Five Training Mistakes to Avoid

Top tips from a pet insurance company for training your dog.The National Humane Society cites behavioral issues as the number one reason that dogs and cats are relinquished every year. Undoubtedly, a well-behaved dog will be a more accepted and productive member of the family. It’s best to start training pets as young as possible, but you CAN teach old dogs new tricks! Here are five common training mistakes to avoid.

1. Inconsistency
Nothing is more confusing to a pet than inconsistency. Why is being on the couch okay with dad, but not okay with mom? Everyone in the family needs to be on board with the rules to help enforce them. Start by having a family meeting when a new pet is introduced to the family, or when a new training regimen is started. Lay down the ground rules and ensure everyone is willing to enforce them.

2. Always rewarding with a treat
This seems counter-intuitive, but over-praising can actually have the opposite effect. Consider this human example: when we’re “rewarded” for a behavior every time, like the light turning on when we flip a light switch, we don’t keep trying to flip the switch when that reward doesn’t happen – i.e. the light bulb is burned out. Dogs who always get treats will stop doing the behavior you are asking for if the treat doesn’t present itself right away.

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Three Tips For Purchasing Pet Drugs Online

Look for this seal before purchasing from an online pet medication pharmacy. As the economy recovers, many people are still struggling to provide for both their human family members and their furry family members. Pet insurance can help cover costs associated with pet health needs, but some want to save even more by buying prescription pet medications online.

Indeed, a lot of pet pharmacies have been popping up online in recent years. These pharmacies provide a way to save money, but they can also contain hidden dangers that may put your pet’s life at risk. It’s important to become educated before choosing an online pet pharmacy. At first glance, online pet pharmacies seem like a good option, offering better pricing and home delivery. But as they say, buyer beware.Read More…

Understanding Grief and the Importance of Mourning

How to Be a Companion To a Grieving Heart Through Honoring the Story

Losing a pet can result in grief and mourning. Pet insurance may help make it more affordable to save your pet's life.As we take this journey together in understanding pet loss and the grief process, it’s important that we understand some of the basics of these emotions. We’ll cover topics from the definitions of grief and mourning to why pet loss is considered a “disenfranchised grief” for many suffering the loss of a beloved pet.

Definitions

Grief is what we feel on the inside. It’s the intense feeling that sits within our heart, our stomach and our entire being that says we hurt from this loss. The loss can be death, divorce, a child moving away, illness, loss of a job or a variety of other things that represent someone no longer having something.Read More…

Three Easy Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Your Pets

Pet insurance dog Bella is all dressed up and ready for a pet-friendly Halloween party.Halloween is such a fun holiday, it’s only natural we want to share it with our pets. Unfortunately, most traditional Halloween activities aren’t pet-friendly or pet safe. So, what’s a costume-loving pet owner to do? Here are three fun ways you and your pets can celebrate goblins and ghouls this October.

Community Events
Check with your local shelters and pet charities, and you’ll likely find all kinds of pet-friendly Halloween events. From costume contests and photo shoots to parades and parties, they’re safe for pets and typically benefit pet-related causes. If you have a few hours to spare, consider volunteering as a co-host to make the job a little easier for everyone involved.

Special Homemade Treats
Classic Halloween treats like chocolate and raisins are toxic to dogs, so be sure they’re not within reach of your pet. Instead, whip up some homemade healthy treats for your pup. Here’s a delicious peanut butter and pumpkin recipe we love from Allrecipes.com. The dough can be cut into any shape, so get out those Halloween cookie cutters!

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Best Chew Toys for Cats


Hello, I’m Dr. Jane Matheys, from the Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. Today I’m going to be answering a question on Pet’s Best Facebook page. This one is from Nick and he says, “I have a cat that likes to chew on stuff. Mostly when she’s bored. It’s not so bad as to be a serious problem, but are there any chew toys that are safe for cats?”

Well Nick, most cats aren’t chewers like dogs are, but every once in a while, I do run across a kitty who just really likes to chew on everything. Of course you want to make sure that the things she’s chewing on are not dangerous for her. So make sure you go through your home and really cat- proof it. We don’t want her chewing on things like electrical cords, or certainly things especially like strings, ribbons, anything that has a linear shape, kitties can get into really big trouble if they swallow those and they go into the intestine and get stuck there.

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