Tag Archives: enrichment

A Plug for Play

By Julie Naismith Just like humans, dogs need play time too. And one of the many beautiful things having dogs has taught me is that you’re never too old to play. You might be asking: “But, where does play fit … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Behavior, Pet Care, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Added Brainpower!

Quite a ‘buzzword’ bandied around at the moment is ‘enrichment’, so here I’m going to take a look at what it actually means and involves. Enrichment? So lets start right there – what is enrichment? Put simply, enrichment is an … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Behavior, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Opposite of Force

I think I’ve figured something out. I continue to see the concept of choice bandied about the positive reinforcement-based training world. It can be a code word for a setup that includes negative reinforcement. “I’m going to do something physically unfamiliar … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Behavior, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dogs Require Daily Enrichment

As a professional dog trainer 60% of my cases are behavioral in nature. Training is about teaching dogs (and owners) how to do things while behavioral cases usually involve changing underlying emotional states such as anxiety, stress and fear.  I often … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Behavior, Pet Care, PPG News, Stuff, Training, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Are You SURE Your Dog Prefers That Food Toy?

It just occurred to me that it is super easy to make assumptions about how much our dogs prefer a particular food toy, or even whether they really enjoy them that much. Don’t yell at me. To be clear: I use … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Behavior, Learning Theory, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Change of Lifestyle

By Marilyn Krieger According to a study by the Humane Society of the United States, based on data collected from 600 veterinarians, two out of three veterinarians recommend keeping cats indoors, citing vehicles and transmittable diseases as the two greatest … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Behavior, Pet Care | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Getting It Right First Time

By Marilyn Krieger Like any pet, cats enhance lives and make a house a home. They excel at helping their people unwind after a stressful day. There is nothing quite as comforting as having a cat serenely napping nearby. Although … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Behavior, Pet Care | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Benefits of Keeping Cats Indoors

By Paula Garber, MEd, CATEP, CFTBS Some cat owners believe it’s “natural” for their cat to be outdoors, or that their cat won’t be happy unless given the opportunity to roam. These days, most pet cats aren’t as suited to … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Pet Care, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Revelation about Resolutions

Over the years, I’ve made many New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, get organized, read more, and hundreds of other goals that became part of my never ending “To Do” list. But this year, I had a revelation and decided … Continue reading

Posted in Training | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do Cats Really Like Music?

By Jane Ehrlich According to a study by Snowdon et al., ‘cats may ignore human music—but they are highly responsive to music written especially for them’ according to their study published in applied Animal Behavior Science.  Professor Charles Snowdon, of … Continue reading

Posted in Animal Behavior | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment