No! Don’t Do That! How to Deal with Pet Behavior Problems

A cat scratches the couch.

We’d like to think that there are no bad dogs or chaotic cats out there, only those that have been undersocialized or lack training. It’s true that there are many behaviors our pets engage in that we’d rather them not, yet pet behavior problems are a common complaint. 

As a result, many pets end up in shelters each year because of these issues, rather than pet owners getting to know, understand, and treat them in our pets. Your friends at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital are here to take you through the steps of understanding certain behaviors in cats and dogs. Our goal is to explain that training and socialization are necessary to redirect furry friends from the troubles they cause.

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Simple Tips for House Training Your Dog

Berks County house trained dog

One of the very first rules for your pet is where they should “go potty” (and that’s not on the living room floor). This concept seems straightforward, but house training your dog can be a challenge at first. Your pet will have accidents. We must remember what it is like for young children to transition from diaper to potty seat, and that requires training, guidance, and lots of patience.

If you have been training your dog to go outside, here are a few tips from the team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital on making the transition easier for everyone!

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The Big Bang: Noise Anxiety in Pets

If you’ve observed your pet around the Fourth of July or during a thunderstorm, chances are, they were scared. They may have clung to you the entire time or made attempts to get out of the home. This level of fear can lead to a condition called noise anxiety. 

Noise anxiety in pets is common and can cause safety concerns as well as decreased quality of life, especially if it progresses into a phobia. Your friends at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital are here to help decrease the chances of your pet developing noise anxiety with an overview and recommendations. 

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Post COVID-19: Avoid Separation Anxiety in Your Pet

COVID-19 dog with separation anxiety

Now that we are beginning to return to a sort of normal after the pandemic lockdown, many adjustments must be made. Obviously, things won’t resume the old normal any time soon, but we are mostly back at work and attending to activities and obligations once more. After weeks, if not months, of being at home, it will be a bit of shock, right? The same is true for our four-legged friends who got used to our 24-7 presence.

Pets sometimes experience separation anxiety when kids go back to school in the fall. In the same way, they will feel the impact of the lack of people in the home.

To help your pet adjust to the new routine, your team at Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital is here with a few helpful tips to avoid separation anxiety in your pet.

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Decoded: What Does It Mean When Your Dog Barks?

Berks County dog barking

The sound of barking dogs are the bane of most people, especially if it is excessive and in the middle of the night. Dogs do bark, though, and the cause of this behavior is varied. Most pet owners will have some inkling about the communication occurring in their pets’ bark. But there are several reasons why a dog feels compelled to sound off.

The team at Conrad Weiser Animal Hospital is here to decode the mystery of the bark and the purpose it serves our four-legged friends.

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All the Way Home: Microchipping in Dogs

Microchipping in dogs helps lost dogs become found dogsWith outdoor season officially underway, you may be spending more and more time on the go with your dog. If that’s the case, it’s important to think about the very best way to locate and identify your dog in case they ever get lost.

Many of us know our dogs are  – shall we say – fireworks averse? This is the time of year when shelters fill up with lost dogs who have panicked due to noisy fireworks and have escaped their yards and homes. Let Conrad-Weiser Animal Hospital show you how microchipping in dogs can be one of the very best ways to ensure a happy reunion.

What is a Microchip?

Microchips are tiny devices that are implanted under your dog’s skin. About the size of a grain of rice, the microchip is injected between the shoulder blades in a procedure much like a vaccination. When a scanner is passed over the chip, it emits a radio signal and a unique ID number comes up on the scanner. The microchip company is contacted, and they let you know your dog’s location. Continue…