Pet Language decoded - -- Part 2 of 3

August 9, 2014

 

Chewing Stuff.

Chewing stuff around the house - can mean a number of things.  Pets are not verbal and their mouth and teeth are often what hands are to us.  So maybe you need to observe how and when your pet does these things. It will help you to get to the right answer quickly. 

 

For pups and kittens, it could mean the same thing that it does with a baby whilst cutting their teeth, a need to chew to allay the discomfort.

 

Dogs chewing through boredom, especially if left alone for long periods of time, is common.  You cannot observehow they behave when alone, can you?  There are however,  a few things you can do to reduce boredom.

 

If your dog is well exercised and get plenty of affectionate attention from you at other times, then perhaps a few good toys, a radio or TV - not too loud of course - and a confined space, eg: kitchen, bathroom, laundry will help it feel secure.  Be careful with toys. Some can be lethal if chewed and swallowed.  It could cause choking. Try beef marrow bones, large rawhide knots all become more interesting to a dog as they are worked over.

 

Do not forget to ensure that the dog has access to clean water in a container that cannot be spilt.

 

Kennel Crates

 

Some experts say that the best way to confine a dog [for training purposes] is with a kennel crate, which in effect is a large cage.  There are several different types of crates to choose from, including a wire cage, a plastic pet carrier, and a soft-sided canvas or nylon crate. The wire crate is the most commonly used.  Most pets will not soil where they sleep, so it is also a good way to train a pet to 'hold it' till let out.. 

 

If confining the dog to a room is not working, and you feel the kennel crate method is for you, please read the dos and don'ts to ensure success. Training in a kennel crate needs to be done carefully, and we will deal with that at a later date.

 

 Anxious Cat, Bored Cat

 

When a cat if start scratching furniture, or being destructive in other ways, it can be more difficult to work out.  If a cat was not used to being inside for long periods of time on its own, then there is a good chance it is bored.

 

Most cats enjoys watching movement outside, and a seat on, or just beneath a window sill, will no doubt become a favourite spot.

 

If you suspect that the cat is anxious then create a Safe Spot for Cat.  This  is often in a high location – such as on a high shelf.  A cat likes to be able to watch the surroundings  for "dangers", just as they would in nature and be relatively hidden from view. The location of a refuge can be anywhere – low or high.  If this is not possible, then a cardboard box may give it a sense of shelter and protection.  

Most cats enjoys watching movement outside, and a seat on, or just beneath a window sill, will no doubt become a favourite spot.

 

If you suspect that the cat is anxious then create a Safe Spot for Cat.  This  is often in a high location – such as on a high shelf.  A cat likes to be able to watch the surroundings  for "dangers", just as they would in nature and be relatively hidden from view. The location of a refuge can be anywhere – low or high.  If this is not possible, then a cardboard box may give it a sense of shelter and protection.  

 

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