How to Help Pets Adapt to Vision Loss

How to Help Pets Adapt to Vision Loss

Senior Pets, Training, Travel & Safety

Connecticut resident Kathye O’Brien Anstis and her family were concerned when Riley, their 5-year-old Beagle mix, started bumping into their legs – it was as if he couldn’t see. They took him to a veterinary ophthalmologist who confirmed that Riley had lost his eyesight and diagnosed him with Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS), a […]

Choice: What It Means for Cats

Choice: What It Means for Cats

Exercise & Enrichment, Training

Our cats rarely get to choose for themselves when it comes to the really important stuff. We decide what the cats will eat, where, and when. We pick the litter box and determine where to put it and what litter to use. We select all the cat furniture, from the scratching posts and pads to […]

5 Ways to Make Your Dog’s Fear Worse

5 Ways to Make Your Dog’s Fear Worse

Kittens & Puppies, Training

You realize your dog is fearful. You want her to get better, but could you also be making the problem worse? Unfortunately, this situation is all too common. Here are five ways you could accidentally be making your dog’s fear worse. Waiting to Treat It You hope your dog will “outgrow” the problem. Fear doesn’t […]

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 […]