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Ask Crystal: Reactive Dog 101

Dear Crystal,  My dog pulls a lot and barks at most dogs.  He is a Pomeranian/ Spitz. How do I stop this?  Sincerely,  Barky Pup    Dear Barky, Reactivity is a very common problem in dogs and even yours truly…

Ask Crystal: Puppy Potty Training

Dear Crystal, Our 9-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppy stays in a crate at night. We have been getting up twice to take him outside to pee and poop. We put pee pads in his crate at night, but he still occasionally has an accident. We are sleep…
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Ask Crystal: Excited Greeter

Dear Crystal,  How can I get my dog to stop barking and jumping on me before I go out the door and when I come home?  Sincerely,  Excited Greeter    Dear Excited, Excited greetings are an extremely common problem…
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Ask Crystal: A Shocking Behavior

Dear Crystal,  Hi, I have a great kitten named Binx. He recently started scratching the outlets. Why?  Sincerely,  Curious Kitty    Dear Curious, What an interesting question. I have not had experience with this particular…
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Ask Crystal: Puppy Introductions

Welcome to "Ask Crystal," where you can ask your pet behavior questions! You can submit your question for Crystal at the bottom of the page! Dear Crystal,  I have a 8-month-old Shorkie. He barks a lot, tries to hump your arm, and…
a cocker spaniel looking dog reaches for a treat from a woman's hand

Ask Crystal: Nature vs Nurture-Puppy Edition

Welcome to "Ask Crystal," where you can ask your pet behavior questions! You can submit your question for Crystal at the bottom of the page! Dear Crystal,  I recently got a cocker spaniel pup. He is cocker number five owned over the…
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Foster Friday: Pro Tips

Foster Friday: Pro Tip Edition A Foster Friday Pro Tip for fosters or adoptive families! Mat training is an extremely useful tool for cat owners and it is an easy, reward-based activity that can help you bond with your cat!…
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New Text Line to Help Find Lost Pets

Blue Ridge Humane Launches Text Line for Lost Pet Help Blue Ridge Humane Society has launched a new lost animal text line to further provide support for pet owners facing the unthinkable: a lost pet. If you have a pet go missing, text…
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Ask Crystal: Mouthy Puppy

Welcome to "Ask Crystal," where you can ask your pet behavior questions! You can submit your question for Crystal at the bottom of the page! Hi Crystal,  I have a 3-month ok’d puppy beagle/lab/collie mix. She is going through teething,…
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Foster Friday: Nurses Needed

Foster Friday: Nurses Needed This week on Foster Friday...calling all nurturing types! URIs or "upper respiratory infections" are a common problem for cats housed in a shelter environment, so we like to send those kitties to foster homes…