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How to Apartment-Train Your Dog

Living in an apartment with your dog poses a unique set of obstacles to overcome: the sounds of people passing by your door, other dogs in the building and potty training without a backyard. Despite this, 58% of pet-owning renters own a dog, according to a recent Rent.com survey. But don't worry --training your pup to live (and behave) in your apartment is entirely possible! Credit: Getty Creative Foot Traffic When you live in an apartment building, your neighbors are going to walk by your door, especially if you live near the lobby, elevator or other area with high foot traffic. If your dog is anything like my Chihuahua mix, foot traffic-particularly if that neighbor has a dog with...

It's summertime and the living isn't always easy for cats. Summer is the time for sun, fun, vacations and outdoor activities from gardening, sports, picnics, BBQs, vacations to beach days. School is out: families spend more time together but often spend less time with their cats. While humans are enjoying more outdoor fun, cats being creatures of habit, miss their humans and their usual routine. Credit: Petfinder Behavioral issues are more likely to crop up when routines are changed. Anxiety, separation anxiety and varieties of aggression can result. More animals roam in the summer from neighborhood pets to wildlife. This is the most likely time for incidents of direct aggression and...

Cat Cafes Around the World

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Have you been dreaming of getting a dog ever since you saw the reruns of the television classic Lassie as a kid? Or maybe you were fortunate enough to watch the original series. While your dog might not be able to save you week after week from a burning building, a runaway freight train, or the bottom of a well (and in the time it takes to finish a 30-minute episode, too), owning a dog can be a wonderful experience. Credit: Getty Creative Here are 10 things you should know and consider before choosing your canine friend. 1. Dogs take up a lot of time and energy. Yes, they are rewarding. But if you live alone and work twenty hours a day, then perhaps a dog is not the best choice for you....

There may be a solution on the horizon for some elderly people in Japan who can't care for their equally elderly pets, with the opening this month of the nation's first dog retirement home outside Tokyo. Credit: Flickr/looseends Aeon subsidiary Aeonpet Co. -- owner of specialty pet stores, more than 50 animal hospitals, and a luxury pet hotel near Narita Airport -- will manage the home, and plans initially call for the retirement community to care for 20 dogs. Amenities of the retiring canines' digs will include an on-call veterinarian as well as a deluxe grooming room, a playground, and even a swimming pool. RELATED: Dogs Have Feelings, Too "Many Japanese people have pets now, but of...