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Cats Life at Home

Allergies Can Fray the Human-Cat Bond. Science Is Working on Fixes

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Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’ve ever had the triumph of a newly vacuumed floor disrupted by a tumbleweed of cat hair drifting around the corner, you know that a truly clean house is difficult to achieve when you live with pets. For the approximately 10 to 20 percent of adults worldwide who have allergies to cats, the consequences […]

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Activities & Enrichment Birds Other

4 Ways Foraging Is More Than Fun for Birds

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Foraging is often looked at as a fun way to provide enrichment for your parrot. I am all about parrots having fun, but I am also very interested in teaching my parrots to be well-behaved. Believe it or not, foraging activities can also be used to help influence your parrot’s behavior for the better. And […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Training & Grooming

Playtime for People and Kittens: Make the Most of It

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes There’s nothing more fun than playing with a kitten. It’s not only entertaining for you and the kitten, it can also actually double as a training opportunity. Our handout offers tips on using playtime to teach desirable behavior and how to reward it.

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Dogs Training & Grooming

Help! My Dog Doesn’t Play Well With Others

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Reading Time: 3 minutes “I don’t understand why my dog is so aggressive toward other dogs when she’s on leash. When she’s off leash, she’s great with other dogs!” my client said. “When does she get to interact with other dogs off leash?” I asked. “We go to the dog park at least four times a week,” the client […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home Training & Grooming

Treats for the Sweet: How to Reward Your Dog

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes Who doesn’t love giving treats to their pets? It’s a great way to reward them for behavior we like, to signal bedtime, or just to say “I love you.” But can you give too many treats? A good rule of paw is that treats should make up no more than 10 percent of a dog’s […]

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Cats Life at Home

Bored Cat? Relieve Stress With Edible Greens

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Hunt. Play. Nibble. These activities are the perfect interactive de-stressing trifecta for cats, as boredom can lead to anxiety, and that’s not what we want for cats who live in Fear Free Happy Homes. Growing some safe, edible plants indoors or in catios can help keep them engaged and happy. While fresh catnip and wheat […]

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Dogs Life at Home Training & Grooming

Service Dog, Emotional Support Dog, Therapy Dog: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Emotional Support, Therapy, Service. Each is a different type of job a dog can have. Can you guess which label fits each dog?

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Training & Grooming

Tug Team? How to Play With Your Puppy

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes It is okay to play tug with your puppy? It used to be considered a no-no, but dogs love playing tug, and it’s a great game for them when done right. Our handout explains how to keep it fun and safe for both of you.

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Equines Other Training & Grooming

How to Make Grooming Stress-Free for You and Your Horse

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Grooming your horse should be a Fear Free activity for both of you. When done correctly, grooming is far more than removing your horse’s dead hair, removing tangles from his mane and tail, and dirt from his hooves; it helps to build a bond between you and your equine pal. Getting Started No horse is […]

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Dogs Training & Grooming

Mine! Does Your Dog Have a Problem Sharing With Others? Why It Happens and Fear Free Ways to Respond

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Years ago, I adopted a Rottweiler we named Peanut. I remember the first time she growled at me over an object. It was a treasured bully stick. I was approaching her and had yet to even reach for or talk to her. I remember feeling insulted that she would respond to me that way. After […]