Monthly Archives: February 2018

When Obedience Training Doesn’t Work

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If you have had trouble with your pet’s obedience, you have probably been offered innumerable pieces of advice on how to manage it. It can be frustrating, particularly when you have exhausted all you know to do, and the advice is unsolicited. There are circumstances in which obedience training doesn’t work. It is true that some pets require much more obedience training than others—more training than you may be able to give or afford, in fact—but it is possible for there to come a time when you have to consider other options.

Professional Training

dog-200942_1280If you have done all you know to do, then you might be considering professional training. This doesn’t refer to classes like those offered at some pet stores. Instead, it means having a professional come to your home to work with you and your pet. If this goes on long, it can become expensive, so you will want to make sure you can afford the money and the time.

Medical Treatment

If you haven’t considered that your pet needs medical help, or if you haven’t explored that option, then you should. Sometimes, medication is all you need. At other times, it’s a combination of both medication and training. It is usually the latter. It could also mean you are still in for a difficult road, but at least you will have the help of your vet.

The Last Resort

No one wants to give up a pet. The very idea can bring up a lot of guilt. However, there are sometimes circumstances in which you have to consider what is best for you and your pet. Can you give your pet the life he needs? Does he require a lifestyle, or more time and money than you can offer? If you simply cannot handle your pet’s lack of obedience, despite trying all you are able, then it may be time to think long and hard about finding a better home, as sad as it may feel.

If you’re struggling with your pet’s obedience training, talk to us at Pet Vet Hospitals. We will do all we can to help.

Pet Separation Anxiety: When Humans Have It

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dogs, petsSome people might suggest that you have a problem. However, that’s not a diagnosis for anyone else to make except you and your doctor. Many pet owners would also argue that a touch of separation anxiety when leaving your pet is normal, particularly when you’re leaving them alone for a period of time, or with strangers. So, what is to be done?

Watch Out for Your Pet

There are a lot of things you can do to alleviate your anxiety about leaving your pet. If the anxiety comes because you’re leaving him alone in the house, invest in a camera. Wifi cameras are ready available today and they are very cost effective. You don’t have to worry about whether or not that camera is worth the expense, because it can come in handy for a number of things. Many of these cameras also have speakers so that you can hear and talk to your pet while your away. This could help you manage your separation anxiety a lot.

Trust is Key

If you’re nervous about leaving him with another person, start by only leaving him with people you trust. Family and close friends are your best bets for this. Of course, there are many boarding services out there, and finding one to trust isn’t always easy. You can look at reviews all day long and still not be sure. Talk to your loved ones about this, too. There are also some boarding services that will let you view your pet via a camera. You might even be able to arrange constant remote viewing with the click of a button, even if you have to provide your own camera. You never know unless you ask.

Your pet means a lot to you and it’s natural to worry. Never worry about your vet services; bring your pet into Pet Vet Hospitals and we’ll provide the best care of your beloved pet.

Some Basics of Clicker Training for Your Dog

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Clicker training is a classic, proven method for training many dogs. Like any training, it takes consistency and patience, but it comes highly recommended by many trainers and vets. If you are ready to train your dog with a clicker, then here are some basics of clicker training for your dog to get you started.

When you push the little clicker’s button, it makes a clicking sound. You want your dog to associate this with good things, like rewards. That association is what motivates your dog to perform well later. Eventually, he may even perform well without the clicker at all.

Time and Interaction

Girl playing with her  dog in autumn parkTiming is very, very important. You want the click to happen during the positive behavior. This is true reinforcement. If you click at the wrong time, your dog could become confused about what the click is supposed to mean, or associate it with the wrong thing.

Start by interacting with your dog. When your dog does something good, click, and then offer a treat. Start will simple things, like sitting. If your dog has a habit of jumping up, as soon as he goes back down, click, and then give a treat. If your dog already responds somewhat well to a simple command, you can use that as a starting point. Once he realizes that the click means something he has done is good, it will be that much easier for him to learn something else good.

You don’t have to rely on the clicks alone. Your dog knows your behavior, too. So, when you ask your dog to do something, let your body express it, too. When you want your dog to sit, try sitting down, as well. Or, make a motion with your hand, like pointing. The more cues you have for your dog, the easier it will be for him to learn.

Training is good for any dog. If you’re having behavioral problems, try training, and make sure to bring your dog to us at Pet Vet Hospitals to make sure everything is fine with his health.

When Your Cat Hurts

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cat, cats, petsCats are notorious for their “poker faces.” Knowing when your cat hurts is no easy thing, unless the pain is extreme. Cats are excellent at masking pain. That means it’s harder to care for your pet, easier to miss trouble, and you could find yourself facing an emergency before you know it. You may never be able to know what your cat’s feeling at all times, but there are a few things you can learn about the signs that something is up and your cat hurts.

Slow Movements: When your cat isn’t feeling well, she may move slowly. How slow she moves may depend upon how much she hurts. If she is in a lot of pain, she may not move at all. If the pain is slight, she may only avoid moving certain parts of her body. Keep an eye on how she moves. You can test her; find something that normally excites her and see if she goes after it. If she does, she is probably alright.

Withdrawal: When cats don’t feel well, they may withdraw. It’s an instinct for self-preservation. If your cat is hiding more than usual and reluctant to come out, or refusing altogether, that could be a sign that she doesn’t feel well.

Agitation: When your cat is in pain, or ill, she may be agitated. Her heart may race. She may pace, or breathe hard. She might also cry, or howl. If you approach her like normal and she’s hurting, she may act oddly toward you, such as growling or swatting you away. It probably means that she wants to be left alone because she doesn’t feel well.

There are many other potential signs of pain in your cat and it’s not possible for a human to learn them all. A good rule to have is to know your cat well, and watch for any changes in behavior. Any noticeable behavioral change could be signs of a problem. If you suspect your cat is hurting, bring her in to Pet Vet Hospitals. It is better to be safe than sorry.