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A veterinarian’s guide to greeting dogs in public

Thursday, Aug 25th, 2016 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I was with friends in my hometown of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and we were standing on the porte-cochere of a local hotel’s restaurant. Coming directly at us on a retractable leash was a cute, energetic canine with curly black hair, weighing about 12 pounds. What stood out to me was not his physical appearance, but […]

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What to do when your dog barks and growls at other dogs

Monday, Jul 11th, 2016 | By Dr. Marty Becker

A reader contacted me about her dog’s behavior, which was troubling her. As I always do when asked about pet behavior, I asked my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, to weigh in. Here’s the question and her response — I hope they help you, too! Q: One of our dogs always barks and growls when he […]

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Cat scratch behavior: What you need to know

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I love it when people reach out for help with their puppies and kittens before problems develop! That’s the case with one reader — here’s how I answered her question about training her new kitten not to scratch. Q: I just got a kitten, and I want to make sure she doesn’t ruin my furniture […]

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Do dogs do things out of spite?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Do dogs misbehave out of spite or anger? That’s a question I get asked a lot, including recently by a reader. I turned to my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker, for an answer. Q: My boyfriend was two hours late getting home to feed his corgis, and one of them pooped on the kitchen floor. They […]

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