The Making of a Therapy Cat

The Making of a Therapy Cat

Exercise & Enrichment

Outgoing. Confident. Friendly. Those three words size up Casey, my four-year-old orange tabby. I often say that Casey has yet to meet a stranger or feel as if he is in a strange place. But even though Casey assists me in our veterinarian-approved pet first aid/CPR classes and travels nicely inside his carrier on road […]

Service Dogs Need Stress Relief, Too

Service Dogs Need Stress Relief, Too

Exercise & Enrichment

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 […]

Nameowste: Cats Reap Yoga Benefits, Too

Nameowste: Cats Reap Yoga Benefits, Too

Exercise & Enrichment

As soon as I sit down, my cat Natasha becomes my yoga partner. She helps me stay focused when she swishes her tail under my nose while I’m in Half Moon pose or swats my ponytail while in Downward Facing Dog. She’s a master at shavasana, the relaxation pose at the end of practice. Cat-loving […]

To Lower Stress, Play’s The Thing

To Lower Stress, Play’s The Thing

Exercise & Enrichment

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 […]

Can An Adventure Lifestyle Benefit Your Cat?

Can An Adventure Lifestyle Benefit Your Cat?

Exercise & Enrichment

Anyone who spends much time on Instagram has seen them: cats in backpacks, cats hiking up trails, cats on leashes enjoying the wild outdoors with their people. There’s even a dedicated hashtag for these kitties: #adventurecat. In fact, a whole book was written about these intrepid felines. Adventure Cats: Living 9 Lives to the Fullest […]