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The Fine Art Of Training Your Leash Pulling Puppy
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The Fine Art Of Training Your Leash Pulling Puppy

Your little Buttercup whether she strolls along Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, or jogging along the ocean in Venice Beach, should not become a leash pulling puppy-which will only lead to bad leash habits when she becomes older. Your leash pulling puppy is much like a toddler who has just learned the fine art of running-most skip past the walking phase.

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Feline Hyperesthesia (FHS)

Ever since the earliest days of human-cat interactions, cats have had a reputation for being mystical, spiritual beings, either divine or possessed. It isn't hard to understand why. Cats have the propensity to gaze unblinking in peoples' eyes, to appear to see things that aren't there, to run crazily around for no apparent reason, and to go from quiet to ferocious in a moment.
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Teaching Your Dog to “Shake”

Teaching your dog a few simple tricks is fun and entertaining for both you and your pet. It's best if your dog knows and can perform the basic obedience commands of "sit," "stay" and "down" reliably before advancing to tricks. Most tricks are built on these commands and your dog should have learned how to pay attention to you during training sessions.
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Understanding Cat Communication

Although cats have a reputation for being independent, there are times and situations when they can (and do) interact with others of their own kind and humans in a social way. When motivated, they make their needs and wishes known to others without the benefit of speech or language as we know it. Cats have subtle ways of communicating, some of which have eluded scientific scrutiny for years.
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Saying Goodbye: Memorializing Your Cat Companion

The human-animal bond is strong, sometimes as strong as any you may have with a person. When an animal companion dies, it can be just as heartbreaking as the death of a human loved one. Unfortunately, animal lovers are often met with insensitive comments, such as "It was only a cat" or "Just get another one" when a cat companion dies.
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6 Ways to Read Your Cat's Mind

Wouldn't you love to know what your cat is thinking? You can sit and watch your cat for hours but you never know just what is going on behind those big dreamy blue (or green or amber) eyes. Your cat squints at you, fluttering his eyelids until they almost close. He switches his tail. Is he angry or just excited?
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Euthanasia in Cats

Euthanasia literally means an "easy and painless death." You may know it as "putting a pet to sleep" or "putting an animal down." It is the deliberate act of ending life and undoubtedly it is a difficult issue. Pet owners who must make this decision often feel anxiety or even guilt, but when a pet is very ill with little hope of recovery, the question of "When is it time?
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Sexual Aggression in Cats

The term sexual aggression implies aggression somehow linked to the breeding process, though there may be displaced or dysfunctional expressions of this behavior, too. From Male to Female As odd as it may seem, male cats spring on a receptive female and bite her in the scruff, pinning her down as they intromit for a few seconds of orgasmic pleasure.
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Training Your dog with the “Sit-Stay” Exercise

Why the Sit-Stay Exercise is the Key to Leadership There is no single exercise more effective at gaining leadership than the sit-stay exercise. If you must constantly coax, cajole, and ultimately bribe your dog to obey the simplest command, you're lacking in leadership. The sit-stay command, properly taught, can single-handedly reverse this unfortunate situation.
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Cats Home Alone

Americans have grown much closer to their pets in the last 20 years or so, coming to regard them more as fellow family members rather than simply keeping them for some utilitarian function (such as rodent control). As part of this "warming" trend, cats now tend to be kept indoors to keep them safe from the risks of outdoor living.
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Wool sucking

Wool sucking is a compulsive, misdirected form of nursing behavior. But will it harm your cat? In nature, the drive to nurse must be strong or a smaller kitten might give up in the often uneven struggle for mom's milk. Kittens nurse fairly actively for the first seven weeks of their lives, with mom rebuffing them at the latter end of the period in order to "teach" them to fend for themselves.
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Cats Living with Pocket Pets, Birds, Fish and Reptiles

A lot of people ask, if I get another pet will it get along with my cat? The corollary to this question, if I get a cat will it get along with my existing pets, is also of interest to some folk. There is no simple answer to these two questions, but there are some facts to consider that might help forecast the results of such interspecies interactions: The species of the housemate you intend for your cat (or proposed cat) The temperaments of the individuals to be mixed The early and late-life experiences of the individuals to be mixed Which species is incumbent Our own ability to monitor and manage the situation The environmental setup While there can be some very harmonious marriages of species, sometimes the result of the mix can be damaging - or even lethal - to one or both animals.
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How to Keep Dogs and Children Bite-Free

There are currently some 4.7 million dog bites per year in the United States, most sustained by children. The majority of problems occur when dogs are not properly controlled when they are off-leash and unsupervised. Under these circumstances, aggressive events are more likely to occur, though whether they actually do, or not, depends on the temperament of the dog and, of course, the behavior of the child.
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Normal Elimination Behavior in Cats

Each day, cats normally drink between 200 and 400 milliliters of fluid to maintain health. Half of this will end up as urine, which serves as a vehicle for dissolved end products of metabolism. This process is obligatory and fundamental to the maintenance of life. Defecation is equally important to get rid of digestion's waste products.
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Compulsive Feeding Behavior

Many cats suffer from eating compulsions. Two of the most common compulsions are wool sucking or eating non-food items (pica) and compulsive overeating. Like people, cats seem to engage in compulsive disorders when their natural behaviors are somehow thwarted. For house cats, frustration arises because of poor management practices and/or a restrictive environment.
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Normal Feeding Behavior of Cats

Cats, unlike dogs or people, are obligate carnivores. In other words, cats must eat animal tissue to maintain their long-term health. The cat's reliance on animal tissue comes from her evolution as a predator. Left to her own devices, away from the comfort of the cat owner's kitchen, the cat survives in the wild as her ancestors did, on whatever small prey is available in the habitat.
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Normal Reproductive Behavior of Cats

An integral part of feline social behavior revolves around sexual reproduction. Sexual development in cats begins at puberty. The age at which puberty begins differs between the sexes and between individuals and breeds. Sexual and sex-linked behaviors are important to males and females with respect to procreation.
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Scent Marking by Cats

Among cats, the olfactory sense (sense of smell) is an extremely important means of communication. When outdoors, cats will mark shrubs and trees on the borders of their home by means of skin gland secretions, anal-sac secretions, urine spraying and also leaving their feces uncovered, which makes an impressive visual and olfactory signal.
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Compulsive Reproductive Behavior

Living in confined areas and lacking the chance to perform the full range of normal behaviors, some cats develop compulsive behaviors related to natural sexual/reproductive behaviors. Sexual compulsions may arise in neutered and intact cats, in males and in females. Masturbation, copulation with objects or human limbs, and attempts to copulate with unreceptive pets in the household (male or female) are sexual behaviors that may sometimes achieve compulsive proportions.
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What do you think about animals having the right to sue their owners?

Interesting feedback from pet owners. Check them out! Whoever Thought This up Should be in a Mental Institution Lucy Wrote, "I never heard of anything more STUPID. Whoever thought this one up should be put in an mental institution period." Yes, they should be able to sue! Leana45 wrote, "If a person dumps out a pet for some one else to care for, yes the animal should be able to sue for their up keep for the rest of their lives.
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The Alpha Cat Syndrome

Cats are supposed to be warm and friendly creatures, seeking owner approval, petting and cuddles and purring their way through peaceful evenings at home. But not all cats are this amiable or this compliant. Some have an agenda of their own and seemingly refuse to take no for an answer. These are “alpha cats.
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