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Behavior

April 22, 2016

Hot New Pet Book Release -- What is a Dog?

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Think you know a lot about dogs, or want to know more? This new book What is a Dog? by Raymond Coppinger and Lorna Coppinger will likely change how you look at your pet dog. It provides a fascinating look at what "being a dog" actually entails, both genetically and behaviorally.

Of the world's dogs, less than two hundred million are pets, living with humans who provide food, shelter, squeaky toys, and fashionable sweaters. But roaming the planet are five times as many dogs who are their own masters--neighborhood dogs, dump dogs, mountain dogs.

They are dogs, not companions, and these dogs, like pigeons or squirrels, are highly adapted scavengers who have evolved to fit particular niches in the vicinity of humans.

In What Is a Dog? experts on dog behavior Raymond and Lorna Coppinger present an eye-opening analysis of the evolution and adaptations of these unleashed dogs and what they can reveal about the species as a whole.

At What is a Dog?

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January 28, 2016

Heart Pet Bird Feeder

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We like to remember our pets on Valentine's Day--after all, who do we love more? Show the love with this Heart Pet Bird Feeder, a challenging foraging device.

The Heart Feeder will stimulate your sweet caged birds to search for food. Help them occupy their time with a healthy and rewarding activity!

Made for small to medium birds at Heart Pet Bird Feeder.

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December 21, 2015

Hot New Pet Book-- Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home

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Scratching your head for a quick last-minute gift? This Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home by Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet's hit show My Cat from Hell, and Kate Benjamin, an expert in cat design is purrfect for the cat household.

Problem cat? This book will "show cat guardians everywhere how to use home design tricks to address everyday cat care issues." Should makes our cats and ourselves happy!

At Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home

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October 19, 2015

Hot Pet Book -- Kinship with All Life by J. Allen Boone

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Problems are often caused by a lack of communication, although here at SCP HQ they are sometimes caused by too much communication.

But that is amongst those of us who use speech. Wouldn't it be great to communicate better with our pets and other animal friends, though, rather than trying to decipher their body language and voice tone?

J. Allen Boone's Kinship with All Life is all about how animals communicate with each other and the people who understand them. You will never look at animals the same way again!

Open up new horizons at Kinship with All Life.

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September 27, 2015

A Super Cool Pets Reminder...

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My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
- 14th Dalai Lama
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February 19, 2015

Motorola Pet Scout66 Interactive Pet Monitoring Camera

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Wondering what's going on with your pets home alone? This Motorola Pet Scout66 Wi-Fi HD Pet Monitoring Camera can take the worry away and provide peace of mind about the welfare of your pets and home no matter where you are.

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The Motorola Pet Scout66 is a cloud-based pet monitoring camera that turns any compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer into a fully functional video monitoring system. You get motion-triggered recording and image snapshots, plus two-way communication with a high-sensitivity microphone and infrared night vision.

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Sets up in seconds at Motorola Pet Scout66. Makes a thoughtful gift for the pet lover!

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January 23, 2015

Motorola Pet Scout 2300 Remote Wireless Pet Monitor

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Keep a close eye on your pets, whether they are kittens and puppies, sick, mischief-makers or just fun to watch. The Motorola Pet Scout 2300 Remote Wireless Pet Monitor has superior wireless range up to 590 feet away. An alarm sounds when you're getting out of range of the transmitting unit.

The system has a convenient two-way communication feature that allows you to talk to your pet without being in the same room. A full-color 3.5" LCD display shows real-time video and infrared night vision for viewing in low light levels. Control the Scout 2300 camera remotely to pan, tilt, and zoom the video image as needed.

At Motorola Pet Scout 2300 Remote Wireless Pet Monitor.

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September 13, 2014

PetScoop: How Climate Change is Predicted to Affect North American Birds

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More than half of the approximately 650 bird species in North America could be severely affected by climate change, scientists from the National Audubon Society predicted in a disturbing study cited in Climate Change Will Disrupt Half of North America's Bird Species, Study Says | NYTimes.com.

Ecosystems and food chains are being threatened and some species of birds could decline or even disappear. Populations may be forced to relocate and deal with unfamiliar predators. This article links to an interactive graphic.

On the bright side, Dr. Langham said, his report shows that many species will continue in their current abundance and, mostly, their current locations: American robins, red-tailed hawks, western scrub jays, western meadowlarks, northern cardinals and northern mockingbirds.

And at least one species, popular among poets and jilted lovers, is expected to flourish as warming takes its course, Dr. Langham said. "You want to know what climate change sounds like?" he asked. "It's the sound of a mourning dove -- their climate potential is going to increase."

Other species may or may not be able to adapt.

Learn more about our wild birds at National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Eastern Region and National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region.

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September 10, 2014

PetScoop -- Dogs Prefer Hugs and Food Over Praise

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Here at SCP HQ we talk to the staff canines all the time, telling them how wonderful they are. Rarely does our conversation get a response back or even a tail thump on the floor. But that's ok because they still are awesome company.

So we are not at all surprised by the conclusions of a University of Florida study Shut up and pet me! Dogs prefer petting to vocal praise | Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com that dogs prefer petting and food to compliments. Who knew??

It's probably no surprise that dogs like to be petted. But do they prefer petting over other types of attention? Here, two scientists from the University of Florida tested whether dogs would prefer to be petted or given vocal praise, and whether it mattered if the petting/praise came from an owner or a stranger. Turns out that dogs love pets, regardless of who is doing the petting, and they never seem to get tired of being petted. Interestingly, a previous study by the same authors found that dogs do like one thing even more than petting: food.

So the prescription for happiness in the pet household: hug your best buddies frequently and sprinkle liberally with treats!

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September 8, 2014

Adaptil Spray to Help Calm Your Jittery Pet

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With the kids back in school, many of our pets are finding themselves home alone and nervous about it. Busy holidays, visiting the vet, or new babies can rattle their nerves, along with scary noises like thunder and fireworks. Puppies are often homesick and wary of their new surroundings.

To help calm your pet Adaptil Spray by DAP can be applied directly to your pet's bedding, inside crates, indoor kennels, and in your car. Adaptil is a synthetic copy of the natural comforting pheromone released by a mother dog to reassure her puppies.

Be sure to apply Adaptil Spray away from your dog, particularly inside the carrier or crate. Never spray directly spray on your pet or near his/her face.

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July 30, 2014

Hot New Pet Book -- A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans

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It is generally thought that dogs are descended from domesticated Grey Wolves many moons ago. So it stands to reason that those of us who love our dogs also tend to take a fancy to wolves, albeit from a distance.

But not always so distant! This new A Wolf Called Romeo by author and photographer Nick Jans is the true story of a six-year friendship between a wild, but sociable black wolf and the community of people and dogs of Juneau, Alaska.

The author had lived in Alaska for nearly thirty years when a friendly encounter with a black wolf while walking his lab at twilight changes his and many other lives in this modern suburb on the edge of Alaskan wilderness.

More at A Wolf Called Romeo.

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July 15, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release -- Animal Madness by Laurel Braitman

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We all are expected to put on a happy face here in America, but the reality is that life is fraught with suffering. Suffering and fear thereof can lead to depression, anxiety and mental illness.

If you live with an animal and are an observant sort, you likely know that non-humans suffer mentally as well as physically. Laurel Braitman noticed this in her anxiety-prone Bernese Mountain Dog. Extensive subsequent research brought her to the conclusion that animals can lose their minds just like we humans.

That's the premise of her Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves -- that nonhuman animals can suffer from mental illnesses that mirror those that humans endure. And they can recover, just like we can.

Fascinating stuff at Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves.

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February 13, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release -- Decoding Your Dog by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

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Our dogs are excellent communicators. Trouble is, we don't speak their language and they don't speak ours. So it is up to their doggy family to figure out what they are trying to tell us, and one way is to educate ourselves. A new release Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones is a first-time publication for the public by members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

As suggested by the subtitle, the book should help us provide our sometimes mystifying dogs with the loving guidance and direction they need to fulfill their needs and avoid unwanted (by us) behavior. Certainly there are differences of opinion on dog training techniques and theories of dog behavior. This is one more book to add to your library in the eternal quest to understand and love our pets.

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December 31, 2013

A Dog's Purpose -- Everyone Who Lives with a Pet Should Read This Book

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Read this. Whether you have lived with dogs your whole life, are about to get a puppy, or are considering co-habitation with a dog, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron is required reading, or listening, as the case may be. It will change you forever. In a good way.

To quote, if we may, from the beautiful review by John C. McDonnell:

In a word? Magnificent. OK, two words. Brilliant. Actually three. Soul. Bruce Cameron has brought forth a magnificent, touching piece of a soul's journey through life in search of purpose and meaning. At times hilarious and yet other times heart breaking, Bruce brilliantly weaves a story of a dog and its quest that is told with such heart and humanity that anyone who has ever had a dog (or any pet, for that matter) feels that this truly is how they see us and the world in which they live.

The humor is real and effortless. You will find yourself laughing out loud. You will also cry. Real tears born out of your life's memories of pets past and the essential intertwining of souls that exists in no other relationship.

After reading this book, you will never look at your dog, or any other pet, the same way again.

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