Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

By Melissa Taylor and Alese Zeman One of the duties of BV2s, like Beverly Burns, is carrying out matching assessments to help adopters find the right fit © Friends For Life There’s no way we at Friends For Life Animal Shelter can handle all of Houston, Texas’s feline behavior needs,…

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Slipping and Sliding

By Diane Garrod This papillon appears vigilant as she makes her way across the shiny floor © Can Stock Photo/Laures It is no fun for a dog who is scared of walking on shiny floors. Slipping and sliding and being worried or afraid every step of the way can diminish…

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It’s Not Them – It’s You

By Andrea Carne A new study shows the odds of owner-directed aggression were lower in households that reported using positive reinforcement, while the odds of severe aggression toward people were greater when the owner reported using positive punishment © Can Stock Photo /cynoclub Aggression in cats. It’s a sensitive and…

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Is Love Enough?

By June Pennell Having a canine companion has made a huge difference to Robbie’s confidence and been a great boost to his overall emotional state © June Pennell I would love to be able to say that love is enough to help a troubled dog. Indeed, perhaps it is enough…

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A Life without Pets

By Fiona De Rosa and Fiona Warton  Elderly people may find themselves having to give up their pets when they move into a care facility © Grant Nowell Photography As the aging population of the western world increases, more people are finding themselves moving from their own homes and into…

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Stimulation for Psittacines

By Amy Martin Zazous with Flat Stanley: Enrichment will enhance a companion parrot’s life in many ways © Amy Martin Physical and mental stimulation is vital to every species on the planet. Squid, poison dart frogs, pigs, rats, cats, tortoises, spiders, jaguars, sheep, dogs, ferrets, parrots, you name it, they…

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The Problem with “Furry Little Humans”

By Andrea Carne A study by Chijiiwa et al. (2021) found that cats do not think in the same way as humans when it comes to social cues © Can Stock Photo / chalabala Let’s open this discussion with the whole cats vs. dogs “thing.” Honestly, why do we continue…

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How-to Guide: Cleaning A Dog Bed Without A Removable Cover

Pets are crucial members of our families, and we want them to be as comfortable as possible. This often means getting them the best veterinary care, medicines, food, and supplies that we can afford, even down to the beds they sleep in.  However, even quality dog beds require washing and…

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Case Study: From Reactive to Relaxed

By Dr. Sheryl L. Walker Young German shepherd/ Rottweiler mix Gerhardt reported with approximately six bite events at the initial behavior consult © Gerhardt’s Guardians Of all my years studying animal behavior and consulting with individual clients and animal shelters, there was one case in particular that stood out, partly…

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Playing It Safe

By Andrea Carne A study by Cecchetti et al. (2021) found that cats who engaged in play with their guardians using a wand toy for just 5 to 10 minutes a day brought home 25% fewer prey animals © Can Stock Photo / adogslifephoto “Play with your cat more –…

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