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Some Basic Tips
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On this page you’ll find some tips on taking care of your new dog or cat.

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Puppies are very excitable, playful and curious, so as a result it takes a great amount of work to train and take care of them.

 

When you first get a puppy, chances are it will be peeing wherever it wants, which is usually on the floor of your house. To keep unfortunate accidents from happening, such as a stained carpet or two, the dog should be given its own place, like a small room. The space should be covered with newspaper with some blankets or towels in the corner as it’s. The dog will avoid peeing on the bed because it wants to be comfortable, and it will instead go on the newspaper. Going on the newspaper is a good thing, but it’s important that the dog would rather go outside to do it’s business, so even when it goes on the newspaper you should tell it “no” or “bad” in an angry voice. If you take the dog outside for a walk (which should be done often since puppies need a lot of exercise) and it does its business, you should thoroughly praise the dog. Eventually the dog will realize that peeing inside is the wrong thing to do and will run to the door when it needs to go do it’s business, but it’s a process that will take awhile. Puppies, like babies, have very little control over their bladders, so expect a few accidents.

 

It’s important to remember that dogs will learn through praise and repetition, and after doing something right it’s a good idea to reward your dog with a treat. For example, use your hand to scoop the back legs of your dog under them, this will force the dog into a sitting position. As you do this, say “sit” in a firm voice. When the dog sits, praise it and give it a treat. After a few tries, the dog should sit without the help of your hand.

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While dogs are playful and in constant need of attention, cats are more content when they’re alone. But just because they’re loners by nature doesn’t mean they don’t like to be pet or played with on occasion. Because they’re more capable, cats don’t need to be taught everything like dogs do. If your cat accidentally goes to the bathroom on the floor, just bring it to its litter box. After a few trips to the litter box, it will learn fairly quick that this is where it should do it’s business.

 

One problem that most cat owners have is the constant need to scratch, which often results in ruined furniture. The best idea in this situation is to buy or build a scratching post that has a similar texture to it’s favorite furniture. Another option is to routinely cut the cat’s nails or to have the cat de-clawed, but both of these options should be a last resort seeing as without its claws a cat is basically defenseless, and the de-clawing process is a rather painful one.

 

If you plan on raising your cat as an indoor cat, it’s important not to over feed it. Without the amount of exercise that comes with running and playing outside, it’s easy for a cat to become overweight. If you’re curious about how much food you should give your cat each serving and how many times you should feed your cat each day, contact a local veterinarian.

 

Whether you have a cat or dog, it’d always a good idea to have your pet spade or neutered. Not only do you not have to deal with any extra little inconveniences, but you also don’t have to worry about the appearance of unwanted offspring .

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