Posts in Category: Pet Behavior

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…

Puppy Training 101 Class Now Enrolling!

puppy trainingHere at Guthrie Pet Hospital, we offer Puppy Training 101–a group “manners” class for puppies and their owners. Our next class begins on Tuesday, August 28th (less than two weeks from now) and has spots available for enrollment! Here are some FAQs about the class. Continue…

Why Do Cats Love Boxes?

why do cats love boxesYou shop for hours online for the perfect cat bed, but when it arrives, the cat seems to want to spend more time in the box it came in. You go to put shoes back in a shoe box only to find the cat is snoozing in it. You try and pack a box for shipping and kitty just won’t stay out of it. But when you finally give in and give the silly cat a great big box of its own it goes and wedges itself into a ridiculously small container of some sort. Why do cats love boxes? Continue…

5 Dog Training Fundamentals For Every Dog

dog trainingNo matter how young or old, every dog can benefit from learning some basic behaviors. Here at Guthrie Pet Hospital, they’re the first five skills that we teach in our puppy and beginners obedience classes. By mastering these five dog training fundamentals, you and your dog will be well on your way to a healthy, enjoyable relationship. Continue…

Three Tips To Leash Training A Puppy

leash training a puppyAlmost seven weeks ago, I brought home a puppy named Gimli. He was tiny and adorable and I knew that I had to start his training, even though I only wanted to snuggle him and spoil him. Since he’ll be a bigger dog when he’s full-grown, it’s important for Gimli to start learning the skills he’ll need throughout his life. The very first skill that he and I started working on together was walking on a leash. By starting early, being consistent, and keeping it fun, leash training a puppy has been a piece of cake. Continue…

Planned Puppyhood: Preparing For A Puppy

Preparing for a puppy“Can we keep him?”  We’ve all heard it (or said it) before. Somehow, we’ve been exposed to the cutest puppy who has ever lived. We went to an animal shelter or rescue. We saw a stray by the road. We met a new friend who happened to have a litter of ten puppies who needed homes. No matter how it happens, once you’re caught by the puppy forcefield, there’s no escape. The puppy will be yours.  Learn from Stefani Fortney all you need to know about preparing for a puppy.   Continue…

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…

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