4 Huge Mistakes People Make when trying to fix litter box problems, and what to do about it.

If you have or love cats, chances are you or someone you know is going a bit crazy trying to deal with “Inappropriate Elimination”  AKA “litter box problems”. (cue the music from Psycho) Inappropriate Elimination in cats is the technical term for pooping or peeing outside of the litter box, but if you’ve ever had to deal with it you know that “inappropriate” is a bit of an understatement.  “Inappropriate Elimination” includes cats that pee outside the litter box, cats that poop outside the litter box, and cats that spray (and yes, both male and female cats can spray!).  And
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Everyone loves a parade… except maybe your dog!

Summer usually means lots of outdoor gatherings such as backyard family parties as well as big public events. They are fun for us, so naturally we tend to want to share that fun with our dogs. It is important though, to make sure your dog is actually enjoying the festivities as much as you think he is! I can’t tell you how often I’ve attended a Fourth of July town parade or a large festival like Taste of Tacoma only to see numerous people towing along dogs who look like they would rather be anywhere else. Why would someone subject
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Shake it off, Baby!

We’re all familiar with the classic dog trick of offering a paw for a “shake”. But there’s an even better version that you can teach your dog… one that will actually have a very nice side benefit. I’m talking  about the full body shake! Dogs shake their entire body to dry their coat after a swim or after coming in from the rain, but the most common reason they shake it all out is to relieve inner stress. I’m not talking about “shouldering the burdens of the world” type stress… just the tiny little things throughout the day that cause
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Help! My Cat Isn’t Using The Litter Box!

If you have or love cats, chances are you or someone you know has experienced “Feline Inappropriate Elimination” (cue foreboding music). That’s the technical term for pooping or peeing outside of the litter box, and it’s the number one cat problem I see in my behavior practice. In fact, it is such a prevalent, yet solvable problem that I developed a quick and easy online course for those DIY folks that want to cut to the chase and get started with a solution (if you are in the “I’ve tried everything” crowd you will likely find it quite helpful!) For today’s
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Help! My Dogs are Fighting!

Love at first sight?  Not exactly… Meet Sydney and Posie, an ongoing success story from two years ago! Sydney was a one year old mixed breed rescue dog when I met her, with the description of “1/4 AmStaff, a touch of border collie, and who knows what else”.  Posie was a “sweet and submissive” 6 year old Pug. My client Anne had brought Sydney into the family with the hope that Sydney and Posie would be fast friends and they would all be one big happy family.  Little did she know, it would be a long road to get there! Most
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Inaugural Blog Post! My adventure story…

Welcome to “Pet Ponderings”, my blog that is packed with “ah-ha!” moments and fun stories from the front-lines as I see dogs and cats for behavior issues and share tips on how you can avoid some of the pitfalls that I see every day. I’m starting off with the adventure story of how I got here (spoiler alert… there are tigers involved!) Then I think you will enjoy what is coming next! Look for  a fun post once or twice a month. Sometimes it will be a behind the scenes look as you travel with me in my daily life
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