About Linda Lombardi

Linda Lombardi writes about the animals that share our planet and our homes for magazines including The Bark, websites including National Geographic and Mongabay.com, and for the Associated Press. Her most recent book, co-authored with Deirdre Franklin, is The Pit Bull Life: A Dog Lover's Companion.

Training a Voluntary Blood Draw: It Can Be Done

Training a Voluntary Blood Draw: It Can Be Done

Training

About a year ago, when my veterinarian was unable to get a blood sample out of my reactive and extremely opinionated young Pug, I got to thinking. I have a background working in zoos, where it’s now common to train animals to cooperate in their own medical care. Animals of many species, including bears, hippos, […]

Nose Work Is Scentsational for Dogs

Nose Work Is Scentsational for Dogs

Exercise & Enrichment, Senior Pets

Everyone knows dogs love to sniff, but we tend to think of it as a distraction, that walks should be for exercise, not wasting time dawdling and sniffing. But exercising an animal’s mind is important too, and a substantial part of the dog brain is devoted to smells. A study–“Let me sniff! Nosework induces positive […]

Does Your Dog Want to be a Therapy Dog?

Does Your Dog Want to be a Therapy Dog?

Relationships, Training

Making therapy visits can be great enrichment for the right dog and make you feel good about giving back to the community. But it’s important that therapy pets love their work, and for some dogs it may be too stressful. If you’re considering getting into this, make sure your dog will be an enthusiastic partner. […]

Anxiety Often Accompanies Cognitive Dysfunction

Anxiety Often Accompanies Cognitive Dysfunction

Senior Pets

If your pet has cognitive dysfunction—canine or feline dementia—you may have noticed that he seems to be more anxious than in the past. That’s a common side effect of the condition, but there are ways to manage it. Aging dogs and cats have problems similar to those of elderly humans, and not just physical ones: […]