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Laura Monaco Torelli

Trainer Demonstrates Low-Stress Ways to Introduce New Stimuli

May 4, 2017 / Behavior

First impressions do matter Don’t underestimate that anytime an animal meets a new person, that person becomes part of the animal’s training. When there is a lack of communication and appropriate foundation training, sudden exposure to stimuli—whether a stranger’s quick reach to the pet’s head or unfamiliar, unleashed dogs rushing into the pet’s space—can create...

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How to Make Vet Visits Less Stressful

Jan 10, 2017 / Behavior

“Come on, you’re fine. Knock it off. Let’s go! SIT!” It’s hard to listen to, and even harder to observe: A puppy is dragged by the leash through the veterinary clinic door as his small paws try to put on the brakes. A dog is given a rough correction when she tries to hide behind...

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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Senior Pets Similar to Alzheimer’s

Dec 5, 2016 / Behavior

This is Part 2 of Behavior Changes in Senior Pets. (Read Part 1: Is Your Pet Just ‘Getting Old’?) In Part 1, we reviewed how physical illness can be mistaken for a dog or cat simply “getting old.” Now, what if you take your dog or cat for an evaluation and everything checks out fine but your...

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Is Your Pet Just ‘Getting Old’?

Nov 1, 2016 / Behavior

This is Part 1 of 2 of Behavior Changes in Senior Pets. Is your pet’s lack of interest in play or slowness to get up just a symptom of “getting old”? Think again. While animals are more prone to various diseases as they age, aging in and of itself is not a disease. My own dog...

Consider Trainers to Teach Clients Basic Procedures

Oct 17, 2016 / Behavior

Veterinary professionals work hard to provide exceptional care for their human and animal clients. When medication is prescribed, added support may be needed to ensure that the required dosage is successfully administered by your client. Perhaps your client is nervous about applying eye ointment, or apprehensive about the very concept of having to reach into...

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Help Your Noise-Averse Dogs through Thunder and Fireworks Season

Jun 2, 2016 / Behavior

Millions of dogs all over the world are terrified by the sound of fireworks. In fact, the town of Collecchio, Italy, recently introduced legislation requiring the use of silent fireworks to reduce the stress caused to pets. But even if everyone in the world used silent fireworks, there are plenty of other loud noises that...