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Disney is Pet Friendly

Disney is pet friendly

Not too long ago Walt Disney World opened their pet resort and what I want to point out is that Disney tends to be a leader in reaching out to its patrons.

Other businesses should take note and this might be a great story series.

On the West Coast, Disneyland is managing a feral cat colony in the theme park.

I bring this up because I’ve always considered Disney to be a bit progressive when it comes to business and watched them closely as they prepared to open the Animal Kingdom.

Now it seems that they are finding animals to be a trend that warrants some serious attention.

You see, opening a pet resort and humanely managing a feral cat colony is pretty progressive.

It is also indicative of a larger shift that has been happening in the United States for a while.

In fact, now the pendulum has been swinging from side-to-side for some time.

Some people still manage working animals and do not consider those animals as furry family members.

Others support the metro pet trend with furry kids that seem to resemble human children in the way they are pampered and primped.

The pet service industry is growing by leaps and bounds with a variety of new pet services springing up.

Competition for the dollars of the pet parents is growing rapidly.

During the recent economic down turn, it was the pet industry that continued to show growth despites cutbacks and drops in sales in other businesses.

So, what this shows me is that we are becoming an increasingly pet friendly nation.

Along with that we should also become a bit more pet savvy.

By that I mean learn the ways to make your pet happier, healthier and better behaved.

Of course, that is why I am working on the pet parenting school–which is a pet retention program and so much more.

I am wondering what you think of the changes happening in the pet world and if you are keeping on top of them. I certainly am, so please subscribe via RSS and you can get my updates over in my media feed on Twitter.

Pet Parents Teach What They Want

Pet parents are savvy folks and they teach what they want and correct what they don’t want.

The problem many people encounter is that they fail to take action when it is needed and so teach their pet to misbehave by default.

Take the problem of pulling on the leash.

If you look around and observe people everywhere, you will see just how common it it for people to fail to control their pets.

Instead, they allow the pulling and follow the dog–or worse, get dragged around by the dog.

I once had a 95 pound woman tell me that her 3 pound dog could drag her across the parking lot.

Without blinking I said, “It is impossible for your dog to drag you across the parking lot he is not strong enough to do so.”

It was physically impossible but the woman followed her dog willingly and then complained that it was the dog that “forced” her across the parking lot.

By failing to take action to correct poor behavior when it begins or first occurs, people actually train their pets the wrong behaviors.

This is because everything you do is teaching your pet how to behave.

You are training behavior each and every day with every action you take or don’t take.

Often, in the early stages, many behaviors are not perceived as a problem.

Take puppies for instance.

How many times have you heard someone say, “It is okay, he (or she) is just a puppy.”

The problem is that puppies grow up with those “it is okay” issues.

Those issues become really big challenges when the pet has grown up.

Plus, those problems are firmly ingrained and hard to change simply because they were not stopped when they first occurred.

Jumping, pawing and pulling on the leash are just a few of those problems and I am sure you can think of more.

So, if your pet has a behavior that you don’t like, think back to when it first occurred and how it might have been taught by default by you or someone in your family.

Take a look at the behaviors you don’t like and make a list.

Next, see if  you can focus on the right behaviors and reward those instead.

You can also start replacing a bad behavior with a good one–that is something we are going to teach in the Pet Parenting School.

If you are interested and have not yet signed up for the early bird notification–make sure you do so now.

Photo Credit: Grant & Caroline