In an ongoing effort to help our readers understand their pets better, the Beacon Journal has asked four experts to answer their questions.
Does your parrot have a potty mouth? Does your kitten use your drapes instead of its new scratching post? Does your dog run in the opposite direction when called? Our panelists will give you tips, and when all else fails, suggest you seek additional help from a professional.
Take me for example. I learned that one simple command can save an animal’s life, and all I had to do was learn it.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Susan Jenkins, owner of Papp’s Dog Service and one of our panelists, has personally given me much needed help with a rescue dog that had no manners.
Rejected by several other adopters, the year-old pup was wild — a chaser of anything that moved. Three eight-week sessions with Jenkins, and the dog learned the words that have nipped death in the bud.
The command “Bosco, come,” will invariably stop him in his tracks and he returns. Mixing the order of the words doesn’t work. Don’t ask. I have no idea why.
As for the rest of the experts on our panel, while I have never used their services, I have grown to depend on their sage advice.
Each of them own and love pets and each has shown great compassion for animals.
Please send questions about your pet to Kathy Antoniotti at the Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640; or send me an email to email@example.com. Please include your full name and address and a daytime phone number where you can be reached. I will forward your questions to the expert I think is best suited to answer your particular problem. I cannot take phoned-in questions.
Panel members are:
• Amanda Eick-Miller of the Behavior Clinic, 9680 Columbia Road, Olmsted Falls. Eick-Miller is a veterinary behavior technician, registered veterinary technician and practice manager with 18 years of experience. Her area of expertise is animal behavior and training. She mainly deals with dogs and cats but also has experience with horses, birds and small mammals.
• Elizabeth S.M. Feltes, also of the Behavior Clinic in Olmsted Falls. Feltes is a veterinarian who practices behavioral medicine with 6½ years of experience. Her patients have included dogs, cats, birds, horses and small exotic pets (i.e. rabbits, ferrets, etc.).
• Susan Jenkins, owner of Papp’s Dog Services, 881 W. Waterloo Road, Akron. A Canine Good Citizen evaluator, she has 30 years of experience with training puppies, teaching dogs obedience and good manners, getting dogs ready for obedience and rally competitions and more.
• Meg Geldhof, medical director of One of a Kind Pet Rescue Inc., 1929 W. Market St. (rescue) and 1700 W. Exchange St. (clinic), both in Akron. Geldhof has been a veterinarian for 10 years and joined One of a Kind Pets in 2008. She deals specifically with dogs and cats.
Kathy Antoniotti writes about pets for the Akron Beacon Journal. She is unable to help locate, place or provide medical attention for an individual animal. If you have an idea or question about pets, write her at the Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640; call 330-996-3565; or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.