Very often you hear Cesar Milan "chastising" a dog owner for treating his dog like a human. I guess we do that a lot. No doubt we are to blame for a lot of our dog's misbehavior-such as the owner that unknowingly reinforces the aggressive behavior of a biting little chihuahua.
We also know that dogs are pack animals and need a leader. We have all seen the dog owner who lets their dog take over as the alpha dog of the home. But this characteristic goes for humans as well. We all need leaders and rules. Many of us "run in packs" as well- perhaps in just a more sophisticated way. So this complicated relationship between man and his dog is perplexing to us just as our other relationships with people. We project onto our dogs just as we do with the people in our lives.
As time goes on, new theories will emerge on the relationship between man and his dog, and new training methods will come to the forefront as a result. It is my opinion that we can't but help to humanize our beloved companions. I will always think my dog understands when I am sick, and acts accordingly.
Having a pet in my life is fantastic, even if I give my dog credit for amazing feats he might not even realize he has accomplished. I am sure it works the other way too!
We're an affordable in home pet sitting service for the Franklin and Brentwood areas of Williamson County in TN. We strive to provide trusted and professional care for your pets while you are away from home.
Those who use pet sitting and dog walking services in Franklin and Brentwood believe most pets are happier in their own home environment. It is becoming a popular preference as an alternative to boarding your pet. We can help keep your pet's routine and provide services that keep your home safe while you are away.
More good reasons to consider Mac Daddy Pet Sitters
Pets avoid health risks from disease and exposure to other animals at kennels
Peace of mind knowing your pets and house are cared for in your absence by a professional pet sitter
Older pets don't need the hassle and stress of pet boarding
Dogs don't realize that we humans find it disgusting when they drink fresh water from a home toilet. Still it is their drink of choice. Even kitty likes the coolness of the lavatory, and porcelain is the dog or cats preferred material when it comes to drinking water in a nice cool basin. That is, they prefer a deep porcelain bowl that maintains cold to cool aerated water, better known as the toilet,commode,or some other French word. They know from just sniffing the water bowl whether or not you have lately provided fresh water. Dogs do not like the taste of water that has stagnated and picked up the taste of plastic,etc. In this case, your dog may turn to the toilet. Your cat may run away from home.
Don't fret if you find your dog or cat does indeed prefer to drink his water from a commode. It is nothing to be ashamed of; it happens to the best of us! Simply keep the toilet lid closed (though some dogs have learned to open the lid), or just keep the bathroom door closed. If chemicals are maintained in your toilet water, it is a necessity to close the bathroom door... Another solution, to keep your dog or cat from drinking toilet water, is to buy a porcelain or ceramic drinking bowl. The key to a ceramic bowl is to keep the water fresh and to drop in a few ice cubes. As for felines, a few people are known to provide champaigne glasses in their bathrooms for the cat's drinking water-yet they know they had better keep the water fresh!
It is good that humans have come so far in figuring out the mystery of the dogs preference for drinking water from a toilet. We face complex decisions ourselves in deciding what is the best way to drink our own water. There are even people who could be described as "water snobs". There is the current trend to drink tap water, filtered tap water,commercial filtered tap water, and mineral water from deep inside the earth that has never seen the light of day in thousands of years. To be sure, each viewpoint and prefernce maintains its own drinking snobs. So dogs too have their preferences...clean fresh water!
Some of us remember a time when "socializing" a dog came automatically. Training a dog meant teaching your dog to sit,get the newspaper,your slippers,etc. When it came to "socializing your dog" that was accomplished without thought as the dog followed the children through the house and out to play into the neighborhood. Mothers were generally home when the children were at school, and after school, the children were not committed to structured play activities elsewhere.
Those days have passed day for most of us. Dogs and other pets,more than ever, fill a companionship void for families and other urban dwellers. Dogs are at home alone for great periods of time,and getting into mischief and soon begin to chew rugs,become destructive,or simply depressed. Many owners realized this, and the professional pet sitters and dog walkers came into exisitance along with the urban and suburban dog parks. Consequently, the importance of dog training became crucial, and animal associations contantly try to meet the new pet ownership issues such as proclaiming January as the month to train your dog. This campaign has come from the Association of Dog Trainers, and does remind us what we are really responsible for when it comes to owning a dog. Right they are in bringing up training, since winter is the time puppies and rescues have entered new homes (thankfully) in great numbers. The worry is if these same dogs become behavioral problems,and the owners turn them over to rescue organizations,abandon them,or raise an aggressive, ill-behaved dog. These are the dogs that can not behave on dog walks, or participate in community activity that involves other people or dogs.
There are so many resources to help with training your dog to properly walk and to engage in dog exercising at an off leash park etc. If help is needed with exercising and dog walking, a plethora of local pet sitting companies,and dog trainers exist to help These resources can easily be found on the web. The current recession has led to a wealth of information on "do-it-yourself dog training",so there is no excuse for us to any longer put off our dog training. Once again, we owe it to our pets.
Consider the following health tips for your older cat, and keep Merry Murphy Pet Sitters in mind when leaving your older pet home alone for an extended period
Unless an older cat has water placed in different areas of the house,they will put off getting the water they need unless it is placed conveniently in their pathway. We have listed some of the issues to consider with older cats.
Dehydration of cells and tissues
Reduced oxygen flow to tissues
Decreased ability of cells to maintain their internal environment (homeostasis)
Reduced immune response
Declining efficiency of enzyme systems within the body
Increased incidence of tumor development
Gradual decline in organ function reduced nervous system responsiveness and personality changes
Increased susceptibility to stress and decreased adaptability to environmental changes.
These are good reasons to consider supervised periods with a professional pet sitter. If you live in the Charlotte,NC area, consider Merry Murphy Pet Sitters for all your pet sitting needs!