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Why Senior Pets Are the Best

Adopting a dog or cat is an exciting time for every member of the family - especially for the kids. While they may want to take home a puppy or kitten (who can resist those little faces?), there are a lot of excellent reasons to consider adopting a senior dog or cat. Here are just a few of the many reasons older pets are great for families. Credit: Getty Editorial They're a Well-Kept Secret "Compared to the huge undertaking it is to raise a youngster, I find that the pleasures and joys of an adult pet are so underrated," said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the ASPCA adoption center. "The best kept secret is getting a pet that's already an adult." Families with busy households...

I Want You...To Want Me

Dogs need to interact with us in order to have a healthy life with us. They really only repeat behaviors that work out for them. If we want them to be well-behaved dogs, we have to reward the appropriate behaviors. That is why it's so important to make our dogs want to spend time with us. If we spend fun time with our dogs, we can catch them doing things we like. Credit: Getty Creative If you want to make your dog want to be with you, food isn't the only way to reward or motivate your dog. Pick something that motivates your dog; a toy, a tug, a tennis ball, a flirt pole. Don't expect them to play with it on their own, playing is a two way street. RELATED: The Power of Play - Train Your...

10 Mistakes Pet Parents Make

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We all know how our furry friends enjoy a good pet. Well, it is amazing how little time is required for petting to make a big difference in their stress levels. At the 2014 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Symposium researchers presented an abstract synopsis of a yet to be published study of 15-minute petting sessions with shelter dogs. The results are illuminating and really reinforce the impact of companionship in helping shelter dogs adjust to potential adoption. Credit: Getty Creative The Dog Stress Study Fifty-five shelter dogs were subjected to one 15-minute petting session with an unfamiliar volunteer at a county animal shelter. The sessions were videotaped and the...

13 Cuddliest Dog Breeds

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