Posts in Category: Pet Behavior

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

puppy biting

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…

Cats And Seasonal Affective Disorder

cats and seasonal affective disorderBy Stacey Frazier   Is your kitty singing the blues?  This time of year can be emotionally difficult for people. The upbeat, busy pace of the holidays has given way to the dreary, listless winter month of January. The temperatures have dropped, the hours of sunlight are reduced, and sometimes it is just hard to find a reason to get out of bed. For people, this can lead to a condition known as Season Affective Disorder. Many people suffer from mood altering symptoms because of physical changes in their body that occur during periods of reduced sunlight. Many veterinarians have begun to recognize cats and seasonal affective disorder. Continue…

Happy Pet, Happy Vet With Fear Free Veterinary Care

veterinary careBy Stacey Frazier  There are a huge number of pets that fail to receive the veterinary care they need simply because of the anxiety they experience when a trip to the clinic is necessary. Here at Guthrie Pet Hospital we decided to face that problem head on, leading us to become the first Fear Free certified staff in the state of Oklahoma. Fear Free is an approach to veterinary care that focuses on the sources of anxiety in pets and provides a proven method of managing fear and anxiety through considerate approach and gentle control. Continue…

Dog Training “Back-to-School” Special: Save 10% When You Sign Up In August!

dog trainingby Stefani Fortney, ABCDT  August is here, and it’s time to learn! Did you know that Guthrie Pet Hospital offers dog training for obedience and behavior modification? For the month of August, if you sign up for obedience group classes or private instruction, you’ll get a10% discount! All classes and lessons are taught by me—Stefani Fortney—using positive reinforcement techniques. I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it… training your puppy or dog is a great way to bond and build a stronger relationship with your canine companion. It keeps dogs in their homes and out of shelters. It contributes to happier owners and happier pets.  Continue…

Obedience Basics: Building a Foundation of Focus

obedienceStefani Fortney, ABCDT  If you’re anything like me, bringing a new dog or puppy into your life and home awakens childhood fantasies of having a bond with your pet that is both magical and transcendent. You imagine Rover saving you from bandits, alerting you to the presence of a major goldmine on your property, then winning the Iditarod—and that’s just during your first week together. Taking dog obedience classes or lessons together never crosses your mind. It seems like the bond you share should be enough. Continue…

Adult Dog Socialization: Two Tips for Safety and Success

dog behavior trainingBy Stefani Fortney ABCDT   Adult dog socialization can be a very tricky process. In an ideal world, every dog would be properly socialized as a puppy—taking each pups personality into account and working to provide positive associations with a variety of people, places, and situations. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, dogs come into our lives as a poorly-socialized adult. Sometimes, we as owners don’t implement proper puppy socialization methods, and then have to deal with an adult dog who needs extra socialization work. Sometimes, we have an adult dog who needs additional socialization because of a timid personality or fearful nature.  Continue…

No Pull Leash Might Be The Answer

no pull leashWho cares if your dog can heal on a leash?  Most people just want their dog to not pull on the leash like a crazy maniac!  There are many tools available to help you train your dog not to pull on the leash.  Dr. Anna Coffin has found a no pull leash that works well with all her dogs. Continue…

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