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Barkaholics: Why Dogs Bark at House Guests

By Amy Shojai

'Tis the season for visitors and guests. And your dog is ready and willing to add barking to the celebration. While that may prove aggravating to you or even scary to your visitors, it's important to realize barking is a normal part of canine communication. To figure out how to muffle the noise, first we must understand why dogs bark.

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How to Set Off-Limits Areas for Pets

By Jim Tedford

Our homes, pets, and lifestyle preferences are entirely unique. Some people enjoy having their dogs beside them on the couch or keeping them company in the kitchen. Others prefer that pets stay off of the furniture or out of certain rooms in the house. Whatever your lifestyle, pet barriers and deterrents are useful training tools. They establish boundaries for your dog so everyone lives together peacefully.

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How to Get the Smell of Pet Urine Out of Your Carpet

By PetSafe Guest

Cleaning up urine is one of the most frustrating aspects of being a pet owner, and it’s just something that happens even to the best pets. Not only is dog urine a pain to clean up, but it also causes stains to appear, damages your carpet, and leaves a horrible smell. Here are some of the best tips to remove the smell of pet urine out of your carpet.

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Bed Manners for Fido: Keep Your Dog off the Bed

By Mike Shafer

One common problem that most dog parents struggle with is bed manners. It seems like some of us try so hard to teach our dogs not to get on our beds but fail to reliably reach this goal. So I thought we could discuss some ways to help keep your dog off of your bed.

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Thinking Inside the Litter Box

By Tony Johnson

As a veterinarian, one of the most common and heartbreaking situations that I've encountered is a family dealing with a cat who is urinating outside the litter box. There may be a medical reason for this behavior, while in others it may be due to factors in the home, the cat's personality, or even the litter box and type of litter. Here are some tips for dealing with a cat who is urinating in places besides the litter box.

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Help Your Dog Cope with Anxiety

By Amy Shojai

There are many reasons dogs becomes anxious. Even confident, well-adjusted dogs may suffer from anxiety from time to time. Anxious behavior during new experiences is perfectly normal but overly anxious dogs become miserable and their behaviors may be challenging for their people. Here's how to help anxious dogs and prevent separation anxiety.

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How Do You Install an In-Ground Fence?

By Justin Young

Have you been thinking about installing an In-Ground Fence™ system at your home? Wondering how difficult it would be? The fall may be your last chance to install your system before winter weather. Follow these 4 basic steps to install your new fence.