Posts in Category: Pet Behavior

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…

Why Sit Matters: The Building Block Of Dog Obedience

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One of the first things we teach our dogs in obedience class is the sit cue. It’s the basic building block of any training curriculum. Have you ever wondered why it’s so important for our dogs to sit when we ask them to? What’s so important about “sit”? Here are a few of the reasons why it matters. Continue…

Crazy dog : Life with emotionally/mentally disabled pets

crazy dogCrazy dog. I know them. I live in what is essentially a group home for pets who were unwanted, neglected, or abandoned. The dogs and cats who are a part of my family are rescues with a range of physical, emotional, and mental disorders or disabilities. Whether these are caused by genetic or environmental influences, they cause problems for many pets and their owners. Continue…

Dog Body Language: Three Zones to Watch

dog body languageLearning to interpret dog body language is more than important; it’s essential to healthy relationships and safety.

It’s almost summer! Kids will be home for break and outside playing. Dogs will also be spending more time outside and interacting with family members, friends, and the herds of kiddos running around like hooligans. It’s time to brush up on how to read dog body language—and make sure the kids understand it, too. While there are lots of subtle and nuanced signs your dog may show, I’m going to touch on just the essentials in your dog’s three main communication zones. Continue…

A Tale of Two Kitties: Introducing a New Cat to your Home

introducing a new catApril showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring kittens. Spring is kitten season and often when people succumb to the adorable faces and antics of newborn kittens. Positive that their cat or cats at home will love the youngster as much as they do, they stroll in, place the new kid on the floor in front of the old timers and announce,”Meet your new brother!”  Introducing a new cat should be done in a much slower method so that everyone in the house can adjust. Continue…

The Language of Learning: How To Effectively Communicate With Your Dog

behavior trainingDogs Don’t Understand Any Human Language

By Stefani Fortney, ABCDT  This is a fact that we forget often. We speak to our dogs all the time. It’s a great thing about having a dog—they listen to us without passing judgement. The problem is that we talk so much that our spoken language can become meaningless to our dogs. They tune us out, then when we want them to listen to us, we get upset when they don’t respond. Continue…

5 Ways To Stop Puppy Biting

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Nobody wants to deal with a snapping, biting puppy even if they are just playing.  Puppy biting occurs for two reasons.  First, their vision is not fully developed, and they are trying to figure out the world around them.  Second, they are teething between three and six months of age.  Dr. Anna Coffin gives some common-sense tips for puppy biting to ensure a lifetime of safe and healthy interactions with your dog. Continue…

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