Why is my shelter dog having potty accidents?

Dear Miss Behavin’: I adopted a dog, Pepper, last week who was supposedly potty trained. That appears not to be the case as she has had daily accidents since bringing her home. Were we tricked? There are lots of possible explanations for Pepper’s recent accidents, so...

Working on leash manners

Dear Miss Behavin’: I recently adopted a dog named BoBo. He’s sweet and fun but pulls on leash. My last dog always walked by my side and I’m hoping BoBo will eventually do the same. Where do we start? To teach polite leash manners, it’s best to start...

Introducing a kitten to a dog

Dear Miss Behavin’: We have an exuberant eight month old puppy and are considering bringing home a kitten. What are some tips on choosing our kitten and introducing it to the dog? It’s a good idea to start this process while both the kitten and puppy are young! Even...

Helping puppy to slow down when eating

Dear Miss Behavin’: Our new puppy, Theo, is so much fun and a voracious eater! Recently, he ate his meal so quickly, it came right back up. What can we do to help him slow down? New puppies are always full of fun surprises! A hearty appetite is a good thing, but will...

Pet suggestions for first-time pet owners

Dear Miss Behavin’: My third grade son misses having a small class pet now that we’re distance learning. I’m tempted to oblige but we’ve never had a pet. What type of animal is best for first-timers like us, and what are some factors to consider?  The first thing to...

Adding a second dog to the family

Dear Miss Behavin’: We’ve long been thinking about getting a second dog as a playmate for our young shepherd mix, Donny, and figure now is as good a time as any! Any tips on making sure they are compatible? Though it seems obvious, a good starting point is determining...

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