Pet Behavior

Don’t Judge a Dog (or cat) by its Breed: Why Personality Matters More than Looks

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For those of us lucky enough to have a dog close by for most of our lives, the idea that you can’t judge a dog by its breed probably goes without saying. For people new to the dog world though, there is a huge misconception that certain breeds of dogs are bound to behave in a specific, pre-determined way. Placing a stereotype on something we don’t fully understand seems to be a part of human nature that we cannot get rid of. The ease of placing a generalization on a subset, dog breeds in this instance, seems too hard to…

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GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT DECLAWING CATS – SUGGESTIONS – OPTIONS – AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has revised its previous 2015 position statement on declawing to strongly OPPOSE DECLAWING CATS as an elective procedure. Do you really KNOW what is involved with declawing a cat?  Great info for CLAW COUNSELING: Helping cat owners live alongside cats with claws If your not familiar with NAIL CAPS for cats (and even dogs) click here for a list of all sorts of options, brands, sizes, colors and pricing. There are countless options out there these days – From metallic colors, solid, neon, GLOW IN THE DARK to french manicure style…your pet/s can…

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Feline Behavior Problems: House Soiling and Many Other Behavior/Medical Issues to be Aware of…

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House soiling is the most common behavior problem reported by cat owners. The solution to your cat’s problem will depend on the underlying causes of their behavior. It is also one of the most common reasons for a pet owner to surrender their cat to our shelter. Why do cats eliminate outside the litter box? Your cat may have litter box trouble for any number of reasons, including medical problems, an aversion to the litter box, or a preference for urinating or defecating in places outside the box. Medical Problems Any medical condition that interferes with a cat’s normal urination…

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Our shelter is NOW selling Doggie DNA TEST KITS!!

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How many times has someone approached you and said “OH MY GOSH!!! YOUR DOG IS SO CUTE! What type of dog is that?” NOW you can tell them WHAT your mixed breed dog is “mixed with”???  In 5 minutes and 2-3 weeks YOU’LL find out “WHAT BREED IS  MY DOG?” BUY ONE today for only $80 and includes shipping – if you can’t pick one up at the shelter just email STAFF@STERLINGSHELTER.ORG  and make arrangements for payment and mailing info! (Retail price or in veterinary hospital purchases can range from $100 – $200+ plus shipping – it’s much cheaper to buy through…

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