Make Training Time Play Time For Your Dog

Training your dog for even just 5 – 10 minutes once or twice a day will make for a happier, well-behaved dog and strengthen the bond between the two of you.

But let’s making training a fun game for both of you!

Use games, toys & treats to teach your dog to come, sit, stay, and, in general, focus on you. Think of commands as tricks – a happier connotation & not so stern. Give your commands in a happy high-pitched voice. (This may seem silly, but this is how military dog handlers train their working dogs.) Use treats, toys, & praise as rewards.

Start with one trick (command) & use a treat to reward. Once your dog is comfortable with that, start adding more tricks to make a series of tricks and reward after the last trick. You will see your dog really focussing on you & trying to anticipate what it needs to do to earn the reward. Rewards can also be playing with a favorite toy. Examples of tricks are: come, sit, stay, fetch or search, shake, chase tail, go thru your legs, go around a certain piece of furniture, etc. Have your dog finish the series of tricks by sitting next to you -indicate which side by tapping your thigh & do vary sides.

NOW GO AND HAVE FUN WITH YOUR DOG – It is good bor both of you!

Cats & carriers

All cats should be transported in carriers – there is no way you can hold onto a cat if it gets scared. We all know that cats often hate their carriers & it can be a real struggle to get them into the carriers. So here are a few tips, that with time & a lot of patience, may help.

It is important to choose the right carrier – it should be sturdy, stable, & be easy for your cat to get into. Often a hard carrier with a door on the side & on top is the best. It is also a good idea to pick a carrier with an easily removable top.

Next, put the carrier in one of its favorite places. Leave the door open and possibly even take the top off. If you put it on an elevated surface (chair, ledge, etc) make sure it is stable and won’t fall or move. Put towels or a blanket in it to make it warm & cozy. Some cats prefer to have the top of the carrier covered with a towel. You can put a scratching post next to it too.

Reward your cat with food when it enters the carrier or make it the only place where you give your cat treats. You can feed your cat in the carrier or near it. Trying playing with your cat with its favorite toys so that the carrier becomes associated comfort.

Once her cat is comfortable in the carrier, try putting it in the car for a few minutes. Seat belt the carrier securely in the back seat. Start with just a few minutes in the car & slowly build up the time. Do this in the early morning or evening – you don’t want your cat to get overheated. Once your cat seems comfortable with that, then start taking the cat for short drives – not always just to the vets. When you get your cat home, always reward your cat when you take it out of the carrier.

Your cat will never love going to the veterinary hospital, but maybe these suggestions can make it less stressful for both you & your cat.

Just for fun! A cute animated website starring cats

This is a really cute website. You will recognize your cat in these animations. A great way to take a break & laugh

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