When Cats Grieve: How to Help

When Cats Grieve: How to Help

Behavior & Training

Grief is the price we pay for love. When one of our cats dies, we have lost a beloved family member, and we feel it deeply. We may lose sleep, lose our appetite, spend more time alone, or spend more time seeking comfort from others. Our routines feel off, because they included the cat who […]

How Your Dog’s Fear Affects Your Own Emotions

How Your Dog’s Fear Affects Your Own Emotions

Behavior & Training

It had been a long day, working with cases back to back of dogs displaying significant fear. One client was angry. Two were in tears. And one couple bickered constantly about the severity of the dog’s problem. As a professional dog trainer, I help dogs overcome fear. But it’s not just the dogs dealing with […]

Cats Don’t Share. Here’s Why

Cats Don’t Share. Here’s Why

Behavior & Training

There may be nothing on earth cuter than two cats cuddled up in the same cat bed. But while those particular cats may be willing to share a bed, that doesn’t mean they’re okay about sharing everything. Cats don’t actually share well. The reasons for that have as much to do with territory as they […]

When Your Dog is Afraid of Fireworks: What To Do

When Your Dog is Afraid of Fireworks: What To Do

Behavior & Training

Is it noise aversion? Does your dog run and hide or start panting and shaking when children in the neighborhood set off firecrackers?  Has your dog run away during the Fourth of July celebration?  If so, your dog likely suffers from noise aversion, also commonly known as noise anxiety or noise phobia.  Noise aversion affects […]

Keep Calm and Kennel On

Keep Calm and Kennel On

Behavior & Training, Kittens & Puppies, Travel & Safety

Relaxing comfortably in a crate or carrier is a critical canine skill with many applications. A dog’s crate is an important management tool that assists in building better behaviors and deterring unwanted antics such as chewing furniture instead of appropriate toys or eliminating on the rug instead of outdoors. A kennel is also a protected […]