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, […]

Your Cat’s Vet Visit Begins at Home

Your Cat’s Vet Visit Begins at Home

Training, Travel & Safety

America’s cats are facing a healthcare crisis. The findings of a feline health study conducted by Bayer Health Care in 2014 found that 52 percent of America’s 74 million cats are not receiving regular veterinary care. The actual number is probably much higher, since this study captured data only from cat owners who seek some […]

Boom, Bang, and Other Noises That Freak Out Pets

Boom, Bang, and Other Noises That Freak Out Pets

Training

Kristen Levine was on a quest to help her dog, Chilly, during fireworks season and thunderstorms. “The sound of fireworks would send him into a state of panic, and he would leave claw marks on my closet door and pull my dresses right off of the hangers to make himself a pile of clothes to […]

When Cats Grieve: How to Help

When Cats Grieve: How to Help

Training

Grief is the price we pay for love. When one of our cats dies, we have lost a beloved family member, and we feel it deeply. We may lose sleep, lose our appetite, spend more time alone, or spend more time seeking comfort from others. Our routines feel off, because they included the cat who […]

How Your Dog’s Fear Affects Your Own Emotions

How Your Dog’s Fear Affects Your Own Emotions

Training

It had been a long day, working with cases back to back of dogs displaying significant fear. One client was angry. Two were in tears. And one couple bickered constantly about the severity of the dog’s problem. As a professional dog trainer, I help dogs overcome fear. But it’s not just the dogs dealing with […]