Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Garden Digging

A boxer breed dog with Pets Best Pet Insurance digs a big hole in his backyard.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have bad behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss dogs who love to dig in your garden and some solutions to help curb this behavior.

Problem Behavior – Digging in Your Garden. You pride yourself on your green-thumb talents to cultivate tasty tomatoes or beautiful begonias. But your dog thrives on being a furry rototiller by feverishly pawing churning up the soil, uprooting your garden goodies.

Solution: Make your garden less inviting to your dog by creating a “pepper pooch” solution. Mix two tablespoons of cayenne pepper and six drops of dishwashing soap in a gallon of water. Place this solution in a spray bottle and apply it to your plants. And compromise by devoting a portion of your backyard to satisfy your dog’s gotta-dig tendencies. Buy an inexpensive plastic kiddy pool. Fill it with dirt and hide a few dog treats and toys and then call your dog over to play a fun treasure hunt game.

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Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Leash Yanking

Two dogs with Pets Best Pet Insurance pull on their leashes. The dog walker nearly stumbles from them yanking on their leashes.By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. They can have some bad dog behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss leash yanking and some solutions to curb this bad behavior.

Problem Behavior – Leash Yanking. It’s not the size of the dog, but the size of his determination to be the boss on walks. His constant pulling on the leash can knock you off your feet and cause injury to his neck if the leash is attached to a collar.

Solution: Increase your “curb appeal” on your leashed outings with your dog by bringing a small bag of tiny treats. Each time your dog stops and heeds your “watch me” cue, dole out a treat. Your goal is to make yourself more important than outside distractions like squirrels. Secondly, fasten the leash to a harness rather than your dog’s collar. Third, when your dog starts to yank, stop moving or abruptly change directions. When he complies, give him a treat.

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Dog Breed Guide: Miniature Pinscher

A Miniature Pinscher with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Miniature Pinscher

Height (to base of neck): 10 -12.5″

Weight:  8 -10  lb

Color: Red, red stag (red and black hairs), chocolate with rust, and black with tan.

Origin: Scandinavia

Coat: Short, close laying, glossy coat with hard smooth hairs.

Life Expectancy: 13 -14 years

Energy level: Very high

Exercise needs: Very high

Breed Nicknames: Min Pin

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Top 10 things to do with your pet this summer

A dog with pet health insurance runs on the beach with his master.

By: Dr. Fiona Caldwell
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

The sun is out and your sunscreen is on (don’t forget sunscreen for Fido too– Melanoma is a pet health issue pets have to be wary of too!) Summer is the perfect time to squeeze in some adventure and relaxation.

Here are ten ideas for summertime pet-friendly activities that are guaranteed to please both you and your four-legged best friend.

1. Buy a kiddie pool and invite friends over for a pooch pool party and barbecue for the humans.

2. Find a restaurant with a dog friendly patio and bring a book and order a summer drink. You’ll be amazed at all the people who will stop to say hello and pet Fluffy; it’s a great way to meet people!Read More…

Celebrate that special bond on National Kids and Pets Day!

A dog with dog insurance sits with a baby.

By: Dr. Fiona Caldwell
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
For Pets Best Insurance

April 26th is National Kids and Pets day! The special bond between a child and their pets is a pure and unconditional one. This day is designed to recognize and perpetuate the magical link between children and animals. Having dog or cat insurance is a wonderful way to protect the health of our beloved pets and ensure the special bond is also protected.

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Our future lies in our children’s hands, and by allowing them the experience of living with pets, we can help give them the skills necessary to make our world a kinder and better place to live.

Beyond Lassie and Timmy, kids have reaped the benefits of having relationships with animals for generations. Human development has been shown to be influenced by the presence of pets. Studies show significant correlations between and child-animal bond and that child’s social competency and ability to empathize.Read More…

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