How To Train Your Pet

How To Train Your Pet

We love our pets, they bring joy into our life and make us smile even on the hardest day. Of course there are times when they make a mess and we have to count to ten before reacting. Training your pet is the key to change negative behavior into positive one or even one or two tricks. We watch on TV pets doing amazing tricks and then we turn around to our crazy pet and sigh because we think is an impossible task. Well let me tell you something, it is actually possible to train any kind of pet, from a small mouse to a big horse! Nobody says it’s an easy road, but a bit of effort and lots of patience will be worth it!

Positive reinforcement

Although it’s possible to train your pet at any age, it’s recommended to start younger when they are more willing to learn and explore the world. Training is all about positive reinforcement. This means that if you like a certain behavior and you wish your pet to repeat it, then you should reward your pet whenever they do it. The animal will associate the reward to the behavior, learning that it’s a positive behavior praised by their owner. The same works for negative behavior, if your pet does something that you don’t like or it’s forbidden, don’t given them the attention they are seeking for. No attention, no reward, no point on repeating the negative behavior.

Bond with your pet

Training is a great way to bond with your pet. This is not something that is done is 15 minutes, this takes time, you need to set apart time to dedicate exclusively to your pet. Your pet will value the time you are expending together, specially if it involves delicious treats along the way. You need to figure out what works best as positive reinforcement for your pet, it can be treats, toys or even a pat on the head. Once you have the reward, think about what you want your pet to do to earn it. This positive behavior needs to be indicated by a short command easy to learn for your pet, like sit, down, up, speak and so on. When you say the command use a clear and strong tone, give them the treat and teach them what you want them to do, after they do it, give a treat again. Repeat this method a few rounds and then try again without the first treat, if they do it correctly, reward them, if not, try again. Be patient, give them the time to learn and don’t start with any big tricks, baby steps is the best approach so your pet won’t get frustrated if they don’t do it right. Don’t be too stressed about it, have fun with your pet and keep a good energy so they can reciprocate your enthusiasm.

How to Prevent Obesity In Pets

How to Prevent Obesity In Pets

I’m sure everybody knows Garfield. He doesn’t need much introduction. When you think about Garfield, you thin about that over the top, sarcastic and forever hungry chubby cat from a popular cartoon. Garfield’s goal on life was eating as many Lasagna as he wanted, to the point of not being able to move for being so stuffed with food. Funny isn’t it? Actually, not quite. If Garfield was a real pet, this could be a big red flag.

Real thread

A fluffy and chubby pet is really cute, but when you start losing control over its weight, then things start to get scary. Obesity in pets is a real thread. Excess body fat can develop whole other health issues that can thread the life of your four-legged friend. This is a problem that can be prevented by making healthy choices for your pet. As a pet owner you are responsible for what kind of life are you going to give to your pet.

Overweight, just like for humans, is often the result of overfeeding and lack of exercise. Although It can be also caused by an hormone disorder, you can prevent it by changing the habits. You love you pet, and want to give them everything they want, but before doing it, you need to consider the consequences on their health. If you are sharing table scraps with your pet at dinner time, it will make your pet obsess about getting some whenever you are at the table. A food obsessed pet will demand more food even when it is already satisfied. If this is combine with limited physical activity, it can become very dangerous, very fast.

Factors

Talk to your vet about what kind of food is best fitted for your pet needs and how much should you give. This will depend on your pet weight, age, activity level and other factors. Monitoring your pet’s weight is key for understanding what works best for your best friend. Your vet can guide you to design a diet that will give to pet the amount of calories it needs without overfeeding.

Small changes on your routine can mean a big difference for your pet’s life: Wake up 15 minutes early to take a walk with your pet or have a playtime with it. Change free-feeding to controlled meals 2 or 3 times a day. Don’t share people food with your pet, it creates obsession and also can be toxic for your pet.

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