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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 Page 5 o A Frank De Pasquale Venture c Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. FIVE GOOD HABITS It's never too late for your cat or dog to be on their best behavior. When a pet knows and follow the rules, it makes living together more pleasant for everyone. Even though we love our pets, their behavior sometimes needs improvement. It's never their objec- tive to annoy; it's just that they haven't yet learned (or have forgotten) the proper way to act. If you believe your pet could benefit from etiquette lessons, know that it's not difficult to teach a dog or cat to behave bet- ter. To make the most of your relationship with your pet, teach good habits using: PRACTICE: Once you decide on a behav- ior to focus on, give your pet plenty of oppor- tunities to practice it. Try it at different times of the day, in different situations, even in different locations around the house. PRAISE: Animals love to be adored and told how good they are. When yours masters a new habit, praise him or her in an enthu- siastic voice. Use the pet's name and say how wonderful they are. Pat them on the head or scratch your pupil behind the ears as you praise. REWARDS: Who doesn't like a cookie (even if it's in the form of a dried fish mor- sel, for a cat)? Accompany your praise with a treat. Even a small piece communicates how proud you are. IMPORTANT HABITS TO LEARN I. COME: The best time to teach a cat is before mealtime. Call her name right be- fore you reach for the kibble or can opener. With repetition, she'll start to believe that hearing her name means to make a bee- line for you. Away from the kitchen, call her name and have a reward like a silver tuna or chicken. Repeat. Similarly, with a dog you TO TEACH YOUR PET can use food and practice, praise and reward. 2. GO: When placed in a clean litter box, most cats figure out what to do. With a kit- ten, gently take her paw and use it to scrape the litter. If instinct doesn't take over, keep her in a confined space with the box until she uses it. Clean and repeat. With dogs, it's all about timing (The crate training helps too!) And remember to praise and reward good behavior with enthusiasm. 3. BE A GOOD TRAVELER: Whether you need to take your pet to the veterinarian down the street, or on a trip around the world, good behavior can make travel less stressful for everyone. To keep your pet and others safe, make sure that you have an appropriate restraint or carrier for your pet. Make test runs to get your pet accustomed to leaving the house. On a trip, allow time to stop and provide water and a bathroom break. 4. LEAVE IT: Pet are naturally curious, and dogs in particular are scavengers. To convince yours to give up something he finds that's toxic or potentially dangerous, teach him that the "Leave it" command is always followed by a tastier reward. 5. DON'T PULL: Walking even a small dog can pull you off balance, so it's important to control your pet rather than the other way around. With the dog on your left, walk quickly, talking to the dog as you go. Stop, treat, and go and make every walk a train- ing session until your dog consistently keeps pace with you. I hope you enjoyed this article as I have learned a lot from it and today I am one.happy pooch. That's all for now! IMEX Cargo and Amerijet Customer Appreciate Day by Sal Giarratani On Monday, January 26 as commuters were anticipating the next day's blizzard, they were partying over on McClellan High- way at the offices of IMEX Cargo and Amerijet. Good company, fine food and free goodies and plenty of fun for the many cus- tomers of this cargo service. East Boston-born and a Revere resident Michele DeFronzo put together this cus- tomer appreciate luncheon to welcome her clients to their new offices on Route 1A. 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