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From pet health tips to ideas on fighting boredom and loneliness in pets, you can learn how to make your pets' lives better here.

Video: The right and wrong way to pet a dog

Thursday, Mar 14th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Dogs have personal “bubbles” just like people do. They also have specific ways they do and don’t like to be petted. In the final video in her training series with our friends at Bissell, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, discusses and demonstrates the good and the bad of petting. This video, like a couple of […]

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The truth about cats and milk

Monday, Mar 11th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The cat lapping at a bowl of cream is a familiar image in cartoons, children’s books, and popular imagination. But this reader wasn’t sure her cat should be consuming dairy products. Here’s what I told her. Q: My cat enjoys drinking leftover milk from my cereal bowl, but my mother says I shouldn’t give it […]

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Video: How to train your dog not to be afraid of the vacuum

Friday, Mar 8th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Few noises are more universally hated and feared by pets than that monster, the vacuum cleaner. But you can teach your dog to accept and not fear his former enemy (and yes, it involves treats!). In this latest video in her ongoing training series with our friends at Bissell, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, shares […]

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Don’t ignore head pressing in dogs

Thursday, Mar 7th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

One of the most distressing things we can see a dog do is the behavior known as “head pressing,” often accompanied by circling and pacing. This is nearly always a sign of serious, even life-threatening, illness and requires an immediate trip to the veterinarian. Here’s how I explained it to a reader who asked for […]

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Video: Teaching your new dog a new name

Monday, Mar 4th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

If you’ve adopted a new dog, you may want to change his or her name. Should you? And if so, how? In this latest video in her ongoing training series with our friends at Bissell, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, says it’s absolutely okay to change the name of a new dog, and shares some […]

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