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How to build a DIY scratching post your cat will love

Monday, Aug 12th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader has the DIY bug and a cat. Here are some tips for building a great scratching post! Q: I want to build a scratching post for my cat. Do you have any tips? A: That’s a great idea. Building it yourself ensures that it suits your cat’s scratching style and size. Here’s what […]

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‘Superhero’ trainer positively solves pet problems

Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Of course this is partly a proud father moment. My daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, is being featured by Barcroft Animals as she helps dogs and a pet pig with behavior challenges using reward-based methods. But it’s more than just a proud father moment. Mikkel is the Chief Trainer for Fear Free, and her strength, compassion, […]

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Update on fireworks and thunderstorm fears in cats and dogs (2019)

Thursday, Jun 20th, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Just like this time every year before, my mailbox is full of pleas for help from owners of pets, mostly dogs, who are terrified of fireworks, thunderstorms, and other loud or unusual noises. I’m hearing about it from my clients, and dealing with it in my own dog Quixote. I don’t know if noise phobias […]

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How to help your dog’s carsickness

Monday, Jun 3rd, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

sad dog in car

Your dog doesn’t actually have to throw up in the car for you to know he has carsickness. Panting, restlessness, and anxiety are all signs he’s not feeling well while on the road. Short of never leaving home, what can you do? Here’s what I told a reader who has a 12-hour drive coming up […]

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Crate-train cats? Yes, you can

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Cute little tabby kitten sitting in a travel crate on a blue blanket

When a reader asked if it was possible to crate-train a cat the way you would train a dog, I immediately turned to my usual source of all things training, my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker. And of course, she had the answer! Q: Can cats be crate-trained the way dogs can? A: Cats don’t need […]

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