The following blog entries have been tagged "pets".
Owning a pet is a privilege that brings us great rewards. Because our pets can't speak for themselves, we each take on a responsibility as owners to advocate for them and provide the support and resources they need to live healthy, happy lives. Providing that support begins even before we bring a pet home and lasts the duration of your pets life.
With the wide variety of dog trainers available and the differing skills and educational levels, you will no doubt encounter diverse opinions when talking to trainers, reading their websites, and getting ideas from former clients, friends, and others. While the internet has been an excellent tool for education, it has also helped propagate many myths about dog training.
To make dog training a safe, productive experience for you and your dog, keep these eleven (11) tips in mind. Remember to practice consistently, and always be patient. Dog training is a process and you can't expect to see results overnight.
There are two types of reinforcement in dog training; positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement. Wait. What about punishment? Proper training does not have room for punishment. In this post we attempt to clarify the differences.
Your pets can be affected by wildfire smoke. If you feel the effects of smoke, they probably do, too! Smoke can irritate your pet's eyes and respiratory tract. Animals with heart or lung disease and older pets are especially at risk from smoke and should be closely watched during all periods of poor air quality.
If you have a plan in place for you and your pets, you will likely encounter less difficulty, stress and worry when you need to make a decision during an emergency. If local officials ask you to evacuate, that means your pet should evacuate too. If you leave your pets behind, they may end up lost, injured or worse.
There is a common misconception that cats can "take care of themselves." Consequently, they are taken to the veterinarian far less frequently than dogs, statistically about half as often. Like all companion animals, though, cats require ongoing veterinary care to live happy, healthy lives.
Finding a good trainer is a very personal thing, because trainers will essentially be teaching you how to teach and communicate with your dog. A good trainer can work with a variety of people and dogs, will give you honest feedback about your chance of meeting your goals, and will use a range of methods and tools to help you achieve those goals.