Helpful handouts for pet adopters, owners & educators
Pet Behavior Handouts
Dominance and Dog Training
This article by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers addresses the ramifications of a reliance on dominance theory as it relates to understanding dogs, interpreting their behavior, and living harmoniously with our canine companions.
Reducing Problem Behaviors Through Management
It’s often important to manage situations while you’re working toward the final solution. In dog ownership, this means setting up your home and life in a way that prevents or discourages your dog from doing unwanted things.
Training Games: Teaching Through Play
Teaching your dog how to behave doesn’t have to be a chore. Using treat-based training makes training a lot more fun for both you and the dog. We can teach our dogs a lot of things through various games.
There is no guarantee that your dog will never guard again, but there are ways you can reduce the chances of it occurring. Clicker training, for instance, is a good way to reduce any stress your new dog may be feeling.
Trainer’s Tip: Handling “spooky” situations
by Brent Winston, equine trainer As winter began and the busy part of riding season came to an end, a lot of folks started calling Harmony to recap their rides or ask for advice on issues that had come up for their horses over the summer. One of most common statements we hear is, “My… More
Trainer’s Tip: Is your horse fit to be tied?
by Brent Winston, equine trainer Well, it’s that time of year when we’re all excited to get out and enjoy the great outdoors on our horses! Some of us ride around our neighborhoods, some of us trailer to horse shows and various events, and others pack up and hit the trails. No matter your source… More
Trainer’s Tip: Polishing off the winter rust
by Brent Winston, equine trainer Wow, what a start to the year! With the unseasonably warm weather and longer days, many of us are getting the urge to take our horses out and ride through the beautiful Colorado landscape. However, many of our horses have been not doing much all winter—and with most horses, this… More
Your First House Rabbit
One of the single most frequent questions about rabbits as companions is: Are rabbits more like cats or dogs? The answer: neither. Dogs and cats have been bred for centuries to not be afraid of humans. Rabbits have been bred primarily for meat, fur and physical characteristics, which means that when you adopt a bunny, you adopt a lovely, domestic animal with the heart and spirit of a wild animal. It is much more challenging to win the trust of this sensitive, intelligent creature than it is to win the heart of a puppy or kitten, which has been bred to trust you from birth.
House Rabbit Toys
Toys are important because they provide mental stimulation. Without challenging activities to occupy your rabbit when you’re not home, your rabbit, especially a solitary rabbit, will get bored. This could lead to depression and/or excessive destruction. The creative use of toys can extend your rabbit’s life by keeping him interested in his surroundings, giving him the freedom to interact with those surroundings and allowing him to constantly learn and grow.
How to Build a Bunny Box
A bunny box is basically a large cardboard box with door holes and extras. Start with a large cardboard box about two feet by three feet and eighteen inches high. Then, add layers of flattened cardboard boxes to the bottom until the pile is about three inches thick. You can also put a smaller box inside the larger box.