Urban Pet Ownership: Socializing Your Pet in the Big City Pays Off 

Of all the pets New Yorkers try to keep, not every species is in dire need of training and socialization. Sure, reptiles, birds, and pocket pets have highly specialized requirements, but making sure they get along with others isn’t high on their list of needs. On the other hand, dogs (and some cats to a certain extent), definitely benefit from perfectly orchestrated and friendly introductions to various people, places, sounds, and other animals. 

What does that mean for urban pet ownership? A little extra work, preparation and patience, for starters. But it’s worth it!

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To Chew or Not to Chew: Tried and True Puppy Teething Toys 

If you are a puppy, the answer is always to chew! And, as a pet owner, if you don’t provide appropriate, pet-friendly options for your bundle of joy to teeth on, chances are your dog will find something on their own. 

When it comes to puppy teething toys, it is important to choose safe options that are effective and attractive to your pet. Among the options out there it can be difficult to decide. Not to worry, though.  Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is here to help you choose.  

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5 Great Ways to Show Positive Reinforcement to Dogs (Without Treats) 

For most, the standard way of rewarding your dog for good behavior is through treats. In fact, it seems to be the only way, since they respond well to it and it can just become automatic. 

Unfortunately, relying too heavily upon food rewards can cause your pet to become overweight or obese. Along with this, changing up your pet’s reward can keep the challenge going and add enrichment beyond the usual dog bone.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital have some creative ways to give your fur friend positive reinforcement. Let’s take a look!

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Cracking the Code of Aggression in Pets

When a pet misbehaves it can be disheartening, especially when it comes out as aggression. Not all aggression in pets is the same, however, and deciphering the underlying cause behind the problem can be a little tricky.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital has some experience in this area, and we are happy to help shed some light on this delicate subject.

Why Aggression in Pets Happens 

An aggressive pet isn’t necessarily a bad pet! When a dog or cat acts out, it’s our responsibility as pet owners to get to the bottom of ‘why’, so we can help keep them and other pets and people safe.

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