Archive - December 2012

2013 Resolutions for You & Your Furry Pals

Better Habits
So much of what our pets learn from us is unintentional. Every time we give our dogs attention, whatever they happen to be doing at that moment is reinforced. Cats are excellent at manipulating us with their high pitch meow. “I’m hungry,” or “pay attention to me”. How we respond to these pleads reinforces good or bad habits. Even subtle behaviors that we reward – giving our dogs scraps of food when they give us those “sad” eyes, for example – can result in dogs that we’ve “trained” to be needy or rude. Not only does this result in a spoiled pet but this can also affect their health and weight.

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