How To Discipline A Puppy Without Punishment

Puppies are cute. Your new puppy is, obviously, the cutest.

But you know what’s not cute?

Your new puppy destroying your favorite shoes. Your new puppy doing her business in your bed. Your face, after seeing what your new puppy has done to your shoes and your bed.

Is your puppy a perfect angel as long as you are in plain sight, but the devil in them comes out when you’re not around? Well, thanks to Petcube pet cam, you can keep an eye on them, even after you leave the room.

Maybe you thought discipline was just for kids, but it turns out that if you want a canine companion you can live with, you’ll have to put your (Puppy) Parent Hat on and learn how to discipline your dog.

But before you start, take some time to make sure you’re taking the best approach. Once you have learned the basics of doggie discipline, you’re ready to start curbing those bad puppy behaviors like a pro!

How To Discipline A Puppy Without Punishment

Basic Puppy Training

If you feel like your puppy problems have you at the end of your leash, you’re not alone! Luckily, these behaviors can easily be curbed if you correctly reward and punish your puppy. Later on, we’ll address some of the top issues in detail, but first, let’s start with an overview of basic puppy discipline do’s and don’ts.

6 Steps to Discipline a Puppy without Punishment

1. Be consistent

If Skip is punished for barking at the neighbors on Tuesday but on Wednesday you decide to let it slide, he’s going to be confused and won’t learn the desired behavior. Giving in to him “just this once” will reinforce the negative behavior, leading to a puppy problem continuing into a dog problem (and staying your problem).

2. Be prompt

Only punish a behavior if you catch your puppy in the act. A bad puppy that has chewed through the screen door won’t understand that he is being punished for this when you reprimand him ten minutes later. You can monitor your puppy remotely by using Petcube, a pet camera that will broadcast your voice if you catch him at that screen door.

3. Be firm

A firm “no” from you signals to your puppy that his behavior is not ok, but yelling or physical aggression from you will just make him afraid of you. Dogs don’t understand that these responses are directed towards a behavior, and instead interpret them as threats to themselves. A good puppy parent and trainer should signal authority without losing his or her cool.

5. Use positive reinforcement

Equally important as punishing bad puppy behavior is rewarding the good. Did Dixie stop barking when you told her to stop? Go Dixie! Give her a treat. Did Duke go potty outside? That’s awesome! Tell him what a good boy he is.

6. Give timeouts

Turns out that timeouts don’t just work for naughty kids! Naughty puppies can also learn from timeouts, or “isolation”. Timeouts are most effective when used in response to behaviors like pestering other dogs, nipping, or chewing.

Pro tip: The best way to discipline your dog with timeouts is to give her some kind of verbal signal that you can say gently, (for example, “Oops!”) and then either leave the room (if you are alone) or lead her to an area where she will be separated from other people and dogs. Crates can also be effective timeout spaces. Ideally, a timeout should not last longer than a couple minutes.

How To Discipline A Puppy Without Punishment

Wrong Ways to Discipline Puppies

Don’t use physical punishment

Although this was encouraged in the past as a way to teach a dog who the “leader of the pack” is, it is not the most effective training tool. Using aggression teaches aggression, and while a smack on the nose or a Scruff Shake might cause Rover to stop a problem behavior, too much of this type of punishment just might turn him from a naughty puppy into a seriously bad dog.

Furthermore, experts are beginning to discourage the use of positive punishments such as collar jerks and electrical fences because of the failure of these methods to bring about long-term behavioral change.

Don’t stare down, drag, or hold down your puppy

Behavior meant to threaten will teach your dog to fear or challenge you, and physical manipulation prompts her to defend herself. Neither path produces the outcome you desire, and even if these methods bring your puppy to submissiveness now, they could lead to pent-up aggression which can manifest itself later.

Don’t shout or scream

How do you scold your puppy? Puppies learn from the signals we give them, so if our tone of voice seems overly anxious or out of control, they will in turn become anxious and hyperactive. It seems logical that your puppy would be more attentive to your commands if they are loud or angry, but dog trainers recommend using a calm, but firm, tone instead.

Common Puppy Behavior Problems (And Solutions!)

Jumping on or nibbling people, barking inappropriately, peeing or pooping indoors, and chewing on furniture or other household objects are just a few of the puppy problems you’re familiar with as a puppy parent (or can expect to be). This is one part of puppy parenting that can easily be more frustrating than fun. Here are a few of the most common problems experienced by new puppy parents like you, and what to do about them:

Barking

Barking, whining, and other forms of vocalization are natural for dogs, and especially for puppies. However, excessive barking is both annoying and inappropriate. Like toddlers, dogs vocalize to communicate a variety of messages. When addressing vocalization, consider first the likely reason, and then choose your response accordingly.

Puppies may vocalize to express boredom, excitement, anxiety, to get attention, to sound a warning, or as a response to other dogs. Depending on the cause, either a firm reprimand (“No.”) or withholding attention is the most effective approach for stopping puppy barking. If boredom is consistently the cause, consider investing in a pet camera with treat dispenser to entertain your new pal remotely when life’s demands keep you away.

Nipping/Biting

Nipping and biting is often not intended to be aggressive. More often than not, puppies use their mouths as a tool with which to explore their world, but if this goes unchecked, your puppy could learn some dangerous behaviors.

As a pet parent, you should never respond to nipping by jerking your hand away, as this encourages the puppy to continue the “game”. Instead, respond by clearly saying “ouch”, and gently removing his mouth from your hand.

Chewing

Like barking, chewing is a natural behavior for dogs. The problem comes when they’re chewing things they shouldn’t be. In puppies, this is usually due to teething or curiosity, while boredom or anxiety can prompt dogs to chew at any stage of life.

How To Discipline A Puppy Without Punishment

Regardless of the reason, you probably want to know how to get your dog to stop chewing everything in sight. The best solution is to first signal to your puppy through a firm command that her behavior is not appropriate, and then to give her something nice to chew on instead of your sofa—a bone or chew toy ought to do the trick.

Separation Anxiety

Aw, your dog misses you—that’s sweet! Until you come home to find your furniture clawed and the neighbors complaining because he barked all day. If your dog becomes a “bad puppy” while you are gone, it could be due to separation anxiety. If this is the case, the dog will display signs of anxiety as you prepare to leave, and will typically start acting up 15-45 minutes after your departure.

The good news is that this behavior usually decreases naturally as your new puppy starts to understand that you will always come back. In the meantime, tools like interactive pet cameras, such as Petcube, or crates can ensure that your furry friend stays out of trouble while you’re gone.

Pooping/Peeing in the house

Or, in layman’s terms, “going potty in the house”. Of all the hurdles of puppy training, this is definitely the smelliest — and probably the one you’re most eager to overcome. The good news is that housebreaking your puppy can be quite easily done, but it does require some discipline on your part.

The first step is to establish a routine for your puppy of when he eats and when he goes outside. The canine digestive system is pretty regular, so you can expect that your puppy will need to relieve himself within 5-30 minutes of eating. Setting and sticking to other “potty” routines (for example, first thing every morning) will help your puppy learn to take it outside.

Until your puppy is totally housebroken, it’s suitable to use “cratebreaking” as a halfway step while you’re out of the house. If your puppy understands that her crate is her “den”, she’s unlikely to soil this space, and so keeping your puppy in a crate while you’re away from home is a great way to avoid any stinky surprises when you return.

During the housebreaking process, it’s important to reward good behavior with treats or praise, while avoiding displays of frustration or punishment for accidents. If your puppy has already pooped or peed in the house, she won’t understand that you are punishing her for this behavior by the time you find it. However, if you catch her squatting in the house, you can forestall the action by distracting her with exclamations (“Aha!”) long enough to take her outside. You can even bust the puppy remotely through Petcube if you are paying attention.

If your puppy consistently urinates or defecates in the house after a few weeks of housebreaking, she should be examined by a veterinarian to check that there isn’t an underlying health issue.

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Final words

Puppies can be a handful, but with proper discipline, your new furball can learn habits to keep you both happy and safe. Pet cams like Petcube make training even easier, allowing you to reinforce positive behaviors and preempt negative ones with the ability to interact remotely with your pet, keeping it entertained and out of trouble. Even better, you can now reward your pup for good behavior with the remote Petcube Bites. Good luck, and happy training!

How To Discipline A Puppy Without Punishment

How to Stop a Dog From Barking

You’ve probably never expected that a puppy can cause so much trouble.

Believe, me, I know. Instead of enjoying these tiny furballs, you’re probably going crazy with all the woofs and whines.

Thankfully, it’s a problem that can be solved, regardless of the dog’s age!

Get your puppy’s barking under control by employing modern technology into your routines through a Petcube Bites, an interactive in-home camera and treat dispenser.

Before you start buying earplugs in bulk or writing apology letters to your neighbor, take a look at some effective tips to stop your barking dog from driving you crazy!

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Contents:

  1. Why Do Dogs Bark?
  2. How to Stop a Dog From Barking
  3. Training a Dog Not To Bark
  4. Bark Collars and Other Useful Gadgets
  5. Stop a Neighbor’s Dog from Barking

Why Do Dogs Bark?

How to Stop a Dog From Barking

Before we dive into the “how” of stopping dog barking, we need to look at the “why” of why they’re barking in the first place. There are lots of reasons dogs might bark from play to defense, but in the case of excessive barking at home it’s most often separation anxiety. If you listen carefully, you can start telling the difference between the various sounds:

  • Play barks are shorter and high pitched
  • Defensive barks come in loud fast bursts
  • Bored and anxious barks are monotone and repetitive

Treating your dog’s barking starts with understanding exactly what type of barking they’re doing.

How to Stop a Dog From Barking – 3 Simple Tips

Any pet parent that has had the misfortune of living with a dog that’s especially talkative, knows how irritating barking dogs can be. I mean, if your dog won’t stop barking at night or drives your neighbors insane with incessant woofs and ruffs, it’s time to do something about it.

Fortunately, keeping a dog from barking is not that hard when you know what you need to do. Dog behaviorists and experts have successfully trained numerous chatty Cathies and the method is always the same: find out why is the dog barking in the first place and treat the cause behind the problem. If your dog is barking because their anxious or scared, you won’t approach the issue the same way you would if they were doing it out of boredom.

Learn how to get a dog to stop barking with these simple but effective training tricks:

1) Give your Dog Mental and Physical Challenges

How do you stop a dog from barking if they are doing it because they are bored?

An idle dog can be a bad thing, and one of the best ways to keep your dog out of trouble is simply to keep them busy. Lots of time barking can be a sign of pent-up energy that has no other way to get out. The good news is there are lots of products to help you do this and even DIYs you can make that will engage your dog’s brain and body. Here are a few ideas you can start with without dropping a dime:

  • Hide treats around your home and let your dog discover them through the day
  • Cut small holes in a 2-liter bottle and fill them with kibble or treats
  • Freeze toys and healthy treats into a block for your dog to nibble on during hot days

If you’re not a do-it-yourselfer there are plenty of off-the-shelf options such as:

  • Kong – this classic dog toy can be filled with treats or peanut butter
  • Pet puzzles – interactive toys specially designed to keep dogs entertained and engaged
  • Petcube Bites – A pet camera and remote treat dispenser that will let you praise your dog and give treats for good behavior, even when you’re not home.

How to Stop a Dog From Barking

2) Tire your Dog Out

As pet parents, we already work hard and tire ourselves out every day, it’s a major ask for us to use extra energy just to tire out our dogs, so try to find ways you can make your dog’s existing exercise more strenuous. Here are a few ways you can turn up the volume on everyday physical activities.

  • Add a backpack as part of your dog’s walking uniform
  • Introduce a clicker or treat training to your routine to mentally stimulate your dog
  • Try agility training with your pet

3) Make your Home Dog-Friendly

Besides boredom and frustration, one of the major reasons dogs bark is territorial. To you, it’s just the mailman, but to your dog, it’s a vicious robber there to attack their master. You can’t stop receiving your mail, but there are lots of things you can do to desensitize your pet and make your home a haven away from negative external stimulus.

First, rather than trying to bend the dog to the environment, bend the environment to the dog. Here is a list of small changes you can make in your home that will help stop your dog from barking.

  • Invest in shades that block your dog’s view outside or frosted windows that let light in but keep the movement from outside out.
  • White noise can be a great way to calm a dog down and drown out outside noises. Try leaving a radio on a soothing station, or turning on a loud fan.
  • Check in on your dog using a Petcube Bites, and drop random treats for times when they are quiet.

How to Stop a Dog From Barking

Training a Dog Not To Bark

Although easier said than done, you can slowly but surely train your dog away from barking or at least desensitize them to the stimulus. Dogs respond incredibly well to positive reinforcement training so make a barking dog treat jar for the yummies that will stimulate your dog to behave. Below are a few tips on how to get your dog to stop barking using treats, but remember that it’s important to be extremely consistent with your pet.

  • Ignore the barking and force your dog to realize that they will not be rewarded with attention for it. Use treats to encourage positive behavior and withhold them when the dog is barking.
  • If things like other dogs or people are your pet’s trigger, you need to expose them to these stressors. Again, reward them with treats when they are behaving, and let them know that barking means no attention or tasty food.

Bark Collars and Other Useful Gadgets

Bark collars are a contentious topic in the pet community, and many a desperate pet parent has wondered ‘do bark collars really work?’.

These collars stop dog barking by delivering a shot of citronella, a short noise, or a small shock near the dog’s face to detract it from making noise. The problem with this solution though is that it doesn’t give any positive reinforcement when the dog is behaving, nor does it address the underlying problem of the dog being bored and having pent-up energy.

In fact, the United States Humane Society advises that while these collars are acceptable for keeping a dog contained, they’re not good for training.

Dog cameras like Petcube Bites let you not only know when your dog is barking, but let you correct it using two-way audio, and distract them using a laser pointer or treats. A pet treat camera can be a great way to stop your dog from barking even when you’re not at home. Some cameras even have “bark alerts” that send you push notifications every time your dog makes noise so that you can address the problem before your neighbors get angry.

How to Stop a Dog From Barking

Can you Stop a Neighbor’s Dog from Barking?

We’ve all been there. Our next-door neighbors have an extremely loud dog whose barking irritates your pooch and starts a vicious cycle of non-stop woofs and barks.

But is there anything you can do about that? Are there any tips out there on how to stop a neighbor’s dog from barking their head off?

Sadly, there is not much to be done short of talking to your neighbor. Try and point out the noise their pet makes is causing trouble for the tenants and offer help on training methods or supplies they could use. Who knows, maybe they didn’t even know they had a dog who barks while they’re away!

In case this strategy doesn’t work, the only option you have is to invest in sound-proofing your home, or consider moving away, so it’s best to hope you have a neighbor who is willing to train their dog.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to stop a dog from barking doesn’t have to be a strenuous process. Sure, it’s a challenge to stop dog barking, but most importantly, through all of these techniques, you have to remember that just as there are some great ways to treat dog barking, there are definite ways NOT to treat it. Because frustration and boredom are often at the heart of incessant barking, scolding your dog won’t do anything. Agitation won’t be fixed with more agitation, so try to speak to your dog in a soothing voice and don’t let your anger over the situation get the best of you.

How to Stop a Dog From Jumping on the Counter

Many dog owners are familiar with the problem of their dogs stealing food from kitchen counters or even the dinner table. You turn your back for a moment, and your sandwich or pizza slice has disappeared and your dog is standing next to the counter looking innocent, but licking its lips. Trainers even coined a new term to describe such dog behavior: counter-surfing.

You have probably watched funny videos of dogs stealing food or even witnessed your own dog jumping on the counter and snatching your meal. While pet owners might find counter surfing dogs cute and amusing, it is potentially a very dangerous habit (just think of your dog thieving something poisonous or knocking over a boiling saucepan). And it is the pet parent’s responsibility to take proper preventive measures and train your dog not to jump on the counter.

Why does my dog counter surf?

When food is left on tables or kitchen countertops, it can become an open invitation for your dog. If your dog has found food on the counter even once, it might keep on jumping up to look for it. And they will feel very rewarded when they find something. Here are the reasons why your dog steals food:

  • It is a perfectly natural behavior for your dog. When your dog steals food, it is acting on an instinctual behavior. Food in the wild is scarce, so dogs learned to scavenge to survive.
  • Dogs counter surf when they are hungry. Need we say more?
  • A lack of obedience training can lead to this type of behavior. Some dogs steal food simply because they have never been properly taught that it is inappropriate.
  • Boredom and a lack of exercise can lead to more thieving as well as many other behavior problems in pursuit of entertainment.
  • The thieving may be a symptom of dog separation anxiety. Dogs will often steal things like socks or shoes, which have the scent of their owner they miss them. If your dog is left alone for long periods, they might resort to destructive behaviours like stealing food.

How to stop a dog from stealing food off the table?

Our pups just have learned that kitchen counters are an easy source of yummy snacks. Every time your dog steals food, it is rewarded, which strengthens the behavior. If you’re tired of losing your dinner to a sneaky pooch every time you turn your back, here are some tips on keeping dogs off the counters and tables.

Remove the opportunity

The best way to deal with dogs counter surfing is by preventing it in the first place. Make sure nothing is on the counter. Stash snacks and fruits in closed cabinets or the refrigerator. Remember to pick up food items after cooking. If you are a first time dog owner, you may need to change some of your habits, not leaving food around or removing dirty dishes.

If you must keep food on the counter (a pie cooling down or a spread for a party), push it further back from counter edges to prevent your dog from snatching food. Or keep the dog out of the kitchen using a baby gate, or put him in a crate or shut the door.

Keep your dog well fed

To begin with, make sure the problem is not medical. There are illnesses that can increase your pup’s appetite, making them feel hungrier. If you want to know how to stop your dog from jumping on the counter, a vet visit might be a good place to start. Review what you’re feeding your dog and make sure it is getting enough to eat.

Only feed your dog from its bowl

We loved that video of a sweatshirt wearing dog eating at the dinner table. However, this is exactly something that you shouldn’t allow. Keep your dog from eating human food at the table! Make sure your pup only eats dog food from its bowl.

Do not give food to a begging dog

Dogs begging for food is typical when we eat or cook. They are perfect manipulators. Dogs can come up to the table or counter with their sad, wet eyes, and we want to give them everything they want. We’ve all been there. We understand. But, realize that might only make them come back more often. Don’t feel sorry for your begging dog! Remember that it’s well-fed and in no danger of starving.

Keep your dog active

Provide your dog with loads of physical and mental stimulation throughout the day. Nice long walks on the leash, fun games and training are all great for this purpose.

Get a pet treat camera

A pet camera that gives treats is a great way to monitor your dog’s behavior and reward it for being a good boy or girl. They usually come with 2-way audio and alerts, so if you catch your dog counter surfing or just being naughty, you will know right away and can tell it to stop. Then fling a treat as a reward. Your pooch will be excited!

Should I punish my dog for stealing food?

When most people punish their dog, usually the punishment is not strong enough to outweigh the reward they are getting – bacon, cheese, or a hot dog – so your dog will continue to surf.

If you punish your dog for counter surfing, it will only learn not to steal food when you’re around. You pooch will simply try to avoid punishment, not because it thinks that what it’s doing is wrong. You will either never hear it happening or it happens so fast you’ll be clueless.

Training your dog not to jump on the counter

Jumping on kitchen counters is a hard habit for your puppy to break, but you can train him to stop. Try:

  • With your puppy on a leash, place something tempting on the counter. The moment your puppy looks up to sniff the counter, snap the lead back and say “No”.
  • If you catch your dog stealing food, teach your pup to “leave it”.
  • If your pooch is sniffing around the kitchen, tell it to “go to its place” or “lie down”.

Always reward desirable behavior with a treat. Dogs are smart, so your pooch will soon realize that the likelihood of getting a treat is higher when it listens to you than when it sneaks a snack behind your back.

“Booby trap” training: pros and cons

This method is designed so that your dog learns to associate stealing with an unpleasant consequence. Booby trap objects with taste aversives, cans that fall, or motion detector alarms, to teach your puppy to “stay away.” At the same time, place highly appealing non booby trapped items nearby so that your pet learns safe and acceptable alternatives for chewing and play.

However, dog behavior experts argue that aversive training with booby traps often creates an anxious dog and hinders the human-animal bond. It’s a high price to pay. So it’s better to train your dog not to jump on counters with less aggressive methods.

Dogs will always be attracted to delicious human food. It’s our job as dog owners to teach them good manners and acceptable behavior. Remember that a well-trained dog is a happier dog! A Petcube pet camera can help you monitor your furry friend’s behavior even when you are away. Check in on your pet from your smartphone anytime or replay their video history on an interactive timeline to find out what your pet is doing throughout the day.

How to Stop a Dog From Jumping on the Counter

How to Stop a Dog From Jumping on the Counter

Does Your Cat Bring Live Animals Inside? Here What to Do!

So, you’ve got a pet that likes to bring you live animals. How precious. They somehow sneak critters in right under your nose, even with your totally rational begging and pleading to ‘drop it outside’.

You’re left to deal with skittering claws on tile floors the way any person would: with pure panic. Your cat is probably blinking pleasantly on the sidelines, watching your hunting skills improve (all thanks to them).

The frightened chipmunk, the battered-about field mouse and even the garden snake loose in your home are enough to ponder calling animal control.

But you don’t have time because that stupid baby rabbit is heading towards your entertainment system, and you and everyone else know that pulling that away from the wall isn’t going to happen with your weak T-Rex arms.

You’ve got to grab something before you lose track of where it’s scampered off to.

Cake Containers and Cardboards

Does Your Cat Bring Live Animals Inside? Here What to Do!

Don’t bother with a piece of paper or magazine cover: they’re too flimsy to hold the weight of a rodent. Speaking from experience, lightning doesn’t strike twice: you’ve got one shot to get it out of your house.

Drop the cake lid on top of the animal, slide the cardboard underneath, and calmly walk towards the door like it’s a Japanese tea service.

You may be asking, “Can’t I just use a bowl? No. A cake container will be a constant reminder that your house should have cake at all times. Win-win.

Tongs

Does Your Cat Bring Live Animals Inside? Here What to Do!

If you’re scared of snakes like me, you don’t want to get anywhere near those slithering things. The best method for getting rid of a small snake is by getting long tongs.

How long, you ask? The longest ones possible that are attached at one point (don’t bother with those wooden salad spoons because you will panic).

Grab it by its tail and try not to squeeze too hard out of hysteria. Fling it on the grass and flap your hands while you shriek, “EW! EW!”

Live Traps

Does Your Cat Bring Live Animals Inside? Here What to Do!

C’mon: who actually has one of those things conveniently lying around? I’m barely an adult and bought my first hair dryer this year.

Let me express that I’m from Wisconsin. I certainly don’t have my life together enough to obtain a live trap, but that’s for another article.

An Open Door

Does Your Cat Bring Live Animals Inside? Here What to Do!

If your cat has brought in a fluttering mess of feathers (called a ‘bird’ in some circles), keep your door open and pray that they figure their way out on their own like a drunken guest at a house party.

In a Midwestern winter, that’s not too useful, as you’ll end up freezing to death before either the bird or guest find the door.

A Broom

Does Your Cat Bring Live Animals Inside? Here What to Do!

If all of these methods fail, shoo it out like a 1950s housewife. Make sure there’s enough screaming to confuse all of your neighbors.

The key to trapping animals obviously entails lots of yelling and flapping of arms. Crying is also an option.

Does Your Cat Bring Live Animals Inside? Here What to Do!
If your cat brings in a bat, burn your house down.

6 Supplies for Senior Pets

6 Supplies for Senior Pets

Senior pets are special not because they’re old, but because they’re sweet and obedient. They may not be as active as puppies and kittens, but they sure know how to make you laugh and, sometimes, cry.

Senior pets occupy a special place in our hearts. That’s why it’s necessary to take care of them, especially in their golden years.

In addition to making sure they’re getting their daily dose of TLC, you can buy some really good supplies for senior pets. There’s a smorgasbord of stuff ranging from diapers to harnesses, but you only need these 6 supplies to get started.

1. Pet Stairs

Your senior dog or cat is prone to a myriad of health problems including arthritis and hip dysplasia. The good news is you can use pet stairs to help your pet move around the house or climb on the sofa with you.

6 Supplies for Senior Pets

You don’t want your aging pet to climb too high though as it could fall over. So keep an eye on your furry buddy when they’re using pet stairs.

2. Toys for Senior Pets

Just because your pet is old doesn’t mean it wants to sleep all day. Play time is still an important activity for your senior cat or dog. There are toys that are specifically designed for elderly animals.

6 Supplies for Senior Pets

The Kong Senior toy, for instance, is made from a special rubber that’s perfect for your pet’s aging teeth. Some toys can be stuffed with treats, too.

3. Pet Diapers

It’s common for senior pets to suffer urinary incontinence. Consider buying diapers for your pet. As to what type of diaper to get, it really depends on your pet. You can start with belly band diapers. These are easy to fit on your four-legged friend.

6 Supplies for Senior Pets

You can also buy disposable diapers, but make sure to add some absorbent padding since they aren’t leak-proof. Washable diapers are more comfortable to wear, though, and are usually quite durable.

4. Lifting Harness

Senior pets are prone to hip diseases that prevent them from walking and standing up. Some old dogs are too weak to support their weight. Thankfully, you can use a lifting harness to support their legs.

6 Supplies for Senior Pets

Use a harness to help your pet move around the house. You can also use a lifting harness to occasionally walk your dog outdoors. There are several types of harnesses: rear end harnesses, lifting harnesses, full body harnesses, and back braces.

5. Supplements

Should you give supplements to your aging cat or dog? Of course! Cats and dogs age faster than humans. And, like us, their bodies don’t absorb as many nutrients as they once did when they were young.

6 Supplies for Senior Pets

Remember that multivitamins aren’t a substitute for a healthy diet. It’s still important to feed your senior pet with healthy food. Popular supplements contain Omega-3, Omega-6, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin sulfate.

6. Pet Camera

Finally, a must-have accessory for senior pets is a pet camera. These high-tech gadgets work like baby monitors, but for your most furry family members. And they offer more bells and whistles, including the capability to talk to your senior pet, capture photos, and record video.

6 Supplies for Senior Pets

Pet cameras like the Petcube Play have an interactive laser toy, 1080p HD camera and night vision which pets enjoy. Another popular pet camera, Petcube Bites, has a treat dispenser, making it a perfect monitor for your senior dog.


6 Supplies for Senior Pets


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Holiday Tips for Safe Pet Care at Thanksgiving

Holiday Tips for Safe Pet Care at Thanksgiving

Celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family is a festive occasion that requires additional preparation, particularly if you own pets. New members to your home and dinner table will undoubtedly excite your dogs and cats. We wish to share helpful ideas in the interest of harmony at this special time of harvest.

If your dog is on the timid or fearful side, ask your guests to reserve affection until your dog has a chance to sniff them out first. For seriously shy dogs, you may want to have treats on hand for your guests to dispense as an offering.

On the other hand, some dogs are so excited by new “Pilgrims”, they rush to greet with wild enthusiasm and jump on your guests. A Shitzu at the shin is more tolerable than the loving Lab who may reach your guest’s chests!

Establish house rules in advance. The most important is to create “Fort Knox” procedures with open doors. Most dogs (and some cats) will bolt out an open door in anticipation of adventure beyond.

Consider a baby gate to make sure your pets can’t escape during the commotion; a simple gate that is spring-loaded with rubber bumpers, secured to both sides of an open entryway, will remind guests of the importance of safe entry and exit, while securing your pets on the other side.

Most dogs enjoy sniffing people and objects, especially those yummy, new smells in their suitcase. Make sure your guest’s personal items aren’t lying around, as some dogs will chew on shoes or ingest socks. The same “hide it” rule applies to medications, toiletries and other small items that could evoke a choke if ingested.

Establish a safe place for your pets to escape the noise and confusion. Put their beds, toys, food and water in a separate room for their retreat. If possible, add a radio tuned to classical music for added calming.

If your holiday guests include small children, this safe place should exclude them. Both pets and kids should be supervised when together.

As your festive dinner ensues, make sure people food, alcohol and sweets aren’t accidentally dropped on the floor or left unattended for Fido or Feline consumption.

Turkey bones are NOT safe for dogs because they splinter easily and can cause choking. Don’t leave the kitchen until your leftovers are securely stored. Some breeds are notorious for finding their way to the garbage and can easily inhale the turkey carcass… an emergency visit waiting to happen!

Holiday Tips for Safe Pet Care at Thanksgiving

The day after Thanksgiving is the perfect time to give your dogs some exercise to calm down from the festivities. They rely on their routines and holiday celebrations throw them off their game.

Enlist guests to join in a walk, which helps us humans burn added calories from holiday indulgence as well. Dogs and cats crave consistency, so engage your household guests in the process to ensure that your pets aren’t neglected… especially if you plan to be gone all day for shopping specials after Thanksgiving.

If you will be away from home on Black Friday, consider purchasing the Petcube Play pet camera in advance; an interactive pet monitor system that allows you to check on your pets while you check out to entertain your guests.

If your dog is unable to cope with the holiday stress, consider boarding them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today’s Guest Author is Tori Levitt, Owner & Canine Concierge of Doolittle’s Doghouse, in Arizona, which offers cage-free boarding in the private homes of professional pet sitters. They will gladly dote on your dog(s) so you can love on your friends and family without guilt!

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Dogs are our best friends. These furry friends are loyal, affectionate, and sweet. Pamper them and they’ll treat you like a master. Love them and they’ll love you back a hundred times more. Earn their trust and they are yours for life.

So it isn’t surprising that separation anxiety is one of the most common behavioral problems in dogs. If you have a dog, there’s a chance that your pooch is experiencing separation anxiety. Each time you leave home for work, your overly attached mutt freaks out and worries when you’re coming back.

Remember that picture of a dog looking at a window, waiting for its owner to return? Separation anxiety in dogs is real, and it’s a serious problem that too many pet owners ignore.

There are different dog separation anxiety solutions. To implement them properly, it’s important that you understand the symptoms first.

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

What are the symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs?

Nobody wants to be alone, and even dogs detest loneliness. Symptoms of separation anxiety in dogs include:

  • constant barking, howling, whining
  • chewing or digging
  • door scratching
  • urinating or defecating indoors
  • pacing or circling

If your pup gets too excited when you get home and follows you everywhere in the house, then your dog has separation anxiety.

When overlooked, separation anxiety in dogs can result to torn shoes, damaged furniture, and broken home appliances. Severe cases include self-injury or aggressive behavior around people and will require prescribed dog separation anxiety medications.

Which dog breeds suffer from separation anxiety?

Dog separation anxiety isn’t really exclusive to specific breeds, but it is more common in some breeds than others. Breeds known to be “people-dogs” as well as gun dogs seem to be at higher risk. Both are used to spending a lot of quality time with their family, whether at home or out hunting.

If you’re looking to add a new pup to your life, keep in mind that these breeds are more prone to developing separation anxiety than others:

  • Labrador Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Vizsla
  • Bichon Frise
  • Toy Poodle
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • Border Collie

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

How to help a dog with separation anxiety

So how to treat separation anxiety in dogs? Since it’s impossible for you to stay at home all the time, there are dog supplies that can help calm an anxious dog. You don’t want things to get worse.

Curing separation anxiety quickly is unlikely, so get patient. You might need to experiment with different supplies from the list.

1. Swaddling Jacket

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Swaddling jackets work like swaddling clothes for babies. These calming garments use gentle pressure to relieve pet anxiety.

The ThunderShirt is an example of an effective dog swaddle. Studies show that pressure wraps can promote relaxation and reduced anxiety in animals, particularly dogs.

2. Toys

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Nothing beats a good old toy for an anxious mutt. They’re effective, cheap, and available in stores. Some of the common toys for dogs with separation anxiety are chew bones, treats, bully sticks, and puzzles.

KONG dog toys are probably the best dog separation anxiety toys. Stuff it with your dog’s favorite treat, and this will keep your pooch busy for quite some time.

Remember that dogs love toys that squeak. Offer toys when you leave the house and hide them as soon as you return home. It’s a healthy distraction while you’re away that will help you avoid dog anxiety medicines in the future.

3. Pet Radio

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

This is one of the simple but often overlooked dog separation anxiety solutions. Turn up the music when you leave the house to keep your dog engaged. Dogs enjoy “species-specific” music that produce unique pitches, tones, and tempos.

Pet radios like Pet Acoustics are pre-loaded with music specifically made for canines. These songs have been digitally modified to emit different frequencies with varying decibels, which is why they are calming for dogs.

4. Calming Supplements

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Made from herbs, these supplements are natural dog anxiety solutions and a satisfying non-sedative snack. They are available as chewable tablets, water additives, or bone-shaped treats and help calm pups without the nasty side effects.

We’ve heard numerous success stories about the use of natural home remedies for dog anxiety such as chamomile, lemon balm, valerian, skullcap, and echinacea. However, dogs can respond differently, so consult your veterinarian when in doubt.

5. Aromatherapy

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Another effective resource for dog anxiety treatment is aromatherapy. Essential oils include lavender, cedarwood, bergamot, vetiver, chamomile, ylang ylang flower, clary sage, and sweet orange.

Some fragrances are said to produce neonatal pheromones, reminding dogs of their mothers and reducing anxiety. Just spray a diluted mixture of water and oil on your dog’s fur – don’t apply the straight oil directly to their skin.

6. Pet Camera

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Pet cameras like the Petcube Play cure dog separation anxiety by letting you see, talk to, and play with your pup. Download the Petcube app on your phone to interact with your furry buddy. Dog cameras are the latest breakthrough in pet care.

These pet monitors feature 1080p HD video, 2-way audio, night vision, 3x digital zoom, and a built-in laser toy. There’s also Petcube Bites which is a Wi-Fi pet cam with a built-in treat dispenser. You can use it to fling calming treats to your dog or just to remotely treat and reward your pooch for good behavior.

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Petcube products are designed for pet parents to always be close to their pets. With 1080p HD video, night vision, and cloud video history, you can monitor and interact with your pets anytime, anywhere. Chat and play laser tag with Petcube Play. Treat and train your pet with Petcube Bites.

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

6 Solutions To Help Your Dog With Separation Anxiety

Introducing an Exotic Pet into a Home with Cats and Dogs

Introducing an Exotic Pet into a Home with Cats and Dogs

As an exotic animal veterinarian who treats birds, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, and other less commonly known pets such as sugar gliders, hedgehogs, and pot-bellied pigs, I am constantly asked whether it is possible to integrate an exotic animal into a home that already has dogs and cats. My answer is a resounding, “Yes!” In fact, I grew up in a small apartment in a New York City high-rise with cats, dogs, guinea pigs, birds, and fish. If you follow these steps, and you are patient, your new exotic pet can live harmoniously with your existing dogs and cats:

1. Ensure your exotic pet is housed safely in a secure cage

Introducing an Exotic Pet into a Home with Cats and Dogs

Dogs and cats can easily swipe with long claws through the bars of an exotic pet’s cage or grab at an exotic pet’s limb and pull. Parrots, with their sharp beaks, also can antagonize a cat or dog with a quick bite through the cage bars, and many large birds are capable of letting themselves out of a cage and escaping. So, be sure to lock exotic pets’ cages tight, and keep them out of reach of curious cats and dogs.

2. Never allow your exotic pets out unsupervised with your dogs or cats

Introducing an Exotic Pet into a Home with Cats and Dogs

Most exotic pets are prey species, while dogs and cats are predators. Therefore, they should never be trusted together without supervision. All it takes is a second for a predatory cat or dog to grab or swipe at a bird or other exotic pet. Don’t take chances; keep them apart when they are all out of their cages.

3. Don’t trust even the most well-meaning dog or cat

Introducing an Exotic Pet into a Home with Cats and Dogs

I hear all the time from dog and cat owners that their pets are too sweet and gentle to ever hurt a bird or other exotic. Many energetic dogs and cats may be well-meaning and just want to play with their new exotic friends; however, with their long nails, sharp teeth, and bacteria-laden mouths, even well-intentioned dogs and cats can inflict serious harm on small, delicate exotic species. Give your dog or cat a toy to play with instead, and keep him or her away from your new exotic addition.

4. Make sure exotic pets get plenty of safe, out-of-cage time

Introducing an Exotic Pet into a Home with Cats and Dogs

Even though you want to keep your new exotic friend safe in his or her cage, you must be sure to plan plenty of time each day for him or her to be out of the cage, exercising and socializing with the human family members in the house. This way, the exotic animal can become comfortable in his or her new environment and bond to the new family.

5. Be sure to keep all pets in the house up-to-date in veterinary care

Introducing an Exotic Pet into a Home with Cats and Dogs

Regardless of what kind of exotic pet you introduce, be sure to have him or her checked out by an exotic pet-savvy veterinarian when you first get him or her so that you can better understand how to introduce this particular pet into your household’s existing pet social structure. Some animals, like ferrets, will likely be intrigued by cats and dogs and may even seek out their attention. Rabbits and some smaller birds, however, may be afraid of cats and dogs and may take longer to adapt to environments where these animals already live. If you seek the advice of a veterinarian familiar with the care and temperament of exotic pets before you introduce the new exotic animal into your home, you are much more likely to end up with a new, harmonious balance among all your beloved pets.

Introducing an Exotic Pet into a Home with Cats and Dogs

Written by Dr. Laurie Hess, one of 125 avian specialists certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and owns the only Animal Hospital Association of America-accredited exotic animal hospital in NY State – the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics – in Westchester County, NY. She is an exotic pet writer, a regular exotic pet expert on television, and a radio show host. Her book, Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor, is available now wherever books are sold. Connect with Dr.

How To Introduce Your Baby To Your Dog

How To Introduce Your Baby To Your Dog

Ever heard the saying that dogs are pack animals?

A ‘man’s best friend’ is predisposed to live within social groups, whether that be with other dogs in the wild, or co-habit with you in your family home. Any kind of pack is made up of dominant and submissive members, and early on in your dog’s training, you will have established your roles within your little family pack.

Adding a new member of the family is often a very confusing time for your furry friend, as it brings uncertainty as to where this new member fits in within the hierarchy and where this in turn leaves them.

How To Introduce Your Baby To Your Dog

In order to reduce this uncertainty and prevent dog jealousy (yes that’s a thing), there are a number of steps you can take to make this transition run a little more smoothly. Signs of jealous behavior include ‘acting up’ to get more attention, this may come in the form of being over-excited or aggressive towards your new baby.

It is a good idea to address it before it becomes a problem. Behavioral specialists will advise you on how to make adjustments before the baby arrives home, such as establishing boundaries, setting a new schedule, introducing them to the new scent, reinforcing good behavior, and exposing your dog to the sights and sounds of small children in advance.

As pack leader, it is important that you establish and maintain your ownership and control over situations. This ensures that when you first introduce your baby and dog, the chance of the dog accepting the new arrival is greater.

How To Introduce Your Baby To Your Dog

Before this crucial meeting, make sure you take your dog on a long walk to tire them, on re-entering the house make sure they are calm and let the dog sniff the baby at a distance before allowing them to gradually move closer. This helps to establish that the new addition to the family is another pack leader.

Now that you have brought baby home and started to settle into your new family routine, it is easy to forget that your dog still needs your love and attention too! Daily walks and continued leadership keeps them happy and secure whilst your baby starts to develop and grow. Always remember to supervise interactions between your dog and the little one as they continue to get to know each other.

They might just end up the best of friends!

How To Introduce Your Baby To Your Dog

Check out some of the best dog dads of Instagram. Also, see our tips on introducing your cat to your baby.

Emma Mills is a freelance writer, proud mother, and pack leader. She blogs at Shepped: German Shepherds 101.

12 Must-Have New Puppy Supplies

12 Must-Have New Puppy Supplies

Raising a pup is a fun and rewarding experience. I’ve raised a handful of pooches, and I still cherish those moments. Although it can be time-consuming and demanding, you’ll be fine with a few tools and tips. Things like crates, collars, and chew toys will make it easier for you to raise your puppy.

It also helps to know the difference between dog food and puppy food. Puppies are usually weaned at 8 weeks, so it’s important to give them puppy food, which contains more protein and fat. Be sure to read the labels.

Additionally, consider crate training your puppy. Crate training ensures your dog knows the house rules; it’ll also save you a lot of headaches in the future. However, remember not to use crates for punishment.

Lastly, stay in touch with your dog even when you’re at work with a pet camera (yep, monitors work on dogs, too). A pet cam like the Petcube helps you remotely train and exercise your pooch, reducing separation anxiety and depression.

If you’re a first-timer, check out this useful infographic.

12 Must-Have New Puppy Supplies

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