Pet Parent Tips

Handle Common Leash-Walking Challenges

by Marilyn Peterson, CPDT-KA, Behavior and Training Manager Dogs straining on their leashes, pulling their owners across the neighborhood terrain is a common challenge. Thankfully,

Pet-Proof Your Foster Home

You’ve opened your heart and home to a dog or cat in need. Congratulations! You’re a foster parent. Chances are, you know a bit about

Very Scary Things: I Spy Game

This month’s blog series is all about helping fearful dogs. We’ve covered how to recognize signs of fear and how to get to the root

Very Scary Things: Read the BEET

October is here already and the stores are packed with scarecrows, pumpkins and pies.  I’m planning my costume for Bowser’s Boo Bash – are you

Cooperative Pet Care

I had to go to the dentist last week and as I lay in that vulnerable position, mouth open , drill buzzing, I kept thinking

Be Your Dog's Advocate

I recently visited a new veterinarian to update my Aussie, Joy, on her rabies vaccine and to do a heartworm test.  After taking a brief


Recently I was lucky enough to travel to the east coast on a business trip. After a week of work, which included coaching new professional 

Enriching Cats

Give your bored, destructive, and trainable cat some training and enrichment. Enriching cats will make you and your cat happy.

Growling is Great

Many people mistakenly believe that growling is aggression and should be stopped. But really, growling is great! It’s a dog’s last resort before biting.

Greeting a Shy Dog

What if your dog is shy of new people? Or, how do you make friends with a shy dog? Here are tips and tricks for greeting a shy dog.

Helping Your Crazy Cat

Does your cat bite, chew, yowl, or run around too much? Helping your crazy cat can be as easy as providing enrichment to fulfill their hunter instincts.

Dealing with Bouncy Biters

Dealing with bouncy biters is a challenge, but they can be some of the very best dogs. Learn how to help these confident, active, and smart dogs behave.

Leaving Your New Dog at Home

If you are adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue, chances are the dog you see has experienced heartbreak, at least once, maybe several times. Dogs are emotional and affiliative creatures that can form extremely strong bonds with their social partners. Learn how to bond with your dog and avoid anxiety that can lead to destructive behavior when you leave!

Johnny Wants a Dog- Finding the Right Dog For Kids

Your kids have been bugging you for months to get a dog! You’ve put them off for as long as possible but now your spouse is in on it, so you’d better join the club. How can you be sure you’re getting a dog that will actually be good for them and good to them?

Who Is That Doggy In The Window?

Let’s talk about how individual characteristics can be discovered in a few quick moments while visiting a shelter dog of any breed or combination of breeds.

Which Is Your Favorite Dog Breed?

Learn why breeding two dogs together doesn’t make the best of those two dogs, but rather brings both the best and the worst of all of the ancestors of those two dogs into a litter of puppies.

Giving a Christmas Puppy?

This time of year, videos are making the rounds showing children being surprised with a new puppy or kitten. Their chubby faces beam with delight and the

I Forgot to Train My Dog!

Pumpkin pies are in the oven, wine is chilling and the guests will be arriving tomorrow, so you’ve got a couple minutes to spare. You

Certified Professional Dog Trainers

Congratulations to WHS Behavior Training Coordinator, Jessi Keller who has achieved the designation of Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed!  Jessi has the experience and professionalism

Holiday Dog Training Series

Walking around Costco the other day, I noticed side-by-side Halloween and Christmas displays. Seems like the holidays get compressed closer and closer every year! In

Dogs and Kids

The mother was distracted, chatting with a friend, but I’d been watching her dog at the park for a little while. Clearly an insecure adolescent,

Getting to Know You

We’re building an amazing team of trainers and behavior experts at Willamette Humane Society! In a recent blog, I told you about the CPDT-KA and