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Stinky Problems

From time to time your pet may experience problems with relieving themselves in places they shouldn’t. Sometimes it can be a medical problem, sometimes a behavioral problem.  So how do you know?

Our friends at Fetch Magazine shared some content with us and we are passing it along.

Litter issues for Cats

Medical causes could be…

Walk this way:  A cat with arthritis could be in too much pain to step over the wall of the litter box, while a cat with a neurologic condition may be too weak or wobbly to walk to it.

Eye See:  Illnesses like heart disease, kidney disease, hypertension or3infection can cause blindness, making it difficult for the cat to find the box.

Bladder Matters:  Urinary tract infections, urinary crystals, bladder inflammation or a blockage (which is a veterinary emergency!) can also lead to accidents in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Clean House:  Cats generally like to be clean, so if the litter box isn’t, they’ll find another location to relieve themselves – perhaps the laundry basket, tub or even your bed.

Lousy Litter:  Some cats may not use the box if they dislike the scent, texture or amount of litter being used.

Location, Location, Location:  Litter boxes placed next to a noisy washing machine, crammed under a bathroom vanity or found only on the third floor of the house likely don’t offer the peace, privacy and accessibility that cats need to do their business.

Afraid So:  In multi-cat households, an inadequate number of boxes or previous litter box squabbles with other housemates could make a feline friend fearful of using the box.

cat litter box

Cat’s are purrsnickety, so be sure to try some of these suggestions so you both are happy.

 

 

Potty Problems for the Pooch

Medical causes could be…

Hold It:  A wide range of conditions – including diabetes, Cushing’s disease and illnesses of the kidneys, liver or brain – can all cause dogs to make more urine than normal (polyuria), or make them incapable of holding urine.

Gotta Go:  Urinary tract infections cause a sense of urgency to run to the bathroom, while urinary incontinence causes bed wetting or dribbling urine while standing.

Senior Moment:  Aging or senile dogs may not be able to make it outside in time or may be unaware that they’re urinating in the house.

Emotional Causes could be…

Pup-Pee:  Puppies who are having urine accidents may need some additional house-training reinforcement, or they could be intentionally having “accidents” to seek attention. (Hey, it works!  Even if it is negative attention.)

Nature Calls:  Naturally submissive or excitable dogs can have frequent accidents, while separation anxiety or territoriality could also lead to unwanted puddles in the house and can happen to dogs of any age.

So if you’re experiencing any of these issues look for the signs and consult your veterinary professional for assistance.  Don’t lose hope.  Remember, there may be reasons for your pet’s behavior and finding the right answer will keep you both happy.

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04 2017

Competative Obedience

If your dog enjoys basic obedience classes, consider participating in formal obedience trials. These are highly structured affairs, focusing on dogs who can demonstrate exemplary behavior in public places and in the presence of other dogs.
The American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club are the two largest organizations that sponsor obedience events in the United States. These organizations also provide information on classes and competitions.
In order to successfully compete in competitive obedience, your dog must be able to perform 6 basic skills: sit, down, heel, stay, come and retrieve. The 3 competition levels are Novice (beginner), Open (intermediate) and Utility (advanced). Achieving passing scores at 3 obedience trials – known as earning “legs” – earns a title which qualifies the dog to move up to the next level. At each succeeding level, the exercises increases in difficulty and require more training. Once a dog wins a title, the appropriate abbreviation is added to the end (or in some cases, the beginning) of his registered name. For example, NOC, OTCh. Wynwood New Direction, UDX, is the full name and title of a dog who won the AKC’s 2002 National Obedience Invitational.
To earn a Novice title, a dog must usually heel on leash, including heeling through a complete figure-eight; heel free (off leash); long-sit and a long-down; and perform a recall- that is, stay while his handler walks away, come on command, then sit facing the handler (a front), then go to the heel position (a finish). Advanced titles require longer off-leash performances, jumps and identification and retrieval of objects that have been scented by the handler.

Information from Popular Dog Series Border Collies Volume 27

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