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Dipping your toe in the water or already deeply immersed? If you can’t get enough, check out the Behavior & Training blog for fun stories on training triumphs and foibles, cat and dog foster challenges and happy endings along with general musings on living life well with animals.

Boss Cats

Lorenzo oversees music production (all playing stops until dinner is served). We have a boss cat. Do you? Not clear on the concept? Here are some key questions to consider: Does everyone in your household adjust their routine for the cat? Can your cat stop your dog in his tracks with a glance? Are your neighbors’ cat-focused dogs afraid of your cat? Do your friends who claim they hate cats love yours? If your cat was human would he [...]

By |April 21, 2021|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Boss Cats

Strange and Wonderful Things to Do with Dogs – Sport Version Dock Diving

Dawn and the very talented Baloo I am the beneficiary of a rather excellent childhood. My family lived directly across the street from my grandparent’s dairy farm. I shared my days with cows, horses, cats, dogs, pigs and even the occasional goat. No chickens though. My grandmother didn’t think they were “clean” animals. Although she never showed much concern when the dogs ate the cow placentas during calving season. Her Finnish frugality was no doubt pleased with the reduction [...]

By |April 14, 2021|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Strange and Wonderful Things to Do with Dogs – Sport Version Dock Diving

Labrador Tales continued…

Pam with her beloved Sequoia CHAPTER 4:  SHASTA, THERAPY DOG When the Flagstaff breeder brought out the litter of puppies, one of them ran right up to Vicki and Don.  “He was so sweet and gentle,” said Vicki.  “We knew he was the one for you.”  And so they brought him home to Sedona, where they were living at the time. I was still teaching high school, so I first saw him when I flew down on Easter break. [...]

By |April 8, 2021|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , |Comments Off on Labrador Tales continued…

Penny and Georgie and Me

I have never had a cat of my own – a failure that I lament today.   People say it’s not too late, but it is unrealistic for me to adopt a cat now because my two dogs would never tolerate such a sin.  Cats and birds, especially turkey buzzards, are their unforgivable enemies.  They will stop at nothing short of extinction. So to keep the peace at home, I must enjoy feline company with the cats at our shelter. But [...]

By |April 1, 2021|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , |Comments Off on Penny and Georgie and Me

Plan B – What’s next for your pet if you are out of the picture?

This is Claude. He’s my first poodle in fifty years of dog guardianship and I hope not my last. He’s twelve years old and the smartest dog I’ve ever lived with. And that’s saying something. Claude came to live with us two years ago when his mom, Patty, one of the dearest friends I’ve ever known, moved to assisted living. Patty had early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, so even though pets were welcome in her new home, she could no longer manage [...]

By |March 24, 2021|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: |Comments Off on Plan B – What’s next for your pet if you are out of the picture?

Toy Crop Circles

Dawn with one of the Korean puppies Even a minor Sherlock Holmes talent would easily read the tableau walking into my cottage. The blanket artfully draped over my new, albeit already long suffering sectional sofa predicts the weather; recent rain as evidenced by muddy paw prints on the blanket. Living alone, my dogs on the furniture policy can only be described as indulgent. My clever friend created a training solution to dogs on the furniture. Her requirement is one [...]

By |March 18, 2021|Categories: Behavior & Training|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Toy Crop Circles
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