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After 100+ years of experience with animals, we’ve learned a few things and are happy to share!

Should you rub that doggie belly?

It is a story that trainers often hear: “My dog rolled over asking for a belly rub from the neighbor, and then out of the blue bit her when she touched him.”  While dogs do often roll on their backs to solicit petting, this can mean something completely opposite as well, so it is important to know the difference.

Can you give a dog or cat aspirin?

While pain relievers can be very important for our furry friends, don’t reach to your medicine cabinet for help. 

Please don’t feed the bears… or the greedy humans

As summer comes to a close but our need for safe outdoor recreation does not, we need to be cautious about engaging in activities that sustain cruelty.

Although I didn’t watch it, I hear Tiger King’s Joe Exotic now has a personal understanding of why wild animals don’t belong in cages. Now that he’s in one.

The animal entertainment industry has a long and sordid history of abuse, well beyond caging. Flourishing over many decades, we humans demonstrated our “superiority” over animals by tearing them from their homes, kidnapping their babies, breeding them to excess, and imprisoning them in small barren cells.

We gawked at them and used fear and violence to keep them under control and teach them to do silly things to make us laugh. When there were too many, or they outlived their usefulness, they were culled, neglected to death, or sold to research.