Why Does My Dog Look Guilty?

Why Does My Dog Look Guilty?

Training

When your dog meets you at the door, head low with ears slicked back and eyes averted, is that a canine apology? Does your dog look guilty? The behaviors certainly mimic what humans associate with feeling shame or apology. Whether or not this accurately reflects the dog’s true feelings is open to debate. Not all […]

Why Does My Cat Conduct “Gravity Experiments?” How Cats Play

Why Does My Cat Conduct “Gravity Experiments?” How Cats Play

Training

How cats play varies between kitties, but there are some techniques nearly all share. My cat Seren-Kitty played “gravity experiments,” knocking things off tables, until the past few years. At age 21, she’s finally slowed down, but before that Seren never had an off-switch and was a cat-play maniac from the moment she entered my […]

Cat-cophony? Take The Fear Out Of Loud Noises

Cat-cophony? Take The Fear Out Of Loud Noises

Training

Do cats develop fears of loud noises such as fireworks? You bet! Cats have keen hearing that is as sensitive as that of dogs. We don’t always recognize that a cat may be fearful of loud noises because unlike dogs, who may engage in destructive behavior in an attempt to escape, the typical feline response […]

Take The Scare Out Of Care

Take The Scare Out Of Care

Training, Travel & Safety

The scare of care begins at home for many cats. Being shoved into a carrier and taken on an unwanted car ride causes stress levels to rise and often become overwhelming before the cat ever sets paw inside the exam room. That cumulative unease and upset have a detrimental effect on the cat’s ability to […]

Help! My Dog Pees on my Bed!

Help! My Dog Pees on my Bed!

Training

You’ve had a long day and all you want to do is slide in between the sheets. As you do so, however, you feel a cold wet spot. Ugh! Your dog has urinated on your bed. Why Does This Happen? Many theories have been offered as to why some dogs urinate on their owners’ beds. […]

Cat Talk: What Does “Elevator Butt” Mean?

Cat Talk: What Does “Elevator Butt” Mean?

Training

For cat lovers, one of the most common feline postures can be puzzling. We know that cats communicate not only with meows and purrs, but also with scent and body position. A comical posture of happy, healthy cats, something I call “elevator butt,” actually communicates different information depending on the cat. The pose looks similar […]