Your Cat Can Do WHAT?

Julie Gordon All, Homepage blog, News & Events Leave a Comment

The cat: independent, strong-willed, often aloof. Not exactly training material, right? Surprise surprise: clicker training blows the roof off of many preconceptions—and the oxymoron of a trained cat is one of them.
It turns out that your cat’s intelligence (and fondness for a morsel of something delicious) makes him a quick study. Your cat will amaze you with the things he can learn to do—and you’ll be amazed by his willingness to do them. Clicker training will entertain the both of you, deepen your relationship, and even help prevent common behavior problems. In this video, you’ll get a glimpse of some of the amazing behaviors that you can teach your cat.

All Ears! How to Train Your Puppy to Listen

Paper Screen All, Training Wisdom Leave a Comment

All Ears! How to Train Your Puppy to ListenTuning you outDo you find yourself repeating instructions to your dog or puppy? You can learn how to train a puppy or dog to listen to you the first time, and every time. Many dog or puppy owners blame the dog for not listening. When you have invested time and effort into …

Puppy Socialization: Exploring New Surfaces

Julie Gordon All, Homepage blog, News & Events Leave a Comment

The first four months a puppy’s life are the most influential. Most of what is learned during this early period becomes the foundation for adult behavior patterns. To decrease the possibility of behavior problems, including fear, anxiety, and aggression, puppies should be exposed to as many people, places, and things as possible during this critical period—in a fun and positive way. Exposures include new surfaces and textures, too! In this video, KPA faculty member Debbie Martin demonstrates how to make exposure to new surfaces enjoyable and rewarding.

Choosing the Paws-itively Perfect Toy for Your Dog

Julie Gordon All, Homepage blog, News & Events Leave a Comment

‘Tis the season for finding that perfect gift for those we love, and for many of us that includes the special furry family member in our lives! There is nothing more joyous for dog owners than to see their dog’s excitement and joy as they enjoy a special new toy. But with so many choices, how do you choose a toy that your dog will love and won’t end up gathering dust at the bottom of the toy basket? A dog’s toy preference depends on her personal style of play. Here, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Faculty Member Laurie Luck offers these suggestions for finding your dog’s play preferences and choosing the perfect toy.

Give Thanks for Pets

Julie Gordon All, News & Events Leave a Comment

If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, your focus is probably on the bird—not the dog. But to ensure a happy and stress-free day for both you and your pet, plan ahead for safety on Thanksgiving Day.

Dos and Don’ts of Pet Halloween Costumes

Julie Gordon All, Homepage blog, News & Events Leave a Comment

The Dos and Don’ts of Halloween Costumes for PetsAccording to an article in the New York Post, 31 million people will dress up their pets for Halloween. Will you be one of them? In a recent television interview on Chicago’s WGN9, Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) Amber Walker offered helpful tips for keeping your pet safe and …