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JACQUE LYNN SCHULTZ, C.P.D.T., COMPANION ANIMAL PROGRAMS ADVISER. NATIONAL OUTREACH As predators, cats are born fully armed with piercing teeth and four sets of razor-sharp claws. Packing all those weapons, it's no surprise that some cats resort to using them against their caretakers. Feline aggression is the second most common feline misbehavior seen by behavior consultants, right behind house-soiling cases. This article will explore types of cat-to-human aggression and offer paths to resolution. Credit: Thinkstock Let's Play Does your feline youngster crouch under the hall table ready to attack the first ankle that passes? Does she pounce on your toes while you're trying to sleep? Play...

Science Exonerates Theft-Accused Magpies

PARIS - Magpies, black-and-white birds which for generations have been known as jewelry thieves, are in fact wary of shiny objects, a myth-busting study has claimed. Credit: Getty Creative In a series of experiments, British animal behaviorists found that, far from being kleptomaniacs, the birds were in fact fearful of unknown objects. The team had arranged a selection of objects, shiny and dull, at different sites on the University of Exeter campus and observed the reaction of wild and captive magpies. Items included metal screws and foil rings -- half of them painted blue with matt paint and the rest left shiny -- and a piece of aluminum foil, with piles of nuts in between. "Magpies...

Crate Training Dogs

Sometimes life, both in and outside of the home, gets overwhelming. There are times when each of us wishes to find a place of solitude where we can relax away from the stresses of the world. Credit: Getty Creative In this respect, we are very much like dogs. Even the friendliest, most social of dogs, needs a place to "get away from it all." Crate training a puppy or dog, when done correctly, provides them with just such a place. RELATED: Dog Collars: The Hidden Cause Behind Many Injuries Selecting A Crate The first step in crate training is purchasing an appropriate crate for your dog. Here are the dos and don'ts of crate buying: DO: Select a crate that is big enough for your dog to...

Why Do Cats Knead?

By Jennifer Sellers, Petfinder contributor Cats are mysterious, fascinating animals, and one of the more curious things they do is knead. This beloved activity, which involves the cat pushing her paws in and out against a soft surface, has garnered many euphemisms over the years, such as "making biscuits," but most cat parents are unaware of what the process actually means or achieves (although they can be pretty certain that their cats aren't actually making biscuits -- or any other baked good). Credit: Thinkstock It seems that kneading is a relaxing activity for cats – many will purr contentedly, "zone out" and some may even drool while they do it. But why does it soothe them? And...

How to Become a Dog Trainer

Have you dreamed of working with animals all your life? Or maybe you've decided you need a career change? Joining the Humane Society or packing your bags for the Peace Corps isn't for everyone, but becoming a dog trainer can be a happy medium -- helping humans and animals alike. Dog training is a skill that is always in demand. Here are 10 quick tips to get you on your way. Credit: Getty Creative RELATED: Top 10 Ways to Stop Your Puppy From Destructive Chewing 1. Be patient. It's not going to happen over night. Becoming a dog trainer (a good one), takes years of dedication and training. You have to really want this. 2. Read, read, read. Books, magazines, training manuals. Get to know the...