Skunked, Again!

Skunked, Again!

Training

If your dog has land to ramble, there’s a good chance he’ll encounter a skunk. City dogs aren’t immune, since wildlife often ignores property boundaries to have babies under your front porch. It’s understandable when clueless dogs get skunked during a close encounter of the stinky kind. But why do they repeat the dirty deed […]

Clawful Behavior

Clawful Behavior

Training

For many cat owners, redwood would be a good choice when selecting living room furniture. While we all bemoan that rip-rip sound of claws on fabric just as we’re dozing off at night, we can’t change the fact that nature intended cats to have claws. The act of scratching serves a number of purposes for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]