Training a pet takes time and patience, but it can also lead to a happy life together.
These simple tips from the treating experts at the PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX™ and TEMPTATIONS™ brands can help guide the training process.
Be Patient, Start Slow
Remaining patient is key to training your dog or cat. Changing behaviors can take weeks to months, depending on how rewarding that behavior has been to your pet.
Be repetitive and increase your training time a little bit each day until the new behavior is achieved.
Reward with Treats
There’s nothing wrong with giving your pet a treat when he or she does well, as long as you don’t give too many. This is likely to garner a positive response during training.
If you are training your new kitty to use the litter box or not to scratch, try keeping a bag of feline-favorite treats nearby. The more your pet can associate good behavior with rewards, the more likely he or she is to repeat that learned behavior.
Acknowledge Good Behavior
When training your pets to listen or respond, it is important to let them know when they get a command right by acknowledging good behavior. Pets can be quick learners, so it’s up to the owners to be fast with letting them know they did something right. The moment your pets respond on command is the instant you should show them you recognize their good work.
A clicker can be an effective way to acknowledge pets’ good behavior by providing a clear sound to tell them, “Good job, I’m getting your treat.”
Dogs love to chew and can often mistake shoes or personal items as toys. To keep them away from your throw pillows and other household items, it is important to give them safe, smart pet toys that can also satisfy their need to chew as they mature.
In addition to chew toys, you can also try giving your dogs dental chews, like PEDIGREE DENTASTIX Treats. Your dogs may think it’s just a yummy snack, but really it helps to maintain their oral health, while giving them the chewing fix they need.
SOURCE Family Features Editorial Syndicate
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