Make the litter box inaccessible to your dog by elevating it so that the cat can reach it but not the dog. Be sure your cat is comfortable with where you have elevated the litter box. You can also use a baby gate and the cat can jump over it or leave enough space underneath for the cat to go through. Use a cat door that allows the cat into a room, but not your dog. If you have a small dog that is the same size or smaller then your cat this will not work.
You can teach your cat to use the toilet and never have to use a litter box.
Don't punish your dog if it eats poop.
For most cats, the only time they are ever in a car is when they are placed in a carrier and taken to the veterinarian where they are examined.
Prepare your cat to go for a car ride. Make sure your cat has current identification ID tags and microchip, when traveling. Be sure your cat is in a carrier this is for your cat's safety and yours.
Have your cat acclimated to the carrier before the car ride. Bring the carrier out a few days ahead of time so that your cat can become acclimated to it. Leave the door of the crate open so that the cat can explore as it pleases. Put the catnip and favorite treats inside the carrier. Avoid treats if your cat has to go to the vet for testing. Drive the cat around the block and let your cat get acclimated to riding in the car. Reward your cat after the ride with a treat. Always want to make it a positive experience for your cat and the cat will associate that experience with the car rides.
It’s very common for kittens and young cats to engage in rough, active play because all feline play consists of mock aggression. Cats stalk, chase, pounce, swat, kick, scratch and bite each other all in good fun. However, people often misinterpret this kind of behavior as aggression when it's directed toward them. Social play is directed toward cats, people or other animals. Some cats are sensitive to petting so if they bite stop petting. A cat on edge will wag its tail back and forth. You may feel their skin start to twitch quickly or they may begin to squirm and become tense. If they starts moving their eyes and head towards you, then away, and back towards you, this is their way of saying I am warning you so stop.
A love bite is when a cat gently bites your hand or part of your body while they are playing or while you are petting them.
To correct play aggression, instead of playing with your hand use a wand toy and not your hands to play with your cats.
To discourage your cat from biting, tell it “No!” then, walk away and do not give it any attention.
Make sure to do this every time it bites. It shows the cat that when it bites, the play stops.
You can use a clicker to train your cat, it allows you to reward your cat for positive actions.
Like, using a scratching post, the clicker lets the cat know that you like what it did, give your cat a treat.
Cats don't work for free. Put a treat that your cat likes and when the cat's rear end goes down say “Sit” and give it a treat. Once your cat knows how to sit, teach the cat to stay, sit on the hind legs. Practice this a few times a week.
It is very important that your cat comes when you call it, in case of an emergency. Use a bell or a whistle. The cat can hear the sound from a distance. You can give your cat a bit of deli chicken or turkey for a treat when it comes. Practice this method in different parts of the house. When your cat knows this command, you can practice once a month or more. Be consistent. It is also good for when you are not there, other people can use the same method to have your cat come to them.
When you train your puppy, clean up the first accident with a rag. Don't scold the puppy it will only confuse the puppy and associate fear with your action. Take the puppy and the soiled rag to a spot in your yard where you want the puppy to eliminate. Put the puppy next to the rag where it can pick up the scent and use the word "go potty". Leave the soiled rag on that spot in your yard. Go to that spot every time you take your puppy out and repeat the word "go potty". Always praise your puppy when it goes on or near the appropriate place in your yard.
If your dog repeatedly sniffs a mole or skin spot on your body, get tested for skin cancer!
Crate training - helps with house training and transportation. Do not use the crate as punishment and do not leave your dog in the crate too long. The puppy needs human interaction and exercise. When your dog has learned not to soil or
destroy household items, the crate can be used as a den or bedroom.
Reaching down or over any pet while it is eating is not a good idea, especially if you are a stranger to that pet.
Hands on - from nose to tail every day on your pet will help detect any health changes or problems before they become major.
Annual vaccinations for dogs and cats can be administered by the pet's owner. The vaccines are available at the local farm supply outlets, except rabies vaccine.
Pet owners, be sure you spay or neuter your pets. It is very important for the health, well-being and longevity of your pets.
A good way to keep cats off of your furniture. Put down aluminum foil where the cat jumps up on. They don't like the crinkling sound or feel and they will stay off.
Harnesses are more comfortable for some dogs and prevent excessive pressure on their neck and throat. Get the best collar for a specific problem dog. Have a pet trainer recommend how to fit and instruction on how to use the harness.
Break-away collar is used for cats. It is designed to unfasten if the collar becomes caught on something.
Nylon slip collars are excellent for showing dogs. Not good for walking, because could cause injury if the dog bolts.
Martingale-style collar this collar is good for dogs whose head is smaller than their neck, making it easy to slip out of a standard collar.
Choker chains should only be used when walking or training a dog. Should not be worn after walking or training. The collar can become caught on something causing injury or death.
Electronic collar should be used only for training or in the yard. Should not be worn to walk a dog.
A front-clip harness will divert the force your dog puts into pulling. Buy a good book or get it from the library on reward-based training can help, and so can a class or private lessons. Ultimately, you’ve got to do the work to get the results you want.
1. Put the harness on. Do not use a collar to walk the cat
on a leash.
2. Your cat might just lie down until he becomes accustomed
to the harness. Slip one finger between the harness and
3. Reward your cat with affection and treats while doing the training
section to give him positive feelings.
4. Continue to put the harness on the cat every day until he
5. Have the cat wear the harness for about 1-2 hrs.--
never leave the cat unattended. Let the cat walk around
while wearing it.
6. Add the leash when the cat is comfortable with the harness.
Let the cat walk around the house with the leash dragging for
as long as it takes for the cat to get used to it. Watch him
7. Practice walking around the house for a few days until the
cat is comfortable walking on the leash.
8. You can take the cat outside when he is used to the leash,
he may require one walk every day. Let him lead you.
Be sure it is quiet outside and no other are animals around you.
You don't want to spook the cat.
9. Bring treats and be very patient teaching a cat to walk
on a leash takes time.
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