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Posted by CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate on 10/4/2018

Pets are a part of the family. When we welcome a new dog into the home, we often expect them to meet our standards of behavior without much guidance. Dogs, like children, require consistent training from all members of the family. They need positive reinforcement and clear signals from you to teach them what behavior is acceptable.

In this article, weíre going to cover some important house training tips for you and your canine companion. Weíll look at some of the common mistakes that new pet owners make, and talk about ways to curb undesirable behavior like chewing shoes or furniture or barking at windows.


Traits vs. behaviors

One common mistake new pet owners make is to attempt to place character traits on their dog. Words like pushy, protective, mischievous, etc. are all adjectives that we often use to describe our dogs.

However, as dog owners and home owners, our energy is better spent on recognizing and correcting behaviors. If your dog tears at a carpet or chews the corner of your sofa, it isnít very helpful sitting around thinking of adjectives to describe your dog (like restless or anxious). Rather, we should think about the behavior itself and how to replace it.

Letís jump right into some household behaviors and ways to replace them with desirable alternatives.

Chewing

Chewing is an important part of a dogís life. Chewing itself is not a negative behavior, but when your dog starts demolishing furniture or eating your homework, itís time to take steps to curb this behavior.

First, make sure your dog is eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise. Dogs who arenít eating a fat and protein rich food or who are overeating are prone to having excessive energy. If theyíre trapped indoors and have nothing to focus that energy on, theyíll turn to chewing things they arenít supposed to.

To focus your dogís energy on positive behaviors, take your dog for a walk, jog, or play with them. If you notice your dog attempting to chew things they shouldnít be, draw their attention away and provide them with a better alternative.

Barking

Just like chewing, barking is not in itself a negative behavior. Itís when your dog barks excessively and inappropriately that it becomes problematic.

Dogs bark for several reasons: to get you to play, to show that theyíre stressed or bored, and so on. If your dog spends a lot of time monitoring doors and windows and barking at passersby, there are a few things you can do to curb the behavior.

First, take away the trigger. In this case, that could be closing the curtains or restricting your dogís access to the room. If your dog is worried about strangers passing by the house, they are likely already too tense to begin training an alternative behavior to barking. If itís noises that alarm your dog, try playing soft music to mask the noises for a day or two.

Once youíre ready to start training, have someone walk past outside where your dog can see from the window or make a noticeable noise outside. Reward your dog with treats when they do not react until they become more comfortable with the outside distractions.




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Posted by CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate on 9/28/2017

Whether youíre bringing home a new puppy or adopting an adult dog, your new 4-legged friend is sure to be a part of the family. Just as you would when bringing home a new baby, youíll want to make preparations to your space for both you and your dogís safety.  You donít want to overlook anything and then have you or your pet get hurt. As a rule of thumb: Anything that you would protect a baby from you should protect a dog from. These dangers include:


  • Chemicals
  • Prescription medications
  • Small parts that can be ingested
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hazardous houseplants
  • Chocolate/candy
  • Steep stairways


Keep your furry friend healthy and save yourself from costly vet bills by taking precautions. Simple measures can make a big difference. Safety items that you can use to help protect both you and your pet are:


  • Gates
  • Power strip covers
  • Locks for cabinets
  • Keep pills, candy, and chemicals on high shelves that canít be reached
  • Cord wranglers


These little devices can prevent your dog from chewing or getting into hazardous things. Itís also a good idea to protect dogs from steep falls on stairways and decks by blocking certain areas off. Since many dogs donít know what to keep out of their snouts, you want to think like a dog and know that if they can chew it, they will!  


Keep Your Dog Out Of The Trash


Dogs tend to like to see what they can find in the trash. If you get a trashcan that canít be accessed by dogs, you wonít need to worry. A hidden trashcan in a cabinet or island can help to alleviate this problem. You can also get a can with a lid that canít be easily popped off.


Keep The Dogís Access To A Minimum


If your dog is home alone all day while youíre at work you may want to close doors or put up gates in order to restrict the dog to a certain area of the house. This way, the dog will know his place and wonít be able to cause any kind of damage.     

 

Keep Clutter To A Minimum


Clutter is dangerous to both humans and dogs alike. If you know a dog is bound to chew things, put it away! Keeping floors and pathways clean also protects both you and your pet from tripping. Staying organized is also a positive for everyone in the house.  


If you always think with safety in mind when you have a dog, youíll keep both you and your pet safe in your home the whole year through.   

     




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Posted by CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate on 2/16/2017

Pet poisonings escalate during the winter holiday season. Cookies, nuts, Christmas candies and other yuletide temptations are placed on plates and platters and often positioned in locations where they are accessible to family pets. It is tempting to share the flavors of the season with your furry friends, but could you be unwittingly poisoning your pet? Stop and think before you let your pet have a nibble of smoked salmon or pate liver canapťs. It is important to remember that cats and dogs metabolize food differently than humans. What may be tasty and harmless to you, could be fatal to your pet. According to reports published by the ASPCA, thousands of dogs suffer or die each year needlessly due to ingesting common food items including: Garlic and Onions Ingesting onions and garlic in any form can lead to irreversible red blood cell damage in pets. Symptoms of this type of poisoning include tremors, seizures, shortness of breath, vomiting, weakness, coma, and death. Found in many processed foods including baby food, garlic, and onion in powdered, fresh, frozen, or cooked form, contains sulfoxides and disulfides that cause red blood cell damage. Garlic and onions products are even more damaging to cats than they are to dogs. Macadamia Nuts As few as a half dozen macadamia nuts will kill your dog! Dogs that ingest macadamia nuts suffer tremors, seizures, paralysis in their hindquarters, vomiting, coma, and death. Salty Treats Avoid giving your dog nibbles of pretzels, potato chips, processed meats such as hot dogs and sausage, or salty jerky. Too much salt in your dogís diet depletes electrolytes and causes dehydration. Mushrooms The majority of varieties of mushrooms are toxic to pets. Ingestion results in nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, shock, coma or death. Avoid giving your pet any dish that has mushrooms in it such as a casserole or leftover pizza. If mushrooms appear in your home landscape, be diligent in removing them to prevent an accidental poisoning. Lay Off The Fat Fat is full of flavor and calories, and many pet owners routinely add fat trimmings and drippings to their petís diet. Wrong! Excess fat in a petís diet precipitates pancreatitis: a potentially lethal condition in pets. Avocados Poison Pets The bark and leaves of the avocado tree as well as the rind, fruit and seed of the avocado are poisonous to pets. All parts of the avocado tree contain an ingredient know as persin. Persin can lead to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach distress in pets. Homeowners in tropical climates that cultivate avocados are wise to pick up fallen fruit and rake up the avocado leaves that could be accessible to your pets or other wildlife. No Raw Eggs Raw eggs contain avidin, an ingredient that blocks absorption of biotin, an important B vitamin. When you feed your pets raw eggs, not only do you face the risk of a salmonella infection, you could cause a biotin deficiency which can lead to hair loss and skin irritation. No Raw Meat Just as it is dangerous for humans to consume raw meat, so it is for dogs. When ingesting raw meat, there is the risk of E. coli, salmonella bacteria and a diverse array of other nasty bacteria and viruses. Nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting are symptoms of an infection.




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Posted by CENTURY 21 Cobb Real Estate on 9/29/2016

Every child grows up either with a dog or dreaming of the day they will have a dog. And if itís not a dog, itís a cat, a hamster, or even a goldfish. But sometimes having a pet is just not an option. Here are a few things to consider before getting a pet. Allergies: Itís important to know whether or not you or anyone living in your home has any allergies to animals. And itís best to know before you adopt or buyó there are tests that your doctors can run. Itís never a good situation for the pet owner(s) and animal if the animal has to either be given back or given to someone else due to an allergy. This will put a lot of stress on the animal being moved around too much and it can also cause harm to the people involved, as it is always difficult letting go of a pet. If someone in the home has an allergy you may have to stick with goldfish and hermit crabs. However, there are certain types of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic. Travel: Do you work long hours? Do you travel often for work? Will there be anyone home when you arenít? These are all important questions to consider before adopting a pet. These questions donít apply as much to pets such as goldfish and hamsters (even though they still require care), but are extremely important if you want a cat or dog. Time: Do you have the time for a pet? Consider the questions above such as work hours and traveling, but also if you have the time between having a social life, taking care of your children, bringing them to soccer practice or dance class, etc. If you think you have the time then you must also consider that there are different breeds of dogs that require more attention and work than others. The same goes for different types of cats. Be sure you are completely aware of the work that goes into the type of dog or cat you want. Cost: The cost of a pet goes well beyond the initial adoption or breeder fee. Itís important that you consider the lifetime cost of owning a pet and whether or not you can afford an animal. Again this more pertains to dogs and cats rather than hamster and fish. Thereís the cost of food, grooming, veterinary care, toys and walkers. And the costs will vary depending on the breeds of cats and dogs. Itís also important that you save for emergency vet visits, as they can be completely unpredictable and very trying at the time. Having money saved up will take a small bit of the stress away. A pet is a large responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly. You are caring for another life and the adoption or purchase of any animal should be well thought out and something you are prepared for. If that sounds like you then go out and find the pet thatís perfect for you and your family.




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