Tips to Upgrade Your Pet Care Game
Whether you’ve just adopted a new furry friend or you’ve been a proud pet owner for long, you may have wondered if you’re doing a good job with your pet. Pet parenting is essentially like raising a human child (it requires time, a great deal of patience, and that TLC) but with the extra challenge of learning how to communicate with your pet! It’s no easy feat, but luckily we have a few tips to save you from the woes of a sticky pet situation.
Match made in fur-covered heaven
While it’s understandable that certain restrictions have changed your everyday routine with your pets, we encourage you to chew on this: Am I meeting my pet’s need for exercise?
The level of physical activity your dog needs varies depending on its breed and size. If you have a high-energy breed such as the Jack Russell Terrier or Pomeranian, keep in mind that they require a lot more exercise than low-energy breeds like the Bulldog or Chihuahua. Fur mom Therese Castañeda shares that she leads a rather laidback lifestyle, however, she still makes sure that Ash and Snowy, our Petpreneurs from Roxas, get their regular exercise in as they lean more on the active scale.
Cats, on the other hand, are generally idle creatures (the average feline sleeps 12 to 16 hours a day, after all). And if your cat is a more chill breed like the Persian and Himalayan, it will happily enjoy lazing around on the couch with you.
Potty training tricks to keep up your sleeves
For Castañeda, the process of housetraining her two pets was a breeze. The key is to be keen on their routine and the cues they exhibit when they want to do their business. She explains that she practices reward-based training with her pets, meaning she gives rewards for good behavior and withholds rewards for bad behavior. “I’m strict when they’re misbehaving [so that they are] reminded that I’m the alpha,” she adds.
Our friend Christine Vasquez also shares her own experience with us. Interestingly, Petpreneurs Basty and Appa from Valenzuela City have specific barks to alert their fur mom before and after they do their business.
On another note, litter box training for cats follows the same reward-based principle. So whenever you notice your cat using the litter box, reward it with a treat or a toy—this helps create positive associations with using the litter box. Another thing to take note of is the cleanliness of the box, you’ll want to keep it clean so that your cat will return and use it.
Vasquez is currently working from home. Although remote work has its downsides, she tells us that it has definitely brought her closer to her fur babies. Until recently, they only had weekends to spend together, but because of the online setup, everyday is now play day with Basty and Appa. She also tells us that her pets enjoy baff time with Fetch! Naturals, after which they have a good snore time (aw). Meanwhile, Castańeda’s daily routine with her pets involves a lot of cuddling (a little tidbit: she calls Ash and Snowy her real life teddy bears). In between cuddles, she squeezes in a brushing session, keeping their coats soft and matt free.
- Thinking of Getting a Cat: https://icatcare.org/advice/thinking-of-getting-a-cat/
- Top 10 Dog Breeds for Your Activity Level, Age, Lifestyle: https://www.bluezones.com/2019/04/top-10-dog-breeds-for-your-activity-level-age-lifestyle/
- House Training Your Kitten: https://www.veazievet.com/feline-wellness/kittens/house-training-your-kitten/
- How to Train a Dog Not to Do Something: https://www.dogsavvylosangeles.com/blog/how-to-train-dog-not-to-do-something