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Why dogs and cats do what they do, and how to teach them manners.

On The Up And Up And The Down Low: What Cats Need In The...

Cats don't care if you live in a studio apartment or a vast mansion. A cat doesn’t need a lot of square footage to be happy. What a...

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

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...

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

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...

Enriching Cats: What You Need To Know

Feline what?Pay attention, Catvocates. This is the important stuff.  Enrichment is the dollars and sense of cat care: if you follow this common-sense advice, you’ll save dollars...

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

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...

Yes, You Can Train Cats!

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...

Dog Behavior: My Dog Pulls On The Leash

Regularly walking a dog is one of the joys of dog ownership. You and your dog get outside, chat with neighbors, and get a bit of exercise....

Fear Free Behavior: My Dog Eats Cat Food and Cat Feces

Few dogs will turn up their nose at cat food, dry or canned, if given the chance. In fact, so many dogs like cat food that many...

What To Do When You Adopt a Fearful Dog

You love your new family member, but you notice that she seems hand-shy or that she cowers whenever she encounters something that didn’t faze your previous dog....
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Cat Body Language 101: What Is Your Cat Saying?

Cats are constantly communicating their feelings and intent with humans and other animals by using their primary communication method—body language. The problem is, cat communication signals can...

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