Information and natural remedies for the treatment of attention deficit in cats and dogs.

Information and natural remedies for the treatment of attention deficit in cats and dogs.


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  1. What is Inattention?
  2. What Causes Inattention?
  3. Help for Inattention
  4. More Information on Inattention

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What is Inattention?

Inattention can be defined as having concentration difficulties or the inability to follow through on instructions. This may not seem like a concern if your inattentive pet is a docile house cat, however, inattention can become a problem if your inattentive pet is a show dog or a puppy in need of training.

Inattention can result in frequent mistakes on show day as your well trained dog is suddenly distracted by all the sights and sounds of the show. As a pet owner, it can be very disheartening when you and your pet have put in so much time and effort for the big day, and when it finally arrives, your star dog suddenly can’t concentrate and doesn’t seem to be listening to any of your commands.

Inattention is also difficult for pet owners trying to train and socialize young dogs. It often means that you have to put in twice the effort and if your dog is inattentive then chances are that they won’t remember what was being taught in the first place.

What Causes Inattention?

Having an inattentive pet can be frustrating; however your pet is probably totally unaware and oblivious to this. Remember that like some people have difficulty concentrating, so do some pets. It is not something they can be punished or blamed for, especially when shows and training classes are so full of excitement and bustling noises and smells that are also demanding their attention.

Help for Inattention

Natural Remedies

Certain herbal and homeopathic ingredients have been have been shown to significantly improve memory, concentration and mental alertness, and have been used with great success for performing and training pets. Gotu Cola is one such herb which is not only a great memory tonic, but it also helps to relax and calm anxious and stressed pets, thus improving confidence and focus.

Rosemary is yet another memory enhancing herb which also works to increase circulation and improve energy levels. Lastly, Spirulina is an excellent over-all health tonic which can help to boost energy levels and increase mental ability.

More Information on Inattention

Tips for promoting focus and attention
  • While training is important, so is a healthy diet if you want your pet to look top class and perform to the best of his ability. A balanced, high-quality diet that is low in fat and high in nutrients is a must for improving mental ability and attention span.
  • Nerves and anxiety can greatly distract your pet and make focusing on anything a difficult task. This often gets better with more exposure, so work towards desensitizing your pet to loud noises, crowds and other animals. You may also wish to try herbal supplements that can be given to help reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Showing a pet takes much love and commitment, but it’s important to remember that all pets, just like humans, have the occasional “off day”. Remember that showing your pet should be a fun activity for both of you, so don’t get too caught up in performing that you forget to have fun.
  • It’s important for you to remain calm and focused, if you want the same behavior from your pet. Pets can be very sensitive to our emotional and mental states so take necessary steps to de- stress yourself before shows.