Social Pets


Cats Can be Poisoned by Regular Household Items

    Cat biology is not the same as humans. One look at a cat next to some catnip will tell you that. While the plant does not trigger much in the way of stimulation to us, it sends them into a playful behavioral trance. Catnip is not the only thing that affects feline biology […]


What It Takes To Be a Foster Home

  Coco, a rescue-foster dog, from easternherdingdogrescue.org needed a safe place to whelp and care for her pups until they reached adoption age and were primed for a successful connection with a forever home. This the story of how she came to be with the Carter’s and the journey they went through toward their forever […]


Working With Ocho the Foster Dog

  The Carter family is hosting Ocho, a foster dog from eastern Herding Dog Rescue. Ocho is between 1 and 3 years old. (We think it’s on the younger side). He has a friendly disposition, but an evaluation demonstrated he has some behaviors that need work. He chases cars against the fence in enclosed areas, […]


DIY: Dog Crate Pads

Christina is making some crate pads for Saint Francis Service Dogs www.saintfrancisdogs.org out of fleece. Saint Francis Service Dogs is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist children and adults with disabilities become more independent and self-sufficient through partnership with a professionally trained service dog.


Puppy Socialization: Human Socialization Period

The Carter family hosted “Rose”, an 8 week old Labrador Retriever, for one week  to give her a good head start in socialization. Social animals like dogs have critical periods, which are developmental stages where the nervous system is hypersensitive to certain environmental stimuli. The critical period Rose is in is called the Human Socialization […]


What To Expect When Fostering a Dog

Coco, a rescue-foster dog, from easternherdingdogrescue.org needed a safe place to whelp and care for her pups until they reached adoption age and were primed for a successful connection with a forever home. This the story of how she came to be with the Carter’s and the journey they went through toward their forever home. […]


Chinese Researchers Produce Gene-Edited Super Dogs

Scientists in China have laid claim to a pretty significant achievement, at least in terms of the social and technological implications of it. They edited the genes of two beagles named Hercules and Tiangou to produce custom dogs which have far more muscle tone than the average beagle. They actually have double the amount of […]


How Silly Are You In Public for Your Dog?

Some dogs need a little more support during training sessions than others. That means that sometimes, you need to be their cheerleader. Even if it’s while you are in public. If you have a very timid or stoic dog (one that may be a little afraid or showing no reaction whatsoever) then you may need […]


Ocho The Rescue Dog Evaluation

Ocho our foster dog has only been with us for just over a week, and it had been raining for more than half of that time. Needless to say, all of the dogs had extra energy to burn. Not to mention, the humans were getting a little cabin fever as well. So we took the […]


Blab Beta – Animal Behavior & Anthropomorphism with Lara Joseph & Dr. Patricia Anderson

Below is a link to a great conversation on “blab.im” between Lara Joseph & Dr. Patricia Anderson on animal behaviors, Anthropomorphism. Both Laura and Dr. Anderson birds, bird behaviors and and life with birds. Laura is an animal behaviorist and owner of The Animal Behavior Center in Sylvania, Ohio. The mission at The Animal Behavior Center is to […]