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Arden Moore is a Master Certified Instructor in pet first aid, CPR, safety and wellness with Pet Tech, the international leader in this field. Her goal is to help pet professionals and pet parents learn how to reach when their dogs or cats need them the most — in a health emergency. The hands-on training also teaches preventive care in dental, nutrition, senior cat and pet behavior. All students will receive training booklets and certificates and master more than 50 actionable skills. Sign up for Arden’s class by clicking here.
Arden’s talented teaching assistants – dog, Chipper and cat, Zeki — give you invaluable hands-on traing. Pet Tech also offers a comprehensive pet safety phone app – Pet Savers App — that gives you valuable pet info literally at the swipe of your finger from your phone. Order today for $4.99 at Pet Tech and be sure to enter the code word: ARDEN. For more information or to sign up for a class, contact email Arden.
Dogs come in all sizes, shapes and temperaments. The 150-plus breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club range in size from teacup to linebacker. Some breeds – such as corgies and collies – have been genetically engineered to herd, while others – such as beagles and bloodhounds – are geared to be supreme sniffers. Although there are plenty of exceptions within breeds, a Labrador retriever is far more likely in general to jump in a lake after a tossed tennis ball than is a Japanese chin who prefers snuggling in your lap to swimming laps.
|TIP 2: Basic Training: The best way to make your dog happy and content is to give him a clear idea of your house rules. Basic obedience training is the foundation of your relationship with your dog, but there’s no need to act like Moses and bark out doggy commandments from the mountaintop. Instead, practice the three Cs: be clear, consistent and concise in your training.
TIP 3: If your dog is up to mischief, practice redirection instead of yelling at him. Call his name to focus his attention on you. Then ask him for a more appropriate behavior (“sit” or “gimme paw”) and reward his good behavior.
TIP 4: Test your dog’s IQ by playing blanket peek-a-boo. Have your dog stand. Then drape a small blanket over his head, covering his eyes. Time how long it takes him to shake off the blanket. Brainy dogs figure it out within 15 seconds.
TIP 05: Reinforce commands during training sessions with tiny pieces of treats. The small size is easy to chew and swallow quickly, and little treats won’t cause major weight gains. After each gulf, your dog should be eager for another and more motivated to pay attention and respond to your next request.
Arden’s Cat Tips, Tricks and Insights
The myth that cats are aloof is just that, a myth. Cats crave human companionship – they just have too much dignity to cover you with kisses or worse, drool with delight like those d-o-g-s. Cats can bring out the best in you just as much as any dog – that’s a medical fact. Studies show that interacting with your cat in a meaningful, non-rushed way can lower your blood pressure, reduce your stress and help you to maintain a healthier outlook.
|TIP 2: One valuable lesson cats teach us is to be candid. They ask for what they want (“more tuna, please”). They can be quite persistent in pursing their goals (such as chasing a bug skittering across the floor). So if you want something, go for it! What’s the worse that can happen? You will be told no. But no harm in asking for what you want.
TIP 3: Cats are capable of making as many as two dozen distinct sounds, each with a specific message. For example, “mew” represents those tiny sounds made by young kittens, usually seeking food and warmth. The “chirp” is a musical trilling sound that seems to end in a question mark and usually means a friendly greeting, such as “welcome home.”
TIP 4: When your cat rubs her cheek or body against you, she is marking you with special scent glands. It’s her way of declaring to others, “Hey, this is mine!” Don’t worry – this isn’t the same type of mark that cats make when they spray urine. Only other animals can pick up this scent.
TIP 5: Cats have 24 whiskers spaced in four rows on each side of their face. These sensitive organs protect the eyes and allow cats to size up the widths of entries. If the whiskers clear, the entire body can slither through. Whiskers also act a bit like sonar and are able to “sense” a mouse in a dark house without seeing them. The mouse simply has to be within a couple inches of the cat for the feline sonar system to activate.