Tips for Parenting Your Pets: When Your Dog Runs the Other Way

You love taking your dog to the park but when it's time to go, he runs the other way!  The solution is to change the game. 

Today’s (Thursday Tips) tips are all about the pets! Our fur babies bring us so much joy but figuring out how to parent them can bring just as much challenges as rearing our own kids sometimes.

Hair balls solution

If your cat is constantly coughing up hair balls, help ease the discomfort with a solution from your vet or over the counter made for hairballs.  Brands like Puralax are available through your vet and other versions of it are available in pet stores.

End the dog park hassles 

You love taking your dog to the park but when it’s time to go, he runs the other way!  The solution is to change the game.  The problem is when you call your pup, the next thing you do is put the leash on and head home.  He associates your calling him as a sign the fun is over.  Try this instead.  Call your dog, give him a treat and let him return to playing.  Repeat a few times.   Your pup will continue to happily come, and you can leave when you’re ready (after some practice)!

Rethink your treats

Manufacturers don’t follow standard labeling guidelines on many of those packaged treats.  To reward your dog without excess calories and chemicals offer in-season fruits and veggies like sweet potatoes and carrot sticks.  (Greg’s dog even eats brussels sprouts!)

Tame your cat’s basic instinct

If your cat is killing off all your birds, give her more protein.  While you can’t take the instinct out of her, you can curb her appetite a bit by making sure the main source of protein comes from meat rather than plant by-products.  A study even shows meat-rich food can reduce the number of prey cats bring home by 36%.  Simply check the labels to see if meat is top ingredient.