Learn how to gently integrate a cat that's come from a hoarding situation into your house and life.
Behavior Handouts Library
Welcome to the behavior handout section of the Resource Library. Select the type of animal you are interested in and then use CTRL or CMD to select one or more behavior issues. You can then open, download and print the PDFs, as needed.
Adopting a Hoarded Cat
Aversives for Cats
An aversive is something that your cat finds unpleasant. It can be used to discourage her from a particular action or place.
Aversives for Dogs
An aversive is something that your dog finds unpleasant. It can be used to discourage her from a particular action or place.
Canine rivalry refers to conflicts between dogs living in the same household. Animals that live in social groups establish a social structure within that group.
Cat Clicker Training
Clicker training uses a precise sound (a click) to tell the cat that he has done something to earn a reward.
Cat Toys and How to Use Them
There are many factors that contribute to the safety or danger of a toy. Among them are your cat’s size, activity level and personal preference. Another is the environment in which your cat spends his time. Although we can’t guarantee your cat’s enthusiasm or his safety with any specific toy, we can offer the following guidelines.
Cats: Indoor vs. Outdoor
If you want your cat to live a long and healthy life, keep her inside.
Challenging Your Cat to Improve Performance and Reliability
By this time, your cat can probably perform a few behaviors, such as “sit,” “touch” and “watch me,” some of the time.
Children and Cats: Important Information for Parents
Living with a cat can be beneficial to children. Cats can enhance children's self-esteem, teach them responsibility, and help them develop empathy.
Children and Dogs: Important Information for Parents
Living with a dog can be beneficial to children. However, children and dogs may not always automatically start off with a wonderful relationship
Choosing a Boarding Kennel
Need to go out of town? A boarding kennel can give your pet quality care while you’re away, giving you peace of mind. However, before you load Fido and Fluffy into the car and drive them to the nearest kennel, it's important to do your homework and find the right kennel for your pets, then you’ll need to prepare your pets for boarding.
Cold Weather Tips
Your cats and dogs will be happiest and healthiest, regardless of the season, if you keep them inside with you. Here are some guidelines for protecting your pets when the temperature drops.
Crate Training Your Dog
Crate training your dog may take some time and effort, but can be useful in a variety of situations.
Dealing With Normal Puppy Behavior: Chewing
Puppies may be just as much work as human babies – maybe more so because puppies can't wear diapers and they have very sharp teeth!
It is normal for dogs to explore the world with their mouths. However, chewing can be directed onto appropriate items so your dog is not destroying items you value.