Posts in Category: Training & Behavior
Walks are important for all dogs, regardless of age. In addition to building the bond between you and your pet, exercise keeps you both healthy and keeps boredom at bay. Dogs need to explore their environment for their own well being. Daily walks also aid in your pet’s digestion and help them sleep better at night.
But many people are reluctant to walk their dogs, afraid of the pulling, barking, and general unpleasant behavior that may accompany leash walks. It’s easy to think that dogs just innately know how to walk on a leash, but in fact, this skill is something that needs to be trained. It’s an important skill to teach, and one that you’ll appreciate every time you take your dog out for her walk.
Keep reading for tips on leash training from The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital.Continue…
How exciting it is to bring home your brand new little one. You must be anticipating all of the little meows or barks, the pitter-patter of paws across the living room floor, and the sweet moments of getting to know your new pet companion. Your friends at Wheaton agree…This time is one of the very best.
But there is a lot to think about when it comes to a newly adopted pet. Your home, especially if it has been fur-free, is probably not entirely pet-proof. What is pet-proofing the home, you may ask? We are here to help you out!
In the process of developing an effective treatment plan, pet owners are key players. Whether they’re managing a pet’s weight with healthy meal portions, or providing substantial opportunities for exercise and environmental enrichment, it is their critical involvement that gets results.
Administering pet medications at home can also be a part of the healthcare puzzle, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Pill pockets for pets may just save the day!Continue…
Dogs and barking seem to go hand-in-hand. In fact, it can actually be helpful when your pet barks to alert you to a dangerous situation or an unknown visitor. However, unprovoked bouts of barking or prolonged periods of barking can be difficult to manage.
Of course, no pet owner wants to completely eliminate all forms of barking. Fortunately, you can focus on correcting the behaviors you don’t want so your dog can engage in natural barking behaviors that benefit the whole family.Continue…
At Wheaton Animal Hospital, we do our best to make our waiting area as peaceful and hospitable as possible. Even with all of our efforts, the fact is that coming to see the veterinarian is an extremely stressful event for many pets, and sitting in a lobby packed with strange people and animals can compound feelings of fear and anxiety.
Practicing good veterinary hospital lobby etiquette will go a long way toward keeping the atmosphere relaxed and is essential for the safety and well being of everyone present.
Dogs are amazing, if not a little odd. We take many of their quirky but cute habits for granted. Every once in awhile, though, your pup does something that makes you stop and wonder. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are no strangers to strange dog behaviors. Keep reading to find out what we know about your constant companion.
It’s All About Communication
Many of the things that dogs do are rooted in communication. Since they can’t just talk and tell us when they need or want something, often times body language or actions are their means to an end.
When pet owners come to us with reports of urinating or defecating inside the house, pacing, destroying property, and endless vocalization, discussing separation anxiety is a natural place to start. To err on the side of caution, we first ensure there isn’t an underlying medical condition. If nothing is found, The Pet Experts work with pet owners to help assuage dangerous or challenging symptoms and re-prioritize their pet’s needs.
It’s All About Routine
Undoubtedly, pets are creatures of habit. They rely heavily on predictable events, such as meal times, bathroom breaks, and opportunities for play and exercise. After a long, active summer in which they’ve grown accustomed to daily, consistent involvement, some pets have a tough time adjusting to a new routine. Continue…
Sometimes, a dog owner is already a runner and trains their dog to run with them. Other times, a person becomes a runner in order to provide the type of exercise their canine companion needs. Whatever the case may be, running with your dog can be done the right way or the wrong way (i.e., ineffectively or dangerously). To help you discern between the two, The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have some helpful tips to keep you and your pup jogging along for years to come.
Before hitting the pavement, it’s worth having your dog checked out. Some breeds simply aren’t cut out for strenuous exercise, while others show enthusiasm for the sport, only to get injured or ill. It’s important to get a clean bill of health prior to running any great distances or on difficult routes.
Each year, animal shelters across the country take in an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals. Sadly, approximately 2-4 million of these pets are euthanized due to lack of space, funding, and other issues. Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue organization not only saves a life, it opens up more space for other needy pets and increases awareness of the homeless pet issue in your community.
As wonderful as it is to adopt a rescue pet, bringing them into our homes isn’t always happily-ever-after. Many pets have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and may have a difficult time adjusting to life in a loving home. Although it’s natural to feel confused and dismayed by your pet’s undesirable behaviors, it’s important to keep in mind that most problems can be rectified with patience, love, and consistency (and sometimes professional help).
It’s no secret that dogs can be a bit gross. From licking things they probably shouldn’t to drinking out of the toilet, many of their habits are pretty questionable. However, perhaps nothing is as stomach-turning as their penchant for poop.
If you’re lucky enough to own a dog and a cat, you’ve probably witnessed your dog dining on delicacies from the litter box. This isn’t a great habit for many reasons, but it’s also a tough one to break. The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital are here to educate you on the art of keeping your dog out of the litter box.