23 November 2018
23 November 2018,

Top 9 secrets your pets won’t tell you



1. I really don’t enjoy chasing laser pointers. Yours truly, Mr Mittens.


Whenever you shine a laser pointer for your cats to chase and play with, they are often left frustrated without the opportunity to feel the tactile sensation of their hard-earned prey. Felines need to have the satisfaction of the hunt — to catch and feel their prey beneath their paws. If you’re going to use a pointer, please sub in an actual toy at the end so they have something to catch and kill. It makes the game worth it.


2. You’re probably giving me too much food!


If they don’t seem motivated by food treats when you’re trying to train them, cut back and they’ll start to pay attention.



3. I don’t always like the kids.


If your dog is licking, pulling its ears back, turning its head away, or yawning while kids are playing with them, they’re probably just barely tolerating the kids, as those are all signs of anxiety. If you keep letting them pull your dog’s tail, one of these days, they might lose it.



4. Declawing isn’t the same as cutting my nails.


Dogs walk on their toes and the nails help them balance and grip. Removing the joints on each toe cannot only make it more difficult for a dog to walk and run, but it can lead to arthritis and, in dogs that are already at risk, spinal injuries or deformities. Just think how difficult it would be for you to get around if part of your toes were chopped off.


5. I am not as untrainable as you think, mom!


Cats can learn to sit, come, touch a target with their nose, jump through a hoop, give you a high five, and even use the toilet as fast as or even faster than any dog.


6. My purring doesn’t always mean that I’m happy and content.


Cats purr when they’re content. When yours is curled up in the sun, you may hear a gentle rumble as he breathes in and out. It’s almost as if he’s sending out waves of calm. But you shouldn’t assume that sound means your cat is in a good mood. Cats purr to communicate other emotions and needs, too. Cats often purr when they’re hungry or need something, or when they get hurt and are in pain, as the sound and feeling of purring calms them.



7. A Thundershirt will help ease my anxiety.


Thundershirt’s design applies gentle, constant pressure on a dog’s torso, and this pressure has an amazing calming effect for most dogs. Pressure has been used to successfully reduce anxiety for many years for both animals and humans. Examples include parents swaddling infants, veterinarians using squeeze chutes when vaccinating cattle, and thousands of people with autism using pressure to relieve persistent anxiety.


8. Please introduce me around when I’m young so I’m not afraid of strangers.


Some experts say dogs should meet 100 new people of different sizes, genders, and ethnicities in their first 100 days at home, even if it’s just a quick greeting. Make sure you include people wearing hats and sunglasses, since those accessories can look awfully scary to your fur kids.



9. You absolutely can teach an old dog new tricks!


It is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks! If you adopt an adult or even a senior dog, you may be amazed at their ability to concentrate and learn new things. Adult dogs are often even easier to train than pups, simply because they have the ability to focus for a longer period of time.


Author: Andrea Wilkins


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