Monthly Archives August 2020

How to get your dog to file his own nails (part 2)

(Did you miss Part 1?) We show you how to train your dog to file their own nails by swiping at a sandpaper board… and while it is often relatively easy to teach the dog to file their front paws, teaching them to swipe with their rear feet can be a little more challenging. So we like to introduce a little environmental help! Sit on a chair, couch, footstool, etc. and prop your nail file board up at an angle in front of you. Have your dog in front of you and the board. Use a food lure to have
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4 things everyone should consider before adopting a second (or third…) cat

Thinking of adding a cat or kitten to your feline crew at home? Here are some things to consider: Energy Level! – Adopting a kitten or cat with a similar energy level to the resident cat(s) is generally the best fit. Have a cat who lived with cats previously but it’s been a long time? Pick a cat with a positive known history with other cats. Cats don’t automatically like other cats just because they liked another cat at one time; the introductions still need to be slow and managed. Adopting a kitten for an older cat who’s lost a companion or to liven
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Why we use the training method we do

  HSHV has long been an advocate for positive reinforcement-based training methods, and new research continues to support that this is the most effective approach.  A new study has found that dogs trained from a variety of cues – including coming when called when off-leash – responded more reliably and faster when trained using positive reinforcement than when dogs were trained the same behaviors using aversive devices, such as shock collars.  Read more about the study here.
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How to help a fearful kitty

  If you’re looking to help a fearful cat or kitten, the best thing you can do is to give that cat a safe room to call home, go slowly and be prepared with a lot of great food motivators. The old school thinking of “tough love” for fearful kittens has been replaced by a much gentler, rewards-based interaction. And the proof is in the lasting relationship you’ll build with your fearful friends if you build their confidence by letting them make the choices and keeping their fear at a minimum. Sit with them, talk to them, offer some really
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Got a great dog and wonderful friends

I rescued Carina August 2017 while living in Ann Arbor. I also met her foster and volunteer at HSHV, Tom, that day. Since then not only have I had an incredible dog by my side but Tom and I have become good friends. He and his wife and dogsat Carina a number of times and have hosted me overnight when our flight was canceled. Since the adoption, Carina and I have traveled across North America, living in New York, Vancouver and Mexico. She travels so well and everywhere she goes she breaks hearts. Every day people stop me to tell
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