Thursday, March 5, 2015

How to care for your new pet

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Bringing a new pet into your home is exciting.  But along with all the fun thatpet ownership brings, it also brings a lot of responsibility.  
Puppies are furry bundles of joy.  But they will need some training starting from the first day you bring them home.  First, you want to house train them.  Remember that puppies have small bladders and will need to go to the washroom frequently.  Bring your puppy outside often and reward them with a treat or praise for going outside.  Be consistent!  Crate training can help with house training.  The crate should be a comfortable space for your puppy, but only large enough for them to turn around in. Puppies will not go to the washroom where they eat and sleep.  If you bought a large crate to accommodate a growing puppy, use a box or blankets to make it smaller.
Socializing your puppy is also very important.  Giving your puppy positive experiences with people along with other cats and dogs will help them grow up to be friendly dogs.  Most training centres offer classes for puppies which focus on socialization and basic commands.
Cats can be easily trained to use a litter box.  Start by placing the litter box in an area that's easily accessible to your cat.  Show your cat where the litter box is and give praise and/or treats when your cat uses it to go to the washroom.  Cats often need to eliminate right after waking up, after exercise and after eating. Bring your cat to the litter box regularly to help encourage proper use.  It's important to clean the litter box regularly since cats won't use a dirty litter box. If they box isn't clean, your entire home may become a potential washroom site.
Like dogs, cats also need to socialized.  Exposing them to children, other cats and dogs and people at an early age can make them less fearful and more open to positive interaction.
Both cats and dogs need to be spayed/neutered.  Spaying/neutering your pet offers different health benefits.  It can also help prevent unwanted kittens/puppies, make your pet less aggressive and less likely to wander.

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