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 […]

Will Separation Anxiety Strike After Coronavirus?

Will Separation Anxiety Strike After Coronavirus?

Fears & Anxieties

Having us shelter in place at our homes is a dream come true for dogs. What happens, though, when people head back to the office? This is a unique experience so there’s no data to suggest how pets will respond, but I suggest we’ll see a significant uptick in separation distress among the following populations […]

5 Ways to Help Pets Have a Fun and Safe Halloween

5 Ways to Help Pets Have a Fun and Safe Halloween

Fears & Anxieties, Holidays

What scares pets at Halloween? It’s not the specter of too much chocolate but it can be ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and giant inflatable spiders (those scare us, too). People—or other animals—in costume, flickering carved pumpkins, and spooky décor can frighten pets who aren’t prepared for them. Help protect them from or prepare them for the following […]