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Never Underestimate a Cat

5 Nov

A blog from my dear friend and trainer, Lena Skov, about her training experience with a cat. To me this is what sets apart a great trainer from just a trainer. When you truly understand how others learn it can be applied to any species. And that is what allows incredible things to happen!

Never Underestimate a Cat

 

Eli Learns to Sit!

5 Oct

Eli came to me from a shelter in Kentucky. I saw her picture on facebook laying in her litter box with her face planted straight down in the litter.  The picture haunted me. I posted that I wanted to help her and what happened next was nothing short of amazing! 

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Kitten Basics is Here!

1 Aug

Kitten BasicsKitten Basics is here! After thinking about it long and hard I finally decided to jump in with both feet and offered my first Kitten Basics Class. This class is designed for kittens between 8 and 12 weeks of age. Not only do they get to play, which is half the fun, but they and their people get to learn too! The buzz has been great so far! I was thrilled to be featured in the Akron Beacon Journal and then learned that the story went national! I have heard from people all over the country and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Come join us!

Walking a Cat on a Harness and Leash

6 Aug

Shira is an active cat. When she gets going she can circumvent my livingroom without ever touching the ground! I wanted her to be able to get out and explore without the dangers of just letting her out the door. So Shira has been learning to use a harness and leash. Continue reading

Charging the Clicker

12 Jul

Charging the clicker is when you condition your pet that the “click” means a treat is coming. The “click” then marks the exact moment that your cat or dog (or any pet for that matter) does the right thing and earns a treat.

When you are working with dogs this is very easy. Most dogs will stand on their heads for a treat if they could. This is not quite the same with a cat. The first two weeks Shira was with me I just let her settle in. I was also trying to figure out what she even liked to eat. At the shelter she did not eat well. They told me that the first week she was there they had a hard time getting her to eat anything. Continue reading

Shira

26 Jun

I started my own dog training business, L’Chaim Canine, several years ago. The one thing I noticed was that the cats belonging to some of my clients always seemed to place second behind the family dog. At times it did not seem fair, especially when the arrival of the new family dog placed the cat’s life in turmoil. The worst was those cats destined to live a life out in the basement instead of being able to roam a home that was once theirs.

I began to read about cats and what they needed to be happy and be able to flourish in those instances so that I could help them out wherever I could. I soon found myself sitting in lectures on cat behavior instead of dog. Continue reading

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