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My Pet World: How to stop a small dog from being mischievous when left alone

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Dear Cathy,

We have an 11-year-old dachshund named Schnitzel. Whenever we leave home for more than an hour or so, she pulls down clothes, pulls the Kleenex box off the table and pulls the tissues out or grabs the end of a toilet paper roll and has a grand old time pulling that out too. What can we do? -- Lloyd, Tucson, AZ

Dear Lloyd,

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My Pet World: Products that entertain your cat and make dog walking easier

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Dear Cathy,

Why is it when you go into a pet store, you can find lots of items relating to dogs, but very little relating to cats? I'm not talking about food, but items that keep them active. My cats find most cat toys boring. They love a small ball that really bounces, but usually lose them. The more I throw them though, the faster they wear ...Read more

My Pet World: If you are patient, you can train your dog to not jump

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Dear Cathy,

My 3-year-old medium size Sheepadoodle (Old English sheepdog/poodle mix) gets excited when anybody comes in the door, even me and my husband when we try to put a leash on her. It takes five or 10 minutes before she calms down. When she's in this hyper-state, she won't stay in a "sit" (position). When we picked her up from the ...Read more

My Pet World: Heed dangerous weather warnings and bring pets inside

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It's been all over the news. A dangerous cold weather system will affect parts of the U.S this week, and there are dire warnings for people, from not breathing the cold air or going outside for more than five minutes, if at all, to keeping your skin completely covered to avoid frostbite.

These same dire warnings apply to our pets too.

Most pet...Read more

My Pet World: Don't restrict water as a form of housetraining

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Dear Cathy,

Three or four years ago, I adopted my dog Silo from a girl who had to move and couldn't take him with her. She told me to restrict his water because he would urinate when I go out. She said he has separation anxiety. So, I've been careful with the water and let him out right before I leave the house.

That worked for a while, but as...Read more

My Pet World: How do you know when your dog needs a winter coat?

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Dear Cathy,

When I walk my King Charles Spaniel in the morning and afternoon, I've noticed a lot of dog owners have their dogs bundled up with coats on. My dog has a beautiful thick coat and from all appearances isn't bothered by the cold weather. She goes out into the backyard the first thing every morning and spends 10 to 12 minutes checking ...Read more

My Pet World: Teaching a dog-reactive dog not to react to other dogs

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Dear Cathy,

My daughter recently bought a 3-year-old French Bulldog from a breeder who did not provide all the information about the dog. Our main concern is the dog is not friendly to other dogs and starts to bark and appears to want to attack the other dogs. Is there any way of training our dog out of this habit?

Another concern is the dog ...Read more

My Pet World: The message is, 'Adopt, don't shop,' for your next pet

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Dear Cathy,

I read your recent article about research showing people are not more likely to return pets acquired during the winter holidays. I work for a rescue group, and our concern has always been with potential stress for a newly-adopted animal caused by large family gatherings, travel, visitors, unusual schedules and foods during this ...Read more

My Pet World: Dog owner learns a colorful lesson on the dangers of chocolate

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Dear Cathy,

One of your recent columns reminded me of this story. It was Christmas Day, and I was expecting 15 relatives for dinner. The house was sparkling clean, the buffet table was set up with my best china, the cold food platters were in the refrigerator, and the hot food was bubbling in the oven.

A few years before, I had ...Read more

My Pet World: What do you do when you find a lost pet?

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Dear Cathy,

I found a cat on the street with a collar, but no tag. I fed her and took her to my vet's office to check for a microchip. Since no microchip was found, I had her blood checked for HIV, etc. and her teeth cleaned before I brought her home. The bill was $450.

This kitty, apparently, was left on the streets; there were no lost signs ...Read more

My Pet World: Should you worry when your cat goes from shy to friendly?

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Dear Cathy,

We have a female cat named Polly who we believe is about 17 years old. She's always been shy; no one has ever been able to pet her or get close to her. We adopted her with her twin sister Molly. Both of them hid under the china cabinet the first year we had them.

Last year, Molly, who became our social, loving girl, died from ...Read more

My Pet World: Good reasons to restrain your dog (and your Christmas tree)

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Dear Cathy,

You really brought up a hot-button issue the other day. While walking on a trail, we came upon a large dog off leash. The owner told us not to worry that her dog was well-trained. I pulled my Shih-Tze close to me. Her dog came over though, and before we knew it, her dog was attacking mine. I was paralyzed and didn't know what to do....Read more

My Pet World: Are pets as gifts a good idea for the holidays?

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It's the time of year for gift-giving and giving pets as gifts is sometimes at the top of that list. Some animal shelters, however, frown on pets as gifts for fear the animals will be "returned" to the shelter after the holidays. But a study conducted by the ASPCA in 2013 seems to indicate animal shelters have nothing to worry about and giving ...Read more

My Pet World: Couple rescues former housecat living on the street

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Dear Cathy,

My wife and I subcontract for several local banks, performing property assessments of foreclosed properties. We recently came to a bank that included an abandoned cat. We needed another (third) cat like a hole in the head, and while we could have dropped her off at the shelter, she ingratiated herself so quickly that it didn't even ...Read more

My Pet World: Mourning dog's behavior tied to loss of loved one

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Dear Cathy,

We are friends with an elderly couple who adopted a young rescue about 10 years ago. The wife passed away about a month ago, and suddenly the dog is peeing on the carpet three times in one day, even though he has a doggie door that he does continue to use regularly. This has been going on for a couple of days, and the housekeeper is...Read more

My Pet World: Obedience training can help with excessive barking

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Dear Cathy,

We have a 10-year-old pit bull who is an excessive barker. People do not visit because the dog never stops barking. The dog is fine with my wife, but if I come into the room where my wife is, the dog barks her head off. We tried giving her commands, but it takes a while before she obeys. Are there any devices that can aid in ...Read more

My Pet World: Walking dogs off-leash can stress other dogs, people

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Dear Cathy,

A few months ago, we moved to a community that requires dogs to be leashed while walking. Leash walking has been clearly stated in our newsletter several times. If someone ignores this community rule, they are fined at some point, but I don't know if that has ever happened.

In our previous home, our dogs had a large dog run for ...Read more

 

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