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Ask Crystal: Destructive Behavior and Learning New Manners

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 just adopted a 4-year-old lab mix from a local shelter. I am not sure…
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Foster Friday: Spicy Kittens

Foster Friday: Socializing from Spicy to Sweet It's Foster Friday, were we dive into the important role that fosters play and this week we're talking about SPICY KITTENS! 🌶 The socialization period for kittens is between two and seven…
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Ask Crystal: Counter Surfing Is Not a Sport

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,  We got a new puppy. She is now 9 months old and her legs are long enough so…
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Ask Crystal: Fireworks Derail Nightly Routine

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 took my dog into the garden for her nightly wee a couple of times recently…
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Ask Crystal: Cute Hurts

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,  My puppy of 9 weeks old bites our shoes and socks, and his teeth are very…
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Foster Failure Leads to Unlimited Love

Staff Stories: Angela Prodrick, Executive Director Sometimes Blue Ridge Humane is the only chance an animal has at a new life. While we never can know for sure, we do know that we will always be there for those that need us, and those are…

Ask Crystal: Conditioning for Clothing

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 four-month-old Chihuahua who has started biting and snapping when I try…
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Foster Friday: Fosters Help Pets Express Themselves

Foster Friday: Free to Be This week we’re discussing the role that fostering plays in allowing animals to engage in species specific behaviors. But what are species specific behaviors? Simply put, they are behaviors that animals exhibit…
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Ask Crystal: Stop Do(ing) the Humpty Hump

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 5-year-old Karelian Bear dog who constantly tries to dominate other…

Ask Crystal: Staying Sane While Recuperating

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've got a 10-month-old Cocker spaniel who unfortunately is going through knee…