Summer is just around the corner and my dog, Chilly, and I can’t wait! Every year, we look forward to spending more time outside, whether it’s lounging on the patio or taking a stroll along the beach. My cats, Turtle and Olivia, also love the longer days and stake their claim to the best sun puddles in the house.
It sounds as though your dogs have developed a form of separation anxiety that possibly was brought on by the events surrounding the death of your husband. They could perceive that when you (or someone they love) is out of their sight, that person is not safe. It's not a rational fear, but what they may have deduced from those events.
It is not uncommon for dogs to develop unusual fears. Often, you can alleviate them with a keen understanding of the problem, good training and a lot of patience. Other times, the problem may be serious enough to warrant a thorough physical exam by your veterinarian. Intense fears may even need to be treated by a specialist in canine behavior.
You may have learned to ignore your four-legged friend lurking under the dinner table, but when guests come over dog begging can be more of a nuisance. Fortunately there are a few simple steps you can take now to get your dog’s begging under control so you won’t have to worry about it during the holiday season.
As you already know, cats can be territorial and they don’t like change. These two character traits mean you should proceed slowly. Some cats are more social than other cats. For example, Shasta might not initially want to share her territory (and her people) with other pets in the household. But a 1-year kitty coming into a new family might be glad to have a cat companion. This means that Shasta and Savannah Marie need to be introduced very slowly. It sounds like there has already been that first face-to-face meeting. So you may want to back up a few steps and ‘start over’ so to speak.
Separation anxiety is an enormous problem to an estimated 10 percent of all puppies and older dogs. Pets with separation anxiety typically exhibit distress and behavioral problems when they're left alone. Ironically, it is a major reason that dogs end up in animal shelters.
Keeping kitty out of the Christmas tree can be a challenge. After all, we erect these beautiful trees with sparkling tinsel, shiny, dangling ornaments, and we expect our cats NOT to be inquisitive! It's a rather irresistible temptation to most cats. However, with some patience and ingenuity, you can successfully keep kitty out of trouble and off the tree.
Pets are like children—they’re curious about everything! And just as a new parent would child-proof their home for a toddler’s safety, pet parents should be concerned with the safety of their four-footed children.
It is a fact of pet ownership that even our most beloved furry friends can develop some nasty habits that try our patience. In my personal and professional conversations with pet lovers, I’ve discovered there are a few behaviors that stand out as the most worrisome and difficult to control. Ready? (Brace yourself).
This is a tough problem to correct, and one that is best solved by working with a veterinary behaviorist. Your dog’s urination on the furniture could be linked to a medical problem. Talk to your family veterinarian about finding a veterinary behaviorist near you.
As you have discovered, it is difficult, if not impossible to keep children from wanting to pet your Chihuahua, regardless of the working vest. Little dogs are kid magnets! I suggest that when children are around, you pick up your dog so that you are better in control of who approaches him. I would also strongly suggest you contact a reputable expert in canine behavior modification to determine if you pup can learn to trust children so that he does not pose a danger to them, and a liability to you.
Clearly he’s used to going on that spot, so you should try to move the location of the pad very gradually. For example, just move it 12 inches in the direction you wish to ultimately relocate it. Also, place another pad in the new location and encourage him to use it by showing it to him daily. When he does use the pad in the new location, praise him with a treat or lots of love. Continue to move the previous pad closer to the new location, slowly, so that he continues to use the pad, not simply the old location. Have patience—he’s smart, he will eventually get it!