Pet Fun

Many dogs love to play tug of war – it is a healthy display of their predatory nature. There has been some debate over tug of war and dogs. Some feel the game causes aggressive behavior and dominance. However, the tug of war is actually mental and physical exercise for your dog. It is also a great way to reinforce the human-canine bond. The most important thing to remember is that there are rules that should be followed to keep the game from going overboard.

  1. Before you begin playing tug of war with your dog, you should teach a release command, like drop it. This will help you stop the game if necessary.
  2. Choose a dog toy that is designed for tugging. The toy should be durable and flexible. The best tug toys are typically made out of rubber or a similar material and have a comfortable handle that keeps your hand away from the dog’s mouth. Here are two good choices:

    Kong Tug
    Orbee-Tuff Tug

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Dogs and Fireworks Phobia

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by on December 28, 2012 · 0 comments

A fear of fireworks is a fairly common phobia for dogs. They often find the loud, unpredictable noise and bright displays of light truly frightening. Even a seemingly confident dog can tremble and drool at the unfamiliar sounds. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help your dog get through the festivities.

Desensitize Your Dog to the Sound of Fireworks

If you have some time before the 4th of July or an anticipated fireworks display in your neighborhood, you can begin getting your dog used to the sounds. This is referred to as desensitization, and it can be done in a few simple steps:

  • Find a video or recording of fireworks.
  • Play the video or recording at the lowest possible volume a few times during the day.
  • Pair the sound of the fireworks with things your dog likes, such as treats, meals, cuddle time, or a game of tug-of-war. [click to continue…]

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Top Ten Puppy Training Tips

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by on December 14, 2012 · 0 comments

Puppy training can seem overwhelming. There’s so much for a new puppy to learn. Not to worry! The following tips can help you navigate puppy training, so your new pet will become a happy and healthy member of your family.

1. Socializing

Socializing is just what it sounds like – getting your puppy out and about to experience new people, places, and situations. Puppies that are well socialized tend to become more well-adjusted adults. Many of the most common behavior problems we see in dogs, such as aggression, fear, and excessive barking, can stem from a lack of proper early socialization.

2. Housebreaking

Most new puppy owners put housebreaking high on their list of priorities. Get your puppy off to a good start by putting him on a schedule. If he is eating at regular times and being taken outside frequently, you will be well on your way tohousebreaking the new puppy.

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Dogs can become aggressive for any number of reasons – fear, dominance, guarding possessions. No matter the reason for the dog aggression, the body language of a dog can let you know if he is about to bite. Knowing what to look for can help you prevent dog bites.

1. Growling and Snapping

Growling and snapping are probably the most obvious signs that a dog is about to bite. Dogs growl or snap to let you know they are unhappy or uncomfortable. If a dog growls or snaps at you when you approach him, it’s time to give him some space.

Growling and snapping can be helpful, too. Pay attention to the times your dog growls or snaps. Does it happen when you approach him when he’s eating, when strangers approach, or when you touch him while he’s asleep? Knowing what elicits the growling and snapping allows you to manage the problem and work on changing the behavior.

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Before the Introduction

You will have better chance of success if your dog is a puppy. A puppy who grows up with a cat is likely to see the cat as part of the pack.

You will have less chance of success if:

  • Your dog has an aggressive or predatory nature. An aggressive dog can seriously injure or kill a cat.
  • Your cat is a small kitten, or is declawed, handicapped, or elderly. A kitten can be injured by an overly playful dog. Declawed, older, or handicapped cats are less equipped to defend themsleves.

Preparation steps – Important!

  • Get to know your dog and cat well. Be able to interpret their body language and sense their moods.
  • Your dog should be well-trained, and respond to commands to come, stay, and sit.
  • You should also know how to blend mild discipline and positive redirection to gently influence your cat’s behavior.

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Giving kisses on command is a favorite dog trick for many people, especially children. It also happens to be one of the easiest tricks to train a dog to do.

What You Need

Some yummy treats are all that you need to train a dog to give kisses. Peanut butter or cream cheese works well because it’s easy to smear a small bit on your cheek or hand. You may also want to keep a towel on hand, especially if you are working with a dog known to be a big drooler, like a St. Bernard or Mastiff! [click to continue…]

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Aside from dogs, another popular choice as a pet by some people is a cat. Some individuals are very fond of having cats as pets due to the numerous behaviors that are unique for them. It includes purring, kneading, claw sharpening, curiosity and their body language.

Purring are sounds produced by a cat, especially when they were kittens, and also when they feel secured and contented as well as when they are sleeping. Feeling ill or frightened is another situation when the cat would produce a purring sound. Before, purring was believed to be coming from the throat of the cat but over time, this thinking became obsolete. People now believe that the sound is produced by a vibration on the wall of the cat’s chest. Specifically, vibrations are located in the major blood vessels. The purring sound is produced after the vibrations were already transmitted onto the upper air passages of the cat.

Another unique characteristic of a cat is kneading. This one is the motion that is done initially by newborn kittens when they are nursing from their mother. This instinctive motion involves the pressing of the front paw against the tummy of their mother by the kittens. When cats do kneading, it means that they are contented and shows their affection towards their mother. After kneading, it is normally accompanied by purring. Not only that the kittens do kneading, even mother cats do it especially when they feel something soft like a sweater, comforter, pillow, and even the hair of humans. [click to continue…]

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Why is Cat Spa Needed?

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by on May 23, 2012 · 0 comments

When people talk about pets, the first animal to be mentioned is a dog. Considered as man’s best friend for various reasons, having a dog as a pet is quite an easy choice. Pet dogs also bring a lot of health benefits to its owner such as the improvement in the mood. Aside from the dog, another good choice for a pet is a cat. Though a cat is not that popular of a pet among households, there are still plenty of individuals who like to have a cat as their pet. Like dogs, cats also provide a number of health benefits to its owners. For this reason, it is quite crucial to keep a cat in proper condition and one way to do it is through cat spa.

Health benefits of having cats

Before proceeding with the discussion regarding cat spa, it is important to tackle first the health benefits of owning a cat. According to different health professionals as well as researchers, one of the benefits of having a cat is it lowers the risk of having cardiovascular diseases. Based on the study conducted by an American university, individuals without cats have 30 to 40 percent likelihood of dying from a cardiovascular disease. This kind of benefit that cats have to their owners was not seen among dog owners.

Another health benefit that cats provide to their owners is the reduction in the risk of having heart attack. Not only does it help a cat owner avoid ending up with a heart attack, it also helps in decreasing the chance of a person dying suddenly due to heart attack. Cats also decrease the chance of a person suffering from different kinds of allergies. This one benefits newborn babies more than adults. According to some studies conducted, newborn babies living with animals such as cats and dogs have a lesser tendency of developing allergies. The reason behind it is that when babies are already used to living with animals at such an early age, they develop some kind of immunity. [click to continue…]

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One of the favorite pets to have by the people is a dog. No one can just blame these people since a dog is known to be a man’s best friend. Dogs are known for such title because of their ability to be very loyal with their owners. They are even considered as more loyal to humans than most people. The dogs are also recognized as one of the most loyal animals. Due to the love of the people with dogs, people are fond of giving dog names to their pets, where some are even unusual ones.

Other reasons people love dogs

Before going to the dog names, it is important to know first the other reasons why people love to have a pet dog. Dog ownership definitely brings a lot of joys to its owner as well as health benefits. It has been proven that dogs as well as other pet animals are natural mood enhancers. When a person sees his pet dog after a long day at the office, it can definitely help him have a better mood. Being with a dog for just about 15 to 130 minutes can already relieve a person from the anxiousness or stress being felt. Based on studies, the time spent with the dog allows the body of a person to undergo physical changes which results to the difference on the mood. Cortisol level is lowered and on the other hand, serotonin is increased. The former is a hormone associated to stress while serotonin is associated with well-being. [click to continue…]

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