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Cat Sitter or Cattery?

Cat Sitter or Cattery?

Andrea Carne highlights ways feline behavior professionals can help cat owners decide on the best pet care option when they’re away from home
Canine Communication and Social Behavior

Canine Communication and Social Behavior

Susan Nilson and Niki Tudge highlight the importance of dog training and behavior professionals being fluent in reading canine communications so they can understand a dog’s emotional state at any given moment in any given context, as well as be able to educate owners when a dog is experiencing a negative emotional state, such as fear, stress, or anxiety

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Handler Signals in Dog Training

Handler Signals in Dog Training

While much of dog training seems to be focused on the dog, smart trainers know that handlers can and do affect their dog’s behavior and learning. Masters of body language subtleties, dogs are finely attuned to us, aware of how we move, act, ...

Cats: In Crisis

Cats: In Crisis

Cats are hunters. Seeking out food, catching it, and playing with it is their mental engagement and physical exercise. It is their reason to be awake. We know a cat’s stomach is only the size of a ping-pong ball and that they hunt and eat ...

Developing Food Manners

Developing Food Manners

Food manners develop over time and are dependent on your clarity and consistency in the management and delivery of the food. In this video, I address every issue that ...

Technique vs. Emotional  Involvement: Finding  the Balance

Technique vs. Emotional Involvement: Finding the Balance

Handlers have an obligation to be trustworthy for their dogs. A handler who is calm and affectionate at times but who becomes anxious or disconnected in some situations can lead a dog to distrust them. For handlers, trust also means trusting ...

Respect, Routines and Redirection

Respect, Routines and Redirection

Knowing when they will be fed, when the humans leave for work or school and return, when the humans go to bed and get up – all of these seemingly mundane things are important for cats, because a predictable ...

Examining Anxiety Traits and Breed Specifics

Examining Anxiety Traits and Breed Specifics

Noise sensitivity was the most common anxiety trait with 32% of dogs being fearful of at least one noise, of which fear of fireworks was the most common subtrait with a prevalence of 26%: “The prevalence of noise ...

Surviving the Storm

Surviving the Storm

It was if the world had suddenly just stopped and everything was standing still. For me personally, not only did I take immediate action and close my physical training location, I also moved out of the premises ...

Everything Was Fine Until…

Everything Was Fine Until…

I’m reminded of a young dog who had been housebroken, but suddenly began to refuse to go out in the backyard and would urinate in the home as soon as she had a chance to do so unobserved. The veterinary exam ...

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