How is your 2016?

We are several days into 2016, and, crowded gyms notwithstanding, it’s likely that many of us have already broken our well-intentioned new year’s resolutions.

Last week, I said that my goals for 2016 were to work with Nefertiti on her polite behavior around food, especially wet food. I started working on this goal in late December. I think I have already made some progress but you can judge for yourself (sorry for the poor video quality):

When working with cats, it is always important to keep in mind that they are not just agile, undersized dogs. I don’t mean that to sound facetious. It is very common for pet owners to expect their cats to respond to stimuli, including cues, the same way that a dog would. However, cats are driven by a set of instincts that have developed to fit a very different social structure and environmental niche.

Training cats is more effective when that training can tie into their natural instincts. When that is not possible or desirable, as when training activities are planned to mimic dog training, expect the training process to be longer and slower than the process of training the behavior would be with many dogs.

Good luck and happy training!

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