Our Favorite Training Treats for Cats

A person pets a cat.

If you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, what does that say for teaching cats anything? Luckily, there isn’t a lot of truth behind that old adage. Senior dogs can, indeed, learn new things and cats can certainly be trained as well!

Brodie Animal Hospital is a big believer in positive reinforcement training for dogs and cats alike. Positive reinforcement techniques always leave that burning question, though – what kind of treats or best? Read on to learn about our favorite training treats for cats. 

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Brodie Animal Hospital’s Top Pet Blogs of 2020

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Just when we thought 2020 was over, 2021 began… And while this year is shaping up to be its own wild ride, we can rest assured that our pets’ love and companionship will see us through the days ahead.

Many pet owners have found themselves spending more time with their pets that ever before; which, of course, our pets love. With that, the opportunity pet owners have had to witness more of our pets’ lives, quirks, and health than ever before has been amazing, but also left us wondering about their pet’s lives, and we are grateful for those who have turned to our pet blog for answers.

The team at Brodie Animal Hospital is happy to offer you our top 5 most-read blogs of the year. May these popular blogs help to remind you of something you have learned, or inspire you to read more…

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If They’re Happy Would You Know It? Emotions in Pets

A pug laying on the carpet

You know that absolute enthusiasm that your dog displays when you return home just has to be pure joy. And that woeful expression that you get when he has an accident on your new carpet? Obviously shame. A purring cat? That’s easy. Clearly she is happy. 

Do animals really experience emotions, though, or is our desire to anthropomorphize them taking over here? Brodie Animal Hospital believes that emotions in pets do exist, and science supports us, although their emotional experience is likely a bit different than our own.

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How to Stop Dogs From Digging

french bulldog in a yard

Do you have a digging dog on your hands? Canine behaviors such as digging up your flower bed or burying toys may be confounding (not to mention extremely annoying), but it usually all boils down to instinct. Once you know why they’re doing it you can help redirect them. 

Can we really stop dogs from digging? Absolutely!

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Puppy Potty Practice: How to Successfully House Train Your Pet

A Pomeranian with a little accident

Teaching your dog the ropes on where they should do their business is one that requires great amounts of patience. 

If you have ever house trained a puppy, you know that it is quite the process and that you will be cleaning up plenty of messes. Successfully house training your pet, though, can be done and it is a skill that will benefit them (and you!) for their lifetime. 

House training a pet relies on the same approach as you would take with teaching commands or how to walk on a leash. This means rewarding your pet for good behavior. But how do you do this? 

You’re in luck! The team at Brodie Animal Hospital  is here with some simple suggestions for how to train your pet to go potty where they should. Let’s begin!

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When You Return to Work, Is Pet Separation Anxiety Inevitable?

A cat looking out a window shade

Most of us are having trouble coping these days, but family pets sure are enjoying their jobs. They fill very important roles for us in uncertain times as our support system, and we depend on them for their unconditional love, reassurance, and utter devotion. 

But what will happen to this dynamic if/when we return to work or school? Will pets just automatically resume their previous schedules? What about animals adopted right before the country shut down? They haven’t experienced large amounts of “me time” since arriving at their new homes. 

Pet separation anxiety is a natural consequence, and there are ways to prevent and treat it.

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Pet Safe Pest Control You Can Make at Home

A dog holding up its paw

This time of year is rife with bugs and pests, which can sometimes plague the home and yard. But if you have a four-legged companion, you can’t just spray or dispense pesticides without potentially putting your pet at risk. These insect repellents are effective but are toxic to insects and, unfortunately, also to other animals. 

Still, no one wants to be overrun with mosquitoes, gnats, ants, and other invading species. This is why your friends at Brodie Animal Hospital are here with some simple, pet safe pest control solutions for you to check out.

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The Special Relationship Between You Makes Cat Care Worth It

An orange cat laying on a bannister

Have you ever met an uninspired cat owner? Not likely. Of all the people out there devoted to their pets, those that are privileged to live among cats could easily rattle off a long list why their kitties are the absolute best. 

Without a doubt, cats are alluring and entertaining, dazzling us with their eyes, acrobatics and hunting skills. What’s more, when excellent cat care is in place they seem to show their appreciation with extra snuggles and head butts.  

Every Cat Is Unique

Veteran cat owners know that not all cats are equal. Some are chatty, while others like their alone time. Some go bananas for birds, others are content to play with catnip mice. Some cats are easily litter box trained, others struggle.

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6 Puppy Behaviors to Keep an Eye On

A Jack Russell Terrier sitting in a pile of torn-up fluff

Those rolly-polly bodies and adorable faces, what’s not to like about puppies? If you have adopted a new puppy, it’s definitely an exciting time in your household. Puppies are full of curiosity and energy, and never seem lax on trying to figure out everything in their surroundings. These playful babies are certainly swoon-worthy, but sometimes behaviors arise that aren’t exactly adorable.

As your puppy develops and grows into an adolescent, there are some behaviors to watch out for during their training and socialization. Your team at Brodie Animal Hospital is here to explain. 

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