11 12, 2018

Make Your Cat Happier with these New Year’s Resolutions in 2019

2018-12-11T21:13:42+00:00December 11th, 2018|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Cat Behavior, Cat Training, Pets|

Christmas is around the corner and the New Year is quickly approaching.  You might be thinking about some new year’s resolutions to start off 2019. Here are a few tips and ideas to make your cat happier. Of course, your cats will be happy if you start implementing some of these New Year’s resolutions immediately! [...]

11 12, 2018

Make Your Dog Happier with these New Year’s Resolutions in 2019

2018-12-11T21:11:47+00:00December 11th, 2018|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Pets|

Christmas is around the corner and the New Year is quickly approaching.  You might be thinking about some new year’s resolutions to start off 2019. Here are a few ideas for happier dogs. Your dogs will be happy if you start implementing these New Year’s resolutions immediately! Implement some passive training. What is passive training [...]

29 09, 2018

Alternatives to Scruffing Cats

2018-09-29T18:30:59+00:00September 29th, 2018|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Animal Rescue, Cat Behavior, Cat Training, Sheltering|

Many of us scruff cats. We learned that scruffing cats is the way the mother cat carries her kittens or it's what we've observed others do -- at the groomer, vet, shelter, and even at home. Fortunately, there are other ways to pick up and handle cats. Scruffing cats can exacerbate behavioral problems and make [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]