How To Deal With The Pet Peeves Of Owning A Dog
Owning a dog is exciting and can certainly lead to many rewarding moments, but for many pet owners, there is a risk of getting stressed (and angry) when problems arise that they’re unsure of how to deal with. While medical issues may be easy to take away with a simple pill prescribed from the veterinarian, other behavioral problems or training issues may not be as easily resolved. Additionally, keeping your dog safe from potential risks both inside and outside of your home is a high priority, but can be a huge task if your canine has tendencies to dart into the road or chew electrical wires when you’re not looking. Continue reading to learn more about how to deal with the pet peeves of owning a dog:
Avoiding the Shocking Results of Chewing Power Cords
Unfortunately, it seems that many puppies and young dogs gravitate towards electrical power cords, their chomping jaws eager for an object to chew on while not realizing they are putting themselves in peril in the process. Since the dog won’t realize what’s wrong with chewing the cord until it’s too late and you end up with emergency veterinarian services, it’s important to solve this issue before it even begins.
Some manufacturers have offered a solution to the problem by creating sprays with a bitter taste that can be applied directly to the cords. When your dog opens his mouth to start chewing, he’ll immediately taste the bitterness of the spray you’ve left there– and he’ll move on to better (and less shocking) things to fill his time.
Running into the Danger of a Busy Road
When taking your dog outside, one of the biggest risks to the health of your dog may lie not on your property, but on the nearby road. If your dog likes to chase cars, you may find yourself with an immediate safety problem as soon as you set foot outside. Since chasing after cars on a busy road can easily become a bad (and deadly) habit for a dog, train your dog as soon as possible to avoid the danger of the road.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests several ways to redirect your dog’s attention to keep them away from traffic:
- Redirect your dog toward something more interesting than what is happening on the road. You know your dog better than anyone else, so if your dog’s first inclination is to dart right for the road, this probably isn’t the best option.
- While you might want to allow your dog to run free throughout your property, the risk isn’t worth the chance for a dog who has already developed a habit of chasing cars. Keep your dog on a leash (a running leash that still allows navigation of the yard works great) until he is able to prove he can be safe outdoors. If the problem persists, consider talking to a pet behavioral specialist.
If your dog gets injured and requires medical attention, contact Armory Dog & Cat Hospital or a similar location.