Guest Post by Elizabeth Burr If you have pets and you’ve ever had to work from home, you’re probably all too familiar with pet interruptions. You’re in the middle of that important teleconference or video call and suddenly, CRASH, BOOM, … Continue reading Guest Post: Keeping Your Dog Busy While You’re Working At Home
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the United States over the past few months, more and more pet business owners have begun offering resources online, myself included. In doing so, I have three things in mind. One, some cat owners … Continue reading New Offerings from Allison Helps Cats
Written by Kristi Jones for Lincoln Pet Culture. I am often asked what is the #1 issue people want help with for their dogs. Numerous answers immediately spring to mind: jumping, pulling on leash, barking, nipping, the list goes on … Continue reading Guest Post: The Number One Issue in Dog Behavior by Kristi Jones
Mama Cottrel sniffed the target stick and waited expectantly for a play session. Nothing happened, which puzzled her. She tried touching the target stick with her paw. Instantly she heard a click and then her favorite wand toy appeared. She … Continue reading Clicker Training with Mama Cottrell
Most cat owners have had a cat that misbehaved. A cat that dashed outside when it shouldn’t, jumped on counters, was too aggressive with your other pets, or did other naughty things. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could train … Continue reading Training Cats To Be Good
Can cats rival dogs in social intelligence? Recent research suggests that they can. In this article, I’ll briefly summarize the work of Kristyn Vitale, a postdoc at Oregon State University who studies cat socialization. I’ll also share four experiments that Vitale says pet owners can try at home with their cats. I tried them with my cats, and I’ll share their results in this article as well In November 2018 I interviewed Vitale, who grew up wanting to work with cats. Not seeing many opportunities in the field, she initially pursued zoology as a career, then switched to feline research … Continue reading Can Cats Rival Dogs in Social Intelligence?
As a professional pet sitter, I often get the question from potential clients as to whether or not they need a pet sitter for their cat. There tends to be two scenarios. The first scenario is the clients are going … Continue reading Guest Post: Does Your Cat Need A Pet Sitter?
Mama Cottrel jumped onto the vet clinic bench. She swatted at the feather toy with her paws. Then she rolled on to her back. Just as quickly, she hauled herself forward and lunged at the toy. Catching it, she let … Continue reading Reinforcement Schedules with Mama Cottrell
The friendly female tabby named Mama Cottrel jumped up beside me on the vet clinic bench. After petting her, I held my target stick in front of her face. Mama stared at me and then at the target stick. I … Continue reading Training a Vet Clinic Cat to Touch a Target
On February 8, I participated in the first online cat behavior conference hosted by the Community Cats Podcast. The conference featured two certified cat behavior consultants, Tabitha Kucera and Rachel Geller. These ladies spoke on several topics, three of which I’ll highlight here. A registered veterinary technician and a certified cat behavior training consultant, Tabitha Kucera is also certified in feline-friendly handling by both Fear Free and the Low Stress Handling University. I have interviewed her three times: Chip the Agility Cat, Kitten Kindergarten, Why Clicker Train Cats?. In her presentations for CCP Behavior Day, she talked about the importance … Continue reading 2020 Online Behavior Day
I ended 2020 by writing that the milestones for my cat consulting business were continuing to accumulate. Before that list becomes too lengthy, I want to share milestones from the past few months, the biggest being my first paying clients. Read on to hear all my exciting news! Develop New Working Relationships Back in my days as a book review blogger, I felt honored when authors, publicists, and/or publishers contacted me about a review. It showed that my name and my work were getting recognized. By the same token, I felt honored when Elizabeth Burr of Preferred Pet Partners emailed … Continue reading My First Paying Clients And Other Milestones
While studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behavior Counselling, Sarah Ellis, discovered that she loved learning about cats. At the same time, she realized that there were so many questions about this “wonderful species” and that she … Continue reading Interview with Feline Behavior Specialist, Dr. Sarah Ellis