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My Pet World: How to train dogs who don’t like being picked up

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Dear Cathy,

I have a 9-month-old male cairn terrier who runs from me when I need to pick him up. I've tried doing it while kneeling so I don't tower over him, but to no avail. Once I am able to pick him up, he's fine. Is this typical of some dogs and will he grow out of it? – Terri, Rocky Hill, Connecticut

Dear Terri,

If ...Read more

My Pet World: Fighting fleas might mean you have to treat your home and yard

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Dear Cathy,

The flea problem in South Florida is bad. I have tried external drops, flea collars and chewables, and they do not work. My dog has been miserable. Intuitively, to put something inside of an animal to repel or kill something on the outside of the animal does not seem right. Someone from the companies that produce these ...Read more

My Pet World: What does mounting mean in canine communication?

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Dear Cathy,

Reo is an 8-year-old, 75-pound, non-aggressive boxer/pit mix. Whether we are at the dog-park or doggie day care, other dogs try to mount him. He pays no attention to it. Any thoughts as to why? – Elaine, Long Beach, New York

Dear Elaine,

Mounting is a common behavior for dogs, and the one behavior that pet ...Read more

My Pet World: Wind phobia is a real problem for some dogs

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Dear Cathy,

We rescued Mikey in July 2019 from a shelter in southern Illinois. We moved into our forever home in Tucson, Arizona, this past September. He first had trouble getting around on the tile floors, but about a month ago, he became afraid of almost everything. He is 4 years old and weighs about 60 pounds, so he's not a small ...Read more

My Pet World: Neighbors are picking up poop — then leaving it on the sidewalk

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Dear Cathy,

I am looking for your thoughts on what I find to be an increasingly unpleasant occurrence in my neighborhood. I am out walking with my 8-year-old Australian shepherd at least three times a day, varying the route so we canvass a large area of town. More and more, I am seeing dog owners picking up their pet's waste in ...Read more

My Pet World: How to stop a dog from barking at the TV

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Dear Cathy,

Every time there’s a commercial on television with dogs or animals in it, my Westie barks at it. I have tried using the leash when she barks and sitting her next to me. While she is on the leash, she behaves. But the minute I release her and there’s a commercial with animals in it, she is barking again. I have given her...Read more

My Pet World: Training can help dogs live in harmony

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Dear Cathy,

I have a Pomeranian named Winston who I am very bonded to. My boyfriend has a labradoodle named Puddles who is very sweet but needs lots of love and attention. We have all been living together for a year now. Any time I’m giving Winston attention, Puddles inserts herself between us and pushes him out of the way. With my ...Read more

My Pet World: Handling dogs that pull on leashes

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Dear Cathy,

I just rescued a sweet 11-pound Maltese mix. My arthritic hands and fingertips prevent me from opening those squeeze clasps on collars and especially harnesses. She pulls her leash so hard, especially when seeing squirrels, so with a collar, she chokes herself and I fear falling. Research has led me to many sources, even a...Read more

My Pet World: How to handle a cat who hates being picked up

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Dear Cathy,

We have an 18-month-old tabby. When we brought her home from the shelter, she had an upper respiratory infection and chlamydia, which was passed on from her mother. For six months, we had to “burrito” her to give her eye drops. Now, if we pick her up, she only allows us to hold her for literally 10 seconds before she ...Read more

My Pet World: Could cat’s missing teeth make her a noisy, messy eater?

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Dear Cathy,

My cat, Crystal, is a blue point Siamese, about 6 years old. She doesn't — and never has had — front teeth. So, she eats on her side teeth, which looks incredibly awkward. She drops food continuously, makes an incredible mess and makes snorts and funny sounds when eating. Her breath is quite bad when she yawns. Should I...Read more

My Pet World: Cats playing at night need more playtime during the day

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Dear Cathy,

We have two felines who are 18 months old. They are calm until the middle of the night when they begin running around. We have tried pheromones, calming treats, catnip and CBD oil. We’ve tried playing and not playing with them. We also have a 14-year-old cat, but she sleeps through it all. Presently, we are awake most of ...Read more

My Pet World: Preventing fights when feeding dogs in a multi-dog household

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Dear Cathy,

Beau is an 8-year-old male Pekingese/Chihuahua mix and until recently has been an "only child." Beau now shares the household with Walter, a 7-year-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix. They get along great, except at feeding time. Beau becomes aggressive toward Walter when their meals are served. Both are served exactly the ...Read more

My Pet World: Adopter says she was told her dog ‘did not bark’

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Dear Cathy,

I adopted a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix earlier this year. I was told she “did not bark.” When she first arrived, she did not bark very much, but now she doesn’t stop. We live on a somewhat busy street. She barks at everything and everyone. I have tried using noise spray cans, telling her to be quiet, shaking cans of coins and ...Read more

Pet World: How to find caretakers when you have to leave feral cats behind

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Dear Cathy,

We have two feral cats that we have been feeding for many years - one since 2012 and one since 2016. They still shy away from us and never enter our home. However, we provide most of their food along with warmth in the winter and a place to stay cool in the summer.

We are no longer able to handle our large house and are planning to...Read more

Pet World: Moving with a lot of pets takes some advanced planning

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Dear Cathy,

We’re moving to Wyoming from Arizona and have two cats and two dogs. It will be a two-day drive and I am concerned about the cats. First, I don't know if a hotel would let us stay having four animals and second, I am afraid that the cats will get loose, freak out or something else. I can't put them together because they don't like...Read more

Pet World: Barking and growling dog makes owner hesitant to have friends over

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Dear Cathy,

We have an eight-month old adorable little Chihuahua-Dachshund mix that we rescued in June. He is full of energy all day long, bouncing from sofa to chair to sofa. My problem is his constant barking and growling when I walk into the living room. I understand that barking is good to ward of strangers but I'm hesitant to invite ...Read more

Pet World: Age shouldn’t prevent senior from adopting older pet

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Dear Cathy,

I need your help. I am over 70 years old and I recently lost my dog of over 10 years. He was adopted along with the cat I had who also recently passed after 18 years with me. I have been looking to adopt now since the beginning of 2020. I located a rescue group and after a home check was approved to adopt. At this point in my life...Read more

Pet World: Healthy little dog wants to relieve herself frequently

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Dear Cathy,

Pumpkin is a Yorkie mix. We rescued her two months ago. She is perfect in every way except that she whines and walks to the door frequently wanting to go out when we are home. When we take her out, she pees and sometimes poops, but once inside, she’ll sometimes whine again to go out once or twice an hour. She loves her walks and ...Read more

 

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