Raising a service puppy can be both rewarding and challenging. Volunteers raise the puppies who grow up to become service dogs. It's a significant commitment of time and energy. Some people do it just once as a Bucket List experience or family project. Others raise puppy after puppy. For example, Guiding Eyes for the Blind reports a 60 percent repeat puppy raiser rate among their volunteers.
Category Behavior training
Someone once said that a yawn is a cat's honest opinion openly expressed. Have you ever watched a cat yawn? His mouth opens so wide, you can count every tooth. It has been estimated that a cat yawns on the average of 109,500 times in his life. Lots of animals yawn. Humans yawn; the earliest yawn often occurs 11 weeks after conception - that's before the baby is born.
Why do cats find counters so appealing? Take this quiz to find out: A. Because they're there. B. Because cats naturally prefer a three-dimensional environment. C. Because cats occasionally find food morsels while patrolling countertops. D. All of the above. Answer D is correct. The Downside There are many good reasons why your cat should stay off the counter.
Many cats suffer with chronic diseases, such as cancer, that can often be managed in such a way that life is prolonged, although the quality of life is greatly diminished. For most cat owners this issue greatly influences the decision concerning euthanasia. Certainly, quality of life is a personal judgment; you know your animal companion better than anyone else.
It's in a cat's nature to chew, but chewing on plastic can be dangerous. Many cats find joy in non-toy objects. We have all probably heard that cats love to play in paper bags, and if you are reading this, you have undoubtedly seen photos shared on social media sites with cats curled up in cardboard boxes.
Dog owners often complain about their dogs dashing out the front door, charging an open gate, or even just trying to be the first one through doorways in the house. The owner of two Golden Retrievers said that her two recently knocked her down as they charged through an open door. She wasn't hurt but knows she could have been and now wants to change her dogs' behavior.
Deciding whether to declaw your cat may be one of the most important choices you make as a cat owner. And for many feline lovers, it's a thorny issue. Why Cats Scratch Cats scratch to smooth out the rims of their claws, which gradually get frayed. Scratching is also an instinctive method of marking territory.
Does your cat go crazy for catnip? There's no mistaking the signs. She dances and wriggles around the room and begs shamelessly as you pull the bag out of the drawer. Then there's the protective hunch as she guards her stash from potentially pilfering felines. That's followed by the pawing, licking, rolling, writhing, frolicking and just plain nutso behavior that normally seems just too undignified for a cat.
If your cat is so finicky when it comes to cat food, why does he graze on grass or nibble on your plants whenever he is in the back yard or patio? Cats are primarily carnivores, which means they prefer to eat only meat. However, many cats are fond of vegetables and other plant material, and will occasionally sample a plot of grass outdoors.
Carriers are important to transport your cat, but how can you make it enjoyable for your cat and not so stressful? In order to transport your cat safely he must be comfortable being confined to a carrier. The problem is most cats only see their carrier when it is time to visit the veterinarian, or go to the boarding kennel.
Cat fights and bites happen between cats or cats can be attacked by dogs. Injuries between companion animals such as from a dog can be a very big deal. There is potential for crushing injuries, broken bones, and bleeding lungs that are at hand when pets get into a fighting mood. The worst cases of injury between pets are when cats find themselves on the business end of a dog's maw.
Cats are usually such graceful and delicate creatures, so it can come as a real surprise when they suddenly lean over to a fellow cat and get a good whiff of their rear. Why do cats do this? It seems pretty weird, especially considering how humans communicate, but it's actually an important part of feline behavior.
How do you litter box train a cat? Most cats have natural instincts to bury their wastes and will know exactly what to do when you have the right litter and litter box in your home. You need to keep the litter box in an appealing location and keep it clean to encourage your cat to use it. How do you get your new cat or kitten to use the litter box?
Butt sniffing is a very natural, instinctive, and basic form of cat-to-cat communication. The cat butt sniff is similar to a human handshake and a way for cats to say “hi” to each other. But the same interaction to us humans can seem rude and aggressive, especially when it manifests in an interested cat excitedly sniffing your personal areas.
Does your adorable kitten come complete with a sharp set of teeth? Kittens frequently bite their owners, and new owners often want to know why kittens bite and what they can do to get their kitten to stop biting. In this article, we'll go over what makes kittens bite and how to curb this behavior.
The question whether cats feel emotion has become a much debated topic among feline behaviorists and scientists. Views of whether and how animals experience emotion have changed over the past few decades, and most cat guardians don't need a scientific study to tell them that their cats feel emotions: all they need to do is look into their feline companion's eyes to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they do.
When you teach your dog to “stay,” you're asking him to hold still in a particular position until you give him the sign to release. This requires some self-control on his part; it's hard for many dogs to hold still. Therefore it's important to teach this behavior gradually, communicate clearly with your dog, and set him up to succeed.
Why Do Cats Purr When your cat climbs into your lap, tucks in his paws under himself, and begins to purr, all is right in his world. This is one of the things we love about our cats; that feeling of contentment they share with us. When cats become soft purring bundles of warm reassuring fur, we feel calmer and more peaceful ourselves.
A hiccupping cat is one of the cutest things around, but it can also be quite distressing for a concerned pet parent. It's natural to want to keep your tiny new companion safe, so it doesn't surprise me to hear a cat lover ask questions like "Why does my cat hiccup?", "is it normal?", and "How can I make the hiccupping stop?
One very common question is: “How often should you scoop the litter box?” Cat lovers both new and experienced wonder about this. The litter box (also known as the litter pan) is an important part of a cat's life. Most cats are extremely sensitive to the condition of their litter box. It should be kept clean and appealing at all times.
The practice of animal hoarding is a danger not only to the safety and happiness of cats, but also to the community in which the hoarding occurs. Toward end of the 20th century, animal welfare professionals, mental health experts, veterinarians, and other animal lovers began looking seriously at animal hoarding.