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Puppy Play Biting Leads to Marks on Hands and Arms

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My Havanese puppy loves to nip my heals and the backs of my legs. When I stand like a tree, he pulls my jeans or nips my legs and then stops. He also likes to nip my hands and arms. I am trying to teach him to kiss me instead of nip me but that is not working so well either.

Students and Veterinarians Learn Low Stress Veterinary Handling

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It’s a gray day outside in Madison, Wisconsin, but inside, the room’s abuzz. Fifteen dogs of various sizes are being handled by veterinarians and veterinary students who are participating in the Happy Pets, Happy Vets behavior and low stress handling workshop

A Foolproof Plan for Potty Training Puppies

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My 10 week old puppy seemed to do well the first several days we had him but it’s been a week and he’s still have accidents in the house. What can we do to fix this?

Having a Dog in White House Can Be as Complicated as Foreign Policy

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When the Obamas announced in November that they would be getting a puppy for Sasha and Malia the whole world breathed a collective “aww” and envisioned the presidential kids carrying the young pup around like a doll. Well, the Obamas have officially announced the big reveal. Their new four-legged family member is a male Portuguese Water dog named Bo. Bo is 6 months old rather than being under 16 weeks. He’s already too big to be carried around by Sasha and Malia, but he’s just the right size to be cuddled by everyone in the family.

Distinguishing Asian and African Elephants

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There are two different types of elephants, Asian and African. Up until my visit to Have Trunk Will Travel, I could never tell the difference. But Kari Johnson gave me a fool-proof method. Now I can’t believe I couldn’t distinguish between the two in the past.

Do You Want a Bunny for Easter?

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Rabbits can be cuddly and cute, especially during Easter festivities, but they require specialized care. Potential adopters should consider all of the behavioral and health issues involved in caring for a rabbit before making a decision.

Dog Eats Chocolate: Case of Chico and Cadbury Chocolates

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Easter is typically a time when families come together and participate in numerous traditions. For some this means going to church. For others the focal point is the Easter egg hunt and Easter baskets. But for one little dog representing a not-so-unusual case, it involved some Cadbury chocolates and a veterinary visit.

Click and Cluck: Lesson on Animal Training from Chickens

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Scenes from a Saturday morning cartoon? A twisted scheme of some sort? Neither of the above. It’s the assigned mission at the August 2000 Advanced Operant Conditioning Workshop (a.k.a. chicken training camp), taught by Bob Bailey and psychologist Marian Breland-Bailey. Nine animal trainers from the U.S. and Canada, including myself, are here to meet the challenge. We have five days. Sounds like a joke, but it’s serious business. We’re here not just to train chickens. We’re here to learn the intricacies of a universal mechanism of learning called operant conditioning.

A Day in the Life of Show Business Elephants

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Have you ever wondered how Show Biz elephants are trained and housed and how they spend a typical day? Last week I found out when I visited an AZA (American Zoos and Aquariums) certified elephant training and conservation facility called Have Trunk Will Travel. Elephants from HTWT have starred in many movies and T.V. shows such as Operation Dumbo Drop, Ace Ventura, Big Top Peewee, the Tarzan Series and Scrubs. They also serve as animal ambassadors and participate in education events.