Cats love to dig their nails into soft surfaces. It feels good and is a fun activity
IfÂ you want to spare your furniture from becoming a scratching post, place scratching toys next to furniture or introduce a funÂ cat tree for them to climb and explore instead.
Every dog will make soiling mistakes. This is particularly true of puppies who are
first learning the ropes as well as adult dogs adjusting to life in new homes … even formerly housebroken ones.
If your pet is experiencing housebreaking issues the first step should be to rule out any medical issue byÂ visitingÂ the vet. If no medical issueÂ is found, revisit crate training.
All puppies will nip. In fact, I’d be a little leery of those who don’t. Nipping — otherwise known as mouthing — is an essential part of a pup’s education because they’re learning to bite without harming anyone. This is calledÂ acquired bite inhibition or ABI.
If nipping is too intense try offering the pet lots of chew toys to bite on instead. Over-the-top mouthingÂ may also be a sign of fatigue. Naps every 2-3 hours may help improve the behavior especially if you see a pattern formingÂ that occurs prior to the pet falling asleep.
Theft is as a lot of fun for dogs. Their favorite items are almost always owner possessions. Family photos, shoes, cell phones and of course, the remote control are often prime targets because they initiate chase games.
Dogs bark. This is how they communicate.
BarkingÂ may also be a signÂ of more serious problems such asÂ separation anxiety. Schedule a behavioral consult with aÂ certified professional to find out what may be causing it. If boredom is the cause,Â food puzzles may be helpful to keep the dog occupiedÂ and mentally stimulated.
Dogs not onlyÂ like it, they LOVE IT! The deeper the hole the better.
If your dog is digging holes in your yard, you can try redirecting the behavior toÂ something more appropriateÂ such as a dig pit. They are easy to construct can provide pets with lots of exercise.
If you have a cat destroying plants or digging in plant pots try providing them withÂ challenging games you can make at home to keep them occupied. AÂ treasure hunt gameÂ is an excellent choice for those who prefer store bought items.
Pulling on leash
Dogs have four legs. We have two. Walking on leash is an acquired skill not a natural talent so it takes some practice.Â
InÂ some casesÂ if we walk a bit fasterÂ that may help because most dogs like to trot when traveling. You can give the dog leash practice indoors where the environment may be a bit less stimulating, or fit it with a no pull harness.Â
Most dogs jump because they are trying to reach our mouths to lick us. Problem is our mouths are way out of reach.Â Jumping can be a challenging behavior to work with, butÂ there are some fun waysÂ to train in more acceptable behaviors.
Try offeringÂ him or her treats from your hand at nose level when entering the house (when they’re on all fours). ScatterÂ goodies on the floor to initiate a scavenger hunt (Games.pdf)Â by tossing kibble or treats on the ground away from you or the visitor.Â Placing a treat jar outside the front door is a great way to encourageÂ guests to participate. When the dogÂ has calmed down, engage them in a tranquil greeting.
Karen Fazio, CDBCÂ is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and owner ofÂ The Dog Super NannyÂ professional dog training and the Director of Behavior atÂ Oakhurst Veterinary HospitalÂ in Monmouth County, NJ. She may be reached at 732-533-9376 orÂ email@example.com