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  • Never adopt a pet without first being certain you are willing to care for it throughout its entire life.

  • Put a sticker in your front window stating the number of animals inside the house. This could save your pet's life if you have a fire.

  • Having your pet altered will not change its personality, but pets that have been spayed or neutered are less apt to fight or wander off.

  • The cute habits your new pets learn early in life will be nearly impossible to break when they are bigger and the habit is no longer cute.

  • Never use punishment when training your pet. Training should always be a pleasant experience.

  • The best way to let your pet know that you don't approve of his bad behavior is to correct him in a stern tone of voice. If this doesn't work, follow up by isolating him for 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Pets like the sound of laughter, and most know when you're in pain.

  • Set and expect reasonable standards of behavior for your pet.

  • Pets give unconditional love.

  • Always have the vet check the health of a new animal before letting it go near your other pets.

  • Many bad habits are acquired by pets because their owners expect them to respond just like a human, and they can't.

  • Be consistent in your commands and reactions. If you're not willing to go after your pet to enforce a command, don't give one.

  • Pet owners need to plan ahead. It is important to choose a guardian for your pets in case of death.

  • Animals, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed. Actually, they're right-pawed or left-pawed.

  • Teach your pet a trick.

  • Increased water consumption in animals is sometimes a sign of illness. Consult your vet.

  • Introduce your pet to the new baby when the baby is sleeping. Let your pet investigate the furniture, smell the powders, and all of the other new items. Remember to reward your pet for good behavior.

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