Training and Education

Toilet training for cats

Sharing your life with a cat comes with a lot of purrrecious moments, but also with a little bit of hair on your clothes, your furniture, everywhere, and with a litter box to be cleaned regularly and litter to be swept daily. But not necessarily! Cats can be toilet trained. Cats of all ages can…
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My cat wakes me up every morning

This is the most common problem among cat owners. While a “Cat Alarm Clock” can be somewhat enjoyable on work days to some, almost everybody would agree that it is very unpleasant on weekends, when most of us like to indulge in one or two hours of extra sleep. Hence why this sometimes-cute behavior can…
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Training : the ABC of operant conditioning

Operant conditioning is based on a strong logic : An animal will repeat a behavior if it feels good and will avoid a behavior that does not feel good. Most people know about using corrections and punishments, and more and more people know about the effect of positive reinforcement. But is it all there is?…
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Clicker training – what and how?

Clicker training is getting more and more popular among pet trainers and pet owners. Do you know what it consists of? WHAT IS CLICKER TRAINING Clicker training is “an animal training method based on behavioural psychology that relies on marking desirable behaviour and rewarding it”. The training is based on psychology 101: Animals, or humans,…
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My cat is too shy

Cats like routine and are not big fans of changes in their environment. So when visitors come into “their” house, they usually ignore them, or hide from them. This is a normal behaviour, and it can happen to the most sociable kitten! As cats mature, boredom, annoyance or even fear take more place in their…
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My cat is attacking me!

Cats love to hide, cats love to watch their next victim silently and cats LOVE to wait for the perfect time to go for a full-blown attack! When the victim is their poor innocent feet, cat owners obviously find this game a little bit annoying, and painful. Understanding why a cat is doing something is…
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Taking your cat out on a walk

Nowadays, most cats are indoor cats. This is often a decision that owners have to take for their cat security, and it is often the best one, since city life is very dangerous for our four-legged companions. Cats usually have no problem living an indoor life; they get used to the comfort, and they can…
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You can teach a thing or two, or hundreds, to your cat

Rarely do cat owners spend time or energy educating their cats. After all, if your cat does something that you do not want him to do, you can easily take the matter (the cat) into your own hands and remove him from this situation. Plus, as most of our cats are indoor cats, they rarely…
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T-Touch Method

At the Chienposium, Maryse Perreault from Essence et Alliances gave a short presentation on the T-Touch method. T-Touch stands for Tellington Touch Training, which is a method created more than forty years ago by Linda Tellington-Jones. There are more than twenty different T-Touch manipulations; most of them are based on circular movements of the fingers…
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Do you want to play fetch…with your cat?

We do not expect much from our cats. They are adorable, cute and fluffy, plus they seem to really appreciate the love we give them. What more could we ask for? Well, we could also teach them some fun tricks as well as good manners. All it takes is a lot of patience and delicious…
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