“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
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?
How smart is your pet? More and more quizzes are becoming available for dog owners to test the cognitive abilities of their dog. Sadly, but not surprisingly, there are few such tests available for cat owners. It’s sad because cats … Continue reading How Smart is Your Pet?
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?
Lincoln Pet Culture’s series of interviews with therapy cats resumes this week! My therapy cat Rainy sat down to do an online interview with Jenny. She is registered with Therapeutic Paws of Canada (www.tpoc.ca ) and visits once a week … Continue reading A Therapy Cat Named Jenny
In this time of uncertainty, there is reassuring news. According to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), there is no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19. The CDC website states that coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, of which some cause illness in people and some cause illness in animals. However, the coronaviruses that infect animals rarely infect people. While the first infection of COVID-19 (and its predecessor SARS) has been linked to a live animal market, CDC added that public health officials do not actually know the exact … Continue reading COVID-19 & Our Pets
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
Lincoln Pet Culture’s series of interviews with therapy cats resumes this week! My therapy cat Rainy sat down to do an online interview with Millie. She is certified through Love on a Leash and spreads sunshine to seniors and children … Continue reading A Therapy Cat Named Millie
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