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The Pet Owner's Guide to Walking a Dog
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The Pet Owner's Guide to Walking a Dog

Walking a dog can be more difficult than you might think. When walking a dog, you might think you're going to go on a nice leisurely walk with your dog, but it turns into a tug of war. You may wonder why your dog has to stop and pee on everything or why he has to stop and sniff everything in his path.

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Is Your Bird Talking or Squawking?

Much of a parrot's wild language is intended to give information to the flock or family. “Wake-up” calls, “come-to-dinner” calls, “where-are-you?” calls and “everybody-get-to-sleep” calls must be loud enough for all to hear. Wild language or not, it's the talking that inspires most of us to take a parrot home.
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How to Deal with “Accidental Housesoiling”

Let's face it. A new puppy is likely to have small accidents around the house, even though you may do your utmost to prevent them. No system is perfect, especially when it involves an active and curious, puppy with incomplete control over its bladder and bowels. Let's consider the three different scenarios when it comes to you, the owner, encountering a house soiling incident.
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Training Adult Dogs - You're Never Too Old to Learn

Some people say that training puppies is easy, if you know what you're doing, but training adult dogs is nothing more than a lost cause. Whatever they say about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks, it is patently untrue. Old dogs may not learn as quickly as they did when they were young, but with time and patience, most older dogs can be taught to do anything that a young dog can.
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Does Having an Aquarium Decrease Stress?

Ever hear of aquarium therapy? For millions of Americans, long hours, too much coffee, and a frenetic work pace are the norm, not to mention the added stress of day-to-day deadlines, commitments, and to-dos. So, what's a good, healthy way to soothe your jangled nerves? Aquarium Therapy One proven way is to prop your feet up and watch your fish swim serenely through your aquarium.
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Can Your Bird Make You Sick?

Can your bird make you sick? It may be hard to believe, but, yes, your bird can make you sick. There are several diseases that birds can transmit to people (these are called zoonotic diseases). For your own health, it is important to understand how to prevent transmission of these diseases. Simple hygiene can prevent most of the diseases that birds and humans share.
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Why Does My Bird Pluck His Feathers?

Birds molt naturally, but sometimes birds can start pulling out their feathers excessively. Feather picking can be brought on by a multitude of causes and may include some hard to manage symptoms. Traditionally, psychological or physiological disturbances are what lead to excessive feather plucking in birds, but pinning down which physiological or psychological disturbance is responsible for this odd behavior can be difficult.
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Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails

An old joke about wagging tails goes like this: A young boy is afraid to pet a dog. An adult says, “He's friendly - look, he's even wagging his tail.” The boy responds, “Yeah, but he's barking and growling - I don't know which end to believe!” This poor excuse for a joke contains a lot of truth, because a wagging tail does not necessarily mean a dog is friendly.
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Accessories Party: The Best Cat Accessories

Your cat should have the best of everything. At least, that's what she thinks. Your feline isn't spoiled; you just can't stop yourself from checking out cool cat accessories when you see them. Shopping for your cat can be more fun than buying stuff for yourself. Kitty bling, cute cat outfits, comfy hangout spots, and kitty entertainment tools top our list of the best feline accessories.
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Itch, Itch, Itch - When Your Dog Can't Stop Scratching

When Your Dog Can't Stop Scratching If your dog spends a large portion of his time scratching, he may have a condition known as pruritus, or itching, an unpleasant sensation that causes your dog to scratch or bite at himself. It is caused by chemical reactions that occur in the skin and stimulate the nerves, causing the brain to feel the itch.
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Cats Drinking Milk: Fact or Fiction?

Is your favorite feline obsessed with dairy products? Many cats flip for milk, cheese, and yogurt. Even ancient stories involve people leaving platters of milk out for felines. It's no secret that milk is rich in protein, but is it healthy for your cat? When they deliver their young, all female mammals produce milk.
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Cat Myths Debunked

Cats are shrouded in superstition, myth, and folklore. People used to think that a cat could suck the breath out of a baby. You're believed to be the unfortunate recipient of bad luck if a black cat crosses your path. Some cat myths are harmless and even quite interesting, however, believing in certain cat superstitions can put your feline at risk.
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New Kitten Litter Box Training

Did you recently adopt or buy a kitten? Congrats! But it's time to get to work. One of the first things you'll want to do with a new kitten is litter train her. There's good new and bad news when it comes to litter training a kitten. First, the good news: training a kitten to use a litter is far easier than training a puppy to go to the bathroom outside.
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Dealing With Noise Phobias During the Holiday

Holiday celebrations are one of the great elements of the holiday season. Whether it's a family get together, an office party and a group of friends, holiday parties are a great time to relax and eat frosted cookies and swill warm delicious drinks. However, if you have a pet that is sensitive to noise, the relaxing and joyous holiday parties you look forward to each winter are something they dread.
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How To Give Your Hunting Dog the Best Start in Life

Puppies come to us as innocent, clean slates. It's our job to mold them into the dog we wish them to become. This especially holds true for hunting dogs. While your hunting puppy is going to be born with hunting instincts, it will be up to you to teach him how to use those instincts successfully in the fields or the woods.
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Leash Training Your New Puppy

When you first bring a new puppy home, you want to get a head start on training to prevent behavior problems later on. One of the most important steps for doing this is leash training your puppy. You might choose an obedience class for some more rigorous training, but leash training can usually be done at home.
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Our Guide to Dog Agility

Looking for a sport that both you and your dog can enjoy? There's a number of activities that owners and dogs can share and participate in together, and one of the more popular ones is dog agility. What makes dog agility unique is that pet owners and their dogs can either participate in it recreationally for fun exercise, or really commit to it and enroll in competitions to test your skills against other teams of dog owners and dogs.
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Understanding Cat Talk: What is Your Kitty Saying?

Does your cat make a variety of noises? Many cats will have a variety of vocal sounds to communicate different needs and meanings. Here are some common sounds with the meanings that they often convey. Chatter - In people, to “chatter” is to talk noisily or conversationally. In cats, it is often a unique sound that is from the throat and often associated with a very quick fast movement of their lower jaw.
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How to Avoid Rottweiler Behavior Problems

Rottweilers have developed a bad reputation for being dangerous. The Rottweiler has a reputation for being a dangerous attack dog, but that is not their true nature. To be vicious, they must be trained that way. With the proper training and socialization from puppyhood, a Rottweiler is an even-tempered, incredibly loyal dog that will protect his family fearlessly.
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What Are Doberman Pinschers Like with Kids?

Have you been thinking about a Doberman pinscher with kids? The Doberman loves human companionship but it is not the best breed for small children. Despite being loyal and protective, if improperly bred or raised, the breed can be mean or aggressive. The Doberman is intelligent but can be domineering and is not the best breed for the first time dog owner.
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