Whether you're trying to teach your puppy to sit, fix separation anxiety, or teach an old dog new tricks- Fuzzy is here to help! Different pets have different training needs based on breed, stage of life, energy level, and interest level. We can help you evaluate what motivates your pet and the best level of training to keep your pet mentally and physically fit.
Training your puppy is key for their long-term behavior and also to increase the bond between the two of you. Training cats can also be done, and has the same results! Training doesn't just mean to learn to sit. Teaching pets to focus on their human, ignore distractions, be still at the veterinarian, not bark and the door, and be comfortable with people in uniform can keep your pets healthier, prevent accidents, and even prevent the ire of your neighbors.
For particularly high energy pets, training brain games are great! Puzzles and thinking exercises are a wonderful way to keep your pet entertained, especially if they are a high-energy energy and intelligent breed like collies and shepherds. A bored dog will quickly look to other, more entertaining things to do- like eating your remote and stealing your socks.
Training can be done at-home, and is recommended for all pets. There are also great training classes done at veterinary practices, pet stores, and other places. It's really important to understand that there are better ways to train that others. For instance, positive reinforcement training has been shown to be the most effective way to train. Methods that utilize negative reinforcement, especially with physical negative reinforcement like shock or pinch collars, can cause negative associations with the trainer and decrease the human-animal bond.
If you're trying to determine the best ways to train, or have certain behaviors that you are train to train to do or prevent, talk to us! Use the Fuzzy app to chat with our healthcare team. We can help you determine the best way to train your pet, and how to motivate them (not every pet likes treats!). Did you know pets with hip pain are harder to teach to sit? Fuzzy can also do an in-home physical exam to be sure there are no underlying health conditions preventing training.