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The Weirdest Pet Phobias

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Phobias, anxieties and fears of certain situations, things, or people are no longer limited to just us humans – our pets experience these same emotions as well.  Some of the phobias experienced by our pets may seem weird, but they probably have a pretty good reason for their fear (or, maybe not but it still feels real!).

We promise, you are not the first pet parent to love a dog with a weird fear.  And, after you read this list of odd pet phobias, you may not even thing your pet’s is that weird after all!



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The Most Common Bad Cat Habits & How to Deal!

Monday, September 11th, 2017

As any parent of a cat can attest, there is nothing quite like the love of a feline.  A relationship with a cat is unlike any other, good and bad.  And as any parent of a cat with behavioral issues can tell you, the bad can be BAD.

Cats are not as easily “trainable” as dogs and communicate differently than their canine counterparts, too.  This does not mean you’re helpless, don’t worry!


We have the most common (read: the most commonly frustrating) bad cat habits PLUS how to keep your hair, your sanity, AND your healthy relationship with your feline friend. (more…)

From Enemies to Friends with These Tips for Feuding Felines

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017


We’ve gone over the problems and possible solutions for sibling rivalry among dogs, but what about when our cats seem to be at odds with each other?  Many cat owners choose to ignore the signs of discontent among their cats, thinking that they will work it out themselves.  But that is rarely the case.  Our feline friends sometimes need a little intervention and coaxing to work out their differences. (more…)

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How to Enjoy Vet Visits with Your Cat (Yes, We’re Serious!)

Monday, March 13th, 2017

As humans owned by cats, we all know it does not take much to stress out our cats.  Leaving the house is one of those events that trigger stress, especially when it involves the vet office.  Some cats are so terrified of the vet’s office that they require sedation before even leaving the house!  It doesn’t have to be that way and we have the tips to make it easier for both of you!

Trust is one of the most important aspects of our relationships with our feline companions (more…)

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Oral Fixation in Dogs :: Is It Real?

Monday, September 19th, 2016


Oral fixation is a habit or ritual performed by both humans and animals that involves licking, sucking or having an object in the mouth frequently or at times of stress.  Many puppies go through an oral fixation stage as they begin to teeth.  This is probably due more to sooth their sore gums as their adult teeth grow in, but these soothing behaviors can stick around well into adulthood.  But what is it and is there anything we can do as pet parents to help break the habit? (more…)

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The Oddest Cat Behaviors EXPLAINED!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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Cat lovers across the world may disagree on many things, but one thing we can all nod our heads in agreement is this – cats are weird.  And it’s a good thing!  But, the fact still remains.  Our feline companions have many behaviors that leave us scratching our heads and pondering “why” so very often.  There are 3 common behaviors among cats that are the oddest…and we are here to answer that biggest question behind each – WHY? (more…)

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My puppy play bites – what’s the big deal?

Thursday, August 18th, 2016



Nipping or play biting might be fun while you’re puppy is young, small and hardly a threat. But this behavior can stick with your dog as he grows and become a serious issue.  It’s easy to fall in to the habit of allowing a puppy to bite or nip during playtime – they’re so small and just messing around.  What will it hurt?  (more…)

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Helpful Hints for Hyper Dogs & Their Tired Owners

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016



Behaviors such as constant licking, non-stop pacing or digging, jumping and running around are all signs of an overactive dog. Many pet parents complain of their dogs having too much energy and not knowing what to do. You might be ready to give up but hold on – we’ve got some useful tips to create a better, healthier relationship between you and your dog. (more…)

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How to Recognize When Your Pet is in Pain

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016



Our pets are apex predators in the wild.  They are near the top of the food chain being incredible hunters and formidable athletes to catch their prey.  Being the king of the jungle comes with its price, though.  Showing signs of weakness can mean losing their place in the pack, or being ostracized altogether.  That’s why our pets have become masters at hiding their pain from us.  Recognizing the telltale signs can save your pet’s life. (more…)

Why Does My Dog Turn into Cujo During a Walk?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

LeashAggressionLeash aggression is a very common problem that many dog parents struggle with daily.  Their dog is a social, friendly dog to everyone and every dog that he meets…except when he is attached to a leash.  When on leash, the dog barks, snarls, lounges, whines, jumps, and causes a very embarrassing scene.  Have you ever passed a dog like this at the park?  Or are you the parent smiling with red cheeks saying “Really, he’s very sweet at home.  I’m so sorry!”  What is leash aggression?  And is there any hope for you and your pup to enjoy walking together again? (more…)

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