The behavior consultants at Best Friends have found that animal training built on a trusting relationship is the most kind — and also the most effective — method of training. When you have a trusting, cooperative relationship with an animal (whether it’s a dog, cat, parrot, horse or other animal), you have his respect, and he’ll want to spend time with you and work with you. Best Friends does not stand behind training methods that use excessive force, threats, fear, intimidation, pain or dominance.
If you have tried to change your pet's problem behavior on your own and have been unsuccessful, consider getting some professional help. You could consult with a traditional or a holistic veterinarian, a pet trainer, a behavior counselor, a certified applied animal behaviorist, or a board-certified veterinary behaviorist.
If you face the possibility of having to give up your pet due to economic hardship, please check out these pet assistance resources:
As awareness of the connection between puppy mills and puppies sold for profit continues to grow, pet stores across the country are changing the way they do business. Instead of selling puppies who come from inhumane puppy mills, and supporting their cruel breeding practices, many stores are now partnering with local shelters and rescue groups to offer homeless pets for adoption. By offering services such as grooming and doggie daycare, and selling pet-related products, stores that have switched to this more humane model continue to be profitable.
Want to lobby for trap-neuter-return? It's important to do some research about your local community cat situation, elected officials and current ordinances prior to starting your campaign to advocate for TNR.
If you have found a songbird who appears to be a baby (e.g., seems young and healthy but is not flying), please see “Baby Bird Rescue.” Even if a wild bird you have found appears to be an adult, it’s possible that the bird is in fact a fledgling (a young bird who has only recently acquired his flight feathers). During the spring, summer and early fall months, many young birds just leaving the nest for the first time are found on the ground by people.
If you want to help a particular dog, cat or other animal advertised for adoption on Facebook, other social media sites, or email cross-posts, there are several actions you can take.
Is your dog sensitive to touch? Many dogs have sensitive areas where they would rather not be handled. Many different things can influence a dog’s level of comfort with being touched. Here are a few examples:
The number of pet cats who go missing is difficult to estimate, as is the number of cats who, tragically, are never found. Sometimes cats stay lost even though their families do everything they can think of to find them. But many times, people don’t have the slightest idea how or where to even begin looking.
Kat Albrecht, an investigative pet detective, is determined to change that. After all, finding a lost cat is about more than standing outside your front door and yelling, “Here, kitty, kitty.”