How to wean your pet from bad habits?

How to wean your pet from bad habits?

Pets, whether they are a cat, a dog, a hamster or a parrot, are undoubtedly the source of joy and good mood. But there are times when a sweet little animal starts to deliver to its owner certain inconveniences. How many pairs of shoes were torn by a puppy during a change of teeth? How many meters of wallpaper has suffered from the growing claw kitten? And it happens that grown-up adult animals begin to “smell”. How to re-educate a domestic pest?

Method One, “Crime and Punishment”. Effective only if the punishment follows immediately after the misconduct. Animals do not see cause-effect relationships and can not make far-reaching conclusions. If, after coming in the evening from work, you found a broken flower pot, scolding a kitten – no use! He had long forgotten about the ill-fated fig. The goal of instant punishment is to develop a conditioned reflex. Like Pavlov, remember? “It’s when you press this button, but that person in a white coat immediately runs to you with a banana!”

The second way, “Mousetrap.” If you are a busy person and spend most of your day away from home, while your animals are forced to languish in four walls, it is sometimes difficult for you to keep track of their behavior. In this case, the so-called “traps” come to the rescue. If the cat steals food from the table, build a shaky construction nearby from “rattlesome”, but not dangerous objects, for example, lids from pots. The sharp sound of the falling cover will frighten off the thief and permanently disaccustoms to jump on the table. As you have already understood, a conditioned reflex is also developed here, but without your direct participation. Figuratively speaking, the hooligan comprehends the “heavenly punishment.”

Method three, “Do not tempt me without need.” You can consider yourself a full-fledged master of the house, train and educate your pets, but in fact it is a mutual process. Slowly, unnoticed animals also “train” their masters. For example, they are taught not to leave slippers in the middle of the corridor, do not throw clothes on a chair, and a half-eaten breakfast is on the table. Sometimes it’s worth making concessions and changing your own behavior, especially if it’s a change in the direction of accuracy and concentration.

Method four, “Feedback.” From my point of view, this is the most correct and effective method. And it consists in giving enough attention and love to your pet. After all, it is for this purpose that people start four-legged friends! Often, exhausted for the day, the owners forget about their pets, so they try to remind themselves of any available means – even if destructive. Play with the kitten at least an hour before going to bed, get up early and walk a lot with the puppy – it is very likely that disgrace will stop by itself and the world will reign in the house.

Of course, this article is not a complete and comprehensive guide to the education of pets. Here are only general information, and if you want to achieve full mutual understanding with your pet – learn its habits, read the literature, consult with specialists. Patience to you and love, and your pets – a long and happy life!

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