Pet Insurance Blog

Monday January 12, 2015

Impulse Control Games for Your Dog

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Dogs are naturally impulsive, but games like these can help them learn how to control their natural instincts and comply with cues and commands.

Wait then Fetch

This game of fetch with a challenging twist is a great way to reinforce impulse control. Here’s how it works:

  • • With your dog leashed, drop a favorite toy a couple of feet away and say, “Wait.”
  • • If your dog waits a second or two, say, “Get it!” and allow him to go after the toy.
  • • If your dog struggles, hold the leash securely. The moment your dog calms down, give the command “Get it!” and release him to fetch the prize.

After your dog brings the toy back, do it over again. As your dog gets the hang of it, gradually increase the time your four-legged friend has to wait.

Watch

This game helps train your dog to look at you first before following his impulse to grab something, like food or a toy.

  • • Show your dog a treat or toy and say, “Watch.”
  • • Hold the treat or toy still until your dog looks at you.
  • • Say, “Yes!” and give your dog the toy or treat.

In the beginning, you should reward your dog the instant he looks at you, even just a quick glance. As you continue to play this game, extend the length of time your dog needs to hold your gaze before being rewarded.


Monday January 5, 2015

Bath Time Tips

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Bath time doesn’t have to be a battle. Use these tips to make the cleansing process more fun for both you and your furry friend!

  • Temperature- Just like Goldilocks, you’ll want to find a lukewarm temperature that’s just right for your pet.
  • Toys- Rubber duckies aren’t just for children! Bath toys can help keep your dog entertained while you concentrate on the task at hand.
  • Treats- Hand out a small snack before, during and after a good scrubbing to help your pet associate tub time with fun time.

Want more? Check out our friends at the ASPCA® for further information about bathing your dog and cat.


Monday December 29, 2014

Top 10 Dog Names

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We’ve got the 10 most popular names for our best canine friends.+ Did your dog’s name make the list?

  1. Bella
  2. Max
  3. Buddy
  4. Lucy
  5. Bailey
  6. Molly
  7. Daisy
  8. Charlie
  9. Maggie
  10. Chloe

We also cover close to 200 Gizmos, nearly 160 Oreos and one Sir Scruffy McDoodle!

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Monday December 22, 2014

5 Boredom Busting Winter Activities

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If your pet is showing signs of cabin fever, try these fun activities to brighten the day.

  1. Offer a treat-filled puzzle toy
  2. Arrange a pet play date
  3. Play fetch or chase inside
  4. Set up a treat hunt around the house
  5. Go on an outing to a pet store

Check out even more fun ideas here!