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My Pet World: Reward tricks with treats to help dogs learn new behaviors

By Cathy M. Rosenthal, Tribune Content Agency on

It doesn't sound like the cats are fighting, only mildly not getting along. That usually works out in time, but since it has been a year, let's try a few other things.

First, play more with Casanova. He may have some youthful pent-up energy that needs an outlet. You will be doing Fred a big favor.

Second, the missing fur probably isn't from fighting, but stress licking by either one of them. Plug-in some feline pheromone diffusers in the rooms where they spend the most of their time or get each of them a pheromone collar. Pheromones can help reduce stress behaviors and may set a better tone for them to get along.

Dear Cathy,

I read your response to the owner of a dog, Bella, who would become aggressive at times to other dogs in the dog park. I agree with your suggestions, but would offer another one. Our dog, Latte, was brutally attacked and became aggressive to other dogs on walks. I sought a trainer who suggested a few hours at a time of socialization through doggie day care. It was wonderful. Dogs are evaluated first and exposed to only a few at a time. It's similar to a dog park, but supervised. Just my thoughts. -- Karen, Nazareth, PA

 

Dear Karen,

Doggie day cares might be willing to help, depending on the level and type of aggression expressed. Since Latte was the one attacked, he is a good candidate for a day care willing to build his trust in other dogs again. The dog who attacked Latte, however, would not likely be accepted. Doggie day cares evaluate dogs before letting them in their programs, so Bella's mom could certainty inquire about it.

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(Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist and pet expert who has more than 25 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to cathy@petpundit.com. Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal.)

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