Is a Quiet Cat a Happy Cat?

Is a Quiet Cat a Happy Cat? Myth #1 about cats: A still, quiet cat is a content cat. We’ve all gotten used to the image of cats adopting a sphinx-like pose, all tucked up, staring off into space in a mysterious, meditative way. We’ve come to believe (or want to think) this means they […]

Snap, Crackle, Crunch: Cheap Treats Your Dog Will Love

Snap, Crackle, Crunch Cheap treats your dog will love I always thought that rice cakes were about as appealing as Styrofoam discs. Turns out, dogs love them! I buy the plain unsalted (or even lightly salted) rice cakes and then break them up into little pieces to use as rewards and treats. I mix and […]

Puppy Training means Crate training — It Makes it Easy Peasy

Puppy training means Crate training — It Makes it Easy Peasy Diane in New Richmond, Ohio wrote to ask for my insight into her puppy’s house training problem, saying: “We are at our wits’ end. My husband is about ready to put an ad in the paper! I need to stop this before it gets […]

Puppy Crate Training — Look On The Positive Side!

Six Ways to Create Positive Associations with the Crate. 1) Put a Halo Liv-a-Little treat into the middle of the crate and say “In your house” in a high cheery voice to train her to go in happily. 2) Give the puppy lots of praise for going in the crate. Never put the pup in […]

Puppy Crate Training — How Long Can She Hold It?

The first thing to know about house training a puppy is that she does not physically have control over her muscles of elimination before she reaches four months of age. However, that is a general rule of thumb and puppies do vary in the development of their self-control so you have to watch your little […]

Crate Training a Puppy

Because I know quite a few lucky families that got new puppies over the holidays, for the next few weeks I am going to write about all the aspects of using crate training as a foundation of puppy training. Crate training teaches a puppy where to eliminate — the first thing he has to learn […]

Cats Are Not Little Dogs

It’s important when making decisions about how to feed your kitty to realize that there is not much physiologically that cats and dogs have in common — except maybe a very keen sense of smell! One of the main ways in which cats are different than dogs is in their digestive systems. Cats are obligate […]