5 Great Ways to Show Positive Reinforcement to Dogs (Without Treats) 

For most, the standard way of rewarding your dog for good behavior is through treats. In fact, it seems to be the only way, since they respond well to it and it can just become automatic. 

Unfortunately, relying too heavily upon food rewards can cause your pet to become overweight or obese. Along with this, changing up your pet’s reward can keep the challenge going and add enrichment beyond the usual dog bone.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital have some creative ways to give your fur friend positive reinforcement. Let’s take a look!

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Cracking the Code of Aggression in Pets

When a pet misbehaves it can be disheartening, especially when it comes out as aggression. Not all aggression in pets is the same, however, and deciphering the underlying cause behind the problem can be a little tricky.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital has some experience in this area, and we are happy to help shed some light on this delicate subject.

Why Aggression in Pets Happens 

An aggressive pet isn’t necessarily a bad pet! When a dog or cat acts out, it’s our responsibility as pet owners to get to the bottom of ‘why’, so we can help keep them and other pets and people safe.

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Fun Dog Facts

We may be biased, but at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital, we think dogs are absolutely wonderful. Although it can seem as though our pet dogs can see directly into our souls, it’s not uncommon to wonder how much we really know about our canine companions.

Keep reading to find out some fun dog facts about your best friend! 

Smell, Touch, and Hearing

Smell. A dog can smell up to 100,000 times better than a human being. They have 220 million olfactory receptors, compared to a human being’s 5,000. And, their nose ridges and crests are just like a human fingerprint – no two are the same! 

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Space Invader! Reduce Feline Aggression Through a Careful, Considerate Introduction

Your cat has made an indelible mark on your heart, and yet there are so many lovely cats out there that need homes. As the saying goes, one good turn deserves another, but if you like the terrific idea of adding a new kitten to the household, it may be best to slow down a bit. A resident cat is deeply attached to their territory. To mitigate their protective instincts and reduce possible feline aggression, a slow, patient introduction is the key to a lasting feline friendship. 

First Impressions

It can be shocking for a cat to suddenly share their space with an unfamiliar pet. If their first impression is negative it could take them even longer to warm up to a new roommate. A resident cat may need several months to acclimate to a perceived interloper. If their needs and preferences aren’t prioritized, feline aggression is inevitable

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