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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.

Once-troubled parrot invents game all her own

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

I normally don’t publish guest posts, but when I read this moving story on Facebook, I had to reach out to its author, Emily Strong, and ask if we could share it here. It’s about a parrot who for unknown reasons suffered severely from fear, anxiety, and stress, who not only learned a different way […]

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Video: One thing never to do when your pet messes in the house

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

My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, is back with another dog training video in her ongoing  myth-buster series with our friends at Bissell. Today’s myth: that rubbing your pet’s face in his or her “mess” will teach them not to do it again. It won’t help and will almost certainly make this and other behaviors worse. […]

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One last thing you can do for Lazaruff, the dog who lived

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

Friends, I want to thank all of you for your prayers, warm thoughts, and support as we have worked to heal Lazaruff, the Louisiana dog who came back from the dead. Now we want to ask one more thing of you. While Lazaruff has gone through the extensive medical care he needed to survive and […]

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Video: Bust this dog training myth

Wednesday, Feb 6th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Think you don’t have time to train your dog? The truth is, you already are — but it may not be anything you want her to learn. Take a few minutes and watch this video from my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, and our friends at Bissell. In it, she’ll explain why the idea of “not […]

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Do you really need to groom your cat?

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

Cats are pretty good at grooming themselves, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use a little help. Here’s what I told a reader who just got her first cat. Q: I just got my first cat. What do I need to know about caring for her coat? A: Cats are great at grooming themselves, but […]

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