What Causes Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety, defined as a fearful response when a dog is separated from someone it is attached to, is a common behavior problem in dogs but is rarely seen in cats.  The most common complaints from owners of dogs with separation anxiety are destruct...

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Oh, The Stories Cat Tails Can Tell

If you are a Jimmy Buffett fan like Suzanne is, you'll immediately recognize the title of this article as a modification of a line from the Buffett song, "Stories We Can Tell".  One key to understanding the motivation and emotions of animals...

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How Do Dogs Learn Best?

Suzanne has been taking steel pan drum lessons now for about 4 years.  This year, she even added an instrument – the bass pans – in addition to her regular double seconds.  If you don’t know about steel drums – learn more at t...

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Puppy Vaccinations and Socialization

Since the 1950s, behaviorists have known that exposing puppies to good experiences with other dogs, people and even other animal species can help them be better adjusted pets as adults.  Dogs that receive such early socialization are better able to form a...

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Are Animals Altruistic?

Animals are often credited with behaving in purposeful ways that result in saving their owners’ lives.  While we would never deny the close attachments people develop with their pets – we are head over heels in love with our Irish setter Coral...

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“Psychic” Cats – or Not?

 Not too long ago an essay appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine about a cat named Oscar that appears to have an unusual ability.  He lives on the advanced dementia unit of a nursing home in Rhode Island, and he seems to know when one of th...

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Who’s Flehmen Who?

If  you’ve owned cats for a while, you’ve probably noticed a strange behavior that happens once in a while.  Your cat will appear to be sniffing something, then she will open her mouth a little, wrinkling the skin on her nose as she retra...

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Dog Training as an Incentive Program

On a recent morning news program, we heard about an incentive program used by some employers to encourage their employees to engage in healthy habits.  For example, a worker might be paid to take his blood pressure medication regularly, stop smoking, lose...

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“Holding” Dogs For Children to Pet

The director of the organization Suzanne volunteers for once each month was telling her that another volunteer – we’ll call her Jane – had recently adopted a dog from a local animal shelter.  The director – “Ann” &...

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Genetic Influences on Cat Behavior Traits

Have you ever wondered why some cats are so friendly while others seem to be poster-cats for that aloof, untouchable attitude cats are famous for?  Not much research has been done into cat personalities, but one important study looked at the effects of pa...

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