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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.

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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Video: What you know about training dogs with treats may be wrong

Thursday, Feb 28th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

No, using treats to train dogs doesn’t mean that you always have to have a treat to get your dog to listen. In this latest video in her ongoing myth-buster series with our friends at Bissell, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, will explain why that is, and how to reinforce your pet’s training without treats. […]

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Is cognitive decline or vision loss causing your older cat’s litter box issues?

Monday, Feb 25th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

While your first reaction when your cat stops using the litter box reliably should be to see the vet about a possible urinary tract infection, there are other reasons for this problem. In older cats, that can be caused by vision loss or cognitive decline. Here’s my advice to a reader whose senior cat is […]

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Video: When your dog’s misbehavior isn’t your fault

Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

How many times have you heard that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners? How often do you blame yourself for your dog’s persistent bad habits like jumping, digging, or destructive chewing? My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, is here to tell you that you may not be to blame at all. It’s part of […]

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