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5 Tips for Training and Positive Reinforcement

The joy of pet care can be a difficult task to master, bringing a new pet into your home can often come with problems. In today’s blog post we will jump into tips and tricks of pet care covering playing and keeping busy, exercise and how vital it is, health and food tips, and simple caretaking and vet tips.

5 Tips for Training a New Pet:

  1. PRAISE & PLAY MORE: Play is an essential part of pet health. Get in more playtime by teaching your furry friend a new trick, playing fetch, playing tug of war or hide and seek. Praise is also a necessity for your pet’s well being and allowing them to live their best life. The best way to praise is with “good boy/girl”, ear rubs, petting, snuggles, and hugs.
  2. GET PHYSICAL: Physical exercise is a great way to strengthen the bond with your furry four-legged friend. It can also help decrease behavior problems such as barking and chewing by keeping your pet active. Exercise has even been proven to reduce stress, giving your pet mental stimulation by choosing to continue playing or not.
  3. FEED THE BEAST: Food is an essential part of acquiring nutrients for any living thing, including, of course, your dog. Experts recommend that you try to stay away from a free feeding schedule, where you give food whenever it’s needed, and stick to a schedule when feeding your dog. Mental stimulation can also be a great way to feed our buddies, with things such as puzzle bowls or interactive feeders.
  4.  PROOF & PROVIDE: A new pet in the house can also bring about problems. Common problems include chewing, barking and urinating. Two simple solutions are to pet-proof your house and provide outlets for them to direct their energy/attention. Pet proofing includes using gates and closing doors to block access to certain areas. Providing outlets includes chewing toys and puppy pads.
  5. ACE THE VET: Visiting the vet can cause a ton of anxiety for your pet. Taking your dog on frequent car rides and visiting the vet’s office can familiarize them with the office and gives them a chance to get comfortable with the space. The more comfortable they are with the office, the less stress on you both during your next trip to the vet!

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