Issue 2: December 2002

Welcome to our second issue of the newsletter. The first issue received a warm reception which yielded many good comments and suggestions. One of the things many of you mentioned was that you wanted to see more information about cats. In this issue we have included more cat information which we hope you will find useful. As with our first issue, we welcome your feedback and your suggestions. We want to know what interests you, and how you feel about all things pet related. Please send your comments and/or suggestions to

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Inside This Issue

  1. Clicker Training
  2. Pet of the Month
  3. 4 Cat Questions Answered
  4. Breeder Listings
  5. Featured Products
  6. Classified Ads
  7. Reading your Cat’s Body Language
  8. Calendar of Events
  9. Pets411 Listings
  10. In The News
  11. Jobs at
  12. BRRR! It’s Cold Outside!
  13. The Fine Print

Clicker Training for dogs

by David the Dogman

Ever since dogs and modern people have lived together, the primary means of controlling dog behaviour has been with a collar, leash and the strength of the trainer’s hand. Most pet dog owners do not have the strength and skill required.

Over the past 12 years a new form of dog training has developed based on the system used by Karen Proyer, pioneer marine mammal trainer now known as the “Clicker” which is used for dolphin and whales. The training of dolphins is based on a positive reinforcement-primarily a bucket of fish.

Pryor’s experiences planted seeds in the minds of many trainers and behaviourists who thought if marine mammal trainers can control 600-pound sea lions without shouting and force then why cannot we adopt a similar technique with dog training?

Marine mammal trainers use whistles and clickers since they are aware that before they can even say the word “Good” the mammal has swam 30 feet in the air. As soon as a mammal reaches the highest part of a jump he will know that unless he hears a click he will get no fish. The mammal now learns that a wanted behaviour he gets a click and a food reward, no click then he does not receive any reward.

Over the past few years I have often mentioned that the more we talk to our pets in training the less they understand. I have also urged owners to never punish or correct a dog unless they are able to give a positive reinforcement of either a kind voice or a treat of some kind, like a liver treat.

Most pet dog owners do not have the strength and skill required to properly control a dog’s behaviour.

It is important to try and shorten praise words to one word like “Good” rather than “Now that’s a clever boy”. A good behaviour equals “Click and treat”. If any dog knows you have a treat, he will sit. When he does, click and give him/her a treat. The dog might get up. As he does, say “Up”, then click and and give him/her a treat. If he lays down, just as s/he does, say “Down” and then click and give him/her treat. When the dog comes to you, say “Come”, click, and give him/her a treat.

You will be amazed at how quick the dog will understand simple one-word commands that are followed by the click and treat. Remember he only gets the click when he does the required command.
Clickers are now all the rage in the USA and are now getting started in the UK.

Commitment, Firmness, but kindness.

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Pet of the Month (Dec) Meet Jack

  • Name: Jack
  • City: Toronto
  • Province/State, Country: B.C., Canada
  • Type/Breed: German Shepherd Dog
  • Date Of Birth: June 27 1997
  • Sex: Female
  • Weight: 110 lbs
  • Height:29 inches
  • Coat Colour: Black and Tan
  • Eye Colour: Brown
  • Can bear children: Yes


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The Cat Lady Answers 4 Questions

by Iris Townsend (The Cat Lady)

Why do get cats get in such funny positions?

A cat’s body is very fluid because their skeleton is flexible and light and their bones are strong. Cats have 500 muscles. With this structure and support a cat can move both halves of their body in opposing directions.

Why does my cat knead?

A cat will often knead against a favorite spot when she is content. This is a throwback to kittenhood, when kittens knead against their Mother to stimulate the flow of milk.

Why does my cat need shots?

Shots are an absolute necessary precautionary measure for the health of your cat. Shots immunize cats against lethal viruses and diseases.

Why does my cat hide when company comes?

Indoor cats are exposed to visitors and strangers more than indoor-outdoor cats, and usually handle people a bit better. Some shy cats still run and hide, but most are right there to investigate the newcomer.

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December’s Featured Products

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Fish ID tag


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Classified Ads

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Reading Your Cat’s Body Language

Body language is not just restricted to a cat’s tail. From the way your cat stands to the shape of his ears, your cat is saying something.

Your cat’s legs were not made just for walking around .A bend in the forelegs means the cat would rather avoid a fight, but will defend himself if the need arises. When your cat expands his body, fluffing up, he is showing both confidence and aggression. If the cat’s legs are fullystretched , he is self-assured and prepared to attack. A bend in the hind legs, however, shows indecision or even timidity. When a cat shrinks his body size, legs tucked underneath, he is showing submission, as well as readiness for action.

A cat’s ears do more than just hear; the ears can talk, as well.

When the ears are back and the posture is steady, the cat is unsure of what move to make, considering his options. If the ears are back and the body is low to the ground, this is a display of shame or remorse. The cat’s pricked ears show his interest in what’s going on around him. When a cat raises his head, this is a display of dominance. If the head is lowered, that means submissiveness or even a feeling of inferiority. When the head is completely tucked in, your cat is probably bored. If he’s sneaking around low to the ground at a crawl, he is going after something, stalking his “victim.” Be aware that the cat will soon launch a full-speed assault.
From the Editors of The Daily Cat

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Calendar of Events

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In the News

Pet passports to cover North America

People will soon be able to bring their vaccinated pets from the USA and Canada to the UK. It will mean they no longer have to place their cats or dogs into six months quarantine to make sure they are disease-free.

Street Pets Get Veterinary Care in Montreal

MONTREAL, QC, Nov. 18 – “Animals for Young Street People” is celebrating its third year with accolades from the Quebec Ministry of Education and the University of Montreal veterinary faculty. Through this project, volunteer veterinarians and students care for young street people’s sick animals by organizing monthly evening clinics at Dans la rue’s day centre.

Pampered pooches to get first-class ride

Companion Air, a Florida-based airline that provides pet-friendly travel, hopes to be flying soon. The sky is now the limit for people who love their pets. Beginning early next year, a new pet-friendly airline will be flying into Vancouver International Airport. Called Companion Air, it will specialize in making air travel a lot more comfortable for that much-loved pooch, parakeet or Persian.

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BRRR! It’s Cold Outside!

TORONTO, Dec. 3 /CNW/ – Cold temperatures and wind chill not only affect you, but they also affect your pets. When you are bundling up for the winter, remember that your pet will need some extra care:

Cold temperatures combined with dampness and wind chill is a deadly mix that can lead to frostbite and/or hypothermia. Even a dog that spends extended periods of time outdoors cannot protect himself from the extreme cold and biting wind and should be taken indoors. Frostbite occurs when the fluids in tissues freeze, most frequently on the tips of ears, the paws or pads and the flank or under belly. Hypothermia occurs when the animal’s body temperature drops significantly below normal. This low body temperature causes the body’s immune systems to shut down and eventually causes death. If either of these situations occur, your pet must be taken to a veterinarian immediately.

If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet.

After trips outside, check your dog’s feet for clumps of ice between the pads. Sharp ice can cut the pads of paws and increase the danger of frostbite. Also, clean the paws to remove any salt that can irritate your pet’s paws. If your pet has to lick her feet clean, the chemicals in the salt will make her sick.
Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but your pet doesn’t know that. The sweet taste and smell of antifreeze could lure your pet into a death trap. Make sure you tighten the lids on all your chemicals and keep them away from pets.

Cats looking for shelter in the winter might crawl up into your vehicle’s warm engine. They can get caught in the fan and can be seriously injured when you start your engine. Honk the horn, open the hood of your car, or bang loudly on the hood before starting your car to frighten away any animals sleeping there.

This winter, please remember, if it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your pet.


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