Activities & Enrichment Dogs New Pets Travel & Safety

Saying “No” to Hello

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve all been told our dogs need to socialize with other dogs and with people, leaving some of us with the notion that our dogs and puppies should go to the dog park often or greet every dog who pulls toward them on the street. No doubt about it, we humans love dogs and, more […]

Activities & Enrichment Dogs Training & Grooming Travel & Safety

How to Teach Your Dog to Love Swimming

Reading Time: 3 minutes Before our litter of Labrador retriever puppies went to their new homes, they learned to swim. Some would live at lake homes, others on the beach, and one went to canoe enthusiasts, so it was important to teach them not to be afraid of water. Even if your dog is an adult or senior or […]

Cats Fears & Anxieties Travel & Safety

7 Tips to Make Flights Friendly and Stress-Free for Cats

Reading Time: 4 minutes Most cats prefer to be homebodies, but not Pet Safety Cat Casey. As my feline teaching partner for veterinarian-approved pet first aid/CPR classes all over the country, this orange tabby has logged oodles of miles in the car and in the air. His latest adventure found him flying with me nonstop from Dallas to Washington, […]

Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home Training & Grooming Travel & Safety

Keeping Dogs Safe on Walks

Reading Time: 4 minutes My dog Rio, a friendly Lab mix and former therapy dog, has been attacked numerous times over the years by other dogs – both leashed and unleashed. Once, we even had a dog jump out a car window to try to bite Rio. Panicked, I screamed while Rio defended himself before the owner came running […]

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How Pets Can Have a Joyful and Safe Holiday

Reading Time: 3 minutes The holidays are filled with family, friends, food, and fun, but they can also pose threats to your pets and cause fear, anxiety, and stress. From poisonous plant decorations to not-so-safe sweets, the holidays can be a challenging time for furry family members. Follow these tips to help your furry friend safely enjoy all the […]

Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home Travel & Safety

Walk or Sniff? How You and Your Dog Can Have a Meeting of the Minds

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Beagle came bounding into class, dragging a 7-year-old girl desperately trying to maintain a grip on the leash. “Ms. Teoti,” the little girl whined, “Bonnie doesn’t want to go for walks. She wants to go for sniffs!” Bonnie’s not alone. Dogs have more than 100 million sensory receptor sites in their nasal cavities. In […]

Activities & Enrichment Dogs Training & Grooming Travel & Safety

Dog Meets Muzzle: How to Make the Introduction

Reading Time: 4 minutes Just like people, dogs want to feel safe and happy. The emotionally protective practices employed through Fear Free help to keep animals calm and comfortable throughout care and prevent them from feeling a need to escalate to a bite. But as much as we plan and try to protect our precious pooches, the truth is […]

Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home Travel & Safety

Do You Walk Your Cat? How to Protect Your Feline Friend from Outdoor Risks

Reading Time: 4 minutes Koshka Hellqvist wanted a nice time at Boston’s Binford Park with her two Abyssinian cats, Jake and Angel. Jake, a certified therapy cat, was experienced at walking on his leash. Angel was shyer, but still willing to explore. But several dogs were running around free, against Boston’s leash laws. Without warning, a Rottweiler mix appeared […]

Dogs Fears & Anxieties Life at Home Travel & Safety

Taking Your Dog? Check With Him First

Reading Time: 4 minutes It sounds like a fun idea to take your dog to the monthly art gallery walk downtown, the outdoor patio of a dog-welcoming restaurant, or for a ride in a kayak. These activities may seem safe and fun for you, but to your dog, they can be downright scary. How can you tell if your […]

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Design Safe and Welcoming Outdoor Spaces for Pets and People

Reading Time: 3 minutes The best outdoor spaces are designed with the same care as indoor spaces. As extensions of living areas, yards and gardens should be safe and enjoyable for all family members, including pets. Here’s how to create outdoor spaces that everyone can love. Outdoor Access Dogs usually have access to outdoor areas. What about cats? Experts […]