Aggression Towards People
Dog aggression is any behavior meant to intimidate or harm a person or another animal. Because humans and dogs have different communication systems, misunderstandings can occur between the two species.
Cat Scratching Behavior
As frustrating as it can be, cat scratching is a completely natural behavior. There are many reasons that cats scratch around the home, but being naughty or spiteful is not one of them!
Cleaning Stains and Odors
Tips on cleaning pet stains and preventing future ones.
Crate Training Your Dog
Crate training your dog may take some time and effort, but can be useful in a variety of situations.
Exploring the world with their mouths is normal behavior for dogs. Chewing can, however, be directed onto appropriate items so your dog isn’t destroying items you value
Dog Toys and How to Use Them
There are many factors that contribute to the safety or danger of a toy. Many of those factors, however, are completely dependent upon your dog’s size, activity level and personal preference.
Housetraining a Puppy
Housetraining a puppy requires time, vigilance, patience, and commitment. Following the procedures outlined below, you can minimize house soiling incidents.
Introducing New Dogs to Resident Dogs
Animals that live in groups, like dogs, establish relationships, through which the individuals involved interact and live together. These relationships also take time to build, so proper introductions are important to help the dogs adjust to one another and start to build on their relationship.
Nipping and Jumping
The goals of working with this normal puppy behavior are to redirect your puppy’s desire to put something in her mouth onto acceptable chew toys and to teach her to be gentle when a hand is in her mouth.
It’s perfectly normal and reasonable for dogs to bark from time to time, just as children make noise when they play outside. However, continual barking for long periods of time is a sign that your dog has a problem that needs to be addressed.
Positive reinforcement is the presentation of something pleasant or rewarding immediately following a behavior. It makes that behavior more likely to occur in the future, and is one of the most powerful tools for shaping or changing your pet’s behavior.
Although it’s perfectly normal for a puppy to chew on furniture, shoes, shrubbery and such, these behaviors can be a problem for you.
Re-Housetraining an Adult Dog
Many adult dogs adopted from animal shelters were housetrained in their previous homes. While at the shelter, however, they may not have gotten enough opportunities to eliminate outside, and consequently, they may have soiled their kennel areas.
Risks Associated with Declawing
Many people believe that declawing a cat is the best way to prevent inappropriate scratching, but declawing is not a quick fix, it is major surgery. Declawing removes the last bone of each toe to prevent the regrowth of the claw.
Separation Anxiety in Dogs: A Comprehensive Guide
Between 20 and 40 percent of dogs suffer from separation anxiety. When your pup is having a bout of separation anxiety, they experience what humans know as a panic attack.
Separation Anxiety: Frequently Asked Questions
Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit behavior problems when they’re left alone. Typically, they’ll have a dramatic anxiety response within a short time (20-45 minutes) after their owners leave them.
Territorial Marking Behavior in Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats are territorial animals. This means that they “stake out a claim” to a particular space, area, or object. They let other people and animals know about their claim by marking it with a variety of methods and at many levels of intensity.