November 28, 2022

#30 - Naomi Rotenberg:
Creating Harmonious Dog & Cat Households

Introducing a dog to a cat can be nerve-wracking! Join Emily as she interviews Naomi Rotenberg from Praiseworthy Pets as they dive into all things helping dogs and cats to get along, including:
  • Why a down stay is probably not the answer when your dog is chasing your cat
  • How to meet seemingly incompatible needs of dogs and cats in the same household
  • When herding dogs have cats

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Meet the Guest

Naomi Rotenberg

Naomi Rotenberg, she/her, is the owner of Praiseworthy Pets and focuses on the cat-dog interspecies relationship. She helps pet clients all over the world enjoy a household where the cats and dogs coexist safely and peacefully. She also provides coaching for other pet professionals who want another pair of eyes on their cat-dog cases.

Naomi is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner and received her Masters in Animal Behavior and Conservation from Hunter College. She is also a licensed Family Paws Parent educator (because in addition to cats and dogs, she likes human kids too)!

She hosts her own podcast – “It’s Training Cats and Dogs!” – where she interviews other pet professionals about how they use their expertise to manage their own multi-species households. She also answers cat-dog related questions from her listeners.

Naomi loves to bust myths about cats and dogs living together, bringing awareness to the fact that a cat-dog problem can’t always be resolved by just “training the dog to leave the cat alone”.

She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two human children, and two old, cranky, furry dudes – Rio the domestic shorthair and Uri the mini American Eskimo dog, who have been coexisting since 2013.


Meet the Hosts

Allie pic with Oso

Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

Allie Bender is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed, and a Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 2006 and professionally training since 2012. She is the founder and co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker.

While in the animal sheltering industry, Allie realized that her passion lied in helping pets with maladaptive behaviors. Specifically, she wanted to help prevent animals with rehabilitatable problems from being euthanized. She loves working with dogs and cats displaying stranger danger, resource guarding, and leash reactivity. Her favorite thing about working with pets and their people is seeing relationships grow and seeing harmonious households develop.


Emily Strong, CDBC, SBA

Emily Strong is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 1990 and has been a behavior consultant since 2008. She is the co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker. 

Emily started working with animals at a young age and struggled with the notion that you have to hurt, scare, or intimidate animals to help them. When she discovered the behavior sciences and learned that it wasn’t necessary to do so– that we can care for emotional, mental, and physical health simultaneously– she plunged headfirst into animal behavior. Emily loves helping current and prospective behavior professionals and working with pet parents through our in-depth services. She enjoys working with all species.

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