Cat Communication – Listen to the Ears!

Our cats rely very heavily on body language to communicate with each other. Eyes, tails, ears, overall body posture and positions provide an almost continuous, subtle, moment-to-moment conversation. Vocalizations are important, of course, but they often occur in situations that can be equated to “shouting” because the quieter body signals are not sufficient. Cats naturally assume that we understand their…
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Is Your Cat Motivated by Food? Of Course!

If you’re interested in training you understand that motivation is important. Just as with dogs, dolphins and elephants, cats can be motivated for training with food as well as attention, petting and praise. Are they more difficult to motivate than dogs or other animals? Not necessarily. As with all training, it depends on the individual, their environment and some other…
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How self-awareness will make you a better trainer

When someone asks “what will I need for my animal training lessons” the answer you’d usually expect is something like this: “You’ll need a clicker, a leash, a saddle, a treat pouch…” or some other relevant equipment. Or maybe “You’ll need your vaccination paperwork and your liability release...” Very rarely is this the expected answer: “Just bring along your powers…
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What Does Behavioral Wellness Mean for You and Your Pet?

Behavioral wellness refers to how well an animal functions socially, mentally and emotionally in its environment. As a former zoo keeper, dolphin trainer and as an animal behavior consultant, I believe that behavioral wellness is as important to animal welfare as nutrition, exercise and medical care. Like each of those, behavioral wellness is best achieved when it is managed proactively…
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