Choosing the Right Breed for You

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Pedigree. Whether in man’s high-class society, or the equally enthralling world of pet breeding, blood defines status. In choosing a particular breed to adopt, you actually end up also deciding what lifestyle you, yourself, are planning to lead. This becomes especially true with first-time pet owners who might have to change a thing or two once they have pets.

After all, far from purchasing an accessory you are committing to the care of another, albeit furrier, living thing. There also comes an unrivaled sense of pride and distinction in raising purebreds, or as is steadily gaining popularity, designer breeds. But we are getting ahead of ourselves, when there are simply quite a number of things to consider before that.

First of all, it is important for the owner-to-be to understand how this option is as significant as the decision to get a pet in the first place. Breed is an excellent indicator of certain traits - size, coat characteristics (color, length, texture, shedding, etc.), susceptibility to certain diseases, and even temperance. This will also give you an idea of its exercise, training, and diet requirements which should tell you whether it is ideal for your own keeping.

At first glance, it may be overwhelming to decide from over 150 dog breeds profiled by the American Kennel Club (this does not include Miscellaneous Class or Foundation Stock Service Breeds). The Cat Fancier’s Association on the other hand has a roster of over 40 pedigreed breeds they recognize. But with the many authorities, communities, shows, and fora on the different breeds, it has become easier to find out about the differences between one pet from another.

Second, after finding out what may be your personal type of dog/cat, you should check to see if they match your current lifestyle. Here are the most important things you should consider before deciding on a breed:

1. Current residence (yard size, neighborhood pet-friendliness)

2. Work hours (time spent away that requires leaving the pet alone at home, availability for daily exercise)

3. Financial Situation (grooming sessions, toys and accessories, quality feeds your pet deserves - all of which can ring up quite the bill after some time)

For instance, if a young, career-minded professional stays in an adequate flat/unit with a limited budget might want to go with a Boston terrier rather than a St. Bernard. Big dogs (like the St. Bernard) require a lot more space and a whole ton of food - something a yuppie might not be able to provide yet. As in any relationship, compatibility issues are something every pet owner ought to be responsible enough to worry about.

At the end of the day though, the most important thing in choosing what pet to take care of, is you making an informed decision.

Pet Training

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There is more to owning a pet than just cuddling and feeding. Pets need discipline, attention and a lot of training. Most pets are easily trained, especially if the owners start training them when they are still young. However, it doesn’t mean that older dogs can’t learn from training – all it will take is time and patience.

Patience is one important value to consider when training your pets for obedience. Throughout your pet’s life, they learn continuously and it is up to the master to reinforce the learning by giving them rewards.

The first thing to consider when training your pets is the time of the day to do the training. Understand that in order for the obedience training to work, the activity must become a routine for the pet. Perhaps doing a five to ten minute training activity twice or thrice a day is enough to make it a routine for the dog.

We would like to get rid of the bad habits our dogs possess, such as peeing on the carpet or gnawing over the furniture, or any typical destructive behavior of a mutt. Below are some rules you can adopt to address to this behavior.

  1. You can tie a rope around your dog and just let him drag it around. When he decides to run outside or do something bad, you can pull him back to enforce the idea that what the dog is doing is considered bad behavior.
  2. Secure more than one collar for your dog – a training collar, and another for activities.

A part of dog training is the ability to connect the verbal commands with hand gestures so the dogs can better understand the commands. Commands like “stop barking”, “sit” or “stay” are more often associated with some hand movements, when coupled with practice and training, become the dog’s conditioned stimulus to respond with a good behavior, or to simply follow the order.

Technology has also helped trainers deal with the training of our pets. There are newly invented ultrasonic devices created specifically for a dog’s training need. The mechanism of some of these ultrasonic devices is to emit a high pitched sound inaudible to the human ear but will surely get the dog’s attention. These are coupled with training techniques to ensure faster transition of learning for the dogs.

Like many other pets, dogs can be trained well to become obedient pets at home. There are dogs trained well enough to help the armed forces save lives and apprehend criminals. There are dogs who guide physically handicapped individuals. There are obedient housedogs that are very loyal and obedient to their owners. All that they needed was a sound training regimen, continuously employed to the dogs and religiously done by the trainers.

The 10 Commandments of Pet Buying

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When the family decides it’s high time to buy a new pet, there are definitely a couple of points to consider before going to the nearest pet store. Here is a checklist worth reviewing before buying your new pet. While this is not a black and white rulebook that every potential pet buyer has to follow, this serves as a sufficient guide to follow when buying your next pet.  Reading these 10 commandments will help you make the best decisions based on your current conditions.

Previous Pets and Other Pets
Before deciding to buy a new pet, think of your existing pets in the household. Ideally, bringing in a new pet in the house can bring good company to your old pets, but sometimes, this may spell disaster as most pets are typically territorial. Also, consider your past experiences with previous pets. Were there hard moments, happy times, or anything in particular you may want to avoid or experience? Those are good to consider before buying a pet.

Think about the space in your home. Remember that larger pets need larger spaces to move about, and the space you have for your pet can determine the type of pet you’ll be getting.

Apart from the room’s space, the type of family activities you enjoy may as well dictate the type of pet you’ll have. Pets aren’t just left at home, but should be taken with you when you go out for activities.

Pet Supplies & veterinary clinics
Whether they’re big or small, pets need food and constant checkup with the vets. Make sure that the pets you care for, if living far from a supplier and/or clinic, requires minimal medical checkups and supply replenishments.

Family Lifestyle
You and your family’s lifestyle will greatly affect the pet you will be buying. Give buying a pet some deep thought before actually buying one, especially if your lifestyle speaks otherwise – having a pet requires time, attention and of course, care.

Reconsider pets if you or any of your family members have a known allergy to pets. The health of your family should be given utmost importance.

If you or your family travels a whole lot, consider the possibility of traveling with your pets, or arranging some temporary housing for them while you’re gone.

The ultimate question lies on how much you are willing to spend for your pet. Remember, spending does not end when you buy a pet – the occasional grooming, the checkups, the food, and the accessories. Before buying a pet, see if you have the budget, or be sure to allocate a portion for your new pets.

Rules and Laws
Remember that prior to owning a pet; the household must be legally able to do so. Some housing units, such as apartments or condominiums prohibit pet ownership. Check your neighborhood’s rules on pet ownership before you purchase a pet.

More than just cute companions, pet ownership demands responsibility. Will the pet be your sole responsibility or the whole family’s? Be sure to inform the family about this. Set rules regarding your pets and discuss ways on how to take care of it.

The list above, like most guides to pet ownership, is not black and white. There may be more factors to consider apart from the ones we discussed. What is important is to give pet ownership serious thought before actually engaging in buying pets. This is for the convenience of both the potential master and the prospective pet.

Dog Walking

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Dog Walking

Dog Walking

Some may think that walking a dog is a very easy task. There are actually important points to consider when walking a dog.

Some find science in dog walking; while some discover philosophy and animal psychology when walking their dogs. One thing for sure, though,is that walking a dog instills both consistency and responsibility in the owner’s daily life. At the same time, dog walking is a good form of exercise both for the pet and the owner. In essence, it becomes a two-way beneficial activity, helping lead to good health and a strengthened bond between the dog and its master.

To maximize the benefits of dog walking, below are some points to consider next time you go out and walk your dog.

A dog walk is a physical activity between the dog and the master. Most people take the opportunity to exercise and at the same time walk their dogs. Next time you walk your dog, be sure to stroll with it – walk, jog, stroll, but not ride a bike with your dogs tied to it. A dog walk is usually initiated with a slow-paced walk. Taking stops once in a while wouldn’t hurt you or your dog.

Walk the dog; don’t let the dog walk you. Some may find this pretty self-explanatory, while others find this confusing. What this simply means is that whenever you walk the dog, lead the stroll, always walk the dog behind you, in order for the dog to understand that you are the master, and not the other way around. Apart from teaching obedience to the dog, this also prevents the dog from dragging you around or jerking you which may cause bone and muscle joint damage.

Walk with the proper equipment. Just like our feet, dogs need the proper equipment in order to be walked properly. Selecting the proper type of leash and collar for the dog is essential before you walk the dog. Bigger dogs require thicker and sturdier collars and leashes. Smaller body types of dogs will do fine with lighter leashes and collars.

Walk the dog at least twice a day. Dogs are naturally active animals,and it is a must for them to move around. They are known for their energy, and channeling that energy into walks will be good for them and for your lawn or furniture sets, too.

Clean as you go. Every time you walk your pets, be sure to bring dog bags to clean up any mess your pups may be making. Some also find it necessary to bring some treats for their dogs while walking them.

No time to walk your dog? Then, be sure to play with them at least once in a while. Not only do this creates a closer bond between your mutt and yourself; it is also a healthy activity for your dog. Fatter dogs are more prone to health risks such as heart problems, muscle and joint pains, among others.

Taking Care of Pets: A Freshman’s Guide

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Caring for Pets

Caring for Pets

If you think taking care of a pet takes a lot of effort, think again. Taking good care of your pet doesn’t require a professional. Whether you’re a Buddhist who finds Nirvana through taking care of another being, a frustrated vet who wants to make your home every pet’s home, or simply a curious person who wants to try taking care of pets for the first time, owning pets could definitely mean like owning a family.

If you think you can’t handle pets, here are two reasons why getting a new pet from a pet store is not as bad as you think it is.

  1. Humanitarian aspect. Pets need us, humans, to take care of them.
  2. Pets are cute creatures. They can be cuddled, kissed, and pampered. If you’re feeling lost or bored, consider getting your own pet now. It just might be the answer.

If you already got your new pet, get ready to enjoy taking care of it or suffer from the horrible things your pet might do if you’re not a good pet owner. Just like us, pets also have their basic necessities such as food, shelter, water, exercise and more. That’s why owners should take their responsibility seriously and take good care of their pets.

The most important need of pets is food. If you are not familiar with your pet’s diet, it is best to consult your veterinarian right away. You can also consult some people in the pet store who are trained in handling pets. It’s important to feed your pet in a comfortable and safe place.

Your pet’s house can affect its mood and behavior. A pet’s shelter should bring forth a homely and secure feeling, something to be considered as your pet’s “home” even if it’s just a simple doghouse or a small hole. If you are worried about your pet’s safety, make sure that it is in its house during nighttime. Do not allow your pet to wander at night because the streets and other places outside your house are generally not safe for stray ones. Train your pet to stay at home at night; eventually it will become a habit. Pets usually play and wander outside during daytime so your pet should be sleeping at night.

Spend time playing with your pet. Studies show that pets that are more loved and pampered at home have a higher chance to be interactive with their owners and with other animals. Exercise is also good for pets. Playing with your pet indoors and letting it go outdoors are your pet’s best form of exercise.

A pet’s personal hygiene is another important thing that you, as a pet owner, should remember. Combing its hair, giving it a regular bath, and brushing its teeth are part of your pet’s hygiene so it doesn’t easily get weak and sick. If your pet is fit and healthy, then be happy because you can save a few bucks for the veterinarian’s charge.

Pets and Vacations: Getting Rid of Pet Worries While on Vacation

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Vacations with Pets

Vacations with Pets

Vacation and getting away is all about being stress-free. But you cannot possibly achieve that when your mind is full of pet-worries. If you are getting too anxious about what happens to your pet while you are away, you have come to the right page. We will give you tips on how you can be sure that your pets are well taken cared of while you are vacationing!

Tip #1: Bring along your pet to wherever you are taking a break. This is a good tip considering that your target vacation spot is pet-friendly and your pet is easily adaptable. Otherwise, you will have to make serious adjustments with your vacation plan or scrap the thought altogether. In case you are bringing your pet along, make sure that you have done all the necessary preparations to make it comfortable for both of you.

Tip #2: Try a boarding kennel. In this case, you are leaving your pet in a facility where he will be clean and safe for the duration of your vacation trip. Since you and your pet have a special attachment to one another, however, it would be difficult to make this work for a period of time. It would be perfect to leave your pet on a boarding kennel for weekends. But if you will be gone for a week or so, your pet might terribly miss you and you will most probably grow worried of how his day is going every single time.

Tip #3: Find a trusted pet-sitter. If you cannot bring your pet along with you to your vacation and you cannot feel guilt-free about leaving him behind a boarding kennel, this is definitely the best tip. Finding someone who will take care of your pet’s needs while you are away is almost close to being there yourself. This is very ideal in case your pet does not easily adjust to a new surrounding, hence, he cannot bear to be in a different, strange location all of a sudden. By getting a pet-sitter who will see through all his needs while you are on vacation, you can be sure that he is getting proper care and attention to keep him as happy as you are on your relaxing getaway. Getting a pet-sitter will erase all the stress and burdens of having to leave your pet behind without forcing to bring him along and cause him discomfort or even illness.

It pays to plan ahead and take into consideration your pet’s welfare while you will be on vacation. This way, you can be sure that your pet is having stress-free and safe days as much as you do.