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Q: Do you ever get mad at your pets?

May 5, 2009 | By Anonymous | 32 answers | Expired: 2013 days ago

Anonymous

A friend and I were talking the other day and we discussed this very topic and she promised she would reply and since I've been away I'm posting it now.

There are times when I get so doggone mad at the boys when they 'escape' out of the front door and I'm in a hurry or already running late. When I was in the cast Rustin made it a habit to hang out at the front door as soon as he heard the crutches and he got out on more than one occaision. I fussed at him and threatened to whip him but he knows his mommy would never hurt him. My furry ones are so spoiled that's it just a crying shame!

So, do you ever get mad at your pets and how do you correct them?

Let me clarify this here....I DO NOT WHIP MY CATS! Just wanted to make that clear! I will correct them verbally or give em a squirt now and then but no whippings in this house!

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karla w.
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May 06, 2009

yes I get mad but I think thats normal.

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Mylima
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May 06, 2009

Hi! ... its more of a behavior problem you must address than your anger! ... we are human and we have feelings ... as long as you don't abuse your dogs, its ok to let them know that what they do is not good ... keep a soft toned voice to let them know you are happy and ok with them ... once they misbehave, than you raise your tone a little higher and say the word (NO)... it take a lot of patience and time! ... please remember that we are humans, we can get angry in a positive way! ... being angry all the time is not healthy either ... dogs are like children ... they make mistakes and need guidance! ... I wish you luck!

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Cindy C.
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May 06, 2009

Yep! I had cats and always thought I was patient then I got a puppy! Wow, can that little rat ever make me lose my temper! She is constantly chewing up things, chasing the cats, jumping up on us, and running from us when she knows she is in trouble. She has gotten me madder than anything else in my life ever has! Its amazing! I just can't wait until she gets older and chills out!

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Jillian
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May 06, 2009

normally i have a lot of patience w/animals, but sometimes they can drive me crazy. the cat on my lap right now may even be pushing it...batting at my phone while i'm using it, climbing all over me so i can't type...cute, real cute.
some things i correct, others, like this situation, i let be and get over it. this little guy is a cat, hes gonna play. and hes a sweetheart, so hes gonna want to be close.
when i do correct things, i use the mind set, "if not now, then when?" - every opportunity is a lesson and eventually they'll pass.

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SISSI V.
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May 06, 2009

Connie S, you said it all!

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maria h.
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May 06, 2009

Oh yes! When they upchuck hairballs on the bed! Nothing like waking up in the morning next to a pile on the pillow!!!But that is beyond my control and theirs!!LOL!

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RoxyAnn
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May 06, 2009

Forgot to add, ROUTINE keeps everyone happy!!!!!!!!!!!

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RoxyAnn
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May 06, 2009

No, I would say I don't get mad at my pets, Yes they do things that they should not do,but a correction is all they need. For the most part, If they are fed, have fresh water,have something to do to keep them from being bored and have gone "potty", they are happy campers!

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Becky N.
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May 06, 2009

Believe me, Yes I do get mad at Punky. I just try to be repetitive. For instance, she will try to lay on my Pendleton blanket and I say "no, mine" and pick her up and put her on her blanket. She knows the word no. She gets told NO when she tries to bite me,(playing)and will stop right away. Just like any kid, repetition helps.

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Connie S.
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May 06, 2009

I would have to say there really is no reason for such frustration. It's simply not the dogs' fault. The weight of these frustrations should be placed squarely on the shoulders of the owner. If you do not take the time to do the work to become the pack leader in your own home...don't blame the dog. I have a chihuahua and at this time a resident stray chow mix, and I have to work every day to make sure these guys know I am in charge and to remind them what is exceptable and what is not when they "forget". Read Cesar's books, put his suggestions into action and take responsibility for the behavior of your pets. They will still love you and it will even lower their anxiety level to know with out a doubt that you are the one calling the shots.

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