Is Training a Kitten Not to Bite or Scratch Even Possible?

Kittens playing.

Kittens love to play, but the predatory instincts that guide them can cause accidental harm to their partner. Additionally, owners can inadvertently reinforce bad behaviors by using their hands and fingers to entice their kitten to play. Training a kitten your rules for play isn’t hard, but it requires consistency and patience. With our tips, you’ll be playing without blood in no time!

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Raising a Puppy in an Apartment: Puppy 101

Raising a puppy in an apartment.

Your quarters may be cramped, but your heart is overflowing with love to spare, so why not adopt a puppy? While your desire to add a furry companion to your environment may be strong, there are some important aspects of raising a puppy in an apartment that you need to consider before taking the plunge.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, we completely understand the joy and companionship that pets bring to our lives. We want you and your puppy to live happily ever after, so here are some tips that can help. 

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Boss Battles: What Do You When Your Dog Thinks He’s The Boss

A dog that thinks he's boss

You pay the bills in your home, but if your dog thinks he’s the boss, it may not feel like you make all the decisions. A bossy dog might be the one setting your schedule, getting first-choice when it comes to where to sit, and pushing their noses into all of your business (literally). If you are tired of bowing down to your dog boss, Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital has some tips to help you take back control in your home:

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My Pet Eats Grass… Are They Okay?

Pet dog eatting grass.

Most pet owners get used to their pets eating weird stuff. Between sticks, socks, rotten food, and waste, we can hardly be surprised by their odd cuisine choices. Of course, we want to be sure that nothing they ingest can cause dangerous intestinal obstruction, or increase choking or poisoning risks. What happens when your pet starts chomping on grass?

But when a pet eats grass as a hobby or habit, does a pet owner need to be concerned?

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To Knead Or Not To Knead; Why Does My Cat Knead?

A cat's paws kneading

Anyone who has ever met a cat knows they have personalities of their own with unique behaviors that sometimes only make sense to other felines. While many people associate a satisfied purr with feelings of kitty content, there is another easy way to spot if your favorite feline is living her best life. When your cat starts to knead the furniture, his favorite blanket, or even your body, you can be sure he is in top spirits.

Cats are incredible and quirky creatures, and kneading, or making biscuits, is one of their most endearing traits. Even if you could spend hours watching your cat knead, you might still be wondering what is behind this unusual behavior. Thankfully, the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to shed some light on why cats knead.

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Shock Collars: Training Must or Training Bust?

An active puppy rolling on the ground

When it comes to training man’s best friend, many reach for shock collars to help send home a message. While shock collars can have some utility, they are really not the best choice for a first line training tool. Likewise, they also require a good deal of knowledge to utilize well.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital we want pet parents to understand how and when to properly use shock collars and to recognize that there are many valid alternatives. Choosing appropriate training tools for your dog can really help them to put their best paw forward. 

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The Perfect Puppy Pupil: Techniques for House Training Your Dog

Rocklin CA dog house training

If you are like most dog owners, it takes patience, time, and repetition when you begin to train a puppy or even an adult dog. The challenges of cleaning up accidents, the constant struggle to redirect your pet from spraying the couch, and the ongoing time and skills to teach basic commands are the things that you deal with. Without a doubt, house training your dog is not for the faint of heart!

But once you and your pet have established the basics of housetraining, the positive effects can last a lifetime. This is why your team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to give you the tools and techniques for house training your dog. Let’s begin!

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Shake and Bark: Why Does My Small Dog Tremble?

Small dog trembling

If your little dog shakes all of the time, even if it isn’t cold outside, you may wonder why. Small dogs who tremble are not uncommon and pet owners ask us about the reasons for this behavior. Trembling in dogs is caused by several factors, some of which can be physical or behavioral, or both. The Chihuahua is well known for this strange trembling, but why does that happen?

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to explain is phenomenon in small dogs and what you can do to address it in your four-legged friend.

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The Pet Coworker: Helping Your Pet Behave While You Work from Home

Working with your dog

It can be hard enough to stay focused when you work from home… Between piles of laundry, devices, the fridge, and so many other distractions, it’s a challenge to get work done. 

Then, there is Fido and Fluffy and their attempts to get your attention every few minutes. Since many of us are working from home these days, training your pet to adjust to this new lifestyle is crucial.

Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital has some pointers to help helping your pet behave during those crunch time work hours.

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Cat School: Clicker Training for Cats

A cat looking scared

Training your cat, what?!

The concept of teaching cats house rules may seem like a pipe dream or the stuff memes are made of. After all, cats do what they want, when they want… right? 

People have varied opinions about cats that give way to myths, like cats are loners or cannot be trained. This prohibits them from learning good behaviors and bonding better with their owners.

The good news is that training your cat with a clicker is not only possible, it is also a great way to give your pet a better, safer, and more enjoyable life.

The team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is here to tell you all about this effective training and why it will benefit your meowy companion.

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