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Destructive Behavior in Dogs – Digging

Dogs that dig to cool off should be provided with a cool resting area and plenty of water.

Why do dogs dig? Digging behavior in dogs can have many motivations. Some breeds, such as the Northern breeds (Huskies, Malamutes) dig cooling holes and lie in them. On a very hot summer day any dog may dig a hole to cool off. Breeds such as the terriers have been bred to flush out prey […]

Destructive Behavior in Dogs – Chewing

Determining the cause and motivation for chewing is essential in developing a treatment strategy.

Why do dogs chew? Dogs, especially puppies, are extremely playful and investigative. While play with people and other dogs is an important part of socialization and social development, exploration and object play are important ways for dogs to learn about their environment. Therefore it is a normal behavior for puppies to investigate their environment by […]

Crate Training in Dogs

Most dogs must learn to spend a portion of the day at home, while their human family is away.

Why might my dog need to be confined? Dogs are highly social animals that make wonderful pets. They can be effective as watchdogs, are excellent companions for play and exercise, and are sources of affection and comfort. However, with the lifestyle and schedule of the majority of families, dogs must learn to spend a portion […]

Breeding for Dog Owners – Problems at Birth

It is important to closely monitor your pet during birthing and seek veterinary care if you have any concerns.

What happens if my dog has trouble delivering her puppies? Although the majority of dogs will give birth without the need for veterinary assistance, problems can arise which require veterinary attention. It is important to closely monitor your pet during birthing and seek veterinary care if you have any concerns. How will I know that […]

Behavior and Training in Cats – Prevention and Punishment of Undesirable Behavior

Punishment is the least desirable tool for changing cat behavior.

Should punishment be used in cats? Punishment is the application of a stimulus that decreases the chance that a behavior will be repeated. It must coincide with the undesirable behavior, and must be unpleasant enough to deter the cat from repeating that behavior. Inappropriately applied punishment can cause fear, anxiety and owner avoidance, making punishment […]

Aggression in Cats – Petting Aggression

Biting in cats is usually quite confusing to owners.

Why, when I am petting my cat, does she turn around and bite me? This type of behavior in cats is usually quite confusing to owners. Initially the cat acts like they enjoy the physical contact and may even purr and rub against the person. However, after a variable period of time, the cat may […]

Aggression – Introduction to Aggressive Behavior

Aggressive behaviors are a means of communication.

What is aggression? Aggression is defined as threats or harmful actions directed toward another individual and can include threat displays, lunging, growling, snarling, snapping and biting. In animals, aggressive behaviors are a means of communication. Dogs and cats use aggressive displays, threats and attacks to resolve competitive disputes over resources (territory, food) or to increase […]