Last updated 9 months ago
For many pet owners, begging is a mixed bag. Those cute eyes make it so tempting to give in. On the other hand, a desire to instill good manners and avoid embarrassment in the company of others makes begging a frustrating habit to many pet owners. Ultimately, the latter leaning should prevail in your home, as giving into begging usually serves as impetus for more problems in the future. To put an end to your puppy’s begging before it becomes a truly bad habit, employ the following tactics.
Don’t Give In!
As food-loving creatures that are driven by scents, all puppies try to beg at one time or another. Those that are rewarded for their behavior with delicious treats, however, are far more likely to continue this behavior than those that are directed away from the dinner table to a comfortable place nearby. The best method for curbing begging is to not give in in the first place.
Practice an Incompatible Behavior
You can prevent begging by encouraging your dog to not cross a certain threshold near the dinner table to begin with. Teach your dog how to obey commands such as “sit” and “stay,” and use these when your dog is several feet from the dinner table.
Feed Dog Before Dinner
Your dog will be less likely to beg relentlessly if it has a full belly before your dinner is served.
Make Your Pup Comfortable
Establish a comfortable place for your dog to rest near the dinner table while you eat. Try placing your dog’s bed several feet from the table at mealtime. If your dog refuses to get comfortable in the bed, you can put her in a kennel in another room until her behavior improves.
Proper training is one component of being a responsible pet owner. Routine veterinary visits are another. For spaying, neutering, vaccinations, and health checks in the Hudson River Valley, take your dog to the trusted animal doctors at Hudson Veterinary Hospital. To learn more about our pet health services, which have been used by Ossining and Peekskill pet owners for more than 15 years, call (914) 762-0063.
Last updated 9 months ago
Cynophobia, the fear of dogs, often arises from experiences people had in the past with dogs that were not trained well and unusually aggressive. The last thing a pet owner wants is to have to worry about being bit by his own dog or, perhaps worse, having his dog inflict a bite wound on a stranger in the streets or at the dog park.
It is normal for puppies to bite playfully, as this is how they get on with their siblings in the litter. Puppies also teeth between three and six months of age, a phase during which they seek to gnaw on tough surfaces to alleviate pain and discomfort. Follow the advice offered in this video clip when your dog is young, and you can preemptively keep it from developing a dangerous biting habit.
In the event that your efforts to train your dog not to bite fail, pay a visit to your veterinarian to see if your dog has a behavioral problem or illness. To schedule an appointment with an experienced animal doctor in Ossining, call Hudson Veterinary Hospital at (914) 762-0063.
Last updated 10 months ago
Dogs love to eat, and many of them will look at the food you place on your dinner table with envy. While a dog’s dietary needs are different than a human’s, there are several foods people eat that dogs can enjoy as well. You might want to speak with your veterinarian first, but generally speaking these foods are okay for your dog:
Dogs are carnivores by nature, so complementing the animal proteins that are in their everyday food with some home-cooked meat is often fine to do. High in protein, cooked chicken is a great meat option for your dog. Just check the marinade you use to ensure it does not contain any ingredients that may be harmful to your dog.
Not all dogs like carrots, but those that do can derive nutritional benefits from them. The next time you are snacking on baby carrots, give your dog a carrot or two. If you dog chews up the sticks and spits orange fibers onto the ground, try giving it cooked carrots.
Blueberries, raspberries, and other berries are considered super fruits for humans and pups alike. Many dogs have a special fondness for frozen berries, in particular. As with all foods, only feed these antioxidant-rich fruits to your dog in moderation.
Most dogs salivate over cheese, and many of them do just fine with an ounce here or there. If feeding your dog cheese results digestive problems, however, check with the veterinarian to see if your dog has a dairy intolerance.
An American staple, peanut butter is a treat you and your dog can enjoy together. Peanut butter is not only great tasting, but protein-rich as well.
While most canines have similar dietary allowances and restrictions, it is always a smart idea to mention any human foods you have been feeding or hope to feed your dog to your veterinarian. He or she will be able to determine whether or not these foods are acceptable for your pet. To speak with an experienced veterinarian in Ossining, New York, call Hudson Veterinary Hospital at (914) 762-0063!
Last updated 10 months ago
Everyone wants to keep their pets safe, comfortable, and healthy. By giving your furry friend the right foods and exercise, you can help ensure its health and happiness for the rest of its life. Follow these links to learn more:
If you decide to substitute playtime for treats, use a toy that your cat will never get tired of playing with. Check out this page from Holisticat.com for ideas.
Chocolate is probably one of the best-known poisons for dogs. Visit PetMD.com for a look at this toxin and what to do if your dog eats it.
Onions may be a lesser-known dog poison than chocolate, but they are still every bit as deadly. DogingtonPost.com has an article on what to do if your furry friend accidentally eats onion.
While nothing is more nutritious for a dog than specially-formulated pet food, there are a few people foods that are healthy for dogs in moderation. See the list at ModernDogMagazine.com.
For more information on ways to keep your pet healthy and active, call Hudson Veterinary Hospital at (914) 762-0063.
Last updated 10 months ago
The majority of cats in the United States are indoor cats, and unfortunately, indoor cats seldom feel the need to exercise. If your indoor cat does not exercise enough, it could gain weight and suffer many health problems, from diabetes to arthritis. Follow these three tips to help your cat stay active, healthy, and happy:
Make Your Cat Work for Its Food
When you feed your car, place the food in one room and the water bowl in another. This way, your cat will have to run back and forth to get both. For an even better workout, place one bowl on the floor and the other in a high place, such as a counter. Your cat will have to jump to reach the food or water, burning calories and building muscle in the process.
Use Playtime as a Treat
Keeping your cat healthy often means limiting the amount of treats you give it. But you can still keep your cat happy by incorporating special toys at playtime. Make sure the toys you choose can be recognized as special, such as a fluffy wand that your cat will love to bat around or a laser pointer for hours of fun trying to catch that elusive red dot.
Play Hide-And-Seek with Treats
So your cat REALLY loves food treats? You can switch to a healthier treat, but even then, you’ll still have to balance the treats with portion control and exercise. You can do this by taking small treats or pieces of a larger one and hiding them in various places around the room. Maximize the exercise factor by placing some in high places like shelves, counters, or windowsills, and space them out so that your cat will have to run around to get them. Then, just sit back and watch the fun begin.
If you suspect your cat is gaining weight, bring it to Hudson Veterinary Hospital. Our experts are trained to notice the onset of all weight-related health problems in animals, and can recommend a number of prescription pet foods to combat them. Call us today at (914) 762-0063 to set up an appointment.