Understanding and Compassion: Keys to a Successful Adoption

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By Traci Sennesael, LSHC-Silver Adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue is a very noble thing to do and can mean the difference between life and death for many of these animals. Unfortunately, sometimes people with the best intentions find themselves overwhelmed when they bring their rescue home and are suddenly faced with some … Continued

Ask Debbie: Getting Kitty to the Vet

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By Debbie Gass, CVT, LSHC-Silver Send Questions to DGass@cattledogpublishing.com I’m always thankful for the opportunity to be able to help pet owners, and in turn help make things easier for pets that have been entrusted into our care. This month’s topic is one that comes often, and it is frequently asked by clients at the … Continued

“What Did You Say?” – What Your Body Language Says To Your Pet

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By Debbie Gass, CVT, LSHC-S, and Traci Sennesael, LSHC-S   With so many different training resources available throughout the world today, it can be quite overwhelming when deciding which program will best fit the lifestyle of you and your pet. And, like with most things in life, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to training … Continued

Storm Sangria – A Calming Cocktail for Your Storm Fearful Dog

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By Sally J. Foote, DVMCABC-IAABC, LSHC-S Executive Director, CattleDog Publishing It is April, and thunderstorms are upon us here in the Midwest.  Many dogs are fearful of thunderstorms.  It is the most common subtype of noise phobias in dogs.  The behavioral response may vary from mild pacing or panting up to escape behaviors such as … Continued

Tactile Learning & Low Stress Handling: The Step from Learning to Doing

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  As I am leading handling labs in Low Stress Handling, I have come to realize the tremendous impact hands-on learning has to actually feeling confident using Low Stress handling techniques. This type of learning is also called tactile learning – because you literally feel the process of what you are learning. When I think … Continued

What is the Low Stress Handling™ Certification?

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  Dr. Sophia Yin’s pet-friendly animal handling techniques are shaping the new standard of care for petcare professionals. Low Stress Handling leads to safer and more satisfied staff, efficient workplaces, lowered liability, loyal clients, and of course, happy animals. Download your own copy of the Low Stress Handling Certification Guide now!! About this Program: Veterinary hospitals … Continued

Low Stress Handling® – From the Veterinary Technicians’ Perspective

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  Every year hundreds of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal behaviorists, and others search for new and better ways to treat and train animals both in the veterinary practice and in the home. A few years ago pioneering animal behaviorist and veterinarian, Dr. Sophia Yin, developed a system for recognizing brewing fear and aggression, while reducing this … Continued

Animal Trainers and Behaviorists: Licensing and Certification

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“You should find a good trainer.” How many times have we heard this advice but don’t know exactly who to turn to? When one of my dogs began exhibiting aggressive behavior, many people told me that I should “find” a behaviorist, as if it were a simple, ordinary task and that all I had to do was search. In my quest to find the best behaviorist, I realized that the options were much more nuanced, the licensing/certification organizations much more varied, and the process much more complicated than I had initially thought.

Why Pooches Eat Poop

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You love them, they love you. You’re best friends…but…Why, oh, why do they eat poop?