5 Great Ideas For Positive Reinforcement For Dogs (That’s Aren’t Treats!)

When it comes to dog training, the most common method of positive reinforcement is with the use of treats. And why not, when most dogs tend to respond well? But extra treats and food, if not monitored carefully, can lead to the battle of the bulge –  a common problem among U.S. pets. 

As a healthy alternative to treats, we thought we’d look deeper into positive reinforcement for dogs and give you some ideas for how to “treat” your dog – without the “treat.”  

5 Ideas That Don’t Rely on Food

First things first. Positive reinforcement is the idea that you reward your dog when he does something you want. So it stands to reason that your reward can be anything that your dog finds enjoyable and fun. Spend some time observing to find out what he likes best. 

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The Best Ways to Introduce a New Kitten to a Resident Cat

There are loads of reasons to adopt a kitten, but you’d be right to pump the brakes if you already have a cat at home. Given abundant time, space and encouragement adult cats or aging seniors can definitely adapt to a new addition. However, their acceptance and tolerance of an interloper/new pal typically do not develop sooner than a few months. 

The best ways to introduce a kitten to your resident cat will require preparation, steadfast dedication, and a few of our go-to tips.

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The Curious Cat: Answers to Your Most Pressing Cat Questions

cat questionsHave you ever found yourself observing your cat’s behavior and wondering why they do some of the odd things they do? We’re right there with you! Cats have their idiosyncrasies – just like other animals and people – but some of these curiosities are unique to felines.

At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, we receive many questions and comments from our cat-loving clients. Below are answers to some of the most frequent cat questions we hear.

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The Big Event: Prenatal and Postpartum Care for Your Dog

Prenatal and Postpartum CareIt’s so exciting! Your dog is pregnant and puppies are on the way! There’s a lot to prepare for to ensure a healthy pregnancy and birth and that the mother and puppies have great post-natal care. Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital wants to share the basics so you can begin preparing for this exciting event.

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No More “Oops!” – Housetraining a Puppy

iStock_000012556812_MediumWhen you bring a new puppy into your home, he or she is bound to have an accident, or two, or nine… It’s just one of the many little joys of puppy parenting. But housetraining a puppy doesn’t need to take long, or be difficult. There are many effective and pet owner-friendly housetraining methods for you to choose from.

Just remember, once you choose the method that is best for you and your pup, stick with it and be consistent…

The Two Most Important Rules

There are two important rules when it comes housetraining a puppy: Continue…