8 Ways to Manage Unruly Dogs

8 Ways to Manage Unruly Dogs

Behavior

Behaviors such as jumping, stealing, and chewing can be challenging to live with, whether this is your first dog or your fifth, but you can learn how to manage and prevent these behaviors and teach your dog new habits, setting your new dog up for success, and creating less frustration for both of you. If […]

Chinchilla Challenge: Are They Right for You?

Chinchilla Challenge: Are They Right for You?

Behavior, Exotics

Confession: I once bought a pet completely on impulse. I knew that wasn’t how you were supposed to do it, but I just handed over the money and took him home. That’s how irresistibly cute chinchillas are. I’d owned rodents before, so I knew some of the basics, but I quickly discovered that a chinchilla […]

Bringing a New Dog Home: Successful Adoption Habits

Bringing a New Dog Home: Successful Adoption Habits

Behavior

You have an adorable new puppy or just adopted a sweetheart of a dog from a shelter or rescue group. You can’t wait to spoil him or her rotten, right? Loving on a new pup is mandatory, sure, but it’s also important to provide him with a structured environment from day one. Setting clear expectations […]

Human Stress, Reactive Dogs, and Science

Human Stress, Reactive Dogs, and Science

Behavior, Fears & Anxieties

It’s conventional wisdom among dog trainers that a handler’s anxiety “travels down the leash” to influence the dog. To be honest, this had always sounded like some kind of woo-woo mystical nonsense to me. When I got my current extremely reactive Pug, the trainer I was working with – who I respected for being pretty […]

9 Ways to Help Pets With Fireworks Fears

9 Ways to Help Pets With Fireworks Fears

Behavior, Fears & Anxieties

Many pets are petrified of fireworks. And no wonder: no one tells our best friends that these incredibly loud and sudden and unexplained bangs are supposed to be a celebration, not an attack. For dogs and cats, becoming startled at sudden loud sounds can be a protective response. Who knows what could be making that […]