Socialize Your Puppy: The When’s, Why’s, and How’s

If you socialize your puppy, dog training and dog behavior will be better, later in life.

Socializing your puppy is perhaps the best way to ensure you have a happy, healthy, and confident dog for life. We all want our dogs to enjoy life’s adventures with us, and socialization teaches them to accept new things, people, and environments in stride. This in turn allows a dog to be adaptable and therefore less likely to experience aggression and other behavioral problems (one of the top reasons that dogs and surrendered to shelters). Don’t let that happen by learning when, why, and how to socialize your puppy.

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Good Manners, Good Fun: Dog Park Etiquette 101

Dog park etiquette can make playing with your dog funRocklin, California is certainly a great place to live if you’re a dog. Our summers are beautiful, our winters are mild, and the opportunities for outdoor fun are endless. In fact, dog parks are often on the agenda for pets and owners alike, but are you and your dog observing proper dog park etiquette?

Ready to Go?

To owners, the dog park can seem like a magical place. Pets can burn off excess energy and make friends, all while remaining leash-free. However, before heading out to one of the many dog parks in Rocklin or Roseville, it’s important to make sure your dog is prepared to hang out in such a setting. Continue…

How to Enrich Your Cat’s Environment

Cats are naturally curious – we all know that! And it is true that indoor cats are safer and live longer lives than their outdoor counterparts. After all, they don’t have to contend with predators, cars, or other cat-induced injuries. However, how do we make sure that our feline friend doesn’t pine away at the door, wishing for freedom?

Enter: environmental enrichment for cats. This buzzword has become the term most associated with how to help your cat find stimulation and entertainment indoors. And, there are a plethora of ideas! We’ve decided to share some of our favorites.

Basic Instincts

Cats have certain innate and natural instincts that they need to pursue if they are going to be truly healthy and happy. These include hunting, surveying territory from a perch, scratching, and climbing. When in the wild (or outdoors), cats have many opportunities to exercise these behaviors. Indoors, it’s our job to mimic the conditions that cats need so they can practice these natural instincts in the safety of their home. Continue…

A Shout-Out to All (Legitimate) Service Animals!

Don't fake having a service animal.Service animals are absolutely, 100%, hands-down amazing. With a calm, cool reserve, they perform tasks for their handlers that range from the mundane (picking up the newspaper) to critical (seeking help during a seizure). Highly-trained, perfectly agreeable, intelligent, and extremely focused, service animals help thousands of people every day around the world.

However, despite the estimated 50,000 Americans who rely on service animals, there’s a startling lack of knowledge regarding their significance. Their ease of access to buildings and areas has resulted in the misrepresentation of other domestic pets as service animals. Unfortunately, fake service animals threaten the viability of legitimate ones and place handlers at risk. Continue…

Can Older Dogs Learn New Tricks?

older dogsThere’s a significant amount of emphasis on training and socializing young puppies. Without the right kind of attention early in life, dogs can develop behavioral and/or social challenges. However, that doesn’t mean they should stop learning new things. In fact, just like people, learning and keeping the mind and body active can keep older dogs healthier for longer periods of time.

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Snug as a Bug: Choosing the Right Pet Bed and Furnishings

pet bedA pet bed is just a pet bed, right? …Er, not so much. In fact, like our own preferences for a bed or other furnishings around the house, your pet also needs an individualized approach to their bed and other home furnishings. This is not just a matter of ‘comfy and cozy’ alone, but also one of health and general well-being.

If you have wondered whether or not your pet’s bedding, pet food station, and other belongings are the best fit for their needs, the Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital team has some tips and recommendations for you!

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A Cold Drink From the Toilet: Uncouth Dog Behavior (Sometimes) Makes Sense

toilet waterWe not only allow, but wholeheartedly welcome dogs to share in all the trappings of modern living. Some dogs are invited to sleep with their owners on goose-down bedding; others hang out on the sofa for the latest binge-worthy TV. Indeed, dogs are veritable members of the family. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t collectively scratch our heads at certain canine codes of conduct. Dog behavior varies between individuals, but as a group, dogs seem to really enjoy slurping from the toilet bowl. But why?

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Ear Licking and Beyond: What Does This Dog Behavior Mean?  

Dogs will be dogs, but when a behavior veers from cute to mildly obsessive to downright annoying, it’s time for a change. Licking ears is one of these canine quirks that sends owners into tailspins of doubt, wonder, frustration, and (hopefully) resolution and relief. If you’re put off by this common dog behavior or have no more patience for it, you’re in the right place.

Not Overly Fussy

Perhaps you saw our earlier blog regarding why dogs lick. Indeed, this dog behavior is normal and natural. Now, your dog may be inclined to lick all ears – or feel a draw to sample a particular animal or person in the household. While licking ears is a fairly standard dog behavior, there are two possible reasons it occurs.

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Crate Training a Cat: Yes, It’s Possible!

Cat in boxLet’s face it; when most of us think about crate training, we associate the practice with dogs. But cats? Not so much.

Contrary to what you might think, crate training cats is a real and doable thing. Not only that, but doing so is in your cat’s best interest. Much like dogs, crate training cats can help you and your kitty avoid problem behaviors. By giving your cat a space of his or her own, you can instill a sense of safety and personal space for your cat. This will help keep him or her safe and sound when it’s needed the most. Continue…