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.

Cat Constantly Meows and Drive Owner Crazy

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My cat has always been talkative, but her insistent meowing is getting worse. She cries constantly, when I am home. It’s not a friendly cry, it’s desperate sounding.

Release Your Inner Kitty Through Tricks and Training

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America is a democracy, but the American family is not. It’s a dictatorship. One youngster explained to me, “In this house, the dogs are the lowest. Next are the kids, then the parents and the cats are on top.”

Tips for Traveling with Pets

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It’s time to plan for summer vacation. Increasing numbers of owners will include their pets. Some planning and a few tips will make traveling with pets safe and enjoyable.

How to Stop It When The Neighbor Dog Poops in Yard

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The neighborhood feline has made our yard his personal litter box. We have to remove kitty poop almost every day and have unsuccessfully tried spraying the affected areas with a mixture of water and bleach to deter the fellow. Do you have any suggestions ?

Pets Predicting Earthquakes?

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Haicheng, China, 1975. A massive earthquake hits. Buildings are demolished, roads destroyed, but thanks to an evacuation several hours earlier, thousands, possibly tens of thousands of human lives are saved. The Chinese claimed they’d predicted an earthquake within hours of its occurrence. Their forecasting system: animals.

Can Spaying Lead to Bad Behavior?

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On an episode of “It’s Me or the Dog,” a show on Animal Planet, British dog trainer Victoria Stilwell tackled the problem of a bull terrier that exhibited mounting behavior. The first solution was to send the dog for a time-out when he mounted. However, the mounting was so severe that the trainer finally recommended neutering, which solved the problem. This case raises two questions: What other behavioral issues can neutering help address, and what is the rate of success?