Team Effort Makes Training Fun, Successful

Team Effort Makes Training Fun, Successful

Behavior & Training

Not long ago, a woman contacted me about her dog. He was an accomplished trash can raider and recently had surgery to remove several foreign objects from his intestinal tract. “I guess it’s time for him to be trained,” she said. This idea that training is something that happens to the dog is not unusual. […]

Talk To The Claw

Talk To The Claw

Behavior & Training

Scratching. It’s a perfectly normal, natural cat behavior that meets grooming, exercise and communication needs. But while cats enjoy the sensation of scratching and use their scratch marks to send messages to other cats—“Blinky was here” or “Look how big I am!”—the destructive nature of the habit can put owners and cats at odds with […]

Do Pets Love Us? Why We Say The Answer Is Yes

Do Pets Love Us? Why We Say The Answer Is Yes

Behavior & Training

How do I know my pet loves me? I get asked this question a lot! I suppose first I need to address whether or not pets can love. They certainly do have emotional capacity, as Temple Grandin, Ph.D., pointed out in her book, “Animals in Translation.” Others have demonstrated the same regarding the similar brain […]

Support System

Support System

Behavior & Training

Who doesn’t like to have a friend along when facing a frightening situation? Dogs are no different. They are better equipped to face their fears in the presence of a friend, and that friend’s company can make them less likely to panic during scary circumstances. Whether your dog’s best friend is a person—you!—or another dog […]

Can Cats Be Service Animals? No… and Yes

Can Cats Be Service Animals? No… and Yes

Behavior & Training

Audra H. has been disabled since a car accident while she was in college. “I have a blood clot on my brain that causes episodes of syncope. Simply put, I pass out,” she explains. “I have fibromyalgia, bilateral neuropathy, bilateral sciatica and constant migraines, just to name a few of the issues I live with.” […]