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Kong toys come in all shapes and sizes, but the most famous Kong toys are red and vaguely skittle shaped.Picture from The Kong Company

The original toy Kong – now more than 30 years old – owes its invention to a German Shepherd called Fritz, Fritz’s American owner Joe Markham, and a Volkswagen van. A former police dog, Fritz had a horrible habit of

How Do You Stop Dogs Barking.

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Norman, a 55th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, waits to be unleashed and go after his target during training April 17. The Offutt K-9 unit performs regular training to maximize the dogs effectiveness in the field. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger from Wikipedia)

People talk and shout, cats mew, lambs go baa, cows moo and dogs bark! Other animals make others noises and you are never going to stop them. But when the noise gets loud and irritating, they need to be stopped,

Cats and How They Have a Relationships With People

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Do cats really have relationships with people? Some people swear that they do while others say it’s ridiculous to think that such aloof, naturally independent creatures could be anything other than one-way demanding. After all cats generally get just what they want – when they want it – otherwise they take matters

Do Cat Beds Let Your Cat Sleep in Comfort?

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Anyone who values their home comforts will know how important it is to have a comfortable bed to sleep in. Well it is the same with cat beds. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep, chances are you will wake up tired and irritable

Many People Do Not Know That Milk is Not a Good Food for Cats

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We all need food and water to survive, and so do cats. We only need milk when we are babies – or kittens – and our mother’s milk is best. Yet people continue to drink milk and feed it to their cats and kittens, along with

Essential Toys for Dogs to Keep Them Happy

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Dogs, like children, do get bored, which is one of the reasons we buy toys for our dogs. Another reason is that toys may be used to increase the amount of physical exercise dogs get.

Of course you can use existing items, like sticks or pine cones, to keep dogs occupied, but these can damage a

How to Care For Your Dog

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Anyone who buys a dog as a pet has a serious responsibility to look after the animal. While it does not take that much work to keep a dog healthy and happy, as the owner of the animal, you must be aware of the responsibilities they involve. After all, dogs cannot look after themselves.

Think about how you care for yourself or the people who are close to you. You:

  • keep clean,
  • eat,
  • make sure your health needs are taken care of, and
  • if you get sick or have an accident, you make sure they get the assistance that is needed.

If you can’t do this for your dog, don’t even consider getting one. And if you have one already

How To Help Your Pets Avoid the Threat of Fleas

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Pet owners love their four-legged friends. In fact, many are considered a part of the family. However, one thing that dog and cat lovers hate are the fleas that ultimately find their way onto their beloved pet and into the home.

“Protecting your dog from fleas is an important part of

How to Bath a Cat

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It is not so easy to get cats into a bath when there is water in the bath. Picture by Penny Swift

 

Cats are fastidious creatures that generally keep themselves perfectly clean. But there may be times when you need to bath a cat, for example when it is infested with fleas or ticks or when the animal has gotten itself into trouble and is really filthy. Washing cats can also help to reduce shedding, which is especially useful for long-haired varieties.

While many people never bother to wash their cats, many others do, as the wide selection of special cat shampoos bears credence to.

So how do you go about washing a cat? This is a tricky one to answer. But there’s one single comment that most of us who have done it will say, usually with great conviction. With difficulty!

The problem is that cats don’t like to be immersed in water. I think they might like the idea of water, but they do not particularly like to sit in it. I have a gorgeous black and white tomcat who has moments (sometimes months apart) when he insists on being with me when I bath. What he does is to sit on the side and then pat the water wherever he can see a toe, a knee or a finger. He doesn’t care if his paws get wet, and just loves to make human contact. He will also creep up to the top of the bath and give me a lick on my forehead, or pat my hair with his paw.

Basics of Dog Training

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Basset Hounds are notoriously hard to train. Having owned one I know from experience. Picture by Nena12 of Morgue Files

Any sort of dog training starts with basic discipline. If you do this correctly then you will have a well-mannered adult dog. If you don’t, you are likely to have a dog that is pushy, jumps up at people, begs from the table, sleeps on your furniture, digs up plants in your garden, messes in the house, and possibly even bites.

Disciplining a puppy

Whether you are disciplining a child or a puppy, the most important thing to remember is that when you say “no” you need to mean “no”. Consistency is absolutely vital.

The first time you see your new pup doing something he or she shouldn’t be doing you need to start the discipline. This might mean the puppy is chewing something, pooping in the house, going somewhere that is a prohibited area, or digging in the garden … anything that you do not want the dog to do.

Often a loud “no” will do the trick. Puppies don’t like loud noises and they will quickly link “no” to discipline. You can also use other phrases, like “look away” if dogs stare at you when you are eating, for example. It’s probably more the tone of voice, but it’s a phrase they pick up very quickly.

Not all puppies respond immediately to voice training however, and smacks then become the order of the day. While you don’t want to beat an animal, a firm smack with your hand, or better still with a rolled up

How to Go About Cat Care

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Owning any pet is a big job. You should get to know all the best ways of how to groom and take care of it. It should be this way for any animal. If  felines are your favourites  then you must get to learn all about cat care.

Owning a cat and having it as a pet is not as easy as bringing home a stray one and giving it food on a daily basis. As a pet, there is more than just basic food for it to be happy and healthy.

Be a Responsible Owner

Like us all, cats also have their basic needs. If you want a happily purring cat for always, you will need to work hard so that your cat becomes that happy cat that you want. There is more to caring for cats than just the caring part. You need to get to know what you have to do and how you have to do it.

Home Pet Grooming: How to Avoid Some Common Mistakes

DIY home groomingThere are several common mistakes that dog owners make when they start to do their own pet grooming at home. Pet grooming is a skill that you can learn. With a little patience and the right equipment it can become a regular household chore that will save both time and money and be quite satisfying at the same time. But you must take care. A slip of the clippers can cause injury to your pet. This will not only be physical injury, but emotional. Trust is lost once pain is inflicted and your pet may not react to you the same afterward.

The first of the common mistakes is getting too close to the skin while shaving. The clippers are able to inflict a nasty razor burn that could possibly lead to later infections. If you unintentionally give your pet a razor

Tips on Choosing the Right Food for Your Pet

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Pets are awesome creatures to share our lives with, and they need just as much care as humans. Any pet needs proper feeding, but what that might be is the question that we must always ask. There are some people who feed their pet’s human food, while others only give premade pet food. We will concentrate on dogs, cats, and rabbits for correct and healthy feeding.

Rabbits
How many times have you heard that rabbits like their vegetables? This is true. Most rabbits need a steady diet of rabbit food that includes lettuce and carrots. Most of the time we raise our rabbits on pellets, however, this may not be fibrous enough and can cause obesity. A steady diet of hay, vegetables, and pellets will lead to a healthy rabbit.

Longer Life for Pet Owners

Love-Pet-Live-Longer-sDo pet owners live longer lives? Studies are showing that pet owners do in fact live longer lives. However, those same studies are beginning to show that pet owners may also live healthier and happier lives.

There are many benefits to owning a pet. Pets bring what is known as unconditional love to a human owner. Human beings can give unconditionally in the caring of a pet as well.

If you are uncertain as to whether or not you become a pet owner, here are several reasons why it is a wise choice indeed.

Getting Zen with Your Pets

Did you know that hanging out with your dog or cuddling up to your cat could offer you stress relief? Even a

How to Stay Fit with a Furry Friend

walking your dogWhen it comes to fitness, we could all benefit from having an accountability partner. Motivation is an excellent tool to have as well. However, sometimes friends and family members are too busy to help us keep our goals, much less reach them.

This is where our furry friends come in handy. Having a pet is a sure-fire way to help us stay fit. If you have a dog, there is no better way to keep fit than by incorporating your dog’s needs with your own.

There are several ways you can stay fit with a furry friend.

The Power of Walking

Of course, it is common sense that walking your dog for business as well as pleasure is necessary. However,