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Teach Your Puppy to Play

A dog’s individual personality is often reflected in the type of play he prefers. These preferences can be breed-specific (Labradors and Golden Retrievers, for example, are bred to fetch), but often it comes down to the individual dog. While your puppy may express an early preference for certain types of play, his socialization period is…

Teach Your Cat to Love Riding in the Car

Many cats are uncomfortable with car travel. Unlike dogs, most cats are never taught to enjoy car trips. Many kittens have limited experience with car rides during their primary socialization period (2-7 weeks); when a kitten does go for a ride in the car, the destination is often the vet’s office, which can be scary…

Teach Kids and Cats to Interact Safely

You love your cat, and you love your child — and you want the two of them to be friends. But this may not happen naturally; it can require some work on your part. Start by teaching your child the right way to interact with your cat and by making sure that your cat feels…

Can I Teach My Cat Not to Dash Out the Door?

My cat tries to dash out the door every time it opens. He used to be an outdoor cat, but we’ve decided that it’s no longer safe to let him roam. How can I teach him to be comfortable staying in the house? Keeping your cat indoors can increase his life span, help protect him…

Teach Your Dog to Wait at the Door When Visitors Arrive

  Is your dog “hell on wheels” when a guest arrives, bolting through the door as soon as it cracks open? Door-dashing dogs respond to an open front door as if it’s the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby — and the unfortunate guest is the finish line. Canines who bolt through doors will wedge…

Teach Your Dog the Right Way to Play

  Do you like playing with your dog, or do you approach it as one more pet care chore? Playing is fun — especially when the game is engaging for all those involved. Play can build trust, teach self-control, make exercise irresistibly fun — and stimulate your dog’s mind. Here’s how you can get the…

How Can I Teach My Dog To Be Led by the Collar?

When I try to lead my dog by her collar, she pulls back and sits down. How can I get her to follow me? It can be terrifying for a dog to have someone grab her collar and start pulling her along. She may not understand what’s being asked of her, and her response is…

Can I Teach My Dog Not to Dash Out the Door?

There’s nothing quite like the fear that grips a dog owner when she opens the front door and — bam! — before she knows it, her beloved dog has bolted past her. I relate to the terror and frustration a pet parent experiences with a dog that habitually escapes, because my first dog, a Wire…

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