Posts in Category: Pet Behavior

How To Recognize The Six Signs Of Fear In Dogs

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This week, I saw a video on Facebook of a rooster being “hypnotized” by a line drawn in the dirt close to his beak. It caused him to become completely immobile–but when the line was erased, the rooster immediately attacked the closest person, then ran away to the other side of the yard. My first reaction was to laugh. Honestly, seeing videos of grown men being flogged by an angry rooster is hilarious. After watching the video for a second time though, I realized something. The rooster wasn’t hypnotized. He was terrified. In one seemingly-funny video, I saw that rooster exhibit all three common responses to fear of a threat: freeze, fight, and flight. First, he was completely still. Because the perceived threat was very close to him, he essentially “played dead”. Once the threat was removed enough for him to feel like he had a fighting chance of survival, that’s just what he did—he attacked what he viewed as the source of danger. Then, he ran for safety.

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Train to Walk Your Dog, Walk to Train

walk your dogJanuary is Train Your Dog Month and Walk Your Dog Month! Even though that may sound like a bit much to fit all into one month, you can combine both activities to make each more fun than they would be on their own. I’ve decided to combine the two for myself and my dogs by putting a twist on the idea of a “fitness trail.” I’m going to add “obedience stations” to my usual dog-walking route. That way, my dog gets mental exercise along with our usual physical exercise. Continue…

Dante and Me: A Dog Trainer’s Adventure With One Angry Parrot

 

parrotHere at Guthrie Pet Hospital, most folks are aware that we have two clinic cats—Sylvie and Felicia. Some people don’t know that there’s one other animal member of our clinic family. His name is Dante, and he’s a twenty-year-old Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot. Our clients are used to hearing him scream “hello,” “okay,” and “bye” as they move through the hospital. If you’ve ever met him, you’ve also probably been warned to keep your distance from his cage. You see, like many birds, Dante can be less than friendly with people he doesn’t know and trust. He’s also not opposed to biting people who get too close to his cage without his permission. This includes those of us who work at Guthrie Pet Hospital. Continue…

Introducing A New Cat: How To Turn Bye Felicia Into Hello Felicia

introducing a new catLast month my husband and I went on an RV trip to Natural Falls State Park.  We invited friends along and decided there wasn’t enough room to take one of the dogs.  About thirty minutes after getting set up a grey and white long hair cat come up to our campsite.  She was very friendly and stayed around the entire weekend.  There were no homes in the area, and she had no collar or identification, so we decided to bring her back to Guthrie.  This week I will discuss introducing a new cat to your household.  Continue…

Five Reasons Why Dogs Bark: Discover The Basis For The Bark

why dogs barkIt’s something we’ve all experienced, whether as the owner of a barking dog, the person being barked at, or the neighbor being thoroughly annoyed. There are some situations where we find it completely normal and even desirable for our dogs to bark. If an intruder is trying to break into my house, I want my dogs to let loose with their scariest roars. However, it becomes a nuisance if they decide to bark at every noise throughout the night, or during my dinner, or at every person we pass on our walk. Half the battle is discovering why dogs bark. Continue…

Dog Safety for Kids: Know Your ABC’s

dog safety for kidsKids and dogs seem like a match made in heaven—but it’s important for kids to know how to stay safe around dogs. Kids tend to be noisy and move quickly, which can make dogs feel insecure or scared. Any dog can bite if they feel threatened. ANY DOG CAN BITE. To help your kids stay safe and avoid being bitten by a dog, teach them these simple ABCs of dog safety for kids. Continue…

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