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Is It Legal To Bury My Dog in the Backyard?
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Is It Legal To Bury My Dog in the Backyard?

Is It Legal To Bury Your Dog in Your Yard? When a pet passes away, many owners find comfort in burying their beloved friend nearby. A home burial in the backyard or other nearby location ensures that the site can be easily visited and tended to. When coping with the loss of a pet, few owners think about whether their actions might be against the law.

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Five Confidence Boosting Activities for Shy Dogs

Some dogs are very shy and it can be hard to know what to do with them. Shy dogs are also often described as skittish dogs, nervous dogs, and scared dogs. It can really help to boost the their confidence of a shy dog to make them come out of their shell. Kayden is an example of a shy dog. When Kayden first came to be introduced to new people, you could expect one of two scenarios.
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Dog Hoarders: How to Recognize Animal Hoarding

The practice of animal hoarding is a danger not only to the safety and happiness of dogs, but also to the community in which the hoarding occurs. Toward end of the 20th century, animal welfare professionals, mental health experts, veterinarians, and other animal lovers began looking seriously at animal hoarding.
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Thunderstorm Phobia in Cats

Few species - including humans - are happy to endure the sounds of a rip-roaring thunderstorm, complete with darkening skies, lightning and crashing thunder. Some become extremely fearful to the point that they exhibit full-blown phobia. Some dogs and cattle, as well as some humans, are affected by this phobia.
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Muzzle Training - A Part of Low Stress Handling for Dogs

When most people think of a dog that needs to be muzzled or see a dog that is wearing a muzzle, they often think “oh my gosh, that must be a bad dog!” Substitute “aggressive”, “dominant”, “mean”, or “vicious” for bad and you'll have what most people think. We would like to change your impression of those dogs and the words we use to describe them, and the need and use for a muzzle.
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Why Do Cats Rub Up Against Things?

We love it when our kitty comes up to us and strokes and rubs us with her chin. But did you know that this is one way that she communicates? Cats are equipped with glands, located on the forehead, lips, front paws, and on their flanks and rears, that secrete pheromones. Pheromones, which are substances produced by animals, act as a form of chemical communication.
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Teaching Your Dog to “Sit Up” or “Beg”

Teaching your dog a few simple tricks is fun and entertaining for both you and your pet. It's best if your dog knows and reliably responds to the basic obedience commands of sit, stay and down before teaching him to perform tricks. Most tricks are built on basic obedience work anyway and, in the process of being taught “the basics,” your dog will have learned to pay attention to you during training sessions.
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Where Should Your Cat Sleep?

Okay, 'fess up. Where does your cat sleep? Nestled in the crook of your knees on your antique quilt? On the larger part of your pillow where your head isn't? On an easy chair close to the bed? Or does she position herself flush against the closed door to your bedroom? Or in her own bed in another part of the house?
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Teach Your Cat to Enjoy Being Held

Some cats love being held and others don't! How can you train your cat to enjoy being held and touched? We will give you tips to do just that. Whether it is for petting, grooming, nail trims or veterinary exams, some cats become stressed when they are being handled and restrained. Your cat may demonstrate his dislike for the physical interaction by trying to wiggle or squirm out of your arms.
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14 Things that STRESS Cats Out!

Every living thing, from the smallest amoeba to the biggest whale, reacts to its environment in some way. Cats are no exception, and just like humans there are things that cats generally dislike and which cause them stress. First, what is stress? One simple definition is that stress is a reaction to events or changes which negatively impact your cat's happiness.
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The Importance of Socializing Pups

There are two things that determine a dog's behavior, nature and nurture (in other words, genetics and experience). There's not much we can do about genetic influences except select the right breed for our lifestyle and exhort breeders to breed their dogs responsibly and with temperament in mind. Once a pup has been born, he is on a certain trajectory of life that is determined to a large extent by his genetics.
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Why Do Cats Knead So Much?

Some cats are so “kneady.” They push and pull their paws in and out on soft surfaces like the bedspread, the carpet, their beds - even you. Sometimes this is accompanied by a bit of drooling. Your kitty may look absolutely contented during such episodes and may even purr. Several theories exist for the behavior.
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Why Do Cats Like High Places?

Most cats enjoy being in high places. Whether it's a high shelf, a window perch or the top of the refrigerator, your cat may feel more comfortable in the upper half of the room where he can keep an eye on the world around him. Instinct plays a large role in determing this classical feline penchant. Cats are tree-climbing mammals that descended from Proailurus, the first true cat, about 34 million years ago.
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How to Have a Trauma-Free Veterinary Visit for Your Cat

Does your cat dart out of reach as soon as she sees the cat carrier? If so, join the club; this is a common reaction for many feline companions when they know a veterinary visit is coming. A trip to the doctor's office for your cat can be a stressful and anxious event. The stressful components to the vet visit for a cat includes the following: Getting in the carrier The car ride to the clinic Spending time in the waiting room The actual exam and treatment The car ride home Here are a few tips to making that dreaded visit safer and more pleasant for you, your cat, and the veterinary staff.
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How Many Cats Are Too Many?

To the cat lover there may be no such thing as too many cats, but to some cats the old adage “the more the merrier” just doesn't ring true. Compatibility depends on the cats themselves and on the particular situation. Some cats are most happy as “only cats” while others enjoy feline company, provided that introductions are well managed and there are sufficient resources to go around.
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Psychogenic Alopecia in Cats

Hair pulling, or trichotillomania, now recognized in humans as an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), was formerly classified as an impulse control disorder. The new definition helps us better understand and determine the cause, course, and therapy of the feline equivalent, psychogenic alopecia. One of the results of compulsive hair pulling in humans and cats is alopecia (baldness).
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Why Cats Lie on Everything

If you own a cat, this must have happened to you: You are sitting at the kitchen table, sipping your coffee and reading the newspaper. Very soon the printed page has turned into a furry, purring kitty - and you are not able to read anymore. Or you are sitting at your desk working on your computer. And before long you can't find the mouse - or the keyboard - or whatever it is you are using.
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Why Do Cats Carry Food from Their Bowls?

Housecats are domesticated pets, yet their instincts can seem so primitive. Their behavior can be confusing and even baffling at times, but we must remember: cats are not dogs, and they certainly are not people, so it's no surprise that they show some strange quirks that defy explanation. Cats live in groups and “prides” in the wild.
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How Cats Communicate

Although cats have a reputation for being solitary animals, they have developed an elaborate system for communicating with each other. Scent, body language, touch, and sound help one cat learn about another. Your cat will use the same tools to communicate with you. Following Their Noses Odors are one of the most important ways your cat learns about his environment and other cats that live in it.
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