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Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks—it's never too late. Here are some tips that can help.

Is it ever too late to train an older dog? Although some adult dogs might learn more slowly, it's never too late to teach an older dog to listen and obey. Some adult dogs might even learn better because they're less distracted than when they were puppies. Whether you're retraining a dog who needs to unlearn some undesirable habits or you're training an older dog for the first time, it's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
winter pet safety tips infographic

Many people are under the impression that because their pets are covered in fur, they have a built-in protection against the cold. Unfortunately, this couldn't be further from the truth. A lot of pets simply aren't equipped to stay outside in cold weather for prolonged periods of time.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs Cats Infographics By Tamara Franklin

How to Raise Backyard Chickens

2/27/2020 6:40 AM

Woman raising backyard chickens.

You've decided to raise backyard chickens. But where do you begin? Keeping chickens in your yard is a rewarding pursuit, but before you get started, let's take a look at some of the basics of keeping chickens.

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Samantha Johnson

How Many Chickens Do I Need?

2/26/2020 6:17 AM

Many chickens on a farm eating feed.

If you have some land or even a backyard and dream of dabbling in farming, an easy first step is to try raising chickens. Chickens offer an ideal way for you to learn the ropes of basic livestock care without it becoming overwhelming. Make sure you ask yourself, "How many chickens do I need?" It's a great question, and the answer will partly depend on your plans and purpose for your chickens.

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Comments | Posted in Farm By Samantha Johnson
which-dog-breeds-are-good-with-chickens

Chickens! There are many advantages to keeping a small flock. In addition to the pure enjoyment and satisfaction that comes from bringing a slice of rural living to your backyard, there is the benefit of fresh eggs for your family and friends. But there are a lot of things to consider before bringing chickens home, like—will they get along with your dog?

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Samantha Johnson

How to Raise a Barn Cat

2/20/2020 7:05 PM

Barn cat at rest in window.

The average house cat lives a relaxing life filled with naps, naps, and more naps. But barn cats have a serious job to perform—controlling the rodent population in barns. You can help keep your hardworking barn cat happy and safe by providing the necessities: veterinary care, comfortable shelter, food, water, and fun. Let's take a closer look at each one.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Samantha Johnson
Puppies can be big bundles of energy, so be ready for all that fun before getting one.

Getting a puppy can be very exciting. You're adding a new fur baby to your home that will bring loads of joy, adventures, and cherished memories. But you need to do some preparation beyond just asking yourself, "Should I get a dog?" The things to know before getting a puppy include deciding if you should get a puppy or an adult dog, choosing the right breed, learning how to puppy-proof your home, and putting together a complete "new puppy checklist" that includes all the basic supplies.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
A puppy sleeps peacefully with a newborn baby. Good training can help them get along well.

Congratulations on your baby! If you're a little worried about your dog's behavior around your new baby, know that you're not alone. It's natural to have a little concern. Maybe you're worried that your dog may be slightly obsessed with or anxious around your newborn. There's a lot you can do to smooth the transition. Help make sure your dog's on his best behavior with your baby by introducing baby smells and sounds early, playing with your dog a lot after the baby comes, and introducing the two slowly.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

Community cats are your local population of free-roaming felines. They include adults, kittens, healthy, sick, altered, unaltered, friendly, or feral (unsocialized and fearful of people) cats, and may or may not have a caregiver.

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Comments | Posted in Cats Infographics By Tamara Franklin & Niege Borges

Has your dog ever stolen food from your plate or off the kitchen counter? That is called counter surfing. While it may be fun for your pup, it can be very frustrating for you and your guests. But don't despair. Your dog's not trying to be mean or rebellious. He just needs some gentle and persistent training. The best dog counter surfing deterrents encourage a different behavior that ends up being more rewarding. Your dog's instinct to sneak food may be strong, but with consistent training, patience, and understanding, you can stop him from counter surfing.

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Comments | Posted in Dogs By Stephanie Dube Dwilson

Taking your cat's temperature is easy to do at home with a little preparation. The most accurate way to take a cat's temperature is by gently inserting a lubricated thermometer into the cat's rectum. Pet-specific oral, ear, and skin thermometers are also available at many pet stores. These are easier to use, but may be less accurate than taking a rectal temperature.

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Comments | Posted in Cats By Elizabeth Racine, DVM

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