What makes an animal hoarder different from an animal lover? Why do people abuse and neglect animals? Is it normal to grieve a pet when it dies? Dr. Art Markman joins us today about these and other intriguing things about the minds of humans when it comes to pets. His answers may surprise you!
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Of course! My local Humane Educational Society is hosting a 2018 calendar contest and we all need to enter our pets. Tell your friends to vote so your pet might be on the cover! Here is the link:
Your dog might bug you occasionally, but guess what…you irritate him too! The most common cause of annoying your dog is when you expect him to be something he is not (or won’t let him be who he is).
1.Lack of discipline and structure
Normal dogs naturally live in a group. They understand rank and hierarchy. They love structure and order, but people can be random and inexplicable. We have to take steps to afford our dogs with routines and boundaries they can count on. They adore knowing where they stand in the pecking order (which is best to be below the humans in the household for everyone’s safety) and they want to be able to know what to expect. Having a predictable schedule with consistent bonding and playtime makes dogs feel in control and getting regular exercise helps balance their brain chemistry.
2.Placing value on things
Dogs understand the value of resource, but resources are things like food, water, and shelter. They will never understand why we would upset that they destroyed our possessions. Don’t enforce your value system on your dog, but instead try to understand the way he sees life. Shoes, pillows and house plants are just “stuff” to him. Don’t punish him if he doesn’t value items like you do. If an item is important to you, make it inaccessible to him, but don’t expect him to know not to damage it.
3.Imposing her friendships
We all have friends and they often have dogs. We imagine our dog wants to be friends with our friends’ dogs as well, but it may not work out. Dogs understand the value of coordination and teamwork, but they see you and your family as their pack. The family pack may not include your friend’s dog. If your dog doesn’t play well with a dog that you wish he would, give him space and keep everyone safe. Allow gradual acclimation and understand that some dogs are never going to get along. If the dogs must interact, keep them on leashes and carefully observed. Always reward your dog for ignoring or pleasant to the other dog and distract him from defensive or aggressive behavior. Stay safe in the event of a scuffle and never put your hands or body parts between fighting dogs.
Dogs are dogs and they have a different way of seeing the world than humans. Humans are supposed to be the brains of the operation, so make it your business to learn as much as you can about how your dog thinks. Think about life in a wolf pack. Our dogs are not wolves, but they share some similarities in their social structure. The more you know about your dog’s instincts and behaviors, the better friend you can be to him.
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There is a brand new initiative called Fear Free Happy Homes and it is available to all pet owners at now charge. Knowledge is power and this knowledge comes free! All you do is register and you get access to LOADS of great info!
- What puzzle toys to buy for your pets
- How to set up routines for training
- How to get rid of skunk smell
- How to safely pet proof your home
- Teaching your cat not to damage your furnishings
- And more!
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Calico cats do not get to choose how they look or what their gender is, but there is some interesting science behind why they look the way they do…and how they are rarely male. Check it out by clicking here!
There are so many cool, fun facts about cats! Learn more by finding me on Facebook here.
Join me with the amazing Victoria Stilwell to talk about tips and tricks when you have to integrate these two ancient enemies. We talk about bringing a dog into a cat home and vice versa on Nine Lives with Dr. Kat. Learn about when is the best time to introduce these species and what you are up against with individual breeds and ages of pets. You can subscribe on iTunes or click here to listen FREE
I was thrilled to be contacted by a fellow vet writer about being featured on her blog. Check it out!