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

A Gnawing Habit

Dogs use their mouths the same way we use our hands. That means nearly everything goes into a puppy’s mouth as he explores the world. Chewing is...

Fraidy Cat? How To Recognize Signs Of Feline Fear, Anxiety And Stress

Communication is key to any relationship, and conflicts arise when we misunderstand a message. We can usually decipher a person’s emotional disposition by expression and body language,...

Fearful Fido?

Fear and stress play important roles in the ability to function, for humans and dogs. Fear, for instance, helps to protect from danger. Stress aids in reacting...

Training Small Dogs Takes Awareness, Trust

When training dogs, size does make a difference. Small dogs are dogs, just as Golden Retrievers and Great Danes are, and they respond to training just as...

How To Help Dogs Stay Calm During Noisy Events

Sound-sensitive dogs benefit from training that conditions a calmer response to perceived noises outside their natural comfort zone. Here’s how to get started. Prep your pooch with positive...

How To Communicate Calm To Your Canine

Are you helping or hurting your pet by providing comfort? You may have heard that comforting a pet when he’s frightened is the wrong thing to do...

Calm Yourself to Calm Your Pet

There’s a saying often repeated by dog trainers to their students, “The leash transmits all of your emotions straight to your dog.” Whether you are worried, afraid,...

Forge A Fear Free Fortress For Fido

When your pet is fearful, anxious, stressed, or just plain needs extra space, you don’t always have time to figure out how to deal with it. Having...

Ringing The Kitty Dinner Bell

My four-year-old Karma-Kat easily puts on weight, but is a model for picky eaters everywhere. In contrast, my 21-year-old Seren-Kitty weighs barely six pounds, eats everything, and...

Reactive Dog? How To Lessen On-Leash Aggression

Walking one’s dog is extolled as a wonderful social opportunity; it’s fun to spend time with your canine best friend while talking to other dog owners. Plus,...

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