Posts in Category: Training & Behavior
There are many health issues facing cats today, including (but definitely not limited to) obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, and dental disease. The thing to remember is that the majority of problems affecting today’s cats are preventable.
The same is true for cat mental health. As long cats have everything they need in their environment, destructive or unwanted feline behaviors can be drastically reduced, resulting in happier cat .Read the rest of this entry »
To say that cats are creatures of habit may be a bit of an understatement. In fact, they are deeply attached to their people and environments, and only truly feel at ease when their expectations are met. This is not to say that they are hard to please, but cats count on things being a certain way. And when they’re not, all bets are off.
This is particularly true when it comes to their litter box. And why shouldn’t it be? Transitioning a litter box (from one place to another, changing quantities or style, etc) may seem like a daunting task to an owner that knows better, but it can be achieved without too much flack.Read the rest of this entry »
Puppy pads can be a useful tool for helping to house train a new puppy, but few pet owners want to spend the rest of their pet’s life with soiled potty stations inside their homes.
At some point most of us desire to have our pets use “nature’s toilet” for their relief. Transitioning from puppy pads to outside, can be a little tricky, but with help from your team at Goldorado Animal Hospital your dog should catch on in no time at all!
There are plenty of internet articles touting the “easy” way to crate train your puppy or dog, but no matter which way you slice it, crate training requires patience, gentleness, and positivity. With those three ingredients in mind, we’ll share some reasons crate training can be beneficial as well as our tips for success!
First Things First
Different people have different circumstances that may make crate training a good idea. Here are some common reasons:
By Susan Garlinghouse DVM
Puppies usually learn how to interact with other friendly dogs during early life . However, for a variety of reasons, that doesn’t always happen, and such pups can grow up with poor social skills, unable to decipher and understand the body language of other dogs. As they mature, they can develop fear-based dog aggression—barking, growling, lunging or worse, which often gets more ingrained with time.
It would intuitively seem like the best way to discourage such behavior is to rebuke the dog or give a quick pop on the leash to reprimand for dog agression. However, doing so actually makes things worse, as punishment simply reinforces his anxiety that being around other dogs means bad things will happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Susan Garlinghouse DVM
One of the most important steps to having a great adult dog is to provide thorough puppy socialization, especially during the critical learning stages between 7 – 16 weeks. Puppies develop much of their personality and confidence in their world during their early life, so exposing them to lots of new, positive experiences is an important step towards a happy and self-assured adult.
Californians are no strangers to rattlesnakes. Like it or not, they are a part of our landscape and we must learn to live alongside them safely. As humans, we adapt to and avoid disturbing them, but our animal friends do not always catch on as quickly.
Rattlesnakes and pets shouldn’t mix. Preventing a bite is preferable to treating one, leaving proactive pet owners searching for ways to protect their four-legged family members. At Goldorado Animal Hospital, we take teaching our clients about rattlesnakes and pets very seriously.
By Susan Garlinghouse DVM
This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, so let’s talk about how to avoid being either the owner or victim of dog bites. According to the Centers of Disease Control, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year, with 1 in 5 (that’s over 800,000) requiring medical attention. The most common victims are young children and the elderly, and most are bitten during everyday activities by a dog familiar to them.
Any dog can bite if provoked, regardless of size, age, breed or gender. Usually, dogs bite as a reaction—either out of fear, from pain, to protect their territory or possessions, or during play that gets out of hand. Read the rest of this entry »
The summer is drawing to a close, and all the kids are heading back to school. Already, the sleeping in, going to the beach, and free time is being replaced with early mornings, homework, and grumpy kids. Getting children back on track for school is difficult, but your kids aren’t the only ones who need to adjust – your pets will need help as well!
After spending the summer with a full house, your pets might experience some stress when all their playmates are missing during the day. If that stress isn’t properly addressed, it can lead to separation anxiety and even behavioral issues in your pet.
We have some tips below that may help your pet transition to the new household schedule. Read the rest of this entry »