Dog Bites: 6 Ways to Prevent Them

Dog Bites: 6 Ways to Prevent Them

Kids & Family, Training, Travel & Safety

No one knows how many dog bites occur each year, but the Centers for Disease Control and the American Veterinary Medical Association estimate the number is between 4.5 and 4.7 million. More than 800,000 of the people bitten receive medical attention for dog bites, and most bites happen to children, from dogs the family knows—often […]

Stressed? You Might Be Stressing Your Cat as Well

Stressed? You Might Be Stressing Your Cat as Well

Training

We all know about studies showing that sharing life with a pet has beneficial effects on human health. Even a few minutes of petting a cat or dog can lower blood pressure and release mood-enhancing endorphins. A University of Minnesota study found that cat companionship may reduce the risk of heart attack for people by […]

Consent to Touch? Cats Require It, Too

Consent to Touch? Cats Require It, Too

Relationships, Training

How many times have you heard a cat person say, “Kitty likes to be touched, but only on her own terms.” They say it somewhat unkindly, as if it’s proof their cat is a diva. If we’ve learned anything from the #MeToo movement, it’s that nobody likes to be touched without consent. Yet we still […]

New Puppy? Socialization Starts Now!

New Puppy? Socialization Starts Now!

Kittens & Puppies, Training

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy skittered into class and ducked under a chair, trembling. It was Pip’s first night of puppy kindergarten, and he was terrified. After class, I chatted with his parents. “Your puppy is really shy,” I said. “Sixteen weeks is the latest we’ll take a puppy into this class, and he’s […]

Does Your Dog Want to be a Therapy Dog?

Does Your Dog Want to be a Therapy Dog?

Relationships, Training

Making therapy visits can be great enrichment for the right dog and make you feel good about giving back to the community. But it’s important that therapy pets love their work, and for some dogs it may be too stressful. If you’re considering getting into this, make sure your dog will be an enthusiastic partner. […]

When Vets Take Pets “To the Back”

When Vets Take Pets “To the Back”

Training

When I worked as a vet tech many years ago, we didn’t routinely “take pets to the back” for treatment. Emergency visits, or pets not easily handled, were the exceptions. But more often than not, dogs and cats had their temperatures taken, vaccines administered, routine blood and stool samples procured, all while in the presence […]