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From barking dogs to couch-clawing cats, behavior is a big reason that pets are surrendered. Learn how to keep pets in their homes and make those in the shelter more adoptable.

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  • His Kind of Town

    Found Chicago and Stay, A Modern Dog Hotel help rehabilitate and rehome highly challenging dogs.

  • Unforgettable: Hail Cesar (and Gris)

    Dog training the Pets for Life way.

  • Reconcilable Differences

    The Humane Society of the United States' Pet Help Partners program uses behavior counseling to keep cats in their homes.

  • Decoding Dog Play

    Learning to read the signs of dog-to-dog interaction help shelters and rescues make more responsible placements.

  • A Fresh Start for Cats

    The Fresh Start program at the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota gives friendly, healthy cats who struggle with litter box issues a second chance at finding a home.

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Policies & Programs

  • Pets for Life

    The HSUS Pets for Life program has one very ambitious goal: to keep pets and their people together. Pets for Life recognizes that one of the greatest threats to pets is a lack of understanding on the part of caregivers along with a lack of awareness of available resources.

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  • Center for Shelter Dogs - Training and Motivation

    Training shelter dogs potentially increases their adoptability by teaching them behaviors that make them more desirable to adopters.

  • AAFP: Feline Behavior Guidelines

    The American Association of Feline Practitioners' Feline Behavior Guidelines are filled with information for veterinarians and pet owners.

  • ABRI: Videos

    The Animal Behavior Resource Institute's videos give helpful tips on many behavior-related topics, from pilling cats to leash work with dogs.

  • DogStar Daily: Free Puppy eBooks

    Set your puppy adopters up for success with these free eBook downloads from Dr. Ian Dunbar.

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