Surviving Your First 30 Days With a New Puppy

Article by Dr. Marty Becker DVM | Article Found on VetStreet

You want to know the first two thoughts of a new puppy owner? I got a new puppy!

Now what do I do?

Congratulations! You’ve just entered the Twilight Zone. In a good way, of course. For the next 10 or more years, . . . → Read More: Surviving Your First 30 Days With a New Puppy

Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Article Found on PetMD

Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties in Dogs

Fear is the instinctual feeling of apprehension resulting from a situation, person, or object presenting an external threat — whether real or perceived. The response of the autonomic nervous system prepares the body for the freeze, fight, or flight syndrome. It is considered to . . . → Read More: Extreme Fear and Anxiety in Dogs

Why Having A Pet Makes Kids (And Families) Stronger + How To Introduce Your Baby To Animals

Article by Caitlin Ultimo | Found on MindBodyGreen

A child who gets to grow up with a pet by their side is sure to enjoy countless hours of true companionship—and they may learn a few lessons in responsibility, too. But a new University of Alberta study showed that the benefits of growing up with . . . → Read More: Why Having A Pet Makes Kids (And Families) Stronger + How To Introduce Your Baby To Animals

Integrating a Younger Pet With an Older Pet

Article by Dr. Mary Becker DVM | Found on VetStreet

You have puppy or kitten fever, but you live with a senior pet. Should you get a new animal? We often have the idea that a younger pet will revitalize an older one, but is that really true?

I have found over and over . . . → Read More: Integrating a Younger Pet With an Older Pet

Solving Cat Litter Box Problems

Article by Julie Edgar | Featured on Medicine Net

Cats are fastidious creatures, and nowhere is that more evident than in their litter box habits. When your cat won’t use the litter box — and at least 10% of all cats develop an elimination problem — the cause could be anything from an unclean . . . → Read More: Solving Cat Litter Box Problems

Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

Article by Jon Hamilton | Found on NPR

You may not remember what you were doing a few minutes ago. But your dog probably does.

A study of 17 dogs found they could remember and imitate their owners’ actions up to an hour later. The results, published Wednesday in Current Biology, suggest that dogs . . . → Read More: Your Dog Remembers Every Move You Make

Children Are Unaware of the Risks of Approaching Frightened Dogs

Children understand the risks of approaching an angry dog but they are unaware that they should show the same caution around frightened dogs.

That is one of the findings of a study by Dr Sarah Rose and Grace Aldridge of Staffordshire University who will present their findings at the 2016 British Psychological . . . → Read More: Children Are Unaware of the Risks of Approaching Frightened Dogs

How Do You Train Your Dog When Times Are Tough?

Article by Dr. Lisa Radosta | Article Featured on PetMD

I’ve spent a lot of time here emphasizing the importance of teaching your dog the proper skills in order to be a good pet. Regular readers know that I think that going to class is best for most pups. There is nothing like an . . . → Read More: How Do You Train Your Dog When Times Are Tough?