Pet Parenting: ‘My two cats fight constantly’

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Dear Denise, My two cats fight like crazy. They seem to hate each other and will go out of their way to aggravate each other. Is there anything we can do to foster peace among these two sweet (to the humans) pets? We have a boy and a girl and they’re about two years apart [...]

Pet Parenting: How to prevent a dog from raiding the trash can

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Dear Denise, My inside dog keeps digging in the trash can. I try to keep the lid closed, but sometimes we forget or he just knocks it off and goes for the contents. We’ve tried taking the trash out more often, but do you have other ideas for preventing this? Thank you! Dear Mama: As [...]

Pet Parenting: ‘My dog keeps digging out of the fence’

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Dear Denise, My dog keeps digging out of the fence and roaming the neighborhood. He’s a true escape artist. We need help before he gets hurt or completely lost. Do you have any advice on how to deal with this? Dear Mama: You said ‘he,’ but didn’t mention if ‘he’ was neutered. If he is [...]

Pet Parenting: “I’m worried I can’t handle the dog once my baby arrives”

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Mamas can’t help but love their furry babies, too. This feature, Pet Parenting, offers advice on everything from how to introduce your newborn to the family dog to bringing home a new puppy. Our resident pet behavior counselor, Denise Holmes, talks you through your (often) perturbing pet problems in this question-and-answer feature. Denise, who owns [...]

Birth Photography: Capturing those amazing moments

Note from the mamas: This post is part of the Motherlode Summer Remix series. The Summer Remix symbol appears on posts previously published on nwaMotherlode that were noted as a “reader favorite”. We heard from so many moms who LOVED this post. If you missed the original publication date, we hope you’ll enjoy this encore [...]

Pet Parenting: How to get the dog off the couch

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Note from the mamas: The Summer Remix symbol appears on posts previously published on nwaMotherlode that were noted as a “reader favorite”. If you missed the original publication date, we hope you’ll enjoy this encore performance. Happy summer! If you’ve got furry babies at home, you’ll love the advice from local pet behavior counselor Denise [...]

Pet Parenting: Does dog + guinea pig = bad idea?

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Dear Denise, My daughter really wants a guinea pig, but we have an inside dog and I’m afraid he might want to eat the newest member of our family if we let her get one. Do you have any advice on how the two animals can get along peacefully or do you think it’s a [...]

Pet Parenting: Dog barks at doorbells

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Dear Denise, Our dog is taking his “protect the house” duties a tad too seriously. He barks LOUDLY anytime there is a knock on the door or a doorbell. It’s a problem because we also have a newborn in the house who wakes up from a much-needed nap anytime the dog starts barking. We have [...]

Dog cologne: “Strong enough for a man, made for a Chihauhua”

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I was at the Faithful Friends Animal Clinic in Rogers a couple of weeks ago to pick up a bag of prescription cat food that our high-maintenance cat Percy has to eat. While I was there, this little sign on the counter caught my eye: “Strong enough for a man, made for a Chihuahua.” With [...]

Pet Parenting: What is “clicker training”?

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Dear Denise, We just adopted a new puppy and I’ve been reading a little about “clicker training”. How does clicker training work and do you think it’s effective? Can a dog of any age respond to clicker training? Dear Mama, Clicker training is AWESOME! I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s how I [...]