Breed Ban or Better Pet Selection?

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Every year, when badly behaved dogs become the object of media focus someone asks me, ” Do you think pit bulls should be banned as pets?” To which I usually answer, “No, but some owners should be banned from owning pit bulls… or for that matter, Jack Russell Terriers, Basenji’s, Border terriers, Bengal cats and even Budgies”. In fact, some people shouldn’t have pets at all.

Cat Stalks Feet: How to Tame the Beast

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What do you do with a cat who attacks everything and everyone? Our cat lurks behind furniture and then leaps out at people as they walk by. She never seems serious because she doesn’t bite very hard, but it’s getting annoying.

Can Hand Rearing Your Puppy Lead to Dog Aggression?

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Dogs and other animals that are hand-reared may have self-control issues since most humans aren’t as good at setting limits for puppy behavior as the pup’s mom and siblings are.

Handling Dominance Aggression in Dogs

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Do you have a dog with dominance aggression? Is he confident and aggressive over many types of resources? Is he outgoing, one moment as charming as Casanova, the next more like Mike Tyson? Read on.

Startled Australian Cattle Dog Chases Bikes

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My young ACD is chasing bikes and sometimes runners. I think they startle her. They move so fast she goes into prey mode. How do I teach her to stop and wait when she is aroused?

Why Joggers Avoid Dogs

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I was running in on a bike path, says an avid marathon runner. A Rottweiler came running towards me. I stopped and stood still but when he jumped up, I instinctively tried to protect my face and he bit my arm.

Preventing Dog Bites

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The CDC reports 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. One thousand victims per day are seen at hospital emergency rooms. Animal care professionals are at risk.