Strange Dog Behaviors Decoded

There are many delightful perks to dog ownership – that cute face, those sweet ears, the endless snuggles and unconditional love…we could go on and on. Of course, all those weird activities your dog engages in (from butt sniffing to stealing your socks) are just par for the course when it comes to having a canine companion, right?

However, some of you may be wondering what drives these strange dog behaviors and whether you should be worried about any of them. The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are here to answer some of your most burning questions!

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Minding Your P’s and Q’s: Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette

You may view the veterinary hospital lobby as a place to relax and catch up on emails or reading, but your pet probably has a vastly different experience. The waiting room can be a stressful or even scary place for pets, and situations can escalate quickly in such a fast-paced, overwhelming environment.

At Springbrook Animal Care Center, we want all our patients to feel safe and experience as little stress as possible when they come to visit. With this in mind, The Pet Experts want to share some tips for veterinary hospital lobby etiquette and safety.

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For People Who Need Them, Service Dogs Never Tire or Rest

Service dogs do good work.Imagine that long before you actually needed help, there was someone waiting to lend a hand. Or, in the case of service dogs, a paw. Anticipating the needs of the owners/handlers, these highly-trained animals are not only amazing at their jobs, they’re downright necessary for people with disabilities or significant health issues. You’ve probably seen one of these life-saving dogs in public before, but it may surprise you to learn that there are many different types, all with their own skills, legal protections, and privileges.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects handlers and their service dogs from discrimination. In fact, they are allowed entry into all buildings, facilities, and businesses (even those with “no pets” policies) without restriction. If they are stopped, asked to leave or to furnish documentation, the handler can file civil charges against them. Continue…

Back-to-School Blues: Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets can be hard when school starts. Many pets have spent the summer basking in the glow of endless attention and admiration from  younger members of the family. Now that minds and bodies are beginning to prepare for the start of a new school year, your pet may wind up with a lot more time on their paws.

Separation anxiety in pets is common when routines change and family members are suddenly gone more often. Having a pet who’s out-of-sorts is no fun, but with a little patience and consistency (and help from your friends at Springbrook Animal Care Center), you can have your pet’s tail wagging again in no time. Continue…

Sit, Stay, Come: When and Why to Start Puppy Training

Puppy training is a vital part of responsible pet ownershipSo, you have a new member of your household. Congratulations! There are few things as heartwarming and joyful as adding a new puppy to your life. As you may know, puppies not only bring fun, smiles, and cuddles, but also add a whole new level of work and many questions, too.

Fear not! The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have some great information to get you and your puppy started off on the right foot.

First Things First

To start, be aware that your puppy has been learning since birth! Good breeders start handling puppies and socializing them right away. And, your puppy will be learning just as soon as you bring them home. Early socialization and positive reinforcement help to make sure your puppy becomes a wonderful companion.   Continue…

Animal Laughter: Do Pets Have a Sense of Humor?

pets have a sense of humorChances are, if you have pets, you have witnessed a time when you can see their sense of humor come out. When your dog brings you their toy over and over, or when your cat sits on your computer as you furiously work on a deadline and you can see their sardonic side shine through. But do animals really have a sense of humor? The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center went looking for answers, and we’re bringing you what we found, here.

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Beyond Sit: Our Favorite Fun and Useful Dog Tricks

dog tricksAny veterinarian, groomer, or dog trainer would probably agree that teaching a dog essential commands is key to helping them live a harmonious life in human society. The staples, such as “sit”, “stay”, and “come”, make a dog easier to manage, which enhances the bond they share with their human family members. It also gives them enjoyable and life-affirming experiences, such as walks, outings, and social events.

Although many dog owners stop once their dog has mastered the basics of obedience training, there is much to be gained from taking it to the next level. The following dog tricks combine fun and usefulness with an increase in overall safety for your pet.

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Contact Comfort: Why do Cats Knead?

cats kneadHot tea with honey, bubble baths, dark chocolate…we all have different ways to comfort ourselves after a long day. Cats also have their own coping mechanism: kneading. It’s common and perfectly normal, but why exactly do cats knead? Along with a batch of freshly baked biscuits, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center have the answer coming right up!

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Is Drinking From the Toilet Your Least Favorite Dog Behavior?

dog behaviorDog owners have the special privilege of witnessing various canine antics, some of which are downright off-putting. We’re talking about butt-sniffing, poop-eating, furniture-humping dog hijinks that evoke a lot of human head shaking. But we love dogs anyway, right? When the discussion of dog behavior comes up, The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center are commonly asked whether it’s normal – and safe – for a pup to drink from the toilet.

Yes, it’s Normal

Dogs love to take a long, slurpy drink from the toilet bowl for two main reasons. First, the water is colder than normal doggie water bowl temperature. Secondly, because the water is constantly being refreshed, it probably tastes good. While this dog behavior is extremely common across all breeds, ages, and sizes, it’s not considered the safest practice.

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Raising a Well-Behaved Dog Begins with Puppy Training

Puppy on absorbent litterThere’s no doubt about it – puppies can get away with an awful lot. From their Buddha bellies to their tiny yips, they can melt just about any heart. But after awhile, those small growls at the food bowl or extra puddles on the carpet can begin to seem less cute.

However, before you have second thoughts about bringing a new puppy home, there’s good news! By starting a young pup off with socialization and good puppy training, you can raise a confident, happy canine.
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