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Medical Causes of Aggression In Dogs
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Medical Causes of Aggression In Dogs

Medical Causes of Canine Aggression Aggression in dogs is defined as a threat of harmful behavior directed at another animal or person. It may involve snarling, growling, snapping, nipping, biting, or lunging. A dog may act aggressively for either behavioral or medical reasons, or a combination of both.

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How to Get Your Dog to Love the Crate

Crate training is routinely recommended by veterinarians and animal behaviorists. Widely considered a safe and humane training tool, your dog's crate (sometimes called a “kennel” or “enclosed dog bed”) should be a sanctuary for your dog. With training, it will become a retreat away from the busy home and a place where your dog or puppy can feel safe and secure.
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Preparing Cats for a Baby

Prepping your cat for a new baby is crucial for a peaceful home. Bringing home a baby is a huge adjustment for both people and our cats. If your cat has spent limited time with a baby or children, or your cat has been your only “child” for some time, many of the adjustments may be upsetting.
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Introducing Your New Cat to Your Household

Settling a new cat in your household takes time and patience. Remember, the cat is being introduced to territory already “claimed” by your resident pet, so you need to take both cats' feelings into account. In addition, it is your responsibility to protect the health of your resident pets and the newcomer.
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Teaching Your Dog To Use his Nose

Nosework for dog, commonly referred to as dog scenting games, are common and fun games that dogs adore. My youngest dog, Bones, who is now a year and a half old, was introduced to K9 Nose Work® at the tender age of four months. The other dogs in the class were much older than he was but that didn't make any difference at all; he had a great time and was very good at it.
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How to Teach the Down Command

The down command is probably the most useful command that an owner can teach his dog. A dog that lies down on command to receive food and treats is showing a high level of respect for its owner. If a dog is fearful, teaching him to lie down and relax is a first and necessary step in desensitizing him to his fears.
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10 Things Every Kid Should Know about Cats

1. Cats have different personalities, just like people. Some are friendly and outgoing and others are shy. 2. The best way to approach a cat is to bend down and allow them to smell your hand. Don't pet them first unless they begin to rub against your hand or an adult says it is okay. 3. Cats like gentleness.
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Can You Read Your Cat's Mind?

Some people think animals can read our minds. Can we do the same? Pet psychics insist the answer is “Yes, you can” - with a little work, of course. And here, they tell us how. But remember, whether or not you communicate telepathically with your pet, the bottom line is that it's fun, safe and it'll give you a chance to spend quality time with your pet.
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Trick Training: Teach Your Dog the Touch Command

In the trick training article "Go to Your Mark", I explained how to teach your dog to go to a specific item - such as a small piece of carpet or a low stool - and place his front paws on it. This is a type of target training because your dog is to go to a specific item - a target - o perform his trick.
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Is Your Cat Happy?

What is Pet Happiness? According to the English dictionary, happiness is a feeling of contentedness, well-being, pleasure, or good fortune. It is not, as curmudgeon Ambrose Bierce once said, an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another [though some humans do seem to derive pleasure in that way].
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How to House-train Your Adult Dog

It should be pretty obvious why you need to house-train your dog, and if it isn't, well, we can't make that dinner party next week after all. But if you want to get your dog to stop peeing and pooping on the rug, read on. There are several reasons why an adult dog might suddenly revert to soiling in the house.
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Bringing a New Cat Into the Home

Cats are a bit like people when it comes to friendships. Cats living in a group have “preferred associates” (“friends,” if you will), and other cats from which they actively distance themselves (definitely not preferred). Why would this be, you might ask? Background probably plays some role. Many species, including cats, learn a lot about their inter- and extra-species relationships during the so-called “sensitive period” of their development.
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How to Make Your Pet Love You

Love has been defined as an affection of the mind caused by that which delights. It has also been defined as a strong liking or devoted attachment to an individual. Either definition works quite well when it comes to describing the love of a dog or cat for its owner and it is clear that most pets of this type are eminently capable of feeling and radiating love.
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Trick Training: Go to Your Mark

Actors and actresses, when performing, have marks that they have to move to for any particular scene. They may move to a sofa and sit, walk across the scene to a piece of tape on the floor, or some other pre-arranged spot. By having these marks, the camera and sound technicians can make sure the actor is seen and heard.
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Fear at the Vet's Office - Using Low Stress Handling for Cats

How long has it been since you've taken your cat to the vet? Does your cat hate going to the vet? Does taking your cat the vet stress you and your cat out? You are not alone. According to the Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study, “40% of cats have not been to the veterinarian within the past year-in large part because the cats themselves resist so vehemently being put in a carrier and transported to the practice, where they encounter unfamiliar animals at the clinic.
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How to Get Your Cats to Be Best Friends

Sometimes getting cats to live together peacefully can be as difficult as trying to herd them. Others appear to get along famously. Why do some cats get along well together while others do not? To answer this question it is helpful to know something about cats' natural inclinations toward each other.
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Why Cats “Wag” Their Tails

One of your cat's most beautiful features is her tail. Long and graceful, it curls around her body softly when she sleeps or sits, or floats behind her when she walks. The tail is another marvelous part of your cat's anatomy, and she uses it in various ways. About 10 percent of your cat's bones are in the tail - up to 20 vertebrae.
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Bringing Your New Cat Home to the Family

Bringing a new cat into your home can be a joyous occasion, but getting him settled in and acquainted with your partner, children, and other pets could be tricky. Here are a few tips on how to orchestrate a smooth transition. Home Sweet Home Provide a private room or space where the new kitty will live for the first week.
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12 General Rules for Training Dogs

1. Training should be an enjoyable experience for you and your dog. If you are not in the right mood for training, don't even start. Keep training sessions short, on the order of 5-10 minutes, to maintain your dog's motivation. If your dog doesn't respond appropriately to a command after several attempts, don't reward him.
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Where Do The Pets Go When A Family Separates? 3 Tips to Help

So many things go into making a good choice about your new pet's life in the beginning. When you decide to get a pet, you come up with a list of things that your pet will need in order to be happy and healthy. You spend time deciding which food is best, and argue over how many treats your pet should get and who is going to be the best veterinary fit for your new pet family member.
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