Got A Pop-Up Pooch?

Got A Pop-Up Pooch?

Behavior & Training

For dogs, jumping up is a normal behavior. They often licks other’s faces in greeting. Since most dogs can’t easily reach us, they leap to offer their version of a polite canine “howdy” and solicit attention. Many folks think jumping up is cute, at least when the pet is a pup. That attraction wanes when […]

Sleep Wars!

Sleep Wars!

Behavior & Training

In 2018 I am resolving to get more sleep.  Studies show that, for a human, eight hours of sleep nightly is optimal.  Less than that, and you have problems with your health, concentration, mood and weight. Getting more sleep is easier said than done, though, if you live with a cat. A cat’s sleep cycle […]

Cat Critter Gifts

Cat Critter Gifts

Behavior & Training

Here in Texas, the warm weather continues to bring big-bug migrations from outside to the living room. The cats are thrilled with cricket carcasses and the occasional disoriented field mouse that takes a deadly detour. Thank goodness, both Karma-Kat and Seren-Kitty haven’t presented me with anything beyond a cricket drumstick. But it’s not unusual for […]

Cat Potty Buddies

Cat Potty Buddies

Behavior & Training

Our cats sometimes challenge the most insightful among us to figure out what’s behind a weird and wacky behavior. Felines always have a good reason for doing what they do. But a given behavior doesn’t always mean what you think, including why cats follow us to the bathroom. CAT POTTY BUDDIES Dogs do this, too, […]

Why Dogs Snack From Cat Litter Boxes

Why Dogs Snack From Cat Litter Boxes

Behavior & Training

Dogs often indulge in the habit of dung eating, technically called coprophagia. Mother dogs keep the nest free of smells by eating waste from puppies. As a result, many puppies copy the behavior when young, and may indulge in dung-eating of their own or other animal’s feces. Most pups outgrow the behavior, but some dogs […]

Finding the Right Motivator for Your Cat

Finding the Right Motivator for Your Cat

Behavior & Training

Creating a Fear Free environment for your cat at the veterinary clinic, groomer’s salon, or even at home begins with finding the right motivator (or two or three). Where one cat might cooperate with many indignities if she can have some chicken baby food, another will ignore the noise of a groomer’s salon if she […]

Building A Relationship with Your Dog

Building A Relationship with Your Dog

Behavior & Training

Television shows and movies portray every dog and owner relationship as a wonderful, empathic, instantaneous one. A dog in the shelter takes one look at a person searching for a dog, they lock eyes, look deeply into each other’s soul, and immediately have a lifelong bond. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Just like relationships with people, […]

Adopting A Shelter Dog: 5 Tips For Success

Adopting A Shelter Dog: 5 Tips For Success

Behavior & Training

Animal shelters can be scary places for a dog. Noisy, and filled with strange sights and smells, shelters can be intimidating for even the bravest canine soul. Timid dogs and those who haven’t been well socialized can become downright terrified when placed in a shelter environment. Candy was one such dog. A 6-year-old Australian Shepherd […]