When it comes to owning, raising, and training a pet, it can be a lot of responsibility. We all know this. Even those of us who have never owned pets have at least seen a family oriented sitcom in which a child wants a pet and has to learn a lesson about responsibility before the parents will let them get a puppy, for example. Pets can be a handful. They’re like children, but they never really grow up, as smart as they can be. Therefore, when training a pet, we could all use a little extra help in our corner. Here are some tips.
First and foremost, you’re going to need some supplies, and you find most, if not all, of it at Macy’s. For starters, you’re going to need treats. Treats are hands down the best way to modify a pet’s behavior. In line with classical conditioning, you want to use positive reinforcement, which means giving rewards, to encourage good behavior in order to eliminate bad behavior. Pets respond best to food, but it needs to be something they really like, something special, in order to get the best results. Cats and dogs are both carnivores, so fresh meat works well, but you can also find a treat they really like, as well.
Another important thing to remember is that they will have accidents in the house. When potty training your dog, for example, you’ll want to catch them in the act of doing their business and transport them outside or to their puppy pad, wherever you want them to learn to go, and repeat this process until they go on their own or ask you to take them out. For a cat, the same goes for a litter box, but cats want to bury their waste, so it’s easier in this case. However, when they miss the mark, you’ll want a spray to eliminate odors left behind, especially for male cats and dogs who mark their territory by urinating. By erasing the scent, you are telling them that, no, they do not own that spot or object.