Posts in Category: Pet Behavior

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…

New Anxiety Medication For Dogs Offers Promise For Noise Phobia

anxiety medication for dogsNoise phobia, specifically thunderstorm phobia, is a very common condition that veterinarians and dog owners have struggled to treat for years.  In fact, one-third of all pet owners report that their dog suffers from noise phobia.  It is important to find something that relieves your dog’s symptoms; because without help, your dog’s fear will worsen with each episode.  Dr. Anna Coffin is happy to announce a new anxiety medication for dogs that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Continue…

Dog Bite Prevention: Responsible Ownership for Safe, Happy Dogs

dog biteBy Stefani Fortney ABCDT.  May 15-21 is National Dog Bite Prevention week. While it’s great that there’s a month dedicated to the education of the general population on how to avoid dog bites, I’m going to focus on talking specifically to dog owners. It’s our responsibility as owners to prevent the situation arising where our dog could bite. So often, owners of potentially aggressive, timid, snippy, or picky dogs don’t want to acknowledge the fact that their beloved pooch might bite someone. Continue…

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