Happy Puppy, Healthy Puppy

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Just as you can become tense and stressed out by your daily life, puppies often feel that too. Puppy anxiety is not only unpleasant but it can also post a potentially damage to your home and belongings. It can also lead to a host of other health and wellness problems.

With some simple lifestyle tweaks you can make scratching, digging, clawing, whining and crying a thing of the past. Here are some tips to reduce your puppy’s anxiety and make their life, and yours, a bit more comfortable:

Keep your Puppy Active

“Often, the source of puppy’s anxiety is lack of activity,” says Brian Atkinson, Director of Pet Training at Invisible Fence Brand.  “Whether you have a dog or cat, regular exercise is crucial for a happy, anxiety-free pet.”

Be sure to give pets plenty of opportunities for outdoor exercise. Play games with your puppy that is both mentally and physically stimulating.

Grant More Freedom

If you’re like many pet owners, your busy schedule means leaving your pet alone for long periods of time. Granting safe access to your yard while you’re busy can alleviate this burden. Consider installing a pet door combined with a pet containment system.

“With proper training, your puppy can safely learn to understand and respect the boundaries of the yard,” says Atkinson.

Highly recommended by veterinarians, professional dog trainers, behaviorists and other pet experts, a pet door can reduce accidents inside the home, increase exercise, stimulate a pet’s senses and provide a change of scenery.

Opt for a programmable electronic pet door that’s customizable. For instance, the Invisible Fence Brand Doorman, which is completely secure against unwanted visitors with an automatic locking device, allows you to set different schedules, boundaries and rules for each pet.

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Make Separation Easier

If your pet cries or misbehaves when you leave the house, you may need to take steps to reduce his or her separation anxiety. Desensitize your pet to anxiety-inducing pre-departure cues like putting your shoes on or packing your bag, by regularly doing these actions and staying put.

When you do leave, keep the radio on to keep your pet company throughout the day. Keep your absences short initially, gradually building up the length of time you’re away. And try to avoid making grand entrances and exits. The act of leaving and returning home should be as much of a non-event as possible.

Maintain their Space

Be sure to regularly clean litter boxes and keep your puppy well-hydrated. Automatic litter systems, pet feeders and drinking fountains can help you maintain your pet’s living conditions, even when you aren’t there to do it yourself.

If you are like most people who care about their animals, you are probably visiting Catchfred to find tips on how to keep your dogs happy and healthy. Nutrition and regular vet visits are important, but your pet’s everyday activities should be properly managed as well. The following are some tips on keeping your dog or puppy safe and protecting his or her well-being throughout the year.

Exercise and Your Pet
If you run or exercise with your dog, try to change your schedule when summer arrives so that you can walk in the early morning or in the evening when it is cooler. Allow your pet to walk on dirt or grass if at all possible, as macadam and sidewalks may become too hot and burn your dog’s paws. Remember that dogs are very loyal, and will run along even if they are overheating. It is never wise to allow this to happen. Just as you need to rest and replenish your fluids, so does your pet.

A Word About Plants and Flowers
Many dog owners are aware of the fact that chocolate is bad for canines. However, there are also a handful of common garden plants that can make dogs very ill. These include daffodils, morning glories, crocuses, azaleas, rhododendrons, and clematis. Do your best to keep your dog from all flowers and plants just to be on the safe side. If you suspect your pet has ingested any of the aforementioned plants, contact your vet as soon as possible for a health evaluation.

The Importance of Updating Vaccinations and Medications
Keep your dog’s flea and tick medications and vaccinations up to date. Ticks and fleas can make an animal’s life miserable, especially in the summer. In addition, mosquitoes can potentially infect your pet with heartworms, and therefore screening during summertime may be necessary.

Planning for a Natural Disaster
Although many times we are told to leave our pets behind should a natural disaster occur, most animal lovers will refuse to do so, making advanced planning an essential consideration. When forming an evacuation plan in the event of a natural disaster, remember to include your puppy or dog in the plan. Have a carrier on hand into which your pet will fit comfortably and locate a facility, hotel, or relative’s home in advance that will welcome your dog.

Following these simple suggestions concerning how to keep your pet safe this year will give you peace of mind and make your time with your dogs a more enjoyable experience. Visit Catchfred again soon for more essential information about your pet’s health and well-being.

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