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Horse Scare: Reducing Fear of Loud Noises

Reading Time: 3 minutes Horses might be pretty big creatures, but in their minds, they only weigh a few hundred pounds. Before humans started breeding horses to carry and pull heavy loads, equines were much smaller. Scientists believe the first domesticated horse only weighed about half of what today’s horses weigh. But while horses’ bodies have become bigger—making them […]

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9 Ways to Help Pets With Fireworks Fears

Reading Time: 5 minutes Many pets are petrified of fireworks. And no wonder: no one tells our best friends that these incredibly loud and sudden and unexplained bangs are supposed to be a celebration, not an attack. For dogs and cats, becoming startled at sudden loud sounds can be a protective response. Who knows what could be making that […]

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Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home

Canine Separation Anxiety: Home Alone! An Anxious and Fearful Time for Some Dogs

Reading Time: 4 minutes What is Canine Separation Anxiety? Have you ever come home to find your dog has redecorated your house, chewed on the windowsill, or urinated/defecated on the floor? Or perhaps your neighbor runs out to greet you and tells you your dog has been barking incessantly ever since you left. If so, your dog could have […]

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Dressing Up Your Pet May Be Surprisingly Useful

Reading Time: 5 minutes The idea of dressing up your pet may seem silly, eccentric, or just something novel to do for a couple of moments during the holiday season. But putting clothes on your dog or cat, and acclimating them to it, may be useful for a number of reasons. Take, for instance, the situation Paula G. found […]

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Why Calming Medications May Need to Be Given to Your Pet While in the Clinic

Reading Time: 4 minutes Do you have a fear of going to the doctor or the dentist? How does that make you feel? Or perhaps you know someone who gets anxious just thinking about going to the doctor or dentist? Your pet may feel the same way about going to the veterinary clinic. If your dog shakes, pants, acts […]

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Living With a Fraidy Cat: Tips From the Field

Reading Time: 3 minutes Nemo is one of those gorgeous longhaired cats you just want to pick up and cuddle. Sadly, this has never happened. After 12 years, this fearful cat is still a work in progress. I rescued Nemo as a feral kitten being hunted by hawks and brought him inside to live with me. There were two […]

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Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home Training & Grooming

How to Be A Good Neighbor to Reactive Dogs

Reading Time: 5 minutes My first dog was thrilled to go anywhere and meet anyone. Crowds, children, traffic: she was calm in the face of it all. So I could not understand what was wrong with other dogs or, more to the point, their owners. You know the ones I mean: their dogs jumped and barked and were out […]

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Boom, Bang, and Other Noises That Freak Out Pets

Reading Time: 3 minutes Kristen Levine was on a quest to help her dog, Chilly, during fireworks season and thunderstorms. “The sound of fireworks would send him into a state of panic, and he would leave claw marks on my closet door and pull my dresses right off of the hangers to make himself a pile of clothes to […]

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Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home

How Your Dog’s Fear Affects Your Own Emotions

Reading Time: 3 minutes It had been a long day, working with cases back to back of dogs displaying significant fear. One client was angry. Two were in tears. And one couple bickered constantly about the severity of the dog’s problem. As a professional dog trainer, I help dogs overcome fear. But it’s not just the dogs dealing with […]

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Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home Training & Grooming

When Your Dog is Afraid of Fireworks: What To Do

Reading Time: 4 minutes Is it noise aversion? Does your dog run and hide or start panting and shaking when children in the neighborhood set off firecrackers?  Has your dog run away during the Fourth of July celebration?  If so, your dog likely suffers from noise aversion, also commonly known as noise anxiety or noise phobia.  Noise aversion affects […]