Litter Box Happiness – For Cats of All Ages

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  One of the leading complaints from cat owners is elimination outside of the litter box. Dr. Nicholas Dodman DVM, ACVB, of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University, reports up to 4% of cats in United States Households (3 million out of 75 million) urinate outside of the litter box weekly, with 1% urinating … Continued

Halloween Horrors – Barking At The Door

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  Fear of Visitors = Barking at the Door Halloween is a fun holiday – for you humans. But from a dog’s perspective, however, it can be a little scary for us. Not only are our humans dressing strangely, but there are strangers at the door or in the house, and according to dog logic, that’s … Continued

Medicating a Grumpy Cat You Love, Part 2

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The 80% Rule: 80% of the success when giving a medication happens before it ever touches your cat. This means that there are specific techniques you must perform before you attempt to give medication or SQ fluids, that greatly increase the chance that your cat will accept the treatment. You must provide these techniques, step-by-step, … Continued

New Poster! The Body Language of Feline Anxiety

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The first step to keeping animals calm is understanding their way of communicating with us humans. We’ve covered the important cues to dog behavior in our Body Language of Fear in Dogs poster. Now we have those same cues in poster form for cats! This informative tool can now be downloaded as a pdf, which means … Continued

New DVD! Dog Aggression: From Fearful, Reactive, or Hyperactive to Focused, Happy, and Calm

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You may know many techniques for dealing with your reactive or aggressive dog, but with many dogs, to get the results you want you need a clear step-by-step plan. First you need to realize that every interaction is a training session, so what you do outside of official sessions may undermine your progress. Second, for fast and enduring results it’s often essential to improve the dog’s impulse and emotional control. Third, your training will require good technique and an integrative approach and should focus on creating a dog who is happy, focused and calm.

Sedating the Killer Cat

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A cat comes in to the hospital stressed to kill. What should you do? While cases like this are stressful for these fearful cats, they can cause just as much anxiety in experienced hospital staff as well as clients and other patients exposed to the sound of the loud struggles that ensue.

Day School For Dogs

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Most dog owners dream of having a well-behaved dog—one that greets guests politely, walks down the street calmly and will come when called. We all know that dog training is a process that takes time and persistence, but often we become overwhelmed with the demands of our hectic schedules and the needs of our dogs. How can dog owners balance these conflicting interests, perhaps in addition to their own inexperience, and still develop a well-socialized, well-trained and well-behaved dog? One program, Bark Tutor School for Dogs in Indianapolis, offers an innovative way for dog owners to do just that. I had the opportunity to talk with Brad Phifer, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, the trainer who developed this exciting program.

Thundershirt® Allows Cat to have a Positive Veterinary Hospital Visit

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According to the Bayer veterinary care usage study funded by Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division, fear and stress prompt 39% of owners to take their cats to the vet hospital only in cases of emergencies, and 37.6% of owners feel stressed just thinking about going to the vet. However, in some cases, the Thundershirt can have a clear positive effect and the effects are quick.

Translated Posters

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Here are some of our free downloads, translated into other languages.

Separation Anxiety Solution: Training Fido That Calm Behavior Makes You Return

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A dog with separation anxiety can be frustrating. How can you get to that point where you even can leave your dog for short periods in a room or alone in the house and be sure he’s having a positive experience? The following is one set of exercises that can be pivotal in training your dog.