Behavior

Rules of Etiquette for Dining Out with your Dog

Thursday, September 25, 2014

There are three basic requirements for bringing your dog to a pet-friendly restaurant: your dog needs to be socialized, non-aggressive, and responsive to basic commands (sit, stay, come, leave it). If, on the other hand, your dog is apt to pull on his leash, sniff the waiter's pants, beg for food at the table or bark in a public setting, please don't bring your furry friend along for dinner, out of respect for the dinner staff and restaurant goers. But if you feel confident your dog is well-behaved, non-aggressive and up for the potentially noisy restaurant environment, then by all means, bring him along (after you call and confirm that the restaurant allows animals of course). There can be nothing sweeter than spending an afternoon at a coffee shop with your pup or an evening on the town for dinner. It's a great bonding activity, and a fun way to meet fellow dog-owners!   READ MORE




Cats and Dogs, Friends or Frenemies?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

If you already have a mixed pet household or are about to have one, then this post is for you. Cats and dogs have long been the common pet housemates of American families' homes, but it isn't always a smooth friendship, at least not right off the bat. Although cats and dogs sometimes need a little time to get to know each other, they usually do end up adapting quite well, or at the very least, learn to tolerate each other. In fact their dynamics can be quite humorous – just look at this series of memesabout the cat-dog relationship. But it isn't very funny if your pets really dislike each other, so let's go over what to expect if you're planning an introduction between your cat and a new dog or vice versa.  READ MORE




Wheels aren’t just for Hamsters: Indoor Cats Need Exercise Too

Monday, July 28, 2014

There a lot of pros and cons to having an indoor cat vs. an outdoor cat. On the upside, keeping your cat indoors protects him from all sorts of dangers, such as exposure to disease, parasites, cars, and wild animals, who might pose a threat.  READ MORE




Can Pets Be Depressed?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Author and psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg tackles that very question in his book " The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic". Interestingly, he says that "beyond the official symptoms of human depression, dogs and cats manifest numerous unofficial signs that are characteristic of depressed humans."  READ MORE




Understanding What Your Dog is Communicating with Its Tail

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Have you or your child ever made the mistake of misinterpreting a dog's tail wag to mean it's happy and wanting to be petted? You're probably not alone! The tail wag is an easy dog behavior to misunderstand.

An article published by Animal Planet explains that "Dogs use their tails to communicate strong emotions such as agitation, annoyance and anger as well as happiness. A person can be bitten by a dog that's wagging his tail because he read the signs incorrectly."  READ MORE




Dog Behavior Debunked: Why Your Dog Licks You

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wondering why your dog licks you every time she is near enough for her tongue to reach you? In animal language, licking can mean "I love you!" But there are other interpretations as well, according to this article on canine behavior.

One thought is that licking can be a solicitation of resources, such as food, or a means of asking for attention. In the wild, "lower-ranking pack members lick their superiors in the hopes of an invitation to dine on communal prey," notes Dr. Patty Khuly. Licking can also simply be a tool for the dog to explore her environment or a mechanism of play: "excessive licking behavior may be substituting their tongue for their teeth in the reserved dog's version of a raucous play-fight."  READ MORE




When It's Not Necessary to Discipline your Cat

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

So you have a cat that you love and treasure, but they keep on doing things that upset you and may even cause damage to your property due to clawing or urinating. What do you do?  First, it’s necessary to determine if what’s happening really is a behavioral issue or just a communication method for your cat to tell you there is something wrong with its environment or body.    

We’ll outline some of the common issues faced by cat owners and how to address them healthily, based off of this  article about cat behavior.  READ MORE




Why Shaming your Dog Hours Later Doesn’t Actually Work

Thursday, April 10, 2014

You know that guilty look your dog gives you when you’ve just scolded him for going through the trash and spilling it all over the floor? Well, as it turns out, “the guilty look – head cowered, ears back, eyes droopy – is a reaction to the tantrum you are throwing now over the damage they did hours earlier.”  

If your dog made a bad choice and chewed up your favorite high heel or scratched up the new leather couch while you were at work, there’s a much better approach than scolding your dog – let it go and plan ahead next time to keep anything you don’t want your dog to reach, out of reach, or protected.   READ MORE




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