Behavior

Puppy Housetraining

Isn’t it great when your new puppy comes home and everyone is enjoying him? Great, yes, until housetraining begins and the constant trips outside, the accidents in the carpet, the puddles you step in and the frustration that occurs when you take the new baby outside to “go” and all he does is play. That […]

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Proper Use Of Puppy Pads

I often hear absorbent pads called “puppy training pads“. I’m not fond of the “training” part of this  terminology unless you want your pet to “go” indoors for a lifetime. When you train your new puppy to urinate and defecate inside the house it can be confusing for him to know the difference between using […]

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Things We Do To Make Our Pets Avoid Us

I got a response to the post, Is This Scratching Abnormal?, from Amy Rohde, reader and contributor to MyPetsDoctor.com and author of The Katrina Diary.  Amy says, “Excellent article! I tried to see how often I scratched, poked, itched, and fussed with myself in an hour, and was totally shocked. Now, I’m leaving my poor dog […]

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Train Your Furniture-Scratching Cat To A Scratching Post

Kenneth M. Martin, DVM Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC www.veterinarybehavior.com   Scratching is a normal and innate behavior of the domestic house cat.  Approximately 60 percent of house cats will scratch furniture without the presence of any underlying behavioral problem (Morgan & Houpt, 1990).  The potential problem of scratching should be considered before obtaining a cat.  […]

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