Roll Over, Rover! How To Teach Your Dog This Fun Trick

Roll Over, Rover! How To Teach Your Dog This Fun Trick

Training

Roll over is a classic trick that is always a crowd pleaser! This is a more challenging trick, especially for dogs with narrow bodies. Your dog will have to utilize his core muscles to complete the move. That’s good exercise for him. Because of poor coordination on my part, I don’t usually use a clicker […]

How To Enrich Your Cat’s Dining Pleasure

How To Enrich Your Cat’s Dining Pleasure

Exercise & Enrichment

Inside your housecat is the heart of a hunter. Nature made cats that way. For a cat, hunting for food is normal. When you provide your cat with an outlet to fulfill that natural instinct, he will be happier and healthier, both mentally and physically.  Cats who lack an outlet for this normal behavior may redirect pent-up […]

Good Pet Guests Are Made, Not Born

Good Pet Guests Are Made, Not Born

Travel & Safety

Who’s a good boy or girl? Your pet, we hope, when visiting your friends or family. Whether you’re bringing Reggie or Ravenna to a friend’s home for a couple of hours or to a relative’s home for a week-long stay, your pet’s behavior will determine whether his presence is considered delightful or destructive. Here are […]

Enriching Cats: What You Need To Know

Enriching Cats: What You Need To Know

Exercise & Enrichment, Training

Feline what? Pay attention, Catvocates. This is the important stuff.  Enrichment is the dollars and sense of cat care: if you follow this common-sense advice, you’ll save dollars at the veterinary clinic. Cats Are Safest Indoors The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends that people keep cats indoors in suburban and urban areas. Cats are […]

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

Travel & Safety

In the 18 months since adopting Kona from a shelter, we’ve traveled from Dallas to San Diego (twice) and made dozens of trips throughout the Lone Star State and even a few jaunts to Oklahoma and Arizona. Kona has yet to turn three, but I’m estimating she has already logged more than 11,000 miles inside […]

Yes, You Can Train Cats!

Yes, You Can Train Cats!

Training

Despite reputations for being aloof, many cats like to ham it up by performing tricks before an audience. I know firsthand as Casey, my orange tabby, feels right at home in the spotlight. That spotlight can be before students in my pet first aid classes where he happily volunteers to be toweled, have his pulse […]

What To Do When You Adopt a Fearful Dog

What To Do When You Adopt a Fearful Dog

Training

You love your new family member, but you notice that she seems hand-shy or that she cowers whenever she encounters something that didn’t faze your previous dog. It’s common to assume that dogs like this must have been abused in their previous home, but that’s not necessarily the case. It is more likely that she […]