Cat owners can have a lot of questions: "Should I get a second cat as a playmate?" "How can I stop my cat from scratching the furniture?" "Why doesn't he use the litter box?" So in the spirit of David Letterman, I compiled this top 10 list of cat behavior tips.
Like food and shelter, animals need play. When taking histories from clients during routine examinations or visits regarding their petsâ€™ behavior problems, remember to ask clients whether they play with their pets.
Although the prevalence of self-directed behaviors is not well-documented in dogs or cats, it is likely underappreciated because animals are not typically presented for evaluation of such behaviors unless the clients think their pets are manifesting a behavior problem or some degree of injury as a consequence of the behavior.
Body posture in dogs is an easy factor to assess in the signaling repertoire, but we too often ignore it. This quick tour through some common postures involving stance will help you understand what dogs are communicating and what their next movement might be.
As practitioners learn how important canine and feline social interactions and cognition are, they ask questions about how they can better understand the interactions and their outcomes. The key to understanding interaction is through signaling.
Within a few months, Solo's separation anxiety had decreased and he could be left alone for an hour or so. As often happens with rescued dogs, he had also begun to show some other, less savory behaviors.
This column outlines the course of treatment for a dog who has been a patient for 2.5 years. It demonstrates the complexity of behavioral cases and as well as this client's understanding, tenacity and compassion. It also demonstrates the capacity of these distressed dogs to become more than we could ever have guessed.