Saturday, December 15, 2012

Naughty or Nice?

Which list is your pet on?
I'm on the nice list of course.  At least that's what I'm telling Santa Paws!  BOL!! 
I love the holidays!

Some pals are naturally good, some are easy to train to be good, but some other pals need extra help to be good.   Baron is naturally good, I was easy to train to be good, and the puppy cousins need A LOT of extra help.  BOL!!  They are not naturally calm, and they are not easy to train.   I didn't even know small dogs were capable of turning a tennis ball into confetti!  Turning tennis balls and flip flop shoes into confetti is the puppy cousins' favorite activity!   Their humans love them anyway, and that is a wonderful thing.  Even naughty pets need love. 

I open my own pressies, mom hides little treats in the paper for me.
The puppies aren't allowed to open their own pressies, because then they would think they could tear any paper.  I only tear the paper that Mom hides treats in and tells me to "get it".   Baron just sits there and looks at Mom.  He wants her to open it for him and give him the treats.  BOL!
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My pals at the Nutro Knowledge Network have put together some tips to help humans with naughty pets.  Maybe next year more pals will be on the nice list!  BOL! 
The below tips in yellow are from the Nutro Knowledge Network.

Cats:
  • Determine if your cat is acting out for a reason: As we have discussed, cats often hide their problems, suffering for a long time before showing signs of sickness or injury. Make sure that nothing internal or external has caused this behavior.
  • Litter Box Avoidance: Again, first check to make sure this is not an internal issue like a urinary tract infection. This article provides positive steps you can take to prevent future behavior once you have ruled out other possible causes.
  • Scratching: Cats naturally need to scratch to help them build strong muscles, tendons and joints. If you already purchased a scratching post, try getting another of a different size and texture.
  • Finally, most cats will respond to positive reinforcement so continue to reward their good behavior with a treat, affection and/or praise.

Dogs:
  • Who’s the boss: Your dog needs order and to know who is in charge. If he or she misbehaves let them know in a strong, loud voice of your disapproval regarding their actions.
  • Reward good behavior: Just like with cats, use a reward like a treat, extra affection or praise to reinforce your dog’s good behavior.
  • House Training: This can be issue for untrained pups and dogs that have already been house trained. The Humane Society provides some helpful articles on how to help curb this issue for both younger and older pooches.
  • Chewing: If you catch them chewing on something, take it away from them and discipline them sternly. However, disciplining after the fact may prove ineffective as your dog may not be able to understand the correlation of your anger. The Humane Society put together this helpful article on ways to help avoid chewing. One suggested preventative measure: apply a safe taste deterrent to certain items they tend to chew. 

What type of pet are you?  Naturally nice, nicely trained, or naughty?   Do you have any training tips you'd like to add?

Disclaimer: "This post was written by a Nutro Knowledge Network member and sponsored by the Nutro Company."

14 comments:

  1. Wow Pepper you are a real good unwrapper! I got the XMAS card you sent, fanx a lot.

    Chazz

    p.s. we had Chanukah at our house and I nommed latkes and applesauce. it was beary yummy. Pawwaves

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    1. I'm glad you got the card, did you notice I wrote happy Chanukah/Hanukkah on it? I can't remember which spelling I used. :) It sounds like you had some yummy treats!
      Mom has a little trick, she puts little treats inside the wrappings before she gives the package to me. ;)
      Paw waves,
      Pepper

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  2. My dog might be on the naughty list, but her cuteness probably overrides her naughtiness lol

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    1. Cuteness wins everytime!! BOL!! I bet Santa will still bring her lots of pressies!
      Hugs,
      Pepper

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  3. You're very good at opening prezzies...and of course you're on the super nice list *snoogles*

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    1. BOL!! Mom trained me to open the pressies, she puts tiny treats inside the paper. I am easy to train with treats. BOL!
      Hugs,
      Pepper

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  4. Okay lets just say I am on the naughty list and I let my parents know I am boss of this house.

    I am potty trained and go outside but that is not what gets me on the naughty list. I have a bad habit roaming at night and getting into things.

    But mommy loves me because though I can be naughty I have my good points that make up for the naughtiness.

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    1. I would probably roam at night too, but Mom traps me in the bedroom by closing the door. BOL!! At least you are potty trained! That's a big one for small dogs. You are very lovable! I'm sure Santa has lots of pressies for you. I hear he likes animals. ;)
      Hugs,
      Pepper

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  5. You are on the very nice list Pep! I think tulip is on the nice list. She doesn't really do anything naughty, and if we tell her no once she stops.

    I can never see your videos on your posts thou. Is that cuz I'm on an ibone? I see a picture of it in mobile view, can't click to play, it's just blank in full web view. Are they all on YouTube or some site somewhere?

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    1. Oh no! I am sorry the video won't play for you. It may be because of the ibone. I use Windows Live Movie Maker software to edit my videos. Maybe they aren't compatible? I don't have these on YouTube, they upload directly to my blog. I can add them to YouTube though.

      I am glad Tulip is on the nice list!
      Hugs,
      Pepper

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  6. I've always been a goody-two-shoes. But lately I've taken to putting my paws on low tables and snatching things to chew on. I ruined daddy's wallet and a headset, and left a lot of teefer-marks on hs phone! I was working to get on the Naughty list this year, but I've given it up. I kept winding up in my crate with the gate locked!! I think life goes better if I behave!

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    1. BOL!! I hope you are back on the nice list Hershey! Being locked up isn't any fun.
      Hugs,
      Pepper

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  7. we are nothing but GOOD of course...Cody and Dakota

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  8. I just KNOW you are on the nice list, Pepper. And so are all of us! Well, except some dogs, sometimes. Boogie tried to eat mommy's patterns, she was mad! But we are sure Santa will bring us presents this year. Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

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