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November 25, 2013 - 2:10pm

We are very fortunate to have two Free Behavior Help Sessions offered at Animal Hospital of North Asheville in December! 

Understanding Your Dog’s Body Language When Playing will be given on December 10th at 7:00 PM in the AHNA Education Room by Jenny White, Certified Professional Dog Trainer of Dog-Ed. Reading a dog's body language is an important skill for any dog owner to have so your dog stays safe and has positive interactions with other canines at dog parks, day care, and other social situations. Get these questions and more...

November 11, 2013 - 6:40pm

FOR the past two years, my colleagues and I have been training dogs to go in an M.R.I. scanner — completely awake and unrestrained. Our goal has been to determine how dogs’ brains work and, even more important, what they think of us humans.

September 23, 2013 - 8:40pm
  1. A group of cats is called a ‘clowder’
  2. Female cats tend to be right pawed, while male cats are more often left pawed.
  3. Cats can swallow and digest their food without chewing it
  4. Isaac Newton invented the cat flap door!
  5. On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping.
September 22, 2013 - 11:02am

On Tuesday, October 15th, Pet Behavior Aid will present a free session on barking in our Education room at Animal Hospital of North Asheville from 7 to 8PM.  Everyone is welcome and no registration is required, but this session is for people only. These free sessions are amazingly helpful because you learn how to help your pet by getting insight into your pet’s behavior and what causes it. This allows you to prevent problems or help your pet by using positive actions.

Please read more below from the Pet Behavior Aid website.

Woof! I Can't Stop Barking

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September 10, 2013 - 3:42pm

Is your dog afraid of nail clippers?

This video of certified veterinary technician, Kelly, and Cyrus, shows one fun way to make your dog or puppy less afraid of nail clippers - make it a game!

1.  Turning the nail clippers into a toy makes them less scary, and it is much easier to clip the nails of a tired puppy/dog
2.  The younger you can introduce nail clippers to a puppy/dog the better. Dogs are less likely to be fearful of something that they have been familiar with their whole lives....

November 12, 2012 - 7:00pm

As dogs age, we generally see changes in their behavior. The playful ball-chasing and constant running around that we associate with puppies gives way to adult dogs napping in the sun and lounging during evening TV time. And with senior dogs, we accept even more slowing down. It is important to remember, however, that old age is not a disease. We need to differentiate between normal behavior changes of aging dogs and abnormal behaviors that can be important signals of pain.

What kind of behavior changes might I see in my dog that could signal pain?

Unfortunately,...

September 12, 2012 - 1:26pm

As cats age, we generally see changes in their behavior. The wild and crazy playful activities we associate with kittens gives way to adult cats sleeping in the sun and prowling around the house. We commonly presume senior cats will take even longer naps in the sun or on our beds. It is important, however, to differentiate normal feline behaviors from abnormal ones, as some behavior changes in aging cats arise from pain and are definitely not normal.

What kind of behavior changes might I see in my cat that could signal pain?

One of the most common pain-associated behavior...

August 7, 2012 - 1:47pm

Many of our clients have called us to ask for help with their dog's thunderstorm fears. Here are some quick tips that may help alleviate, or lessen, your pet's thunderstorm fear:

Develop a retraining program with your veterinarian at Animal Hospital of North Asheville to desensitize your dog to storms. This can include playing a soft tape with recorded thunder and rewarding your dog with treats when he/she exhibits no anxiety. Over time, the intensity of the storm music may be increased and only calm behavior rewarded. Use caution – introducing stimuli too quickly can actually...

February 28, 2012 - 10:10am

The information in this article was taken from the Humane Society of the United States website, and the AAHA Healthy Pet Website.

Body language, behavior, and vocalizations are keys to understanding the feline mind. You and your cat might speak different languages, but you can still communicate with each other.

Indicators such as the look in your cat's eyes, the tone of her voice, the position of her ears, and the motion of her tail can provide important clues that...

February 10, 2012 - 4:50pm

This article is from the ASPCA website. http://www.aspcabehavior.org

Dogs are very expressive animals. They communicate when they’re feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful and angry, and they use their faces and bodies to convey much of this information. Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that, fortunately, we can learn to recognize and interpret. Once you learn how to “read” a dog’s postures and signals, you’ll better understand his feelings and motivations and be better able to...

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