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How to Socialize Your Puppy for a Happy and Confident Dog

Happy and well-adjusted puppies are friendly and playful. However, puppies who haven't been well-socialized may become fearful and exhibit aggressiveness as a form of self-defense. If you've ever met a dog who's scared of everyone and everything, you know that is not a pleasant experience for anyone, and in fact, behavior problems are one of the biggest reasons dogs are relinquished to shelters.

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Integrative New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Most personal New Year’s resolutions are centered on health and relationships. You may promise yourself that you'll work out regularly, eat healthier or call your family more often. But what if you broadened your resolutions to include your pets? What would that look like? Could you find resolutions that would truly benefit both you AND your pets?

These resolutions are integrative in nature as they address various aspects of the pet’s well-being, such as diet, exercise and social and emotional needs.

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Video: How to Trim your Dog's Nails Easily

If you want to trim your dog's nails at home, but have been hesitant, watch this short "how to" video.

 Dr. Sims, using Maisie as a willing "demo dog," and with Cynthia assisting, explains how to do it without stress for you or your dog.

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Training Your Cat to Scratch Appropriately

Contrary to popular belief, most cats can be trained, just ask our hospital cat Franklin! Owners can reinforce desired behavior in food-motivated pets by giving the treat as the cat completes the wanted behavior. The goal is to elicit the wanted behavior first so that you can reinforce it.

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