How to Leave Your Pet Overnight

Nobody looks forward to the first day they will have to leave their furry family members. After all the hours spent bonding with your kitten or puppy, the last thing you want to do is leave them on their own.  However, when the day comes, you will feel much better about departing if you know your pet will have a comfortable place to play and rest during the interval of separation. 1) Help your pet avoid creating a mess, by making his essentials needs easily accessible to him in your absence. Arrange a defined playing, sleeping and eliminating area for him, whether through a pen or a crate, or by blocking off the kitchen or utility room. 2) Sit with him in the enclosed space, and play with him there, giving him treats and toys to create positive associations. Spend quality time with him in the pen, brushing him, petting and holding him. If the cat or dog associates the pen with good memories and comfort before you go, it will be less lonely for him to stay there when you are away. 3) Make sure he has a designated sleeping area, whether on a blanket or mat, so he feels safe and able to relax. Help him find his bed, and pet and praise him with treats while he practices laying down. 4) Put a sufficient supply of...

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Fighting the Winter Blues: Dog Depression

It should be no surprise that humans aren’t the only ones affected by low spirits in the wintertime.  The colder temperatures, foul weather and shorter days make it very difficult to get outside. Though dogs do not battle depression the same way humans do, they do experience a hormonal response to seasonal changes.  Some of the symptoms of canine depression, will be fatigue, weight loss or weight gain, lethargy, sleeping longer hours during the day, coupled with restlessness, fidgeting or pacing at night.  A dog might seem less interested in playing, less enthusiastic or have trouble focusing.  This could...

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