Dog obedience training basics: The release cue

Dog obedience training basics: The release cue

In today’s blog, I wanted to talk about an obedience training cue that often gets overlooked: the release cue.  The release cue is very important since it marks the end of a behavior (i.e., “sit,” “stay,” etc.). This gives the dog a clear cue to know that she can break position. It reduces confusion and prevents […]

Ask Dr. Anna: The three D’s of dog training

Ask Dr. Anna: The three D’s of dog training

When I was eight years old, my parents adopted a puppy for me from our local humane society. Being an incredibly creative kid, I named her “Puppy.” She was a Boston Terrier/Beagle mix with a lot of attitude and even more energy. Within the first few weeks, she was with us, we decided that she […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Top 5 myths for pet vaccines

Ask Dr. Anna: Top 5 myths for pet vaccines

Some individuals are unwilling to vaccinate their pets because they don’t believe in pet vaccines.  Vaccines are a vital part of keeping your pet healthy.  Dr. Anna Coffin will dispel the most common myths and help educate you about the need for preventative healthcare. Read more: Top 5 myths for pet vaccines

Ask Dr. Anna: How to keep your cat out of the litter box

Ask Dr. Anna: How to keep your cat out of the litter box

Have you noticed your cat in the litter box more than normal during these holiday seasons?  It’s a common complaint that we see at Guthrie Pet Hospital.  Many people think that their cat has a urinary tract infection, but they actually have feline interstitial cystitis.  This week, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss feline cystitis and […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Living With A Senior Cat

Ask Dr. Anna: Living With A Senior Cat

Many of you know our senior cat, Sylvie.  Sylvie loves to play, she is curious about new objects and loves people, kids, dogs and even other cats.  She reigns the entire clinic with her iron claw and melts the heart of anyone she meets.  This year she turned 14, and a few months ago she […]

Ask Dr. Anna: The art of feline hiking

Ask Dr. Anna: The art of feline hiking

Trail hikes and sidewalk strolls have long been the exclusive domain of owners and dogs. Not anymore! There has been an increase in interest in cat owners taking their friends out for adventures lately, which has led to the creation of a group of Adventure Cat. These cats have been acclimated to harness, lead, and […]

Ask Dr. Anna: How to recognize and treat diabetes in cats

Ask Dr. Anna: How to recognize and treat diabetes in cats

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The signs and treatment are very similar in dogs and cats, but this week Dr. Anna Coffin will concentrate on diabetes in cats. The major difference between dog and cat diabetes is that cat diabetes if treated properly and quickly; cats can go into remission. Read more: Diabetes In Cats: How To […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Managing cat hair in your home

Ask Dr. Anna: Managing cat hair in your home

All cats shed. All of them. Even the “hairless” variety, which has a barely-there downy fuzz. Shedding is part of a healthy coat in any cat. The hair grows to a certain length, dies, then falls out.  Long haired cats shed longer hairs, which makes it seem like a LOT more hair, short-haired cats shed […]

Ask Dr. Anna: Getting The Right Response

Ask Dr. Anna: Getting The Right Response

How to use a simple cue to elevate your dogs’ level of understanding and decision-making. The wrong answer can be a step toward the right answer.  In this article, Stefani Fortney will show you how to use the no reward marker to get the right response from your dog. When I was a kid, I […]