Traveling with Cats

WHAT?  Sure!  Why not?   As long as you and your cat are prepared with the skills you need to succeed, there’s no reason a cat can’t accompany you on a road trip. I interviewed Angie and Alex about their recent road trip with Gladys, their 4-month-old kitten.  They are seasoned cat parents so had some […]

Road Trips with Dogs

Summer Vacation Road Trip! Road trips with dogs can be delightful if you’re prepared. We drove through several states, sleeping in hotels in some of them, to reach North Carolina where I spoke at a national conference for animal shelters.  We had fun, shared behavior science with people who need it, and practiced a variety […]

Dog Senses: The World According to Dogs

Dogs smell things in vibrant detail compared with humans. Humans can smell dinner cooking but dogs can tell exactly what all the ingredients are. What about other dog senses? How do dogs compare with humans? Dog Senses: Auditory and More Let’s start with hearing, and another way animals detect sounds.  Dogs hear high-frequency sounds very […]

Your Dog Could be Much Happier

Cassandra Seale consulted me before writing this mic.com article about how your dog could be happier. I provided a few tips about how to set up a dog’s life to ensure he or she gets everything necessary for a happy life. Dogs need food, water, and shelter for survival, but they need a few additional […]

Pet Over-population: A New Way to Help

You have already spayed/neutered your pets or if they are still intact, you manage them so they don’t produce unplanned litters. You hear all the pleas from the rescues and shelters begging everyone to adopt more pets, but you rely on your boundaries and the plans you’ve made to be sure you can provide properly […]

Respecting Animal Agency or Choice

In which areas of life does your pet have “agency”?  In social science, agency is defined as “the capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices.” Of course, it would be irresponsible to have dogs and cats living in a human world and give them carte blanche to do as […]

Is Your Dog Happy? Help Your Dog Feel Content and Secure

PLAN AHEAD Is your dog happy? Probably. But you can probably increase his satisfaction with his life. Dogs respond well to being able to predict what’s going to happen next. This starts with you doing things the same way every time.  If your dog has a history of trying to blast out the front door […]

How to Use Cues in Dog Training

Verbal cues have a different meaning to dogs than to humans. Humans tend to think dogs are actually understanding the language, but dogs are simply listening for an indication of what they can do to make things work, to get things they want. “When I see my human pick up a leash, I know fun […]

Dogs and Visitors

Training Tip: Don’t put dogs in situations they don’t have the tools to handle. Human behavior challenges Why is it usually a bad idea to take a 2-year-old human toddler to a symphony performance?  Toddlers don’t have the tools to get through a performance that lasts over an hour.  What do they need? As a […]

FOODS TOXIC TO DOGS

The days of a huge difference between “human foods” and “dog foods” are over.  We now understand that our dogs (and cats) are healthiest when they routinely eat high-quality, whole foods like we do.  Many high-fat, high-salt foods are not good for dogs or cats any more than they are for humans.  But some foods […]