Reasons Why Dogs Growl While Their Tail Wags

A dog growls while still wagging its tail as it plays with its owner.By Arden Moore, a dog and cat behavior expert and author of 26 best-selling pet books. She hosts the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio and is a writer for Pets Best a pet health insurance agency offering dog insurance and cat insurance plans.

When you really think about it, our dogs need to be bi-lingual. They not only must understand verbal and non-verbal cues from other canines, but they must comprehend what we are saying to them.

Our dogs are far better at interpreting “people speak” than many people are at correctly deciphering “dog speak.” Classic example: a dog wags his tail while getting head scratches, belly rubs or even hand massages down the spine. Suddenly, without warning or explanation (at least in the minds of us two-leggers), he starts growling.
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Dog Breed Guide: Cairn Terrier

A Cairn Terrier dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Cairn Terrier

Height (to base of neck): female 9.5″, males 10″

Weight:  females 13 lb, males 14 lb

Color: Any color except white, dark points are preferred.

Origin: Scotland

Coat: Double coat has wiry outer hairs and a soft undercoat.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Energy level: High

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Short Haired Skye, Cairn

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Pet’s First Vet Visit – What to Expect

Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet health insurance agency. 

Hi, I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell. And today, we’ll be discussing what to expect with your first visit to the veterinarians.

So with your first trip to the veterinarians, what you can expect is you’ll typically wait in the waiting room until a technician comes up. They’ll get your pet’s weight, and then they’ll bring you in to an exam room. And then from there, the doctor will come in and typically will get your pet’s temperature, their pulse, and their respiration, and they’ll do a physical exam.Read More…

Cat Breed Guide: Maine Coon

A Maine Coon cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Maine Coon

Weight:  19-22lb (Females are smaller and more refined than males)

Points of conformation: This large cat has a muscular build with a long thick tail and large wedge shaped head.  They have large ears with ample hair in pointed tips and lynx tufts.

Coat: Glossy double hair coat is shorter on the head and longer over the body. The texture is soft and waterproof, but also  is shaggy and thick in appearance. Males have a ‘ruff.’

Color: Most colors and patterns accepted, but brown tabby is the most common.  Chocolate, lavender and cinnamon are not accepted.

Grooming needs: Low matting tendency, but  weekly brushing is necessary.

Origin: Maine, United States

Behavior Traits: Adaptable and gentle.

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6 Steps to Teach Your Cat to High Five

A cat gives a child a high five.

By Arden Moore, a dog and cat behavior expert and author of 26 best-selling pet books. She hosts the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio and is a writer for Pets Best, a kitten and cat health insurance agency.

When it comes to greeting houseguests, dogs don’t have a monopoly on shaking paws to say hello. If you have a social cat, you can train him to be an official feline greeter to all who enter your home. He can learn to lightly raise one of his front paws and touch it against the extended palm of the guest.

For cats who love interacting with people – like my orange tabby named Casey – this paw-to-palm exchange does the trick. Casey is known as the Pet Safety Cat and he teams up with me and Chipper, my Husky-golden retriever mix, each time we give pet behavior talks to classrooms filled with kids and when we conduct hands-on, veterinarian-approved pet first aid classes.

I started training Casey when I adopted him from the San Diego Humane Society. He was four months old. Today, he is 15 months old and has perfected the art of sitting on cue and raising a front paw to touch when greeting people of all ages during our pet talks.

Let me share with you the six steps to follow to get your friendly feline to meet and greet:

1. Bring out the cat currency. Start with a handful of treats that your cat craves. Sit on the floor with your cat in a quiet room, free of distractions. Hold the treats in one hand.

2. Reinforce the “sit, please” cue. Ask your cat to sit (do this by moving a treat over his head to get him to plop his butt on the ground). As soon as his rump touches the ground, say, “Good, sit!” and immediately reward him with a treat.Read More…

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