New Year, New Pet Knowledge!

by | General Pet Care |

Now that we can safely tuck the holiday season behind us, we can look forward to new and exciting things in 2011. Many people make New Year’s resolutions, with the hope of changing bad habits or other things we have been putting off completing. Some great pet-related resolutions could include:

  • Brushing your pet weekly
  • Playing with your pet more often
  • Working on eliminating bad habits

One bad habit that I have (not Jersey, me!) is allowing her to go crazy at the sound of the neighbourhood dog barking. This particular dog is very vocal, and should a pedestrian or other dog go casually walking by, this dog essentially alerts the entire dog community that “someone” is near.

Does your New Year’s resolution include more dog training?

This dog that is “on alert” has now created a monster with Jersey. As soon as she hears the barking, she bolts for the door and jumps around, frantic to be let out and see what is going on. I have seen her run from the bedroom, down the stairs, across the hall, through the kitchen and arrive at the backdoor in about five seconds, ready to join the action outside. Jersey even jumped over (not on, OVER) our couch in her excitement to go outside!

My fault is that I have allowed her to get worked up over this dog alert, and let her outside. She will run to the door, jumping around on her hind legs until the door is finally opened so she can bolt out the door. My resolution will be to not encourage her behavior… because at this point whenever the dog is barking, I end up jumping off the couch too because I know she needs to go outside! I will have to train myself out of that, without discouraging her cues to go to the bathroom.

Does anybody else have any New Year’s resolutions for their pets?


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