Pets, livestock, and wildlife are particularly vulnerable when disaster strikes.
Tropical storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, floods, mudslides – phenomena no one can be completely prepared for. Yet, with a little preparation, there are things exotic pet owners can do to be ready.
What would it mean to you if you could give one call, and your dog zoomed in and arrived at your feet? Every time! Hard to imagine? Maybe. Possible? Most definitely! Fun? Very much so. (If it’s not fun, your dog won’t do it. So there’s lots of fun!) Little by little The problem is Read More
For some, there is no better medicine for a hurting heart than the love of another dog, while for others, the best medicine is time.
I work in "the dog world." I eat, live, and breathe dog body language, behavior and training. So why was it that when I was faced with a large loose dog charging at me and my leashed dogs, I felt completely and utterly helpless?
There are several things you can do when you live with a small dog to prevent them from becoming aggressive to handling--these are just a few things I have found to help my 7.5 pound terrier.
How likely is Rex to come back right away if he knows it will result in the lead going back on together with something unpleasant?
Leaving your pet at home is not an easy part of any pet parent’s day, but here are some ideas to help make your absence a more positive experience for your pets.
I got to thinking just how simple it should be to have a cooperative dog, so why do our dogs so often ignore us?
How can you intervene when you see someone using dangerous or cruel methods with their dog so that not only does it stop then and there, but the future of the dog with their human looks much more promising?
When veterinary behaviorists and well-schooled trainers are attempting to understand a behavioral issue, they will always be thinking "medical before behavioral". Why, you ask? Well, because our dogs are just like us. When we are uncomfortable or in pain, we tend to behave less appropriately then we might otherwise. Same for our pups.
In a previous article on this site, I listed things to do when your dog is lost. Implementing each of the steps on the list will increase your chances in being reunited with your lost dog. However, there are also things that you shouldn’t do when searching for your lost dog.
Even though dog bites are relatively common, full-blown attacks are not. It is important to know, however, what to do in the unlikely event an attack happens. What type of behavior do dogs normally exhibit before attacking? There is no one size fits all when it comes to the signals a dog gives before attacking, Read More
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Separation anxiety is one of the most difficult behavior problems to deal with in dogs because successful modification relies on people being present at all times during what can be a long training process. It is a hugely important problem to solve, both for dog and owner, as separation anxiety is one of the main Read More
redirect to 'Submissive Urination'
It is common for puppies to lose control of their urination at a young age when they are either really excited or slightly nervous. When they pee due to temporary overstimulation (such as an owner returning home or during particularly rambunctious play), this is called 'excitable urination.' Similarly, when the puppy experiences an instinctive fear Read More
Most puppies will 'come' to you whenever you decide to walk away because they instinctively follow you. Making this a reliable response, however, usually takes months of consistency and positive training. The easiest way to associate your new puppy or dog with the 'come' cue is to begin using it as soon as you bring Read More
When a natural disaster strikes, American Humane's Red Star animal rescue team is always one of the first on the scene. The devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma this past May was no exception. In the aftermath of the storm, countless animals were left homeless, lost, or abandoned. American Humane recently released a short documentary by Read More
The problem with speaking English instead of using made-up words is that we assume our pets know what we mean. We say, “Sit” and expect Fido to drop his derrier, but the command Fido’s learned is “sit, sit, sit, SIT!” Then once he’s done the deed, we praise with “Goodsit,” when just “Good” would do, Read More
Ah, life with a new puppy! We have a 14 week-old Border Collie pup named Hope at the farm, and what better reminder of the importance of “talking to your dog” with your body! We’ve been working hard on teaching him to come when called by giving him lots of positive reinforcement for running toward Read More