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Is Your Dog Hesitant To Go For A Walk? Here’s What You Should Know
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Image Source: Pixabay.com Physical exercise is a bare essential for any animal. While animals in the wild don’t require special exercise routines, pets must be routinely exercised to keep them healthy. One of the best forms of exercise is walking. Walking ensures that the blood flow remains stable and the muscles remain toned. However, many dogs don’t enjoy going for walks. If your dog is one of them there are some things you need to know about your dog’s behavior. Unpleasant experience It is likely that your dog experienced something unpleasant during preparation for a walk or during the walk itself. It could be the neighborhood or the weather or some other problem. Maybe a new dog in the neighborhood has sacred him/her. It is up to you to find out the reason. Dogs are animals who usually love running around. However, bad experience can negatively impact their psyche to the point that they avoid doing that particular activity completely. You are disinterested Dogs are highly receptive animals and they often reflect the mood of their owners. If you don’t enjoy walking, then your dog won’t either. Maybe you enjoy running more than walking and your dog will show the same behavior. It is very important that you enjoy your walks and show interest in taking them if you want your dog to walk. Your dog hates leash Some dogs are feisty animals and don’t like being put on a leash. You know it’s the best thing to do when you go out in public places but your dog may not understand that. The first thing that you should do is give leash training. If you can’t do that, then take him/her to a training session where they will teach you how to do it. Physical problems Maybe your dog is simply suffering from physical ailments due to which he/she is in no mood to go out for a walk. Try to find identify any cuts or bruises that might be present on your dog’s body. If you don’t find any, take him/her to a vet and get a check-up done. Sometimes, the problems might be internal too. Conclusion Walking is the best form of exercise for dogs and every owner must ensure that their dog gets their daily dose of walking. However, if your dog refuses to walk then try to identify the problem first before looking for a solution. Your dog might be afraid of walking due to a bad experience or he/she might not like leash too much. Since dogs are close to their owners, they might reciprocate the same feelings. So, maybe your dog hates walking because you hate walking. Identify the problem and find a solution.
The Things Your Dog Needs This Spring
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Image source: Pixabay.com If you are like most people, then you will consider your dog as a low maintenance family member. Even if you incorporate healthy items into its food, not much money is spent on your dog. All these however, does not excuse the fact that it also needs pampering and care. At the onset of spring, the dog will spend greater time outdoors. There is a good chance it will be exposed to common diseases or encounter outdoor pests. There could be seasonal allergies as well. Flea medication and tick medication This is important in case you forgot to give the dog tick and also flea medication in the winter time. Spring time is the best place to begin. Fleas could infect the dog with tapeworm. Ticks could transmit Lyme disease, canine anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and canine ehrlichiosis. When the dog is sufficiently old, it is advisable to use monthly preventive medication so that fleas and ticks are kept away. It is important to regularly check for flea dirt and fleas. If you and your dog spend a lot of time in the woods, it is important that you check the dog for ticks. Preventative medications These include vaccines. Your dog is most vulnerable in spring, susceptible to diseases like leptospirosis, heartworm, rabies and Lyme. These will only increase as the weather gets warmer. Check the records or ask the vet to ensure that the dog is fully compliant with the vaccines. Ensure that you are also administering a number of other vaccinations, like heartworm prevention, as per the vet recommended schedule. Do note that not all vaccines are to be taken every year. You should only keep records and check with the vet of what your dog needs this year. New tags If you are not sure of whether your dog's tags are up to date? Check them whether they are or not this spring. Ensure they are valid and include the current address. In case you are buying new tags, ensure that you follow the official recommendation on what you must or must not put on the new tag. Whatever you do, do not put the name of your dog on the tag. People with ulterior motives will find it easier to steal your dog if you do this. Even if your dog is an indoor one, it helps to put a current dog tag on it. Microchip In case your dog does not have a microchip, consider getting it this spring, This is important as both you and your dog will be outside much more in the lovely weather. Microchips are highly recommended by veterinarians, animal rescue organizations and breeders.
How to Reduce Stress in Shelter Dogs?
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Image Source: Wikimedia.org The majority of dogs that get placed in a shelter find it stressful even if the shelter is welcoming. They would have gotten separated from their previous families, they have to live in confined spaces, and more importantly, have to deal with other dogs in close proximity. These changes can severely affect dogs and reduce their chances of getting adopted if steps aren’t taken to alleviate stress. Dogs under stress will become destructive and start to defecate or urinate in their kennel. Some dogs might become inactive and go to the hide in the back of the kennel or they will stop eating. Others might get aggressive and bark with increased frequency. Increased stress levels will make dogs more susceptible to diseases. They will also take longer to recover if they fall sick. To reduce stress in shelter dogs, take the following steps:
  • Dog Appeasing Pheromone (DAP) Collar There are synthetic canine pheromones available that are proven to reduce stress in dogs. There are diffusers available but they only remain effective in small shelters. The best option is to use DAP collars which remain effective, irrespective of the size of the shelter.
  • Soothing music Studies have shown that dogs respond to music and stress levels reduce when classical or ambient music is played. The atmosphere inside the kennel will become calm and the barking will reduce significantly. Avoid using other genres as it might increase stress levels rather than reducing them. Observe the dogs for a while to see if they like the music you are playing.
  • Social contact Dogs are extremely social and love getting attention. Talking to dogs, petting them, and giving them a gentle massage goes a long way in reducing stress. Dogs need to know that they will be loved even when they are in a shelter.
  • Regular exercise Shelter dogs tend to get stressed out as they have to live in restricted or caged environments. They love running around, going for walks, and playing with their toys. It’s important to encourage dogs to play and run as much as possible. Exercises are a good way to get stress out of their system.
  • Minimum noise level It’s vital that you maintain the noise level as low as possible in a shelter as dogs are sensitive to noise and high noise levels can increase stress exponentially. Teach the dogs to remain quiet by giving them treats. If the dog barks when you get close to the door, walk away from the dog. By rewarding good behavior, dogs will understand that they shouldn’t unnecessarily bark.
It’s important that you keep dogs stress-free as much as possible. It will keep them physically and mentally healthy while they stay in a shelter.
How To Maintain Your Dog’s Safety In Water?
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Image Source: Pixabay.com Dogs are a part of our family and they love to come along with us when we go to the pool, lake, river, or ocean. Even if they hate taking baths, jumping into water is one of their favorite past times. The last thing you ever want to happen is your dog getting injured in water. So how do you maintain your dog’s safety in water? Here are 5 ways that you can use to ensure that your dog has a safe and happy experience when in water.
  • Teach your dog how to swim Believe it or not, only some dogs are natural born swimmers whereas some are not and others fear water and believe that they will never swim. Regardless, you need to spend quality time with your dog and teach them how to swim. You can start with smaller pools so that they won’t drown or injure themselves. If you are finding it hard to teach your furry friend on how to swim, take the help of a professional trainer.
  • Invest in a dog life vest Life vests are available for dogs and you should invest in one if you plan on taking your dog to a deep pool, river, lake or ocean. Even if your dog wants to play only for a small time, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Dogs also get tired if they swim for a long time or because of their age. A life vest will keep them afloat regardless of the situation which will keep them safe. Pick a vest with a bright color so that you can easily spot them in water.
  • Learn how to give CPR to dogs Accidents happen even if you take extreme care to ensure that nothing can ever happen. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR as it commonly known can save the life of your four-legged friend if they drown in water. It is the only proven technique that can bring your dog’s breathing back to normal. It is absolutely essential that you learn CPR so that you can provide first aid just in case something goes wrong.
  • Provide safety training Do you let your children go near water bodies without providing adequate safety training and supervision? Treat your dogs the same way even if they are good swimmers. Dogs need to know all the safety rules so that they can protect themselves from potential accidents. If you are taking your dog to the pool, teach them how to get into the pool and how to get out of it so that they don’t panic when they are in the pool. Teach your dog not to drink the water in the pool (easier said than done) as it can increase the chances of drowning and the chlorine in water can harm them.
  • Take them for a health checkup Even though swimming is a fun activity, it is also an intense activity as it requires a lot of stamina. There may be a number of health issues which can restrict your dog’s swimming ability so take your dog to the vet before you take them into the water so that you are informed.
Swimming is a great activity to beat the summer heat and with these 5 simple tips, you and your dog will be able to enjoy swimming while remaining safe from potential accidents.
Why Is Dog Parkour The Next Big Thing
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Image source: Pixabay.com Parkour or free running is an urban sport which involves vaulting over staircases, jumping across rooftops, climbing high walls, rolling, swinging, and what not. Ever since the people got to know about parkour, it’s been extremely popular. We regularly see videos on Facebook and Instagram about parkour enthusiasts doing extremely difficult courses where buildings are their obstacles and they finish the course with style and ease. Movies have implemented parkour into their stunts as it looks exceptionally phenomenal. It isn’t easy as it looks because you need to have ninja-like agility and be exceptionally fearless when free running. Dog Parkour On the other hand, you would think that parkour is only for humans, but even dogs have started doing it. It might be a little hard to believe that your four-legged friend can do tricks like parkour enthusiasts. As dogs are fast and agile, they find it easy to jump off walls, climb fences, make sharp turns on tree trunks and building corners to name a few. Ever since parkour has been adapted to dogs, it has been rapidly growing in popularity as many places are offering urban obstacle courses that are meant for dogs. Some places are even offering courses to teach your dogs a couple of tricks. It’s the best way right now for dogs to get physical and mental stimulation. International Dog Parkour Association It started off as a fun exercise but now it has become so popular that there is an International Dog Parkour Association. The association has standardized moves and offers grades and titles to dogs that successfully complete its levels. There are 5 levels of titling:
  • Training
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • Champion
Each level is significantly harder than the previous one and dogs have to master specific skill sets to earn the title. The specific skill set includes the following:
  • Crawling under obstacles
  • Jumping into boxes
  • Balancing on objects as wide as the shoulders of the dog
  • Using two feet and four feet on a variety of obstacles
  • Tic Tac or placing all their feet on an object that is placed at an angle of 45° and make a tight turn after it
On top of that, the owners and their dogs need to get creative while clearing the obstacles so that they can look different from other teams that are taking part. The sport works on the strength and balance of the dog. It is the perfect sport for dogs that live in the city as it is an engaging and fun exercise.
Best Dog-Friendly Vacation Spots in the US for Families
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ We no longer have to leave behind our dogs when we go for a vacation. There are over 38,000 pet-friendly hotels in the US and over 13,000 restaurants that are dog-friendly. It’s become easy to plan a vacation with your dog as the number of places that accepts them is increasing on a daily basis. Before you set off with your four-legged friend, make sure that they are up-to-date with their vaccinations and have a valid license. Also, make sure that your dog listens to you when you are in public places and it is within your site. Here is a list of best dog-friendly vacation spots in the US for families.
  • San DiegoSan Diego is one of the most popular vacation spots for dog lovers; in fact, it is the dream holiday. The weather is brilliant all year and there are great restaurants for both your furry friend and your family. You can take your dog to al fresco restaurants as they are pet-friendly and when you want to allow them to roam around, you can visit any of the 16 off-leash parks. If you feel like spoiling your furry friend, you can give them a treat at the Lighthouse Ice Cream shop or Original Paw Pleasers, which is a bakery dedicated to dogs, offering freshly baked dog treats. You can also take them to the Dog Beach and later visit the Dog Beach Dog Wash to clean them up. If you feel like shopping, visit the Otay Ranch Town Center as it is dog-friendly.
  • Wisconsin If you want to have an outdoor experience and share nature with your dogs, Wisconsin is the place to be. You can grab a fresh cup of joe with your four-legged friend in the Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar. Visit the Kettle Moraine State Forest to train in water skills for your dogs. There are 99 state parks and recreational areas that allow you to take your dog. In Milwaukee, there are 5 off-leash parks and in Lake Michigan, you can take your dog for a spin around the lake at Juneau Park Paddleboats.
  • Portland  Portland is a popular destination for both people and their pets. There are over 30 off-leash parks to choose from, and if you really want to take the scenic route, you can go through the Powell Butte Trail. Most local restaurants welcome pets and if you come in August, you can go for the Canine Uncorked wine tours by Oregon wineries
  • Chicago  Go for a walk with your dog at Navy Pier to check out the restaurants and shops or go for a 90-minute Mercury Canine Cruise on the Chicago River. The city offers over 18 off-leash parks and 3 beaches along Lake Michigan, with the best of the lot being Montrose Dog Beach.
  • Austin  Austin is one of the few towns in Texas where both humans and their pets can have loads of fun. You can visit Austin Doga so that both you and your dog can enjoy yoga. You can take your four-legged friend to Red Bud Isle for a swim or visit any of the 18 off-leash parks. There’s a food truck for dogs called Bow-Wow Bone that caters to the needs of your dog.
Pack up your bags, pick one of these locations and head off with your furry friend to have the vacation of your lifetime.
Why A Dog Owner Is The Ideal Boyfriend Or Girlfriend
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Image Source: Defense.gov While you might be wondering what it’s like to date a dog owner, it would be helpful to know that rearing a pet is not a thing for the commitment phobes. The fact that dog owners are natural caregivers with nurturing and fiercely tenacious personalities, says a lot about how great they could be as a potential partner to you. Here is a list of a few amazing reasons as to why dog owners make some of the best companions for life. Dog owners are not afraid of commitment Rearing a dog is like raising a baby and requires fierce commitment. An individual who doesn’t shy away from sacrificing their energy, freedom, money and time to ensure a happy and healthy life for their four legged buddies, can be counted on for long term relationships as well. Dog owners are naturally affectionate Ever seen a doting dog parent getting vexed over their doggie’s slobbery kisses or night cuddles? Well, that’s exactly what makes your typical dog owners some of the most compassionate and loving creatures around. Up for a cuddle after a bad day at work? Well, they’re all yours! Dog owners enjoy companionship Not to mention the fact that they are heavily inspired by their furry little friends, dog owners are pretty friendly and enjoy the companionship of people around them. They can be rightly touted as natural empaths and can intuitively understand your various moods without you having to utter a single word! Dog owners know how to handle a mess Raising a dog implies that one must be prepared to deal with ill timed poops, muddy paw prints, pee spills and loads and loads of fur anywhere and everywhere. The great part is that instead of freaking out, dog owners are always composed and ready with their poop scoops and vacuum cleaners to get rid of the mess- more like a bonus when it comes to dealing with a clogged toilet at home! Dog owners are pretty active What with the regular dog walking schedule, dog parents are typically found to be more active that those who do not rear pets. Dog owners are well aware of the downsides of an inactive pet and are willing to fit in adequate outdoor time (within their hectic schedules) for playing and running around with their little ball of fur. Regular activity for the sake of their pets also apparently goes a long way in keeping the owners fit and healthy in the long haul. Most importantly, dog owners have enormous hearts filled with love for everyone, and will always be willing to go the extra mile to keep you protected and out of harm’s way.
Surprising Facts About What Different Dog Behaviors Actually Mean
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Image source: Maxpixel While dogs are not as mysterious as their feline counterparts, you still wish you could have a doggie translator to familiarize you with your ball of fur better. There is an inherent implication to every little behavioral changes that you furry little friend exhibits. However it is not always that we are able to interpret what’s really on our dog’s mind. To make it a tad easier for you to have a fulfilling conversation with your dog, we have compiled a list of common dog behaviors and their translations. Licking You While you might not always appreciate your canine covering you in slobbery kisses, it is their way of showing their affection for you. In addition to this, some studies indicate that licking is a dog’s way of sensing his surroundings as well- akin to touching or reaching out to something. Cocking their head One of the cutest and most adorable behaviors of our four legged friends is when they respond to a high pitched sound such as a whistle by tilting their head to one side. Behaviorists believe that it is an act that implies that your doggie is trying to make sense of what they have just heard-like trying to pick out words such as ‘fetch’ or ‘walk’. Curling Ears in different positions According to experts, dogs typically position their ears in different directions according to their current mood. For instance, while poker straight ears pointing upwards might imply that your dog is alert; if he pulls them back he might be showing his aggression towards a stranger. Also your doggie’s ears pinned downwards might imply that he is scared or stressed. Puppy Dog Eyes Believe it or not but your cute little ball of fur is smarter than you think! They know how to get things done and hence the puppy dog eyes. Researchers believe that your dog’s puppy like stare typically implies that he is looking for some affection, or maybe a treat or even a walk. In some cases however, dogs find direct eye contact threatening and before you gaze at them in return, look for any signs of aggression or fear. Walking in circles before lying down As mindless as it might seem, your dog has probably inherited this habit form his ancestors- the wolf like hounds that used to dwell in the wilderness and walked around their resting spot for leveling the leaves and other debris and creating a comfortable nest. Raising a dog is more like raising a child. Since like little children, your four legged buddy cannot express his emotions in words, it always helps to get familiarized with their non verbal gestures and respond accordingly.
Teach Your Dog To Eat Dry Food
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Image Source: Staticflickr.com Your dog may not want to eat dry food. If it does this, take it to the veterinarian first. Give her an exhaustive check up. This is important as picky eating could symbolize a serious problem. In case your dog's nature is like that, you need to take a few steps so that you can change the eating habits of your pet. The number of steps included buying premium quality dry food and feeding the dog as per a schedule. You can also adjust the diet of the dog over the course of time. Understand why your dog is unwilling to consume dry food To understand what is going on, take the pet to a veterinarian. Two reasons exist as to why a dog turns out to be choosy in his diet. The first one is that he could be sick. The second reason is that he has access to a wide variety of food, including the menu you eat. You need to find out what exactly is the cause. If your dog is healthy, then it can be choosy eater due to conditioning. If this is the case, you must work with your pet to change its habits. Find out when your dog starts to act picky. If the veterinarian asks, then tell him or her the approximate date. A sick dog will become a picky eater in one day. You could possibly notice that the dog only nibbles at the food, or does not eat at all. There could be two reasons for this: he may have lost his appetite or he could be nauseated. A number of medical conditions could contribute to picky eating. These includes liver, kidney or heart disease, dental problems, digestive problems or tumors. Picky eating habits could lead to many problems- even if your dog is healthy. These are not to be taken lightly, as they could threaten the life of your pet. The list of problems include obesity, nutrient deficiencies, diarrhea, pancreatic, behavioral problems and difficulty treating chronic diseases later in your pet's life. Adjusting the dog's diet There is no substitution to feeding your dog premium quality food. The dog food is formulated in such a manner so that all the nutritional requirements are met. Do understand that dogs have dissimilar needs than humans for protein and fat. The differences are mostly in the intake of vitamins and minerals. Dogs cannot get proper nutrition from human food. The dry food assists to remove the plaque and bacteria which collects everyday on the teeth of the dog. Dog food has nutrients, like calcium, which helps to create strong bones and teeth. Ensure that meat is included in the food of the dog.
How To Protect Your Tiny Kitten From Predators
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Image Source: Wikimedia.org Predators are everywhere. They are in the ground, like coyotes, and in the air, like eagles. The latter perch on public furniture like street lights searching for food. If you have a tiny kitten, it is important to keep them safe. Coyotes They are seen in every US state. The only exception is Hawaii. They eat whatever they can locate, including a wide variety of small animals and fruits. These animals eat seeds as well. Maximum danger from coyotes are on the spring season, when they have pups and thus a consequent rise in food consumption. However, it is important for you and your kitten to be cautious all through the year. Keep your backyard secure You can keep out coyotes if you want to. Although there is a shard of truth in the assertion that these animals can overcome any barrier, you can keep them in check. A fence designed to bar coyotes must be a minimum of six feet tall. It should also have a roller bar. The top must have 15 inch woven wire extension. The wire can also extend to ground. The wire apron will stop coyotes from digging under the fence to get into your yard. In case you cannot put up such kind of fencing, you can still protect your kitten through installing a lighting which is affected by motion. Trim the landscaping so that the hiding places are eliminated. Take away the bird feeders. If you see any fallen nuts or fruits, pick them up. Regularly harvest the gardens. If you do not do so, a number of invasive predatory species will come into your home. Keep the trash bins in the garage. If permitted by the collector, use the animal resistant models as well. Make behavioral changes If your area has frequent predator sightings, you cam increase the safety of your kitten and protect it by doing a few activities. Supervise the cat while it plays in the yard, especially during dusk and dawn. It is important that the kitten must not have free access to outside. It is unwise to put a bell on the kitten's neck. This will attract unwanted attention. Whatever you do, never feed the wild-life. Birds of prey The biggest threat to your kitten from the sky is the hawk. The owl is also a danger to your tiny pet. The hawks hunt through the day, and owl comes out in the evening at night. These two are a threat to your kitten's existence all through the year. Trim the dead branches from the trees to remove any spaces when the bird of prey can nest or perch. In case you want your cat to enjoy unrestricted access without any supervision, turn the patio into a catio!
Taking Care Of An Outdoor Cat
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Having an outdoor cat is amazing. You get to play with your cat and at the same time, you give them all the freedom in the world so that they can enjoy life. As cats love hunting, climbing up high places and chasing things that induce their curiosity, you can make sure that your cat will have the time of its life when it lives outdoors. But how do you take care of your feline friends when they are not always in your sight? Here are 5 tips that you can use to take care of your kitty so that they can live a wild life and have a comfortable life at the same time.
  1. Set up a shelter One of the biggest responsibilities when having an outdoor cat is to provide it with a home that it considers safe and cozy. At times, your cat may want to rest after having the adventure of its lifetime and it would want to do so in a place that is a haven. Also, it can protect your cat against harsh weather conditions in case it strikes. Take your time to find/build a shelter that your cat will like. Place cushions, newspapers, hay, or any material that will make your cat feel comfortable. Regularly clean the shelter as outdoor cats tend to go out a lot.
  2. Place food and water at appropriate locations Since your cat is living outdoors, you need to make sure that you provide access to good food and clean water. It's easy for cats to get dehydrated because of the weather conditions outside and also because they get to roam around. Keep the food and water in places that your cat considers safe so that they can eat without worrying about other predators running away with their food. Place it close to the shelter so that they won’t have to go far in search of food and water.
  3. Vaccinate your feline friend A vaccinated cat is a healthy cat. Cats that are up to date with their vaccinations can live life outdoors without worrying about catching diseases that can prove fatal to them or severely affect their health. It will also stop your cat from spreading infections to other cats and prevent them from catching those infections themselves. There are numerous vaccinations that cats need such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), feline leukemia and rabies to name a few.
  4. Keep the environment toxin-free Make sure that the surrounding environment is clean and free of toxins. If you have to dispose of material that is hazardous such as fertilizers, anti-icing agents, or any other product that has poisonous chemicals. Cats are extremely curious about their surroundings and reach places that you might have considered as safe to store chemical products. Hand over such material to the garbage collectors so that cats don’t have the opportunity to go through the trash.
  5. Avoid declawing You should never declaw a cat that lives outdoors. Cats use their claws to defend themselves against other predators and they use them to climb to safety when they are getting chased. Declawed cats are at a major disadvantage as they have no means to protect themselves.
Taking care of outdoor cats is fun with these tips. Your cat will live a healthy life as it gets all the exercise it needs for its brain and body. You also won’t feel sad as your cat will get plenty of opportunities to explore the world around it.
Tips for handling Summer Shedding in your Labrador
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Image source: Pixabay.com/ It is quite natural for dogs to lose their old hair through the process of shedding. But the amount of shedding usually depends on the breed and health of the dog. The season also has an impact on the shedding process. Shedding in Labradors Most Labrador owners will tell you that this specific breed of dogs is prone to a lot of shedding, especially in the spring-summer. So why do Labradors shed so much hair? Well, the answer is fairly simple: Even though a Labrador has a neat and short coat, it is quite dense in comparison to several other breeds. In fact, Labradors have what is termed as the “double coat”. If you observe closely, you will find that they have a warm, dense undercoat right beneath the glossy outer layer, designed for keeping them snug during the winter. Generally speaking, dogs that are mostly kept inside the house are susceptible to minor fluctuations as far as the thickness of the coast is concerned. Hence, they shed almost the same throughout the year. Generally, yellow Labradors are noted to shed more than black Labradors. Managing Hair Shedding The truth is that you really can’t do much about the shedding of hair in your Labrador. This is bound to increase during some months in the year. But there are two approaches that can help in minimizing the effects of this hair shedding. These are:
  • Removal of dead/damaged hair from the dog
  • Removal of shed hair from the home
Proper grooming plays a significant role in managing hair shedding in Labradors. If you pay attention to the hygiene of your dog and clean them up, you will have much less trouble dealing with the hair shedding later. During the shedding months, a lot of Labrador owners brush their dog at least once every day. For the other months, a few times a week is also sufficient. When cleaning furniture, several owners are comfortable removing the hair using a dog comb or brush. But there are others who swear by the effectiveness of all kinds of heavy-duty equipment, such as a ‘Furminator’, which has a contraption similar to a blade. Using a vacuum cleaner on a regular basis and covering your furniture with throws could help keep the house free of shed hair. Vet Alert Sometimes excessive shedding in your dog could also be a sign of an underlying medical condition. If you notice on or more of the following symptoms in your dog, it might be a good idea to take them to the vet:
  • Open sores
  • Skin irritation (scabs, rashes, bumps etc.)
  • Thinning coat/bald spots
  • Scratching
5 Tips To Improve Your Hygiene When You Have An Animal In The House
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Images: Pixabay.com/ Keeping a pet in the house is not only about fun and games. It is also about a lot of responsibilities as well. One of the most important responsibilities that pet owners must undertake is that of their and their pet’s health. And good health can only be maintained through good hygiene practices. If you have a pet, then here are 5 tips to maintain a better hygiene in your house:
  1. Keep furs clean Clean your pet’s coat from time to time. One of the leading causes of bad hygiene due to pets happens from tufts which fly around in the air. If you feel your pet is losing too much fur, take him to the vet and have him checked. Loss of fur can be an indication of diseases.
  2. Be finicky about cleanliness You may not be too particular about keeping your house spotless but if you have a pet in the house, then becoming finicky about cleanliness is probably a good idea. Teach your dogs to stay away from certain places like the kitchen or dining table or even the bed. Also, vacuum your house every once or twice in a week to be extra careful.
  3. Regular health checkups Sometimes your pet may harbor a disease without your knowledge. It can be dangerous because only after the disease has expressed itself do you actually realize your pet was suffering from a problem. That is why regular health checkups are important. Every month or once in every two months, take your pet to the vet.
  4. Take care of poops Potty training is must for all pets because it is no secret that lots of germs and diseases spread from open feces. Teach your pet to do his job outside or keep a separate area for it. Also, make sure that you clean up afterwards.
  5. Good food and water A pet’s health depends mostly on the kind of food he eats and the water that he drinks. Make sure both are hygienic and clean. If your pet shows signs of sickness after ingesting something, take him to the vet immediately and have him checked.
Conclusion Hygiene is one of the important things you must keep in mind if you have a pet in the house. Proper hygiene will keep both you and your pet healthy. Whether it’s the food or the potty, taking care of your pet’s health will also ensure that you lead a healthy lifestyle. Clean your pet’s fur and have him checked from time to time. Taking small measures to keep your pet healthy will help you maintain a hygienic lifestyle.
5 Ways To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Obese
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ One of the worst problems of our generation is the rising number of obesity cases. Be it lifestyle or any ailment, obesity has become a serious threat to our health. Like us, animals like dogs suffer from some common ailments and one of them is obesity. In pictures and videos, they may look cute, but in real life they are suffering from a disease that must be treated. If you feel that your dog is getting obese, then are 5 ways to prevent it from happening:
  1. Check weight Every week or twice a month, check your dog’s weight. Having the ideal weight is a sign that your dog is in perfect shape. If you can feel the ribs, then it means your dog is too skinny. If the flap of flesh feels too much in the hand, it means your dog is getting fat. A weight check-up can be done at the vet or at home.
  2. Exercise The best way to stay fit and avoid obesity is through exercise. Make your dog rum around at least once every day. Sitting around and doing nothing increases the chances of obesity.
  3. Diet If you give your dog food that has been recommended by a vet, then there no need to change it. However, if you are providing home-cooked or any other food purchased from the market, then you should make a list of the number of calories and the type of nutrients that your dog is eating.
  4. Water Water works like magic when it comes to weight loss and shedding extra fat. Many doctors prescribe water as the ideal medicine for losing weight. If you feel that your dog is getting obese, take him for a walk after he has gulped down enough water. You will see the result in a week or two.
  5. Regular check ups A living thing is prone to disease and ailments. Your dog’s obesity may not always be due to laziness. It may also arise from illness. Dogs who suffer from ailments often lose interest in exercise and physical activity. As a result, they become fat. If you see signs of sickness in your dog, take him to a vet. Also, keep visiting the vet for regular checkups.
Conclusion Obesity is a big problem and even dogs can escape the disease. Obesity in dogs can be avoided by following the 5 tips given above.
5 Innovative Food Recipes For Your Dog
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Image source: Pixabay.com/ When it comes to feeding your dog, you will mostly rely on standard dog foods which are nutritious and does not cause any problem. But have you realized that your dog might be getting bored of eating the same food every day? Maybe it’s time for a change in menu. But by that it does not mean laying a nice juicy steak in front of him. As much as your dog will love it, you will be worried sick about his health. There are certain foods which you can feed your dog and any type of combination works. Here are 5 innovative recipes which you can feed your dog the next time you look for a change:
  1. Chicken stockMost vets and nutrition expert warn pet owners from feeding chicken bones to their dogs. However, chicken stock is an excellent food for your dog and it can be prepared in different ways. You can add different fruits and vegetables and some cinnamon to pack in a little flavor. Don’t use spices or salt.
  2. Beef and veggie mixSlow cook beef broth with small chunks of beef in it. Add few vegetables and cook well. The dish tastes really good and can be served after cooling it down a bit. Your dog is sure to love this one as it is filled with proteins and taste.
  3. MeatballsEveryone loves meatballs! Then why should your dog be robbed of the pleasure. You can prepare it with beef or chicken and add some egg and oats to make it more delicious. There are different combinations you can try and literally everything works as along as the food items are allowed for dogs.
  4. CakesCakes are delicious and enjoyed by one and all. However, cakes made for dogs are a little bit different. Instead of the chocolate and creamy layers, chicken, brown rice and vegetables are used. There can be other variations as well. The only thing that needs to be taken care of is the type of food items used while baking the cake.
  5. Happy bowlA happy bowl is nothing but a bunch of fruits and vegetables put together in a bowl. The mixture is ideal for pet owners who want to treat their dogs to a vegan recipe. It’s an effortless dish and hundreds of combinations can be made from a variety of vegetables and fruits.
Conclusion Food recipes are easy to make and they can be made in different innovative ways. From meatballs to cakes to simple vegetables, these food recipes are extremely simple and does not require much cooking skill either. The recipes are healthy and can easily replace the standard foods given to dogs.
How to help your pet beat the heat this summer
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Image Source: Freegreatpicture.com/ Believe it or not, but our furry little buddies have as much chances of getting a heat stroke as us humans! And with summers just around the corner, it would be a good idea to prepare well in advance and ensure to keep your canines cool and comfortable under the scorching sun. Here are a few amazing tips for you to help your pets deal with the sweltering heat this summer. Watch the diet While dogs require a regular intake of essential nutrients such as proteins, fats, carbs and minerals for healthy functioning of their system, the heat of the summer is bound to make their metabolism sluggish and their appetite suppressed. You must therefore try to serve smaller meal portions to fulfill your pet’s low energy requirement during the summer months. Also, including natural coolants such as coconut water, buttermilk, watermelon and curd in your pooch’s regular diet will keep him cool on the inside. Keep them Hydrated Larger sized pets with thicker and darker coats are always at a higher risk of getting dehydrated during the summer months. However, Regardless of how old or big your pet is, it is essential to have cool fresh water available for them to lap up whenever they feel parched. While your four legged friends will not perspire to remind you of the excessive loss of water from their bodies, you must watch out for signs of excessive drooling and lethargy as definitive indicators of dehydration. Have fun splashing around If your dog loves to play with water, you can bring him a cool baby pool to splash around in. Soaking in water will not only help in lowering your pet’s body temperature, but also provide him plenty opportunity to exercise in a refreshing and pleasing environment. Also, if you are one of those lucky few who live near a beach, you can always take your furry little friend for a refreshing swim in the sea and watch him run around with delight. Limit exercise on hot days Dogs have a tendency to get overheated quickly and you must try and limit the duration and adjust the intensity of their activity in summers. You can take them for a walk in the early mornings or late evenings to avoid the scorch of the overhead sun in the afternoons. Also, since dogs get heated from bottom up, running on scorching asphalt, sand or concrete can burn their pads. You can thus switch your regular street walks to strolls in the park or playgrounds that are covered in grass to keep your little buddies’ paws intact. So just follow these simple summer hacks and have a fabulously exciting summer with your cute furball!
5 Tips To Create A Time-Table For Your Puppies
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Image Source: Pexels.com/ Puppies are like children. They need to be fed, bathed and taken care of every day. Taking proper care of puppies is a tough job if you don’t follow a routine. Many people think that creating a routine or time tables for puppies is tough but on the contrary, it is quite similar to any other time table. As the name suggests, time-tables divide daily works into different time slots. Here are 5 tips which you need to keep in mind to create the best time-table for your puppies:
  1. Give food on time Diet is an important part of any time-table and giving your puppies food on time ensures that their health is taken care of. You should include 3-4 small meals throughout the day to keep the puppies well-fed. Since they are growing up, it is important that their diet contains all the important nutrients that are necessary for bone and fur development.
  2. Include plenty of water Include plenty of water and make it a point to keep the water bowl always full. You must protect your puppies from dehydration by giving them plenty of water. Also, make sure that the puppies are drinking enough water. Keep a check from time to time
  3. Sleep time is very important One of the problems that pet owners suffer from is getting their pets to sleep at a particular time. The worst thing that can happen to a pet owner is having a pet who stays awake the entire night. For some pets, night time is play time. If you want to avoid all of this, then you need to teach your puppies to sleep at the right time. And this is the correct time to learn sleeping habits.
  4. Don’t forget exercise To ensure that your puppies fall asleep at a given time, allow them to engage in different activities throughout the day. Give them plenty of exercise. It will keep them fit and by the end of the day, they will be tired enough to fall asleep on their own.
  5. Stick to the time table One of the reasons why time tables fail is because owners fail to follow it regularly. If you create a time table, then make sure that you adhere to it strictly. If you’re going out or you are taking your pets out, make necessary adjustments in your time table that will suit you and your puppies.
Conclusion Creating a time table for puppies is not as tough as people think it to be. All it takes is proper time management and the inclusion of important things like food, sleep, water and exercise. Once you start teaching your dog to do the right things at the right time, you will see how easy following a time table is.
5 Tips for Making Your Dog the Ultimate Outdoor Companion
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Image source: Pixabay.com/ Taking your dog along everywhere you go is the ultimate dream for both the dog and the owner. They get to see different places and have new experiences. However, you are scared of taking them to public places because you aren’t sure of how they might behave in such a scenario. Don’t worry because you are not the only one to think of this. When dogs are in an environment that’s full of people, they either get overexcited or they get extremely scared. Regardless of what they might be undergoing at that moment, it will become extremely hard to contain and control them. Here are 5 tips you can use to make your dog the perfect outdoor companion.
  1. Avoid using a retractable leash A retractable leash is good when you are taking your dog to the park or an open area where there aren’t many people or dogs for them to interact with. However, when you are in compact public spaces, you have to keep your dog nearby. A retractable leash gives them the opportunity to run away from you which can lead to complete chaos.
  2. Burn off their excess energy The reason why dogs are extremely excited when they go to a new place is because of the abundance of energy they have. In order for your dog to remain calm in public areas, take them out for a walk or indulge in activities that will drain them of their excess energy. Also, allow them to answer nature’s call before you take them to a public area. This way, they will stick close to you and they won’t dirty the surroundings.
  3. Maintain distance One of the main things to keep in mind is that not everyone loves dogs as there are people who are terrified of dogs. Also, there are other canines that don’t enjoy the presence of other canines. The best practice is to maintain a minimum distance from all possible distractions.
  4. Start small In order to make your dog comfortable in dealing with large crowds, you can start off by getting them used to smaller crowds. The fewer distractions they have, the easier it will be for them to get adjusted to dealing with people on a regular basis.
  5. Teach them commands such as ‘stay’ and ‘no’ It's easy for your dog to get distracted when they are in a public space. Commands like ‘stay’ and ‘no’ are important as they help you in controlling your dog and its an easy way to get them to focus on you rather than the surroundings.
Following these simple tips will make it easier and faster for your four-legged friend to become comfortable with being an outdoor dog.
Dog Training Tips without Treats
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Image: Freegreatpicture.com/ An effective method to get dogs to listen to you is to use food treats. The dogs momentarily forget about what’s around them and patiently follow the instructions provided by the owner. Most people tend to heavily rely on using the food-based reward system when their dogs listen to them. As time progresses, they forget about phasing out the system as it is more convenient than anything else. On top of that, the dogs will only respond when you have food to offer. So how do train dogs and reward them without treats? Here are 5 different ways to reward your dog.
  1. Give your dog life rewards Once your dog has successfully finished the set of commands that it was supposed to follow, take your dog out for a walk or allow them to run in the backyard or get splashed by the sprinkler. Just allow them to do any activity they enjoy after the end of every training session.
  2. Play with your dog Another way to reinforce the good behavior is to play with your dog after it followed your every command. You can give access to their favorite toys such as a ball or a Frisbee to reward them. You can also play games with your dog like hide and seek, tug o’ war, and fetch. Playing is also a great way to establish a relationship with your dog.
  3. Cuddle with them Dogs love to be cuddled. Once they have done what you wanted them to do, you can pat them on the head or give them belly rubs as a form of reward. They also like it when you give them long and slow strokes on their backs. However, you have to judge when it is the right time to cuddle with them. If they are avoiding you because they want to play, then touching them is not a gesture for a reward. If they come close to you when you pat them, then it is a rewarding gesture.
  4. Talk to your dog Everyone loves to receive praises and that includes your four-legged friend. Words are very powerful and can form strong connections with your dog. When they have completed the given set of tasks, you can reinforce their good behavior with words such as ‘Who’s a good boy/girl?’ or ‘good dog’ as a form of positive reinforcement. By adding happiness to the tone of your voice, your dog will know that you are acknowledging its good behavior.
  5. Removing boundaries You might have set boundaries in certain places in your house such as the kitchen and the bedroom. You can reduce the size of these boundaries and allow your dog to take one step closer to these places as a reward for listening to your commands. That way, your dog will understand that you trust them and will become more obedient.
Now you know how to reward your dog with positive reinforcement that doesn’t involve treats. This way, your dog will always listen to you, irrespective of whether you are going to reward them for their good behaviour.
5 Tips for Loose Leash Walking Your Dog
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Image Source: Publicdomainpictures.net/ How often have you been pulled by your dog while taking them for a walk? Do you take the dog for a walk or does it take you? You might be thinking that they are trying to assert dominance over you but they are just free spirits who love going for walks as it is the most exciting part of their day. A leash is important for the safety of your dog and other people around you, but it can be frustrating for dogs as they want to explore the environment around them. So how do you take your dog for a walk without putting too much strain on them? Here are 5 tips that will help you in loose leash walking your dog.
  1. Use the stop and be still technique When your dog starts pulling the leash, rather than tugging the leash back, stop where you are and stay still till the leash relaxes. Only begin to move once the leash is completely relaxed. Keep following this technique till your dog stops pulling the leash.
  2. Walk in front of your dog By constantly walking in front of your dog, you establish the fact that you are a pack leader. You should be the first one to step out of the house for the walk and the first one to step into the house after the walk. By being a pack leader, it becomes easier to set the pace for the walk.
  3. Talk to your dog Did you know that your dog isn’t a good multitasker? It’s easy to distract them and keep their focus on you by talking to them. Also, dogs love interacting with you and getting your constant attention. Use this to your advantage to keep your dog close to you while going for a walk.
  4. Reward your dog on the go While you are taking your dog for their daily walk, give them treats while you guys are on the move. This to reward them for moving continuously rather than stopping every now and then. Initially, it might be a little hard to do this while you are walking your dog but keep at it till it becomes easy.
  5. Use the reverse direction technique If your dog pulls while you are taking them for a walk, you can use the reverse direction technique. Rather than pulling the leash, turn away from your dog and walk in the opposite direction without yanking the leash. Use this technique as many times as possible till they learn to stop tugging the leash.
By using these 5 simple techniques, going for a walk with your dog will be a whole new and enjoyable experience.
10 things only golden retriever owners can relate to
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Golden retrievers are complete bundles of joy. They are always excited to see you even if you have gone out of your house of just 5 minutes. Here are 10 things only an owner of a golden retriever can relate to.
  1. A fine replacement for a broom Anyone who has a golden retriever will confirm this statement. They love all kinds food and pretty much anything that will fit into their mouth, be it towels, socks, toys, or tissues. You don’t have to bother sweeping up food that you dropped by accident. By the time you count to 10, they would have helped you clean the mess even if you didn’t ask for it.
  2. There is nothing such as too much attention or love They are quick to establish the fact that they constantly need your attention and love. No matter how long you pat them or acknowledge them, they will always ask you for more. Even if you try to be resilient, they win you over with their adorable puppy eyes.
  3. Extremely patient with every other living being If you have seen videos of golden retrievers, you will understand how patient they really are. It doesn’t matter if it’s a baby or a chicken or a puppy or a bird, they will fall in love with them and be as patient as possible with them.
  4. They prefer your sofa rather than their bed Do you love sitting on a particular sofa in your house? A golden retriever shares your enthusiasm and is ready to pounce on the furniture at any given opportunity. Even if you are against it, they will take over your furniture and convince you that its okay if they are on it with their cute looks.
  5. They love all forms of water except bath water Puddles, pools, sprinklers, hoses and the sea are their favorite places to go for a dip. They love spending as much time as possible with them and make the most out of it. However, when it comes to giving them a bath, they suddenly believe that water is the most horrible thing on the planet.
  6. Perfect companions for adventure trips Golden retrievers love going outdoors. Long walks, treks, camping, and hiking are their favorite activities. They are filled with energy and are always ready for the next challenge.
  7. Living with golden fur is normal A golden retriever will accessorize and add a personal touch to all your clothes and furniture with their golden fur. No matter where you are, you can never escape their golden fur.
  8. Fetching items is their favorite past time True to their name, golden retrievers love to play fetch. A ball or a stick or even a prey you hunted, will be at your feet even before you know it.
  9. There is no such thing as sadness No matter what time of the day it is or how their day might be going, they will always greet you with happiness and a smile on their face.
  10. It’s extremely easy to train them Food is their ultimate weakness and they might be mischievous, but when it comes to listening to their owner, no one is more obedient.
Cute, cuddly, sweet, and smart are a few words that can describe the characteristics of a Golden Retriever.
Spring Grooming for Dogs
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Spring marks the end of winter and the beginning of summer. After spending months indoors, it’s finally time for the dogs and their owners to head out and enjoy the sun, bond over games, and have fun. But before you decide to take your dog out for long walks, you need to groom your dog so that your dog can enjoy the oncoming season without any difficulties. Here are 5 simple tips to get you going.
  1. Groom the winter coat In order for your dogs to cope up with winter, their coat becomes thicker. After winter is over, the dogs begin to shed the extra coat. You would have noticed tumbleweeds of dog hair on your floor, clothes, bed, and sofa (to name a few things hair sticks on). You can get rid of the winter coat by brushing your dog on a daily basis. If the coat is too long, spring is the best time to get it clipped by a professional.
  2. Check for parasites As the warmer weather sets in fleas, ticks, and other parasites will be on the prowl. You want to keep your dog out of harm’s way. You can check the skin of the dog for these parasites or you can visit your vet to get the dog checked by a professional.
  3. Begin worm control The beginning of any season is the good for deworming. Summer season is ideal because worms can infect dogs during this time. Finding the right combination can be difficult so make sure you visit the vet to avoid any complications.
  4. Lose winter weight Dogs tend to gain extra weight during winter as they are not as active as they usually are. Dog owners tend to think that it's okay for dogs to carry a little bit of extra weight. You should know that overweight pets are prone to serious diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, pancreatitis, and cardiovascular problems. Make it a goal to lose the excess weight.
  5. Clean the bed, collar, and toys As dogs spend a considerable amount of time indoors during winters, the bed will full of grime and dirt. Clean the bed using a vacuum cleaner to remove all hair that is caught onto the fabric and wash it with cold water. Dry the bed outdoors so that the bed is fluffy again. The collar can be washed by using dog shampoo and hot water. Ensure the collar is rubbed against itself to remove the dirt because if you use a brush to clean the collar, the material could get damaged. The toys can be cleaned by using a combination of vinegar and water or with the help of a dishwasher.
With these tips, your dog can have a wonderful summer that’s filled with happiness and joy.
5 Ways To Take Care Of Easily Scared Cats
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ The sense of fear is common in animals and everyone including us use it as a defense mechanism. Fear is a way of surviving in the wild and it is often used to keep one alive. It is especially common in stray cats and dogs who are daily exposed to many stress factors around them. If you’re the owner of a stray cat who gets scared easily, then you know how tough it can be to gain their trust. Here are 5 ways in which you can easily take care of your scared cat. #1. Keep distance More than often, you’ll find your cat running away from you. Even though you’re the one who might have given him a space to live and food to eat, she will still have trust issues. Months and years of psychological stress creates a deep sense of fear in such animals. Keep your distance and never get too close to the cat especially from behind. Never make sudden moves as it might scare your cat. #2 Try games It will be a while since your cat gets adjusted to the new routine. One of the best of doing it is through games. Hang a piece of cloth on a stick and try playing with your cat. She will show shyness and fear at first but in a few days, she is bound to get back to her playing mood. #3 Give good food Stray cats are expected to be malnourished and it is your duty to look after the proper nourishment of your cat. Provide food that is rich in vitamins and minerals and allow your cat to regain her strength. Often, weakness in animals leads to a sense of fear. #4 Offer treats Treats don’t work as well with cats as it does with dogs but it is a good shot. Use treats to congratulate your cat on good behavior or every time he she comes near you. It can be used to make initial contact with your cat. Keep a handful of treats ready and use it whenever you feel it is required. #5 Visit a psychologist You won’t always know the reason of psychological stress in your cat. Take her to an animal psychologist and have her checked. Conclusion Take care of scared cats takes time and patience. In the first few days after you adopt a cat, especially one that has been a stray, it will show signs of fear due to stress. Avoid contact and maintain a distance with the cat. Also, provide good food and give treats whenever necessary. Take her to an animal psychologist and have her checked for the cause of psychological stress.
Teach Your Dog To Behave Properly In Front Of Others
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Image source: Wikimedia.org/ Be it humans or animals, discipline is a must for everyone. Dogs, especially must be taught how to behave when they are in the presence of someone else. Remember that movie ‘Marley and Me’? It’s cute but you wouldn’t want your dog to jump over people and bother them all the time. If you don’t want your dog to become another Marley, then here are some tips that should help you with the behavior training. Be in charge We know that you love your pet very much. But that does not mean you should let him decide what’s good and what’s bad. Make your dog understand that you’re the owner and you are in charge. Teach him do’s and don’ts when he meets someone who dislikes dogs. Sometimes, it is important for you to show who’s the boss in the house. Of course, that does not mean you should use extreme measures. It should be enough to let you have control of the situation. Greeting visitors Some dogs have an irritating habit of sniffing about an unknown person. From the dog’s point of view, it is the obvious thing to do. However, most people won’t enjoy having a big dog sniffing at them. The next time someone pays you a visit, teach your dog to sit at a distance from the door. Open the door only when your dog is sitting comfortably. Don’t allow your dog to come too close to the visitor unless they know each other. Play safe If you’re playing with your dog in the presence of a third person, then make sure you do it safely. Don’t throw the ball near the visitor so that your dog has to make contact with him/her. Maintain distance and teach your dog to do the same. Use treats and praises to teach your dog to behave nicely in front of others. Also, try playing games that don’t require running around too much. Some people are sacred of dogs running around them. Conclusion Training is an important part in a dog’s life and every owner must ensure that it gets the best training possible. People like dogs who know how to behave themselves, especially in front of others. It’s not difficult to train a dog to be on its best behavior. There are some simple rules that owners must follow. Owners can use treats to teach their dogs to stay away from the visitor. It can also be used to keep the dogs from barking unnecessarily whenever they see a new person. Teach your dog to sit down at a distance and let him take as much as time as he wants before he learns how to behave properly.
Qualities You Need To Become A Full-Time Pet Trainer
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Image Source: Staticflickr.com/ A pet trainer’s job may sound easy especially if you love animals but it takes more than just interest to become a qualified pet trainer. It takes time, patience and skill to become a good pet trainer and even then, not everyone can become one. Also, pet trainers are required to work hard for very little pay for the first few years. It is a struggle but in about 5 years or so, you can reach a good position and make a substantial amount of money for yourself. Not to mention, the experience you gain will help you reach new heights in life. If you’re planning on becoming a full-time pet trainer, then here are five qualities that you must possess. #1 Patience Often, you’ll have to handle pets who won’t listen to you no matter how hard you try. You may get frustrated but remember that hard work always pays off. On top of dealing with disobedient pets, you’ll have to deal with low wages as well. Things can get under your skin but you need to focus on the bigger picture and do your duty. #2 Creativity What your trainers will teach you will make you good at your job but how you apply the knowledge will set you apart from other trainers. In any profession, having a separate image always works. People tend to hire people who know to do the same job creatively. Pets will also enjoy your presence as much as their owners. #3 Confidence Do you make mistakes often? Don’t worry. Everyone does when they are new to a profession. What’s important is that no matter what you do, you do it with confidence. Of course, that does not mean you keep repeating your mistakes. Be confident and don’t be afraid to try new things. #4 Personality You may be tired and frustrated on the inside but never show it on the outside. Your personality matters a lot. Keep a smiling face and talk with humility. Present yourself as a genuine human being before you present yourself as a good trainer. #5 Understanding Be understanding. Some pets act abnormally because they may be suffering from some internal problem which hasn’t been detected. Try and understand the psyche of the pet you’re taking care of and adjust accordingly. Every pet is not going to behave in the same way. Conclusion For those who love animals, the job of a pet trainer is perfect for them. However, the job requires qualities like skill, patience, creativity along with a good personality. Pet trainers should also understand the psychology of the pet they are handling. The job may not be lucrative at first but hard work can take them a long way.
How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Sleeping Well Or Not?
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Sleep is an important part of an animal’s life. It is often regarded as a health indicator and a lifestyle factor as well. Sleep disorders are common and affects millions of people worldwide. If you are not sleeping well, then you can see how it impacts your life. However, how will you know if your dog is sleeping well or not? Puppies and older dogs will have mixed sleeping schedules but adult dogs should be able to follow your sleeping pattern. Here are some indicators which will indicate whether your dog is getting a good night’s rest or not.
  1. Tiredness Dogs sleep for about 14 hours a day and it is normal for them to lie around the house from time to time. But if your dog sleeps for long hours during day time without waking up, then it could be due to lack of sleep. Fatigue could also arise from other problems as well and you should consider taking him to a vet.
  2. Waking you up early Dogs are excellent alarm clocks but only if they function correctly. Some dogs have the habit of waking their owners very early in the morning which is a good thing. But then there are some dogs who wake up their owners even before sunrise. If your dog does that, then it could be due to lack of sleep. Sometimes dogs who don’t sleep well wake up in the middle of the night. This might happen to your dog too.
  3. Irregular potty hours Usually, the first thing that owners do after waking up in the morning is take their dog outside for the morning walk and potty of course. As an owner, you must be aware of the routine. However, if you find that your dog wants to go outside at odd hours during the night or in the day, then you should realize that something’s wrong. And that something might very well be lack of sleep.
Conclusion Sleep is an important health indicator and must be taken seriously. Sleep acts as a rejuvenation factor and getting a good night’s rest is crucial for the proper functioning of the body. Sleep disorders are common and dogs too can experience it. The most common indicator of improper sleep is the irregular sleep patterns. Dogs who don’t sleep well at night will sleep at odd hours throughout the day. Also, they will show signs of tiredness and an unusual routine like potty and food timings. If you realize that your dog shows these type of signs, then take him to a vet because sleep disorders can indicate the presence of other problems as well.
Improve Your Pet’s Intelligence With These 5 Games
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ A training session for pets should not only include physical activity but also brain activity as well. A pet’s development partly depends on its ability to think and handle situations on its own. It can be achieved through training and must include brain games. However, brain games can be boring and it is therefore the owners job to ensure that the activity is interesting. Here are 5 games through which owners can improve their pet’s intelligence.
  1. Memory games  One of the best ways to improve intelligence is through memory games. Take a muffin tin and cover it with balls. In some of the muffin tins, keep treats. Let your pet decide which tin contains the treat and which doesn’t. If you have a smaller pet like a bird, then use smaller trays or balls. You can even do it with cards.
  2. Shell GameThe shell game is a favorite game among people who like to bet for fun. You can use the same game to train your pet. Start by putting a treat under an opaque plastic cup and exchanging its position continuously with one or two other similar looking empty cups. You can also increase the number of cups and treats as the game proceeds. The game requires observation and thinking in tandem. Your pet is bound to love the game because treats are involved.
  3. Cagey cubeTake a cube of some kind and punch a few holes of different sizes in the cube. Insert a ball which can come out of only one of the holes. Watch your pet figure out which hole is the correct one by rotating it.
  4. Puzzle toysThere are literally hundreds of puzzle toys which you can create from your household items. You can take one cloth bag with treats and hide it inside another cloth bag. Have your pet figure out a way to reach the treats.
  5. The classic hiding gameHide and seek is a great game and almost every owner enjoys playing it with their pet. You can modify the game a bit by hiding treats in different parts of the house. Have your pet figure out where the treats are and how they can get them. Additionally, you can keep small obstacles in the way to make it more interesting.
Conclusion Intelligence is important for growth and every animal requires certain amount of brain training. As an owner, it is your duty to make sure that the games are fun and interesting. Your house is littered with hundreds of games. You just need to figure out a way to use them and create the five types of games mentioned.
5 Tips To Make Your Dog’s Training Sessions More Engaging
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Image Source: http://bit.ly/2nBCSfy Training one’s dog should be the primary goal of every owner. Because, first, no one likes a dog that misbehaves and second, you won’t have to run behind your dog wondering if he’s up to any mischief or not. Training should start from an early age and should continue well until adulthood. However, owners often make training sessions boring due to which, dogs don’t enjoy learning new things the way they should. There are ways to make the training more engaging and here are 5 ways to do it. #1 Treats, treats and more treats! Using treats is the most common way to train a dog and every owner uses this strategy to successfully train their dog. You can improvise the technique by giving more treats for activities that are more important than the rest for ex., potty training, eating habits and behaving around other people. #2 Use games Don’t make your dog feel like he’s in military training or something although even that’s a good training method. Make the atmosphere more casual and make your dog feel that trainings are fun. Use different games to train your dog. He’ll get some physical exercise and some training as well. #3 Don’t do it for too long Long training sessions can be tiring for both you and your dog. And besides, who wants to spend the entire day on the training. Everyday keep a separate time for about 15-20 mins and no matter what make sure that the training time stays the same every day. #4 Encourage them It’s useless to expect your dog to do everything perfectly on the first day of training. It will take time and you need to be patient. But what’s more important is that you encourage him even if he performs badly. Just like a human child, discouraging them will not only lead to negative results but it will also effect their psyche. #5 Train with other dogs It is not always possible to get another dog during the training session but if you do manage to get one then don’t hesitate to do so. Especially, if it’s an adult dog with good training skills. Often, only a dog can teach other dogs what owners can’t. Conclusion Training should be a fun-filled activity and your dog should not feel bored during training sessions. Follow the five tips to make training sessions for your dog more engaging.
Worried About Your Pet’s Health and Safety? Consider These Five Gadgets
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Image Source: Staticflickr.com/ Introduction More often than not, pets like to enjoy having their own space. You just have to let them be at times. But what if it runs out to the road and comes under a vehicle? The thought of it only jolts you from inside. Moreover, it is often difficult to balance work, home and pet care at the same time. All you need is some extra help to strike a balance. The gadgets that can help you If you are amongst the many concerned pet owners, you can relax a bit because there are amazing gadgets that can take care of your canine or feline chump. Here are a few of them: Fit Bark: Similar to fitness-tracking wristbands used by humans, Fit Bark tracks your dog's activity once it is strapped around your dog's collar. Connect it with your smartphone or a Fit Bark station and view your dog's vital information on your phone in real time. The gadget has daily health goals for your dog, and it charts its progress and keeps informing you about it. Dart Automatic Pet Laser Toy: If you want your little kittens to exercise, this is perhaps the best thing to have. This laser toy comes with a rotating laser head from which the laser dot emanates. You simply have to place the gadget on a high plane to aim the laser dot at the cat. It comes with 16 different speed combinations and has automatic settings to switch off after 10, 15 and 20 minutes. It is extremely useful to keep your pampered and protected pet at home. Whistle: Measuring up to its name, the gadget “whistles” when your pet leaves the zone demarcated as safe. Not only this, the gadget helps you to even track your pet when it gets lost. If you are visiting a crowded place, where there are chances of your pet getting lost, Whistle comes in as a handy device. Moreover, it has additional features which allow you to track your pet's sleep pattern and exercise routine. Pintoofeed: Pintoofeed is a unique pet food dispenser, which is supported by Android, iOS and Windows 8 platforms. The gadget connects to your home's internet and dispenses food wirelessly. If you won't be able to make it home before your pet's dinner time, you can use this gadget to dispense food your pet at scheduled feeding times and get notified about the same. Tagg Pet Tracker: This GPS system works only in the United States. It is a collar working with a docking station, which acts as a safe, virtual fence for your pet. You get notified as soon as your pet crosses this fence. You can get a monthly subscription for this service and ensure your pet's safety at all times.
5 Ways To Reduce Social Anxiety In Your Pet Dog
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Image source: Pixabay.com/ Social anxiety not only affects humans but it also affects pets too. The fear of meeting new companions or animals of their kind can be a terrifying experience for some. Some of the symptoms of social anxiety that animals show is withdrawal, loss of appetite, desire to stay indoors all the time and restlessness in the presence of a fellow animal. The best treatment option is a visit to the vet or in this case having the vet visit your house. It is not uncommon for dogs to show anxious behavior in social circles. Social anxiety may not always happen due to fear of social gatherings. It could even start from a clap of thunder or the sound of the vacuum cleaner. Fear is a feeling that spreads with time and experience and slowly it creeps into other lifestyle factors. If you feel that your dog is suffering from social anxiety, then here are 5 ways to reduce it.
  1. Avoid large crowdsDon’t bring too many people at once when your dog is around. It goes for humans and animals as well. Try introducing one animal at a time. If you have a close friend who has a dog or a cat, then ask him/her to come over frequently with his/her pet. That way you’ll be giving ample amount of time to your dog to cope with the new company.
  2. Find out what keeps your dog happyIt could be a toy or a particular game that he enjoys playing. Identify what your dog loves doing the most and use it to help him overcome social anxiety.
  3. Focus on dietIf your dog is stressed out, he/she will show a lack of appetite. Try making the meals more interesting and find out new recipes to ensure that your dog does not miss out on the essential nutrients. Additionally, take your dog to a vet for regular check-ups.
  4. Try short walksIt will be tough at first but try taking your dog out for short walks. You can start with the periphery of the house and then move on to the street once your dog gets comfortable going out in the open. By going out, your dog will see other animals and slowly, the social anxiety will decrease.
  5. Take it easyDon’t lose your temper around your dog. The last thing you would want is your dog to have additional stress. Relax and take it easy. In time, things will fall into place.
Conclusion Social anxiety affects dogs in the same way it affects us. The tips listed above should come in handy if your dog is facing similar issues.
How To Re-Arrange Your Home’s Furniture For Your Special-Needs Pets
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Image source: Staticflickr.com/ The challenges that people with special needs face in their everyday lives are difficult for us to understand. What is easy for us like using stairs, wearing a shirt or even moving around becomes a challenge for people with special needs. There are separate arrangements for such people in public places and the place where they live. But what about animals? Is there any special arrangement for such pets? Maybe not so much as there are for people but owners who have pets with special needs can make arrangements inside the house to make their lives more comfortable. Here’s how:
  1. Build a special room The concept of dog rooms is not a new one and if are the owner of a dog that needs special care then you should definitely build one. Make it inside your house and ensure that its big enough for your dog or pet to sleep in it.
  2. Make things easily accessible Keep things around your house at a convenient place so that your pet might be able to reach it without much effort. Things like toys and other random stuff in the house that your pet loves fetching for you can be kept at low heights.
  3. Make the house accessible Even though your pet will feel the pains of disability, you should make him/her feel that the entire house is still accessible to her. Make staircases wheelchair accessible or make arrangements so that your pet won’t think twice before going from one part of the house to the other.
  4. Don’t change the position of furniture Pets who have vision problems often rely on the other sense to locate the position of furniture in the house. When you start changing the position of furniture in the house or start getting new ones, it confuses them. They might get stressed because of this and psychological problems like social anxiety might occur.
  5. Reduce the amount of furniture Pets with special needs will have trouble moving around the house if there are too many things in the way. Clear up the space and remove furniture and other items which you don’t require. Your pet will thank you for it.
Conclusion Pets with special needs need special care too. As an owner, there’s not much you can do about the disability itself but you can help re-arranging things in the house. Make the space more accessible and remove furniture which you don’t need. By clearing up the space, you’ll be making enough room for your pet to move around without any hindrance. Also, build a separate space for your pet so that they won’t have to move about the house a lot.
5 Signs That Will Tell You If Your Cat Has A Heart Problem Or Not
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Image credits - Pixabay Animals are prone to different kinds of disease in the same way humans are. Similarly, they also show signs when they are faced with illness. As owners, it is your duty to read these signs before it becomes too serious. Heart disease presents itself in dogs and cats and the signs are similar. However, cats are expert when it comes to masking their feelings. It can be difficult to gauge what your cat is feeling. But there are some signs which even cats can’t hide and reading them should tell you a lot about their heart health.
  1. Vomiting Vomiting is a common sign for many diseases and while it is not alarming for cats to vomit, it can be a sign for a heart disease. If the vomiting persists and take your cat to the vet immediately.
  2. breathing difficulty Again, breathing difficulties is a sign of other diseases as well but it is a common sign in people who have heart attacks and therefore should be taken seriously. In conditions where the arteries get blocked, the oxygen is unable to reach the heart and causes the animal to gasp for breath.
  3. Depression Depression can present itself in various forms in animals. Sulking, loss of appetite and loss of activity are some of the major signs of depression. Depression can often arise due to psychological problems but it can also happen due to chest pains and other heart complications.
  4. Weight change Weight change is a sure-shot sign that your cat is going through certain health problems. Weight loss can arise due to chest complications and often leads to other problems in the body. It is easy for you to read this sign because if your cat misses his/her lunch, you’ll know. Take your cat to the vet or try changing the meal plan.
  5. Restlessness It’s normal for young cats to be restless because for most of the time, they will be in a playful mood. However, too much agitation or restlessness is not good and is a sign that something is not right. During chest complications, your cat will move around the house restlessly due to the pain. It is up to you to read the sign and take necessary action.
Conclusion Heart disease in cats is a common thing and happens all the time. But cats don’t always show what they are feeling and this makes it difficult for you as an owner to know whether your cat is suffering from a heart problem or not. From restlessness to weight change, there are some common signs which will tell you that your cat is suffering from a heart complication.
How Much Sleep Does My Dog Need?
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Never waste any time you can spend sleeping, said Frank Knight and your dog might be only too aware of the wisdom! Unlike humans, dogs do not sleep all night, and tend to catch short naps throughout the day. The way dogs snooze is similar to the cat’s nap, unlike the deep sleep of humans. Even if they seem to snooze a lot, the pet canines have the ability to wake up in a jiffy and become alert instantaneously. The furry companions need anywhere between 12 to 14 hours every day and pups sleep for a little more than 20 hours. That’s a lot of snooze, and in fact dogs spend over 50% of the day is spent sleeping. Just 20 % of the time they are active, with the rest of the day spent just lying around doing nothing. Not surprisingly some breeds like St. Bernard and the Great Pyrenees have earned their nickname of “mat dogs.” Mastiffs and Great Danes are other breeds which tend to sleep a lot, close to 18 hours a day Here are some of the facts related to the sleep habits of dogs:
  • The reason why canines sleep during the day and stay awake in the night could just because of their habits as their ancestors were hunters and hunting was preferably done at night when stealth and camouflage were of essence. Besides, because of their acute sense of hearing, even minute sounds could disturb their sleep at night.
  • Dogs sleep when they are bored, or nothing else exciting is happening around them. Younger and older dogs also sleep more than middle aged dogs.
  • Working dogs such as shepherd dogs involved are active most of the day and may sleep less than 14 hours a day. Siberian huskies are known to sleep in very short bursts to stay alert and sharp as they work for long periods of time without resting.
  • Excess weight or other health conditions like heart disease or cancers may tire out the canines more, making them take longer naps.
  • Sometimes, checking your pet’s diet and nutrition may be worth the while. Insufficient quantity or diet devoid of nutrients that the pet needs, may contribute to the changed sleep pattern.
  • Seasons affect the sleeping habits of dogs too, according to vets. Dogs and cats are believed to sleep less in winters, which is the time when daylight is reduced.
If your dog is alert and energetic when awake, is eating and drinking normally, you could just let your sleeping dog lie. If you do notice any excessive lethargy and reduced intake of food and mood changes in your dog, it may be time for the appointment with the vet.
How To Spend Quality Time With Your Pets
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Image Source: Wikimedia.org/ Peeved with the way your busy schedule is coming in way of spending quality time with your pet? Your four (or two) legged pals deserve much more than an occasional pat on the back. By figuring out smart ways of sneaking in some quality time with your pets, you can yet have the best of both worlds. Involving close friends or family in the process can help on days when you simply do not have time to spare! Here are some ideas to bond smart with your pets:
  1. Walk in the park: If you have the man’s best friend as your pet, nothing is better than scheduling a brisk walk or a jog in the park together. Exercise is mandatory for everyone and while you sweat it out, why not give your pet the benefit of exercise too! Canines need plenty of aerobic activity to stay fit and ward off diseases. Experts believe they need at least 60 minutes of vigorous exercise and plenty of sunshine, every day. Breeds such as Labrador retrievers, hounds, and shepherds need this more than smaller dogs. The walk or run helps keep boredom away as well, as a bored dog does end up with behaviour issues.
  2. Go for a long drive! Many dogs love car rides. It could just be the best way to bond since there is nothing else between you and your pet dog. Maybe you could talk to your buddy and get some encouraging woofs in return! Alone time with your dog is the best therapy for depression and boredom! And the dog gets your undivided attention as well.
  3. Vacation with your dog: Plan your vacations to places which are dog friendly. Take your dog along with you for these fun trips. If it is a beach you are heading to, then nothing could be better for your dog! Playing fetch or just frolicking around in the sand is a treat for your pet, and you!
  4. Do errands together: If your neighbourhood has dog friendly departmental stores or shopping areas, take your dog with you whilst you shop. Picking up kids or driving to the dentist can seem less like a chore with your adorable pet accompanying you. You can get some downtime while you are at it.
  5. Wash dishes or clean with your pet: Your dog may be the best (and sometimes, the only!) living being with great listening skills. While you wash away or vacuum, talk up to your dog. The interaction helps you calm down and feel good too, no matter how hard your day was. Studies show that pets help lower blood pressure and levels of stress hormones.
5 Homemade Diy Toys For Your Dog
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ There are hundreds of shops out there selling different kinds of dog accessories and while most are inexpensive, there are some which have ridiculous pricing. Why should you spend $8 for a tennis ball when you can easily make something similar in your home? And besides, you can customize your toy in any way you want. There are simple things you can make from everyday household items and there are so brilliant even you’ll be surprised. You can create toys that not only provide physical exercise but also helps flex your dog’s brain muscles as well. Here are 5 such toys:
  1. A catapult fetch toy If you’re into handiwork, then start building a catapult that works as a fetch. You can easily make one with few pieces of wood, some strong rubber band and some plastic pieces. If you want to make something more advanced, then you can use a spring for the catapult action. Take it outside and enjoy while your dog plays the classic game of run and fetch.
  2. The sock ball If your dog enjoys chewing things, then the sock ball should be a hit. Take an old tennis ball and put it inside a sock. Wrap it tightly and throw it around for your dog to play with. Let your dog chew on that while you have a look at the next toy
  3. The swinging ball Tie a ball at the end of a string and hang it few feet above the ground. It’s as simple as that. Dogs like jumping and running around and what better toy than the homemade swinging ball. You can get creative and use a fishing rod to increase and decrease the height of the string. You can even swing it in any direction you want.
  4. The treat bottle Keep similar looking bottles in a row and insert a rod through all of them such that they swivel. Keep treats in some of them and watch your dog hunt for the hidden treats. It’s a great mental exercise for dogs and helps them sharpen their memory. You can change the type of treats in the bottle for making it more interesting
  5. Tug of war Take a tennis ball and cut out both ends. Either insert a strong rope such that the ball stays in the middle. Not only does it make an excellent tug-of-war toy but it also makes for a good fetching toy as well.
Conclusion There are literally hundreds of easy yet amazing do it yourself toys available for you dog. You just need to look around the house and pretty soon you’ll be busy creating amazing toys of your own.
Tips To Clean Your Kitten’s Fur And Avoid Foul Odor
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Poor health hygiene in animals attracts and spreads disease in the house. Animals should be kept clean and baths at regular intervals is necessary among other clean practices. Cats are fairly clean creatures and you can always find them grooming themselves. But even then, their fur can be all over the place and sometimes it releases a foul odor which can be very irritating. If you have a kitten and you don’t know how to take care of the fur problem, then here are few tips that will help you. #1 Clean using a wet and dry cloth Clean your kitten’s fur from time to time with a wet and dry cloth. Use lukewarm water and gently rub it up and down your kitten’s body. Use the dry cloth to wipe off excess water. Doing this will ensure that your kitten stays clean and does not leave fur wherever she goes. #2 Check eating habits Diet is an important part of fur growth and health, thus you have to make sure you are feeding your cat properly. Check for bad breath and foul smelling feces. If you find anything out of the ordinary, take her to a vet and change her diet accordingly. #3 Baths Cats usually keep themselves clean but if you feel your cat is too dirty then give her a bath. Use cat shampoo and other cleaning products specifically for cats. Use warm water because if the water is too cold or too hot your cat might get rashes on her skin. #4 Clean after every meal Sometimes, morsels that get stuck on your cat’s fur lead to different skin diseases and fur related problems. Check after meal to ensure that there aren’t any food bits stuck on her fur or whiskers. #5 Stop your cat from spraying All that awful smell in your house can be a result of your cat spraying. Spraying is a natural phenomenon and animals use it to mark their territory. Keep an eye on your kitten and if you find her spraying then train her so that she doesn’t spray around the house anymore. Conclusion Fur and odor problems are common with kittens and need to be taken care of by their owners. They can arise due to a number of problems. Diet is an important factor and a healthy kitten is less likely to lose fur than an unhealthy one. Keep your kitten clean by wiping with a wet and dry cloth. Give baths and use products like shampoo and face wash meant for cats only. Keep a watch over your kitten and stop her from spraying around the house. Spraying often leads to foul smells.
Tips To Select A Good Pet Sitter
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Image source: Pixabay.com/ The main job of a pet sitter is to look after your pet when you’re not at home. A qualified pet sitter should know the feeding, grooming and lifestyle habits of your pet and also what to do during an emergency. Selecting a good pet sitter should be important for you because animals don’t often show the same behavior towards strangers as humans do. If you’re looking for a good pet sitter, then you should consider the following tips before choosing the right one. #1 Friendly behavior A good pet sitter should be able to exhibit friendly behavior towards your pet. Your pet should also be comfortable around that person. Some pets are fussy and apart from their owner they don’t mix well with others. If you think someone is a good candidate for a pet sitter, then have your pet mix with that person in your presence. See how things work out and then you can decide. #2 Fun personality No one likes being around a dull person. Then why should your pet? Look for someone who is fun to be around with and someone who can have fun with your pet. Ardent animal lovers are usually the best candidate for the job because they enjoy being around animals and know how to have fun with them. #3 legal documents If you are planning to hire a pet sitter from a professional company, then make sure they have proper documents like insurance and bonding. Also, inquire around to confirm that the company is legit and have been in business for some time. #4 Reputation It’s a good idea to hire someone who has some amount of experience doing this job. Handling animals can be difficult and even irritating but true professionals know their job and they know when to do what. #5 Veterinary background Having a background in veterinary is not mandatory but is a plus. It comes in handy when your pet falls sick or when he requires emergency medical care. Of course, a good pet sitter will rush your pet to a vet if a medical emergency arises but it’s to know that your pet is constantly under the care of someone who knows how to handle pet health issues. Conclusion If you stay away from your pet for long hours, then finding a good pet sitter should be of importance. A good pet sitter should be friendly and should know your pet’s lifestyle like eating habits, playing time, pooping and sleeping. If you’re planning to hire a professional pet sitter, then make sure he/she is reputed and has done this before. Having a veterinary background is not must but it’s a good thing if the pet sitter has one.
How To Plan A Road Trip With Your Cat
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Road trips are awesome and everyone should try it at least once during their lifetime. However, road trips with pets is an entirely different ball game. Even if you understand your pet you never know what they might end up doing during the trip. Sometimes pets get lost or they run off and it can be a scary experience for you as an owner. Cats are mysterious creatures and sometimes it’s impossible to tell what’s going on in their mind. Here are some tips to follow while travelling with a cat. #1 Carry identification Identification is a must for your cat since it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take a picture of you and your cat and write down your phone number and address at the back. This is the best identification you’ll ever need and it’s easy for people who find your cat to contact you. #2 Keep plenty of food and water A road trip without food! You must be kidding, right? This is what your cat will tell you if you forget to pack his food. Also, make sure your cat is well fed and hydrated enough for the road trip. Carry plenty of food and water and your kitty will thank you for it. #3 Familiarize your cat with the vehicle Cats are choosy creatures and are extremely cautious about their environment. Make sure you familiarize your cat with the vehicle you’ll be travelling in. If you don’t want your cat to throw a tantrum in the middle of your trip, take some time out and help your cat get used to the vehicle. #4 Carry an emergency kit An emergency kit should contain all important items that might be needed for your cat along the way. Things like identification document, leash, food, water, medicines, toys and poop trays are some of the important items that should be included in the emergency kit. #5 Don’t keep your locked up all the time While it’s understandable that you don’t want your cat to wander away here and there, you should also realize that not letting your cat could also result in his running away. Cats like to explore and so, give him the opportunity to look around the place when you make a pit stop. Of course, keep him on a leash all the time. Conclusion Road trips with pets are different from road trips with people because it’s not always easy to gauge what an animal might be thinking. For cats, it becomes difficult because they can be fussy and throw a tantrum during a road trip can be dangerous. However, the above tips should help you get the best out of a road trip with your cat.
Tips To Crate Train Your Dog
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Puppies have a habit of biting and chewing off things when left to themselves. That is why crates were built. Crate training should begin early and should be taught along with other things like eating, doing potty and playing. Crate training makes a puppy realize that there are things that he can and cannot do. It creates boundaries and will help you keep the house clean and organized. Tip #1 Do it casually Don’t make your puppy feel that crate training is being imposed upon him because he has been up to some mischief. Like kids, puppies should be trained in a casual way. Don’t shout or scold them for not learning it properly. Have patience and everything will fall into place. Teach your dog that crate training is part of a game and soon you’ll see how well he learns. Tip #2 Treat them for learning correctly Treats always work when your teaching your dog new habits. Keep them ready and award them every time they do it properly. Dogs learn best when they are awarded for doing a good job. Treat your dog often and he’ll learn how to use a crate in no time. Tip #3 Make the crate a fun place Most owners don’t realize that dogs don’t like crates because it’s not a fun place to be in. They rather stay on the floor than be in the crate. Making the crate a fun place will make your dog use it even when you’re not teaching him anything. Decorate it with lots of color and keep toys and other stuff which your dog likes playing with. Tip #4 Create specific times Don’t make your dog feel like he’s going to spend the rest of his dog years inside a crate. Create strict timings and stick to them no matter what. On weekends when you are around, reduce the crate time so that he can be with you for a longer period of time. Creating specific times will also help your dog adjust to the new routine with ease. Tip #5 Keep the crate in a specific place Unlike us, animals often get confused when minor changes are made around the house. Don’t relocate the crate frequently. In fact, keep it in one single place and teach your dog to go that specific place during crate hours. Conclusion Crate training should be learned by every dog and it is the owner’s duty to make sure his/her dog learns it in the proper way. Keep a specific timing and use treats to teach them the importance of crates. Keep the crate in a specific place and don’t force it on them. Do it casually and soon your dog will become better behaved.
You Would Never Believe That This Goes Into Your Pet’s Emergency Kit!
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Images: Wikimedia.org/ An emergency kit contains the essential items that provide basic help to individuals during an emergency. In case of pets, emergency kits have the same function and come in handy when they get lost or face an emergency situation. A pet’s emergency kit mainly consists of items like food, water, first-aid, leash, identification and vaccination documents. The kit should not contain unnecessary items which provide weight. Even food bowls and toys are important and should be included in the kit. However, there is one other thing that comes in handy during an emergency and that is a photo of you and your pet. Best identification document Instead of putting documents that talk about ownership, put a picture of you and your pet in the kit instead. Scribble down your address and phone number at the back for more information. If your pet gets lost or is found during a mishap, people will know where to search for his/her owner. Every year, hundreds of pets get lost and never make their way back to their owner. To avoid such an incident, make sure you keep enough photographs of you and your pet in the emergency kit. Establishes ownership There have been cases where people who found animals on the street refused to give them back to the original owners due to lack of ownership proof. Pictures of you and your pet along with a copy of your identification document and ownership proof will help establish a link that you are the rightful owner of your pet. Helps declare the animal as a pet Often, pets that don’t have an identification on them are declared to be street animals when in reality they are not. A picture can help declare the animal as a pet and especially if you mention it on your picture. It will easy for people who find your pet to send them back to you. Shelter homes receive animals who get lost and who do not have proof of ownership on them. Conclusion An emergency kit for pets is very important and should contain the essential things that is required for survival. Along with food, water and clothes, an identification document is also important. The best type of document is a picture with you and your pet. Having your address and phone number at the back of the picture is even more helpful. Plus, having it declared that the animal belongs to you makes things easier for the person who finds your pet. It helps establish ownership and declares the animal as a pet. Pictures are wonderful identification documents and should be included in every emergency kit for pets.
Dog Vaccination For Kennel Cough
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Kennel cough is a persistent cough in dogs who have stayed in kennels or have come in contact with a dog who has stayed in one. Kennel coughs are not life-threatening but they can be irritating for both the dog and his owner. Usually, the disease subsides on its own after a few days. If a kennel cough lasts for more than two weeks, the dog should receive proper treatment from a vet. There are home remedies available for soothing the discomfort or even curing the disease. Vaccinations are also available and can protect dogs for up to 3 years. However, some studies have shown that vaccination does not necessarily protect a dog against diseases like kennel cough. Time and dosage Vaccinations are available against disease causing agents like adenovirus, parainfluenza and Bordetella. These vaccinations are administered through the intranasal route and are usually given at least 10-14 days prior to dogs who are exposed to unknown environments. The dose levels are decided after consulting with an experienced vet. Effect of vaccination Most vaccination provides partial immunity in the first few days after administration. Although vaccines are expected to provide long-term protection, some don’t and dogs with vaccinations still contract kennel cough. There are many reasons due to which vaccinations may not work in every dog but most commonly it happens due to the immune buildup of the dog. Some have a weak immune system and are prone to diseases more than other dogs. Protection against kennel cough Despite its drawbacks, vaccinations happen to be one of the most effective treatment methods for kennel coughs. They are effective and provide protection for a longer period of time. Most treatment methods are done after the dog suffers from the disease. In case of a vaccination, it is given prior to the disease. In most cases, vaccinations along with a healthy diet is the best way to make sure the dog is protected from diseases like kennel cough. Conclusion Kennel coughs are dry, persistent coughs that sound irritating and cause great discomfort to the dog. Although they are not life threatening, a persistent cough which takes place for more than two weeks is a sign of serious illness. If your dog mixes with other dogs too frequently, it’s best to have him vaccinated with kennel cough vaccines. There are many available in the market but they should only be given after due consultation with the vet. The vaccines are effective and in some cases, it protects the dog for up to 3 years. The intranasal route is the most common route of administration. If the cough persists even after the vaccination, the dog may have a weaker immune system and should be taken to the vet.
Understanding Changing Behavior In Your Aging Cat
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Image source: Wikimedia.org/ Animal behaviors change with age and it is the same across every species. A young cat will have more energy and will engage in more physical activity than an older cat. It is important to understand the changing behavior in your pet cat because they may show signs of being sick when in reality they are not. But again, they can be sick and yet you won’t get to know because cats are brilliant when it comes to masking their feelings. Here are some behaviors in cats which are normal as they grow older. However, if the behaviors become too drastic, take your cat to a vet immediately because it could be because of serious health conditions.
  1. More sleep, less activity While it is not surprising that the entire feline community prefer sleeping over everything else, older cats will sleep more than younger ones. Also, they will be less active. If your cat likes playing with woolen balls, then that might change as he/she becomes older. Even if the behavior stays the same, the intensity is bound to decrease. Plus, older cats will sleep most of the time.
  2. Decrease in cognitive ability As cats age, their cognitive ability starts decreasing and they become less responsive than they were as young cats. You will find that it’s easier to teach a young animal to do something than it is to an older animal. Memory loss is also associated with aging. If your cat is looking for his food bowl and litter box in the wrong place, then it is a sure sign of memory loss which happens due to aging.
  3. Vision and hearing loss A common problem in old people is the loss of vision and hearing. The problem occurs in older cats too. If your cat suddenly shows signs of being lost or being afraid of dark spaces, it can be due to vision loss. If your cat does not respond as it used to, it is a sign of hearing loss. In any case, you should visit a vet if the signs persist.
  4. Littering around the house Don’t blame your cat for littering here and there around the house. Like old people, as your cat grows older, it has less control over its bladder. If you see such behavior, then it’s better to take him to a vet because urinary problems can be signs of serious health conditions.
Conclusion Like humans, a cat changes its behaviors as it grows older. It becomes less active and spends most of its time sleeping. An aging cat also shows signs of cognitive failure, hearing and vision loss. If the behaviors become too serious take him/her to a vet.
5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship With Your Dog
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Images Sources : Wikimedia.org/ Dogs are a bundle of joy. They are always happy to see you, even if the last time they saw you was 5 minutes ago. They are a man’s best friend. True to the saying, dogs are the best companion a human can have as they show unconditional love to their owners. At times, you wish you could have a better relationship with your dog. You want to understand them better. Bonding with dogs is about spending time with them and showing them you love them as much as they love you. Here are 5 ways to improve your relationship with your dog
  • Pay attention to what your dog likes and dislikes Every dog has a unique personality, just like humans. Some dogs love playing fetch, some like lazing around the house, some like cuddling with their owners while others prefer their space. If you want to have a deeper connection with your dog, pay attention to its preferences. Find out kind of social situations it is comfortable with, games it enjoys, food it likes and become the source that only brings happiness to them. Your dog will begin to believe that it can trust you completely.
  • Play with your dog All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! You wouldn’t want that happening to your dog, right? Set aside some time to play with your dog. It will stimulate their mind and body, strengthening the bond between you guys. It is also been observed that dogs are closer to those who play with them regularly. Go out with your dog and play a game of fetch or anything they like playing.
  • Spend time with your dog Spend time with your dog every day. This means giving them your undivided attention for at least 30 minutes. A relationship will work only if you spend quality time. The same applies to your dog. Groom them, go on long walks, or just sit outside and hang out with your dog. It may not seem like much to you, but to them, it means the world.
  • Train your dog Dogs with their almost limitless energy love having things to do. Train with them every day and provide positive feedback when they finish a task. Dogs learn from you even when you aren’t trying to teach them anything. Make the most out of this by making a conscious effort. A trained dog will have more freedom. If they are obedient, they have more time off the leash, if they don’t steal food from the table, they are welcome to stay nearby when the family is eating.
  • Keep it cool Dogs can understand body language and they can pick up your feelings. When you get angry and start yelling, even when it isn’t directed towards them can make them feel uneasy. Stay calm so that your dog can count on you.
Giving importance to the relationship between you and your dog is a healthy aspect. Your dog will be healthier as it will be happy all the time. We love keeping dogs around because they become a part of your family. Even if you have a wonderful relationship, working to improve it the life of your dog and yours subsequently.
Importance Of Socialization For Your Adult Dog
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Image Source: Staticflickr.com/ Socializing is as important for dogs as it is important for us. Socializing for dogs involves exposing them to a variety of places, situation, objects and people. Dog trainers have long pointed out that exposing puppies from a young age to different things helps in the growth and development of the dog. When the dog becomes an adult, it becomes easier for him to accurately differentiate between people and situations. A dog that has been exposed to people and situations is less dangerous as compared to a dog that has never been exposed to strangers. Importance of socialization It has often been observed that dogs that don’t socialize too much, show erratic behavior towards people whom they consider a stranger. That means that if your dog does not socialize and if he sees your aunt for the first time, it is likely that he will growl at your aunt. The behavior of a dog that does not socialize and that of a person in the same situation is almost similar. People who do not socialize a lot find it hard to interact with strangers. On the other hand, dogs that socialize do not behave violently when they see a stranger for the first time. For them it’s common to have strangers around and they are used to the situation. Socialization from a young age allows dogs to read situation and people well. They won’t do anything unless they are provoked or if they realize the life of one of their loved ones is in danger. How to increase socialization Take your puppy out for walks in the park every day and allow it to interact with people and other animals. You can also have friends at your place interact with the puppy. Take him to different places around the neighborhood and allow him to explore. Also, get different toys and train him to recognize different objects around the house. This will ensure that the puppy is comfortable around you, the objects and the neighborhood. Additionally, there are socializing clubs for dogs where dogs and their owners are taught tricks to improve socializing skills. You can attend a few sessions and see if it helps. Conclusion Socialization is important for both humans and animals in today’s world. It improves mental health and directs the individual towards growth. In dogs, socialization should start from an early age and should involve exposure to a variety of place, people and situation. The more a puppy explores, the more comfortable it becomes and the more comfortable it becomes, the less erratic behavior it shows. Socialization also helps the dog develop skills that distinguishes the right from the wrong, which is very important if you have a lot of people coming over to your house.
5 Tips To Host A Dog Party!
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Image Source: Freegreatpicture.com/ Your dog’s birthday is around the corner and you want to show him how much his best friend loves him by throwing a party? Not a problem! There are many ways in which you could throw an awesome party and make your dog and his pals have the best time ever. Here are 5 awesome ways in which you can do host the best birthday party for your dog ever:
  1. Plan early Early planning is the key and making plans way before the birthday will not only ensure that the party is a success but will also allow you to avoid unnecessary complications. Mark the date on your calendar. If you have adopted a dog and don’t know the date, then make one up and every year celebrate your dog’s birthday on that day.
  2. Send Invitations in advance Invite guests in advance so that you have plenty of time to consider whom you need to invite and whom you don’t. Inviting people who don’t have dogs is pointless because it is your dog’s birthday bash after all.
  3. Create a list of fun activities No birthday party is complete without fun activities and for your dog’s birthday you need to do the same. It’s best to host it outside, either in your backyard or on your lawn. If you’re hosting the party during the summer, make sure you do it by the pool. If you don’t have access to a pool, keep some inflatable bath pools at hand.
  4. Make sure you have a cake Ah, yes! What is a birthday party without the cake cutting ceremony? Make sure you have enough cake for everyone and also make sure that the cake suits everyone’s diet. You can confirm this easily by talking with the owners.
  5. Have a theme Having a themed birthday party is fun and there are literally hundreds of themes to choose from for ex., it could be a Game of Thrones or a Star Wars themed party. You can additionally create games centered around the theme. Fill the place with toys and other fun stuff that the dogs can play around with.
Conclusion Birthday parties are fun but if it is for your dog, then you must make plenty of preparations first. You have to start by creating a list of whom you would invite for the party. Then you need to create a list of the activities you want to have at the party and how it can be done. Make sure the party is themed and you have a cake ready. You need to start at least a month ahead of the actual date in order to ensure that the party is a success.
5 Things You Need To Know About Dog Grooming
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ There was a time when dogs were taken care by only their owners. But not anymore. Professional dog grooming has become popular and many individuals are grooming dogs to earn their daily bread. The profession of dog grooming is interesting for people who love animals and want to take care of them. Whether you’re picking dog grooming as a profession or you want to know how it’s done, the following 5 things about dog grooming are import and might come in handy if you’re handling dogs.
  1. Dogs tend to bite You might have seen videos of dog grooming where the dog looks relaxed while the groomer does his job. You might have also thought that every dog behaves the same way when it gets groomed. But it’s not! There are many cases where dogs try to bite or scratch the one handling them.
  2. Creativity works While handling dogs, you have to be creative. If you wish to be a dog groomer, then you should focus a lot on creativity. Creativity will help you develop handling skills and improvisation that are very important in grooming professions.
  3. Expect dogs to be fussy Handling animals is not an easy task and most of them can be fussy. It is the same with dogs and understand their needs should be one of your talents. Some dogs can be trained with treats while others need a different approach.
  4. Don’t lose your calm According to experts, dog grooming is one of the dirtiest jobs in the world. Remember to keep your calm and treat them as you would treat a child. It may not be fun dealing with dogs all the time. Sometimes you can even expect a bit of dog poop or vomit on your hands. But that should not keep you off from doing your job.
  5. Groom them from a young age One of the reasons why you need to start early at the grooming process is to train them. Puppies are easier to handle and train than older dogs. Grooming will also allow them to trust you when you are doing your job. If you want to be a professional groomer, then tell your clients to do the same so that it becomes easier for you to handle dogs.
Dog grooming is a fun profession if you understand the job requirements and the kind of temperament you require to do the job. Be creative at your dog and find out new and interesting ways to groom. Teach your clients simple grooming tricks that they can do at home. That way the dogs get adjusted to the grooming process and they won’t create a fuss. Keep calm and groom!
Canned food vs. fresh food: What to feed your pet?
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Being unsure about what to feed your pet can be quite a confusing choice to tackle. With numerous options available in the market, let alone the many options available with raw or cooked food, what makes the best meal for your pet? Read on to learn about nutritional facts about canned and cooked food, and which type would suit your pet better. Canned Food Canned foods can be a great source of water for those pets that aren’t in the habit of keeping hydrated during the day. A more palatable option, canned food works great for older pets and those with a diminished sense of smell, being both high in scent and rich in flavor. Always a good option for a sick pet, canned food gets their appetite going and helps boost healing being packed full of nutrients. Your pet is certain to receive a meal full of vitamins, essential proteins, minerals and oils needed for a healthy body and glossy coat. Though canned food can have its downfalls too, its soft nature causes an easy build up of plaque and tartar. The shelf life of canned food once opened is quite short it should be consumed within the day to avoid spoiling. Canned food is expensive and can start to bore a hole through your pocket, if you begin to use it as a daily option for your pet. Fresh Food Fresh, either raw or cooked, food is a healthy option for your pet. The process takes a lot more planning and organization than just chopping up a chicken or some beef and chucking it into a bowl. You should first decide if you’d want your pet to eat raw or cooked food. Some pets might not be able to digest raw meats due to the poor gastrointestinal system or if suffering from intestinal problems. Decide on the type of protein you would like for your pet, you could even alternate proteins and keep an eye out for the ones your pet prefers. Cut the meat up into bite sized pieces, use organs or spare parts too if you like. Avoid using chicken bones as far as possible, since they are sharp when they splinter and can cut or scrape your pet’s intestines. Beef or larger bones are okay for your pet to gnaw on after they’ve finished their meal. Add a bunch of nonstarchy vegetables like carrots, spinach, turnip, chard, etc. that add healthy nutrients and provide roughage and fiber.
How Much Exercise Do Senior Dogs Need?
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Image credits - Pixabay As an animal grows older, the enthusiasm to run and jump or have fun starts declining. Compared to a puppy or a 2 or 3year-old dog, an older dog will have less interest in doing fun activities. As an owner, it becomes your duty to understand your dog’s limit and create an exercise routine that will keep them active and healthy. Indoor exercises Exercise for dogs does not necessarily mean they have to go out of the house. There are plenty of ways in which they can stay indoors and still get the right amount of exercise. For ex., make your dog move around the house. The stairs are a great place to get some physical exercise and have your dog move up and down. Additionally, you can set up ramps and small roadblocks around the house that your dog must cross before they can move from one place to the other. Outdoor exercises Taking your dog for short walks is the best way to ensure that they get the right amount of exercise. However, don’t overdo it because your dog might end up having a strain in the muscles. Swimming is another great way to exercise the muscles and the chances of getting a cramp or joint pain is reduced. Other exercises include catching Frisbees, fetching balls and running. Other measures Weight management is also an important part of staying healthy and along with exercise you must make sure that your dog is fed the right amount of food. The diet should consist of vital nutrients that help with bone growth, immunity, stamina and reduces the chance of contracting diseases. Apart from a healthy diet, adequate amount of sleep is also important for a healthy growth. Make sure your dog gets the required amount of sleep as it grows older. Proper sleep-wake cycles also ensure that your dog stays fit and is able to do at least the minimum amount of exercise that it should do for its age. Conclusion The exercise pattern for senior dogs is different than younger dogs because as dogs grow older their strength and stamina keeps decreasing and they get tired easily. There are many indoor and outdoor exercises available for your dog and most of them can be easily done. From brisk walking to catching Frisbees, exercises for senior dogs should include the maximum workout with the least amount of effort. Along with exercise, diet and sleep are also important.
Tips to Make A Feeding Schedule For Your Kitten
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Image credits - Pixabay Like all animals, the growth of a cat depends on its eating habits as a kitten. If you have a kitten, then feeding the right amount of food will ensure that it grows into a healthy cat. However, cats are fussy and moody creatures and will tend to eat whatever they feel like eating. Creating a schedule for the first six months of growth should be your main aim. A good schedule that covers all the necessary nutrition requirements for your kitten is enough to ensure your cat eats well. Additionally, stick to the schedule and train your kitten to follow it no matter what. What to feed your kitten? The nutritional needs of kittens are different from adult cats. There are plenty of cat food available in the market but buy those that have the age group specified on their label. Feeding a kitten food that is meant for adults may have adverse effects. Take extra care while feeding your kitten because only food that has been approved by a food trial should be given. This information too will be available on the label. Feeding schedule Morning meal After your kitten wakes up, give some fresh water in a bowl. Follow that with half a can of cat food. You can refrigerate the rest of the food. Additionally, give some kitten kibble and observe its eating habits. You can also give some cat food that is high in protein content. It is expected that your kitten will play throughout the day so giving high protein will be beneficial. Afternoon meal Refill the water bowl with fresh water and follow it with about a quarter cup of kitten kibble. You can use either homemade or store bought treats to exercise your kitten. Train your cat to respond to its name through the use of treats. It will make it easier for you to give it treat. Evening meals For the evening meal change the water if required and give about half a can of kitten food from the morning meal. Also, keep about a quarter cup of kitten kibble for your kitten to eat whenever it feels hungry. Make sure your kitten gets enough exercise after each meal so that the calories get burned. Taking care of your kitten’s eating habit is the best you can help your kitten grow into a healthy cat. Prepare a schedule that contains the essential elements required for growth. Also, keep a tab on the amount of water and food consumed because quantity is very important for proper development. Follow the schedule for six months and soon you will see the difference in your kitten’s growth.
How To Keep Your Pets Away From Garbage
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ Some pets have a keen affinity towards the garbage and are always curious to find out what’s kept inside the trash can. It’s a horrible sight when you come home and find out the mess your pet has made while you were away. As a pet owner, you obviously love your pet a lot but somewhere you know you need to draw the line. And you also know that if your pet eats something that they are not supposed to, they can fall sick. So, how do you go about making the changes? Here are five changes you can make in and around your house to make sure your pet stays away from the trash.
  1. Buy a trash can with a tight lid Ditch your old trash can for one with a tight lid. It will keep your garbage secure and even if your pet drops the bin on the floor, it won’t come off easily. You can choose one with a lock function. Your pets may be smart but they’re not that smart to open the lock by themselves and take out the garbage.
  2. Limit the access to the trash can Change the position of your trash can and put it somewhere which is out of your pet’s reach. You can try by putting it in the closet, in the garage, in the bathroom or even under the kitchen sink when you leave the house. That way, your pet won’t find the trash can so easily. Additionally, keep changing the position from time to time.
  3. Keep your pets well-fed Your pet may be rummaging through your garbage because he is hungry. If it is so then it is clearly your fault. Make sure that they are well-fed and well taken care of. Feed them small meals throughout the day. It will ensure that they don’t ever stay hungry.
  4. Keep them engaged One of the reasons why your pet is so interested in the trash can is because he is bored. Your dog or cat might feel that there is something interesting that you keep inside the can and thus the curiosity. Keep chew toys and other games in the house to keep your pets engaged and away from the garbage.
  5. Train them Training your pets to keep away from the trash can is probably the best way to keep them away from it. Teach them that your trash can is off-limits and soon you won’t be needing any other precaution.
Conclusion A messy floor with garbage scattered all over the house is every pet owner’s nightmare. If you wish to avoid such a sight, take care of your garbage and train your pets to keep away from it.
Dealing With Common Potty Training Problems With Dogs
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Image Source: Wikimedia.org/ Dogs, especially puppies, sometimes don’t have control over their bladder. It is common for puppies to urinate in the wrong places. But that does not mean they are misbehaving or they are doing it on purpose. Often, they do it by “accident”. It is therefore your duty to train them from a young age so that they learn about proper potty habits. Here are some of the common potty training problems and solutions which might be useful for you the next time you take your dog for potty.
  1. Inconsistent potty timings Inconsistent potty timings is a big problem dog owners face when they deal with puppies. The main reason for this is improper food timings. Don’t feed the puppy throughout the day. That way you will lose track of the time it takes for the puppy to digest the food. Usually, puppies feel a need to urinate as soon as their food gets digested.
  2. Lack of communication Another reason why your dog needs potty training is because it helps bridge the communication gap between you as an owner and your dog. You must learn to read your dog’s body language. It will help you understand what you’re trying to say and your dog too will learn to trust you more. Moreover, it creates a friendly environment which is very important.
  3. Doing it indoors Many puppies have the habit of doing it inside the house. Part of it may be because you can’t understand your dog when he’s trying to talk to you or he is suffering from a problem. For the first you can use training as a means of communicating more with your dog. For the latter, if you don’t see any other symptom then don’t worry because puppies have a small bladder and it is natural that they can’t hold it for too long.
  4. Lack of training Training is the best way to ensure that your dog develops proper potty timings and behavior. It increases communication and helps you both understand each other. Every morning take your dog out for a walk and adhere to the timing. Keep fixed timings for food and water. That way you’ll be able to understand when your dog goes for potty. Adhere to the routine and create a separate one for days when you’re not at home.
Conclusion Giving dogs proper potty training is one of the toughest jobs for dog owners. There are common problems that every owner has to face but through proper training, the problems can be solved. Creating a routine that includes eating, drinking water and potty time and teaching dogs to follow that routine is one of the best ways to make things work.
5 Brain Games To Play With Your Dog
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ It is important for dog owners to train their pets and stimulate their brains through new and challenging activities. A dog grows when he is exposed to different situations that makes him use his brain. Also, it helps develop a strong bond between the owner and the dog. Usually, learning for any pet happens through games and play. Below is a list of 5 games that you can play with your dog for better brain development.
  1. Hide & Seek A dog uses his sense of smell to seek out different things in his vicinity. One of the simplest games to play is hide and seek and the best way to do it is with treats. Build obstacle courses and hide treats in boxes. Additionally, rub the scent from the treat in different places. It helps your dog become a natural problem solver and helps him get some exercise as well.
  2. Ring Stackers Ring stackers is a great game to teach dogs the eye-paw or eye-mouth combination. Don’t expect your dog to be perfect with it even as he grows because a dog’s brain development and a child’s brain development is not the same. It will take some time but it is a fun game and will keep your dog engaged.
  3. Shell Game The shell game is favorite among people who like to bet and it helps increase observation skills. You can do the same with your dog by putting a treat under an opaque plastic cup and exchanging its position continuously with one or two other similar looking empty cups. The game requires observation and thinking in tandem. Your dog is bound to love the game because treats are involved.
  4. The chase game The best way to teach a pet anything and help them grow is through play and what better than the classic chase game. Tie a string or a stuffed animal at the end of a stick and watch your dog jump and run around as it tries to catch it.
  5. Hot and Cold The hot and cold game is a great way to shape new behavior in your dog. Teach your dog to respond to “hot” or “cold” with a specific trick that you have taught him. If he does it correctly, he gets a treat. It’s a simple game but very effective when it comes to brain development. It will increase memory and help dogs learn discipline through a fun-filled activity. Conclusion It’s important for dog owners to train their dogs and help them grow both mentally or physically. By engaging them in a variety of fun games, owners can help their dogs become more responsive and more disciplined.
Feeding Habits In Older Cats V. Younger Cats
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Image Source: Maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/ Our eating habits and lifestyle change according to our age. As we grow older, we become more conscious of what we eat. The overall nutrition depends on our health and certain restrictions must be followed. Cats may not look old after a certain period of time but they do grow old and their feeding habit changes accordingly. Food digestion As opposed to dogs or human beings, a cat’s metabolism does not decrease as they age. Till the age of 11, their energy needs decrease but after that it continues to increase. As a result, older cats eat more but do less physical activity and it leads to obesity. Studies have shown that older cats don’t digest their food and therefore absorb the protein and fat. The same is the case with younger cats as well. It means that senior cats must consume more protein and fat to get the same level of energy as younger cats. The adjustment in their diet leads to greater consumption of food. It is interesting to note that cats require more proteins than most animals. Therefore, the amount of protein in a cat’s diet should be adjusted according to its age. Water Like other animals, cats don’t like drinking water unless it is needed. Both older and younger cats can show signs of dehydration if they have kidney problems. One way to help cats increase the consumption of water is by flavoring it. Another way is to keep small bowls in places where the cat likes staying. Dietary needs A cat’s dietary needs change according to its health. Cats who suffer from diseases like diabetes or bowel inflammation find it difficult to digest food that is rich in fiber. There are specific diets available in pet stores for cats who suffer from heart or stomach diseases. Again, cats with oral and dental disease have separate diets. So, a cat’s diet, irrespective of age, depends entirely on its health. Supplements Animals need supplements in food for growth and development. As cats grow older, the level of electrolytes, vitamins and minerals keeps decreasing in their body. When cats eat less food, the required level of supplements don’t get absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys and must be supplied separately. Supplements can be added in cat food but it is better to consult a doctor first before giving the supplements. Conclusion Feeding habits in cats are quite different from other animals in that they don’t necessarily eat less when they grow older. In fact, older cats consume more food than their younger counterparts. The water intake and dietary requirements doesn’t differ much for young and old cats. Food supplements are usually needed by older cats who lack them in their body.
5 Tips For Traveling With Your Pet
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Image source: Staticflickr.com/ Pet owners are often in dilemma regarding their pets when they go for a vacation. Most owners don’t like leaving their pets behind. But they know that traveling with a pet and traveling with a person are completely different things. If you are one such traveler, then here are 5 tips that will make your traveling easy.
  1. Identification is a must ID cards and documents are important and in your pet’s case, ID tags. Before leaving the house, make sure that the Id tag on your pet has important information like name, address and phone number. Some tags are also fitted with microchips for better identification. Also, carry multiple copies of your pet’s photo in case he gets lost.
  2. Pack plenty of food and water Pack plenty of food and water for your pet when you’re traveling because you never know whether you’ll be able to make frequent stops or not. And you also don’t know whether there will be an availability of pet stores on the way. If you are traveling during the summer, then pack foods that are rich in fat or that has added fish oils in it. Make sure your pets are hydrated because dehydration often causes strokes in animals.
  3. Keep them cool during summers During summers animals are prone to heatstroke in the same way that humans are. If the car gets heated up too much, you can pull over to a place that provides shade. It takes time for dogs and cats to cool down.
  4. Make pit stops at pet friendly places One of the challenges that you will face when you’re traveling with pets is that unlike you, your pets won’t be allowed everywhere. So, before leaving the house, make a list of all the places that allow pets to stay with their owners. If you’re heading over to your family or friends place, make sure they know you are bringing a pet with you. If you’re traveling by air, go through the guidelines for owners who travel with pets. Also, avoid extreme weather changes if you can.
  5. Learn first-aid techniques for pets You never know what situation you might end up in when you’re traveling. One of the most useful things you can learn while traveling with pets is first-aid techniques. Keep a small kit for your pet if you can. Also, carry your vets phone number in case an emergency arises. Conclusion Traveling with pets is a fun and enjoyable experience. However, it can be a nightmare if you don’t take measures to protect them. Carry food and water and protect them from the heat. Choose pet-friendly places to stay and learn first-aid techniques that might come in handy.
How To Get An Emotional Support Animal Certification?
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Image source : Pixabay.com/ Overview Over 40 million Americans have a mental health condition today. In fact, statistics show staggering figures of worsening mental health condition of Americans. As such, mental health experts worry that the country will be plunged into a dark hole of depression. Despite several efforts both at state and national levels, little has been achieved to alleviate the situation of people. Clinical counseling and therapies are good in their place, but a lot more needs to be done to achieve a high happiness index. Emotional Support Animals If you are one of the many Americans who is going through mental distress, you must have heard the therapeutic benefits of animals, especially dogs and cats. Such animals are called Emotional Support Animals (ESA), which are designated specifically to help individuals with psychological or emotional disabilities. These animal-companions include several animals and may be the individual's current pet. They differ from service animals in the sense that they are untrained to perform chores and identify diseases. They are a symbol of strong companionship and emotional bond between the owner and the animal. Emotional Support Animal Certification The Federal Law guides the ownership of Emotional Support Animals. Disabled individuals who feel they would benefit from such animals must have a psychological evaluation to be termed disabled by a licensed professional. In order to own such animals, one has to get the emotional support animals certification. The common psychological disabilities covered under the law are as follows:
  • Depressive disorders
  • Stress disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety/Panic disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
Though ESAs become like family members, they are quite different from general house pets. These animals provide emotional support and are governed by strict laws. The Air Carrier Access Act and the Fair Housing Act are the two main federal laws applicable to Emotional Support Animals and their owners. The former act, passed in 1990, restricts airlines from refusing transportation or charging fees from disable individuals, while the latter act, passed in 1998, requires housing and apartment communities to make reasonable accommodation for ESAs. How to qualify for Emotional Support Animals? If you have an emotional disability, which is certified by a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapists or other licensed mental health professional, you can own an ESA. The ESA certification is a formal letter, which contains the following details of the patient:
  • Proof of mental or emotional disability described in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) by a mental health professional
  • Proof of being under the treatment and care of the mental health professional
  • Proof of prescription of ESA as an integral part of treatment
  • Date of issue, which should be less than a year from the date of departure
How to Care for Disabled Pets?
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Image Source: Publicdomainpictures.net/ Charles, an owner of a German Shepherd named Brandy, was extremely excited to welcome the dog as a member of the family. The dog filled the first few years of their lives with immense joy and happiness. His family, comprising his wife and two sons, doted on Brandy like a friend. But after a few days, things changed. They made several attempts to make the dog walk, but they failed. Nothing seems to make the dog move, not even his favorite plastic bone. After several failed attempts, they finally consulted a vet who identified the issue as dog paralysis. This is one of the many cases where pet owners are faced by an intimidating and helpless situation with their beloved pet. Disability is painful, both for the animal and the owner, because nothing much can be done about it. Most of such disabilities are age-related, but they strike when they have to. Signs of disability in pets As a dog owner, you can look for the following signs of disability:
  • Inability to stand up without helpless
  • Difficulty in climbing stairs, running and walking
  • Accidental or uncontrolled urination
  • Unusual growths on your pet's body
  • Mood and appetite changes
Living with a disabled pet Living with a disabled pet is challenging but rewarding. Even if your pet is born disabled, or suffered an injury that made him so, you can still give your pet the best life. You don't have to make your pet realize that he is different. You only have to motivate him to live life normally. Here are a few coping strategies that you can adopt for giving your disabled pet the best life: When your pet is blind Dogs rely more on their sense of smell than sight, while cats rely more on their vision to acquaint themselves to their surroundings. You can take the following steps to deal with your pet's blindness:
  • Talk to your pet in a comforting tone
  • Keep them distracted with toys that have distinctive smells
  • Help your pet orient themselves to the new setup in case you have moved your furniture
  • Keep passageways and floors clear for preventing accidents with your pet
  • Keep your pet indoors and do not leave it alone.
When your pet is deaf
  • Make eye contact or touch them gently to get their attention
  • Always keep it leashed
  • Use a flashlight to alert them
  • Consider a tag that informs others about your dog's deafness
When your pet is immobile Harnesses, carts and slings help immobile or paralyzed pets to navigate with assistance. Some dogs respond well to acupuncture, chiropractic and massages. Such therapies in conjunction with veterinarian help can help you achieve specific goals.
Cat’s Purr: The Healing Power Nobody Knows About
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Image Source: Pexels.com/ Introduction Cats, with their tiny noses and fluffy bodies, can touch the heart of anyone. Their docile and solitary nature makes them adorable creatures. Merely looking at your fluffy friend running around in the house allays a lot of distress. But there is more than just emotional support that your feline friend gives you. Have you ever heard your cat purr? If yes, then you will be surprised to know that your cat's purr can heal you in a number of ways. Besides being relaxing and stress-busting, your cat's purr is physically beneficial for you. The fact is backed by science which focuses more on the vibration than the sound produced by your cat's purr. The healing power of cat purrs Cat's purr produces a vibration in the range of 20 to 140 Hertz, which is considered medically therapeutic. Scientists have dived deeper into the subject of frequency-based healing process, and found that cat's purring frequency brings healing changes in the body. Sound frequencies that range from 20 to 140 Hertz induce bone growth and speeds up the healing process. Besides this, cat's purr is linked to various other health benefits, which are as follows:
  • Reducing stress Petting your purring cat immediately has a calming effect on your nerves and de-stresses your body. Since stress is the underlying cause of many heart and neurological diseases, cat's purr is seen to alleviate it to prevent the onset of such diseases.
  • Reducing dyspnoea Shortness of breath or dyspnoea is a common problem faced by people, and also animals. Dyspnoea is the symptom of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is surprising to see that cat's purr can reduce the symptoms associated with dyspnoea. The sound frequency of 100 Hertz, which falls under the range of cat purrs, is seen to reduce dyspnoea to a great extent.
  • Reducing blood pressure High blood pressure, or hypertension is a direct result of stressful lives of people. Since the sound frequency of cat purrs reduce stress, you can also experience a fall in your blood pressure because of the calming effects induced by the purring cat.
  • Healing injuries The frequency is seen to heal muscle, tendon and ligament injuries in humans. The low frequency heals fractures, and relieves pain and achy muscles. The frequency of 20-50 Hertz is seen to increase bone density, an interesting fact to consider about cat purrs.
  • Reduces chances of heart attacks Purring cats are believed to reduce chances of heart attacks by 40 percent. Everything is very prominently related to reduced stress levels when exposed to the cat's purring frequency.
The Common Problem of Excitement Urination in Dogs
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Image credits - Pixabay The best thing about dogs is their friendly nature. The way they jump and pounce on you when you come back home makes them even more adorable. They are super-excited creatures that love to love and be loved. But their excitement sometimes comes with a problem- excitement urination- that may irritate you at times. What exactly is excitement urination? Excitement urination occurs mostly in puppies and young dogs during playtime and greeting and doesn't have signs of submissive urination. It happens when dogs are yet to develop full control over their bladder. With age, the problem usually resolves itself, but in some cases, it continues to persist if the dog is ill-treated by pet owners. However, it also seen that dogs get excited and urinate when pet owners talk to them in a soothing tone. Over-excitement or fear may cause puppies and young dogs to briefly lose control over the muscles in the urinary bladder, which causes smart squirts of urine to pass out. Excitement urination is a physiological response to the feeling of excitement it gets on seeing known people such as you, your friend or your children. Your dog may not even realize it until it feels some wetness. How to deal with excitement urination in dogs? Cleaning up puddles of urine can be frustrating for you, but scolding the dog for it will not solve the problem. Excitement urination is beyond the control of your dog, and scolding or beating it would be cruel. However, there are better ways to deal with the problem than projecting your frustration on it.
  • Decrease initial excitement Although you may feel like cuddling your dog as soon as you enter the house, you have decrease the initial excitement of the dog. Try avoiding greeting your dog as soon as you come home. Keep your shopping bags or purse or do something else for a few minutes before you greet your canine friend.
  • Keep greeting a little low Just because your dog urinates when you greet doesn't mean you abandon it completely. Greet it calmly and quietly, and avoid looming over it. Put you hand out to her so that she can come and reach you. Pet it under the chin instead of the head, and teach your visitors to do the same.
  • Go outdoors If you see that your dog urinates on being greeted, then you should greet it outdoor, where you don't have to mop puddles of urine. This will spare you from the frustration and anxiety of mopping floors.
  • Consider health checks If your dog urinates even after attaining adulthood, then you should consider visiting a vet because it may be a sign of other health issues such as urinary track infections.
How to Convince Your Boss To Allow Your Dog at Work?
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Image credits - Pixabay If you love your dog, you would hate to leave it alone at home. After all who likes to think of a lonely creature locked up inside the house, while you go through the day's drudgery? The only solution for this is to get your pooch to work. But will your boss allow you to get him to work? Sadly, most bosses blatantly say a piercing no. Many workplaces have considered keeping pets as a stress-buster for employees, but if you are unfortunately not a part of such a workplace, then perhaps you can try convincing your boss about this good idea. As a matter of fact, there is no reason why having a friendly and well-behaved dog in your workplace a bad idea. You should however train your dogs and run a trial before making it a full-fledged part of your work culture. Arguments for the decision You can try the following arguments to convince your boss for allowing your dog at work:
  • Your dog will increase business Having a dog at your workplace, for example a store, can attract a number of customers. Businesses that work directly with consumers can find it advantageous when their employees bring their pooch to work because customers come to pet and play with the dog and likely to stay longer there longer to shop.
  • Your dog will be a stress-buster Work piles increase employee stress. Playing with the dog as a brief break from work can greatly reduce stress levels of employees. Relaxed brain think and work better, as a result of which employee productivity and efficiency increases. This is perhaps the best argument you can present to your boss.
  • Your dog will nurture healthy habits at work First and foremost, having a dog at work will reduce the number of smoke breaks you take during the day. Instead of flying into the smoking room or office basement, you can walk your dog around the office. This will stretch your legs and snap you out of your sedentary work-life, thus making you a healthier employee.
  • Your dog can identify personality traits Dogs are loyal animals that follow their master. A trustworthy and amiable dog reflects the same personality traits of the master. Thus it becomes a strong argument for allowing dogs at work because it can identify the traits of employees.
  • Your dog can popularize the company on social media Instead of uploading a selfie of yourself with a hackneyed hashtags, you can try the same with your dog in your office. This can popularize the company on social media, and make it count among few workplaces that allow pets for employee well-being.
How to Choose the Best Toys for Your Pooch
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Image credits - Pixabay Your pooch is like your best friend; it accompanies you on evening walks, plays and stays with you through thick and thin. The sweet sight of it in the morning prepares you for any conundrum that the day may present to you. However, have you ever thought what your dog likes to play with? A dry, artificial bone is good, but is that all you can give your dog for pleasure? No. Dog toys may sound like an old hat means of entertaining your dogs, but they are an important part of your pooch's wellbeing. Choosing the right toys for your dog If you are considering to give your dog some nice toys to play with, you should make a careful decision. You need to consider the following factors before making a purchase:
  • Age Age of your dog is an important factor to consider. A three-week old puppies still have baby teeth, for which the toy should be soft and snug. If your dog is between three and nine months, don't worry if you see it chewing on your loafers. This is the teething phase and you should consider chew toys for your pooch. After the teething phase, your dog will develop strong jaws. Now you can consider giving it harder toys. However, on attaining seniority, your dog needs to be switched back to soft toys because their jaws lose their strength.
  • Size All dog toys should correspond to the current size of the dog. A big dog will need a bigger toy lest they may crush it with their teeth. The right size of the toy is also important to consider because a very small toy may be ingested by it and block gastrointestinal tracks. Make sure that you choose a toy that does not fit behind your pooch's rear molars.
What dog toys are available? Now that you are careful about the factors associated with dog toys, you can consider the following toys:
  • Active toys Hard rubber toys come in various sizes and shapes and are great for chewing. If you dog likes tug-of-war and chewing on different textures, then you can consider woven and rope toys which are generally available in the shape of a bone with done up ends.
  • Distraction toys Feeder or busy box toys, which come in rubber shapes can be filled with treats to distract dogs. By moving the cube around the dog's nose, paws and mouth, it gets to the goodies. This is great for dogs that tend to eat quickly.
  • Comfort toys Soft stuffed toys are good if your dog likes to carry it around or wants to shake or “crush” their toys. These toys are usually sturdy that prevents accidental swallowing.
Do You Need Multiple Litter Boxes If You Have More Than One Cat?
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Image Source: Staticflickr.com/ Cats are mysterious creatures, they are particular, observant, intelligent, and unlike dogs they demand your time, and enjoy their personal space. Cat psychology is complex; they’re selective about certain things like sharing toys, sleeping spots, and especially the litter tray. While keeping a cat is fun, finding a compatible companion for your cat is wonderful. It’s lovely and comforting to know that your cats have each other when you’re not around. Along with the perks of a multi cat household, comes the literal obstacle of the litter question. Freedom to Litter Cats aren’t pack animals, even in the wild, they’re usually solitary creatures. The hierarchies they form, along with their characteristics and personalities govern the way they maintain their space and express their feelings. Several multi-cat houses might face issues with a single litter box. To each one, plus one Cats like their space, especially when going through private processes like evacuating. Sharing the same litter box can get your cat all stressed out, especially if being dominated by another, or simply if they think the box to dirty for them to ‘go’ right then. All cats no matter how close they are otherwise prefer to have their own special box to go when nature calls. Even if you have siblings living together, they would not necessarily be comfortable sharing the same litter box. Ideally households with more than one cat should have a designated litter box for each cat, plus one litter box on the float. For instance, if you have 3 cats, you should have at least 4 boxes. It’s all about location, location, location When adding extra litter boxes in your home; pick and choose your spots carefully. Lining several boxes together doesn’t quite work. Try looking at things from a cat’s perspective. Many boxes lined together makes one big litter box, which might lead to the same stressful situations for your cats. Eliminate the possibility of a cat stalking or being territorial about a box. Spread the boxes across your living space. Sure it might not be convenient, though it helps reduce anxious and potentially harmful situations. If you have a house with more than one level then keep boxes on each level. Keep it Clean Rule of thumb bids a clean litter box at all times. A seemingly impossible task, especially if you aren’t in the vicinity to make sure the boxes are clean every single time your cat goes to the toilet. Alpha cats tend to claim a litter box for themselves, one other cats wouldn’t frequent. Keeping multiple boxes prevents overcrowding, and helps keep things cleaner in the house. Multiple boxes encourages your cats to behave better toward each other and leaves them free to get their business done without ruffling anyone’s fur.
How to Become a Dog Trainer
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Image Source: Pixabay.com/ There is no denying the fact that dogs can be excellent companions for people of all ages. If you’re a dog lover, then you could seriously think about making your passion a rewarding profession. Yes, you could become a ‘dog trainer’! This could be the ideal way for you to enjoy and make some money, all at the same time. Of course, there are some necessary skills that you need to acquire in order to become a dog trainer. Here is a brief overview of the training process. Do you need to attend a ‘dog training school’? Dog training does not really mimic other professional training programs. In fact, a large percentage of the dog trainers may not actually have ‘certification’ from a dog training school. These people have simply read up a lot on dog ethology and behavior modification. They may have also attended certain workshops, conventions and seminars and received guidance from seasoned trainers. But this does not mean that there aren’t any dog training schools. A dog training program will typically enlighten you on the following subjects:
  • Dog-training history: This would be an overview of the complete dog-history training, starting from the end of the 19th century to the present. It will give you information about the dog training methods used over the years and how they differ from various other animal training programs.
  • Learning about animals: In this subject, you will get introduced to operant and classical conditioning, negative and positive punishment, negative and positive reinforcement, discrimination, motivation, habituation, sensitization/desensitization, conditioned emotional responses and other similar areas.
  • Dog behavior: This subject would throw light on dog ethology and development, fixed patterns of action, behavior genetics, social development, hormonal factors, breed-specific characteristics, body language, social signs etc.
Finally, upon completion of the course, you will also learn how to design classes and courses and become acquainted with the different ways of counseling individuals and motivating owners or caretakers. Quick tips on becoming a dog trainer
  • Read extensively on the science of animal behavior science, especially animal learning.
  • Work as a volunteer at any local dog shelter. This will help you build and/or improve upon your existing dog handling skills.
  • Try and find a trainer who is willing to make you his/her apprentice.
One of the first things to understand about dog training is that this profession is a lot about engaging with people. This means that as a prospective trainer, you must enjoy not only dog but also human interaction because you would have to ultimately train the dog owners to handle their dogs and not really handle them yourself. Use these guidelines to kick-start your career as a dog trainer now!
How Do Ticks and Fleas Survive The Winter?
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Image source: Freegreatpicture.com/ cat or dog is at a lesser risk of falling prey to a flea infestation during winters if it is living in the natural environment. This is because fleas tend to lay dormant in very cold weather conditions. However, pets are mostly kept indoors during winter months where there is central heating. And this warm artificial environment can allow the breeding of fleas throughout the year. Let’s put it like this. It may be a myth that fleas do not survive during winter months. They can very much live through the winter, particularly in the indoor environment which is warmer and more humid. As a pet owner, you would have to take certain important steps for ridding your home and pets from these parasites. Otherwise, they will continue to breed even in the extreme winter months. No hibernation for fleas It is true that no flea (egg, pupae, larvae or adult flea) is capable of surviving in a near-freeze temperature environment for a very long time. But fleas are quite innovative and opportunistic creatures and find their way into warm-bodies hosts such as opossums, raccoons, cats and dogs. They may also survive in warm shelters like your home, garage or a shed. This way, they are able to live throughout the year. Further, fleas do not hibernate in the way other animals and birds do during winter. It is possible for an adult flea to stay in an inactive state inside its cocoon for 5 to 9 months. However, temperatures falling below 37.4°F (3°C) have the potential to kill pre-emerged fleas. Hence, adult fleas try and seek insulated or warm areas for laying eggs. The flea larvae come out of these eggs during spring time when the weather conditions are more suitable. Winter survival for ticks It is true that ticks will be more active during selected months of the year and this largely depends on the region and the species. While summer is known to be a suitable time for breeding of ticks, the might survive the winter months too. Surprised? Let’s find out how ticks are able to live through the winter. They may latch onto a host or go dormant. Ticks often tend to hide leaf litter that is commonly present in bushy or wooded areas. With snowfall, these dormant ticks stay protected under the debris layer and manage to survive. Soft-shell ticks are able to survive since they stay underground in dens or burrows. Generally speaking, a lot of the tick species may be harmless as far as your pet’s safety is concerned. However, some precaution definitely needs to be taken to avoid infestation even during winter time. It’s best to tick control done throughout the year, including the winter season.
Debunking Dog Myths
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Image Source: Pexels.com/ Welcome to the world of pet-care! It is so much fun to have a dog, but it also brings with it a great deal of responsibility and knowledge. There are some common myths associated with pet dogs. Let’s debunk some of them here! Myth#1: Dog saliva is an antiseptic This old wives tale is definitely untrue. In the ancient times, dog’s saliva was thought to have antiseptic properties. Some people continue to believe that it can heal wounds. This belief was built upon the assumption that dogs commonly lick the wounds on their body and these wounds hardly ever get infected. This implies that the mouth of a dog must definitely be ‘clean’ and may even have a healing effect on wounds. However, this is actually false. When a dog licks its wound, it basically removes the dead tissue and this can help counter infection. Basically, a dog’s salvia isn’t really an antiseptic and may not ever be truly clean. Myth#2: Your dog can eat anything Dogs have the ability to identify sweet, sour, salty and bitter tastes. But the way humans perceive taste and dogs perceive taste is different. Dogs can possibly gain enough information about the food in front of them just by smelling it. Even though they are often attracted by smelly foods, this does not mean that you should feed them takeout or curry leftovers. This is definitely not good for them and can make them sick. Instead, prepare fresh and nutritionally-balanced meals for your pet at home. Myth#3: A warm or dry nose implies that the dog is unwell The actual signs of illness in a dog are loss of appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing and other similar distresses; not a warm or dry nose. If you dog’s nose is warm, it may just be that he’s been out in the sun for a long time. If you want to check your pet for fever, simply put your hand on his head. The normal temperature for a dog is in the range 101-101.5 degrees and therefore he may feel a bit warm to the human touch without any fever. Myth#4: It’s safe to kiss your pet dog According to vets, the dog’s natural mouth bacteria may not be harmful for human beings, but the tongue which has been in several unclean environments, could definitely be a cause of worry. Pet owners have complained of salmonella poisoning after they have been licked by the dog on their face. It’s true