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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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LIVELINES: PET CONCERNS

Can't get your dog to stop chewing on your furniture? Being aggressive towards other dogs and visitors in your home? Maybe treats or training will help?

Dr. Jim Hammon from Northgate Animal Hospital was our guest this morning. He explained some of the dangerous behavior myths when it comes to dogs.

-Puppy needs to have all shots before class

Not necessarily, a critical socialization period lasts from four weeks to fourteen weeks.

-Dog is aggressive or fearful because/ of abuse

It is difficult to prove this

-Dog knows what he did wrong

They are usually responding to your verbal and non verbal cues

-Use a dog trainer for behavior problems

For behavioral issues it is best to look for a certified behaviorist which is available in this area, but training classes are good for both the owner and the pet.

NORTHGATE ANIMAL HOSPITAL

423.875.9033

WWW.NORTHGATEANIMALHOSPITAL.COM

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