Fun with Food at the Farm

Monday, 18 September 2017 18:58

Just some snapshots this week, the first regarding Sunday afternoon’s project turning a batch of organic Roma tomatoes into red sauce for pasta. Here are some just after being harvested by yours truly from Vermont Valley Community Farm.

 

Fun with Food at the Farm

Here’s where they ended up after four hours of cooking on low with onions, garlic and spices....

Family Dog Training Classes-What’s in Your Curriculum?

Monday, 11 September 2017 19:28

 

Family Dog Training Classes-What’s in Your Curriculum?

My first experience in a dog training class was in 1968 in Southern California. We were to teach our dogs to sit, stay, heel and come from ten feet away. From a Sit/Stay. That was it. A lot of energy was put into perfect heels (using leash jerks of course) and long Sit/Stays for no discernible purpose except blind obedience. Most training...

Can Dogs Feel Pride?

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:32

It’s Sunday of Labor Day Weekend and Maggie is exuberant. Her face is glowing. She’s leaping onto her hind feet and pirouetting in a half circle like a ballet dancer while looking into my eyes. If she’s not actually smiling, she’s doing a perfect imitation of a slap-happy human grin.

We’d just done our first run at the WWSDA Labor Day Trial in...

Pictures from The CatWise Cat Cafe Tour

Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:56

We completed the CatWise Cat Café Tour sponsored by Wellness Natural Pet Food and it was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to do a book tour at some of the most popular cat cafés around the country.  We went from coast to coast, where I signed copies of my latest book, CatWise, met many wonderful cat lovers and had the chance to cuddle...

Considerations for a City Dog. And Dental Supplies.

Monday, 28 August 2017 16:05

Considerations for a City Dog. And Dental Supplies.First, not to bury the lead–the book Considerations for the City Dog is a great book. I’ll explain more about that later in this post, but let me start by describing how I learned about the book:

In October 2015 my office got a call from the local post office. “You have to get down here right away. There is a package for you that...

Always End on Good Note? (Please Don’t, Not Always.)

Monday, 21 August 2017 16:07

Always End on Good Note? (Please Don’t, Not Always.)How many times have you heard or said “Always end a training session on a good note?” I heard it repeatedly when I first went into the field and said it myself, until I saw how much trouble it could cause a dog and his handler. I got to thinking about this training aphorism when I was working sheepdog Maggie this weekend, and she and I...

Tree Frogs, Baby Spiders Sheep Dog Trials

Monday, 14 August 2017 14:37

Those things go together, right? Well, they did this weekend.

Lucky me to discover this Gray Tree Frog hiding out in the day lilies. They are small, can take on the color of the substrate they’re on, and are only noticed if you are looking closely. Every time I find one in the garden it’s like finding a jewel buried in the sand.

Tree Frogs, Baby Spiders Sheep Dog Trials

I am...

How Often Should My Cat Poop?

Friday, 11 August 2017 13:42

How Often Should My Cat Poop?

It’s not a fun subject to talk about but just as a popular children’s book states, everyone poops. Since your cat can’t tell you whether she’s having trouble with elimination, it’s up to you to monitor the litter box, not only to keep it clean, but to notice the appearance, smell, and frequency of her waste. A cat’s bowel movement should be well-fo...

Does Your Dog Come When Called? Every Time?

Monday, 07 August 2017 19:47

When Willie starting working sheep as a youngster, he didn’t want to quit. This is a high quality problem with a young sheepdog, but it’s still a problem. At some point you just have to end the session. It’s a common problem too–I’ve seen scores of adolescent Border Collies zoom around and around the flock while the...

Maggie 1, Willie Whoops

Monday, 31 July 2017 12:51

We’re just back from a great, small trial in Minnesota at the home of Janis and Dan Reuter. A heartfelt thanks to them for all the work it takes to put on a trial, especially at a farm only five months old. Not to mention the stamina of Robin Reasoner for setting out all day long, and for judge Lori Perry for her supportive and wise presence.

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What Was I thinking? (Rescue Regrets are Usually Temporary)

Monday, 24 July 2017 08:53

What Was I thinking? (Rescue Regrets are Usually Temporary)

“Oh No. What HAVE I done?” Ever had that thought after bringing a new dog into your home? Usually around day three? Here’s the good news: It’s almost universal, and it almost always goes away.

Here’s the usual course of events after bringing home a new puppy or dog: Like any responsible pet owner, you had done due...

How to Pet a Cat

Saturday, 22 July 2017 22:37

 

How to Pet a Cat

I know this may seem very obvious and something you certainly wouldn’t need instructions for, but surprisingly, there are people who do it wrong. When it’s done incorrectly, kitty isn’t happy and people end up scratched or bitten.

Cats are Social

Cats are social creatures. They have often been mislabeled as solitary animals...

The Proper Way to Pick up and Hold a Cat

Monday, 17 July 2017 20:46

The Proper Way to Pick up and Hold a Cat

In general, if cats had their choice, many would probably prefer to never be picked up and held. For a cat, there’s tremendous security in having all paws on the ground and the ability to move at will.

For many cats, being picked up and lifted off the ground creates stress. If the cat is fearful or not used to being picked up, it can potentially...

Barking: Please Stop.

Monday, 10 July 2017 11:22

I love it when my dogs bark as someone drives up to the farm, and I’m not alone in appreciating being alerted by a dog. Masai villagers keep dogs, they told me, because they bark when lions try to break through the thorn bush barrier to kill their cattle. Tulip, our Great Pyrenees in years past, began low, deep barking whenever she heard...

Tips for Calming Your Cat During Fireworks

Friday, 30 June 2017 16:58

Tips for Calming Your Cat During Fireworks

When you think of a pet being fearful of fireworks, the image of a trembling, whining or drooling dog may come to mind, but what about cats? Your cat may also be frightened by fireworks.

It makes sense that July 5th is the busiest day at the shelters due to dogs and cats who have bolted out of their homes in fear or become disoriented and terrified...

Things That Go Boom in the Night

Thursday, 29 June 2017 10:44

It rained two and a half inches yesterday, most of it in a brief rain-slashing, wind-moaning storm that was so intense that the dogs and I sat on the couch looking out the window in a state of disbelief. I believe at one point I said “Holy S*^#!”

Things That Go Boom in the NightIt reminded me of the night I drove home in a lightning storm. (Check out the video of a lig...

June Skies

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 22:01

I’ve been lucky enough to be absorbed by a sheepdog trial and training clinic for 4 of the last 5 days, so forgive me if all I post are some photos of the awesome skies and light we’ve had this past week.

(Quick update on the trial: Maggie ran in ProNovice in the Cedar Stone Farm trial last week. I was very pleased with her first...

How to Introduce Your Cat to Puzzle Feeders

Saturday, 17 June 2017 15:54

How to Introduce Your Cat to Puzzle Feeders

Why Use Puzzle Feeders?

It’s certainly easier to just put food in a bowl but puzzle feeders can provide multiple benefits for your cat. Here are just some of the benefits:

Name That Ewe 6-12-17

Monday, 12 June 2017 07:55

There are six new members of Redstart Farm: Two momma ewes and their twin lambs. It’s such a joy to have lambs back on the farm–we had to skip lambing season this year because of a bacterial disease that prevented our co-owned ram from coming over in fall and breeding the ewes. But now we have two new ewes from him (Little Big Man),...

What Would You Like to Talk About?

Monday, 05 June 2017 09:00

I’m back in the office, refreshed and recharged and ready to go. And curious–what would YOU like to talk about? Canine-related book reviews? Other book reviews? (Have you read Leaving Time? Wow!) Case studies? Research? Training Ideas? Dog-Human relationships? Flowers? Recipes? Novels about dogs that incorporate flowers?

I’m all...

Contemplative Photography, 2017 Version

Monday, 29 May 2017 09:00

I won’t pretend that being restricted by my bad knee hasn’t put a damper on my activities. Thank heavens then, for the class I took several years ago on Contemplative Photography (see some photos from it here and here). It did so much to help expand my eye and how much I appreciate the visual world. Since I have to save my energy for...

Pam to Speak at Pet Connections Expo

Sunday, 28 May 2017 19:48

Pet Connections Expo

Best-selling author and cat expert, Pam Johnson-Bennett, will be speaking at the Pet Connections Expo on October 4, 2017 to help retailers improve their knowledge base about cat behavior. Pet Connections Expo brings retailers and suppliers together for two days of buying, trend spotting, treasure hunting, and business building inspiration. Note:...

Pam to Speak at Animal Friends

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 17:10

Pam to Speak at Animal Friends

Pam Johnson-Bennett, best-selling author and host of Animal Planet UK’s Psycho Kitty, will be returning to Animal Friends in Pittsburgh, PA, to lecture as part of the Animal Friends University Lecture Series, sponsored by White Wings Photography. Pam will discuss common behavior issues in cats, take questions from attendees and sign copies...

Canine Social Cognition – What Do We Know?

Monday, 22 May 2017 09:00

Canine Social Cognition – What Do We Know?In March I wrote a review of James Serpell’s 2nd edition of  The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People.  In the review I said “This chapter [on social cognition] is the ultimate updated resource on social cognition in dogs, and is practically worth the price of the book.”

I’ve been reading...

A Special Opportunity to Help Shelters (Time Limited!)

Friday, 19 May 2017 09:00

Do you take the time to write down what you are grateful for on a regular basis? I’ve been doing it for years, and I can attest that it’s one of the most constructive things I’ve ever done. Far beyond a superficial exercise, it can help to repair a broken psyche, or, in some cases, a broken heart.

One of the many things I’m...

Why Does My Neutered Cat Try to Mount Other Cats?

Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:08

Why Does My Neutered Cat Try to Mount Other Cats?

If this behavior happens out in a free-range environment with intact cats, or if we see it on a nature program, it’s something we understand as normal animal behavior. However, when it’s a neutered male cat attempting to mount a female or even another male in the household, it causes concern for many cat parents. Even more upsetting for cat parents...

Why Does My Cat Kick Litter out of the Box?

Monday, 03 April 2017 06:41

 

Why Does My Cat Kick Litter out of the Box?

 

You may live with a cat whose litter box habits are nothing short of spectacular, where not one particle of litter makes its way out of the box. Maybe you’re not so lucky though. Perhaps your cat sends mounds of litter out of the box and onto the floor where you manage to step on it every time you walk by. He may kick so e...

Why Does My Cat Lick Me So Much?

Sunday, 26 March 2017 10:53

Why Does My Cat Lick Me So Much?

Oh, the cat’s tongue. It’s as cute as can be when it’s peeking out just a bit from the cat’s mouth as she drinks water or delicately grooms herself. It’s small and pink and so adorable. Yet, when that little tongue starts licking you, that little sandblaster seems as if it could take off several layers of skin.

Licking serves many social and...

Join Pam at the 2017 Best Friends National Conference

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 09:09

Best Friends National Conference 2017

I’m honored to be speaking again this year at the 2017 Best Friends National Conference, presented by Maddie’s Fund.

If you’re involved in the no-kill movement, work or volunteer at a shelter, take part in TNR or rescue, The Best Friends National Conference is the place to be. There will be speakers on nearly every aspect of the no-kill...

Barn Swallows: Excerpt from The Education of Will

Monday, 02 January 2017 20:37

Oh my. I feel like I’m at the crest of a massive roller coaster, having chugged my way up and up and up, finally reaching the top of the curve, and looking down at a track so steep that I can’t even see it beneath my feet. All I know is it’s going to go down, very, very fast.

That’s what it feels like today, as if I’m...

Happy Holidays!

Monday, 26 December 2016 14:43

We’re taking the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day to relax and refresh. See you next year!

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Authors: Trisha...

Intake Interviews: Part II

Monday, 19 December 2016 17:26

Intake Interviews: Part IILast week I wrote not so much about what to ask in an intake interview, but how to ask it. I promised to add the what part this week. I will, but I also want to expand on some of the things I talked about last week. Specifically, what to do about one’s observations of the clients themselves. It’s all very fine to notice that the two...

How to Do an Intake Interview – Part I

Monday, 12 December 2016 16:39

How to Do an Intake Interview – Part I

I’ve thought about intake interviews every day since someone wrote, “Yes, please tell us what you asked clients during an intake interview.” I don’t know why this question speaks to me so much, but perhaps it is because of my interest in human psychology. I’ve always said that my two favorite species are people and dogs, and although there are time...

Well, This is Awkward: Christmas Book Ideas

Monday, 05 December 2016 16:53

Classics PackageSomeone just asked me what book or books they would recommend for someone who wants to learn more about dog behavior. This person’s interest is not superficial, she is serious about studying canine behavior. My friend wanted to buy her some books for Christmas to get her started. What would I suggest, she asked.

 

 

Canine Behavior - Barbara HandelmanI suggested that...

Less is More (When It Comes to Training)

Monday, 28 November 2016 17:05

When I first started seeing clients, I felt a need to send them home with as much information as I possibly could. How could I deprive them of all the things that they could do to help their dogs? Because I knew that people only remember a relatively small percentage of what they hear in one appointment, I wrote a number of booklets over the years...

Thankful (and Not Thankful), 2016

Monday, 21 November 2016 16:24

I often begin my day writing about what I am thankful for, but this time of year I like to put that gratitude out into the universe. However, this time I’m going to take a page from one of my favorite local columnists, John Roach, who writes for Madison Magazine. Recently he wrote about what he is NOT thankful for, and I laughed so hard...

Why Your Cat May Carry Food Away From the Bowl Before Eating

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 22:09

You’ve set up the ideal feeding station for your cat. You picked the perfect bowl and maybe even put a placemat underneath to catch any food or water spills. You’ve done your research and picked top quality food for your cat. Instead of enjoying her meal at the feeding station though, your cat grabs a chunk of wet food or several pieces of dry f...

Photo Shoot, Fall 2016

Monday, 14 November 2016 14:48

Best photographer ever, Nick Berard, came to the farm to take photos for the new memoir website (stay tuned, working on it) and our new, mobile-responsive website. (Yay!)

Here are a few of my favorite photos, which you’ll no doubt see in times to come on the website and in PR releases closer to when the memoir comes out. They are all on the...

Dogs, Dog Food and Dogma: A Review

Monday, 07 November 2016 20:39

Would keeping your dog thin decrease his or her chance of dying from cancer? The author of this book says yes, in a set of arguments that correlates obesity and risk of mortality in Dogs, Dog Food and Dogma. I’ll summarize now by saying that the author Daniel Scholof is a good researcher and writer, and makes a compelling case for keeping...

Fall Book Review 2016

Monday, 31 October 2016 17:18

51yquzc88lBeing a Dog: Following the dog Into a World of Smell, by Alexandra Horowitz. You want to read this book. You need to read this book. Your dog wants you to read this book. It is, simply, fantastic.

Here’s why: First, the information about olfaction is riveting. There has been a lot written about the dog and his or her sense of smell,...

Your Cat’s Personal Space: Why it Matters

Monday, 31 October 2016 02:59

When it comes to our own personal space, we tend to feel most comfortable when the ability to choose how much we need is in our own control. It’s much more comfortable, for example, when we enter a waiting room that isn’t crowded so we can choose where to sit and how far away we want to be from other people. Isn’t it nice to get on a subway or elev...

Keeping “Retired” Dogs Busy

Monday, 24 October 2016 19:46

Mr. Willie is ten years old now, in spite of my incantations to the spirits to keep him eternally young. I’ve retired him from sheepdog competitions, which I’m sure was a good decision. But it also means that every day I walk back to the house after Maggie and I have a long training session, and see Willie’s big-eyed face looking...

Why Do Cats Groom so Much?

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 10:01

There are so many things to love about cats. One thing cat parents truly appreciate is that cats are very clean and take meticulous care when it comes to personal hygiene. In fact, grooming takes up a big chunk of a cat’s day. It’s estimated that cats can spend as much as 30-50 percent of their waking hours involved in grooming. All that gr...

Tired Dog? Good. Overtired Dog?. . . Not so Good.

Monday, 10 October 2016 14:34

I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve heard “A tired dog is a good dog.” We all know the point is that under-exercised dogs often get themselves into trouble… chewing, pacing, or pondering ways to get online and order dog toys with your credit card. True, as far as it goes (except perhaps the online part)....

How to Give Your Cat a Bath

Sunday, 09 October 2016 01:17

Why Would Your Cat Need a Bath?

For most cats, a bath will never be necessary. Cats do such an amazing job of grooming their coats and keeping themselves very clean. There may a situation however, where you have to bathe your cat. If you allow your cat outdoors you may find she had an unfortunate close encounter with a skunk. A cat with a severe...

8 Reasons Why Cats Love Elevated Perches

Friday, 07 October 2016 18:43

Whether it’s the top of the refrigerator, a cat perch, the highest shelf of a bookcase, or the top cushions of the sofa, cats cherish those elevated locations. You may have purchased the most comfortable, enticing cat bed on the market but if it’s placed on the floor, it may be ignored by the cats in your home. Why do cats love elevated perches so...

First look at my memoir: The Education of Will

Monday, 03 October 2016 15:35

cover-edu-of-will-finalAfter five and a half years of work, my memoir is done, and, amazingly, available for pre-order from the book sellers below. I say “amazingly,” because the book isn’t due out until February 21st, 2017. Now I understand a bit better why we see trailers for movies “Coming Soon!”–in eight or nine months. (I’m...

Who’s Your Momma?

Monday, 26 September 2016 13:00
Who’s Your Momma?

Colby at about a year of age

Meet Colby. Colby was adopted by my friend Renee at about seven months of age. She came up from the south, parentage unknown. Renee was curious, and so sent off a DNA sample to the folks at Wisdom Panel® to see what they had to say about her heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what came back:

Who’s Your Momma?

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Free to a Good Home? (Booklets, Not Dogs!)

Monday, 19 September 2016 21:14

No, not a dog, I’d never advise anyone to ever give a dog away! What I’m hoping to go “Free to a Good Home” are our booklets on house and litter box training whose prices have been radically reduced so that shelters, rescue groups and veterinary clinics can give them away for free.

mr-way-to-go-02I began thinking about this when the Peggy...

Green Gold: Early Fall in Wisconsin

Monday, 12 September 2016 13:00

Ever wondered why the Green Bay Packer’s colors are green and gold? Well, I never did until I began noticing that the entire world seems to turn green and gold in early fall in Wisconsin. I doubt that’s the reason they picked those colors, but it sure is fitting because around here, the Packer colors show up at the same time that the...

Small Dogs, Big Dogs. Love Both? Or Not?

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 19:22

I was going to title thisSize Matters? But then, well . . . you know. But today’s question IS about size, and whether a dog’s size influences your interest or attraction to it.

Full disclosure: I grew up in a dog-loving family that gravitated toward medium to large-size dogs. Comments were made by my parents and friends about small dogs...

Your Cat’s Litter Box: 8 Mistakes to Avoid

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:54

The cat’s relationship with the litter box is more complex than many cat parents realize. We typically assume the litter box to be a place where a cat simply eliminates. It’s the place we want kitty’s pee and poo to be exclusively deposited and as long as kitty follows the plan, everyone is happy. For the cat though, the relationship to the litter...

Six Words to Summarize Your Dog

Monday, 29 August 2016 19:27

 

I’ve been proofing the typeset pages of my memoir this week, which includes several sections about my Lassie, and her death six years ago. As I read through the pages, trying so very hard to concentrate on spelling and grammar, I had to stop, overwhelmed as I was for the deep sense of loss I still feel when I think about Lassie. Six...

Guilty Pleasures: Animal Shows that are So Bad They’re Great

Monday, 22 August 2016 14:00

675289_zoo_140x187Woe is me. Jim and I missed one of our favorite television shows last week because our recording schedule got knocked out by a storm. The show is Zoo, shown on CBS in the states. The program’s premise is that a chemical company created a mutation that has caused animals to be 1) more intelligent and 2) viciously aggressive toward people. Not...

Are My Cats Playing or Fighting?

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 17:19

Playtime is an important part of cat life. It’s something that benefits cats, starting in kittenhood and extending all the way through the geriatric years. The way a cat plays as she ages may change but the desire to play should hopefully remain throughout a cat’s life.

 

If you live with more than one cat, hopefully, they have a good...

Conditioning a Dog to a Muzzle

Monday, 15 August 2016 18:25

Awhile ago I saw a small dog hit by a car, whose occupant drove away as if nothing had happened. The little white dog lay on his side, stunned and bleeding. It was clear when I got close that the dog’s leg was broken and he needed to get to a veterinary clinic right away. When I moved my hand toward him he panicked and tried to bite me; a...

Why Some Cats Look as if They Have a Flabby Belly

Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:44

As your cat walks by, you can’t help but notice what looks like a flabby belly that seems to sway with every step he takes. Does all that loose skin mean he’s fat or out of shape? Has your mighty feline hunter gone soft? Not at all. That loose flap of skin and fat on his belly is called the primordial pouch and it actually serves important...

The Human-Animal Bond Includes Wasps

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 16:37

tuliptrishaWhat do you think of when you hear the phrase “human-animal bond”? I suspect, for most of us, our first thought is our relationship with our dogs.  Which makes sense, given the depth of our connection with the animals that we have taken into our home and hearts like no other. However, Philip Tedeschi, Director of the Institute for...

What is a Dog? Dawn of the Dog: Book Reviews

Monday, 01 August 2016 20:25

What is a Dog? Dawn of the Dog: Book ReviewsRaymond and Lorna Coppinger’s new book, What is a Dog? makes a compelling case for the “village dog” or “street dog” as THE dog, not a random collection of mongrels and strays.

“We will argue that they [street dogs] are the real dogs, the ancestral type of our modern breeds. They are unique and beautifully...

Stress? Fear? Or “Displacement Behavior”?

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 14:14

Have you listened to any CAABChats lately? Hosted by PhD’s Suzanne Hetts and Dan Estep, a CAABChat is “A professional discussion among Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists (and occasionally invited others) about timely, useful, controversial and foundational topics in the field of pet behavior and training.” The monthly podcasts...

20 Things Your New Kitten Wants You to Know

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:52

If there’s a new kitten in your life, it may seem overwhelming at first as you figure out what supplies you need, how to get to know the furry new family member and how to keep him healthy, safe and happy. If your new cat could talk, there’s a good chance these are the kind of tips he’d try to give you about his needs:

1. Don’t declaw me. My claws...

Thunder Treats. Or, The Woman Who Mistook Her Dog for a Hat

Monday, 18 July 2016 15:25

Saturday night we slept in the tent, the Border Collies on their sheepskin rugs, and Tootsie in bed with us as usual. It was a lovely night, until it wasn’t. Somewhere around dark-thirty the wind came up, lightening lit up the sky and the thunder began to roll. When Tootsie first came to us years ago she was terrified of thunder, and...

Presence–Don’t Let Your Dog Leave Home Without It

Monday, 11 July 2016 18:41

411+vGwYyUL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Perhaps you’ve seen Amy Cuddy’s viral TED talk about Presence, or read her inspiring book Presence: Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges? While I was re-reading the book this morning I was reminded of Ranger, a large dog I worked with years ago who was agoraphobic and refused to leave the house. The owner and I tried...

Happy July 4th, uh, 5th!

Tuesday, 05 July 2016 14:18

Been on holiday, playing with kids and grand kids visiting from Oregon. Hope you had a lovely weekend, and for those of you in the U.S., a wonderful July 4th holiday.

Maggie and I spent a heavenly two days at a Scott Glen clinic, learned bunches, and the weather was perfect. The next day, Willie and Maggie got some play time with a good...

Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0

Monday, 27 June 2016 19:47

DTB1415_bGrisha Stewart’s new book is an impressive piece of work, and I highly recommend it to trainers, behaviorists and dog owners who are ready to dive into the deep end to help their dog. Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 (BAT 2.0) is a comprehensive and detailed approach to working with “fear, frustration, and aggression in dogs”. ...

Pointing Out The Contribution of Both Nature and Nurture

Monday, 20 June 2016 11:27

Julie Hecht (keep up with her blogs in Scientific American) has a new article about dogs following pointing gestures in Bark Magazine that not only adds to our understanding of the evolution of the domestic dog, but also points out (sorry, but really, who could resist?) the importance of both ‘nature’ AND ‘nurture’ in...

Pick Toys That Match Your Cat’s Play Style Preference

Saturday, 18 June 2016 10:40

In last week’s article I covered tips on choosing the right toy for your cat. Several factors go into making that decision such as your cat’s general personality, mobility, texture preferences, size, shape and sound preferences. That article can be accessed by clicking the following link:

Choosing the Right Toys for Your Cat

This week, let’s talk m...

The Canine Kingdom of Scent, Tootsie Style

Monday, 13 June 2016 11:56

Tootsie’s taken a back seat lately, given all the sheepdog work I’ve been doing with Maggie and Willie lately, so I decided it was high time that she and I did something extra fun together. I was inspired in part by a book and a DVD related to scent games. After all, Toots is a spaniel, and even seven years in a puppy mill...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for June 13

Monday, 13 June 2016 05:06

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

8 Tips for Easing Tension Between Cats

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 15:38

Living in a multicat household has many advantages. Cats learn from each other, play together, form bonds that can become incredibly close and they fill our hearts with so much love and joy. Living in a multicat household is not without challenges though.  Introducing a new cat requires patience and lots of finesse. Some cats take a long time to...

Take Your Dog to Work Day, 2016

Monday, 06 June 2016 09:00
Millie Chair

Millie, owned by Attorney Kay Millonzi, is one of our office’s official mascots. She is working hard here on her best trick, “looking terminally adorable.”

Friday June 24th has been designated Take Your Dog to Work Day. Begun in 1999 by Pet Sitters International, they suggest that we all take our dogs to work to emphasize the

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Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for June 6

Monday, 06 June 2016 05:04

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Nippersink or Swim Sheepdog Trial 2016

Monday, 30 May 2016 19:01

[Because it’s Memorial Day, I’m going for “Blog-Lite” today. Content-rich blogs will begin again next week. Thanks for letting Maggie, Willie, Tootsie, Jim and me enjoy the holiday. And thanks especially to all the veterans who deserve our gratitude and respect today. We don’t tend to go to parades, but I always take...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for May 30

Monday, 30 May 2016 04:58

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Willie’s Volunteer Work

Monday, 23 May 2016 23:26

Tootsie isn’t the only one of my dogs who is helping others. Right now Willie and I are volunteering at the International Crane Foundation, working on a project to teach young, hand-reared Whooping Cranesto respond appropriately to canid predators. This species of crane came about as close to extinction possible, with only about 20 birds...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for May 23

Monday, 23 May 2016 04:55

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

OXYTOCIN EXTRAVAGANZA – 2016 Neurobiology of Human-Animal Interactions

Monday, 16 May 2016 23:07

I’m just back from Denver for the “Animals on the Mind, The Social Neurobiology of Human-Animal Interactions,” Conference. Oxytocin was flowing, in more ways than one. It was there theoretically—in the talks that emphasized its importance in social attachment/feelings of security, along with its increase during human-animal interactions. But it was...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for May 16

Monday, 16 May 2016 04:52

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Choosing the Right Toys for Your Cat: My 12 Tips

Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:50

It can be extremely confusing when you stand in the cat toy aisle at your favorite pet supply store or browse the internet in search of a toy your cat will like. Advertising on packages claim their toys are irresistible to felines but how do you decide? Perhaps you’re enticed by the picture of a playful cat on the label, or maybe the sound and l...

Sleeping Dogs Two

Monday, 09 May 2016 14:52

As I mentioned in the April 11th post of sleeping dogs, I was overwhelmed by the number of great photographs sent in. I promised “Sleeping Dogs Two,” and here it is.

The timing is somewhat self-serving, in that I’m leaving soon for a conference in Denver on The Neurobiology of Human-Animal Interactions, and trying to get done in...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for May 9

Monday, 09 May 2016 05:50

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Dogs and Hugs, Revisited

Monday, 02 May 2016 15:12

Dr. Stanley Coren, psychologist and blogger for Psychology Today, recently discussed his research on the observation that dogs, in general, don’t like to be hugged. Predictably, the fur hit the fan. As I found when I went on tour for The Other End of the Leash, some people do not appreciate that their dog might not enjoy being hugged. At...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for May 2

Monday, 02 May 2016 05:46

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Introducing “The Classics”

Monday, 25 April 2016 17:41

Every field of knowledge has books that have stood the test of time. They call it “legs” in publishing, as in “that book has legs,” because it’s going to keep walking itself into the future on the strength of its content and its impact on those who read it. Dog training is no different. Because of some game-changing authors, our dog training abilit...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for April 25

Monday, 25 April 2016 05:43

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Trimming a Dog’s Nails – a 2016 Update

Monday, 18 April 2016 14:47

In August of 2011, I wrote an article titled “The Nail Wars, about the value of a “grinder” (also called a Dremel, but that’s a brand name) when trimming a dog’s nails. I’m updating and revisiting it here, after a friend mentioned that nail trims were a big issue at her house. Now that I have three sets

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Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for April 18

Monday, 18 April 2016 05:37

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Sleeping Dogs

Monday, 11 April 2016 10:49

Well, this is about as much fun as I’ve had in weeks. I thought I’d get some interesting photographs from you all when I asked for sweet/amusing/ridiculous images of your sleeping dogs. Little did I know that we’d get over 100 photos of dogs, sleeping in every imaginable position. I can’t possibly post them all, but...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for April 11

Monday, 11 April 2016 06:05

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books. Her books are available here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at bookstores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Join Me in Fighting Cancers Shared by People and Dogs

Monday, 04 April 2016 12:28

I come to you slightly abashed to ask, but determined to do what I can to keep our dogs and family members alive a little longer. This is the third year in a row I have raised money for Puppy Up! (formerly called the “2 million dogs” campaign), which raises money targeted to cure cancers found in both people and dogs. Our group (Pet

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Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for April 4

Monday, 04 April 2016 06:00

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books available for sale here on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at book stores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

How to Feed Different Diets in a Multiple Cat Household: Eight Quick Tips

Sunday, 03 April 2016 12:35

Living in a multiple cat household has so many wonderful rewards and benefits but it also comes with a few challenges. One of those challenges many cat parents face on a daily basis is how to manage feeding time. It can become a struggle to keep one cat out of another cat’s food bowl. A cat parent begins to feel more like a kindergarten playground...

Pam Talks Cat Behavior in Franklin, TN on May 22, 2016

Friday, 01 April 2016 16:10

Pam Johnson-Bennett Talks Cat Behavior

Pam Johnson-Bennett, best-selling author and certified cat behavior consultant, will be speaking at the Pet Matters summer lecture series at The Farm at Natchez Trace. This is an opportunity for cat parents to listen to one of the nation’s top cat behavior experts talk about how to prevent behavior problems. T...

A New Look at Play Bows

Monday, 28 March 2016 13:20

hope:sushi seq 1In his seminal workAnimal Play, Marc Bekoff argued that play bows (PBs from now on) are example of metacommunication, or communication about communication. His hypothesis that PBs signal playful intentions during a play bout was a good one. I summarized it in an earlier post by saying  “Just as a football jersey means a tackle isn’t true a...

Animal Dreaming…?

Monday, 21 March 2016 14:09

Animal Dreaming…?

Do humans and animals have similar dreams? This is a question asked by a young participant in a science exhibit at the Discovery Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. I heard about the question from Jeff Bauer of Blue Sky Science, who asked if I would be willing to be taped attempting to answer the question. We’ve already taped “Can humans have...

The Pain of Being Alone

Monday, 14 March 2016 17:52

Ever thought of the words we use after the death of a beloved dog? We talk about the “pain of loss,” and “healing” from the grief. And what do we do for someone who has lost a dog, or a dear friend or family member? We do the same things for them that we do if they’ve had major surgery. We bring them food and flowers....

Spring Catch Up

Monday, 07 March 2016 09:18

It’s all “back on the farm” today. I’m getting my paws back on the ground after being at IFAAB (lots of article topics to come from there) and three heavenly vacation days in Tucson. I’m also finally feeling like myself after re-arranging my brain two and a half weeks ago in a fall, so I’m feeling a tad behind....

From Writing to Publishing

Monday, 22 February 2016 13:40

As many of you know, I’ve been working on a memoir for, uh, well, a long time. (Actually, it’s been over five years.) In early November I finally declared it finished, and sent it to my literary agent to be shopped around for a publisher. Lucky, lucky me, my editor for The Other End of the Leash, jumped on it, and her...

Luring, Prompting and (or) Free Shaping

Monday, 15 February 2016 14:02

Last week I spent five days at Natural Encounters in their Professional Training Workshop hosted and run by Steve Martin and Dr. Susan Friedman. I watched crows and parrots learning new behaviors so fast that my head spun. The trainers there are so good they could train a flock of parrots to build a shopping mall in two weeks. (I’m talking...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for February 15

Monday, 15 February 2016 05:58

 

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books, including Think Like a Cat. Books are available at our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at book stores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Join Pam at the 2016 Best Friends National Conference

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 13:55

The Best Friends National Conference

The Best Friends National Conference is a conference unlike any other you’ve attended.  Each year the leaders in the field of animal welfare come together to educate and inspire on behalf of homeless pets. It’s a place to come together to share ideas and connect with others doing similar work.

There...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for February 9

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 07:54

It’s not about what we want when it comes to the litter box set-up, it’s about what the cat wants and needs. When cats are eliminating in the litter box they’re very vulnerable. Create a set-up that offers cleanliness, comfort, convenience and the option to escape if the kitty feels threatened. If you don’t create that...

Parrot Paradise – Natural Encounters

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 05:51

One is never supposed to gush. It’s just not done, not if you want to be cool. Luckily, I’ve never been so constrained, so…. wait for it…. I’m going to gush.

I’m mid-week into the Natural EncountersAnimal Training and Management Workshop with Steve Martin and Dr. Susan Friedman, and my brain is smoking. In the...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for February 8

Sunday, 07 February 2016 19:03

For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to any of Pam’s books, including Think Like a Cat. Books are available on our website, through your favorite online book retailer and at book stores everywhere.

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for February 1

Monday, 01 February 2016 09:40

 

Cats love to play in bags. Your cat probably looks forward to grocery shopping day much more than you do! Keep in mind though that the handles on bags, whether paper or plastic, can easily get caught around your cat’s neck. Beside the very serious risk of strangulation, your cat could panic when he can’t release the handle from...

Lovely Leonberger Play: A Clinic on Appropriate Play Behavior

Monday, 01 February 2016 09:36

Distinguishing appropriate from inappropriate play takes some knowledge and experience, but it’s not difficult once you know what to look for. These videos, sent by photographer, and Leonberger lover, Vic Neumann, are wonderful illustrations of appropriate play between father and son.

I’ve annotated the videos (with the help of Nick Hughes,...

Paying Attention, City Dogs versus Country Cousins

Monday, 25 January 2016 15:12

NY Dogs 1 2016I just spent a few days in The Big Apple, and not surprisingly found myself watching dogs and their people on the sidewalks of New York City. Here are the two things that I noticed first: One, many of the dogs had on coats. Lots and lots of coats. Granted, it was a tad nippy on my first day because of the wind, but even when the wind died down and...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for January 25

Monday, 25 January 2016 09:01

 

 

Don’t rely on scented litter, room sprays or litter additives to control the odor in your cat’s litter box. She can detect a dirty litter box even with all the cover-ups. The best way to control odor is to keep the box scooped twice daily and thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

Be mindful of air freshening sprays,...

The Blog Dogs

Monday, 18 January 2016 10:12

I’ve never liked the sound of the word “blog.” It sounds like something one should have removed at a doctor’s office. (“Is that blog bothering you again?”) That said, what I do like is the interchange between the readers of this particular blog. I’ve noted before how often I am struck by the insight and...

Your Cat’s Tail: What it Says About Her Mood

Thursday, 14 January 2016 13:10

Your cat’s tail serves many functions aside from tickling your nose when she walks across your computer keyboard as you try to work or blocking the view as you attempt to read texts on your phone. One important function is that the tail contributes to the cat’s sense of balance. It serves as a natural counterweight for those abrupt turns during h...

Take Your Dog on a Sniff

Monday, 11 January 2016 14:54

Recently I watched someone walking his dog close to my office in Black Earth. Every ten feet or so the dog tried to stop to sniff the ground, and every time she did, the man at the other end of the leash pulled her forward so that he could continue walking. Ah, the canine-primate disconnect, which never fails to appear if we just pay attention. I...

9 Things You Can Do to Help Your Cat Love You More

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:46

When you bring your new cat home I’m sure you have a picture of what life will be like with that furry family member. For most people that dream includes companionship, affection, playtime and fun. All-too-often though, some people expect the cat to be the one to do all the work. It comes from the misconception that cats are low maintenance and t...

What Makes Your Dog Happy?

Monday, 04 January 2016 15:09

This seems like a good question to begin a new year together in our inquiry about human/animal relationships. I’ve been engaged, as so many others are at this time of year, in writing out my goals for 2016. Some are personal, some are professional, and many, not surprisingly, relate to my dogs. I spent a lot of time last week thinking about...

Pam’s “Think Like a Cat” Tip for January 4

Monday, 04 January 2016 08:42

 

I know it’s cold outside and you just want to get in your car and start that engine but you could be saving a precious life by taking a few extra minutes to bang on the hood and walk around the car to check for a kitty who may be huddled up in there in an effort to stay warm. While you’re at it, check for any antifreeze drips or...

Seven Tips for Turning Your Cat into a Lap Cat

Friday, 11 December 2015 09:58

One question I’m commonly asked about is whether it’s possible to turn a reluctant cat into a lap cat. Many people have visions of sitting in a comfy chair by the fire with a sleeping kitty curled up on their lap. Are some cats born to be lap cats and others aren’t? Well, there is something to be said for genetics and kittens of friendly, social fe...

Pet Pals Portraits

Monday, 07 December 2015 14:57

On Sunday all the dogs in the Pet Pals Program came in for their twice annual vet check. It’s fun for us because it’s a great chance for us to say hello to the other teams and meet some of the new dogs. It’s also a chance for me to play with my camera and take some photos of the remarkable dogs in this program. We see children...

When is it Acceptable to Break the Basic Rules of Dog Training?

Monday, 30 November 2015 12:19

Today’s question was inspired by the comments of sheepdog trainer Patrick Shannahan, who argued at a recent sheep dog clinic that I needed to ask Maggie to “take responsibility” for her behavior.

Eeeps! Isn’t that perspective one that trainers and behaviorists (me included) have been arguing against for decades? In most contexts, i...

How to Keep Your Cat Away From the Christmas Tree

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:10

Christmas is coming soon and everyone is so excited. To make the holiday even more spectacular, you found the perfect Christmas tree. You set it up, carefully decorate it and then stand back to bask in the beauty of the twinkling lights and delicate ornaments handed down from generation to generation. Your happiness may quickly turn to panic...

Signs of Stress in Cats

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 12:06

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Cyber Solace

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 10:55

It’s been a few days since the bombing in Paris, and yet, of course, it still resides, like a black tumor, inside of my psyche. First, I want to say that I am so so sorry–to everyone directly involved, and to those indirectly involved and to the entire world community that is trying to find a way to cope with the consequences of evil.

If...

What does “Licking” Mean?

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 07:39

Someone once told me that her dog, Barney, was clearly anxious because she “lip licked” every time she asked him to sit or lie down. That’s seemed to be a reasonable conclusion, except that the dog’s tongue always flicked out laterally to sop up a stream of drool every time he heard the cue. I suggested that Barney was...

Is Your Dog Safe Off Leash?

Monday, 02 November 2015 11:56

When IS it safe to let a dog off leash? I’ve been in several conversations lately with people who live in rural areas, and those who live in urban or suburban environments. What became clear was that, in their case at least, the dog owners in the country couldn’t imagine having their dogs restricted on leashes or fences, and folks in

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How to Have a Happy Cat (infographic)

Friday, 30 October 2015 11:32

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Six Reasons Why You shouldn’t Dress Cats in Halloween Costumes

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 21:56

Halloween is coming and costumes are on the minds of many people. Parents are helping their children pick out the perfect ones or they’re channeling their inner Martha Stewart and creating homemade costumes.

When you open your door to trick-or-treaters this year, as every year before, you’ll not only see children dressed up, but many adults as w...

Halloween Costumes for Dogs?

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:02

First, and most importantly, I need to apologize to Willie. I needed a photograph for this blog and I exploited Willie to get it. While Maggie played with a neighbor’s dog, went on a long walk in the woods, and worked sheep at a friend’s, Willie got to 1) lie on the rug and 2) put on a Superman costume so that I’d have a picture...

Sheepdog Clinic Heaven

Monday, 19 October 2015 13:35

Willie, Maggie and I spent the last three days in sheepdog heaven at a Patrick Shannahan clinic hosted by Laura Wentz. Imagine watching brilliant dogs work white wooly sheep framed by the reds and oranges of fall in the midwest. Sweet. (And okay, a tad chilly when the wind came up.)

I brought the camera along and got some good photos of Patti...

Resilience: Can We Increase It in Dogs?

Monday, 12 October 2015 14:28

I worked with a dog years ago, a little buff-colored foxy thing, who had been rescued from abominable conditions. She’d spent years tied up in a barn, expected to pump out puppies for a daily feeding of kibble and a bowl of nasty, green water.

And yet, she sashayed into my office like she’d been raised in heaven. She trotted into my...

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Monday, 05 October 2015 13:36

Cats have the reputation for being aloof, and although it’s not an accurate assessment, some of that interpretation comes from the fact that cats are known for sleeping much of the day. Some people even label cats as lazy because sleeping takes up about two-thirds of their lives. Referring to cats as lazy is about as far from the truth as you can g...

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog

Monday, 28 September 2015 10:49

Justin was a six-year old boy who had spent five years, from age one to age six, in a kennel. His caretaker was not intentionally cruel, but was cognitively challenged, and had no idea how to raise a child. He felt it was best to care for him as he did his dogs. Justin and the dogs were fed, given shelter, let out of their kennels on a daily basis...

Should You Walk Your Cat Outdoors on a Leash?

Thursday, 24 September 2015 07:37

First, let me start by saying not every cat is a candidate for leash training. As with any type of training, there’s a learning curve but if your cat is easily stressed or you think she’ll never be comfortable, then don’t do it. You know your cat. Use that knowledge to make a sound decision that will benefit her and not stress or endanger her. Age...

Photos from Spain

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:43

Yup, well, Spain really IS wonderful. We first went to Barcelona, and wandered the narrow streets and alleys off La Rambla. La Rambla is a wide ‘market’ street full of touristy knick knacks and an infinite number of tourists to buy them. That sounds a bit harsh, but I’m just not a fan of crowded, noisy places, so take that with a...

Do Cats Grieve?

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 08:05

 

Many people don’t realize animals grieve the loss of companions and family members. Even if companion cats had a hostile relationship, the surviving cat may still grieve the loss. There’s confusion about where the other cat has gone. The cat, regardless of whether they were close or not, had negotiated territories within the household and now...

Why Does My Cat Pee on the Bed?

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:45

No one likes it when a cat starts eliminating outside of the litter box but the one place that really is difficult for cat parents to deal with is when kitty starts peeing on the bed. It seems to be the one location most cat parents take as a personal insult. As hard as it may seem to understand why your loving cat would suddenly view your bed as...

In Spain? Hope So!

Sunday, 13 September 2015 08:00

Well, it’s Sunday September 13th, and if our plans worked out, we just arrived in Spain. We are supposed to fly into Madrid early in the morning, and then take the fast train to Barcelona for a few days of vacationing. All the folks we know who have returned from Spain rave about the food, so I pretty much envision Jim and I eating our way...

Halloween Cat Safety Infographic

Friday, 11 September 2015 12:14

Halloween infographic

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

What are You Reading? Watching?

Monday, 07 September 2015 11:07

I’m in a flurry getting ready to leave town for a wedding and our trip to Spain. So I’m putting this out to you, dear readers: What’s on your book shelf? What DVDs are you loving right now?

I just starting reading Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of the Octopus, and it’s so good that I resented having to get up and move on to...

Book Review: Dogs and Human Health

Monday, 31 August 2015 12:50

Dogs & Human Health is user-friendly book about the “New Science of Dog Therapy” that nonetheless contains a plethora of references to good, solid science. (There are 50 pages of references at the end of the book. Be still my heart.) Dr. Milena Penkowa, a neuroscientist and medical doctor in Denmark, has produced something of...

Repeating Cues: Information or Affect? (Repeated)

Monday, 24 August 2015 12:13

I can’t resist repeating a post from 2012 on repeating ourselves. (I know, the irony!) It’s such an important and interesting issue, given how often our communication must confuse our dogs, and how tiring it must be for them to try to figure us out. From March, 2012:

A blog reader asked a great question recently, in response to my...

Accepting That Your Dog Might Be In Pain

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 08:13

Years ago I saw a client whose dog, let’s call him Charlie, entered the room with a neck twisted slightly to the side. It wasn’t extreme, but it was obvious, if you paid attention to the way the dog moved. The owners had brought the dog in because after six years of being a docile and loving dog, he had become aggressive in a variety...

The Puppy Culture DVD Early Development in Puppies

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 16:59

You gotta love a woman who names one of her Bull Terrier puppies “Betty Pork and Beans.” But there’s a lot more to love about Jane Killion’s latest work, Puppy Culture DVD. I’ve watched every minute of it, and highly recommend it. I’d get it and watch it whether you will ever raise, or even get, a puppy...

Meanwhile…

Sunday, 02 August 2015 13:08

It’s all “MEANWHILE, back on the farm (and the office) today: For one thing, the weekend is crammed full of preparation for next week’s launch of “The Walnut Grove Tent Camp.” As I’ve mentioned, Jim has worked all summer building a platform for a permanent tent that will be erected next weekend. It situated on...

What is a “Hard Eye” in a Dog? (And What Should You Do When You See One?)

Monday, 27 July 2015 14:18

Little Nell, a fox-faced Border Collie, came to visit the farm over twenty-five years ago, when I was just getting started as a behaviorist. A sweetheart of a dog, she melted when petted and came when I called, eyes shining, radiating joy and exuberance. However, one day she didn’t respond when I called her. Her face was buried in the tall...

Upcoming Talks. Wheeeee!

Monday, 20 July 2015 21:04

Many of you know I’ve been holed up working on my memoir every morning for the last millennium, and thus haven’t done a lot of speaking. (Okay, maybe it’s not been that long.) The good news is that I am making progress on the book (actually, a “mutual memoir” about me and Willie). I finished a manuscript last...

The Movie Max Concerns about Breed Popularity

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:07

As you may know, a movie about a military dog, Max, is getting a lot of attention. I just read a summary of the plot, which convinced me that I’ll be better off watching bad TV at home while rubbing my dogs’ bellies than going to see it. It might be a great movie, who knows, (although the reviews are not stellar), but in it Max the...

“It Depends” — The Answer, and the Next Question, to Everything

Monday, 06 July 2015 14:30

If you know my work you know that “It Depends” is my answer to 95% of all questions asked about dog behavior.

Question: “Should I intervene if my dog growls at a puppy?” Answer: It depends.

Question: “What would you do if your well-trained dog looked at you when you called him back, and then takes off running in the...

Pet Summer Safety

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:28

We’re in the heat of summer and even though you may enjoy those hot days lounging by the pool, it doesn’t mean your pet is comfortable being outdoors. There are many heat-related dangers that pet parents may not think about when it comes to what is safe or unsafe for their companion animals.  Here are some tips to hopefully avoid any hot weather tr...

Research on Resource Guarding

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 13:22

Citizen science–be there or be square. Researchers from the University of Guelph are conducting a survey about resource guarding in dogs. You can participate by going to this link and filling out the questionnaire. I hope you do–you’ll see why as you read more…

True confessions: I originally tried to take the survey in...

Well, Stuff Happens.

Monday, 22 June 2015 20:42

That could actually be a great title for a content-rich blog, but I’m afraid the blog I was working on got trumped by 1) the blog site crashing for several hours, 2) Tootsie’s recurrent and unexplained UTI and need for an X-ray, and 3) Nellie the kitty showing up limping and clearly very, very unwell.

Thus, instead of a blog about the...

Take Your Dog to Work (or Not?) Revisited

Monday, 15 June 2015 19:21

I first posted this article in 2011, but it seems wise to put it out in the universe again. Taking a dog to work can be wonderful, or, not so much…

Friday June 26th has been designated “Take Your Dog to Work Day” by Pet Sitters International. Begun in 1999 with a goal of encouraging adoptions, Pet Sitters Int’l suggests that we all take our do

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What Do “Dog Walkers” Need to Know?

Monday, 08 June 2015 20:37

Dog walkers do not show up on my radar very often, living as I do on a farm in the country. Jim and I are the dog walkers, and we like it that way. However, I am also aware how very lucky we are to have the time and the logistics to be able to take our dogs on long walks. Certainly I’ve worked long hours–I’ve seen many a...

Why Do Dogs Roll in Disgusting Stuff?

Monday, 01 June 2015 18:17

Why do dogs roll in disgusting stuff? Ah, but of course, it’s not disgusting to them, right? But oh, the things with which dogs anoint themselves are usually awful to us humans, even with our lousy sense of smell. Here’s what I wrote about it in The Other End of the Leash:

“If you haven’t smelled a dog who’s rolled in...

Can Your Dog “Smell” Your Emotions?

Monday, 18 May 2015 17:43

As often happens, a study on human behavior got me wondering about how it might relate to our relationship with our dogs. The study in question asked if emotions could be conveyed through body odor. The researchers asked 12 men with pads in their arm pits to watch videos that designed to elicit fear, happiness or a neutral reaction. After...

I wish my dog knew. . .

Monday, 11 May 2015 19:58

I recently happened upon a news story that grabbed my heart, about Denver teacher, Kyle Schwartz, who asked her students to complete the sentence: “I wish my teacher knew…”. Some of the answers are funny, and some will break your heart, like: “I wish my teacher knew sometimes my reading log isn’t signed because my mom...

Spring Photo Album

Monday, 04 May 2015 09:47

It’s all from the farm today: Lambs! Finally! Lady Baa Baa had two healthy, little ewe lambs last week. Yearling Pepper had an all white, frisky male Saturday night. I thought of last week’s post about the healing powers of oxytocin while I watched them frolic this morning. I wish everyone could start their day watching lambs play; if...

The Healing Look of Love?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:32

Years ago I did a personal growth workshop (The Hoffman Process: Amazing!) in which we were asked to look into another person’s eyes for minutes at a time. Our “partner” was someone we had just met. At first it felt downright awkward, as you can imagine, but after a bit (30 seconds?), each of us began to feel a sense of...

Positive Reinforcement is Defined by the Receiver, Take Two

Sunday, 19 April 2015 07:04

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how important it is to remember that “reinforcement” and “punishment” are defined by the receiver. I’m not sure what got me thinking about it. Perhaps it was learning about a study that found cows perceived being yelled at as distressing as being shocked with an electric...

Can Fake Dogs Help Real Dogs?

Monday, 13 April 2015 14:41

Can we learn anything about a dog’s behavior around unfamiliar dogs with the use of a fake, stuffed dog? That is the question asked by a team of researchers in Massachusetts, who did a study comparing the responses of 45 shelter dogs to a live dog and a fake, plush, stuffed dog. The real dogs were presented with a neutered, male American...

How to Safely Remove a Tick

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 13:59

// <![CDATA[ CDC.SyndicatedContent.setRegistrationId('cs_5744'); // ]]></script>You certainly don’t want to find a tick on your cat, your dog or yourself, but if you do, here’s information from the Centers for Disease Control on how to remove it safely.
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Healthy Dog Play in Georgia, Sweet Georgia

Monday, 06 April 2015 13:53

We’re just back from a short week with good friends Jim and Peg in northern Georgia. Heavenly! They live on a gorgeous 200 acre farm and we got to enjoy the fun of 80+ new born lambs, and none of the work, thanks to our hard working hosts. Maggie and Willie got to work sheep every day, along with numerous long walks with the seven resident...

Music to a Cat’s Ears

Friday, 27 March 2015 11:00

 sushi at windowA recently published study has shown that cats are attracted to music that was specifically designed for them. This is important work, given all the claims that are made about effect of music “designed for” dogs and cats. Although there are several interesting studies this issue, the studies have traditionally compared different types...

All About Dog Poop

Monday, 23 March 2015 15:14

Because it isn’t necessarily a fun topic, I thought I’d start off with my favorite story about dog poop. Imagine being at a sit-down lunch at two-day seminar I was giving on canine behavior and training. Picture a large room, with 150 people or so, sitting at round tables covered in white table cloths, the food delivered by hotel...

Fish Falling From the Sky

Monday, 16 March 2015 19:31

[I had planned to write a blog on poop (stay tuned, who could resist the topic?), but am a tad under the weather, so I’m just going to post this for your amusement…

You’ve heard of fish falling from the sky, yes? Apparently it is more common that one might predict. A quick internet search found multiple references to such events,...

Fund Raising 2015: Love Song to Lassie

Monday, 09 March 2015 20:17
French Vanilla. Ice Cream. Summer Day.
Those were the six words I wrote for my Lassie girl, the day she died. That was a little over five years ago, and I still miss her more than I can say. She was pure and simply the sweetest dog I have ever had.
Lassie Best photoShe was Cool Hand Luke’s daughter, and a dog I never expected to have. I had turned down a puppy...

When Is It Time to Put Down a Dog Who is Aggressive to People?

Monday, 02 March 2015 19:51

If there is anything harder than euthanizing a beloved dog for serious behavioral problems, I don’t know what it is. And yet, sometimes, that is an option that dog owners have to consider. These were some of the hardest cases I worked with when I was seeing clients full time. I would drive home, sick at heart, and wonder why the hell I...

Winter Through the Lens

Monday, 23 February 2015 14:21

Just a few photos today. I’ve recently returned from San Antonio, celebrating my amazing sister Dr. Wendy Barker, at the Festschrift put on in her honor by her colleagues at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She is the real writer in the family, and I wish that each of you could have been there to listen to her read some of her poems. I...

How Do Dogs Interpret Human Facial Expressions?

Monday, 16 February 2015 15:04

What ever is a dog to make of a human smile? Or a frown for that matter? On the one hand, it seems to me to be trivial for a dog to distinguish between obviously different expressions on the face of a human. Dogs, after all, are highly visual and the preponderence of their social communication is based on visual signals. But here’s the...

A Valentine to Our Dogs

Monday, 09 February 2015 11:12

I know, it’s mushy, but I don’t care. Here is a Valentine to each of my dogs, followed, I hope, by lots and lots from you to your own dogs. Every morning, I will read them while drinking my tea. Tootsie and Maggie will be cuddled with me on the couch and Willie will warm my feet. I will read your Valentines and smile and laugh and get...

Placebos and Dogs: Really? (Yes!)

Monday, 02 February 2015 14:22

I’ve always been fascinated by placebos and I never understood why the phrase “the placebo effect” was often spoken with such disdain. Here is a standard definition (from Wikipedia): “A placebo is a simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the...

Making the Medicine Go Down: Giving a Dog a Pill

Monday, 19 January 2015 14:19

Can you give your dog a pill? More to the point, can you give your dog a pill three times a day without any stress on you or your pooch? A recent online discussion reminded me how difficult it can be to get some dogs to take their medicine, and I thought it might be helpful to go through some strategies that make medicating your dog relatively...

2015 New Year’s Resolutions?

Monday, 29 December 2014 12:10

Ah yes, it’s that time of year. Out with the old, in with the new–with all the dreams and hopes and resolutions that come along with the annual ritual of taking down the old wall calendar and putting up a new one.

I learned long ago that casually made New Year’s resolutions are quickly broken, and, more often than not, lead to...

Free Ranging Cats, Wildlife New Studies About Management

Monday, 22 December 2014 14:32

I miss the birds. For most of my adult life I have fed wild birds, and watching them has added immeasurably to my life. In some places, like here at the farm, there have been 8 or 10 feeders up, overflowing with creamy, white suet and shiny, black sunflower seeds. They attracted a multitude of species, adding color and life to the grey and brown...

Your Dogs and the Holidays

Monday, 15 December 2014 14:49

Yup, this is the time of year when the rubber hits the road, and the leaping, crotch-sniffing, poop-eating dog that you just rescued from a puppy mill is about to meet Aunt Polly, the only member of the family who is terrified of dogs. Or maybe it’s the dog you’ve had for years, and the leaping and crotch sniffing are in the past, but...

My Turn to Write

Sunday, 07 December 2014 20:17

More accurately, it is my turn to finish writing something I’ve been working on for a few years–a memoir. I’m close to finishing a draft to send off to my agent (the brilliant Jennifer Gates, an angel of an agent to whom I owe the world already). It is tough to split my days working on a book different from one I’ve ever...

Do Dogs Distinguish Between “Training” and “Work”?

Monday, 24 November 2014 16:25
This is a throwback article, one that I originally wrote in August of 2008. I thought of it today because I’ve been going back and reading what I wrote about Willie when he was Maggie’s age. It’s been invaluable–so many things I forgot about Willie’s early years that I wouldn’t have remembered if I hadn’t...

Making Leash Manners Fun for Your Dog

Monday, 17 November 2014 15:14

Maggie, all 35 exuberant pounds of her, has lousy leash manners. That is because 1) she is a dog and walking beside me, shoulder to shoulder, makes no sense to her. And 2) because I couldn’t resist working her on sheep when we have training time together. Not to mention teaching her to come when called EVERY TIME and stop when told EVERY...

The Beauty of Fall

Monday, 10 November 2014 10:19

Jim and I are suffused with oxytocin, having just returned from visiting grand babies (7 years and 4 months) in Eugene, Oregon. Interesting to note that along with increasing social bonding, oxytocin is able to make your bones melt. That’s how I felt holding the newest addition to the pack.

Before visiting Eugene we stopped in Portland and...

Why Do Cats Raise Their Butts in the Air?

Saturday, 08 November 2014 06:07

When you stroke your cat down her back does she suddenly go into elevator butt position lowering her front end and raising up her hind quarters? If so, that’s a very common position meant as a friendly gesture and an invitation to continue scratching or petting her in that location.

Why Do Cats Raise Their Butts in the Air?

You’ve Hit the Spot

Although elevator butt may seem rather...

Doggy Day Care –Fun for Fido or Not?

Monday, 03 November 2014 20:24

When I was five or six years old my mother took me to kindergarten. I am told I cried the entire day, sitting in the corner and sobbing hysterically. Nothing anyone did assuaged me. When my mother returned to pick me up, I reportedly ran screaming across the room, grabbed onto her legs and wouldn’t let go. Oh my. 

I thought of that somewhat...

Who Is Wearing the Pants in this Family?

Monday, 27 October 2014 15:13

Here’s my proudest moment in life (so far): It’s 1967, when the idea of women wearing pants was still a tad radical. But “pants suits” had just came out–dressy outfits that put trousers on your legs instead of a skirt, even for eveningwear. I worked as a salesgirl in a boutique in Scottsdale, AZ, and bought myself the...

Canine Aggression Case Study – Fall 2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:33

Recently a blog reader wrote in after one of her dogs snapped at her. The incident generated a lively conversation in the comment section, and I thought it was worth writing a post about it. So many of us have been in a similar situation that I thought it would be a valuable discussion for lots of dog owners. The reader (thank you TK!) graciously...

The Importance of Pets

Monday, 13 October 2014 14:27

It’s uh…  “Throwback Monday?” Things are a tad crazy right now, what with winter looming,(Translation: Spend much of Sunday planting the 300 bulbs that arrived on Saturday. Be sore today.) and a trip to APDT tomorrow morning. I’ll be giving the Keynote Wednesday morning, please come up and say hi if you are a blog...

Subliminal

Monday, 06 October 2014 12:47

In preparation for a talk I’ll be giving soon in Madison, WI about the mental lives of animals, I’ve been reading Subliminal, by Leonard Mlodinow. I highly recommend it; Mlodinow elaborates on our increasing, and sometimes unsettling knowledge about the power of our unconscious. Here’s a talk given by the author himself about the...

What is so rare as a day in… September?

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:23

With apologies to James Russell Lowell, it is the fall months that make my heart sing the most, although I’m not sure why. Perhaps because I know what’s coming?

I’m playing hookey today, soaking up knowledge from one of the UK’s top sheepdog trainer/handlers, Gordon Watt, who also judged the Nippersink Trial last...

Why Cats Purr

Friday, 26 September 2014 19:36

The purr of a cat. It’s the most mesmerizing sound. It’s the sound that makes you smile and think all is right in his world. That gentle sound relaxes and even mystifies you, but just how much do you really know about why and how your cat purrs? Some facts may surprise you. The purr serves more than one purpose so if you were under the impression,...

Click and… Always Treat? Or Not?

Monday, 22 September 2014 14:44

Let me start by asking: Which does your dog like better, the anticipation of something good, or the good thing itself? Counter-intuitively, the research of Jaak Panksepp suggests it’s the anticipation of a reinforcement that is most enjoyable, not the reinforcement itself. Panksepp calls the emotion of anticipation the “seeking or wanting system,”...

Assistance Dogs International (Or does the “I” Stand for Inspiring?)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:49

If you’re feeling a tad disheartened by the news, or maybe the view in the mirror when you went to buy new pants (okay, that’s probably just my problem), I have a suggestion: Go out of your way to go to the Assistance Dogs International Conference, wherever it might be held in the years to come. I’m at the 2014 conference in...

Ouch: The dangers of sticks as dog toys.

Monday, 08 September 2014 14:58

Last week I spent a few hours in a veterinary emergency clinic, providing emotional support for a friend whose dog had gashed his throat on a stick. He’s fine now, but it could have been much worse. One friend’s dog almost died after impaling his chest on a stick. It missed his heart by millimeters. I don’t write this to make...

Adopting Littermates… (Don’t)

Monday, 01 September 2014 12:10

The title of this post is a bit strong, but I do want to caution people from adopting two dogs from the same litter because “it’s easier” to raise two at once (ask someone with twins if it’s easier than having one child) or “we don’t want our dog to be lonely.” (Because you might be if the dogs are so...

Dog Food Logic: The Science of Canine Nutrition

Monday, 25 August 2014 19:46

A few days ago I told Jim that we needed to cut down on Tootsie’s food because she was getting pudgy. Easy and obvious, right? Dog getting fat, feed less food. Less obvious, but equally important, is that if we cut back too much on her food she might not get the level of nutrients, vitamins and minerals that she needs for optimal health. As a c...

Summer Fun, from Frogs to Sheepdogs

Monday, 18 August 2014 15:48

It’s a light post today, in celebration of the waning days of summer and a bucket of writing to do for speeches (both on “People, Dogs & Trauma,”one a Keynote at ADI Trainer’s Conference in Denver, the other a Keynote at APDT in Hartford, CT), revising a chapter with Aubrey Fine in the Handbook on Animal Assisted Therapy...

Sunflowers Make Me Smile

Monday, 11 August 2014 17:26

Today’s blog isn’t quite what was planned, because Willie scared us by developing a mass on his foreleg that looked exactly like the sarcoma tumor his uncle Luke had at a similar age. Willie’s mass developed quickly over the weekend, looked like a copy of Luke’s tumor and is on the same part of his foreleg as Luke’s...

Consciousness in Dogs

Monday, 04 August 2014 13:56

Ray Coppinger loves to start controversies, and he did a great job of it at the SPARCS Conference in June. He began his talk by stating that dogs are have no consciousness and are merely “acting out motor patterns.” It’s always hard to know what Ray believes and what he is saying to generate a conversation, but needless to say,...

Meet Pam at Barktoberfest in Franklin, TN

Monday, 04 August 2014 07:25

Yes, it’s true, Pam Johnson-Bennett will be hanging out with the dogs at Nashville Paw’s largest event of the year… Barktoberfest. This fun event is Middle Tennessee’s costume-friendly fall celebration of dogs and their human family members. Each year, Barktoberfest draws over 3,000 people who enjoy live music, great food,...

Intervening in Tug Games: Plan A to Plan B

Monday, 28 July 2014 14:59

When do you intervene when your dog’s play becomes borderline? We all know that there is no simple answer to this question. (Except, of course… “It depends.”) I wrote extensively on this topic in May. However, the evolving relationship between Maggie and Willie continues to keep the question relevant on a daily basis. You...

Resource Guarding, Dog to Dog

Monday, 21 July 2014 19:28

Not long ago I re-posted a blog about Resource Guarding (RG), but focused treatment options on dogs who direct their threats toward people. Many of you asked about RG between dogs, and I promised I’d address that this summer. Here we go…

There’s no doubt that RG between dogs is a bit trickier than when it occurs toward a person,...

A Wolf Called Romeo

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:19

Just a quick note: I was lucky enough to get a pre-pub copy of a book titled A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans and can’t recommend it highly enough. I  just heard that it is now officially out, and I suggest that you drop what you are doing and order it right now.

It’s about a wolf who appeared one day outside of Juneau, and began a...

New Thoughts about Barking

Monday, 14 July 2014 14:12

Have you seen the stage play, Sylvia, in which a man brings a stray dog home from the park and adopts it?  The dog is always played by a woman, who often barks at appropriate (and inappropriate) moments . Except, as a person playing a dog, she doesn’t say BARRR RARRR or WOOF. She says HEY! HEY! HEYHEYHEY!!!

I saw the play with a girlfriend, an...

Holiday Weekend Fun

Monday, 07 July 2014 19:01

True confessions: I’m just back to work, after a lovely holiday weekend with Jim, Maggie and Willie. (Tootsie got to stay home with a farm sitter and be Dog #1 all weekend. I suspect she loved it.) No time then to do research on this week’s blog, but here’s a scrap book of some of our fun:

We stayed at a dear friend’s cabin i...

Is “Territorial Aggression” a Useful Term?

Monday, 30 June 2014 13:59

A few years ago some CAAB colleagues and I got into a discussion with some veterinary behaviorists about who could use the term “diagnosis” in regard to canine behavioral problems. The vet behaviorists argued that “diagnosis” was a medical term and could only be used by medical professionals. Mentioning that auto mechanics...

It’s All About SPARCS

Monday, 16 June 2014 02:29

I’m in one of those work tunnels. You know the kind. You give up on cooking and forget about doing laundry, because you are enmeshed, entangled, and submerged by something you are working on. The good news is that the work is exciting, fun and engaging.

I’m giving two talks at SPARCS, or the Society for the Promotion of Applied Research...

Cats and Children: 10 Things Every Parent Should Know

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:41

For many parents, the idea of kids and cats together is an absolute natural. For other parents though, it’s a scary thought that may get the family cat a one-way ticket to the local shelter.

Cats and Children: 10 Things Every Parent Should Know

Children and cats can be wonderful companions for each other. My kids have had the most loving, playful, endearing relationships with the cats in our lives....

Three Ways to Confuse a New Dog

Monday, 09 June 2014 08:12

“Three days, three weeks, three months.” That’s the mantra of many dog trainers and behaviorists, when welcoming a new dog into their household. The “magic of threes” is especially relevant when adopting an adolescent or adult dog into your home. Dogs, especially non-puppies, are often in a bit of shock for the first...

Rebranding the Cat

Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:55

Here’s a good little video from DVM360. Of course, those of us who are already cat lovers don’t need any convincing about how great cats are!

 

Rebranding the Cat

Authors: Pam Johnson-Bennett...

Cat Attacks Dog and Saves Child -- Was She Being Protective?

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 18:21

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Cat Attacks Dog and Saves Child -- Was She Being Protective?

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 13:21

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Cat Attacks Dog and Saves Child -- Was She Being Protective?

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:20
Cat Attacks Dog and Saves Child -- Was She Being Protective?No doubt you've seen the video of Tara the cat saving her human family member, a young toddler boy, from being mauled by a neighbor's dog. The feat is truly amazing; however, is it rare or abnormal? And was Tara truly protecting the boy?



Why would a cat take on a dog with no concern for its own life? While cats do tend to run from trouble, anyone...

Resource Guarding Revisited

Monday, 02 June 2014 06:29

A little over a year ago I wrote a post about the causes and treatment of resource guarding. It generated a lot of interest, and no wonder. It is such a common problem. Ironically, I was reminded of that by the opposite: My new dog Maggie seems happy to let any person or any dog take away whatever she has in her mouth. She is the classic...

Memorial Day and Dogs in War

Monday, 26 May 2014 05:59

It is Memorial Day in the United States; a day for remembering those who have lost their lives in war. It is only fitting that National Geographic just came out with an article on “The Dogs of War.” I read with it the same mixed feelings I always have on the topic of young, healthy lives lost because of our inability to solve conflicts...

How to Talk to Other Dog Owners

Monday, 19 May 2014 08:07

When I was seeing a lot of clients I could always tell when I was tired because I started working with the dog, rather than training the owners. Perhaps that’s the irony of language: It makes communication easier in one sense, and harder in another. Things were so simple and clear when I was working with someone else’s dog. Trying to...

2014 Spring Book Review

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:41

As always, there are piles of books on my desk, my bedside table, the dining room table, and Willie’s crate. Books are one of my greatest joys in life, but like gardening, I never feel caught up. However, that never seems to stop me from buying more books, so here are some thoughts about some of the books I’ve been reading and...

Meet Pam at the 2014 Best Friends National Conference

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:31

Meet Pam

Pam Johnson-Bennett, star of the Animal Planet UK series PSYCHO KITTY and best-selling author, will be speaking again at the 2014 Best Friends National Conference. Here’s your chance to learn from one of the top experts in the field of cat behavior. Pam is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting.

Meet Pam at the 2014 Best Friends National Conference

Litter Box avoidance is...

Meet Pam in Nashville, TN on Sept. 13, 2014

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:39

Some wonderful cats are waiting for you at the 100 Oaks Petsmart in Nashville, TN.

Meet Pam in Nashville, TN on Sept. 13, 2014

Join us on September 13, 2014 for a great adoption event with the Nashville Cat Rescue. Pam Johnson-Bennett, cat behavior expert, best-selling author and star of Animal Planet UK’s Psycho Kitty will be there from 12pm-3pm to answer your questions about cat adoption,...

When to Intervene in Dog-Dog Interactions

Monday, 05 May 2014 05:44

This is one of the questions I am most frequently asked, and with good reason. It’s a tough one. It’s also relevant to my own life right now, after having just introduced a new dog into the household, and having to make split-second decisions several times in the first few weeks.

I should say first off that there is no ultimate truth...

Spring Photo Album

Monday, 28 April 2014 07:25

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FARM today. Because, well, spring has sprung and it seems like everything is happening all at once. Lambs in the barn, brush to clear, gardens to tend, barn roofs to patch, etc. It’s all good, there’s just a lot of it.

I’m happy to report that the three lambs we have are doing well. Barbie, aka...

Introducing A New Dog: Maggie and Willie as a Case Study

Monday, 21 April 2014 05:28

In hopes it will be helpful to others in the same situation, I thought I’d outline how I handled the introduction of lovely little Maggie into the family. Here’s some background on the actors:

1) Willie: Eight-year old BC neutered male, at one point extremely aggressive to unfamiliar dogs, relatively comfortable outside now with new...

Is Anthropomorphism a Dirty Word?

Monday, 14 April 2014 05:51

The short answer is no, not always. As a matter of fact, our ability to attribute human characteristics to non-human animals is an impressive ability that we should be proud of. In addition, it can make us better dog owners.

Lest you think I’ve lost my mind, let me explain, this time with a longer answer. Go back to about 40,000 years ago,...

Meet Maggie

Monday, 07 April 2014 09:28

Yup, Redstart Farm has a new member of the family. Maggie, a 15-month old female Border Collie from Idaho, has stolen the hearts of us all, Willie especially. He is gobsmacked. In love. Head over heels. Watching the two of them play has become one of my greatest joys in life.

Meet Maggie

Those of you who have been following the farm for awhile know that...

Meet Pam in Franklin, TN on September 7th

Friday, 04 April 2014 14:06

Pam Johnson-Bennett, star of the Animal Planet UK series PSYCHO KITTY, will be lecturing and signing books at the Farm at Natchez Trace on September 7, 2014. Pam will be discussing her trademark “think like a cat” techniques for solving cat behavior problems. She’ll cover multicat issues, litter box problems and feline aggression. The one-hour lect...

Feral versus Fearful Cats

Monday, 31 March 2014 08:39

Our resident cats, Nellie and her daughter Polly, arrived almost two years ago thanks to friends who found a starving, half-dead adolescent cat in their yard. They took her in and nursed her back to health–which included discovering that she was pregnant, helping her raise five kittens and finding them all wonderful homes. No one ever...

Adopting a Kitten? Make it a Double!

Saturday, 29 March 2014 12:09

If you’re thinking about bringing a kitten into your life, there are many reasons why you should actually consider doubling that and bringing home a pair. Yes, think two instead of one.  starting off with two may actually be much easier and more beneficial… for the kittens and for you.

Adopting a Kitten? Make it a Double!

I’ve done countless consultations over the years with people...

Nine Tips for Calming an Out-of-Control Cat

Monday, 24 March 2014 18:02

 

 

Nine Tips for Calming an Out-of-Control Cat

Aggression in cats (or ANY animal for that matter) can have many causes but if you’re dealing with an angry cat, here are some tips:

1. A veterinarian visit is crucial if your cat is beginning to show even the slightest hint of aggression or change in behavior. There may be an underlying medical cause for the behavior. The sooner you...

The Beauty of the “Ready” Cue

Monday, 24 March 2014 02:54

Ah, spring is finally coming. Along with the mud. I don’t know about you, but here in Southern Wisconsin the winter has been so severe that the ground is frozen as far as six feet down. Six vertical feet, just in case you’ve never had to dig fence post holes, is a long, long way. That means it will take a long time for the ground to

...

Reduce Your Cat’s Stress During Veterinary Exams

Sunday, 02 March 2014 07:28

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to quickly figure out that going to the veterinary clinic is not high on a cat’s list of favorite places to visit. If you look at it from your cat’s perspective, it certainly makes sense. Without any warning, the cat is shoved into a carrier, put in a car and whisked off to a place that smells, looks and sounds...

Dog Gone Crazy? 5 Tips for Managing Fido During the Busy Holidays

Sunday, 22 December 2013 09:19
While pets are fun and so are holidays, the two can clash without proper planning. What can you do to ensure that the family gathering is problem free while ensuring that your pet can be part of the party too?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Dog Gone Crazy? 5 Tips for Managing Fido During the Busy Holidays

Sunday, 22 December 2013 03:19
While pets are fun and so are holidays, the two can clash without proper planning. What can you do to ensure that the family gathering is problem free while ensuring that your pet can be part of the party too?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Dog Gone Crazy? 5 Tips for Managing Fido During the Busy Holidays

Sunday, 22 December 2013 01:21
'Twas the night before Xmas and all through the house, the lone creature stirring was a Chihuahua named Mouse.

She dug through the presents and watered the tree,

Then discovered the squeaky gifts and howled in glee.


If you live with pets, you don't have to look far to hear a story like that of Mouse or even one more like the following:




While pets...

Owner Attacked by Dog and Loses Arms: Was it Provoked or Out of the Blue?

Monday, 18 November 2013 17:19
While most dog attacks are not intentionally provoked, in some cases the dogs are intentionally trained. And in the case where a tough-breed of dog is owned by a violent criminal that cause is higher on the list.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Owner Attacked by Dog and Loses Arms: Was it Provoked or Out of the Blue?

Monday, 18 November 2013 11:19
While most dog attacks are not intentionally provoked, in some cases the dogs are intentionally trained. And in the case where a tough-breed of dog is owned by a violent criminal that cause is higher on the list.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Owner Attacked by Dog and Loses Arms: Was it Provoked or Out of the Blue?

Monday, 18 November 2013 09:19
Owner attacked

Bloody attack.
A 65-year old Connecticut woman loses her entire left arm and part of her right arm after being mauled by their two-year old family dog, Tuxedo. When police arrived on Monday Nov 8 around 11:30 AM, they found Anna Murray under her car where she had hidden to fend off the dog. Deeming the dog to be an immediate threat, they shot...

A New Year, A New Way to Exercise With Your Dog

Friday, 11 January 2013 14:32
It's early in the New Year, and no doubt many have vowed to exercise and get into shape. But do you look at your dog and feel guilty that you're working out instead of playing with him? How about incorporating your dog into a cardio, calorie-burning workout?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

A New Year, A New Way to Exercise With Your Dog

Friday, 11 January 2013 08:32
It's early in the New Year, and no doubt many have vowed to exercise and get into shape. But do you look at your dog and feel guilty that you're working out instead of playing with him? How about incorporating your dog into a cardio, calorie-burning workout?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

A New Year, A New Way to Exercise With Your Dog

Friday, 11 January 2013 06:30
It's early in the New Year, and no doubt many have vowed to exercise and get into shape. But do you look at your dog and feel guilty that you're working out instead of playing with him? How about incorporating your dog into a cardio, calorie-burning workout? Sure, you could just go running or biking with your dog. Or you could use your workout to...

When a Kiss Can Get You Bitten: Lessons From Denver

Monday, 13 February 2012 17:35
We'd all do better if every one just knew a few things about dog body language and proper greetings. For instance, it's important to know that yawning, licking their lips, and panting as well as looking away can be signs of anxiety or fear.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

When a Kiss Can Get You Bitten: Lessons From Denver

Monday, 13 February 2012 11:35
We'd all do better if every one just knew a few things about dog body language and proper greetings. For instance, it's important to know that yawning, licking their lips, and panting as well as looking away can be signs of anxiety or fear.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

When a Kiss Can Get You Bitten: Lessons From Denver

Monday, 13 February 2012 09:34
Imagine this. Your friend introduces you to her 3-year-old boy whom you immediately adore. You hold his shoulders with your arms outstretched as you talk to him and he responds by looking at you while he leans against his mom. As you tell your friend how lovely her child is, you switch to pinching the child's cheeks and patting his head. He...

World Rabies Day: Vaccination as an Alternative to Clubbing and Poisoning Dogs

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:02
September 28th -- World Rabies Day -- serves as a reminder of the dangers of the deadly rabies virus that kills roughly 55,000 people worldwide per year.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

World Rabies Day: Vaccination as an Alternative to Clubbing and Poisoning Dogs

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 07:02
September 28th -- World Rabies Day -- serves as a reminder of the dangers of the deadly rabies virus that kills roughly 55,000 people worldwide per year.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

World Rabies Day: Vaccination as an Alternative to Clubbing and Poisoning Dogs

Wednesday, 28 September 2011 04:02
If you've ever seen video of humans infected with rabies you've most likely placed it at the top of your "avoid this" list. When a rabid animal bites, it injects virus into the wound. The virus lies hidden and insidiously travels from the periphery to the spinal cord and brain (the central nervous system or CNS). This process can take up to 6...

Attention Men: Even Among Salmon, Polite, Gentle, Males Get More Sex

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:00
Overall, both the hooknose and the jack strategies are effective, and having two strategies increases the genetic variation in the salmon population. But this slight preference for the little guy says something important.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Attention Men: Even Among Salmon, Polite, Gentle, Males Get More Sex

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 07:00
Overall, both the hooknose and the jack strategies are effective, and having two strategies increases the genetic variation in the salmon population. But this slight preference for the little guy says something important.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Attention Men: Even Among Salmon, Polite, Gentle, Males Get More Sex

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 03:59
Attention Men: Even Among Salmon, Polite, Gentle, Males Get More SexThis is a story of sex, deceit and the desperate struggle for survival. And it plays out every year like a Greek tragedy, starting with romance and ending in... yes, death. It is the saga of what you probably once thought of as just another fish. The saga of the Coho Salmon.

Hatched in freshwater, salmon eat, grow and practice their survival...

Why It's Risky to Have Wild Animals as Pets

Friday, 15 July 2011 13:18

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Why It's Risky to Have Wild Animals as Pets

Friday, 15 July 2011 08:18

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Why It's Risky to Have Wild Animals as Pets

Friday, 15 July 2011 05:18
Pet deer attacks man! Pet wolf mauls child! Hand-raised tiger savages owner! Whenever one of these headlines flashes by my radar, I can't help thinking, "Why would anyone want a wild animal as a pet?"

Drawn by the animals' beauty and the novelty and status of having something exotic, many of these owners fail to appreciate the fact that wild...

Breeding Pets for Kids: Miracle of Birth or the Dark Side of Nature?

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 19:23
Every year pet owners breed their dogs, cats, rats, mice in the name of educating their children about the miracle of life. What they don't realize is that the lessons their kids might be learning could be much darker than anything they imagined.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Breeding Pets for Kids: Miracle of Birth or the Dark Side of Nature?

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:23
Every year pet owners breed their dogs, cats, rats, mice in the name of educating their children about the miracle of life. What they don't realize is that the lessons their kids might be learning could be much darker than anything they imagined.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Breeding Pets for Kids: Miracle of Birth or the Dark Side of Nature?

Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:23
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Every year 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters and of those pets that end up in the shelter, only 2-5% of cats find their way back to their original home. It's hard to imagine that 3-4 million humans could be so irresponsible or cruel to just leave their pet or lose their pet in this manner.

In some ways this is clearly a...

Dog Bite Prevention Week: A Time to Take Responsibility for Dog Bites

Monday, 16 May 2011 18:39
It's National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which brings to light one solemn fact: In spite of the adoration we have for our pooches, over 4.5 million people -- both adults and kids -- are bitten by dogs every year.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Dog Bite Prevention Week: A Time to Take Responsibility for Dog Bites

Monday, 16 May 2011 13:39
It's National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which brings to light one solemn fact: In spite of the adoration we have for our pooches, over 4.5 million people -- both adults and kids -- are bitten by dogs every year.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Dog Bite Prevention Week: A Time to Take Responsibility for Dog Bites

Monday, 16 May 2011 10:35
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With 78 million pet dogs in the United States and a nearly 50 billion dollar pet care industry, it's clear that Americans love their pets. It's National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which brings to light one solemn fact: In spite of the adoration we have for our pooches, over 4.5 million people -- both adults and kids -- are bitten by dogs every...

Cold Weather Safety For Dogs And Cats

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 15:03
We humans have heaters, special hats and winter clothes, but what about our pets? What winter dangers do they face, and how can we keep them safe?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Cold Weather Safety For Dogs And Cats

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 09:03
We humans have heaters, special hats and winter clothes, but what about our pets? What winter dangers do they face, and how can we keep them safe?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Winter Safety for Dogs and Cats

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:03
While winter may be mild in some areas of the United States, in other areas, it's virtually a wet and windy freezer. We humans have heaters, special hats and winter clothes, but what about our pets? What winter dangers do they face, and how can we keep them safe?

Winter Safety for Dogs and Cats

Keep Pets Inside and Out of the Cold

The most obvious danger is the cold, and as a...

Electronic Collars Vs. Traditional Leashes For Exercising Dogs On Town Streets

Monday, 07 February 2011 09:31
In the hands of an expert, many dogs can learn to consistently trot by one's side -- even in the face of major distractions. For most owners, however, this is not likely to occur.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Electronic Collars Vs. Traditional Leashes For Exercising Dogs On Town Streets

Monday, 07 February 2011 03:31
In the hands of an expert, many dogs can learn to consistently trot by one's side -- even in the face of major distractions. For most owners, however, this is not likely to occur.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Electronic Collars vs. Traditional Leashes for Exercising Dogs on Town Streets

Monday, 07 February 2011 01:31
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A reader, Donnie Rion of Carl Junction Missouri, recently emailed with the following dilemma, which will be debated in a town council meeting later this week:

The town I live in is looking to revise their leash law to allow dog owners to use electronic leashes to walk their dogs. Are they good enough to physically control dogs in all situations?
...

Can Sleeping With Your Pet Make You Sick?

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 08:06
Last week the media headlines warned us that we shouldn't sleep with our pets, because doing so could make us sick. This week, the review that inspired these headlines is finally out.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Can Sleeping With Your Pet Make You Sick?

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 02:06
Last week the media headlines warned us that we shouldn't sleep with our pets, because doing so could make us sick. This week, the review that inspired these headlines is finally out.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Pet Owners: Can Sleeping With Your Pet Make You Sick?

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 00:06
Pet Owners: Can Sleeping With Your Pet Make You Sick?Last week the media headlines warned us that we shouldn't sleep with our pets. Doing so could make us sick. Well, this week, the review article that inspired these headlines, "Zoonoses in the Bedroom," is finally out on the Center for Disease Control's website and available for everyone to read.

In this peer-reviewed article, the authors,...

How To Cope With Urine-Spraying Cats

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 11:46
Sadly, many cats get the boot for this treatable condition.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

How To Cope With Urine-Spraying Cats

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 05:46
Sadly, many cats get the boot for this treatable condition.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Urine-Spraying Cats: How To Deal With Kitty 'Graffiti'

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 03:46
  1. Toon-a-Fish, a five-year-old spayed female Persian, lives a pampered life.
  2. Doctor Pepper, an eight-year-old neutered male tabby, is a lifelong high-rise kitty.
  3. Mister B, a two-year-old intact male domestic shorthair cat, comes and goes as he pleases.


These three animals may come from different walks of life, but they all have one thing in common:...

The Litter Box: Your Dog's All-You-Can-Eat Buffet?

Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:32
Newsflash: National pet food marketing firm reports, "Next to week old fish, decaying road kill, and napkins from a woman's monthly you-know-what, dogs vote cat poop favorite flavor."

Authors: Sophia Yin...

The Litter Box: Your Dog's All-You-Can-Eat Buffet?

Thursday, 20 January 2011 03:32
Newsflash: National pet food marketing firm reports, "Next to week old fish, decaying road kill, and napkins from a woman's monthly you-know-what, dogs vote cat poop favorite flavor."

Authors: Sophia Yin...

When the Litter Box Becomes Your Dog's All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Thursday, 20 January 2011 01:31
Newsflash: National pet food marketing firm reports, "Next to week old fish, decaying road kill, and napkins from a woman's monthly you know what, dogs vote cat poop favorite flavor."

Yuck is right, because immediately after sampling this savory snack, dogs tend to engage in their other canine-specialty: the big wet kiss. Unfortunately, you don't...

A New Year's Resolution for You and Your Pooch: Get Fit with Your Dog

Monday, 03 January 2011 04:02
Take this from a veterinarian and animal behaviorist who exercises with her own dogs and her clients' dogs regularly: combining the two can be a great way to bond as well as an efficient way to exercise.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

A New Year's Resolution for You and Your Pooch: Get Fit with Your Dog

Sunday, 02 January 2011 22:02
Take this from a veterinarian and animal behaviorist who exercises with her own dogs and her clients' dogs regularly: combining the two can be a great way to bond as well as an efficient way to exercise.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

A New Year's Resolution for You and Your Pooch: Get Fit with Your Dog

Sunday, 02 January 2011 20:01
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Is your New Year's resolution to loose weight and get fit? Well, if it is, remember that routines are easier if they involve a friend or partner. What better exercise partner than your dog? Take this from a veterinarian and animal behaviorist who exercises with her own dogs and her clients' dogs regularly: combining the two can be a great way to...

Avoid This Christmas Gift: This Children's Book Can Cause Your Dog to Bite Your Kid

Thursday, 16 December 2010 18:28
Every Christmas it seems like some child-safety watch group finds at least one or two toys that are dangerous for kids. This Christmas there is one gift that's actually dangerous for both kids and pets.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Avoid This Christmas Gift: This Children's Book Can Cause Your Dog to Bite Your Kid

Thursday, 16 December 2010 12:28
Every Christmas it seems like some child-safety watch group finds at least one or two toys that are dangerous for kids. This Christmas there is one gift that's actually dangerous for both kids and pets.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Does Having a Bigger Brain Really Mean Your Dog Is Smarter?

Wednesday, 24 November 2010 13:48
New study says that dogs have bigger brains relative to their body compared to cats. But does that mean that dogs are actually smarter? Or that cats are dumb?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Does Having a Bigger Brain Really Mean Your Dog Is Smarter?

Wednesday, 24 November 2010 07:48
New study says that dogs have bigger brains relative to their body compared to cats. But does that mean that dogs are actually smarter? Or that cats are dumb?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

For Some Shy Dogs, Every Night Is As Scary As Halloween

Sunday, 31 October 2010 15:51
Have you ever known a dog who is great with people most of the time but who sometimes backs off and growls when strangers rush up to him on walks? Once you see it from the dog's perspective, it all makes sense.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

For Some Shy Dogs, Every Night Is As Scary As Halloween

Sunday, 31 October 2010 10:51
Have you ever known a dog who is great with people most of the time but who sometimes backs off and growls when strangers rush up to him on walks? Once you see it from the dog's perspective, it all makes sense.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Dog Park Etiquette

Monday, 20 September 2010 18:07
While dog parks are ace playgrounds for Rovers to romp and Spots to socialize, without proper supervision, squabbles can break out like pimples on a teenager.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Dog Park Etiquette

Monday, 20 September 2010 13:07
While dog parks are ace playgrounds for Rovers to romp and Spots to socialize, without proper supervision, squabbles can break out like pimples on a teenager.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

A Pup's Most Unpleasant Habit

Thursday, 02 September 2010 13:44
It's one of the most disgusting predilections a dog can develop: poop-eating. So what can you do?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

A Pup's Most Unpleasant Habit

Thursday, 02 September 2010 08:44
It's one of the most disgusting predilections a dog can develop: poop-eating. So what can you do?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Man Killed by Pitbulls: Making Sure Your Dog Isn't Overly Agressive (VIDEOS)

Friday, 27 August 2010 16:36
If your dog barks and lunges uncontrollably at people or other animals, you need some help with him.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Man Killed by Pitbulls: Making Sure Your Dog Isn't Overly Agressive (VIDEOS)

Friday, 27 August 2010 11:36
If your dog barks and lunges uncontrollably at people or other animals, you need some help with him.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

When Purr Turns to Bite: How to Deal With a Cranky Cat

Friday, 16 July 2010 16:31

Authors: Sophia Yin...

When Purr Turns to Bite: How to Deal With a Cranky Cat

Friday, 16 July 2010 11:31

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Animal Behavior: Teaching Rover to Race to You on Cue

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 18:18
The problem with speaking English instead of using made-up words is that we assume our pets know what we mean.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Animal Behavior: Teaching Rover to Race to You on Cue

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 13:18
The problem with speaking English instead of using made-up words is that we assume our pets know what we mean.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Is My Dog's Obnoxious Behavior Really Due To Dominance?

Thursday, 18 March 2010 05:12
Anyone who hangs out with dogs and their owners has probably heard this or similar comments a million times: "My dog is dominant, he ignores our commands and plays too rough with other dogs."

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Pet Food Company Recalls Food After Cats in the Rochester Area Fall Ill

Thursday, 18 March 2010 05:12
Diamond Pet Foods announced that they had voluntarily withdrawn from distribution two brands of cat food deficient in the water-soluble vitamin Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

How Puppy Class Almost Ruined My Dad's New Cattledog

Thursday, 18 March 2010 05:12

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Turning Your Dog Into A Skateboarding Pro

Thursday, 18 March 2010 05:12
For some natural-born skateboarding dogs, this crude technique works. In other cases you end up with a dog that sometimes rides the skateboard and at other times tries to eat it.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Holiday Hazards for Your Pet

Thursday, 18 March 2010 05:12
Which temptation will catch your pet's fancy first? Suddenly Kitty's scaling the pine scented jungle gym, or Fido, the intact male is enjoying his new Douglas Fir port-a-potty.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

How Puppy Class Almost Ruined My Dad's New Cattledog

Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:12

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Is My Dog's Obnoxious Behavior Really Due To Dominance?

Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:12
Anyone who hangs out with dogs and their owners has probably heard this or similar comments a million times: "My dog is dominant, he ignores our commands and plays too rough with other dogs."

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Holiday Hazards for Your Pet

Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:12
Which temptation will catch your pet's fancy first? Suddenly Kitty's scaling the pine scented jungle gym, or Fido, the intact male is enjoying his new Douglas Fir port-a-potty.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Turning Your Dog Into A Skateboarding Pro

Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:12
For some natural-born skateboarding dogs, this crude technique works. In other cases you end up with a dog that sometimes rides the skateboard and at other times tries to eat it.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Pet Food Company Recalls Food After Cats in the Rochester Area Fall Ill

Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:12
Diamond Pet Foods announced that they had voluntarily withdrawn from distribution two brands of cat food deficient in the water-soluble vitamin Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

How a Common Recommendation for Puppies Can Place Your Pup at Risk

Monday, 16 November 2009 05:12
Veterinarians specializing in behavior recommend keeping puppies away from potential high-risk sources of infection but not completely sequestered.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

How a Common Recommendation for Puppies Can Place Your Pup at Risk

Sunday, 15 November 2009 23:12
Veterinarians specializing in behavior recommend keeping puppies away from potential high-risk sources of infection but not completely sequestered.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Does Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Really Improve Behavior?

Friday, 16 October 2009 05:12
While the owners could go through all kinds of detailed an elaborate training, they could instead opt for the easy way out.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Does Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Really Improve Behavior?

Friday, 16 October 2009 05:12
While the owners could go through all kinds of detailed an elaborate training, they could instead opt for the easy way out.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Breed Ban or Better Pet Selection?

Monday, 05 October 2009 13:56
Every year, when badly behaved dogs become the object of media focus someone asks me, " Do you think pitbulls should be banned as pets?" To which I usually answer, "No, but some owners should be banned from owning pitbulls...

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Breed Ban or Better Pet Selection?

Monday, 05 October 2009 13:56
Every year, when badly behaved dogs become the object of media focus someone asks me, " Do you think pitbulls should be banned as pets?" To which I usually answer, "No, but some owners should be banned from owning pitbulls...

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Attack of the Killer Onions

Tuesday, 29 September 2009 05:12
You probably already know that chocolate can make your cat or dog sick, did you know that onions can kill?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Attack of the Killer Onions

Tuesday, 29 September 2009 05:12
You probably already know that chocolate can make your cat or dog sick, did you know that onions can kill?

Authors: Sophia Yin...

The Father's Day Gift

Saturday, 19 September 2009 05:12
If you'd asked me a year ago what I'd be doing this summer, I guarantee I would not have guessed I'd be training a pup for my dad.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

The Father's Day Gift

Saturday, 19 September 2009 05:12
If you'd asked me a year ago what I'd be doing this summer, I guarantee I would not have guessed I'd be training a pup for my dad.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Why is Pharmaceutical Giant Merial Ignoring the Advice of Veterinary Experts?

Friday, 24 July 2009 05:12
Merial launched a national campaign against the advice of veterinary experts, to market Frontline and Heartgard while promoting outdated dog training and behavior modification techniques.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Why is Pharmaceutical Giant Merial Ignoring the Advice of Veterinary Experts?

Friday, 24 July 2009 05:12
Merial launched a national campaign against the advice of veterinary experts, to market Frontline and Heartgard while promoting outdated dog training and behavior modification techniques.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Release Your Inner Kitty Through Tricks and Training

Thursday, 23 July 2009 05:12
Cats are small, they don't bark, they are independent, and they're like having a bit of the wild in your house.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Release Your Inner Kitty Through Tricks and Training

Thursday, 23 July 2009 05:12
Cats are small, they don't bark, they are independent, and they're like having a bit of the wild in your house.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Why Runners Hate Dogs

Saturday, 11 July 2009 05:12
Dog-bites or chase incidents are not that rare, especially if you run in a city or town with many dogs. Here are some tips for runners, cyclists and dog owners to help remedy the problem.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Why Runners Hate Dogs

Saturday, 11 July 2009 05:12
Dog-bites or chase incidents are not that rare, especially if you run in a city or town with many dogs. Here are some tips for runners, cyclists and dog owners to help remedy the problem.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Tips for Traveling with Your Cat or Dog

Monday, 06 July 2009 05:12
With Summer almost here, it's time to start vacation planning. Here are some tips to make traveling with your dog or cat, safe and enjoyable.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Tips for Traveling with Your Cat or Dog

Monday, 06 July 2009 05:12
With Summer almost here, it's time to start vacation planning. Here are some tips to make traveling with your dog or cat, safe and enjoyable.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Seven Tips for Preventing Dog Bites in Animal Care Professionals and Dog Lovers

Friday, 19 June 2009 05:12
Speaking in a happy voice and tossing multiple small treats can also change the dog's perception of what you're up to.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Seven Tips for Preventing Dog Bites in Animal Care Professionals and Dog Lovers

Friday, 19 June 2009 05:12
Speaking in a happy voice and tossing multiple small treats can also change the dog's perception of what you're up to.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Experts Say Dominance-Based Dog Training Techniques Made Popular by Television Shows Can Contribute to Dog Bites

Thursday, 18 June 2009 05:12
The study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Experts Say Dominance-Based Dog Training Techniques Made Popular by Television Shows Can Contribute to Dog Bites

Thursday, 18 June 2009 05:12
The study demonstrated that many confrontational training methods do little to correct improper behavior and can elicit aggressive responses.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Bo Obamas First 10 Days in Office. Why Having a Puppy in the White House May Be More Complicated Than Foreign Policy

Monday, 25 May 2009 05:12
Dogs catch on quickly because they only need to do whatever gains them rewards. It's the people who take months and sometimes years to learn.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

Bo Obamas First 10 Days in Office. Why Having a Puppy in the White House May Be More Complicated Than Foreign Policy

Monday, 25 May 2009 05:12
Dogs catch on quickly because they only need to do whatever gains them rewards. It's the people who take months and sometimes years to learn.

Authors: Sophia Yin...

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