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10 Things that Change When you Get a Dog
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10 Things that Change When you Get a Dog

What changes when you get a dog or a puppy? Or…what doesn't change? Based on emails from our users over the past 6 years, these are the things that seem to change. 1. You think about someone else (your dog), not just yourself (especially if you are single). 2. You smile more as you watch your pet do something completely silly that just steals your heart.

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Teaching Your Child to be Pet-Responsible

If you'd like your child to learn about responsibility, try getting a pet. At a very early age, children can learn the importance of responsibility, and as a result can learn important life lessons such as discipline, patience, kindness and attentiveness. If they are good pet owners, chances are they will be able to take on the responsibility of being adults and eventually parents.
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Why are Cats Finicky Eaters

Some cats are downright finicky when it comes to eating. Aggravating as that may sometimes be for you, it is another marvelous aspect of your cat that assures he will not poison themselves in the wild. Cats are predators, and in the wild they prey on whatever is available. This may include birds, small animals, such as mice, rabbits, and opossums, grasshoppers and other insects, fish and, on occasion, reptiles.
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Can Your Dog Use a Litter Box?

If you live with a dog, you may sometimes nurse a little resentment for your cat-owning friends, whose entire bathroom-related duties are limited to scooping one or two litter boxes each day. Unlike them, you must brave blizzards, tornadoes, lightning and hail, or worse - and suffer early awakenings on your day off - to walk your dog on her favorite patch of grass.
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Cats That Die at Home

Unfortunately, many people will be faced with the decision on how to take care of their pet if he/she dies at home. There are many options available but the owner should know that some have governmental and legal guidelines to follow. The majority of people take the remains to their family veterinarian.
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The Importance of Training Your Dog to be Obedient

Though obedience training provides your dog the necessary skills to be a good canine citizen, have you balked at the idea of formal obedience training? If so, perhaps it is because you feel that your pet is your precious companion, an important member of your family - a friend, rather than a creature to dominate and control.
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Can You Explain a Cat's Death to Another Cat?

When a pet dies, owners often ask their veterinarian whether they should show the body to their other pets. They ask this in a sincere effort to help "explain" the finality of what has occurred to the surviving pets - to let them know why their buddy won't be coming home. Whether this is helpful is the subject of debate…and there is little evidence to support either view.
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Why Do Cats Scratch?

Cats like to scratch - no doubt about that. And if you are a lucky cat owner, your kitty enjoys the scratching post you bought, as opposed to your draperies or the door frame. Beneath cats' soft furry paws lie needle-sharp claws that can destroy a couch or draw blood in a fraction of a second. You probably think that your kitty scratches to keep his claws razor-sharp.
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Psychic Connections with Your Cat

Ever wish you knew what your cat was thinking and feeling? If the answer is a resounding "yes!" you might want to open your inner eye to psychic communication. It may sound strange, but one pet owner decided to give it a try. Theresa Todd, a cat lover in Northern California, tuned into her 15-year-old orange-and-white cat, Alex, and tried to psychically connect.
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Productive Paws: Pets in the WorkPlace

If you want your employees to stay late and work like dogs (without the usual growling) the best way is to let the dogs in - literally. Letting pets into the workplace is proving to be a tonic for low morale and poor productivity. More than 73 percent of companies surveyed noted that productivity rose when animals were permitted in the office.
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Pet Loss

The loss of any close friend can be devastating, and pets can be among our closest companions. A pet frequently provides unconditional love, emotional security, and loyalty. Routine activities with an animal companion often provide structure, fun, relaxation, and social contact in our daily lives. The death of a cherished pet can mean the loss of an entire lifestyle as well as a devoted companion.
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Does Your Cat's Order of Arrival in the Family Affect its Personality?

Did you know that a cat's behavior and personality might be affected by his chronological spot within a family of felines, thanks, in part, to the humans who love him? Well, it can! When Sierra Bingham introduced new kitten Stevey to her "first born," a sweet 5-year-old Siamese, the fur flew. "Roger would hiss and swat at little Stevey and me because he was used to being the center of my attention," Bingham explains.
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Top Ten Pet Etiquette Questions and Answers

Q: We have been invited to visit our close friends in another city. Since they have a dog of their own, they have invited our dog as well, and my husband has convinced me it is the right thing to do. What can I do to make sure the visit is a smooth one? A: If your dog is well trained, the trip can be pleasant for everyone involved, including your dog.
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What are Animal Sanctuaries?

Every year, thousands of animals are abandoned, abused or surrendered by those they trusted most to care for them. For those of us who cherish our pets and consider them family, these events are unthinkable. Sadly, they are an everyday occurrence. Both domestic and exotic animals face these grim issues.
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20 Rules to Live By: Things You Can Learn From a Cat

Our pets can teach us many things - if we're willing to listen. They teach us how to love unconditionally, how to look at each day as a new one, to embrace all the good things and why we need to cherish the simple things in life. Here are some basic lessons our pets endeavor to teach us: 1. Rest and relaxation are the keys to happiness, so relax any chance you get.
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Canine Assistance: The Roles of Service Dogs

When Chris Timmins buys a book, her dog Pacific pays the clerk. When she goes into a darkened classroom to teach, the Labrador retriever jumps up to turn on the lights. Pacific is a service dog, a highly trained canine that has the intelligence, motivation and skills to help people manage and overcome disabilities.
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Why Do Cats Get Hairballs?

The first time you see your cat hurl a hairball, you might be pretty worried. He'll retch and hack and try to bring it up. Then it will be there - on your rug or some other conspicuous spot - in all its undigested glory. Your cat may look distressed during all of this, but it's really nothing serious.
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Why Do Cats Do That Little Hop Greeting?

For owners who thought their kitty was independent and aloof, here's some news: Cats are very affectionate and have special ways of showing it. One common way they express their affection takes the form of rubbing their heads and their cheeks against you. But your cat may do an even more special greeting: He may bump against your leg, quickly lifts both front feet off the ground at the same time and puts them down again in a hopping manner.
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Teaching Your Dog to “Back Up”

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 will have learned to pay attention to you during training sessions.
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The History of the Cat

"A cat is a cat is a cat," wrote E.E. Cummings. And history would seem to agree with this distinguished poet. According to earliest records, the first sign of domestication of the cat dates back 8,000 years ago when bones of cats, mice, and humans were found buried together on the island of Cyprus. Apparently our early relatives brought both the cats and the mice to Cyprus with them: the cats on purpose, the mice perhaps as stowaways.
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Cats Living with Dogs

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 later 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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