Some dog owners love it when their dogs sleep with them. They have a spot on their bed that is reserved just for their pup and can sleep through the night without a hitch. But, what if you are a light sleeper? Or maybe you have a puppy that wants to sleep with you which can leave you with no sleep and a potential ‘accident’ which can be messy!
If you and your dog are healthy and your dog does not develop any particular behavioral problems, there really is little harm in letting him sleep on your bed with you. Or you can also purchase a doggy bed and have your dog sleep in your room right next to you.
If you want your dog OFF your bed, the below might help you:
Teach your dog to jump on and off the bed
First you need to teach your dog to jump on the bed. This might seem like a waste of time, but if your dog is already getting on the bed, you aren't going to teach him anything he doesn't already know. Instead, you are teaching him a command that invites him into the bed. Your goal is to teach him that unless he is invited, he shouldn't get on the bed. And, then teach him the command to jump off the bed!
Give your dog treats as he responds to the on/off command
Place a treat on the bed and ask him to jump on the bed and praise him and give him a treat. You can also get him off the bed the same way. Say ‘off’ and toss a treat onto the floor. When he hops down, he gets the treat and praise. Repeat the up and off until he seems to understand the commands. Gradually stop rewarding him with a treat each time. If your dog does what you ask without the treats, he understands the commands.
Show your dog how fun the floor can be
Show your dog that the floor is a great place to be! Try sitting on your bed and petting your pup while he sits on the floor. If he has a favorite toy, play with it while you are on the bed and he is on the floor. If he gets excited or simply wants to join you, tell him off, and continue what you are doing. Then, give him the toy as a reward.
Have a bed or place to sleep for your dog
Make sure to have a place for your dog to sleep. If you care if he sleeps in his crate, but you just don't want him sleeping in the bed, get him a dog bed and place it in your room close to your bed. If you don't want him sleeping in your room at all, put a bed or great blanket in a spot where your dog already hangs out during the day.
Watch your dog closely as you train him
Watch your dog closely while you are teaching him to stay off the bed. You don't want your dog to think he is allowed in your bed when you are in another room. If you consistently keep him off the bed, he will learn that he isn't allowed there. If you want to make absolutely sure he isn't hopping on the bed when you aren't around, close the bedroom door or block it with a baby gate so he cannot have access to the bed.
Remember, there are some advantages to having your dog sleep in bed with you. If your dog is next to you sleeping that means he is not roaming through the trash or chewing on your newly purchased couch! And as a dog ages, he or she can find some comfort in being right near you. Of course, the choice is yours.
We have all encountered that cat who is just downright mean. Most cats are as loveable as ever, but even the best cats can be angry or aggressive at times. If your cat is acting up suddenly or maybe just doesn’t have the greatest disposition, this article can hopefully help you deal with your cat’s mean streak.
Below are some tips on how to calm down and deal with our angry feline friends.
Make sure to give your cat space
If your cat starts to act up, the best thing you can do is to give your cat some space and a ‘time out’. Simply ignore your cat's aggressive behavior and close the door to the room that he is in, giving him time to calm down alone. Give your angry kitty some alone time before approaching him again.
When you are ready to approach your cat, if he is seemingly angry, take precautions and wear a long-sleeved shirt and gloves to protect your arms and hands from your cat's claws. You can also try using a wand and a feather to play with the cat to gain control and try to get your kitty to chase the feather to let out his aggression. Once your cat does behave, make sure to praise him or her with love and treats!
You will know when your cat is upset
Angry or mean cats are not hard to miss! Even if they aren’t in attack mode, it is very easy to spot an angry cat. An angry or aggressive cat will have dilated pupils, make himself appear larger by puffing out his fur and placing his ears back. Or he or she will growl and hiss at you.
The best thing you can do is to avoid eye contact with your cat so you don’t encourage an aggressive challenge. If your cat tries to bite or scratch you while you pet him or her, stop touching him and slowly back away from him before trying calm down your kitty.
Calming remedies are available
There are remedies on the market that can actually help calm your cat down. Think of it as the opposite of catnip! Try spraying a calming pheromone on your cat's favorite places to sleep such as his bed, couch or other spaces. These sprays mimic the natural facial pheromones of cats that will hopefully put the cat at ease. You can also plug in a pheromone diffuser to your cat's favorite room.
Try rubbing a few drops of a calming essence on your cat's feet so it will lick it off or put it into the cat's water. These essences contain ingredients that naturally put the cat into a calm mood, especially before a trip in a cat carrier. You can also purchase homeopathic calming cat treats. If you are skeptical of the brand, consult your vet to see if he or she can recommend a brand for you.
Take your cat to the vet
If your cat continues to act out in mean or aggressive ways, it is time to make an appointment with your veterinarian. There are some conditions such as arthritis, dental disease or a physical injury that can cause your kitty pain which can lead to anger and aggression, especially when being touched. If your cat is not neutered, you should probably have the doctor perform this procedure to decrease his aggression level.
Most cats are very sweet and kind. However, if you encounter a mean or angry cat, hopefully the above tips will help!
My friend, Susan, adopted a blind cat and wants to give her new kitty a happy life. She is off to a good start by adopting him and bringing him into her loving home. And, even if your cat is not blind, it is very common for a cat to lose his or her sight over the years due to age. Believe it or not, normal cat vision is close to humans, or perhaps just a little less.
Just as we humans tend to need reading glasses as we get older, the same vision changes start to develop in almost all cats over the age of five. This normal change, called nuclear sclerosis, results in less flexibility of the lens, a hazy appearance, and your cat loses the ability to focus on close objects. Pets still see pretty well, despite the bluish tint to their eyes.
Blind cats can still live a great life
Blind cats are not in pain and can still live a great life. In fact, blind cats are more comfortable with the lack of vision and can adjust readily; it is we owners who are usually the most worried! When your cat becomes blind, he or she will become reliant on his sense of smell and hearing. In many cases, vision loss is gradual, and cats can sometimes accommodate so easily that we don’t even know that our older cat has become blind.
Below are some tips to help your blind cat navigate your home with ease:
1. It is important to keep the food, water bowls, litter box, and pet beds in the same spot, so your cat knows exactly where he can find his necessary belongings.
2. You can put certain scents on the important objects that you can’t needs to find such as lemon or peppermint so you cat can smell what he is looking for.
3. For obvious reasons, try to avoid rearranging your furniture. Blind cats will learn where everything is and once he or she does so, it is hard for him or her to relearn it. Moving any items around can and will confuse your kitty. It’s not at all unusual for a blind cat, for instance, to still insist on making floor-to-counter leaps with confidence as long as her memory remains fresh and accurate.
4. Try to put soft objects or padding in areas that could potentially be dangerous for your cat. For example, pad the sharp edges of furniture with carpet or bubble wrap until your cat learns to avoid the danger. Put up a baby gate on stairways that could be hazardous for your kitty.
5. Get in the habit of speaking to your cat when you enter or leave a room to help her keep track of your whereabouts. Your cat, as she loses her sight, will become much more reliant on you and your voice. Blind pets also startle more easily, so always speak to your cat before petting him to avoid being accidentally nipped or swatted in reflex.
6. If you have more than one cat, try attaching a bell or other noise maker to the other animal's collar. That way, the blind cat won’t collide into your other pet and start a fight!
7. Try putting a bed or blanket in each room so that your blind cat has a place that is hers and where she or he can feel comfortable going to as a safe haven.
Remember that blind cats are still very happy and can live a fulfilled life. They continue to participate in the world around them and will love you as much as you love them!
Some dog owners, especially those who have just brought a dog home, have trouble with their dogs chasing cars down the road. This could be just from their inherent need to chase or something that had occurred when they are puppies. There are many reasons why a dog will sometimes chase cars, but, obviously, it is a behavior that needs to stopped and addressed as it can be dangerous for all involved.
Dogs chase because of their need to go after prey
Even though the dog has been domesticated for thousands of years, dogs still have many traits and characteristics that are inherent when they were out in the wild. The chase of prey is one of these traits, and some dogs that still have the urge to run down wild prey may chase cars. In these cases, a car has taken the place of wild animal that the dog wants to chase.
Dogs sometimes chase cars because they are bored
Dogs that are bored may also chase cars in an effort to break up the tediousness of the day. For many outside dogs that have no other form of entertainment, car chasing may be the highlight of their day. Of course some dogs that have many other activities may still choose to chase a car simply because it is a game that they thoroughly enjoy.
Dogs chase cars to protect their territory or space
Car chasing behavior may also occur if a dog is trying to protect his or her territory. While the street, and even down the road, does not seem like the dog’s territory, a dog could, perhaps, see it as the range that often extends beyond the home. Much like a person ringing the doorbell or arriving at the front door, a car can be seen as an invasion of territory. In this case, once the dog has chased the car out of its territory, he or she will often return home.
Ways to stop your dogs from chasing
Once a dog has developed this not-so wonderful car chasing behavior, it can sometimes be really hard to stop the behavior. If your dog does chase cars, try to increase your dog’s level of activities by playing with your dog more often and taking your dog for plenty of walks. If your dog is chasing cars due to boredom, then try shaking up your dog’s routine and giving him or her plenty of exercise so he is to worn out and disinterested in a passing car.
Your dog might need to be fenced in the yard
Dogs that are chasing cars because they believe they are running down prey or protecting their home will need more serious forms of intervention. The best method is to prevent your dog from getting outside where it can chase cars. A secure fenced in the back yard and vigilance at the doors may help to prevent any escapes that lead to car chasing.
If all of the above doesn’t work, it might be a good idea to hire a professional behavior therapist to give you exercises to help stop your dog from chasing cars. The therapist will need to spend time at your home with you and your dog to teach you both lessons to combat this problem.
With time and effort, you can stop your dog from chasing cars. It might require some training and a lot of vigilance on your part.
It’s normal for our dogs to pant when they are thirsty or have finished exercise. It is unusual or abnormal if your pup doesn’t pant! Our dogs pant when they exercise, when they are hot or excited. Panting is your dog's way to cool their body. Because dogs don't sweat like we do the only effective way they can cool themselves is by panting. All dogs do that and it is perfectly normal.
However, if your dog is panting more heavily than usual, or without an obvious reason, he or might have some sort of illness or issue. Only you know if the panting is normal for your pup or excessive. It’s important to be observant of excessive or unexplained panting because it could be a symptom of a health issue.
Obesity is a common cause of excessive panting in dogs. An obese dog is more likely to over heat. Activity is also more exhausting for an overweight dog. Please consider obesity a serious health risk and keep your dog slim for all obvious reasons. (discussed in other articles).
Heatstroke is another common cause of heavy panting. That doesn't make it any less dangerous! Heatstroke can cause catastrophic damage to your dog's body and can lead to brain damage and even death.
If your dog is panting heavily and you have a reason to suspect heatstroke, check for other signs. If your dog's gums and tongue are deep red, purple or blue with thick sticky saliva, move your dog to a cool place and spray your pup with cool water or place wet rags or towels over your dog, especially near the stomach and inside of legs. Do not immerse your dog in cold water! If your dog's temperature is over 104 degrees, take your dog to a vet immediately.
Fever is caused by your dog's immune response. Your dog might get a fever as a response to infection or other illness. Fever can be accompanied by loss of appetite, lethargy, changes in behavior and other signs. If your dog has a fever, make sure to see a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause. As with heatstroke, temperature over 104 degrees Fahrenheit is an emergency and needs immediate medical attention.
Respiratory or cardiovascular disorders
There are a number or respiratory and cardiovascular disorders than can cause unexplained panting in your dog. If your dog is panting for no obvious reason, or continues to pant longer than ten minutes after exercise, talk to your veterinarian.
Your dog can be panting because he is in pain. If your dog is panting and salivating excessively, retching and has a distended abdomen, he might be suffering from bloat. Bloat is a life-threatening condition and if this happens, you need to take your dog to a vet immediately!
There are many different outcomes of or causes of excessive panting in dogs. If your dog is panting excessively, or without an obvious reason, take him or her to the vet. It’s always better to be safe and have your pup checked to make sure everything is alright with your dog.