Animal Emotions and That Icky Sticky Fear

 “Lacking a shared language, emotions are perhaps our most effective means of cross-species communication. We can share our emotions, we can understand the language of feelings, and that's why we form deep and enduring social bonds with many other beings. Emotions are the glue that binds.” ― Bekoff   Ants teach.  Earthworms make decisions.  Rats …

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Do you practice Anthropomorphism or Anthropodenial?

Hello Again, Friends! Full disclosure:  I am breaking my no-more-blog-posts-until-I-finish-writing-my-books-and-move-out-west rule.  Again.  But it's so hard not to share things with you all, especially when I am passionate about something! The topic on the table is something that every single person on this planet has done at least once in their life.  For many, it's something we …

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Why Training Is Essential

Training is not a luxury, but a key component to good animal care. There are many reasons people choose to train an animal.  Some people train animals to avoid being bitten, attacked, or crushed by them.  Some people train animals to avoid being their next meal.  Some people train animals to make their lives easier …

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Holy Moly Hormones!

“Why is patience so important?""Because it makes us pay attention.” ― Paulo Coelho It's that time of year again! ... Spring is here. The hormones have kicked in. Get Ready. Many of you know the scenario: One day your affectionate parrot is a content, happy member of your family, and the next minute he or she is …

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Cat Agility Is Here To Stay!

The only difference between your abilities and others is the ability to put yourself in their shoes and actually try. ― Leonardo Ruiz The world is full of crazy people doing crazy cool things, so it takes a lot to impress me these days, but a young girl from the Czech Republic has trained her cat, Suki, …

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That Guilty Look

 “Calvin : There's no problem so awful, that you can't add some guilt to it and make it even worse.”  ― Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes   Common Myth: When our pup puts on that doleful, guilty look, they must be guilty of something, right? He/she clearly feels bad for doing something wrong. TRUTH: Your …

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Boredom Busters!

Rainy days and Mondays don't have to get them down! There is always something that we can do as pet guardians to help our animals when they are bored, frightened, or frustrated. There is a very popular homemade game that dog guardians have been playing with their dogs for years, and now you get to play …

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Thank Them for Showing Up

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.  You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. ~ Unknown Author Last night while most of the world watched the Olympics, …

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