Picks and Pans Review: What Pets Want Us to Know
updated 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 03/09/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT
DOGS need owners to be "substitute parent[s]," writes Grandin. "Genetically dogs are juvenile wolves, and young wolves live with their parents." Also, to make his trip to the vet less stressful, wrap a T-shirt around a dog's middle: The pressure is calming.
CATS don't respond to social gestures, so give them food as a reward for good behavior. Why? Unlike dogs, cats "haven't evolved to read people."
HORSES can get lonely. If you keep a horse alone in a stall, put up a mirror.
GERBILS are happier in cages with tunnels—even if they didn't make them. They need to feel safe, not "the action of digging."
PARROTS like to be cozy. Providing foliage to perch under can turn off their "instinctual fears of aerial predators."