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Pet Parenting Can Be Hard. It’s Okay – You Are Not Alone.
...whether you’re looking for more connection and fun in your partnership with your pet, or you’re simply wondering, “Why is my pet doing this?!?” perhaps you'll find the inspiration and information you seek right here.
Looking for a Fun Way to Enrich the Life of Your Cat? Give Agility a Try!
By the very fact that agility is a team sport, it can strengthen the bond between you and your cat.
Puppy Not Listening to You? Here’s Why and What to Do!
If puppies are teething, or experiencing growing pains, they can find it hard to focus or listen to you as they’re just feeling quite sore!
Help Prevent Separation Anxiety Related Problems with The Flitting Game
The idea is that your dog learns that it’s his choice not to follow and that sometimes, that choice is highly reinforcing. He is free to check up if he’s worried. There’s no force or pressure at all.
When Services Refuse Access to Assistance Dog Teams
Pet Professional Guild Member Let Down by Services That Promise Otherwise
Ideal Pairings to Consider When Getting a New Cat
Does your cat want a companion, a playmate, or even another cat in your home?
Fear Is an Emotion, Not a Behavior
Certainly, dogs will learn to avoid things that have frightened or harmed them in the past... But fear itself is not a learned behavior that the animal can choose to “perform” or not—it is a neurobiological and involuntary response.
House Training 101: Tips and Tricks for a Mess-Free Home with Your New Puppy
Remember, house training is a learning process for both you and your puppy. Patience, and consistency are key to successful training.
Ask A Trainer: Help! My Dog’s Barking is Getting Worse
If your dog is barking to let you know what is happening outside, I would acknowledge that there is something there... and then follow that with going to do something with him that is calming such as a LickiMat® or snuffle mat...
Summer Fun for Dogs & Puppies
You can buy special doggie bubbles or a dog bubble machine which could be a fun alternative to a sprinkler.
Animal Training Foundations for Future Success
We call these ‘clicker savvy’ horses. They know the training game so well that they can easily figure out what the “hot” behavior is and will repeat it with confidence, allowing you to build upon that foundation and get your goal behavior within a very short amount of time.
Visiting Public Dog Parks, or Not
I appreciate the idea of giving pet people who do not have a fenced yard a place where their dogs can run and play, but the park may also be populated with strangers and their dogs.
Should I Play Tug with My Puppy?
By giving a puppy an appropriate toy to tug with, we are saving our clothes from rips and tears by those sharp little teeth, and our tender skin as well. Plus, we are affording our puppy the opportunity to engage in very normal doggie behavior.
How to Make Your Pet’s Space Cozy
Rest and relaxation is as important for our pets as it is for us. So how do you go about creating the perfect resting spot for your pet?
Top 5 Stress Busters for Pet Parents
It’s so easy in everything we do and care about to overthink and fixate when something goes wrong or isn’t going as we hoped. Look at the bigger picture and turn your attention to what’s going well with your pet.