Posts in Category: Training & Behavior
One of the best ways puppies learn the ropes is by modeling the behaviors of their parents and older dogs.
This mock-fighting and roughhousing teaches them several things that can be useful later in life. This instinct for an adult dog to play-fight with puppies in an old one, deeply embedded in their DNA from the days of when they were wild.
Unfortunately, sometimes this form of play can become dangerous for a puppy when it is too aggressive. Your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital have a few tips for a safer way for puppies and dogs to play together. Let’s begin!Continue…
Considering all the animals that were adopted or fostered prior to lockdowns, their sheer numbers are overwhelming. With so many people forced to stay at home, the calming warmth and reassurance of millions of new pets made all the difference.
Helping pets adjust to their new homes has never been easier, but what happens when we all return to work or school?
With everyone at home, the animals in our care have probably never been happier. There’s always something going on (even if it’s just another nap on the couch), and in households with kids, playful activities abound. Helping new pets adjust to a lively household may go easier than imagined.Continue…
Once a routine is established at home, it’s not unusual for pets to embrace their daily dose of “me time”. That’s not to say they don’t get a little lonely or bored in their owner’s absence, but these normal reactions are a far cry from full-on pet separation anxiety. Instead of temporarily pacing or whining and then settling down to sleep, pet separation anxiety can make a pet simply come unglued at the sight and sound of keys, jackets and shoes.
Equally distressing for pet owners, pet separation anxiety can be soothed with patience, understanding, and above all, love.Continue…
Taut whiskers. Pinned-back ears. Thrashing tail. Dilated pupils. Any of these signs of feline aggression are powerful warnings, but when combined with a fierce growl or hiss, an attack is imminent.
There are no questions about a cat’s ability to defend themselves, but when they act out of character around their loved ones, it can be extremely worrisome. What’s behind feline aggression, and how should owners respond to it?
Big and Bad
Cats are experts at efficiently communicating using specific elements of body language. A close look at tail positioning can reveal their mental state. For instance, when they are scared or feel threatened, they will hold their tail close to the ground. Whipping it side to side may also be seen.Continue…
It wasn’t too many years ago that most pet owners would laugh or roll their eyes at the idea of doggy daycare. Today, though, pet owners of all stripes are discovering the benefits of doggie daycare.
Whether you’re looking to give your dog an afternoon away from home while you deep clean and run errands, or are looking for sustainable socialization and enrichment for your pet, doggie daycare has a lot to offer and can provide tremendous benefits for your four-legged friendContinue…
If your lawn or garden is regularly being sacrificed to your dog or puppy’s paws, you may be throwing your hands up in frustration.
Aside from the holes in the ground and a subsequent lack of foliage, dog or puppy digging is one of the more difficult behaviors to fix. A thorough understanding of why dogs dig is in order before trying to break the habit.
Keep reading as your friends at Blue Valley Animal Hospital elaborate on this common dog behavioral problem.Continue…
Okay, sure those sad eyes, furrowed brows, and the unrelenting attention may be a little endearing, but Blue Valley Animal Hospital maintains that begging in dogs is not a desirable behavior.
From those doe-like eyes earning a compromise in good nutrition and extra calories to the drool on your rug, there are many reasons to discourage it.
We have your back when it comes to discouraging begging behavior in dogs.
Nipping Begging in the Bud
As with many things, begging in dogs is best stopped before it starts.
Begging is a natural canine behavior, and while it may indicate that your dog’s diet is lacking, it is just as likely to be a ploy for attention from the person your pet loves most (psst, that’s you).
All pets are capable of acting in an aggressive manner. Growling, snapping, and raising the hackles are all a normal part of communication in the animal world. When that aggression is directed at humans or other furry family members, it can make you question your pet’s place in the home.
Pet aggression often has an underlying cause. Taking some time to understand why your pet may be acting differently can help to prevent problems and keep you and your animals safe and happy. Blue Valley Animal Hospital is all for keeping pets and people living in harmony, and understanding pet aggression is an important part of that.Continue…
Having a pet means fulfilling all of their needs – a huge responsibility! Besides providing food and shelter, there’s grooming, training, along with trips to the veterinarian for wellness exams, vaccines, and parasite protection. Not to mention dealing with the occasional pet illness or injury.
And there’s a pet’s mental and emotional well being to consider. You are your pet’s world, and just knowing that you’re nearby comforts and calms them. But of course, it usually isn’t possible to have our pets by our sides at all times. This begs the question, how long is too long to leave a pet home alone?Continue…
Summer can be a wonderful time to slow down, gather with family and friends, and enjoy all the festivities the season has to offer. For many pets, however, the warmer months can be the scariest time of year.
Fireworks, parties, and thunderstorms can trigger pet noise anxiety and fear. Pets may respond by hiding, shaking, or becoming destructive. The urge to escape the noise can put them at risk for becoming lost or injured.
Pet noise anxiety is a real problem, but luckily there are a few things you can do to help your pet and manage their fears. Blue Valley Animal Hospital focuses on the techniques and tips you can use to help your pet keep calm this summer.Continue…