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B&Tea — Our Training Blog

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.


 

Marin Humane Volunteers – Who Are They?

Categories: Behavior & Training
When you walk around the Marin Humane campus in Novato today with its fine buildings, wide lawns, trees, paddocks, animal care facilities and landscaping, it is hard to realize that our shelter’s first premises were old and cramped horse stables on the outskirts of San Rafael.  They were so nondescript that you would have paid …

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Travels with Lulu

Categories: Behavior & Training

My mother-in-law is 93 years old, almost completely blind, almost completely deaf, cannot walk unassisted and has age-related dementia and tongue cancer. Through the grace of amazing genes and the perfect care home she has survived (so far) the pandemic, so last week my husband and I traveled to see her in person for the …

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The Cat, The Rat and the Girl

Categories: Behavior & Training
Socially responsible pet guardianship can be difficult. Dogs? On-leash or off-leash? Do you really have voice control? Or did you take one series of beginning dog training and call it a wrap? Cats? Indoors or outdoors? “Catios” or cat proof fencing? This is just a short example of choices pet guardians make that impact other …

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Some Of My Friends Are Rats

Categories: Behavior & Training
I never thought of rats as cuddly pets until I arrived at Marin Humane as a rookie volunteer.  My aim was to be a Dog Pet Pal doing my bit for pooches in need under the direction of the busy shelter staff.   But when you hang out with animal-care professionals for more than a …

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