Category Archives: Behavior

How to Soothe a Nervous Dog

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Is your canine friend prone to nervousness and anxiety? Just like people, dogs all have their own personalities. Some are very calm, while others are more anxious. If you’re trying to help a nervous pup overcome his fears, you’ll need to figure out what he is frightened of, so you can determine the best course … Continue reading »

Guide to Puppy Obedience Training

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Your brand-new puppy Dozer just hit your house like a tiny canine whirlwind. Earlier this week, you adopted this seven-week-old retriever mix through an animal rescue group. When he arrived home, this frenzied little pooch sniffed out every corner before thrashing his toys into submission. Next, he began nipping at your ankles. Although you can … Continue reading »

Why Your Cat Keeps Play Fighting

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Your two male cats look like prize fighters lately. Four-year-old Buster has been battling it out with five-year-old Rocky — and you haven’t seen a clear winner. They regularly thrash on the floor, rolling and spinning until one gets up and walks away. You know many cats engage in this play fighting behavior. You haven’t … Continue reading »

Your Cat Can Develop a Harmful Compulsive Behavior

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Your calico cat Chelsea has personal grooming down to a science. Each morning, this five-year-old feline housemate begins licking her coat right after breakfast; and she continues all day long. Although cats regularly groom themselves, her fur is showing some bare spots. Your companion has also traded her daily playtime and brushing/belly rub sessions for … Continue reading »

Stop Your Cat’s Undesirable Spraying Behavior

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Your big tabby cat Duke has always been an unpredictable guy. First, this five-year-old feline invented an ambush game, hiding under furniture and pouncing on your legs. Next, he swiped at your dog’s nose as the poor pooch tried to eat. However, now your feline delinquent has gone too far. For two days, your obnoxious … Continue reading »

Give Your New Rodent a Good “Meet and Greet” Session

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Your rodent pet ownership experience is about to begin. Later this week, you’ll bring home a hamster or pet rat from a reputable pet store. In preparation, you’ve thoroughly researched each species’ nutritional and habitat needs. After your little pet arrives, your North Suffolk, VA veterinarian will give him a new patient exam. He’ll also … Continue reading »

Preventing Your Cat from Nibbling on Plants

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The majority of cats won’t go out of their way to eat plants, but there are a percentage that will. Since some plants are toxic to animals, and even non-toxic varieties may have been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals, it’s important to nip this behavior in the bud. Learn how below from your Chesapeake … Continue reading »

The Kitten Socialization Process

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Did you know that kittens who are regularly and appropriately handled as youngsters grow up into the most well-behaved and properly socialized adults? Below, a Chesapeake veterinarian advises you on socializing your kitten at each stage of their early life. Brand-New Kittens Newborns can be handled quite early, beginning the animal-human socialization process even a … Continue reading »