The walks on a leash are definitely the most popular summer and winter exercise. Sunshine or rain, your dog needs to go out daily. However, walking become very unpleasant when your dog pulls on a leash excessively. Here’s what you need to know to make walking time more enjoyable.
Why do dogs pull on a leash?
Very simple, because they have 4 legs and you only have two! Fundamentally, your dog does not pull on a leash, but he walks faster than you. It is important to adapt your requirements, when you go out, according to the animal next to you.
Some breeds or dog sizes make pulling a second nature. Also your dog’s personality can influence his tendency to pull, to smell or play with a nearby dog.
The right tools
A leash and a harness is all you need. Simplicity and versatility should be the two key words. If it’s too complicated, it’s not worth it.
Using a harness is much more comfortable for your dog and more enjoyable for your arm when holding the leash. However, the harness alone is not enough to improve your walks. You need a harness that allows you to tie your dog at the chest. Thus, the front shoulders will be blocked when he tries to pull forward. It will also be easier for you to change direction with your dog.
As for the leash, it is important to adapt a length of 4 to 6 feet to allow a little space to your dog, while respecting a good distance from other people around you. A leash that can offer several possibilities such as a shoulder or waist strap and that offers a comfortable handle is ideal.
Good reflexes during a walk
- Stop moving forward when your dog pulls! If you continue to advance when he drags you, you are conditioning him to do so because it works.
- Do not give a reward because your dog came back to you! Reward him, when he is walking beside you.
- Use a treat pouch to allow you to quickly reward your dog’s good deeds.
- Respect your dog’s skills. If you cannot take a walk on the street, use your backyard or parking to help your dog to learn.
- Keep calm, your dog doesn’t have to walk behind you. He can walk beside you and at a good distance, it is your choice! The goal is simply to have a relaxed leash that creates a “u”.
Encourage your dog to make eye contact with you when you go out. Just make a small sound or say the name of your dog to get his attention and, as soon as he looks at you, say the word of your choice and reward your dog. Your companion will develop the reflex to look at you often and at the same time, slow down his pace.
Exercise: “go smell”
Your dog pulls to sniff every tree? Rather than zigzagging, set up important places for your dog in advance, and when you ask him to sit down and then point the space, saying “smell”. So your dog will have the reflex to sit down before going to sniff and he will wait for you to tell him to do it.
Remember that your dog needs to move every day. If you neglect your outings, your dog will deal with other activities such as barking and destruction. If you run out of time, find alternatives such as daycare or canine walks.
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We will transport you once again in the skin of a cat to know if the saying “like cats and dogs” is true or not.
What idea crossed their mind? Adopting a dog? You had peace in your kingdom, and now this foolish scatterbrained arrives! In addition, they chose the “large” size for a dog. Well, that’s not a big deal! No matter how small or large a dog is, no dog is big enough to scare a cat like you. You are much more agile and fast, so you can do a lot of damage in a short time to an animal that can be 20 times your size. That’s probably why they trimmed your nails this morning. The Internet is full of videos where we see cats attacking crocodiles and even bears and winning. In a fight against big dogs, the cat has the advantage 95% of the time. The only problem is that the remaining 5% is often deadly for the cat so we’ll have to be careful here.
Fortunately, the saying “like cats and dogs”, which implies that two people cannot get along, is totally wrong. In fact, you as a cat, get along more easily with a dog than with another cat. The problem is that you do not know anything about this big dog that your human servants hold on a leash. Since you have rarely seen dogs in your life, it is difficult to know if the tail that wags in all directions, the yelps and the tongue that comes out mean that he wants to play or he wants to eat you. So you have to get to know him.
– No, don’t be afraid, says your favorite human. His name is Chocolate and he is very nice. He’s just a little too excited to see you. He wants to play with you.
You look at your human with a desperate look. Chocolate? Really? They called this brown dog, Chocolate? Seriously, creativity is not the biggest quality of the family! Since your name is Vanilla because you are white, you do not even imagine how they are going to call their baby on the way. Besides, it’s another event that, you know, will affect you soon. But that’s a problem for another day, (subject our next blog). For now, let’s focus on Chocolate, who seems to take you more for a chew toy than a cat.
Fortunately, your human has taken the time to learn more about the subject on the BeOneBreed website. They can follow the advices that canine and feline behavior experts post online. They may not be creative, but at least they are smart your humans! The last thing to do would have been to hold you in their arms and try to get close to the dog. This kind of strategy can easily turn into a disaster for humans and also for dogs and cats. The strategy of putting the cat in a crate and having the dog turn around would not have been much more pleasant. They chose the reassuring way to do thing, that is to let you escape if you want to. Also, they offer you a safe high spot and far away enough from the dog on a leash so you will not want to escape. Cats know very well that dogs do not climb. In fact, you noticed that they took great care to position high places in each room of the house like cat trees or furniture, especially in the rooms along the corridor leading to the bedroom. They did well because you probably would not have taken the chance to go so far on the floor and risk being chased by the dog. That way, you have a safety island everywhere that allows you to get from the bedroom to the living room without any problem.
In addition, these islands provide you an excellent watchtower to properly analyze the body language of the dog and to decide if the tail that wags like that means that you can risk yourself on the ground or if you’d better wait for him to sleep. Without these many high places, you would need a lot more time to get to know this dog.
Hey there, wait …. but what is your human doing here? Yes Yes! That’s right! He brings you wet canned food! A flavor that you love and that you rarely have! WOW! He also brings it to you on your cat tree? All because there is a dog in the house? If it’s going to be like that every time, then bring on the doggies!
But, what’s going on now? Now they are approaching you with the dog, always on a leash! Well, as long as you can stuff yourself with canned food, life is beautiful! They are getting closer … it’s still fine for me! They continue to approach. But here it is a little too close for you and you stop eating. As good and informed humans, they step back a few steps with the dog. Perfect, it’s good now so you start eating again. As long as they respect your pace and the tolerable distance for you, he’ll be fine. As you finish your canned food, your humans enhance this experience, which is pleasing for the moment, bringing treats and playing with you every time you look at the dog or approach him. Definitely, he’s paying this dog! The closer you get, more rewards you have! So why not get closer to him faster?
What is weird is that the technique they use with the dog seems completely contrary to yours. The more Chocolate ignores you, the more they seem to reward him. This is not stupid. They encourage the dog to ignore you and not take you like a toy while associating your presence with something pleasant. At this rate, and especially with so many treats and games, it will not take much time for Chocolate and you to become the new best friends in the world!
We can say that our pets are full members of our family. We also notice that this connection, creates positive changes. We are more often at our vet’s to prevent diseases because we want to keep them with us as long as possible. As a result, our educational methods are closer to a more positive and scientific vision. Here are my tips to strengthen our relationship of trust with our best canine friends!
Since it is impossible to communicate verbally with our dog as we would with another person, it is essential to learn and understand his non-verbal language. You understand the many facial expressions when he asks you to pet him, take him for a walk or even when you know without a doubt that he would like to eat the crust of your sandwich. Our dogs are very good at reading us and interacting with us.
It is even more important to learn to recognize the signs when he is uncomfortable and listen to them. Your dog’s body is talking about everything, not just an item. For example, if your dog wags his tail, he does not necessarily mean he is happy. You must always observe the whole body. (eyes, head, fur, mouth, tail, ears, etc.)
Good emotions at the right places!
Yes, our dogs feel and experience different emotions every day! Our role is to make sure they are mostly positive! It is certain that your dog may be afraid or fear one or two different situations such as thunderstorms or car trips, but your role is to understand and support him.
Like humans, dogs cannot always overcome their fears. So, your dog has to rely on you to scratch his ear in order to make the moment go faster or encourage him with your favorite words, without ever lying to him saying that it’s over when it’s clearly not the case.
The mutual respect
There is nothing to “break” in your dog. On the contrary, everything must be built. Respect must begin with you, because, as we say, you are the human endowed with an incomparable intelligence! Your dog will be happier and I swear, you will be too.
Let’s be constant, clear and calm!
Let’s be serious, your dog does not need a hierarchy or a leader! Your dog does not need aggressive restrictions, but simply clear rules and consistency from you. Also, keep in mind that no one but you should dictate the rules, they are only your decision. Your caretaker role is to create balance and that depends on your dog’s needs. As there is no identical dog, your calm is essential to find the balance.
Finally, remember that building a relationship takes a lot of time and energy. However, this relationship can break very quickly if you have a different point of view of a relationship of trust. Knowing that your dog can easily share 10 years of your life, I believe the investment will allow you many unforgettable memories.
A very big problem in behavior is certainly the difficulties that we can experience when we want to give medication or groom your dog. Here is my advice to give you a little help!
In the case of manipulations, you have to know that it is rarely a question of obedience, but rather the use of the bond that you have with your canine companion. Trust, participation in manipulations and the mutual respect is literally the key of success.
Myths that could be very harmful
- Do not worry, he will get use to it
A dog will get accustomed only if the situation is neither positive nor negative. If your companion is already not receptive to manipulation, time will probably change nothing.
- Do not give up, because otherwise he will win
On the contrary, when your dog tells you that he reached his limit you must listen to him to avoid even more intense and dangerous reactions for all.
- Your dog is difficult because you have not manipulated him enough.
On the contrary, people often tell me they can, without difficulty at home, touch the eyes, ears, mouth, legs, etc. The problem is the association that was created with a tool like hair brush or a place that is perceived negatively like the vet clinic.
Exercises and tools
Desensitization is a method of taking many elements and work on them one after the other. You could start by taking out your dog’s nail clippers, giving him delicious treats and putting the nail clipper back into the drawer and repeating several days in a row. You should remember that you should never exceed the tolerance of your dog and add the steps very gradually.
Instead of keeping your dog from leaving, why not teach him fun stuff like coming and putting his muzzle in your hands. You can also teach him to lay his head on a chair or on the corner of the sofa to help him to choose to stay.
Show him the inside of your hands and as soon as he puts his nose say “touch” and reward him immediately with treats. Repeat gradually by moving your hands (from left to right and up and down) and as soon as your dog understands the game, you can simply say “touch” by showing your hands and he will gladly lay down his muzzle. Then encourage your dog to maintain this position, increasing the length of time.
“Chin” The steps are exactly the same as the “touch” request. Find a chair or a folding bench at home and point your finger to the surface. At first, you will give a reward and this even if your dog does not completely lay down his chin on the surface. With training sessions of 2-3 minutes a few times a day, you will see that your dog will become faster and more confident and he will completely lay down on the chair. Then you can ask him “chin” on any surface without any problem.
The basket muzzle
The basket muzzle is a safe tool that does not prevent the dog from anything except biting. If a groomer or a veterinarian has to put a muzzle to your pet or recommends that you do it at home, ask for his help to incorporate the tool, which may be essential to prevent biting if your dog is really that uncomfortable.
Finally, remember that animal health technicians and trained professionals in behavioral grooming can perfectly assist you and even work and do manipulations that make you uncomfortable. Just choose your partner well.
Let’s continue to carry you in the skin of your cat the time of a blog to understand the hierarchical behavior of cats and the management of their territory. Ready? Let’s go!
You are peacefully lying in your favorite box. The one that contained the beautiful cat basket that your owner had bought just for you but that you never used. That’s when you hear your feline companion of the house, Fluffy, approaching your box.
– Hey! it’s time to switch! He simply said.
According to the contractual agreement you have with Fluffy, it is when the neighbor comes back from work that you have to give up your place and go to sleep on the bed. You get up and you stretch slowly when suddenly you realize that you have not yet heard the commuter train located near you. As a cat, you do not perceive time as humans do. For you, time is not calculated in hours and minutes, but rather as a series of events. As the neighbor always returns from work after the train passes, you understand that Fluffy seems to want to change the contract you established a long time ago.
– It’s not time to switch places, according to our contract. Why change when it’s been 5 months since our routine is established?
Fluffy seems a little disappointed that you unmasked him.
– It is because yesterday, our owner decided to close the window near the cat tree in the living room since the cold weather is back. So my favorite place has lost its appeal, he replied.
– And you really want to renegotiate our agreement on these bases to occupy this box sooner?
You see that Fluffy hesitates. You do not take a chance and you immediately begin to negotiate by staring at Fluffy in the eyes and scold lightly. If he does not understand, you will probably have to hit him with your paws and if that’s not enough, you’ll have to fight, which is not your goal at all. You know that Fluffy also does not want to get there either. After all, you are not two hungry stray cats who want the only mouse available in the neighborhood. Here, all your needs are already fulfilled and you know that you will have to continue to cohabit with Fluffy no matter what happens. A battle would only increase the stress in the house.
Nevertheless, this box is very comfortable and, as autumn arrives, you know that the heat near the box will make this place even more comfortable, so it is important to keep your privileges. Then your owner gets involved.
-Hey friends, don’t fight! she said.
Why doesn’t she mind her own fluffballs?! For this kind of thing, she should not interfere otherwise how will you be able to sign your contracts? Well, maybe intervening by throwing a cushion when you’re engaged in a big fight could be justified, but when it’s just rumbling, screaming and hitting the muzzle, humans should never interfere in your things. If she intervenes too often, the contracts will never be signed and you will be in perpetual negotiations. Worse than that, it is quite possible that the confrontations become more and more violent simply because you never succeed in signing the contracts.
Lucky for you, Fluffy decides it’s not worth it and turns his paws sighing and settles into the basket, much less comfortable than your box.
-Well, my “dominant cat” always win, says your owner.
What does she mean? It is not a matter of being the dominant of the house. Domination is not a trait of character. A dominant cat does not exist. We could rather talk about hierarchical behaviors for something specific, at a specific time, and it always depends on the importance of something to a cat. For example, even if this time you kept your box, when the time comes to access food in the morning, it will be Fluffy who will have the right to eat first. On the other hand, in the evening it is often your turn to go first. That’s how you set the contracts. Fluffy gets access to your owner’s affection first. You really have to be called Fluffy to love to get petted and sign a contract to have first access to your owner on the sofa after diner. And yes, contracts are sometimes as specific as that.
-You have to learn that, here in the house, I am the dominant, said your owner, laughing.
POUHAAAAHAH AH AHA HA! You’re laughing. Rectification: you would be laughing if you were able to do it. You could tell him that inter-species dominance does not exist. Whether we’re talking about a cat or a dog, this principle of domination or the “leader of the pack” is totally false and it is precisely because of some high-profile canine world that people still believe in these falsehoods. You cannot dominate a cat just as a cat cannot dominate a human. This is a topic that we will discuss in another article. You have already lost enough sleep time because of Fluffy, you surely will not lose more because of your slav … hmm … owner.
In this blog, we will redo the exercise of carrying you in the skin of a cat the time of an article to better understand his behaviors. Without making the anthropomorphic error of thinking we know what a cat really thinks (to associate human feelings to animals). So the goal of this article is simply to use a fun way to communicate knowledge about feline behavior. Ready? Let’s go!
THE CAT’S EMOTIONS
Darn! Him again! My new owner’s boyfriend has come back. Two days have passed since I last saw him and I was hoping that he would never come back. Unfortunately, not only is he here, but he has a bag filled with clothes, which means he will stay more than a day. Since he is in her life, my slave …. oops … I mean my owner, does not look like herself anymore. Sometimes she comes back home late or not at all and she has changed her behavior. When he comes home, it’s even worse. I cannot even sleep on the bed with her, because there is no more place for me.
All these changes in my routine are beginning to play seriously with my anxiety and it’s quickly getting worst. WHAT? What is he doing? As if it wasn’t enough, the new boyfriend decided to watch TV sitting in my chair. Yes, mine! The one on which I always make my 4th cat nap… or is it rather the 5th? This is too much for me which means that I have just exceeded my tolerance to anxiety. There are too many changes at the same time that I’m no longer able to handle it…
As this guy appeared at the same time as all these changes, it’s easy to say it’s his fault! I cannot even stand his odour. Maybe I cannot make the guy disappear, but I can most certainly make his odour disappear. As my level of anxiety is very high, my bladder is affected. For cats, this is often a consequence to stress. So why not relieve myself on the boyfriend’s shoes and thus, to eliminate his stressful odour? Why not take advantage of it and do the same on his side of the bed. Since he sweats a lot, his smell is very present.
Oh oh! My owner just noticed it. She does not seem very happy with my initiative … Well, she takes me in her arms, brings me on the bed and sticks my nose in my urine. Heaven… that is so unpleasant. Not only do I have no idea why she did this, but it also adds to my anxiety and, as a result, will cause me more anxiety. We’re going round and round here …
Oops! He just saw the little damage in his shoes! But what does he say? He just accused me of doing that because I was jealous of him! Absolutely not, champion! It’s not like that! Anyway, cats do not know what are jealousy and vengeance. These are emotions that are far too complex that would require us to judge others, to determine their intentions and to compare us to them. I do not want my owner for myself, because cats are solitary hunters and the possession of an individual is not part of our way of operating.
There is a much simpler explanation: the arrival of the new boyfriend coincides with several changes of routine and territory which are very stressful to me. That’s all.
But wait! The guy just mentioned the name of the CatEducator …. WHAT??? This guy knows the CatEducator … he’s his best friend in addition? Seriously? What is he waiting to call him? He finally did it. All cats love the CatEducator (the advantage of being the author of this article is that I have the right to make you say what I want when I carry you in the skin of a cat … :). Since we’re speaking of emotions, let’s talk about the subject of love. When you say you “love”, you have to agree that cats do not “love” like in the human sense of the word. If your definition of the word love is that you love your spouse because it brings you either happiness, security or cuddles then yes, cats are able to love. Humans have the ability to put their spouses’ interests ahead of theirs, cats are unable of doing that. In the end, what does it really change? If each party finds his account, that’s what is important, right?
With my ultra-developed sense of hearing, I heard that the CatEducator gives very good tips over the phone to the new lover: play with me, feed me and give me treats more often. This could mean that instead of seeing this guy as a source of anxiety and upheaval, he could become a source of fun and activities. The majority of guys know that if they win the cat’s affection, they win the girl! You can be sure that your owner will have no trouble to convince him to do all this for you!
Does your dog love attention? Does he finds it very amusing to steal the dishcloth, your shoes, a sock in your room or your child’s favorite toy? Are you tired of running after your dog all around the house? Here are my tips to help you find a new activity for your “outlaw” dog.
Why is my dog doing this?
Simply to attract your attention and spend his energy. Dogs won’t do unpaying behavior. So, at one point or another, your dog is having fun and enjoys the interaction you create with him during his “shoplifting” episodes.
A dog needs between 3 and 5 hours of activity per day and if his needed are not met, your companion will himself find activities to spend his energy.
How to change the situation?
- Store items that stimulate your dog. Do not give him the chance to create a situation of failure. Allow your dog to learn the best behaviors in an environment suited to his skills. This step is temporary and you may be able to put your cushions back on your sofa.
- Instead of paying attention to him when he steals objects, reward him when he is calm. We have long believed that we learn from our mistakes, but in reality, we learn more from our success and the same goes for dogs. If your dog is rewarded when he behaves well, he will have the reflex to repeat this action over and over again.
- The two most important words to remember are: environmental enrichment. Add playful and food dispensing toys, activities like games and chewing at home to properly stimulate your dog’s many needs. A slow feeder and all toys that are good for chewing are a great option. You just need to find the different toys and the ideal routine to offer him at different times in the house.
Teching to your dog “grab” and “let go”
With a dog rope, you can quickly teach him to “grab” and “let go” any object. Dogs do not like confrontation, so I propose a game!
Simply present the rope toy (ideally long enough to allow you to hold it with your dog) and as soon as he puts his mouth you can say “grab”. After a little practice, you can easily ask him to “grab” anything in his mouth. Thus, your dog will have the reflex to look at you before taking a few things for the purpose that you tell him “grab”.
Then, to teach him to “let go,” you just have to play with the rope and bring it between your legs and stop playing. Your dog will quickly find the game annoying and he will release the object. At that same time, you can say “loose” and start the tug game again to reward him.
I strongly recommend that you consult a behavioral specialist if your dog shows signs of anxiety or aggression when taking an object from him. You could take advantage of a specific intervention depending on your situation and your dog.
Always in habit to have fun, but in the educational way, we transport you in the skin of a cat in order to know the essential steps to transform the latter into a playful walker…
My owner did not believe it: “I can’t believe that happen. How many videos of cats collapse on the side without moving as soon as we put on a harness? It proves that cats are not made for walking on a leash! ”
However, here I am strutting on the sidewalk of the neighborhood, tail and head high, making the other owners envy mine and stop him to ask how he did. Although, to see the quantity of pretty ladies who accost my owner, if all the unmarried men of the neighborhood did the same, their celibacy would stop quickly!
Of course, this is not done for all cats. So, for some it will be a pleasure, for others it will be a trial. We must respect everyone’s desire. For me, it was done step by step and so gradually that I learned to love to walk on a leash. It took several steps before getting to walk so easily.
The first step was to lock me in the bathroom and offer me a succulent meal of cane food. While I was enjoying myself, my owner dangled the harness in front of me. He did that for two or three sessions. So far, nothing very complicated. Then, to be able to reach the cane and to stuff myself once more, he made me pass my head in the harness. Step by step, he put the harness on me while I was eating. It was funny and easy … after all, as good a cat as I am, as long as it does not hurt and the food is good we do not care about the rest, right? Then he added playing to all of that and it was by playing that I understood that I had no reason to believe that it was a straitjacket and that my movements were very fluid! As usual, I could move.
So I went from 1 minute to 2, to 5 then to 15 minutes by having the harness on me. As I seemed to become more comfortable, my human left me full access to the house, but still making sure to play with me. Then, came the time that the harness did not bother me anymore and that’s when he added the leash and started walking around the house with me. He prevented me to go to certain places and he rewarded me when I did not insist.
Finally, the first outings came. He took me in his arms and didn’t let me out of the house myself. My owner still proceeded step by step. If he had not done that, I could have taken bad habits and got out without my harness!
At first I only went out on the balcony, in the arms of my owner, with my beautiful harness. Always with cane food or playing to make it all nice and he brought me inside after a few minutes. Each exit was longer and farther and farther away, but without leaving me on the ground. I quietly noticed his stratagem: my owner brought me back safely inside, but only after I showed a small sign of improvement in my stressful state pushing me, to relax more and more quickly. He is smart my human, don’t you think?
Finally, after several sessions, he put me down, always with food and playfulness. It was the time to decide what kind of walk I was going to do. Was he going to take me for a walk or was I going to walk him? Obviously, the second method was much easier for him, but I was not going very far. One day he used the good old method of encouraging me to walk in one direction, rewarding me for walking a bigger and bigger distance from a few centimeters to several meters, and finally realizing that I had done the neighborhood tour … after three weeks!
You have to be patient with a cat! This method is a little more restrictive for me, because I had to follow a path, but I want to go further! The other way is very pleasant, because I decide to go where I want, even though there are certain dangers … like the time one evening when I was inspecting a bush, I fell face to face with a skunk! Let’s say that my human and I still “smell” the effects of this evening!
Does your dog love to play? Are you missing game ideas? Here are some game suggestions for the summer to allow you to spend as much time outside as possible with your best friend.
Why playing is important for your dog
Playing is an essential activity for dogs in order to meet their needs and to stimulate them. What I like about playing is that it’s an activity that can be done with dogs. So, the opportunity is ideal to maintain your relationship with your companion.
Also, it is important to add an intellectual portion when we play with our dog to encourage good behavior and even if your dog is excited.
The traditional “Go fetch”
When playing “go fetch”, every toy is appropriate. The important thing is to find the toy that your dog adores, a plush toy, a ball, a Frisbee. Also, the texture, the shape, the color and the noise of a toy will have an impact on the willingness of your dog to bring it back to you.
Learn good manners to your dog, before you throw the toy ask him to sit down and you will quickly see that sitting behavior will soon become a reflex.
Hop in the water!
Whether it’s an above ground pool, inground pool, a plastic kiddie pool or even your watering hose. If your dog loves swimming and the water, he will be so happy. Do not forget the floating toys!
If you do not have a swimming pool, but your dog loves water, we have more and more dog pools in Quebec, for example at the “Complexe Animalier Accès Vet Blainville”, allowing you to enjoy it all year long.
At the same time, encourage your dog to come back to you when asked. Do not forget that swimming is much more exhausting than a walk. Take your dog out of the water after 15-30 minutes or make sure he can touch the bottom or come out regularly to avoid drowning.
Digging to china!
Does your dog love digging? Why not offer him his own garden with some plastic toys hidden in the ground. Digging is a necessary behavior for several dogs and being able to redirect him to an area or bin for it will save you from losing your own garden.
You will have the opportunity to teach your dog the “dig” demand, very useful to help you in your own gardening or your weed war.
Searching for toys
Hide toys in the yard and encourage your dog to find them, so you can reward him with his favorite treats when he finds them. You can also throw his meal in the grass and encourage him to seek it.
You can take advantage of the situation and work the demand “stay” while you hide his toys and kibble.
Contrary to what people believe, the tug-of-war game is very fun and positive for most dogs. I recommend you choose a long and stretchy toy. To avoid hurting your pet’s neck, your movements with the rope should be horizontal.
If your dog is the hunter type you can hold the toy to a stick or rope and encourage him to chase it and pull with you.
Encourage your dog to easily let go of the rope just by stopping to play, but still holding the rope. As soon as your dog decides to let go of the toy by boredom, say “loose” with a cheerful tone and start the game again.
In conclusion, do not forget to remain careful during the summer. When the temperature is high, it is recommended to stay outside for a shorter time and go out early in the morning or later in the evening. Also, prioritize the grass to play with your dog to protect his pads from the heat. Remember that your dog will never have enough water at this time of the year.
Once again, we transport you into the skin of your cat as he is getting ready to play with his favorite human. Observe how the cat prefers to play with you.
By the time your favorite owner approaches you to play, you are in the middle of one of your main and favorite tasks as the feline of the house. You are very focused to offer the best performance … sleeping. That’s why you need a little more time before you’re completely alert, about half a second.
This time, your owner seems to have learned from your last game session when you scratched him without any intention. In fact, it was his fault. Since you were young, he has been playing with you by using his fingers as if they were mosquitos. For years, he allowed you to play with his skin as if it was a toy, do not be surprised if anything that looks like skin has now become a toy for you.
So, after his bad experience, your owner has equipped himself with a cat teaser. At the end of the stick, you see what looks like a mosquito or a bird. It even makes noise when you move it. What a great idea! You are excited about the idea of catching this new toy and you are ready when your owner is “twirling” it round in front of you. Seeing that this doesn’t seem to interest you, he starts to make it fly from left to right. Since when do birds or mosquitos turn in circles or from left to right like that? Are there asylums for bugs that fly in circles? Seeing that you don’t seem quite excited by this movement, your owner decides to make more random and fast movements. Ha! Now it’s fun! It’s a much more natural way to fly. It is really when your owner immobilizes the prey on the wall momentarily or makes it disappear behind an object that things become really interesting.
You start on this artificial prey with the firm intention to catch it but you fail. Wow, it’s not easy to catch! You start again and miss again. A third and a fourth time with the same result. It’s obviously not easy. So far everything goes. In the wild, there are also prey that are not easy to catch. But after ten consecutive attempts without success, it’s not very funny and you decide to give up. After all, why spend energy on something you are never able to catch? And we wonder why cats become less interested to play with time. If you always lose at a game, you would lose interest in this game after a while, right?
Lucky you, the next day, your owner accidentally notices an article of the Cat Educator on the website of BeOneBreed (what a happy accident!). Which explains that you should let your cat catch the prey game once every three game. So you are satisfied, because you finally catch the prey and when you do, it behaves exactly like a wild prey would by struggling for a second or two between your paws and then it stops. Believing that you really had it, you lift the paw to check and hop, it starts again to fly, making the game more fun and natural, not only allowing to prolong the game but also to spend more energy.
Now you have played 10 minutes intensely and as a good sprinter as you are, you start to run out of energy. So you lie down in your favorite recovery position, with the front legs stretched out in front of you and the hind legs on the side. Your owner should then understand that the intensity should gradually drop and that the artificial prey should quietly die in your paws.
After a while, you decide to grab the toy and you run away with it to a quiet corner. Your owner returns to pick it up and the game starts again for a few minutes. It is very stimulating and you repeat this game during a few minutes until you are very tired. Your entertainer seems to have understood, he no longer makes the prey fly in all directions. Once finished, he puts the toy away. You would have liked to be able to continue playing, but you must admit that putting the toy away makes it much more interesting for next time.
This new way of playing is much more challenging than the old way: the laser pointer that you were never able to catch. With this game technique, you have a pleasant activity that seems like a real hunting sequence. If your owner could play a minimum of 10 minutes twice a day, you would be a happy kitty. You would have a lot less energy to do bad things like climbing the curtains or unwinding the toilet paper!