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As much as you may want to show your dog off to the world, he may not be as thrilled at the prospect. In fact, many pooches are very uncomfortable with meeting strangers. This social anxiety can reach a point where you need to keep your dog in a separate room when you have guests over, lest he spend the entire evening barking and acting upset. Luckily, it is possible to...more
If you've recently brought a new dog home, you may find yourself dealing with a very excited pooch every time you return home from work. Unfortunately, your pup may be dealing with separation anxiety, which means he could also be chewing on things and making a lot of noise while you're away. According to Cesar's Way, separation anxiety manifests itself because, in the wild,...more
Are you about to bring a new dog or cat home? You may have read all the books and be convinced that you're ready, but remember that one of the most important steps you need to take is ensuring that your house is physically prepared for a new pet. Dogs and cats (especially kittens) can be very curious, and they may get themselves into trouble you didn't even know they could!...more
Sometimes we have to leave our dogs by themselves, even if we'd prefer to be with them. Whether it's a day at work or a three-day vacation, keeping a dog alone can be troubling for both the owner and his pooch. Dogs require more stimulation than cats do, so it's important that you give them enough to stay busy while you're out of the house. If you're not sure what you can do...more
You may think that there's nothing much to dog leashes, but you'd be surprised just how much variety is actually out there. If you've recently brought a new pup home, the leash should be one of the first purchases you make - you'll be using it quite a bit, so make sure you pick one that works for you and your pooch! If you're wondering what your options are, here are a few,...more
Cats are naturally arduous about regularly cleaning themselves. If you've ever watched your kitty go through a marathon self-grooming session, you know how true this fact is. However, just because your cat takes care of herself doesn't mean you're completely exempt from cleaning her up from time to time. Grooming a cat can be an enjoyable experience for both you and your...more
The pet adoption process can be a stressful undertaking - beyond actually finding the perfect animal to bring home, you have forms to fill out, a home to prepare and a family to introduce the animal to. It's important that you remain patient, however. In fact, you want to make sure you're asking the right questions before you choose an animal - the last thing you want is to...more
Believe it or not, you can train your cat to use the toilet! Why would you do this? For one, you'll save money on kitty litter, plus you won't have to worry about any stinky odors arising from his litter box. Your skepticism is understandable, but potty training kitties has been around for decades. In fact, legendary jazz bassist Charles Mingus wrote an extensive guide on how...more
If your kitty has spent the last several years marking every object in site as his, he may not be thrilled at the prospect of sharing it all with a new cat. Socializing two cats isn't always easy, but there are a few ways you can make things easier on yourself and ensure a smoother transition process. According to the Humane Society, if your cats have been fighting a lot and...more
Bringing a bright and lively puppy home is an exciting experience, but as the owner, you have a lot of work ahead of you. One of the crucial first steps in owning a young dog is teaching him proper social skills, both with other animals and people. Above all else, you want to be consistent in your rule enforcement. The more frequently you can reinforce good behavior and punish...more