Category Archives: Vet Care

Disaster Preparedness Drills and Safety Plan


Disaster Preparedness Drills and Safety Plan


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In this DVD you will find an all inclusive plan to keep your dog safe if faced with a disaster or emergency.

You will learn how to train dogs to do a variety of important life saving behaviors that all dogs should know and practice (Stay, Come when called, Leash Walking, Impulse Control and more) as well as safety behaviors (wearing a muzzle, cone of shame, taking medications and so much more).

Pamela will take you through a variety of ways to condition your dog to accept wearing a cone and a muzzle, enjoy being handled and even massaged. She explains why it is important to train dogs to enjoy these things and not wait until an emergency happens when the dog is scared and worried because all of a sudden he has to wear a muzzle or a cone.

Do you or your clients have a difficult time getting dogs to take medication? This DVD will go over a few non-traditional ways on how to get your dog to take and enjoy taking his medication, without any struggle. Finally giving your dog medication will be easy and stress free for you and your dog.

Does your dog hate to have his nails trimmed? Are you worried that you will clip them too short and cause your dog pain? Pamela goes over a few ways to clip/file your dogs nails and how to find a method that works for you.

You will also learn what you will need if an emergency or disaster strikes, such as first aid kits and what to put in them, handouts that could help you relocate your dog if he were to go missing and other valuable ideas on how to be prepared for anything. Accidents, emergencies and disasters happen when you least expect it. Are you prepared? Do you know what you would do? Do you have a plan?

This DVD will help you get your dog and your family prepared with plan and know what to do when faced with an emergency, disaster or accident.

Performance Puppy Tips


  Welcome to Performance Puppy Tips!

This is a performance puppy tips program and all content will be posted in a closed Facebook group.  The content of this group will only be for members.  Members will see video, be a part of discussions, learn training concepts, see my puppy plan photos and pictures of my new puppy as she grows up. NEW PUPIf you would like to learn more about clicker training, have fun, learn important behaviors/things to train puppies (or dogs if you don’t have a puppy), then this program is for you.

To become a member of this group, please send me a direct payment through PayPal using my email address ( to purchase a membership.  Once you purchase a membership, you will be able to send a request to join this Facebook page and I will add you as a member.

$25 for each 8 week part
Sign up for one part at a time or all five parts for $100 and save $25.

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 1 (8 Weeks)

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 2 (8 Weeks)

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 3 (8 Weeks)

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 4 (8 Weeks)

Performance Puppy Tips: Part 5 (8 Weeks)

In this group, I will share puppy performance training tips (videos, concepts, discussions, photos of my puppy plans and photos of my puppy) as I work with my new puppy. When something important comes up and I feel that others should know about it, then I will share the tip here on this page only.

The tips in this program will be specific for puppies. However, all of my training methods, games and training in general can be used with a puppy or dog.

Anyone building a working relationship with their dog for a specific dog sport will benefit from being a part of this group. I am calling it “Performance Puppy Tips”, because you will see me work with my new puppy as well as discuss important topics that come up as I train/work with my puppy.  You will also see how I work with and incorporate my other dogs into the training process along side my new puppy.

Members will be able to ask me questions and engage in discussions that pertain to specific posts. However, I will not answer training questions! If you have a training questions/issue and would like help solving it, I offer “One on One Online Training Classes”.  2 weeks for $40 and I will help you with your training needs through video and written plans. Pam’s Dog Academy also offers Online Classes:  Clicker Training Basics, Loose Leash Walking, Rock Solid Stay, Play-N-Train Recalls and Insider Secrets to Canine Freestyle. If you are a CPDT, you can earn CEU’s when you take my online classes.

This group is for ANYONE: Trainers, pet dog owners, those preparing for competition and those that just want to have fun and build a better relationship with their dog!

If your goal is to compete or simply just to have fun with your dog, the most important thing you can do is build a strong positive relationship with your dog.  A relationship that is built on trust and cooperation.  Once you have a great working partner/relationship with your dog, the sky is the limit as to what you both can accomplish.

I look forward to sharing my insight and ultimately helping you train your performance puppy or dog through throughout this program.

A few categories that I will be working on with my puppy:
Focus Building
Learning Methods
Trick/Behaviors Training
Sport Foundation Training
Safety Behaviors
Recall Games
Building Calmness
Proofing Behaviors

All training methods are force free, positive and without punishment/intimidation!

Welcome to Performance Puppy Tips!
Pamela, Isabelle, Bandit, Twix and my new puppy (that does not have a name yet)

Cat Hairballs: Should I Be Worried?


Cat Hairballs: Should I Be Worried?

The ancient Egyptians worshiped cats, just as modern cat lovers do, although we generally don’t carve our cat passions onto stone tablets. It’s important to keep these lofty thoughts about our felines in mind, particularly when one climbs out of bed in the middle of the night and a bare foot encounters the unmistakable cold and squishy cat hairball.

What Is A Cat Hairball?

What exactly are hairballs, and how concerned should you be if your cat coughs one up? First of all (not to split hairs), it’s a fallacy that cats “cough up” up a hairball. The hairball lives in the cat’s digestive system (not lungs), so technically the dreaded hairball is being regurgitated. Cats can spend up to 10 percent of their waking hours grooming themselves by licking their fur.

As a result, the hair can sometimes collect in their digestive tract. Hair that is not eliminated into the cat litter box may sometimes be expelled from the other end in the form of a hairball.

The scientific/medical name for a hairball is trichobezoar. It usually appears as a tightly-wound sausage-shaped lump of compressed hair that is vomited up by the cat. An occasional feline hairball is not normally a cause for worry. However hairballs can be deadly for self-grooming pet rabbits, which can’t regurgitate.

Hairball Signs And Symptoms

Cat hairballs are not normally an indication of a serious health problem, but if a cat vomits excessively (several times a week for more than a month) it should require a trip to the vet to see if there are other causes.

Cat vomiting can be a sign of many different behaviors or conditions, including the following:

  • Change in diet
  • Eating grass or plants
  • Spoiled food
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney or thyroid disease
  • Ingesting a foreign object
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

The occasional hair-filled puddle coughed up by your cat should not be a cause for alarm for anybody except your carpet cleaner. However, if persistent vomiting occurs, it’s time for a trip to the veterinarian or animal hospital to determine if there is a more serious medical condition. In the most severe cases, a feline hairball can cause a blockage in the stomach, intestine or colon. Symptoms could include weight loss, loss of appetite and excessive coughing. Additional signs of a potential blockage might include frequent diarrhea and consistent retching or hacking that does not result in a hairball. If a hairball causes a blockage, surgery may be required to correct the situation and this can be dangerous for the cat and very costly for the owner.

Prevention And Treatment Of Hairballs

One of the most effective and least expensive ways to prevent hairballs in your cat is through daily brushing. There are a variety of combs and brushes available at any pet store to help you rid your cat of the excess fur that might end up causing hairballs. This is an especially important tip for longer-haired cats, or cats who groom themselves more often.

Other preventative measures and hairball treatments include a variety of dry cat food designed to maintain a cat’s digestive health. These foods (there are several on the market) generally contain various mild fiber blends to help increase normal elimination.

Providing kitty grass or a supervised visit to the lawn can also help a cat with their digestive problems. Most pet shops and even some grocery stores sell pre-grown containers of cat grass these days. Cats instinctively know when they need to eat grass and will generally do so willingly. These sources of extra fiber, along with exercise, will help get your cat’s digestive system moving in most cases.

Most cats will produce hairballs at some point in their lives. Being aware and monitoring the behavior to see if it persists or becomes more severe will indicate whether it is just an inconvenience or a sign of a medical condition that will require professional veterinary advice. Hairball jokes about cats are as common as, well, hairballs. But a responsible and observant owner will be able to tell whether their cat’s hairballs are routine or no laughing matter.