10 Tips for Easy Leash Walking

Does your dog pull you along every time you try to walk them? Or, do they plop down obstinately on their butt when they want to go down a different street?

Many pets can prove to be stubborn when it comes to walking on a leash; but often that stubbornness can stem from a lack of training on how to walk on a leash.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have a few tricks up our sleeve for easy leash walking to get your pet on the move.

The Pet Expert’s Tips for Easy Leash Walking

If your pet needs the basic skills to successfully walk on a leash, we highly recommend training and socialization first. It can help ease your pet into loose leash walking, along with reinforcing those important basic commands.

If your pet has been trained but needs some help walking on a leash without pulling or becoming distracted, we recommend these simple tips.

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Beyond Pet Proofing, How Should You Prepare Your Home for a Newly Adopted Pet?

For many, bringing home a new pet is something we do on impulse and with utter abandon. Other folks, however, require lots of time to research the right fit. Both approaches can work well, but it is rather important to know exactly what an animal needs – and how you can deliver the goods. 

If you only had to bring home some kibble, more people might adopt with greater frequency. But the truth is, there is so much more than that. Pet proofing, that is, keeping potential risks at bay, is a great place to start.

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Up, Down, and All Around: What Your Cat’s Tail is Telling You

If you love cats, you most likely know how sensitive, playful, and even snuggly they can be. However, do you sometimes find yourself scratching your head, trying to decipher what they want?

Your cat’s tail may be one of the best ways to determine their mood. Watching and learning what their tail position means can be a fun and enlightening endeavor – and it can help you better understand your cat!

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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette

Bringing your pet to the veterinarian can invoke a wide variety of emotions depending on why you’re there and how your pet reacts to different sights, sounds, and smells. The constantly changing environment can be stressful, and situations can escalate quickly if precautions aren’t in place.

Brushing up on veterinary hospital lobby etiquette can help ensure a safe and calm experience for you, your pet, and everyone else.

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Why Does My Dog do That? Weird Dog Behaviors Explained

Weird dogs make the best dogs.

It’s no secret that we absolutely adore dogs here at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, and getting to know the unique personalities and habits of our canine patients is part of what we love about our job. It seems like we learn more about weird dog behaviors every day! In fact, there are so many that we couldn’t help but share more about this topic with our loyal readers!

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Welcome Home! Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets can intensify when the kids go back to school. Welcome home! You step inside your house after a few hours out expecting a warm welcome from your pet. Instead, you find that your dog has chewed your rug, or your cat has eliminated on your bed! Are your pets angry at you for leaving? Likely not.

It’s possible that feelings of anxiety and fear at being left alone are at the root of your pet’s behavior. Separation anxiety is a one of the top contributing factors for behavior problems in pets.

The Pet Experts have some tips on how to recognize and resolve separation anxiety in pets.   Continue…

Safe Strategies: What to Know About Running with Your Dog

Running with your dog is good pet exerciseRunning has exploded in popularity in recent decades, and there’s no doubt that this type of regular aerobic exercise brings with it a myriad of health benefits, a sense of accomplishment, and is even fun for some. Your dog may seem like a natural fit as a running partner. After all, they have plenty of energy to burn and love spending time with you.

But running with your dog requires training and an eye on safety. Does your dog have what it takes?

Before You Begin

Before you start running with your dog, you’ll need to make sure they are healthy enough for high-impact exercise. Dogs who are too young or old (puppies under 18 months should not go running, as their bones and joints are not fully developed) are not good candidates for a jog. Flat-nosed breeds, such as bulldogs and pugs, have shortened airways, which could make running difficult or dangerous for them. Stick to a daily walk in this case. Continue…

It’s a Good Thing You’re Cute: Dog Training for the Ornery Pup

Dog training is super importantIf you’ve seen a well-behaved, calm, intuitive dog, it probably took a process to get that way – one that likely included a lot of patience, commitment, and hard work. Sure, all dogs are sweet and have the potential to be great housemates, but without an investment in dog training, your home life might become a bit strained from time to time. The Pet Experts not only recommend signing up for a class, we offer one that fits the bill!

Payback, Baby

Dog training is fun! When both you and your pet find it enjoyable, the dividends are huge. But before we get into details, it’s important to approach the process lightly. Keep your sessions short and effective and consistently reinforce new skills. Whether you’re training a younger dog or an older one, enjoy the process, and make sure it’s rewarding. Continue…

What Does it All Mean? Funny Pets and the People Who Love Them

funny petsThere’s no question that pets are funny, and they make us laugh all the time. But do they mean to? In other words, do pets have a “sense of humor” and are they keyed into the positive response to their antics? Or is it more likely that funny pets have no idea that their behaviors make us giggle and laugh? The Pet Experts dive into this subject with open arms (and a big ‘ole smile!).

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Does Your Dog Eat Cat Poop? Ways to Stop This Gross Dog Behavior

Dog behavior can range from adorable and sweet to unruly and revolting within seconds. Dogs can surely be well-mannered, but they can’t easily shake all of their inherited instincts. Eating cat poop is one example of a dog behavior that many owners wish they could banish. The Pet Experts discuss whether it’s realistic to curb “litter box mouth” or if dogs will simply be dogs.

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