Spaying or neutering is one of the greatest gifts you can provide your pet and your family. These routine medical procedures not only help control pet overpopulation, but they may also allow your dog to lead a longer, healthier and happier life.
Moving to a new environment can be stressful for any dog or puppy (even from a bad environment to a good one). Here is a handy guide to help make the first month a little easier for everyone!
An adult dog’s behavior is a result of his/her experiences as a puppy as well as genetics. Puppy-hood is a time to be proactive and prevent problem behaviors from developing. Adopting a puppy is a huge commitment; for one thing, you can’t leave a puppy home alone all day. Most young puppies need to eliminate approximately every two hours, so someone needs to be available to take the puppy outside to do his business. If the puppy you adopt hasn’t been house-trained, he’ll have to be taught that skill.
When you're teaching children about dog bite prevention and how to be safe around dogs, keep it simple. Discuss animals, how we relate to them, and the role of animals in your family, not just how to avoid being bitten. If you have younger children, always supervise them around dogs and be mindful of how the child interacts with the dog so they learn to be gentle from the beginning.
Just like people, dogs communicate using body language. Your dog is communicating with his entire body, not just his tail or his voice. If you want to know how he is feeling, you’ll need to learn to read your particular dog’s body language. To get a sense of what your dog is trying to tell you, spend as much time as you can observing your dog and his body posture.
A tired pup is a happy pup. The more you can interact and bond with your new family member the better. Here are a few basic training ideas.
Does your dog lunge, growl and bark at the end of his leash when he sees an unfamiliar person, dog or object? If so, he is displaying something called “leash reactivity" or "barrier frustration".
Below is a website with some quick tips on managing the situation.
Co-Founder Jennifer Lupinek is a Certified Dog Trainer and is here to help with your training issues! Below is a link to class schedules at Dog Training by PJ, where she trains out of.
Please feel free to email us at Pawsibilities for other training concerns!
All cats are individuals, and some may merge into your household better than others. Here are some steps in creating harmony between your new cat and the existing cats in your household.
In order to integrate your new cat into your house and life as smoothly as possible, you must be able to recognize the signs of stress while changing her living situation slowly over time. With this method, you are initially maintaining her previous routine, while changing to your routine over time.
Ask any young child what a cat says and she’ll tell you confidently, “meow.” But is that all that cats say? Meowing is actually just a small part of how cats communicate. Mostly, cats use their bodies to tell us, and each other, how they feel. Everything from their ears, eyes, and whiskers to their toes and the tips of their tails give us clues as to what’s going on inside their heads.
Cat Not Using Litter Box: Causes and solutions. Is your cat not using the litter box? Cats stop using their litter boxes for a variety of reasons, including issues with the box or litter, dissatisfaction with the placement or number of boxes, changes in the environment inside or outside the house, and undiagnosed medical conditions. You may have to investigate several possibilities before you understand what your cat is trying to tell you, but most issues are easy to remedy.
There are many risks outdoors that can shorten your cat’s life span. However, many cats really enjoy being outdoors and miss the stimulation of the natural world if they are kept inside all the time.
“Shy” is a word that many people use to describe dogs and cats who are fearful. Most often this “shyness” is a fear of strangers, but it can also be fear of new places, being handled, sudden movements or noises, other dogs or cats — or just about anything unfamiliar. The severity can range from mild (fear of a certain type of person) to very severe (fear of so many things that the animal is under constant stress).
Who doesn't love having live plants around the house? They bring a bit of the outdoors inside and often times our pets enjoy them too. However, many of them can be harmful to our feline companions- especially lilies!
Please take a moment to read this research article from Flowers Across Sydney.
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