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Popular pets

Probably this should have been the first article to post under pet topic in our website. Let’s have a look at the pet list that we can have in our home which makes our home more beautiful.

Let’s have a look at those:

Dogs
Dogs are thought to be a typical example of domesticated animals which normally suits to be pets. International breeds like Basset Hound, Beagle, Boxer, Bull Dog, Cocker Spaniel, Dalmatians, Daschund, Doberman, German Sheperd, Great Dane, Irish Setter, Labrador, Pug, and Indian breeds like, Caravan Hound, Chippiparai, Combai, Kanni, Mudhol Hound and Rajapalayam are among the most preferred.

Cats
Cats are also commonly found in many households in India. Cats are often seen as introverted, reserved creatures. Though they are less dependent than dogs but still they need attention, love, time and commitment.

Other Mammals
Animals like goats, sheep and horses are also suitable for human companionship as pets or work animals. Pet rabbits usually live for 5 years and sometimes more.

Rabbits, guinea pigs and other fancy rodents are also popular as pets. These type of animals are the interest of the people who sell them.

Birds and Fishes
Everybody is familiar with interesting birds being kept as pets. These birds include cockatoo, parrot, mynah, love-birds etc. It is best to buy the cage with the bird, as each species’ requirements are different. Fishes are also best to keep in household as constantly looks at it aids in peace of mind. You can find designer aquariums and various types of fishes can be found in nearby aquarium shops.

Squirrels

Squirrels are such a fun and cute animals to have in home. I have really enjoyed such moments when I had one in my home. Everyone around you will love that little cute animal and it is exotic beauty to watch their every activity around us. They usually feed on nuts, fruits, seeds or scraps. Squirrels’ behavior can also be changed and they can be taught the skills needed for survival.

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Hamster

Hamsters can seem like a cute and cuddly option when you are looking for the perfect pet. They often have quiet nature and have comparatively clean habits. Hamsters are friendly and are amusing to watch as they go about their daily housekeeping, food storing and exercise on their wheel. Some will even show acknowledgement of their owners, eagerly looking for treats when approached.

 

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Dog Facts!!!

Here are some interesting facts about dogs!

Fifty-eight percent of dog owners include their dogs in their annual holiday photos.

Dogs’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads.

When drinking water, dogs cup the back of their tongues to transfer water from the bowl into their mouths.

Dogs need a strong sense of smell because their eyesight is not as keen as a human’s.

Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can kill dogs or, at the very least, make them violently ill.

The oldest in-tact fossilized remains of a pet canine dates back 33,000 years. It was discovered in Siberia in the 1970s.

A one year old dog is as physically mature as a 15 year old human.

Dogs have twice as many muscles to move their ears as people.

Out of the 12 that were on board, three dogs survived the Titanic: two small Pomeranians and a Pekinese.

Humans have kept dogs as pets for over 12,000 years.

Smiling at your dog may make him feisty: dogs see your smile not as friendly body language, but detect your “bearing teeth” as a sign of aggression

Dogs have no sense of time.

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Train a Cat

When we consider training, we spontaneously think of dogs. Dogs are trained easily and most of us has seen trained dogs than trained cats. Training does not generally bring up a vision of a cat obeying your every word. Yet, cats can be trained.

What commands can cats learn?

Cats can learn all sorts of commands –  to sit, to roll over, to shake a paw. Cats like to do things in their own good time, so to train them we need to be really motivated, set aside some time and above all, be patient. Remember, cats are individuals and each one will react differently when training begins. Some will ignore you or look at you as if you are mad, whilst others will be very curious and eager.

Teach one trick at a time. You can reinforce tricks your cat has mastered, but don’t confuse them by teaching more than one new behaviour at a time.

Training tricks

Cats, like dogs, are motivated to do things in life that benefit them. Seeking tasty pieces of food or a cat game with a favourite toy are favourite activities. Usually it is the cat who demands these from their owners. So let’s turn it around. Use these motivators to your advantage.

Ringing the bell

Outdoor cats can be frustrating or even destructive in their efforts to come back inside. Try suspending a small but loud bell on a string at your cat’s eye level. Ignore the meowing, scratching and other efforts to get your attention. Eventually, your cat will touch that bell and make it ring, at which point you reward her by opening the door. If this is repeated several times, your cat will soon learn to ring the bell deliberately.

The sit and Hifi commands

All cats sit, so teaching this is easy. As your cat sits, say “Sit”, then praise them, with a pat or treat. Also introduce a hand signal, such as your hand held vertically in a stop sign, to further help your cat learn. You can quickly extend this training to have your cat join in a ‘Hifi’ with you, where they raise a paw to your hand.

First, encourage any small movements of their paw by giving a cat a treat each time their paw moves off the ground. Then, with the treat wrapped in your fist, wait for her to use her paw to try to grab it, then give them a reward. Gradually lift your hand higher and when your cat touches your hand with their paw, reward them.

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Reasons behind Your Dog’s Behaviour

Communication begins with understanding. Understanding why our dogs do the things we see as bad, and getting to know some kind and motivational ways to steer them away from this behaviour, can do wonders for both your life and your dog’s. A more harmonious relationship with your pet awaits!

Behaviours

Digging

Dogs often dig out of boredom. To stop this, consider constructing a small sandpit in an out-of-the-way part of your garden.

Dogs in natural packs will dig to hide food or to uncover food such as small rodents. A den dug in the cool earth can also provide shelter from the heat.

Barking

In nature, dogs bark to raise an alarm at the first signs of possible danger or to herald a new arrival. Barking is an important means of canine communication.

As a dog’s main way of communicating, you have to expect a few barks, but when it becomes an issue, deal with it with training. Use rewards and positive reinforcement to teach your dog to bark when you say “speak”; then you’ll be able to introduce a “quiet” command to switch off the barking too.

Stealing

Dogs steal in order to gain attention, as you’ll chase them. The best option is not to chase them, unless it’ll be expensive or dangerous to either yourself or the dog not to do so. Help your dog feel they are getting enough attention by giving them a good routine when it comes to exercise, playtime, feeding and grooming.

You can also use taste deterrents to stop your dog taking hold of certain items. Be sure to provide alternative items for your dog to carry around, and put them within easy reach so they are not tempted to seek items elsewhere.

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Dog biting

A dog will bite a person as a way of communicating their current state of mind. The dog could be reacting in aggression, fear or nervousness. There are, however, ways to prevent a dog bite from ever happening if you stay in tune to the dog’s body language.

Pulling

Train your dog to walk with you, rather than pulling you, when out and about. Attach a suitably strong leather, nylon or rope lead to their collar and use a favourite toy or a treat to keep them by your side.

Varying your walking speed will help to keep them interested, and keep their focus on you. You may also consider using a harness while you train them out of the habit, as this will distribute weight evenly around your dog’s shoulders when they pull, rather than just the neck.

Separation anxiety

Dogs live and travel in packs, so it’s natural for them to feel anxious when they are separated from their pack-mates. Try taking your dog on a nice, long walk before leaving it alone in the house. Leaving it in resting mode can calm her anxiety.

Eating Plants

It’s important to remove any risks to your dog’s health if they have a habit of eating things in the garden: weed-killers, insecticidal sprays, slug pellets, ponds, cocoa shells in mulch and electric cables supplying water features are just some potential dangers.

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Caring Your Dog

Your pet will depend on you for everything — nourishment, medical attention, exercise and safety, like a child.
You’ll want to make sure you give him the best care possible.

Provide a protected and clean living environment for your dog.  Shelter and good hygiene are basic to a quality life.

Always keep water available.  It is important for your dog’s health and energy.

Feed a quality diet. Prevent obesity!  Overweight humans and animals can adversely affect health in many ways.  Remember to provide healthy treats rather than table scraps, as rewards.

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Have your dog examined by a pet doctor on a regular basis.  He can provide you with the information on vaccination schedules, deworming and external parasite control.  Keep a copy of your dog’s vaccination records with you.  Contact pet doctor immediately if you believe that your dog may be ill, injured, or if something just doesn’t seem right.

Provide ample opportunities to exercise.  Make sure you play with him often and don’t let him be lazy.

Communicate with your dog and develop a relationship.  Dogs are social creatures and they need to interact with their owner.  Quality time will help you get to know your dog and understand particular needs that it might have, as well enhance your ability to recognize early signs of an illness that could be developing.  In addition, time spent in developing a relationship will help prevent many undesirable behavioral patterns.

Train your dog to follow the simple commands.  The better your dog is at following basic and necessary commands, the greater the chances are that your dog will live a safe and long life.

Many breeds are prone to gum disease, which can have serious implications.  Infection resulting from this condition leads to premature tooth loss, and can commonly cause infections in major organs, including the heart valves. So, Dental care is also very important.

Don’t fail to groom your dog.  Overgrown nails are common in elderly dogs and can make it more difficult for them to walk.  In addition, such nails are much more prone to breaking, which can be quite painful.