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  • Of all the tasks performed by veterinary healthcare professionals, trimming nails is one of the least favorite ones. Dogs don’t enjoy nail trimming either so here are a few ways to make trimming nails less stressful for both dogs and humans.

  • It is very desirable to have a tame, affectionate and interactive bird as a family pet. Small birds such as finches and canaries may prove very difficult or challenging to befriend.

  • Some folks argue that no cat can be taught or trained to do anything she doesn’t want to do! On the contrary: Cats are so smart it’s almost scary.

  • Teaching and training a deaf dog takes a bit more thought and planning than teaching and training a hearing dog, but the principles are identical. We just use a slightly different language to communicate. Hearing dogs learn commands by hearing specific words repeated and associated with specific actions. They don’t know our verbal language, but they learn the sounds of the words.

  • Some dogs may not readily give up objects, especially those that are novel or particularly motivating. This makes it difficult to play games such as fetch and may be counterproductive in games of tug-of-war where the dog consistently "wins" the game, and will not give up control of the object.

  • Barking is one of the most common complaints of dog owners or their neighbors. Although barking is a normal behavior for dogs, when it is excessive or uncontrolled it becomes unacceptable to the owners or neighbors.

  • My puppy has started biting my hands, my legs, my children’s legs—pretty much any object he can get his mouth on. What is going on?

  • Teaching a puppy to ‘come’ on command is a very difficult but important task. Start early because a puppy that will come when called is safer! In addition, most young puppies do not like to stray too far from their owners.

  • In order to ensure that there are no injuries and that all introductions are positive, a desensitization and counterconditioning program is the best way to ease or re-introduce a cat into a household.

  • Treatment for this problem is through systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning. Information sheets are available explaining these techniques.