House training your pet can be a frustrating experience. It is hard to punish your dog after having an accident if you did not catch them in the act. Reprimanding a pet after the incident is not
effective and your pet will not understand why they are in trouble. Do not drag them back to the spot and yell at them or rub their nose in it. This is not helpful and will possibly just make them scared of you. If you catch your dog in the act, firmly say “no” and lead them to the outdoors area where you want them to relieve themselves.
While house training you can puppy proof your house by using housebreaking pads. These pads can absorb over 100 times their weight in moisture. If you leave your puppy indoors during the day, these are perfect for placing in their crates or pen in case of an accident. Train your dog to go in a specific spot by using a leash and guiding your dog there. You might need a heavy duty dog cage if your breed of dog is especially strong. Use commands such as “Go potty” in a firm voice until they relieve themselves. There are plenty of dog crates for sale on the market that allow your pet to be happy and content. Then use praise or small treats to reward them for their good behaviour. The dog will begin to associate going potty outdoors as good and going indoors as bad. Keep a set elimination schedule each day and guide your dog to the same spot until he goes there on his own.
Even well trained dogs have accidents sometimes, especially if you are gone for a long period of time or interrupt their schedule. If an accident occurs use an odour neutraliser such as Brampton Pet Odour Eliminator. If your dog continues to have accidents inside the houses after sufficient training or does not go in their elimination spot, use an indoor/outdoor pet repellent to keep them from relieving themselves on certain things. This can safeguard areas such as furniture, gardens, and more.
Remember that you have to keep pace with your dog. Do not rush too quickly ahead of them or your attempts will be unsuccessful. Also, too much freedom too quickly can cause confusion in your pet. Keep them on a set schedule and guide them to their spot daily until they do it on their own. If your pet has a couple accidents, slow down and back up, retraining them for as long as it takes.
As your dog grows older, more things are necessary in order to keep them healthy. They may not be as quick or flexible as they were in their puppy years and you usually want to try to keep them young for as long as possible. Preventative care is extremely important in the life of your pet. Be sure to take them to the vet for regular check up’s and keep them current on all shots. If their age doesn’t allow them to easily get in and out of the car, using a car ramp such as the PetSTEP II HalfSTEP Ramp will make it a breeze for your pet to travel in your car.
Another form of preventative care is to make sure your dog is living a healthy lifestyle. Exercising daily is key, even if it is just a short walk. If your pet doesn’t move around and exercise daily, they will gain weight and also become stiff. Even if you don’t have time for a walk, just ten minutes of throwing a ball around the backyard will help them burn calories and stay active.
Other important ways to prevent ageing include brushing their teeth regularly to prevent gum disease, grooming them to keep the skin and coat healthy and to discover problems such as dry skin or sore spots, and also check their ears for odour or gunk, which may be a sign of an infection
As the years go by, your pet will start to get stiffer in the joints. There are several supplements to help maintain flexibility. One such product is the Pet Joint Ensure Plus. It contains MSM, which maintains flexibility and elasticity of connective tissue in the joints. Another great product that your pet will love is the Healthy Baker Glucosamine Biscuits. These help to combat the debilitating effects of arthritis and joint disease. Your dog will think they are getting a special treat and you won’t have to shove pills down their throats.
An ageing dog doesn’t have to be hard to take care of. Taking preventative measures will surely help your pet lead a longer and happier life.