Supervising Pets and Children

At a recent professional meeting, Jennifer Shryock, CPDT and Ellen Mahurin, M.A., ACAAB described Jennifer’s parent education programs for dog owners expecting a new baby (Dogs and Storks™) and those for toddlers and dogs (Dog & Baby Connection).  Elements of those programs are common to others, including Our own “Preparing Fido.”  One of the critical elements of…

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Are Dogs Ruled by Their Drives and Instincts?

It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about instincts and drives in animals. So you might hear statements like “Pit bulls are just instinctively aggressive” or “If you want a dog to really learn something well, you have to switch him out of prey drive and into pack drive.” The idea is that animals are…

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“Resource Guarding?” Really?

“Resource guarding” seems to be the latest term used to describe dogs that are threatening or aggressive when their owners attempt to take something away from them.  In the scientific behavior literature, this would likely be referred to as “possessive aggression” that in some sources is said to be part of “dominance aggression”. Typical scenarios…

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Can Dog Owners Recognize Distress in Their Dog?

If you are a dog owner, how good do you think you are at spotting distress in their dog?  Do you think you are fairly good at it – and better than anyone else, because you are more familiar with your dog’s behavior than anyone? A study recently published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior…

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Relationship Building Among Cats

Our client Tom adopts older cats from animal shelters.  This is not common, because most people want to adopt younger animals.  For his devotion to older cats, he is to be commended.  There are plenty of older cats that need homes but not many people willing to adopt them. Tom usually has two cats at…

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Preventing Re-Directed Aggression Among Cats

Redirected aggression problems between cats that have previously lived together amicably is a problem we see fairly often.  One case involved two female Siamese littermates who had been best friends and playmates for 2 ½ years.  Subsequent to a visit to the veterinarian, both cats began hissing and growling at one another, with one cat…

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Celebrating Adopt A Cat Month

June has been Adopt-A-Cat Month – and we almost did.  But after visiting a beautiful Siamese mix who needed a home, and a tearful conversation between the two of us, we decided the time just wasn’t right.  This is about the third time we’ve come to that conclusion since losing our great Buffett cat almost…

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Preventing Re-directed Aggression in Cats

Redirected aggression problems between cats that have previously lived together amicably is a problem we see fairly often.  One case involved two female Siamese littermates who had been best friends and playmates for 2 ½ years.  Subsequent to a visit to the veterinarian, both cats began hissing and growling at one another, with one cat…

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Apps For Cats – New Uses for Tablets and Smart Phones

Computers have insinuated themselves into every part of our lives, from work to home life and entertainment. Now there are new apps designed specifically for our cats.

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