Posts Categorized: behavioral tip

Training a Cat

There’s a lot of cat stuff on our minds these days as we’ve recently adopted a 10 year old Himalayan cat. So many people think that cats don’t need anything – we hear this all the time. They seem to understand that dogs need interaction, exercise and mental stimulation, but cats, (especially indoor cats) need… Read more »

Chicken Necks for Cats and Dogs

Otis came to us at 10 years old with quite a bit of plaque on his teeth (pretty normal for a cat that only eats kibble) and during his dental cleaning, the vet noticed that he has a few abnormalities in the design of his mouth that  could cause trouble if not kept clean (pretty… Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Thought I’d chime in with a few reminders for keeping pets safe on Thanksgiving. – Try to make time in the morning to exercise the dog, so they’re not too wound up when people start to arrive. -Though some table scraps are OK (and sometimes inevitable if there’s a large group of people… Read more »

It’s time for the 4th again!

Hi – As fourth of July is coming up, I want to remind everyone of a few safety tips: – under no circumstances should animals be left outdoors during that night – too many pets panic and do crazy things to get out. Many many animals wind up in shelters after the 4th for this… Read more »

Happy Halloween! Fun Stuff and Tips

Happy Halloween! Fun Stuff check out this link to cute dog breed stencils for your pumpkin carving. The “real” link is here, but I can’t figure out where the stencils are for that one. Maybe you can. Beware of Toxic Things on Halloween Don’t forget to be on guard for dogs getting into that Halloween… Read more »

Dominance-based Training Leads to Aggression

As a trainer and a retail pet supply store owner, I’m often in a situation where I can help someone through a problem. There are other times, however, where I see someone doing something so terribly wrong, so injurious to a dog’s behavior, and the person can’t seem to hear me when I try and… Read more »

Stuff your Kong!

  Winter is a tough time to have a busy dog. Granted, this winter has been much milder than most here in Portland, but what do you do for dogs that have lots of energy when it’s cold and rainy out? Keep their mouths busy – stuff a Kong! Many people know about stuffing Kongs… Read more »