Cat Up A Tree? How To Get Him Safely Down

Cat Up A Tree? How To Get Him Safely Down

Behavior & Training

Increasingly people are keeping cats indoors only. More than 65 percent of the feline population never goes outside, according to the American Pet Products Association. But that still leaves millions of cats who go outdoors, and cats being cats, some will climb trees in search of the highest vantage point in the neighborhood, to escape […]

Puppy Proofing Reduces Stress For Pets, People

Puppy Proofing Reduces Stress For Pets, People

Behavior & Training

Last fall, my husband and I lost our 11-year-old German Shepherd Magical-Dawg in September, and Seren-Kitty in December just shy of her 22nd birthday. The sadness ambushed our emotions for weeks and months. It also haunted Karma-Kat, and he slept with Magic’s collar for a week between bouts of crying, increased clawing, and other attention-seeking […]

Nose It All: How Cats Communicate With The Nose

Nose It All: How Cats Communicate With The Nose

Behavior & Training

The feline nose is the cute-as-a-button spot we love to “boop” and is of course responsible for the sense of smell, but a cat’s nose is also an important part of feline communication. Besides sniffing out food or danger, one of the most important tasks it performs is to help cats feel comfortable with humans. […]

Service Dogs Need Stress Relief, Too

Service Dogs Need Stress Relief, Too

Behavior & Training

While the pet dog is snoozing on the couch after a meal, a walk, and a game of fetch, the service dog is on duty. She is always ready to work, even in the middle of night. Because of the nature of the work — looking for something amiss, something dangerous — these working dogs […]

To Lower Stress, Play’s The Thing

To Lower Stress, Play’s The Thing

Behavior & Training

We’ve all heard that exercise lowers stress, but working as a dog trainer I also observed that the combination of physical and mental exercise does the job even better.  Play is the answer, engaging your dog’s mind along with his muscles. Try to avoid over the top play. Getting a dog overly excited is hardly […]