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Daily Pet Related Problems and their Solutions

Pulling on the leash

As we all know, a dog’s sense of smell is stronger than ours and they are motivated by scent. Therefore, it is but natural that your doggo would be curious to see and sniff everything when s/he is on a walk.
Solution:Train your dog to walk properly on a leash. A big part of leash training is to be more exciting than the surrounding environment. You could try getting excited when your dog looks at you, keep talking to your dog to keep her or his interest, make quick, calm change in directions, make sure your dog walks by your side, every time s/he walks ahead of you, pause and nudge them to come back. As soon as your pet’s walking by your side, give them a treat along with some praising.


Your dog takes too long to do their business

There’s a simple reason for this. Your dog’s smart and s/he knows that once they’ve done their business, it means it’s time to go back home.
Solution: This one may take time, but it’ll have to be done unless you want your pet dillydallying on all the walks. You need to train your dog to go at the beginning of the walk. How will you do this? Take your pupper to a specific location and use a command word such as “go potty” or “go now”. Wait a few minutes, if s/he goes on command, offer praise and a treat. If not, go back home and try after 15 minutes or so. Once your pooch gets the hang of it, let the actual walk commence!


Your cat scatters its food all over the kitchen floor

When cats do this, it usually means two things, either they’re indicating that they don’t like their food bowl or they’re simply bored and want to play. Plastic retains bacteria and transmits a revolting taste to food and water.
Solution: Switch to a stainless-steel bowl. If that doesn’t work try a deeper bowl or change the food. And if that goes kaputt, arrange for some playtime before mealtime.


Your cat scratches everything

Cats scratch to mark their territory as the claws release odour that helps transmit information and to help maintain claw health.
Solution: You might want to try limiting your kitty’s access to furniture for sometime and replace that with the scratch post of the century! Now, you might want to remember that every cat scratches differently. Some like it flat on the ground, while others like to stretch up. The important thing is to place the post right near the furniture that’s being ruined, until your cat learns what’s okay to scratch. Once your feline has got the hang of it, you can put it in a less aesthetically intrusive place.


Your dog relieves itself when you get home

One of the reasons could be that your doggo has a urinary tract infection, so it’s best to get your pet evaluated. Another reason is the possibility of a behaviour problem known as “submissive urination”. Your dog is trying to say “I mean no harm.” It’s often seen in pups, and goes away on its own, however, any behaviour that is repeated can become a routine.
Solution: Refrain from rushing to your dog on reaching home. Give your pupper time to calm down by managing her or him in a crate or behind a gate. Approach in a subtle way, with your body turned away, so you’re not confrontational. Avoid eye contact and get on your knees.  Once your pet calms down, take your dog outside to piddle.


Your cat refuses to use the litter box

Your cat is probably trying to tell you that s/he doesn’t like the litter or the box, or perhaps requires a separate facility to take care of business.
Solution: If the litter box is covered, see how your cat reacts to an open one. Some cats don’t like the feeling of being boxed in while in excretion mode. And still others hate the scent or the dust of different litters. Try changing the location of the box. If it’s in a damp place or next to a noisy device or equipment, your cat may feel uneasy about relieving itself there. If you’ve tried just about everything and it still hasn’t worked out, have two litter boxes – one for each purpose. Clean them with hot water and no soap as fragrance may be an issue.


Feline or Canine - your pet sheds everywhere

Excessive shedding creates a huge mess at home and as a pet owner, you’ve accepted that regular housecleaning is the norm! Shedding is a natural process for all dogs and cats. Most pets shed due to a poor diet, stress or dry skin.
Solution:  It is advisable to groom your pet for five minutes every day. Regular grooming circulates the natural healthy oils produced by the skin throughout the coat. Another way to reduce shedding is to moisturize your pet's skin through their diet. Pets with dry skin tend to shed more hair. Add a few drops of olive or flaxseed oil to your pet's food.
The secret is to remove the hair before it has a chance to set into your upholstery or carpet.  So regular dusting is the way to go. Look at it this way, on the up side, you’ll have a dust free home.


Your dog chews on everything

It is healthy for dogs to chew and it feels good on their teeth. However, for adult dogs, abandoning their chew toy for other items can suggest boredom or attention-seeking behaviour.
Solution: Try making your dog's chew toys irresistible by putting them away when not in use, so that it makes the chew toys seem fresh and interesting. Use a variety of chew toys and shuffle them around. Also, try using sturdy treat dispensing toys filled with nutritious treats.

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