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How to Stop Your Dog from Jumping

There are a lot of dog owners who have trouble controlling their dogs from jumping on them. After all, it is a dog’s natural instinct when you first walk inside or see your pup.   It seems very natural for a dog to jump, but there are ways to prevent dogs from jumping on you and especially other people.

There are many reasons why a dog would jump on you.  It usually is for attention and a way to show their enthusiasm for seeing you come home. They’re excited and the energy produced from it comes out as jumping. If you’re lucky your dog may not be the jumping type and instead speed around the room with a tail wagging so hard it wags the body. Sometimes dogs will jump up because they aren’t sure who the new person is in the house and jumping on them, creating a reaction in the person is a way for your dog to control them or cope with the stranger.

You need to teach your dog that paws on the floor is the correct behavior

The key to teaching your dog not to jump on you when you first get home is to tell your dog that you only greet dogs who keep their front paws on the floor. Although you can’t your dog with words, you can show your pup with actions. When your dog greets you, your pup’s goal is to get your attention and to get you to pet her. Knowing this, you can show your dog what she or she must do to earn your attention and that is touching or keeping his or her paws on the floor.

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Immediately give your dog attention the instant her front feet land on the floor

When you enter a door and your dog jumps up on you, ignore her. Don’t tell her to get off you and don’t push her away. Instead, stand up straight and look over her head. If you move your arms and hands at all, pull them up toward your chest. If she continues jumping all over you, turn away. She’ll have to put her front paws on the floor to follow you. The instant her front paws touch the floor, praise your pup and pet her head and say ‘good dog” or any term of endearment.

Try distracting your dog with a toy

Teach your dog to do something else when you come home and other people come over. The excitement of seeing you or meeting new people or old friends will still be there but if you teach your dog to run and get a toy and bring it to you so you can play a quick game of fetch that will prevent jumping. The energy needs to go somewhere. If you can redirect it to a fun game or activity that lasts a few minutes that will certainly help or a toy that is a favorite.

 You need to consistently reinforce the correct behavior

Consistently reinforce a no jumping rule to your dog. Don’t allow your dog to jump on you and not others. That can be confusing. If he’s not sure how to greet strangers, ask him to sit before your friends pet him and reward his good behavior.  And make sure to be calm around your dog and don’t get excited or upset for the wrong behavior.  It will only make him more excitable and then your dog will most likely jump on you.

Try to change your attitude how you react to your dog

When you first come home, take your time, put your things down and then call for your dog.  If you speak in a high pitched tone, run to your dog, or do anything that could excite him, he is more likely to bounce around and on you.  If you are calm and cool, he should be too.  This should be practiced any time you come home.

If your dog is too excited around other people, keep your pup outside

If your dog is not comfortable around guests in your house and jumps as a way to gain control or from fear or aggression, it’s safer for everyone to keep him separated from your guests. Put him in a room or a crate with a few toys. If he calms down and seems curiously afraid, let him out and let your guests know to let him check them out and not push the envelope and try to pet him. Everyone needs to be calm for this to work well or else your dog may start barking and be scared or your guests might get injured. If he can’t calm down and is upset, it may be best to keep him in a room while you have friends over for the whole time.

With time, effort and consistently reinforcing the correct behavior, you should be able to stop your dog from jumping on you and others.

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What to Feed Your Senior Cats

As our feline friends age, their bodies and nutritional needs change as well. Even if your cat does not have any specific illness that requires a special diet, he or she will develop new diet requirements as he or she gets older, such as a need for easy-to-digest foods and fewer calories. Many commercial cat foods are available in special formulas for senior cats.  Yet, you don’t always have to go ‘senior’ unless your cat’s diet requires you to do so.

Cats are senior at nine to ten years old

 

Cats are considered senior starting at age nine or ten, but you don't really have to worry about adjusting your cat's diet until he or she starts showing health problems associated with old age usually between ages twelve and fourteen.  As our cats are now being fed much better high quality food, it can really depend on your kitty and as always, should be discussed with your vet. If your cat is moving more slowly, climbing less high, vomiting sometimes or has been diagnosed with a serious illness, it might be time to switch to a senior cat food.

Nutritional Needs for our senior cats

Many older cats have a harder time digesting food and may vomit from time to time. Their metabolism is slower, and they are less active, so they need fewer calories. Older cats often don't drink enough water, so it is a good idea to provide your pet with plenty of canned food (as opposed to dry kibbles) for its higher moisture content.

What To Feed Your Senior Cats

 

Senior cat foods are formulated with our seniors in mind

Senior cat food is typically formulated with extra fiber to give your cat’s digestive system an extra boost. They also typically are easy to chew, have plenty of easy-to-break-down fats and extra protein, and fewer calories than regular cat food.

Supplements

Because older cats have a harder time absorbing nutrients, your vet might prescribe a vitamin supplement.  There are also many natural remedies on the market that could go well with your cat’s food.  As always, start slowly in implementing them into your cat’s diet to see how your kitty reacts to them.

Prescription Food for senior cats

If your cat has contracted a specific illness, such as feline diabetes, leukemia or kidney problems, he or she will need a diet formulated for his or her individual needs. Your vet will give you some recommendations as to which foods are best for your beloved cat.  Hills makes many excellent prescription food such as Feline y/d that is directed at maintaining your kitty’s kidney health. 

Below are some additional tips for how or when to feed your older cat:

1.  Wet Food is usually the best for our senior cats

Wet food will keep your senior cat well-hydrated, dilute urine and help prevent urinary tract infections and constipation. Sometimes our cats don’t like to drink much water as they age and wet food helps keep them nourished.  Further, dry food, while great for a kitty’s teeth in their youth, are hard for our senior cats to chew as they lose their teeth.

2.  Extra Fat to the diet is important in older cats

Since senior cats don't absorb fat as well as younger cats do, they may need more fat to maintain their energy levels.  If they can digest it, little pieces tuna or meat can add some fat or make sure there is a little fat in your cat’s wet food.

3.  Frequent Small Meals are preferable as our seniors age

As cats age, their digestive systems become less efficient. Senior cats are more likely to get all the calories they need if they get several small meals of wet food every day.  It’s harder for them to eat all at once and the more frequent meals you can give them, the better.  However don’t overfeed them – just the same amount portioned throughout the day.

4.  Senior cats tend to be more finicky about their food

Cats tend to become finicky about food as they age. Warming your cat's wet food in the microwave for a few seconds will make it smellier and more appealing. Other tricks include adding a tiny amount of clam juice, the liquid from a can of tuna, or bacon or chicken drippings to the cat's food.

If you watch your cat’s diet, take them to the vet as scheduled and keep an eye on their changes, your senior cat should live a long, happy life.

 

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Peace. Love. Paws. – Chic Apparel for Pet Lovers With A Giving Mission

We pet owners’ love our pets like our children and sometimes want to show off our love in the clothes or jewelry that we wear.  However, sometimes it is difficult to find clothing or jewelry that shows our affection for our pets and is actually stylish.  Peace. Love. Paws. does just that and more!  Peace. Love. Paws. is a lifestyle apparel and gift company that offers stylish, great fitting clothing jewelry (and gifts) that you can wear to the dog park or out to dinner.

Peace. Love. Paws. donates a portion of its proceeds to rescue groups

Peace. Love. Paws. is committed to the well-being of animals and animal caregivers. A portion of retail proceeds are used to support the efforts of numerous shelters located in the United States. The love and admiration for animals is a choice and lifestyle and Peace. Love. Paws chooses to give back to those that can make the most difference.  By purchasing one of their awesome t- shirts or gifts, you can feel great that you are helping a rescue group or organization and look great too!

Peace. Love. Paws offers a fabulous line of different apparel and gifts.

Peace. Love. Paws. offers great t-shirts that are fun, stylish and loose fitting creating a chic look.  One of their latest, the True Love Dolman t-shirt, is a fashion statement with its loose fitting collar that can be worn on and off the shoulders.

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Peace. Love. Paws. also has great tote bags, scarves, gift cards and their latest addition, an adorable "Mutts Have More Fun" car magnet with all the proceeds go back to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast of Brooksville, Florida.  How great is that!   

Peace Love Paws Product

For only $6.99, you can have this cute magnet while all proceeds go back to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast of Brooksville Florida. This rescue is a no-time limit shelter whose mission is to provide a safe haven for homeless, neglected and abused animals while promoting pet welfare and sterilization to achieve a no-kill society.  The Nature Coast organization does not get funded through the state or government, nor through the Humane Societies of the United States. Operations are completely funded through donations and events from caring individuals as yourself.

Peace. Love. Paws. lives by three very simples rules that we can all learn from:

1. Be kind to one another.

2. Do the best you can.

3. Hug your pet daily.

If we all would just take heed of their great advice, the world would be a better, peaceful place.

Peace. Love. Paws is the creation of founder, Alissa Gander

Alissa Gander grew up in Wisconsin Dells - a central Wisconsin rural town that serves as the tourism capitol of Wisconsin. Alissa graduated from Edgewood College in nearby Madison with a Business Management degree. While attending college, Alissa owned and operated an animal hospital and pet resort where her passion for animals grew. She has loved and been moved by so many different species of pets.

Peace. Love. Paws. creation began with Alissa trying to explain what it felt like to love and be loved by an animal. She kept coming back to PEACE. To share a unifying bond with an animal is a sense of ultimate PEACE.   Alissa wanted to show her love for animals through apparel and gifts. She felt there was a need for high quality and versatile apparel in the pet industry.

Peace. Love. Cause assist shelters and rescues

Peace. Love. Cause. assists shelters and rescues which is very important to their mission.  They give rescues a chance to raise funds through their website and promote their organization nation-wide.  

In February, Peace. Love. Paws traveled to South Africa and visited the TEARS Foundation. Alissa Gander spent time learning about the amazing shelter and how they operate in South Africa. TEARS is a pro-life sanctuary where their main goal is to help animals in need as well as educate the community on treatment of animals.  In December, Peace. Love. Paws donated a portion of their funds to this great foundation.

There are so many reasons to shop at Peace Love. Paws.  Their clothes are stylish, they have great gift cards and jewelry, and you will feel great and peaceful to be part of their lifestyle and share their mission.  Go to www.peacelovepawsco.com and buy something great today.  You will be happy you did and look great too! 

 

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How to Help Your Cats to Get Along

If you have one cat and decide to adopt or bring another cat home, it usually takes a little time for them to get along.   Sometimes, it is love at first meet and other times, it is a bit of an adjustment.  Yet, if your cats don’t get along after a week or so, there might be something else going on besides just jealousy.  Your existing cat might even put up a fight and act like a tough kitty before relenting to your new cat.  There are some things you can do to help strengthen the bond between your two cats and have a harmonious environment.

The first and most important thing to do is to make sure your cats are spayed or natured.

The first step toward helping your cats to get along is to spay and neuter your cats.  Neutering and/or spaying your kittens invariably makes them calm down and it avoids their being in heat (not to mention that it helps with the overpopulation of our cats and so many other benefits).

Your existing cat needs to get used to the new cat’s scent

When you bring a new cat into your home, you kitty will have his own new cat scent that your existing cat won’t like (at first). Some cats are more bothered by the smell than others. Try to mix their smells so they won’t know whose is whose and merge their scent.  Try taking a towel and rub one towel over one cat, then rub the same towel over the second cat to mix their scents. Do this several times a day for a few weeks and then they will knowingly like the mix and adjust to each other.

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Pay extra attention to your existing cat while you make this transformation.

A new cat will almost always get more attention from you than your older kitty as you are trying to make the new cat comfortable. Try to set aside extra one-on-one time with your existing cat(s) to assure your existing cat that the new cat is not getting all of your attention. It’s hard for some cats, especially older ones, to adjust to someone interrupting their life and love from their owners.  The more equal the love, the better the cats will get along.  And older cats are used to getting their way so they are a bit more territorial.

Cats mark their own territory so try to get your new cat to a new spot

Cats are territorial, even if the territory extends no further than the end of your bed or a special place on the sofa. When you bring a new cat into your household, the new cat will need to establish his or her own territory and your existing cats will need to defend his or hers. This can result in fights.  Try to discourage the new cat from taking over one of your existing cat’s spots by providing her with her own special spot. Sprinkle it with catnip, a treat and put a towel with her scent on it.

If your cats just can’t get along, you need to separate and then reintroduce them

Get a large dog crate and place it in a spare room, and put one cat (with a litter box and bed) in the crate, and the other cat outside the crate. Leave them alone in the room together. Do this every day for at least a week, alternating which cat gets left inside the crate.  This way they get to know each other by scent.

When things appear calmer, let them out together in the room (but don't leave them alone together). Play with them, give them treats, and praise good behavior. If one cat starts a fight, put him in the crate. Continue until they can be together in the room without fighting.

Then you can let them have the run of your entire home.  If one cat starts a fight, he or she goes back in the crate. Again, always praise good behavior and reward with treats. Within a few weeks, the two cats should be able to coexist fairly peacefully.

With time, patience and effort, your cats will get along well.  Even if they aren’t the best of friends, they should be able to co-exist harmoniously.

 

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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Anyone who has owned a dog has invariably taken a dog on a walk and he or she approaches a spot of grass and starts to eat it. As it turns out, many dogs seem to love to eat grass and some even make it part of their daily routine.  Most experts believe that dogs who eat grass are not hurting themselves, for the most part, but as like everything in life, moderation is key.

Dogs eat grass because they can and it’s inherent in their breed

Dogs are not carnivores. However, that doesn't mean they are like your garden-variety omnivores, either. Dogs will usually devour anything that they can and seems edible (within a certain degree).  Due to the evolution of dogs and the fact that we domesticate them, dogs tends to seek out grass as an alternative food source. Since grass is readily available and usually within reach and the most abundant, dogs tends to gravitate toward the grass.  But, often, the grass doesn’t go down that well and there can be repercussions.

Some dogs tend to seek out grass when they have an upset stomach or so it seems?

A dog will seek out a natural remedy for a gassy or upset stomach, and grass, it seems, may do the trick. When the dogs eats the grass, the grass blade tickles the throat and stomach lining; this sensation, in turn, may cause the dog to vomit, especially if the grass is gulped down rather than chewed.

Now, this doesn't mean your dog should be grazing on grass like a cow. Sure, they may nibble on the grass, chew on the grass for a while and may not even throw up (an unwell dog will tend to gulp the grass down in big bites and then throw up). If this is the case, your dog may find the texture of the grass palatable, or maybe because your dog needs to add a little roughage to their diet.

But, then again, some experts say that fewer than 10% of dogs seem to be sick before eating grass, according to their owners. And grass-eating doesn’t usually lead to throwing up less than 25% of dogs that eat grass vomit regularly after grazing.  So, sometimes yes, sometimes no?  Only you can tell when your dog gravitates toward the grass and the timing, pattern and the reason.

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Dogs might eat grass simply because they are bored

Another reason for dogs eat grass is simply as a means to gain attention or out of boredom. In cases where owners are simply not providing their dog with enough interaction and exercise, the dog may try to gain interaction with their owner through engaging in forbidden behaviors. As with younger children, attention is attention and it is possible that a dog that eats grass is trying to tell its owner that it needs more attention from them much as the naughty toddler who draws on the walls would do.

If you suspect your dog is eating grass because he’s bored, it might be beneficial to make sure he’s getting enough exercise. Engage him in some fun activities. Try tossing a Frisbee or playing another interactive game with him, or buy him a sturdy chew toy to keep him occupied.

Dogs that eat grass might be susceptible to toxins on the grass

Although most experts agree that grazing itself isn’t harmful, one thing to keep in mind is that certain herbicides and pesticides used on lawns can be quite toxic, especially if ingested. Additionally, a number of common house and garden plants are toxic, which could lead to problems if your dog munches on them along with the lawn.

How to stop your dog from eating grass

If you think the grass eating is simply the result of a dog’s natural instinct to eat grass or because your dog likes the taste of grass, you should try to train your dog to stop this behavior. While in most cases dogs generally do not experience negative effects from grass eating, this behavior can prove to be dangerous for pet owners living in areas frequently treated with pesticides. Dogs that are food oriented can quite easily be trained to stop their behavior with treat rewards. Taking the dog out to use the bathroom or for a walk with treats in hand is the best way to tackle training these types of dogs, any time the dog is tempted towards grass use a treat to distract them towards the walking path instead.  Or you can use whatever training method you think is most effective for your pup.

As with everything, moderation is key.  If your dog eats a little grass here and there, you don’t need to worry.  If this turns to a compulsive habit, make sure to see your veterinarian to see if there is an underlying medical issue.

 

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