Videos

Bringing out the best in a cat or dog is a hands-on task. Seeing it in a video is often better than reading it. My goal with these videos is to make behavior management easier to understand and implement.

Dr. Nichol’s Video – Pets & Kids Make it Safe – Keep it Fun

By drjeffnichol | March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – Pets & Kids Make it Safe – Keep it Fun

Make it Safe – Keep it Fun. Did you ever do dumb things when you were a kid? I never did. Well, ah yes, actually I did. I have two sons, both adults now. Despite what my wife and I carefully taught them about safety they made mistakes that surprised us sometimes. They did these dumb things because they were children. Count on them to break the rules when interacting with pets, especially your own.

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – Time Out for Nutball – Everybody needs to Feel Better

By drjeffnichol | February 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – Time Out for Nutball – Everybody needs to Feel Better

A dog will believe that any response from its person is an earned reinforcer. That’s why reprimands and punishments fail. To stop digging the hole even deeper you’ll need to ignore everything you don’t want. But sometimes the nipping, mouthing, and body slamming continue anyway.

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – We Speak – Dogs Watch

By drjeffnichol | February 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – We Speak – Dogs Watch

They’re good listeners too Why do dogs follow commands like sit and stay if they don’t understand English? When we speak are dogs processing the words we are saying, or the tone we are using? Our dogs don’t miss anything, even though they don’t understand everything.

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – A Cat Named I. P. Daily

By drjeffnichol | February 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – A Cat Named I. P. Daily

Cat pee on the floor, cat pee on the bed, cat pee on the door – could make you lose your head. The most common feline behavior problem often has simple solutions.

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – Hissy, Scratchy, Cranky Kitties

By drjeffnichol | January 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – Hissy, Scratchy, Cranky Kitties

Cats are so sweet and cuddly. But they can damage you with their sharp teeth and claws. Don’t get angry – get cat smart.  

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – Holiday Disasters & Near Misses

By drjeffnichol | December 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – Holiday Disasters & Near Misses
dog afraid of fireworks

You’ve done your best but somebody in your house ate a poinsettia or a chocolate Santa. And what about New Year’s Eve fireworks? Share with your friends. Together we’ll survive the New Year.

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – Cars, Cats, & Furry Suits

By drjeffnichol | December 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – Cars, Cats, & Furry Suits

You’re invited to my Facebook Live event called Holiday Worries for Jangled Pets. I’ll share valuable methods for keeping pets peaceful and avoiding hazards on Wednesday, December 19 at 6 PM MDT. You’ll have lots of time to ask me questions. Go to facebook.com/drjeffnichol   JP would scratch and bite his person anytime she tried to pick him up. During one of his earlier lives he’d been thrown out the window of a moving car. And he got badly injured.  JP didn’t trust anybody after that. My job was to help him get past his fear of human hands.

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – Petting Cat – Ouch!

By drjeffnichol | September 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – Petting Cat – Ouch!

Grooming or petting a cat can be dangerous. Watch for dilated pupils and rippling skin. Physical problems can underlie serious aggression.

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – Puppy Planning – Dominance is for Weenies

By drjeffnichol | September 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – Puppy Planning – Dominance is for Weenies

During Luna’s first weeks she missed out on gentle social exposures, causing her to be afraid when approached by anyone. Well-meaning human attempts to make friends triggered defensive lunging and snapping. You can side-step fearful encounters for your puppy by providing the kid with choices. Let your puppy choose to interact when he is ready. And NO DOMINANCE moves. Dogs were not put on this earth to challenge us humans for global supremacy

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Dr. Nichol’s Video – Puppy Planning: Even Freaked-Out Adult Dogs can Learn

By drjeffnichol | August 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Dr. Nichol’s Video – Puppy Planning: Even Freaked-Out Adult Dogs can Learn

We never want a scared dog to perceive a threat. No one should ever approach, lean over, or stare at her. She’ll choose to approach when she’s not afraid. She can then learn to divert her attention away from a fear trigger by targeting. With enough repetition your dog will look to you, her reliable leader, whenever she starts feeling a bit wiggy.

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