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The Perfect Scratching Post

Your feline friend deserves the best, right? That means his claws do too. Here’s all you need to know to create the perfect environment for cat-scratching heaven. Scratching is a normal behavior, and you should encourage it by creating places … Continue reading

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Study: Noise sensitivity in dogs could be a sign of serious pain

Your dog used to run toward the vacuum cleaner. Now he runs away from it. He didn’t used to be afraid. What changed? A new study conducted by animal behavior scientists from the United Kingdom and Brazil found that dogs who show … Continue reading

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How to Differentiate Incontinence From Behavioral Elimination Problems

If a cat is housesoiling and the owner is finding large pools of urine in a discreet area or small amounts on vertical surfaces, the animal is not incontinent. Urine spraying or marking by a cat is usually a response … Continue reading

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“Is my dog playing … or fighting?”

How to tell the difference between normal play and inappropriate aggression in dogs. Safe, healthy play doesn’t just provide dogs with a good  source of exercise. It can also aid in social development  while building behavioral flexibility and helping the … Continue reading

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Kids Prefer Pets to Siblings

Anyone with siblings may not be surprised to be find that kids have less conflict with their pets than with their brothers or sisters. While many families have pets, there hasn’t been a lot of research done on the importance … Continue reading

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Dogs willing to reward others with food

Dogs are willing to reward others, especially dogs they are familiar with. Researchers from the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna have been testing whether dogs show signs of prosocial behavior—voluntary actions that benefit others. Originally, it was thought only humans … Continue reading

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