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Dealing with separation anxiety

Scared Dog

It is not terribly common, but it is heartbreaking to have a pet that does not cope well with being left alone. In most cases it is triggered by the departure of a specific individual. Some of the ways dogs react to this anxiety are: scratching point of exit, chewing, barking, whimpering, pacing, panting and some even lose control of their bladder or bowls. Most of the time the anxiety is caused by a traumatic experience, that may have occurred in your pets past. Sometimes something as simple as getting your pet a “friend” will solve the problem. However in most cases it seems only human attention will relieve this fear.

There are ways to help relieve this stress to your pet. Here a some of them. First of all, you can talk to your vet who may prescribe a medication that can be given to your pet a certain amount of time before your departure. Please remember it may not work completely and, depending on the animal, may wear off before you return so it is best to combine it with another technique. You can also try using aroma therapy plug-ins designed to calm pets which, again, works depending on your animal. Another option you can try is what trainers call the “safety signal” method. You are going to give your pet a special toy that they only get when you leave. You give them the toy, pretend to leave, then take away the toy when you return. As you increase the amount of time you are “gone” your pet will begin to understand, when they receive this toy you are not really gone. Therefore you can actually leave without your pet realizing they are alone. This method can take a lot of time and may not work on all animals. You can also do this by taking your dog to a day sitter so the house becomes the “safety signal”. It is always best to discuss any options with your vet and even consult a professional trainer who can help you design a plan that is specified to your dog. Brought to you by: OvernightPetTags.com

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Pet Tags: Your pet’s Identity

Pet ID Tags

If your pet is lost, a pet tag is the only thing that your animal has which can bring him safely back to his/her home. 90% of lost pets make it home because of this god sent product. It would not be wrong to say that pet tags are your animal’s identity.
Making these tags is a work of art. Manufacturers consider the utmost ease of the pet while making the design. Materials like brass, aluminum and stainless steel are most commonly used for the manufacturing of these tags. The durability of the tag ensures that no matter what condition the dog goes through, the tag is going to stay on him. This will increase the chance of finding your dog. Special light weight tags are manufactured for adolescent pets. Apart from these things, the tag should always have an eyelet for the pet collar. You can also get the manufacturer to make a design on the tags. Engraving a good design on you pet’s tag gives your animal a unique look.

Usually stainless steel tags are preferred for most animals as they are durable and look extremely good on your pet. No matter what metal you use, make sure that it is resistant. People usually prefer aluminum tags for puppies and kittens. Brass tags, on the other hand are not as durable as stainless steel. You may need to replace you dog’s tag after every two years if you choose brass. This leaves us with aluminum. Aluminum is a durable and good-looking metal. The only problem with these tags is that they are expensive.
For the tag to be useful, it is necessary to have all the information required to facilitate the safe return of the animal. Apart from the obvious thing like the pat’s name and the owners address, other additional information like phone number or possibly your contact name can also be added to serve the complete purpose of these tag. If your pet’s tag has all the mentioned information, there is a very low probability of it getting lost.

Pets are not just animals; they are a part of your family. They decide to be with you, even when no human wants to be at your side. In turn, it is your responsibility to give them their own identity. In other words, it is your responsibility to keep them safe.