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Dog People vs. Cat People

Have you ever wondered whether “dog people” and “cat people” really exist? BellaDOG Magazine online says yes: and not only that, “dog lovers outnumber the cat fans nearly 2 to 1.” Why settle? We're both awesome! As for why more people prefer dogs over cats, part of the reason seems to come [...]

Pet Rewards: Learning and Reinforcement

The best way to train your pet is through the proper use of positive reinforcement and rewards while avoiding punishment. The goal of training is to “learn” the proper task and/or behavior. The training sequence is to give a command, to get the desired response and to use a reward to mark and reinforce [...]

A Puppy House Training Guide

Let's work together on this, shall we? When you bring a new puppy into your home there will be a period of adjustment. Your goals are to help your puppy to quickly bond to its new family, and to minimize the stress associated with leaving its mother, litter mates, and former home. [...]

Fido and His Tail

Dogs use their tails as a form of communication with other animal species, including humans. So when Fido wags in a way that seems off kilter – or worse, can’t wag at all – you know that something’s wrong. Canine tail problems come in three basic varieties. And fortunately for dog owners, they are [...]

Lost Pet Tips and Advice

Lost Austin pets can be found...but prevention is always better. A recent article in The Durham News online covered an all-too-common reality for many Austin pet owners: a lost pet. According to the article, one out of three pets will be lost at some point during their lives. Take a look around [...]

Dog Walking Tips

If your dog is dragging you along, you may need a longer or retractable leash and some work with commands. If you have a dog, chances are you’ve pondered the age-old mystery, “Am I walking the dog, or is the dog walking me?” While dog walking is of course necessary, you may [...]

Are these 7 Ingredients in Your Pet’s Food?

If you’re like most dog or cat owners, you buy your pet food at the local supermarket.  You check the list of ingredients and you see terms like “fillers” and “by-products meal” which you don’t fully understand.  But you still trust that what’s in the bag, box or can is good for your animal pal. [...]

What You Should Know Before Housebreaking Your Ferret

Like cats, ferrets can be housebroken — more or less. While they aren’t necessarily quite as consistent as felines, you can train your furry little pal to relieve him or herself in litter boxes both inside and outside their cages. But before you potty-train your ferret, you do need to bear a few important [...]

Choosing a Veterinarian in Austin

I can hear fine, doc. I just sometimes choose not to listen. Owning a pet comes with many responsibilities: one of the most important of these is finding a quality healthcare provider. Choosing a veterinarian is a personal decision, but you’ll always want to choose a practice that is reputable and offers [...]

Tips for Owning a Pet Bird

You may think that you’re ready to dive into the world of bird ownership.  But are you really?  Inviting a feathered friend to share your space often requires lifestyle changes that go beyond simply adding a cage to your living room décor. 1. Beware your pots and pans Teflon or non-stick cookware can be [...]

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