By Green Dog Pet Supply The 4th of July is a bad time for many pets around the country, but in places like Portland where people seem to be very big fans of the larger illegal fireworks that are so easy to get, it’s often a complete nightmare for people whose pets are terrified of… Read more »
Posts Categorized: behavioral tip
Happy Halloween – a Few Tips
By Green Dog Pet Supply Happy Halloween! Halloween can be fun, but there are a few important things to keep in mind to help keep pets safe. Beware of Toxic Things on Halloween Don’t forget to be on guard for dogs getting into that Halloween Candy stash! Chocolate isn’t the only thing that’s toxic to… Read more »
The “Come!” command is one of the very most important things we can teach our dog. A reliable recall is imperative to get them quickly to safety, to recover them if they happen to get out the door, and to proactively remove them from a situation at the dog park that might evolve into trouble…. Read more »
Note: this is an article in a recent series of puppy training articles – see the bottom of this page for links! We know many people during Covid may lack a lot of options when it comes to puppy classes. They do exist in Portland, but these days they are often filled up too quickly,… Read more »
Do I Always Have To Use Treats?
(Foundational Thinking For Creating Good Behavior In Dogs Part Three) A lot of people worry about training with treats. * Do I have to keep giving them treats for everything for the rest of their lives? * Aren’t I bribing them? * I want them to do things because they want to please me. *… Read more »
To Treat Or Not To Treat?
Foundational Thinking For Creating Good Behavior In Dogs Part 2 : Choose Your Methods of Training Carefully, Especially with Reactive/Fearful Dogs. By Christine Mallar, Co-owner, Green Dog Pet Supply. Christine has 30 years of positive reinforcement training experience with dogs, cats and captive exotic animals. There is still a big disconnect in the world of… Read more »
What do they Want? How should they get it?
Foundational Thinking For Creating Good Behavior in puppies (and kittens!) Part One Often we hapless humans try our best to tell our puppies (and kittens) what we want them to do or especially not do, yet the bad behaviors increase and we struggle to get them to be what we wish they would be, especially… Read more »
Congratulations On Your New Kitty!
Whether you’ve gotten a kitten or an adult cat, we hope that these tips will come in handy for you: Nothing’s more fun than a new kitten, and we know you’ll have a blast. However, there are some things that we feel are sometimes not well communicated to new cat owners about the long term… Read more »
Setting Your Cat Up For Litter Box Success
Both wild and feral domestic cats prefer to eliminate in different areas outdoors every time, covering the scent of their waste in the soil. Luckily, indoor cats are pretty amenable to using a litter box as long as conditions seem acceptable to them. Just know that if they ever start to eliminate outside the box,… Read more »
Products We Love: Silver Vine for Cats
Many people know that catnip can create a euphoric and playful feelings in many cats, but other cats don’t seem to be affected. There are actually several other plants that could create this same effect, especially one called silver vine, which is in the kiwi family. Interestingly, a recent study shows that more cats reacted… Read more »