24 12, 2017

Playing with Declawed Cats

2017-12-24T21:46:04+00:00December 24th, 2017|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Cat Behavior, Cat Training, Pets|

Please note: Declawing is a painful and invasive procedure. It is an amputation. Botched up surgeries are not uncommon. Pain and complications can last for months, if not years, and sometimes for the entire lifetime of the cat. Declawing can create behavioral problems such as timidity, avoidance of owners, hiding and retreating, biting (especially associated [...]

11 12, 2017

How to Pick Up and Carry a Cat — Who doesn’t like it.

2018-06-13T17:02:44+00:00December 11th, 2017|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Cat Behavior, Cat Training, General, Pets|

For those of you who have a cat who does not like to be picked up or handled, try some of these tips. Position yourself next to or slightly behind your cat. Place your outer arm underneath the cat's chest (and belly) and the other hand in front of the cat--on his chest (to control his front [...]

7 12, 2017

Feral or Stray Cat – What’s in a Label?

2018-02-18T17:11:16+00:00December 7th, 2017|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Animal Rescue, Cat Behavior, Pets, Sheltering|

There is often confusion in the use of the words feral and stray. It is important to know or be cognizant of the differences, since 'feral cat' is a label that is frequently misused and overused. The label can have dangerous consequences for cats since most shelters will kill ‘feral’ cats or people will assume the cats [...]

24 11, 2017

Training Tips for Happy Dogs & Holiday Houseguests

2017-12-13T17:57:25+00:00November 24th, 2017|Animal Behavior, Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Pets|

The holidays are approaching. You may be worried about your canine crew mixing with friends and relatives for festive get-togethers—but a little planning and preparation can make the holidays more enjoyable for all. • Doorway etiquette. Teach your dog polite manners at the doorway. Bauer - rescued. © Tara Beddingfield Choose a place [...]

23 09, 2017

Rental Properties, Landlords, and Pet Ownership

2017-12-13T17:59:23+00:00September 23rd, 2017|Animal Advocacy, General, Pets|

Many people rent. Unfortunately, most not by choice. Rentals can be very stressful. In many cities, apartment rentals can cost more than mortgages and for much less space. Problems with parking, old appliances, noisy neighbors, extra fees, deposits, and instability all add to the difficulties. For many with pets, this becomes more of a problem. [...]

8 09, 2017

Basic Canine Learning Principles

2017-12-11T22:15:19+00:00September 8th, 2017|Animal Behavior, Dog Behavior, Dog Training|

Dogs live in the moment. This means they are very much like toddlers. Dogs are emotional beings. They experience feelings of safety, joy, confusion, happiness, anxiety, and fear. They do not understand how your behavior in the present is related to an event or incident that happened four hours ago, nor do they understand that [...]

6 09, 2017

The significance of bonded pairs – Keep them together

2018-02-22T15:47:10+00:00September 6th, 2017|Animal Behavior, Animal Rescue, Cat Behavior, Dog Behavior, Sheltering|

Kittybear & Zozo Photo by Beth Dayton When looking to adopt only one animal – don't separate bonded pairs, even if one is extra cute or appealing. Instead, look for a singleton. It is a common occurrence that bonded or paired animals are routinely separated at shelters and during rescue. The rationale for [...]

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