“How To DEAL With PET SEPARATION ANXIETY…”

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Yes I know we’ve all probably been there at one time or another…. It’s time for you to leave and Your fur baby starts in with the long face & big sad eyes, then the whining, barking and meowing starts. It’s enough to break any pet parents heart, not to mention the guilt and frustration that comes along with it. Well first of all let me say you’re not alone.

Did you know that some ways your pet may be acting out is directly connected to their separation anxiety? Well it’s true! Ever come home to find the trash strewn all over the kitchen? Or something of valued chewed to pieces? Or worse a potty accident somewhere other than than the litter box or outside? Yep.. all these and many more are connected to this issue.

Many pet parents deal with this issue of separation anxiety on a daily basis…. Especially if you are a parent of a rescue. So what’s a concerned pet parent to do?…

Well the #1 thing is to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and for God’s sake have a plan in place. Knowledge is key and clarity is better to understand what is going on in your pets mind.

To your pet YOU ARE THE CENTER OF THEIR UNIVERSE and for the most part they just want to be with you (and yes this includes the kitties). Even if you do not have a velcro pet they still want you in the vicinity of them for emotional security.

When you get ready to leave and they see they’re not coming with you and alarm goes off inside them and they start to panic. Are you coming back? Don’t you want me? Did I do something bad and that’s why I can’t go with you? Etc….

This is especially true for rescue pets. If you are the parent of a rescue know that in most cases you and everything you represent is the first security they’ve had and it’s a delicate balance to begin with. So when you leave it triggers old abandonment issues and memories and they go into a tail spin.

Now having said that I will tell you the worst thing you can do is baby your pet when you see them acting this way. By doing that you will reinforce this behavior in their minds that if they act out they will be rewarded with attention…. and we don’t want that.

Of course you can reassure your pet, by all means PLEASE do it but it has to be done the correct way. So let’s begin….

Anyone that knows me knows whether the being is human or animal. I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN COMMUNICATION. Once someone truly understands the message you’re communicating to them most of the time they are willing to cooperate with you… this goes for pets too.

1. Never interact with your pet if you are distracted, GET FOCUSED first. Please get off the phone and stop talking with other people. Then you can get better results from your pet.

2. Make time practice this EVERYDAY. Pets LOVE and NEED routine so they know what to expect. This alone will start to give your pet the foundation of confidence they need.

3. Exercise your pet. Either by a walk, or vigorous play if you have a cat for at least 10 to 15 minutes before you start. This will help your pet be more relaxed and therefore less apprehensive. Always remember how intelligent pets are… they can sense when somethings up. So this way it helps them build trust with you and deepen your bond with them.

4. Start by practicing Gradual Departures. Don’t wait until it’s time to go and expect your pet to fall in line with your program. Practice makes perfect with you so of course it will with them also. Start practicing everyday collecting your belongings in your pets sight then saying goodbye and leaving out the door. Do this first for about 5 minutes… then increase these trips by 5 minute increments over time. Do it everyday at least 3 to 5 times.

5. Sometimes if needed… get another pet. Sometimes this works but I prefer in any case  you do the first 4 steps above. Sometimes a second pet will help your pet because they have another fur buddy in the house… but not always.

6. Always prepare the environment. Play Smooth Jazz or Light Classical on a LOW VOLUME in your home. Did you know that this is scientific? Playing this kind of music relaxes your pets and soon they will lay down and sleep.

7. Don’t make a BIG DEAL about leaving. Remember we are showing them this is just a a part of our lives. Most of the time if you act nonchalantly about it they will soon do it also.

8. Calm yourself before RETURNING HOME. When you come in the door do other things first before greeting your pet. Ex. take your coat off, go into another room. Wait about 5 minutes or so for them to calm down. Then you sit down and greet them CALMLY with affection and attention.

Now know that there are WAY more SPECIFIC things to do here to make this a successful part of you and your pets lives… but if you practice these you’ll be off to a GREAT start!

Remember working with Rescues is my SPECIALTY and I would be honored to help you and your fur babies with any challenges you may be facing :) Get in touch and let’s talk so you can get the help you need and want!

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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“The BEST THERAPISTS In The World Have WET NOSES”

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Anybody that knows me has heard me say this all the time… PETS are the best Therapists you’re ever going to get and it’s FREE! They give us so much and really require so very little in return. In my book they’re one of the best investments for your happiness in your life PERIOD!

They’ll accept you no matter what you look like, how much money you have, no matter where you live, no matter what opinions other people may have of you, if your sick or well, old or young and the list goes on and on… and all they want in return is your LOVE and your time.

As a pet lover I know you guys already know this to be true in your heart … but did you know it’s scientifically proven also?

Yep that’s right Dogs & Cats (YES even cats) want to give comfort to people when they are upset. It seems that it is a fact pet owners have known for a very long time, and now a new study backs them up.

Scientists at the University of London conducted a study that revealed dogs (Cats do also but usually only to their owners) truly do respond to human tears and will naturally try and reassure a distressed person. It also turns out dogs will try and comfort anyone who cries, not just their owners.

Researchers filmed 18 dogs of various breeds at the homes of their owners. One of the researchers ignored the dog and started to either talk, hum loudly or pretend to cry. Fifteen of the dogs stopped what they were doing and went over to the crying person and displayed submissive behavior when approaching.

The dogs approached whoever was crying regardless of their identity…they were responding to the person’s emotion, not their own needs, which is suggestive of empathic-like comfort-offering behavior. The youngest dog in the experiment was an 8-month old Labrador Retriever. As soon as the puppy heard someone pretent to cry, he rushed up and put his paws on their shoulder.

Crying carried greater emotional meaning for the dogs and provoked a stronger overall response than either humming or talking,. Regardless of whether it was their owner or the stranger, when an individual cried most of the dogs went up to them in a quiet, submissive way suggesting comfort-giving.

The dogs also went directly up to the stranger and did not seek to be comforted themselves.

Isn’t this cool? The bond between you and your pet is so AWESOME! They truly do care about us, not just for food and shelter as some people believe. Of course all of my Beijo peeps already know this… but for the slow, hard to convince people out there now you have science to back it up!

Also I’ve found PETS are the BEST listeners. If you’re not the best interacting with people a pet will suffice just fine to tell all your secrets to, or even if you’re so emotionally full and can’t talk they know just what to do.

Sometimes they are the only ones that can’t get us to smile or laugh after a rough day, or put us to sleep when our mind is overwhelming us and we can’t find peace. Those wet noses and wagging tails are just what the doctor ordered to calm even the most troubled heart.

I am a strong believer of PET Therapy! I’ve personally witnessed changed behavior in people over and over again after having pets. They have a way of bringing you out of your shell, protecting you,  healing your deepest heart wounds, making you laugh by bringing endless joy and basically getting you moving and enjoying your life. 

I wouldn’t trade the love of my BEIJO for anything in the world! If you are a PROUD PET PARENT kiss and hug your fur baby with gratitude today for all they’ve contributed to your life…. because sometimes blessings come into your life wearing fur :)

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo 

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“What Are The EARLY Signs Your PET May Have HEALTH PROBLEMS?…”

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So… Do you know what to look for to head off dreaded health issues? If not you’re in the right place at the right time to find out. Pets are a little different than us people… they don’t usually tell you they have discomfort until it’s painfully obvious and they can’t hide the pain or take it any more. Or maybe it’s because they don’t speak… Although they do communicate to us all the time, you just have to know what to look for.

The best action to take here is PREVENTION and of course to know your pet. That’s one of the reasons I’m such a strong advocate for pet massage because you are more familiar with the FEEL of your pet and GOD FORBID if something foreign shows up you’ll notice it right away, but even then some things can fall through the cracks. So what’s a concerned pet parent to do?

Well for starters pay more attention to your pet in the first place. I know this sounds obvious but really it isn’t. Hey, we’re all such busy people sometimes in the chaos of getting everything done on our schedules pets get neglected…. No guilty feelings here please no one is judging you :)

So let’s dive in, these are the top 3 Health Issues to look out for…..

1. Heart disease 

Cats – The biggest difference is that cats tend to mask their signs better than dogs, and therefore go longer without detection. Since early detection is key, be on the look-out for the following signs…

Vomiting – While our doggie friends will develop a cough cats will not they will vomit as a sign of heart disease. Also they will have difficulty breathing. If your cats breathing has become a bit labored, or if it experiences shortness of breath and begins to breath more rapidly than usual.

Thromboembolisms – Blood clots which are usually the result of heart disease in cats. Often the first sign is pain and inability to walk mainly on the hind legs. If you see this take kitty to the vet IMMEDIATELY!

Depressed/Withdrawn – If your kitty is acting blue, withdrawn, reluctant to accept affection, or isolating itself. The behavior may be caused by heart disease.

Poor appetite – If your cat suddenly loses it’s appetite for no good reason seek your vet IMMEDIATELY! Something is going on.

Weight loss or gain – Weight loss is definitely a symptom of heart disease though weight gain can be as well… Pay attention!

Swollen abdomen – If your kitty is swollen with a distended abdomen it’s probably excess fluid because of heart disease please DO NOT IGNORE!

Fainting/Collapsing – excessive weakness is a sure sign. Of course kitties sleep a lot. but if kitty appears less playful, or tires more easily due to weakness not laziness… you have a problem.

Restlessness – This is harder to recognize in cats than dogs. Because it seems many cats can be normally restless. Although if your cat suddenly becomes restless especially at night where they weren’t before, be on the lookout for heart disease.

Dog – Coughing is a very common symptom of many illnesses, one of those being heart disease. Minor coughs will not last more than a few days. If after three days your dog is still coughing, or is experiencing other symptoms, seek veterinary care.

Difficulty Breathing – Changes in breathing relating to heart disease may include difficulty breathing due to shortness of breath, labored breathing, or rapid breathing.

Changes in Behavior – If you notice behavior changes in your dog, such as tiring more easily, being less playful, reluctance to exercise, reluctance to accept affection, being withdrawn, or an appearance of depression, these are all signs of heart disease.

Poor Appetite – Loss of appetite is almost always a symptom of something. If combined with any of the other symptoms on this list, it could be a strong indicator of heart disease.

Weight Loss or Gain – Weight loss is definitely a symptom of heart disease, though weight gain can be as well. More likely than weight gain is a bloated or distended abdomen, giving your dog a potbellied appearance.

Weight Loss or Gain – Weight loss is definitely a symptom of heart disease, though weight gain can be as well. More likely than weight gain is a bloated or distended abdomen, giving your dog a potbellied appearance.

Weakness – Weakness may be seen as a general sign of aging, but be sure to seek veterinary attention if it is combined with other symptoms.

Weakness – Weakness may be seen as a general sign of aging, but be sure to seek veterinary attention if it is combined with other symptoms.

Edema – Edema is the swelling of body tissues. In regards to heart disease, your dog may show swelling in the abdomen and extremities if it has heart disease.

Isolation – If your dog suddenly starts to isolate itself or is keeping its distance from other pets and/or you, this may be a sign of heart disease.

2. Arthritis in DOGS & CATS – Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Even younger dogs and cats, under the right circumstances, can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. This pain is responsible for many of the signs associated with arthritis. Here are seven of those common signs. Remember guys PROTANDIM is a great NATURAL way to ease symptoms of arthritis and many other inflamatory diseases… and it’s available to you on beijoscorner.com :)

Limping – You may see your pet limping or favoring one or more of his legs, depending on which legs and which joints are arthritic. In some cases, the limp may seem worse when your pet first rises and become less noticeable as your pet “warms up” by moving around.

Difficulty Moving – Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy for him to accomplish. For instance, your dog may find it difficult to get into and out of the car or may have difficulty going up and down stairs that were previously easily manageable. Arthritic cats, on the other hand, may stop jumping onto countertops, perches and other high areas because of the pain and discomfort.

Spinal Issues – Arthritic changes can occur not only in the legs but also in the various parts of the spine. These changes may result in a sore neck, an abnormal posture with a “hunch” in the back, or lameness of one or both hind legs.

Tiredness – Your pet may tire more easily. For dogs, this may mean that walks become shorter and more painful for your pet. Your pet may spend more time sleeping and/or resting.

Irritability – Arthritic animals may become irritable. They may snap and/or bite when approached or handled, particularly if the petting or handling takes place in a manner that increases their pain.

Muscle Atrophy – Arthritic pets often develop muscle atrophy or dying off of the muscle tissue due to inactivity and decreased use of the muscles. A pet with atrophied muscles in their legs will have a leg which looks thinner than a normal leg.

Licking, Chewing & Biting – Pets affected with arthritis may also begin to lick at, chew or bite at body areas that are painful. This may even reach the point of causing inflamed skin and hair loss over affected areas.

3. Symtoms of CANCER in Dogs & Cats – Lumps and Bumps
Not all lumps and bumps on or under your dog or cat’s skin will be cancerous, but there is no way to know for sure without getting your veterinarian involved – this is especially important if the lump is not resolving itself or is growing in size. A needle biopsy is commonly done and a veterinary pathologist can let you know if the cells are cancerous or no.

Abnormal Odors – Offensive odors from your dog or cat’s mouth, ears, or any other part of your pet’s body, should be checked out. Oftentimes cancers of the mouth, nose, or anal regions can cause such foul odors.

Abnormal Discharges – Blood, pus, vomiting, diarrhea, or any other abnormal substance being discharged from any part of your pet’s body should be checked out by your veterinarian. In addition to that, if your dog or cat’s abdomen becomes bloated or distended it could be a sign of an accumulation of abnormal discharge within the body.

Non-Healing Wounds – If your pet has wounds or sores that are not healing, it could be a sign of infection, skin disease, or even cancer.

Weight Loss – Cancer is among the list of diseases that can cause weight loss in a pet. If you notice sudden weight loss in your dog or cat (and it is not currently on a diet), along with other signs from this list, be sure to mention it to your veterinarian.

Change in Appetite – Dogs and cats do not stop eating without a cause. While a lack of appetite does not automatically indicate cancer, it is still something to be discussed with your veterinarian. Oral tumors can also cause difficulty or pain when eating or swallowing.

Changes in Bathroom Habits – Changes in your pet’s urinary or bowel habits – difficulty using the bathroom, frequent bathroom use, blood in urine or stool – these are all potential signs of cancer.

Evidence of Pain – Limping or other evidence of pain while the pet is walking, running, or jumping is mostly associated with arthritic issues or joint or muscle diseases, but it can also be a sign of cancer (especially cancer of the bone).

Whew! I know that’s a lot of info. guys but we want to look out for our Furry Family Members and these are the top 3. As I mentioned in the beginning the best plan for health is PREVENTION! It’s true for us and it’s true for them :) until next time…

REMEMBER PETS RULE!!!!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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“Hmm… Could Your PET Be A TAX DEDUCTION?”

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Yep you heard me RIGHT your precious Fido or Kitty may be able to help save you some much needed $$$ INTERESTED?… Check it out!

First things first, even though your pet is your baby in every sense of the meaning and you love and cherish their little bones. The only dependent exemptions the I.R.S. gives are HUMAN ones sorry :( but…

Even if pets aren’t the perfect tax breaks in all situations there are limited circumstances in which you might be able to deduct some of their expenses. Here are a few.

1. If You Need a Guide Animal

Pet medical care isn’t deductible, but if you need a guide animal for your own health, the expenses of keeping that animal become eligible medical expenses. Those costs include food, veterinary care, grooming and other expenses that the guide animal needs to give you assistance. In addition, therapy animals can also qualify, as long as you’ve received a medical diagnosis for a condition for which you need the animal. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll need to overcome the special threshold for deducting medical expenses — 10 percent of adjusted gross income for those under age 65 — before you can deduct guide-animal costs.

2. If You Use a Guard Animal

The IRS has allowed taxpayers to deduct expenses for guard animals protecting business property. Watchdogs are prime candidates for this deduction, as long as the dog is of an appropriate breed and you can document your expenses and the amount of time the dog spends on guard duty.

Sorry guys Chihuahua’s don’t count… although don’t tell them that.

3. If You Move

If you move, you can deduct special expenses of moving your pets as long as the overall move qualifies for moving-expense deductions generally. Typically, the move has to be for work purposes, and your new job has to be at least 50 miles further away from your previous home than your old job was. If you qualify, the deduction is available even if you don’t itemize, although a special form is necessary to claim the deduction.

4. If You’re in a Pet Rescue Program With an Animal Shelter

Many animal shelters are nonprofit organizations, so if you agree to provide a pet a foster home, you might be able to write off some of your expenses as charitable donations. In addition to pet food, vet bills, and supplies, you can also get a modest write-off for vehicle mileage. However, be sure to keep good records and get an acknowledgement of your work from the shelter in question, or else the IRS might challenge your claim.

5. If Your Pet Turns Into a Profession

Some pet owners are able to turn their love of animals into a moneymaking profession. Whether it’s racing horses, showing dogs or breeding animals of all sorts, you might be able to count some or all of your pet expenses against the income they generate.

A lot rides on whether you’re considered to have a business or merely a hobby. Hobby losses are deductible only to the extent you have gains, and you have to treat hobby losses as a miscellaneous deduction, which can limit the amount you can actually claim. The hurdle for establishing a legitimate business is higher, but you may be able to deduct all of your expenses for a business, even if it results in a net loss.

Every situation is different, and you should work with a tax professional before claiming any of these expenses in your own specific case. Nevertheless, if any of these situations applies to you, you might be able to turn your pet into a nice tax break come April ISN’T THAT COOL? :)

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

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“How To Get Your PETS To FOCUS!…”

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Does Fido or Kitty have you thinking they have a touch of ADHD? (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Well… Let’s see if they really do. It may just be a case of youth, stubborness, or extreme enthusiasm. Whatever the case may be IT CAN BE WORKED OUT.

Everybody appreciates having the pepper! What I mean is being ENERGETIC is AWESOME! But being able to FOCUS is even better.

Believe it or not being able to focus whether you are a pet or human is a great advantage to your health. It actually balances your whole health system. It regulates breathing, healthy heart rhythms, blood circulation, enhanced brain activity and much, much more. Plus, to be honest it’s easier  and more pleasant to be around individuals who are balanced… Right?

Also did you know teaching your pet to focus is safer for them and you? Think about it if Fido or Kitty is flipping out and a emergency occurs, danger or something else unforeseen  are you confident that your pet will hear and obey your voice in the around chaos and focus on you? Sound impossible well it’s not.

If you start practicing your focusing exercises with your pet now you will have be better prepared for situations like the above mentioned.

So how do you do it? I’m glad you asked. This is one of the essential things I teach all of my clients when I first start working with them and I believe in it strongly. It is crucial to know with confidence in an emergency that your pet will listen to you. Because to be honest you probably will be freaking out yourself so this is important.

First things first you must build trust with your pet. I call these my trust exercises and I’ll give you a taste right now… but to do it justice you really need to sign up and work with me so I can show you in more detail… BELIEVE ME IT IS SO WORTH IT.

1. A pet who trusts you will obey you no matter what is going on (YES this includes CATS too guys… but it takes a little longer for a cat). One of my favorite exercises to do is take your pet in a room that has one exit like a bedroom and have affection time together for about 10 to 15 minutes.

2. After you have done that leave the pet in the room alone and shut the door. Go away for about 10 minutes and when the time is up come back open the door and be extremely happy to see them. Elevate your voice and give lots of affection for about 5 minutes.

3. Close the door with them in it again and leave for a longer period of time about 15 minutes. When you come back this time start calling them and speaking to them as you are getting closer to the door. When open the door tell them that you will always come back for them… believe it or not they will understand you.

4. Now, I usually have people practice the first 3 steps for one week everyday before I give #4  The next step is to wait until your pet is in another room settled down… probably sleeping and randomly call them to the room where you are. When they come PRAISE them and greet them with major enthusiasm. Do this about 3 or 4 times a day.

What this is doing is getting the pet to trust when they come to you the reward will be affection and a sense of security because they are wanted and they have a place they belong and it’s associated with pleasure.

5. Now after you’ve practiced these 4 steps for about 2 weeks. It’s time to take it outdoors. Start first in an enclosed yard and wait until Fido or Kitty is engrossed in something (this time have treats with you) Then call to them with a visual of them outside. When they come give lots, and lots of PRAISE and a cookie. Do this until the time they come inside is under 10 to 15 seconds.

6. Next try this exercise again but this time you are indoors with a visual of them outdoors but make sure they can’t see you and call to them. When they come greet them with enthusiasm and a cookie.

7. If this is going well try it again but go away from the door into another part of the house and call to them so when they come inside they have to find you. When they find you give PRAISE with great enthusiasm. This will associate this exercise with PLEASURE and that’s what we want.

With consistency this will help your pet FOCUS on you wherever you are and whoever is around. YES IT TAKES TIME but boy is it worth it. I know you guys love your pets but as I always say love is not enough. You must lay the foundation of training and discipline to have a well rounded pet… and more importantly a SAFE PET.

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

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“Aren’t You & Your PETS Worth it?…”

ARE YOU READY For Something NEW?…

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Something FREE?

Something FRESH?

And most importantly… Something that you WANT & NEED that’s right within your reach?

Well Look No FURTHER… THIS IS FOR YOU!  “Ask Daniele… Your Personal PET Behaviorist” WEBINAR

 

WHEN: (Thursday) February 5, 2015  – TIME: 11:00 AM. PST – WHERE: right here on beijoscorner.com under the (“Ask Daniele” WEBINAR page

 

Well… There’s a reason for the  “I know something you don’t” smirk I have on my face :) BEIJO’S CORNER is taking a WHOLE NEW DIRECTION this year and boy am I psyched!

DRUMS PLEASE!… Introducing “Ask Daniele… Your Personal Pet Behaviorist” this is the new direction for our brand… don’t worry “Beijo’s Corner” still exists and is a vital part of our pet community with all of your articles, events and social networking intact but now BETTER THAN EVER!

So many of you have told me you wish you could have PERSONAL access to me to answer all your pet questions when they come up. Well now you can!

We are tweaking our brand “Beijo’s Corner” to give our loyal following… YOU what you WANT! You asked and I listened with both ears and more importantly my heart!

To kick off our NEW DIRECTION I will be hosting a WEBINAR titled “Ask Daniele… Your Personal Pet Behaviorist” This webinar will be for the people by the people.

This is your opportunity to be heard, have fun and get the questions you want and need answered about your pets FOR FREE!

I’ll try to answer as many as I can in the 1 hour time frame of the webinar.  Just think you could have your pet challenge solved for free on the air instead of trying to figure it out on your own, or worse going to all the pet stores and getting general information about your furry family member.

Don’t get me wrong all pet stores PETCO, PET SMART ect.. are GREAT! We work with & support them all… but they deal in generalities and your pet is an individual with it’s own individual personality and needs and should be treated as such.

This ESPECIALLY is true of rescues,… as many of you know. These animals have already been through so much and are usually the ones who are misunderstood because of their behaviors and unfortunately are the ones who lose their homes FIRST.

People have good hearts but soon grow frustrated because they don’t know what to do, where to begin or how to go about it. This is my SPECIALTY! To be able to unlock the mystery of the behavior in your pets with clarity, solve the challenge, restore harmony and then bridge the communication gap so all involved know with confidence that they have been heard… and better yet understood.

Everybody acts better when they’re confident that they’ve been acknowledged and understood right?

So… What kind of questions are you going to ask I wonder?… Maybe

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Is Kitty using your furniture or anything else of yours you value as it’s own scratching post? I’ll show you how to prevent this and many other issues so you & Kitty can coexists in harmony together

 

 

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Is Fido’s Barking wearing your ears out? I’ll explain why Fido is barking and then communicate to him/her when it’s appropriate and not appropriate to bark bringing peace to everyone.

 

 

 

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Does Kitty need an attitude adjustment? There’s a reason for Kitty grumpy disposition, I’ll show you how to communicate peace to Kitty and have them purring like a kitten.

 

 

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Tired of being mowed over by Fido as soon as you come in the door? I’ll teach you & Fido some much needed Doggie etiquette and help him/her express their love and excitement in a calmer manner.

 

I’m soooo EXCITED! I can’t wait to hear from all of you. So keep an eye on your inbox I’ll be contacting you soon.

REMEMBER PETS RULE!!!

Daniele & Beijo

 

 

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“All I Want For CHRISTMAS Is…”

 

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HO! HO! HO! Woof, Woof, Meow! Look at what Santa left us! Did somebody say CHRISTMAS?

Oh Yeah Baby! It’s my favorite time of the year.  So do you know what’s on your pets Christmas list? More of the same please. More Treats! More Squeaky Toys! More Catnip Mice & Feather toys, More Lovin from the oven period, More Blankies & cuddle beds… and just MORE, MORE, MORE! Especially more of your LOVE & AFFECTION.

Trust us we know what’s going on and are fully ready to participate, so PLEASE DON’T LEAVE US OUT.

Make sure we have our best Christmas sweaters on and Bows for our collars and ect… to greet guests when they come over for visits and parties. Pets love being part of the action. Please don’t underestimate Fido or Kitties intelligence to recognize the season.

Believe it or not when you include your pets in some holiday festivities they tend to behave better this time of year than to exclude them from the fun.

Make sure to have special treats prepared just for them when you’re enjoying some holiday yummies of your own. Try to give them their goodies the same time you’re having yours so they can feel included.

Of course they know that you are having something different to eat but usually if you present their goodies to them with great enthusiasm they’re satisfied… and yes this doesn’t mean that they will still won’t want to partake in some of what you’re having and a little of that is okay just as long as it’s just a little and not harmful to them.

Make sure to have special bowls just for these holiday treats and dinners. Oh and don’t forget special place mats too. Have Fido or Kitty dressed with a little Holiday Flare for the special day and take lots of pictures of your fur babies for keepsakes.

Oh one more thing… Beijo loves to unwrap some of his gifts just like we do. So feel free to loosely wrap your pet presents too! Make sure to have your cell phones ready to record all the action they’ll love it.

Now this next part is necessary for all responsible pet parents WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! 

Make sure to keep an extra eye out for Christmas safety with your fur babies… you know how nosey they can be and some times those noses get them into trouble.

CHOCOLATE – This is deadly to dogs & cats DO NOT SHARE EVER! Hide it because it can cause severe liver damage among other things and in some cases death depending on how much they eat.

Holly – This Christmas beauty if eaten will cause intense vomiting, diarrhea and in some cases mental depression will occur.

Mistletoe – This plant will cause difficulty breathing, slowed heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea and in some cases death.

Poinsettia – This plant can cause irratation to the mouth and vomiting.

Also these are some across the board precautions for a harmonious, safe Christmas for everybody. 

Put breakable ornaments & candy canes up high on the tree and make sure they are anchored on a sturdy tree branch and cannot be easily knocked off.

Especially for the kitty owners out there. Make sure their are no decorations on lower bottom of your Christmas tree. This will help deter kitty from smacking them around. Believe it or not if you leave a little exposed tree skirt for kitty to lay on they tend to have more respect for the tree and will just lay under it enjoying the outdoors coming indoors.

Something that also works for kitty get a little tree just for them somewhere in the vicinity of your big tree and sprinkle the very bottom branches and tree skirt with catnip. Having their own little tree helps them leave your tree alone because they have their own territory… hey it’s a kitty thing.

We at Beijo’s Corner want to wish you and yours a FANTASTIC HOLIDAY SEASON! Until next time…

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

 

 

 

 

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“YEAH… I’m SPOILED And I Know It!”

Nov. Article 2014

 

You should know all pampered pets believe this on the inside…. and why shouldn’t they? Unlike spoiled children who often result in being brats. Spoiled pets are Content and enjoy a Fantastic, Wonderful life.

Spoiling your pet simply means doing everything you can to make sure they are happy and healthy.

The truth is most of us think our pets are so adorably cute that the mere image of them evokes an uncontrollable type of love impulse out of us that we begin speaking in high pitch baby voices that result in making us a big mushy ball of gooey affection.

Now the question is…. Do you think our pets know what type of reaction their cuteness is having on us?

Well of course they do! Have you ever noticed when you start speaking in your isn’t he/she cute voice your pet really starts to lay the heavy pet antics?  I mean we’re talking looking at you upside down with one paw over their eyes and rolling back and forth on their backs with their best come hither face possible.

When our pets see and hear us respond to them with such love they eat it up! They love it! Which in turn makes us love them even more. So do you think there’s a little manipulation involved?

Of course there is. Any pet worthy of being called spoiled usually knows how to get that extra treat or squeak toy out of us. It’s okay really it is, the fact of the matter is you want to have such a strong connection with your pet that they feel comfortable communicating with you.

For example the more connected you are to your pet the more you know them and they know you. So if for instance if something is off, or your pet is sick, sad or just not feeling themselves you will know immediately. Our pets have different moods just like we do and sometimes they need a little extra affection or play time or they just want to hang closer with you.

These feelings and many more are easily communicated and understood when you have a spoiled pet. They will feel more confident to communicate how they feel to you because they know you care.

When you have a close relationship with your spoiled pet the trust level is through the roof! They understand they are part of your family and they know they are not just a Dog or Cat.

Did you know that when your pet is confident in this way it actually affects their health? It’s true it does! It has been scientifically proven happy, loved pets live longer and usually are healthier.

Pets and people really aren’t that different you know. Don’t you look& feel  better when you know someone deeply cares and loves you? Don’t you realize that health is directly connected to your overall health?

So when you spoil you pets you’re actually enhancing your health also…. Isn’t that cool?

Giving in this this way is giving to yourself too! It’s a WIN WIN situation for everyone involved. So I say spoil away there’s enough love for everybody and hopefully the more you spoil your pets someone will spoil you too :)

So the next time someone accuses you of having a spoiled pet OWN IT! Proudly state they belong to me and I belong to them.

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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“How To Deal With PET JEALOUSY Issues…”

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Has the Green eyed monster made an appearance in your furry family member yet? Oh yeah… didn’t you know pets have jealous tendencies just like we do.

As a matter of fact when pets are jealous they make it very clear how they’re feeling and who it is they are feeling that way about.

So what’s a loving pet owner to do? Well before you pull your hair out…

First things first. Whether your pet is jealous of another pet or a human the goal is to convey the message to them that the spot they hold in your heart is just for them and no one could possibly take their place.

Secondly they have to learn AND LEARN IT EARLY in your relationship that they have to share you. One of the main mistakes I see pet owners make is when they recognize their pet is having jealous issues they ignore it or tease them and make fun of the situation… BIG MISTAKE!

This only reinforces  your pets behavior to act this way and trust me you don’t want that.

When your pet is behaving jealously it is because he or she has claimed you as their territory and they’re saying HEY THIS BELONGS TO ME! This is especially common if your pet is a rescue or if you don’t socialize them with other animals and people.

A lot of times rescues especially have had rough life before you got them and they had to fight for everything… I mean EVERYTHING, Food, Water, Shelter and Safety it’s a war zone out there in the big bad world guys and you have to learn to be tough or you won’t survive.

So when you adopt one of these guys and they finally figure out that this is my home, with my food and my owner who loves me… of course they don’t want to share. Or worse they’re still insecure and feel that this home is temporary and I’m going to be homeless again soon.

It makes sense this primal response in pets. Sometimes pets will act this way towards other people in your life as well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been called because a pet doesn’t get along with someone’s spouse or other family members.

I mean I’ve had situations where pets are peeing and pooping in the persons shoes that they are jealous of… or worse trying to bite them EEEK!

Are you single? Well a pet is a great way to add to your family and your life. Just keep in mind all that attention you’re giving them is wonderful but make sure to introduce them to other animals and people or you’re going to have an issue on your hands.

I can’t tell you how many times a pet has growled at new love or family member when it was bedtime and they had to share the bed. Most scenario’s go like this… it’s time for bed everybody gets their jammies on and Fido or Kitty is laying right in the spot where your significant other is supposed to lay… and as soon as that person or pet tries to get in the bed guess what? You got it attitude central.

The only way to diffuse this kind of situation is slowly. If your pet is acting possessive because of another animal or human it’s because they’ve got to share their best treasure in the whole world YOU.

 Be patient here and for God sakes don’t yell or become aggressive with your furry baby.

If the object of jealousy is another animal start off by having both animals sit peacefully together (not too close at first one on one side of you and the other on the other side of you) start petting your pet first and the other pet also make sure to speak sweetly to both and give cookies first to your pet and then to the other animal. Make sure to continually stroke and pet your pet and observe them closely while doing this.

When your pet starts to growl say “NO” and continue stroking them but make sure both animals stay seated.

Soon you will see the growling will stop and other antics… such as smacking with the paw or biting. Whatever you do here stay calm and consistently reinforce that your pet has to share.

Depending on how stubborn your pet is will determine how long a time your in for. Be consistent and soon they will come around.

Getting Fido or Kitty to accept and share you with another person is a little more tricky. The most important thing here is the other person in your life CANNOT PUSH THEMSELVES on your pet. That would make your pet act out worse because they would feel in some way betrayed by you and we never want to do that.

The best way I’ve found to begin including another person into you family circle is to first properly introduce them to your pet (hopefully they are an animal lover) then have them participate in pleasurable activities such as play time and walks. Take turns letting them hold the leash and interact with toys… and for God sakes DON’T FORGET THE TREATS!

Have them come over at least 2 to 3 times a week for about 2 months consistently and make the interaction as pleasurable as possible. Also try having your guest buy them a gift and have them present it to your pet in your presence with lots of affection. After all everybody loves gifts :).

If this goes well then you can try your guest spending the night make sure your pet feels included and is not kicked off the bed entirely or out the room. This way they will feel they are not being neglected. Keep in mind they still won’t be thrilled with the idea of sharing but with time they will adjust.

Everything in this scenario depends primarily on you pet owner… your reaction, persistence and consistency will determine the outcome here. You have to out will your furry family member to be successful. After awhile  they will see this new pet or person coming around isn’t a threat to their world and they will accept them on some level.

They may not be as close to them as you want but they will be able to act civil toward them… and I’m sure you can live with that :) until next time…

REMEMBER PETS RULE!

Daniele & Beijo

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“Did You Know YOUR PET Is A MIRROR Of You?…”

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Yep it’s true…. Maybe you’re not the splitting image of your pet, or even have some obvious similarities as our article pic here but I can promise you the mirror between you & your pet is present somewhere in your being. If it’s not on the outside then it’s definitely on the inside… or both.

This is the main reason they chose us or we chose them in the first place. So does this mean we all have blown up ego’s because all we want to do is duplicate ourselves? It’s quite the contrary I can assure you.

What I have observed in all my years as a Pet Behaviorist… and yes all my Beijo clients already know what I’m going to say.  Pets bring out the truth in us. They are the very mirror of our soul… it’s a very spiritual thing.

Sometimes, actually a lot of times a pet is the only being that can get through to a person ( Oh thank GOD for that). They are sometimes the only one we feel we can trust to be ourselves without judgement in this more than often cynical, critical, quick to judge world without compassion.

Those little, or big bundles of fur know exactly what to do to get into your heart. I’ll give you an example, awhile back there was a movie called “As Good As It Gets” with Jack Nicholson (it’s an awesome movie if you haven’t seen it).

Anyhow, Jack’s character was a very rude, unpleasant individual who had very serious social issues and didn’t get along with people at all. One day his gay neighbor had an accident and couldn’t care for his beloved little dog (who Jack’s character had just put down the trash chute in his apartment complex by the way)  and Jack was asked to keep the little dog until his owner got back home from the hospital.

Long story short, Jack’s character ended up becoming very attached and falling in love with the little dog. By the time the owner returned home he didn’t want to give the dog back… and not only that the dog had become attached to him too.

So what happened here? Well the little dog ended up taking on some of Jack’s habits & personality traits (mirroring him) such as not stepping on the cracks on the sidewalk when they went for walks. Well, of course this melted him down to the ground and he fell in love with the little dog knowing he wouldn’t be judged because of his issues.

This is what I mean, the dog  just accepted and loved him and that’s the gift all our pets give us is consistent unconditional love 24/7 and it’s AWESOME!

So a lot of times when I start working with clients I look to the animal to see the truth. Whatever is going on with the animal is going on somehow, somewhere with with the human. Help the human and you help the animal it’s how it works folks… TRULY IT IS.

That’s the simple version… of course it’s a little more complicated than this but you get the point. This is why when I first start working with a client I ask the question”Why did you pick this pet?” Most of the time believe it or not the owner of the pet doesn’t know.

Pets have no filters. This is what I love about them they are brutally honest. “I like you, I don’t like you, I’m hungry, I’m scared or I don’t trust you. Also pets feel and express the things we hide. For example… Are you a control freak? Well, you may portray that to the world but I bet at home your pet gets to SEE and FEEL the real you… and as a result he/she probably has anxiety issues because of this.

Another great point here to mention is sometimes people get pets with personalities they wish they had. For example Are you shy… but secretly want to be an extrovert? You might be attracted to a people person kind of pet because inside you want to be that way and you may or may not be aware of it.

It’s a very interesting concept isn’t it? Whether we are aware of it or not our pets are speaking the truth for us and isn’t it wonderful? One way or another we are communicating what we need and who we are :)

Sometimes the help you want and need comes to you covered in fur :) as I’ve said and will continue saying “Pets are the best THERAPISTS you’re ever going to get for free.”

I LOVE WHAT I DO! I feel privileged and honored every time I get the opportunity to do it. So THANK YOU to all of you! You are in my heart and GREATLY, GREATLY APPRECIATED!

REMEMBER PETS RULE!!!

Daniele & Beijo

 

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