Space Cat Academy has launched a Trick of the Month Club subscription program for five dollars a month. Instructor Tori Peterson describes it as, “Your exclusive pass to behind-the-scenes training, two levels of tricks for the month, and a community … Continue reading Trick of the Month Cat Class
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
Sometimes when you follow your heart, you land a job that allows you to use your skills to pursue your passions. Alana Grelyak had been volunteering with the Tree House Humane Society since 2005. Knowing that she’d love to work … Continue reading Marketing Cats for A Cat Shelter
Published in 1980, there are nine sections to The World of Farley Mowat, each of which contains excerpts from one of more of Mowat’s published writings. Selections are grouped in chronological order. As such, given how much of Mowat’s writings were based on his own life, The World of Farley Mowat not only provides readers exposure to a variety of his writings but also a glimpse into his personal life. Indeed, the autobiographical sections are my favorite. These include Saskatchewan, Tide of War, parts of Northern Territories, Siberia, and parts of The Rock and The Deeps. Although his childhood life … Continue reading Review: The World of Farley Mowat
Mama Cottrell and I are graduates of the five-week Feline Behavior Solutions course offered by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. The IAABC says its course is for “cat lovers looking to teach cats specific skills or cat behavior … Continue reading Lessons from Training Mama Cottrell
James Herriot is a master storyteller. Today I’m reviewing the 20th anniversary edition of his book All Creatures Great and Small, which is subtitled “the warm and joyful memoirs of an animal doctor”. In this first memoir of several, Herriot shares how he became a veterinarian assistant and all the adventures this occupation entails. His stories are funny, gritty, riveting, eye-opening, and a host of other positive adjectives. I’ve enjoyed reading Herriot’s memoir this week, as much I did when I first discovered it as a young person. When I initially read All Creatures Great and Small, the animal stories … Continue reading Review: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott
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
“When a puppy named Jack entered my life,” said Kristi Jones, “my curiosity in dog training was piqued.” Her curiosity eventually led her to work with dogs in shelters, rescues, and a training facility. Eventually, out of a desire to … Continue reading Interview with Kristi Jones, A Dog Behavior Consultant
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
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?
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