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043 The Reasons Dogs Investigate Our Private Parts & Why You’ll Want to Train Your Cat

Published: 06/04/2019
Categories: Episode

Do you get embarrassed when you meet a new dog and the first thing they want to do is bury their nose in your crotch? Why do they have to do that? In this episode, I’ll tell you what the dog is doing – and it’s no different than what they do with other dogs – they’re simply finding out information about you –  but not in the way you probably think.

Whoever hears about cat trainers?  – And the common belief is that cats can’t be trained. But it’s not true. They can – and the benefits for an owner’s sanity and the cat’s welfare are plenty. Feline behavior specialist,  Sarah Ellis, from International Cat Care, and co-author of the book, The Trainable Cat: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat, talks about why and how to train cats. Find out what to do so that your cat likes its carrier and how to make going to the vet easier.

When you’ve had too much to drink and wake up with a hangover, someone may suggest the “hair of the dog” – meaning take another drink! How did dog hair get associated with curing a hangover?    I’ll explain where this expression comes from.

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Resources for the Episode:

Source for the Story about dog’s investigating our bodies. “How Dogs Think” by Stanley Coren.

International Cat Care Website.

Dr. Sarah Ellis, Facebook page.

How to order “The Trainable Cat.” By John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis.

Source for story about the expression, “hair of the dog, “A Fine Kettle of Fish and 150 other Animal Expressions”. By Michael Macrone.