plan for span health t ip s Pet parents know that as sure as the sun shines, our furry friends need TLC. This edition’s Health Tips illuminate some solutions for times when happy pets get the blues. Learn how lasers can heal, scents can soothe and litter boxes can become beloved, then soak up tips on making the most of training times and tipping the scales on suspicious weight loss. by dr. kim smyth While you may think your pet is extraordinary, it’s not likely that you think he has extraordinary powers of concentration. It’s not a question of intelligence — even the smartest breeds have short attention spans compared to people. Interestingly, studies have shown that dogs who have training sessions just one to two times a week showed better acquisition of new skills than dogs who were trained every day. Additionally, dogs who participated in just one training session a day fared better than those who were subjected to three training sessions in a row. This is certainly good news for those of us who think we are too busy to teach our (old) dogs new tricks! Particularly with puppies or young dogs, you may think training is a full-time job, but marathon sessions aren’t going to help your little superhero learn faster; in fact, it might actually have the opposite effect! Keep training sessions short; 15 minutes is a good general rule of thumb. But the key to effective training is to quit while you’re ahead. If you think your pet is getting frustrated, bored or distracted (“squirrel!”), it’s time to call it quits. Of course, the exception to this rule is basic manners, which should be on your pet’s mind every day. Influence your pet’s manners by rewarding the behaviors you like (either with words of praise, pats or tiny treats) and ignoring unacceptable behaviors.
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