Little Dogs Have More Than Big Attitudes

Little Dogs Have More Than Big Attitudes

Training

The doorbell rang. We usually get our dogs out of the way before letting people in, so my husband, Tim, called out “Rosie, Place!” as he headed to the front door. Rosie sped to the bedroom, whipped around and held position at the open doorway. As Tim greeted our guests, Rosie waited until she heard […]

3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Cat

3 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Cat

Exercise & Enrichment, Training

Cats can’t be trained. How many times have you heard that statement? I’m here to tell you that it’s not true. Most cats can–and should–learn how to do a few simple tricks. Some, such as coming when called, are useful, and others, such as giving a high five, are a fun form of enrichment for […]

Training a Voluntary Blood Draw: It Can Be Done

Training a Voluntary Blood Draw: It Can Be Done

Training

About a year ago, when my veterinarian was unable to get a blood sample out of my reactive and extremely opinionated young Pug, I got to thinking. I have a background working in zoos, where it’s now common to train animals to cooperate in their own medical care. Animals of many species, including bears, hippos, […]