1154. Do You Talk "Baby Talk" To Your Pet? You Need To Hear This.
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Dr. Marty Becker is back with new research that shows you may be petting cats and dogs improperly. This is especially important if you’re a veterinarian. The Fear Free Pets movement wants us to rethink how we interact with our four-legged friends. Also, most of us baby talk to babies and our dogs, but maybe we should just limit it to puppies because it turns out older dogs aren’t so impressed with our baby talk. A new study shows that baby talk, also known as dog-directed speech when you’re conversing with your dog, gets a big response from puppies, but older dogs really couldn’t care less. Also, in Yakima, Washington, authorities are giving a warning to unkind pet owners after receiving reports of animals being left outside in frigid temperatures. Since the beginning of last month, animal control has already responded to at least 60 animal welfare checks. Pet owners could face a misdemeanor charge for animal neglect if their pets are found in distress and given a fine from $250 to $5,000 depending on the severity. Also, cats and dogs really can get along to the point that they’ll play hard together, drink water from the same bowl and cuddle on the couch, according to research led from Tel Aviv University. They discovered the recipe for success is to adopt the cat first and introduce a dog while both pets are still young. In homes where the cat and dog are mates, the research suggests they’ve managed to correctly read each other’s body cues.
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