Potty Training Your Puppy

Written by Timothy Robinson

A new puppy is a joyous addition to any home. Who can resist that cute little bundle of lovable furry fun? Wouldn't it be great if puppies were potty trained and came into our homes without any mess or bother? OK, reality check here.

Just ask any dog owner whatrepparttar hardest task at hand is, and most will agree, that potty training is high onrepparttar 141460 list of unpleasant tasks. Actually, potty training is a simple task, requiring merely a little patience and diligence.

First, be mindful of puppies as infant dogs, not children. Dogs are creatures of Habitual Re-enforcement. Start early withrepparttar 141461 basics, and you will have a well trained and obedient friend for many years.

A sure fire method of potty training, at least inrepparttar 141462 opinion of a kennel and breeder friend of mine, is to simply catchrepparttar 141463 puppy inrepparttar 141464 act of relieving itself.

First, you need to decide where you want him to go torepparttar 141465 bathroom. Immediately approach your puppy, pick him up gently but firmly, and tell him "No No" with a firm clear voice. Carry your puppy immediately outside, preferably to a pre designated area, and set him down on his haunches, holding him firmly for a few moments. If he still needs to relieve himself, keep him in that spot and pat and praise him when he's finished. OK! Not so hard, eh?

Cat Anxiety and Cat Litter Box Problems

Written by Nancy E. Wigal

Frazzled felines will sometimes relieve their anxiety by urinating, or marking (spraying) outsiderepparttar cat litter box. Here are a few ofrepparttar 141438 causes andrepparttar 141439 solutions to calm your kitty down.

Like humans, cats like their routines and daily habits. When something changes in their home, one way their anxiety may manifest itself is by urinating outsiderepparttar 141440 cat litter box. With a little bit of work and patience, your kitty can be calmed down and get back to her good litter box habits.

Here are just a few situations that can make cats anxious:

- A new person or pet comes to live in your household

- You change jobs and your daily schedule

- A trip torepparttar 141441 vet

There are many more situations, but these can be fairly common stressors for felines.

A new person or pet comes to live in your household:

If you're introducing a roommate ofrepparttar 141442 human kind, be sure this individual understands that cats are different from dogs. They don't playrepparttar 141443 same, and cats may be viewed as being cold or aloof. Tell your new roommate about your cat's personality, likes, and dislikes. Then introduce them to one another. It may take a couple weeks for everybody to get adjusted to one another.

One thing you may want to do during this transition period is to either confine your cat to her favorite room with her food, water, clean cat litter box, and toys, or keeprepparttar 141444 roommate's bedroom shut to prevent your cat from markingrepparttar 141445 new housemate's clothes, furniture, and possessions. Supervisor your cat's forays into this person's space. Your new roommate may opt to keeprepparttar 141446 door shut permanently. This won't be a problem unless your kitty is constantly curious about what's behindrepparttar 141447 closed door.

You change jobs and your daily schedule:

Cats like to know when their big cat mom and/or dad are coming and going, so they can adjust their schedules accordingly. If you or your partner takes a new job that drastically changes your household routine and lifestyle, your cat may get upset. She might react by refusing to userepparttar 141448 cat litter box.

Observe your cat carefully. If you find cat urine puddles outsiderepparttar 141449 litter box oncerepparttar 141450 new routine has been established, you'll need to confine your cat to limitrepparttar 141451 damage to one area of your home and retrain her to back to good litter box habits. Forrepparttar 141452 first week or so, spend more time with your cat and reassure her that everything is OK, and her life is going to be just fine.

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