Tools for Managing the Aggressive Dog

The owner of an aggressive dog needs a comprehensive treatment plan to address the problem. Several tools will help keep people (and other dogs) safe in the meantime.

Canine Sports

Is your dog looking for something new to do? Try out one of these fun canine sports. He'll get some mental and physical exercise and you'll get out of the house, too!

Food Toys and Dispensers for Dogs and Cats

Do your dogs and cats eat out of bowls? Let's change that! Meal time, play time, and training can be much more rewarding with the right food toys and dispensers.

Leashes...

The tools you use to walk a dog can make walking a pleasant or unpleasant experience for both of you. A lot of communication happens at both ends of the leash.

Why Does My Dog Bite Me When He Approaches Me to Be Petted?

You think Fido loves you until he eagerly approaches you for love and then BAM - he bites you. Find out one very common reason for why Fido may do this.

Your Dog Can’t Be In Pain As He Runs and Plays? Think Again!

Pain can contribute to your pet's behavioral issues and can be challenging to diagnose.

Social Conflict Between Household Cats

With the popularity of companion cats at an all-time high, many households have multiple cats. This can lead to some interesting dynamics, including aggression.

Steroids Can Change Your Dog's Behavior

Roid rage is real even for dogs - check out what the most common behavior changes are for dogs on steroids.

Risk Analysis of Behavior Problems: Owner Factors (4)

Behavioral problems often elicit high emotions in owners. Owners often have been dealing with these problems for a long time and, for reasons that are real for them, now feel that they have an emergency. In this blog post we will address owner factors that can affect this decision.

Risk Analysis of Behavior Problems: Environmental Factors 3

Behavioral problems often elicit high emotions in owners. Owners often have been dealing with these problems for a long time and, for reasons that are real for them, now feel that they have an emergency. In this blog post we will address environmental factors that can affect this decision.

Risk Analysis of Behavior Problems: Animal Factors, 2

Behavioral problems often elicit high emotions in owners. Owners often have been dealing with these problems for a long time and, for reasons that are real for them, now feel that they have an emergency. In this blog post we will address animal factors that can affect this decision.

Risk Analysis of Behavior Problems: Overview Part 1

Behavioral problems often elicit high emotions in owners. Owners often have been dealing with these problems for a long time and, for reasons that are real for them, now feel that they have an emergency. This is the first of four posts on factors playing a role in their decision.

Excessive Barking Pt. II: How Do I Stop My Dog From Barking?

Once you know why your dog is barking excessively (see our earlier posts), you can look for some good solutions.

Excessive Barking Part I: Why Does My Dog Bark?

Does your dog bark excessively? Do you have any idea why? Before you try to stop the barking, you need to know how to address the reasons it's happening. Any other plan just puts a Band-Aid over the problem and never really corrects it.

Behavioral "Red Flags" in the Dog

Dogs show many different signs that they are stressed or scared. Understanding their body language can help an owner or caregiver understand the dog's mindset, avoiding being bit, and make events more pleasant for their dogs.

Nine Strategies for Enhancing Enrichment for Cats with Jobs

From our homes, to shelters, to research facilities, we should consider the unique perspective of the cat and modify our interactions and the environment to celebrate the welfare of the cat.

Separation Anxiety: The Great Imitator, Part 4

You’ve been waiting for it! In the grand finale of this series Dr. Stepita discusses treatment option for canine separation anxiety.

Separation Anxiety: The Great Imitator, Part 3

In blog #3 of this series discussing dog behavior problems when left home alone, Dr. Stepita explores various causes of urination and defecation in the house as well as treatment options.

Separation Anxiety: The Great Imitator, Part 2

In blog #2 of this series Dr. Stepita discusses the importance of ruling confinement anxiety and barrier frustration. The treatment for these separation anxiety imitators could lead to a quick fix of the problem behaviors.

Separation Anxiety: The Great Imitator, Part 1

Did you know that behaviors we commonly think of as being diagnostic for separation anxiety (destruction, urination/defecation inside, vocalization) can actually be signs of other behavior problems? In this series of blogs, Dr. Stepita will explore these causes as the problem is unlikely to be managed or resolved without knowing the root cause of your dog's behavior.

Living With My Dog Is Like.....

Dogs with behavioral issues need help too!

Why Shouldn’t We Use Punishment toTeach A Dog Not To Jump Up

There needs to be trust in our relationships with our pets.

The Bark Park

Should you bring your dog to a dog park?

Is Your Dog Lonely?

Is Your Dog Lonely? It can be difficult to decide whether to adopt a second dog

"Squash It!”

We tend to focus on ‘squashing’ ‘bad’ behavior, A shift in perspective to examining the motivations behind the behavior may ultimately prove more useful.

Cultural Differences

While attributing human characteristics to animals is cute in movies, and potentially a cause of misunderstanding between the species, it can be useful to help humans understand our 'cultural differences'.

What to Consider When Adding to Your Four-Legged Family

Choosing a new canine companion can be daunting. Should you adopt a shelter pet or buy from a breeder? Would a puppy or adult dog be a better fit for your life style and family? In this blog Dr. Stepita discusses what to consider before bringing your next furry family member home.

Kitty Play Saves the Day

Cat on the attack? Slug on the rug? Improve your cat’s mental and physical well-being though play and enrichment.

Using Treats: Bribe or Bonus?

Does your pet only listen to you when you have a treat? If your pet is a criminal mastermind, blame the training, not the treat.

Resolving Social Conflict Between Familiar Cats

Cats may abruptly begin fighting with a cat they have known for years. Or, a cat may dislike a new cat from the very first introduction. Have you had cats that did not get along?

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