch, you were certain it physically penetrated your brain. Even after his folks had retrieved a package and […]

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Cats Dogs Other Veterinary Care

Vet Techs Keep Clinics Running and Pets Cared For

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Whenever someone asks Lindsey Rud what she does for a living, she answers, “Veterinary technician.” But most people have no idea what she means. “I would say about 90 percent of the time they’re confused,” she says. “So I always say, ‘I’m kind of like a nurse for dogs and cats.’” Rud is a Certified […]

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Cats Veterinary Care

It’s Not a Hairball: Fear Free Management of Feline Asthma

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Cats can be notorious for hiding illness from their owners, but if your cat is affected with asthma (also known as feline allergic bronchitis), their coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing will soon become apparent. This inflammatory disease of the lungs is thought to arise from an increased sensitivity to inhaled allergens such as dust, pollen, […]

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Dogs Training & Grooming

Learning Theory 101: Modern Training Techniques

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Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’re a fan of Animal Planet, National Geographic, or other cable and or streaming networks, you’ve probably seen one of the many animal training programs these stations broadcast. Methods used by the featured trainers range from positive reinforcement, such as using food and treats to strengthen a behavior, to aversive techniques such as positive […]