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Why is the Greeting Ritual of Dogs Different from Cats?

greeting tonyBy Linda Cole

Cats and dogs both see the world with their own unique perspective as individuals and from the way they evolved to interact with us and other animals. A dog isn’t shy about racing to meet you at the door the minute you walk in. A feline is typically more subtle in the way she greets you; a twitch of the ears or flick of the tail will do for some kitties. Have you ever wondered why the greeting ritual of dogs and cats is so different when saying hi to their owner?

Dogs are social creatures who evolved to be comfortable living within a family unit, and prefer the social company of other dogs and humans. Because of that preference, your dog has a small degree of stress when you aren’t around. Some canines have a much harder time dealing with their stress and suffer from separation anxiety. The degree of stress your dog experiences depends on his personality and environment. When you leave your pet home alone, he is forced to accept a non-voluntary detachment from those he has a bond with. When you finally return home, your dog is filled with relief and welcomes you home in his own special way. His expression of joy is one way of telling you he has a special attachment to you and is really happy you’re home.
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2015 Top 10 Googled Dog Questions

google rexBy Linda Cole

For the last 15 years, Google has published a list of topics that garnered the most searches for that particular year. The total number is compiled from searches on YouTube, Google Search, and Google News. Curious humans searched for information about the “dress” (was it white/gold or blue/black?), movies, celebrities and diets – to name just a few popular topics. Our canine friends also have a category. So what dog questions did people search for most often in 2015?

10. How to Stop Dogs from Biting?

Correcting this behavior requires patience and persistence. When your dog bites hard enough that it’s painful, yell “Ouch” and turn your attention away from him for around five seconds. If he bites again, yell “Ouch” and move away. Ending your interaction with him is negative punishment to a dog. Repeat this exercise each time he bites hard. Reward with tasty CANIDAE treats when he controls his bite. He’ll learn through repetition about bite inhibition.
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Do Dogs Have a Perception of Time?

dogs tell time anna foxBy Linda Cole

The one thing my dog Keikei loves almost as much as her CANIDAE treats is when it’s time to go outside. She seems to get the exact time right every day. Sure, she could be picking up on my actions that indicate I’m getting ready to take the doggies outside. However, sometimes she is asleep in another room and appears just as I’m getting ready to move. Many dog owners who return home from work to find their pet waiting by the door or watching from a window believe that dogs can tell time. Skeptics would say this behavior is just an uncanny coincidence rather than proof that dogs have a perception of time. What do you think?

According to scientists, our ability to remember is one thing that sets us apart from other species. Our understanding of time is in the passing of seconds, minutes, hours and days. We have an episodic memory that gives us the ability to remember contextual information of past events. It records life experiences and specific events we can recall at different times in our lives. We can travel back in time as well as look forward to something in the future. Most people remember where they were on 9/11 or when JFK was assassinated. Star Wars fans remember the six movies from the past and the order they were released. We can remember good and bad things from childhood, and continue family holiday traditions based on our stored knowledge of past years. Our concept of time includes what, when and where something happened, and encompasses the past, present and future.
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Can Dogs and Cats Get Asthma?

asthma nisa yehBy Linda Cole

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that affects around 25 million people in the United States. It can also affect dogs and cats. Fortunately, there are effective treatments that can help our furry friends maintain a good quality of life.

Although there is a difference between asthma and allergies, the two conditions go hand in hand. Certain chemicals in the body react to irritants in the air and can produce similar reactions. An allergic reaction can trigger a response in the nasal membranes, eyes, skin, tongue and breathing passages. Symptoms range from itchy watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose, to red, itchy irritated skin. Asthma is a disease of the bronchial tubes in the windpipe that moves air in and out of the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. Triggers in the respiratory system create an excess of mucus production and irritation in the airways which can narrow or block them. Pollutants that cause an allergic reaction can also trigger an asthma attack.

Asthma is more common in cats, but dogs can also be susceptible to it. The disease affects pets in the same way it does humans. An attack can be sudden and brought on by irritants and allergens in the environment. It can be difficult to determine which pollutants are causing the problem, but it’s important to try so you can eliminate them from your home, if possible, to help prevent future attacks.
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How to Certify Your Pet as a Therapy Animal

therapy dog ChrisBy Linda Cole

Therapy animals play an important role in the lives of people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hospices and retirement homes. The perfect therapy pet is well mannered, calm, easy going, friendly and eager to meet new people. If you think you and your pet would fit the bill of enriching the lives of others, maybe it’s time to have him certified as a therapy animal.

Canines are the most common animal used as a therapy pet, but horses, donkeys and cats are also quite effective. Hamsters, rabbits, birds and fish are excellent for people in assisted living settings or group homes. Just the presence of an animal can change the feel of a typical clinical environment to a more home-like setting, which helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Because you and your pet must be able to work together as a team, both of you must demonstrate specific abilities. As your pet’s handler, you must be able to read their body language to know if they are feeling stressed out, anxious, bothered by something, getting tired or becoming over-stimulated. You need to interact with your pet in a positive way by praising, encouraging, calming and re-directing them with appropriate commands when necessary. You must be able to carry on a conversation with someone while paying attention to your pet. You need to also be mindful of the well-being and safety of your pet at all times, and maintain a professional and polite attitude while helping people interact with your pet.
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4 Wintertime Pet-Related Myths That Can be Harmful

winter myths jasonBy Linda Cole

A myth is a belief that something is true, even though there usually isn’t any proof to back up the claim. Nonetheless, people sometimes do believe a myth, especially if it seems reasonable. Unfortunately, some pet-related wintertime myths can be harmful to our four legged friends.

Fur Coats Protect Dogs and Cats from Cold

Northern dog breeds were developed to withstand harsh winter temperatures, but that doesn’t mean your pet Siberian Husky should live outside in the cold. A dog’s ability to endure winter weather depends on the thickness and condition of his coat, height of the dog, body fat, age, activity level and overall health. Smaller dogs and cats are more susceptible to colder temperatures because they are closer to the ground. No matter how thick a pet’s coat is, it doesn’t protect them from hypothermia or frostbite.

Dogs and cats are both at risk of developing frostbite on their nose, ears, tail and paw pads when left outside in freezing weather. If it’s too cold outside for you, it’s too cold for your dog or cat to stay out. A good rule of thumb to follow: if you are shivering when outdoors, your pet is probably ready to go inside, too.
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