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When teaching a dog one or several new behaviors, it can be tricky to gauge if a dog’s behavior has permanently changed. Dog behavior can fluctuate depending on the situation and your dog’s health (hey, he might not feel well that day). Before assuming your dog’s behavior has changed, it’s best to follow these steps to ensure your dog’s behavior improves. These steps will also help you identify where your dog’s behavior fell apart. Step 1: Dog Readily Offers Learned Behavior  You’ll know when a dog has learned a new behavior when he readily offers it during dog training sessions. As an example, dogs learn how to “sit” pretty quickly, especially when they receive a treat for it. They will usually offer a “sit” behavior because it makes cheese appear. When teaching a new behavior, such as “down,” a dog should offer or can be easily lured into this behavior before you continue to step 2. Step 2: Dog Responds to Cue  Once a dog offers or can be easily lured into a new behavior, it’s time to give it a “cue.” Putting a behavior on cue is extremely important because that’s how to ask a dog to perform a behavior (stimulus control). If you would like your dog to “sit and stay” around guests, then these behaviors need a name, so your dog will know what to do when you say it around guests. Once a cue (sit) is paired with a behavior (sitting down), your dog should respond to the cue within a few seconds. Continue to practice until your dog responds within a second after hearing the cue. Rewarding generously will certainly speed up the process.  Step 3: Dog Performs Around Distractions  Most dogs can “sit,” “down,” “come” and “stay” at home, but can they perform these behaviors in the front yard or park? This is the most difficult part of improving a dog’s behavior. In fact, this is where most pet owners become frustrated and give up. As a general rule, when training your dog, 90% of teaching a new behavior is practiced
1. Keep cats and dogs safe and comfy in a travel crate, carrier or harness and buckle up. Any pets that ride in cars should be properly restrained in the back seat in a safe pet carrier or harness that can be buckled onto the seat for added safety. Travel crates not only keep cats and small dogs comfortable and secure, but they also prevent them from dangerously roaming around the car and escaping unexpectedly through an open car window or door. There are an assortment of pet carriers, harnesses and other safety equipment available through several pet equipment manufacturers.  2. Pack the essentials. Bring along your pet’s favorite and familiar objects, such as beds, blankets and toys. In addition, pack leashes, cat litter and a litterbox, treats, food, water, and pet bowls. Do not feed pets 3 to 4 hours before leaving to prevent upset stomachs and motion sickness.  3. Consult your cat and dog’s veterinarian prior to the trip. Contact your veterinarian to discuss administering medications or other motion sickness preventatives in the event your pet becomes sick.  4. Research veterinary clinics near your travel destination. Before leaving home, map out and create a list of reputable veterinary clinics and 24-hour hospitals en route and at your destination in the event of a medical emergency.  5. Make frequent stops. Take breaks every 2 hours. Leash pets and take them for bathroom breaks and give them time to stretch and explore their surroundings.  6. Download pet-friendly travel apps. There are several travel apps for pet-friendly lodging, restaurants, excursions, etc. Before leaving, research appropriate apps and book lodging in advance to ensure travel is as stress-free for your pet as possible.  Happy holidays and safe travels!  cats #catsofinstagram #catstagram #catsagram #catsofig #catsofworld #catsofinsta #catslover #catsoninstagram #catslife #catsgram #catselfie #catslovers #catsoftheday #petsafety #holidays #christmas #travel #traveltips #xmas
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Whatever your dog’s size and breed, when he enters his senior years, you’ll want to take some steps to make him comfortable. As his body ages, he may need some assistance from some of the products out there designed specifically for older dogs. - Orthopedic beds - It’s not uncommon for senior dogs to have arthritis. As a dog’s joints age, they can become stiff and painful. Orthopedic beds help dogs sleep more comfortably and get up with less difficulty by providing more cushion and support. -Support Harnesses- For older dogs that suffer from front or hind end weakness caused by arthritis or other medical conditions, a support harness can be a good choice. Support harnesses for older dogs that need help walking provide front leg support, rear leg support or center body support. If you use one of these harnesses for your dog, you’ll be holding up the weak part of his body with the harness. Without having to hold up his own weight, your dog is better able to walk. The Walkin’ Lift Combo Harness by Walkin’ Pets provides dogs with front or rear support. -Ramps- It can be hard for older dogs to jump up into the car like they used to. Stiff joints and muscle weakness can make it difficult if not impossible for them to leap into the backseat like they once did, or even jump down when the ride is over. Ramps designed specifically for older dogs who can no longer jump and are too big to lift can help older dogs get in and out of vehicles on their own. The Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp, by PetSafe, is an especially good choice for heavier dogs.  Ramps and stairs for use at home can also be helpful to dogs who can no longer jump onto the bed or couch. PetSafe’s Solvit Wood Bedside ramp makes it easy for dogs to make their way onto the bed without having to jump.  #seniordogs #seniordogsrule #seniordogsofinstagram #seniordogsrock #seniordogsofig #seniordogsunday #seniordogsofinsta #seniordogsnuggles #seniordogsneedlovetoo #seniordogsarethebest
Christmas trees. Whether you’re adorning the tree or hanging lights around the house, it’s important to keep your pet in mind. Certain types of decorations can be harmful to your pet. Tinsel, for instance, can be appealing to cats because of its string-like qualities. If you cat swallowed tinsel, it can become trapped in his digestive system and wreak havoc. Skipping tinsel on the tree is the best choice for cat owners. Cats also like to bat at low-hanging Christmas ornaments, which can break and shatter if they are made of glass. Hang breakable ornaments high on the tree where your cat can’t reach them (and where your dog’s tail won’t take aim) or use wire to secure them to the tree so they won’t fall if disturbed. And on the topic of the Christmas tree, cats have been known to try to crawl up the trunk of real Christmas trees, sending the end tree toppling to the ground. To protect both your tree and your cat, stabilize the tree by attaching it to the wall with wire.  Lights. Indoor holiday lights can also be a problem for pets. Both cats and dogs who like to chew may be drawn to strings of lights. The wire between the bulbs can prove irresistible to chewers, and the results can be devastating if the lights are plugged in. Your pet can be electrocuted or a fire could start. It’s important to hang lights where pets can’t reach them. If you need to plug a string of lights into an electric socket near the floor, consider encasing the wire in plastic tubing (the kind used for aquarium filters) so your pet can’t chew through it.  Gifts. Even gift-wrapping can be dangerous to pets, particularly cats. Strands of narrow ribbon can end up in your pet’s digestive system. Be careful to clean up ribbon after you have finished wrapping gifts, and dog safe holiday decorating keep wrapped packages out of the reach of pets.  #petsafety #dogs #dogs #dogstagram #dogsofinsta #dogsofig #dogsitting #dogslife #dogsofinstaworld #dogscorner #dogsofinstgram
Cold rains and frigid winds, along with winter’s snow and ice can wreak havoc on your dog’s skin and coat when you take him for his daily walks. It’s the most difficult time of year for maintaining your best friend’s grooming routine. What’s the best way to protect your dog’s coat and paws from cold weather damage and avoid those springtime shave downs? Consider these dog grooming recommendations. Brush your dog’s coat often  Brushing your dog daily or even weekly can significantly reduce the amount of shedding and matting in his coat. Excess hair can cause mats and eventually, the mats become so close to the skin that it can become painful or even dangerous to remove them. Keeping the coat in a breathable condition allows it to insulate your dog as it’s supposed to. Regular brushing also helps distribute the natural oils in your dog’s coat, which helps relieve the dryness that results from winter weather. The last thing you want to do is let a winter coat get so matted that the dog must be shaved down in the middle of winter. Use a pet sweater only when necessary  Another contributing factor to mats is the use of pet sweaters in the winter months. I cannot stress enough the importance of brushing your pet each and every time the sweater is taken off. Remember that coats and sweaters continually rub against your dog’s coat, causing friction that will lead to large mats. This is the main reason for springtime shave downs. Oftentimes, when the mats are shaved off, they are in the shape of a pet sweater. Doggy coats should only be used when the pet goes outside. If a sweater is needed for indoors, the pet should be brushed daily. Maintain your dog’s paws and nails  Ice and salted sidewalks can be extremely irritating to paw pads and can lead to cracking or sores. Be sure to clip any long hair on the bottom of the paws. This is to prevent any snow or ice from sticking to the hairs and forming painful snowballs. After walks, it is a good idea to
Cats bathe themselves daily, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to give them an occasional bath. A short- or long-coated cat will benefit from a bath at least a couple of times a year.  Cat Bath Instructions -  1. Use a kitchen sink  Use a sink that is large enough for your cat, hopefully in a room that can be closed off. The kitchen sink is best, especially if you have a nozzle with a gentle flow. Have one towel folded in half lying nearby on the counter. 2. Fill the sink halfway  Fill the sink half full with warm (never hot) water. A rubber sink mat will help prevent your cat from scratching the sink and keep your kitty in the tub. Be sure to keep your hands on your cat at all times and look for signs of her trying to escape so you can prevent this. All movements should be smooth and you should remain calm at all times. 3. Gently rinse and shampoo  Carefully, put your cat in the water and gently wet her down. Be careful not to spray water directly in her eyes or ears. The squirt bottle or cup filled with water is a gentle way to rinse and add water. Apply the shampoo with a gentle, but firm all-over massage to help relax your cat. Use the washcloth to wash and rinse her face. Open the drain to remove the soapy water. Rinse all shampoo from your kitty’s coat and reapply shampoo only if excessively dirty. 4. Hand dry before blow dry  Before drying, use your hands to remove as much water as you can. Pick your cat up from the sink and place her on the towel. Use the other towel to wrap her and absorb as much water as possible. Turn on the hand dryer on a low speed to help the cat become accustomed to the sound. Have the dryer away from your cat at first and then move it closer. If your cat is not tolerating the hand dryer, you may have to just let her air dry in a warm room.  After a few baths, your cat should get used to the baths and learn that the experience is not bad.  #cats #catsofinstagram #catstagram #catsagram #catsofig #catsofworld #catsofinsta
Brushing your dog regularly is important not only to keep your dog looking and feeling great, but also to significantly decrease shedding, get rid of dirt, remove dead hair and dry skin, and stimulate and spread the skin’s natural oils (which aid in promoting a healthy coat). Most importantly, you can become familiar with your dog’s skin and coat. Becoming familiar with your pet’s skin and coat allows you to quickly recognize any signs of infection or other problems that may need treatment or a diagnosis from your local veterinarian.  How often should I brush my dog?  When it comes to brushing their dog’s hair, many pet owners often wonder, “How often?” In terms of brushing your dog for general purposes, the answer is roughly about every couple of days regardless of coat length.  Which brush should I use?  Since there are many different types and styles of dog brushes and combs available, it’s important to understand the main function of the brush you’re planning to use.  For more information, visit our blog!  #doggrooming #doggroominglife #doggroomingsalon #doggroomingweston #doggroomingwestonfl #doggroominghull #doggroomingpasig #doggroomingofinstagram #doggroomingbyanais #doggroomingshed #doggroomingsutton #doggroominguk #doggroomingsurrey #doggroomingnewyork #doggroomingbali #doggroominghobart #doggroominggonewrong #doggroomingforthewin #doggroomingday #doggroomingcheam #doggroomingbrisbane #doggroomingbarrie
With elaborate dishes, especially prepared meats, vibrant libations and rich desserts, Thanksgiving is a time when most people overindulge. For pet owners, it is tempting to share tidbits of food with their dogs and cats. However, many of these delicious foods can make them sick. Avoid feeding pets table scraps and offer healthy food alternatives that will keep them safe and happy on this special day. Turkey Skin and Bones  Cooked turkey skin with no seasoning is hard to digest and turkey skin with butter and spices is even worse. If you decide to feed turkey to your pet, choose white meat, as it is not as rich as dark meat and is easier to digest. Remove the skin and cut the meat into small pieces before serving. Also, avoid feeding dogs cooked bones, as certain bones can lodge in a dog’s intestines. Gravy/Buttery Side Dishes  Rich gravies and side dishes can wreak havoc on a pet’s digestive system. Dogs can develop inflammation of a digestive gland, pancreatitis, diarrhea and other painful and serious conditions. Instead, add a little turkey broth to their regular meal as a tasty alternative. Onions, Garlic and Sage  Onions, garlic and sage are staples in Thanksgiving stuffing and other festive dishes. However, they can make pets sick. Onions and garlic are poisonous to dogs and cats and can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. If ingested, sage causes gastrointestinal upset if consumed in large quantities. Instead, give green beans or a plain hard-boiled egg.  Also be sure to not allow your pets in the kitchen. With food preparations and other busy kitchen activities, a spilled hot dish or dropped pan or bowl can injure or burn a curious pet. Have someone watch your pet or put her in a quiet room or in a crate or carrier away from the fray. Keep a closed lid on the trash bin to prevent pets from feasting on disposed food that could make them sick.  #thanksgiving #thanksgivingdinner #thanksgiving2018 #pethealth #petsafety #dogs #dogsof instagram