Posts in Category: Pet Behavior

The Food Lure Shaping Your Dogs Behavior

food lureUsing a food lure is a basic component of any positive reinforcement training plan. It gives us a valuable tool to help teach our dog behaviors and cues, and even modify behavioral problems. By teaching our dogs to follow a food lure, we can achieve our training goals more efficiently and keep training time fun for us and our pups! Continue…

Get Your Dog To Behave: Show Some Lovin’

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Say it ain’t so, Cooper. What’s that? Shelters are loaded with dogs abandoned by pet owners. That’s not right, is it? No, Cooper, you are correct. Too many dogs find their way to shelters simply because their pet owners failed to offer a lot of love and understanding.

Behavior ranks as the No. 1 reason that pet owners give up on their pooches. Couldn’t take another torn up couch. Another pair of shoes destroyed. Garbage litters the floor every time the dog is left alone. Not enough time in the day to spend with that precious puppy. Continue…

Dog Obedience Training Basics: The Release Cue

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In today’s blog, I wanted to talk about an obedience training cue that often gets overlooked: the release cue.  The release cue is very important since it marks the end of a behavior (i.e., “sit,” “stay,” etc.). This gives the dog a clear cue to know that she can break position. It reduces confusion and prevents unnecessary mistakes. Continue…

The Three D’s of Dog Training

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When I was eight years old, my parents adopted a puppy for me from our local humane society. Being an incredibly creative kid, I named her “Puppy.” She was a Boston Terrier/Beagle mix with a lot of attitude and even more energy. Within the first few weeks, she was with us, we decided that she needed to learn some manners. My parents signed me up to take her for dog training. Continue…

A Christmas Story: How To Have A Sensible Cat Christmas

cat Christmas‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the mice were all napping and watching TV, stuffed on the snacks that the cat left for free.

The cat had been busy, but not with his job. Work was beneath him; he turned quite the snob. His focus was keen on the tree tall and bright, his mission: to the summit, by day or by night. Continue…

How To Recognize and Treat Pet Anxiety

pet anxietyA new movement is sweeping through veterinary medicine focusing on reducing pet anxiety and fear.  It’s called the Fear Free Initiative, and veterinary professionals are trying to help pet parents recognize and treat fear, anxiety, and stress in their pets. Continue…

Reward Marking For Better Obedience: Yes Marks The Spot

Starting obedience training witreward markingh our pets is a lot like teaching someone a new language. In the past, it was common for trainers to use physical correction, coercion, and punishment to force animals to perform behaviors. Recently, with the help of psychological research, we’ve learned that animals can be taught in a more efficient and humane way. By using a mixture of “shaping” (using a lure to guide your pet into a desired position or behavior) and “capturing” (rewarding your pet for demonstrating a  desired position or behavior on his/her own), trainers have found a way to help pets learn without the use of harsher methods that can lead to future  problems.   The most important aspects of positive reinforcement training and reward marking are: Continue…

Feline Wellness: What’s Up with the Sink?

feline wellnessWe’ve all had it happen. You turn on the tap to get a drink or brush your teeth, and suddenly you have a cat in the sink. They had absolutely no interest in even being in the same room with you until the water started to flow. Believe it or not, Tiger isn’t getting in your way just to annoy you. There’s a reason for a drink at the sink.  It’s an important part of feline wellness. Continue…

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