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10 Indoor Exercises for Dogs This Winter

By Rosalee Kaschel

A tired dog is a good dog, but winter often makes it difficult to exercise outdoors with your dog. There is plenty you can do indoors to keep your pup zonked out. Plus many of these exercises have added long-term benefits. Try some of these top 10 ways to keep your dog entertained this winter.

When Can You Start Training Your Puppy?

By Caryl Wolff

From potty training to obedience training, your puppy has a lot to learn. Get your puppy training started on the right paw with this guide to beginner training for puppies.

Wag More, Bark Less: Natural Ways to Stop Barking

By Meredith Stepita

Dog barking can be a big headache and major nuisance. In some areas you can even be fined for your dog barking excessively and disrupting your neighbors. To successfully keep your pooch calm and collected, you first need to understand why he's barking. Try these training methods to help your dog learn he doesn't need to bark so often.

What Should I Do If My Dog Has Separation Anxiety?

By Meredith Stepita

Dogs with separation anxiety panic when left alone. Common signs include going to the bathroom in the house, destruction, barking, whining, howling, and even hurting themselves. Once diagnosed, treatment with extensive behavior modification and sometimes anti-anxiety medications can lead to successful management of the problem. When separation anxiety is severe, be prepared for treatment to take many months.

Could Your Dog Have Separation Anxiety?

By Meredith Stepita

Does your dog follow you around the house after you get home? Do you see signs of destruction or attempted escape by the door or windows? About 15% of dogs have separation anxiety. Separation anxiety in dogs is actually a phobia, an extreme or irrational fear, in which dogs panic when left alone. There are many reasons dogs can display signs of separation anxiety that are not really due to separation anxiety, and correct diagnosis is important for appropriate treatment. Read on to discover the symptoms and how to rule out other factors.

How to Help a Fearful Cat

By Meredith Stepita

What do you do when you have a scaredy cat? Not just a cat who's afraid sometimes, but a cat who's always stressed out? Many things we take for granted often scare our pets, like fireworks, bumpy car rides, and strangers visiting. Your cat may show her stress in subtle ways, so it's important to learn to read cat body language. Once you identify what stresses your cat, the first step is to avoid these triggers as much as possible and then find ways to associate those scary things with more positive rewards.

Why Cats Potty on Beds

By Amy Shojai

Cats are natural born clean freaks, with kittens using the litter box by the age of 3 weeks. Hit or miss bathroom behavior, though, is a wake-up call that something has gone wrong. It's bad enough when she leaves nasty "gifts" under the piano bench, but truly disgusting if she targets your bed. Peeing or pooping on your bed has very specific triggers. While every cat is different and combinations of reasons may be involved, here are the top reasons why cats turn beds into a litter box.