- Avoid getting your pet into the habit of begging by always placing treats as well as meals in the pet’s food dish. This helps reinforce in their minds that any food they receive will be found in that place.
- Get your pet accustomed to riding in the car. Start off with short trips and gradually work up to longer ones. This will also relieve some of the anxiety pets feel on the way to the veterinarian’s office by teaching them that the car rides don’t always mean a trip to the doctor. **Note** It is a good idea, especially with very young animals, to plan the ride a few hours after their last meal to avoid an upset stomach.
- Young animals should not spend any long periods of time outside until they are fully vaccinated. New experiences can be created for puppies by erecting barriers, tunnels, etc. This is an excellent way to give quality play time and exercise to a virtually housebound animal, as well as help stimulate mental growth and development. Give your pet a treat when he/she successfully negotiates a barrier or tunnel.
- When disciplining your pet, NEVER call him/her to you to be punished. Get up and go over to the pet. He/She will be much more willing to respond to the “come” command if they associate it with affection, treats or a trip in the car.
- Pets should not be given any type of cloth toy, article of clothing or shoes to play with. It is very difficult for them to distinguish between these “toys” and actual articles of the family’s clothing.
- Never play aggressive or “equal basis” games with your pet, especially a dominant puppy. This kind of play activity only reinforces aggressive behavior, biting and destructive chewing tendencies. So avoid play fighting, tug-o-war, or similar aggressive type games.
- To help your pet adjust to their crate, kennel or sleeping area, use a rug or blanket on which you’ve played with your pet. This playing on the rug/blanket will help the pet to associate it with good feelings and pleasant activities. You may also feed your dog in the crate, or put toys in the crate to associate a positive environment.
Thank you for allowing us to care for your pet. Remember, we are here to help you with all aspects of your pet’s physical and mental health needs. If you have any additional questions at any time, please feel free to call us!