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Featured Article: Dealing With Your Dog's Behavioral Problems: Barking & Biting

All puppies are rambunctious and love to chew on everything from shoes and toys and, at times, even their owner.  While these are normal activities for a pup, the greater concern is to correct this behavior before your little one matures into a disobedient dog.  In addition to biting, some dogs do not understand the limit when it comes to barking.  All dogs bark, but how much is too much and what can be done to correct the problem?  If your dog's bark is worse than his bite, that's a good thing, but what happens if both are equally troubling? 

 

When it comes to behavioral problems, there are a number of factors that may be contributing to your four-legged friend's unruly actions.  Health problems are a common reason why some dogs act out with aggression in the form of barking and/or biting.  If a dog suddenly begins to demonstrate any type of negative behavior that has never before been an issue, consult with a veterinarian as these issues may be related to a health problem that needs a proper diagnosis and/or treatment.

 

If your dog is still small or young enough that he/she is easy to control, it's important to begin obedience training to help eliminate aggressive behavior.  Not only can barking and/or biting be stressful to visiting guests, it can also be a potential warning sign that your dog is asserting dominance and may not be safe to be around.

 

When your dog barks, pay close attention to his/her demeanor.  Is it a playful bark or one that is followed by a snarl or growl?  If you don't sense any danger, you can begin to train your dog to stop barking on command.  By using positive reinforcement, your pet will learn to obey your instructions.  Place your hand up and open as though you were about to wave at someone, but make sure that your hand is in front of the dog, but not too close.  Bring your middle finger and thumb together in a swift motion as though your hand were a closing mouth.  As you do this, say it in a firm voice.  If your dog stops barking, reward him/her with a treat.  Repeat this step until your dog learns to obey your command.

 

When it comes to a dog that bites, the corrective training approach must be handled very carefully.  If your dog simply likes to chew or believes in playing rough, giving him/her a chew toy to redirect their attention may be the answer.  If your dog is especially aggressive toward you, your family or visitors to your home, it's important to deal with this issue quickly.  The best approach is to have your dog examined by a veterinarian and, if advised, enroll him/her in an obedience training course.  If your dog is able to develop the right social skills, he/she will likely be more relaxed around people. 

 

The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only.  It should not be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional veterinary advice and/or recommendations surrounding aggressive behavior, including barking and/or biting, or the corrective approach required to reduce such actions.  For additional information on training techniques, safety and health concerns, consult with your local veterinarian. 

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Featured Article: Tips to Caring for a Kitten

What's soft, cuddly and needs all of the attention that you can possibly spare?  If you are the proud owner of a kitten, you already know that he/she is all of this and more.  To put it simply, your kitten is probably the cat's meow and it's your job to make sure that this energetic little ball of fur enjoys a happy and healthy life.

 

When you bring a new kitten home, you can expect a certain level of anxiety as he/she gets used to the new environment.  By the time they reach the age of 6-8 weeks old, kittens will begin to eat on their own.  They will still need warm milk, which you can heat on a kitchen range or in a microwave, and will begin to eat kitten food at an age that is specified by manufacturers and/or a veterinarian.

 

Like puppies, kittens must be groomed regularly to ensure a healthy and shiny coat.  This includes bathing and brushing, which can either be done in your home or at a local pet grooming center.  An essential part of caring for your kitten involves making sure that he/she receives the proper vaccinations, especially any that may be required by state law.  When it comes to health, a combination of regular checkups and vaccinations are important to your kitten's life and health. 

 

Regardless of whether your kitten becomes an indoor or outdoor pet, it is important to make sure that he/she has fresh drinking water and eats on a regular schedule.  When it comes to feeding guidelines, every food manufacturer suggests something different according to your cat's age and/or weight.  In order for your feline to maintain a healthy diet, it's important to follow these suggestions precisely unless your vet recommends otherwise.

 

If your kitten will be living indoors, litterbox training is a must.  The most important aspect of this training approach is placement of the litterbox, which should be easily accessible and private for your cat.  Your kitten's litterbox should not have so much litter than it feels like quicksand, so go sparingly as you prepare the area for use.  After your kitten eats, take him/her to the litterbox until he/she has made use of the facilities.  After a while, your kitten will get used to the space and will gain an understanding of how it is to be used.

 

When it comes to playtime, your kitten will be full of energy.  Cats love to pounce, so anything that moves or has a bell attached will be a big hit.  If you want to keep it simple, kittens love to chase a strand of yarn and will be more than happy to spend time playing with their new family.  Plush mice, catnip and other similar toys will keep your kitten entertained for hours.

 

The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only.  It should not be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional veterinary advice and/or recommendations surrounding kitten care.  For additional information on training techniques, safety and health concerns, consult with your local veterinarian. 



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