Bundle up your pets in cold weather! It’s important to protect them from the frigid temps, but also their paws from the corrosive salt. Check out this link for some valuable tips!
18 hours ago
Recently added a new puppy to your family? We like this tip from our friends at A New Leash - Minneapolis Dog Training.
"A vital but often forgotten piece of socialization is teaching your puppy to focus on you and ignore distractions. Often we focus too much on letting our puppies meet new people and dogs that they never learn how to just walk past them. This leads to nuisance behaviors like jumping, pulling on leash, and sometimes even fearfulness or reactivity.
In this video, Kamikaze and Hannah stop about 30 feet away from a couple of men talking. When Kamikaze checks back in after looking at the men, she gets a small piece of cheese! This reinforces paying attention to Hannah but also pairs cheese with the presence of unknown people!" ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Some great advice from local veterinary behaviorists for ways to engage with your pets while you are at home, as well as ways to prepare them for daily life when you are no longer at home so much! Thanks, Veterinary Behavior Specialties of Minnesota!Home alone again.... some day soon we hope!
Pets can develop separation anxiety when their people go back to work after weeks of being home. Enjoy your time with your pets now. But the way you interact with your pets while you are home most of the time can impact the way they adapt to you going back to work in the future.
In general, you want to make sure that your pets have their own things to do each day that don't involve you, and that there are some times when you are not available, even when you are home.
* Go ahead and snuggle with your pet -- but not all day!
* It's fun to work on your computer with a dog or cat on your lap! But don't let this become the new normal. Make sure your lap is pet-free for a good chunk of the day.
* Let a sleeping dog (or cat) lie! If you see your pet resting somewhere apart from you, this is good! Save the snuggles for later. Avoid the temptation to pet or hug or kiss. Just go about your business without constantly checking in with the dog or cat.
* IF your dog is comfortable being crated -- keep this up even though you are home. Sessions can be short 15-30 minutes, just enough to keep the routine. Put some food toy yummies inside the crate to make it even more fun.
If your dog is stressed by being crated - don't do it! However you can start to make the crate a great place by putting it in a central area and dropping treats inside every time you walk past. No expectations -- that's just where the treats fall. (If you have multiple dogs don't do this!!)
* Food toys are a great option. Most people are familiar with the traditional Kong toy. These are great and can be stuffed with a variety of recipes and then frozen so they last longer. But the traditional Kong is not the only option.
Some favorites at our house include the Kong Tumbler, the Tug a Jug, Squirrel Dude, the Flipz, and the Orbee Snoop. Other ideas for cats - check out Doc & Phoebe's Indoor Hunting Feeder, and the Pipolino. Cats food toys are easy to make yourself at home too. Many ideas online.
If your pet is a beginner, make sure it is easy to get the food out. Really anxious dogs may need a toy that requires no work or problem solving. E.g. a ice cube tray with a dab of cream cheese or peanut butter in each pocket. Or take the peanut butter and finger paint it like a toddler on a cookie tray. This can work for cats too! Increase difficulty as your pets learn so they stay engaged in something that requires no input from you. ... See MoreSee Less
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