Dog Training Tips

Training your dog can be simple, or very frustrating. It all depends on what information you chose to use. Many common problems arise during dog obedience training and dog house training. Here are some tips to help you to a more enjoyable and effective training time.

*House training- Look for the signs. Once your dog realizes where it is supposed to go potty, he will give you signs such as nose grazing, loitering around the door, prancing around the room, eye contact, and even barking. I know one dog that actually rings a bell! Dogs should have regular feeding times and food should be picked up right after they are finished eating. They should be let out on a consistent schedule. If he makes a mess, do not call the dog to you, go and get him. Sit him down and make him look at his mess. Scold or growl to show you are not happy. Then take him outside. Do not let your dog see you clean up his mess. This will undermine your authority, as he will think of you as his maid. This is one of the most common reasons for serious house soiling. Your dog must learn control. You should not have to constantly be on the lookout at the door. Once the incident has been handled, do not continue to scold him. Continue reading “Dog Training Tips”

Common Cat Behaviors

Living with your cat can be an inexplicable adventure. When he or she scratches the furniture, meows for no reason, or races around the house at high speeds, it seems like there is no rhyme or reason behind it. However, all cat behaviors have a reason, even if they look peculiar to human owners. Here are some common cat behaviors and the causes behind them.

If your cat dunks favorite toys in his water bowl, he may be trying to find a safe place for his things. In the wild, cats bring their prey back to a nest area to hide it from predators or other cats. Since most indoor cats don’t really have a nest, they may leave their favorite toys in the middle of their food or water bowls, as the next best thing.

When cats knead happily with their paws while being petted, they are showing their love for you. This behavior descends from the kneading actions of kittens while they nurse. When they press against their mother’s nipples, more milk will flow for them to suckle. Being caressed on your lap reminds your cat of kittenhood and causes him to begin kneading. If you have problems with this behavior, such as clawing, try keeping nails clipped, or put a towel or cushion under his claws when he begins kneading. Continue reading “Common Cat Behaviors”

Why Is Your Cat Overweight?

Food

Dry food has been a recommended staple diet for cats by many experts for a number of years. It is an easy option to leave a bowl of dry food out constantly; something that cannot be done with tinned food. Unfortunately though, it’s not a natural food source and has been developed by humans using many additives and un-natural products. Cats, like humans, will eat until they fill themselves up. However, dry food has many more calories and carbohydrates than a natural food source, which leads to the cat taking in far more than necessary just to feel full-up. Many owners assume that their cat is just greedy, but in many cases it is not the quantity of food being eaten, it is the quality.

Naturally, cats are obligate carnivores; meaning they only feed on other animals. The cats prey however, are generally herbivorous and have various vegetable and plant matter in their guts. All of which, will be consumed by the cat. Domestic cats have been shown to have longer intestines than wild cats; proving they have evolved over hundreds of years to cope with more plant and vegetable matter (carbohydrates). Still, this is no excuse to turn a carnivore into an omnivore. Rather, supplementing the diet with small amounts of carbohydrates is acceptable.

Many consumers believe that dried food is actually better for cats. The manufacturers have implemented the belief that all these additives such as corn and grains are an important part of a cat’s diet, implying ‘the more the better’ approach. Although very small quantities of these may benefit the cat, too much will be detrimental to their health. Continue reading “Why Is Your Cat Overweight?”

Cat Facts

Cats prefer foods at body temperature–the temperature of freshly killed prey. They also prefer their food cut into ΒΌ inch chunks (especially when they are sick and need to be tempted.) And did you know that 60% of all cats like cold tomato juice? I’ve tried V-8 and it doesn’t seem to be at all tempting. We use this trick to entice kidney-failure cats to drink more liquids.

Cats are either right or left handed, showing a distinct preference for one paw over the other.

A healthy domestic feline can reach speeds up to 31 miles/hour, but can’t maintain that sprinting speed for more than a minute.

A cat licks their fur to keep cool in hot weather. Like dogs, they sweat only through the pads of their feet.

Their whiskers are specially adapted to act as antennae. They are used to navigate, to detect movement and to judge the width of an opening. Whiskers are also an indicator of mood–when the whiskers are back, the cat is angry, so watch out. Some people think finding a whisker is good luck. I know one woman who is a millionaire that has a cat whisker collection! Continue reading “Cat Facts”

Things To Think About Before You Buy A Pet Bird

While a bird is an easy pet to care for, they do require just as much commitment and preparation as any other type of pet. Whether you are buying a small parakeet or an large parrot, you should make sure that you are prepared to care for your new feathered friend properly.

One thing that all pets, including birds need is attention. If your schedule has you working long hours and not spending much time at home, perhaps you should consider a fish tank instead of a bird. A bird cannot be left in it’s cage alone all the time and still be expected to be friendly on the odd days when you feel like playing with it. Some birds require more interaction than others, but they are social creatures and need you to set aside some time each day to play with them. You can use this time to teach them tricks and strengthen the bond between you.

When considering bringing a bird into your home, you must think about the safety of your new pet. Are there other pets in the house that could be threatening to the bird? Are there tiny nooks and crannies that a bird could get into and hurt himself? Do the other members of your family leave the windows and doors open where the bird could fly out and be lost? All these things must be considered for the safety of your new pet Continue reading “Things To Think About Before You Buy A Pet Bird”

5 Things to Know about Animal Rescue Groups

Over the past decade, breed rescue groups have become a major force in dog adoptions. These rescue groups limit their effort to a particular breed of dog including purebreds. This is a help to people who want a certain breed of dog but can’t or won’t use breeders.

To make the best use of a rescue group, however, there are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Watch out for scams.

Some wholesale breeders and brokers who can’t meet federal and state laws advertise themselves as “rescue” organizations. Crooks have even collected money for non-existent rescue groups. Continue reading “5 Things to Know about Animal Rescue Groups”