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When Is My Child Ready For A Pet?

By Tabatha Carithers

My daughter is four years old, and she feels that she is able and ready to take care of a pet. She normally asks me about once a week hoping that I will change my mind and buy a cute puppy for her.

I have a strong belief that any pet should be treated and considered as a new edition to your family. Pets come with basically the same responsibilities as caring for a child or the elderly. All pets need daily care, attention, food, water, and love.Is a four-year old ready to deliver such a resposibility?I wasn’t sure about the answer to that question, so I decided to give her a test.

It was December of 2010 when my mother and I discussed what we were going to do to see if she was ready for a pet. My mother used the same idea that she used for me when I was 9. We bought her a FurReal Friends GoGo My Walkin’ pup. The first two days she was scared of the walkin’ pup.Then when she learned it wasn’t a real puppy, she began to get really rough with the pup. She would throw it around and her one year old brother would drag it on its side while yanking on its leash. Every once in a while they would pretend to give it food and water. By the end of January she was no longer interested in the FurReal Friends GoGo My Walkin’ pup.

That told me a lot about how a one and four-year old would treat a real puppy. This test quickly made me realize they wouldn’t be ready to take on the responsibilities until they were a bit older.

It is said, that a child this young can’t completely take care of themselves yet, which only concludes they will not be able to completely take care of anything else. I will definitely test her again in about five to six years from now. by then she will have learned to be more responsible, loving, caring and can better take care of herself.

Although the pet test was done with a “fake” puppy, it still served the same purpose and got me the answer that I needed. If your child is constantly asking you to get them a pet, get creative and give them a pet test to find out if your child is ready for a real pet or not.

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May 30, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Looking after your dog, Puppies

A Simple Look at Dog Strollers

By John Razmus

Owning a dog stroller can make life simple on the owner and the pet. Do you own a little dog that moves slowly when you go on walks, or is hurt? Maybe you have a little dog that is old in age and has weak joints. A dog stroller will be the perfect alternative for traveling outside in public with your pet.

Describe a Pet Stroller?

Pet strollers are very much alike in looks compared to baby strollers. However a pet stroller is usually covered up a bit more, much like a mesh kennel. Some pet strollers are actually Kennels attached to the frame of a stroller for a two in one feature!

Though a pet stroller is covered it will normally have mesh around all sides of it with holes in it so that your dog can get the proper air while he is riding in it. You can find pet strollers in many different patterns, styles and colors. So if you have a little female dog you can find some hot pink and yellow designs, or green and red for a male dog.

Where can I find a dog stroller?

All you really need to do to find the right one for your dog is to search online. Many results will show up for online pet stores and personal sellers that carry strollers. If you’d prefe too, you can purchase a dog stroller at your local pet store if you don’t want to have to wait for it to ship.

However, it has become a usual for most people to shop online for whatever items they are looking for. It is simple, convenient, and you can find some excellent discounts on pet strollers that you might not be able to get in the store.

The Type of Features you should look for in a Dog Stroller

When your dog will be riding in a dog stroller, you will need to insure that he is safe during all times. There are some features that you need to look for in a quality stroller for dogs. First, you need to make sure that the stroller has the mesh ventilation as mentioned before.

The more ventilation windows that are on the cover the better for your pet! Now, there should be tire brakes near the back wheels of the stroller so that if you need to make a stop somewhere that is inclined, your pet stroller will not go rolling away. A stroller that gives your pet a smooth ride is very important because bumpy rides can cause your pet to be uneasy. When shopping for pet strollers, make sure the tires have thick rubber or tread on them; that’s how you know that they will give your pet a comfortable ride.

Extra Stuff on the Dog Strollers

A drink tray is included on some dog strollers that you buy. This is a great spot for you to keep your drinks, money, or anything else small things that you might carry. Another excellent feature that you might want your pet stroller to have is a storage bin which is usually located underneath the stroller.

In this, you can place your dog’s treats, toys, water bottle and water bowl.

So which Dog stroller should I buy?

Reading online reviews on dog strollers can help you make a decision. Not only that, but some dog strollers are smaller compared to others and carry up to a particular weight, so make certain you read what the heaviest weight is that can be held by each stroller you consider purchasing.

To learn more about dog strollers, visit http://dog-strollers.org.

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May 29, 2011 | 0 | Dog health, Looking after your dog

Dogs 101 – Rottweiler

These dogs are no nonsense creatures who need lots of attention and training.

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May 28, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information

Three Very Basic Grooming Tasks For Your Jack Russell Dog

By Darlene Browne

Grooming your Jack Russell dog isn’t just about giving your Jack Russell terrier a good bath. Grooming is an important part of your terrier’s care and this is a task that you should take seriously. However you should not look at grooming as a task but rather an opportunity to make your Jack Russell look and feel good but also a time for bonding – a time that both you and your Jack Russell to enjoy.

Grooming your Jack Russell not only makes him looks and feel better but should also become a part of your dog’s physiological and psychological health routine. In the very basic forms, grooming your terrier involves bathing, brushing your terrier’s coat and clipping his nails. Of course, checking your terrier’s ears, cavities, eyes and paws should also be a part of the grooming routine. In this article, I would like to highlight the 3 important and basic tasks for grooming your Jack Russell.

Important grooming task 1 – bathing your terrier

If you are bathing your Jack Russell in a bath tub, place a rubber mat in there for secure footing. Otherwise place a towel in your sink for similar purposes. If you are not the careful type, place cotton balls in each ear to prevent water from entering his ears.

You will start with rinsing your terrier with warm water. Make sure that you do not use a hard spray on your dog if you are using a spray. Adjust the spray velocity before using it and keep your spray close to your dog. Remember not to spray on to the face of your terrier. Once the coat of your dog is wet, apply small amounts of dog shampoo. Start from the head and end at the tail. Make sure you thoroughly apply the shampoo to all areas including the rectum, behind the ears, in between the toes and under the chin. Once you are done with the shampooing, rinse it all off and then dry your terrier with a towel or hair dryer.

Important grooming tasks 2 – Clipping your terrier’s nails

To trim your terrier’s nail, you will have to sit your dog in front of you. Starting with his front paws, gently put the paw in your hand and use a dog clipper to clip his nails. Remember not to use human clipper as dog’s nails are generally tougher and harder than human nails. Do note that some dogs may some time to being accustomed for their nails to be clipped. As such if you start the clipping when your dog is a puppy, it may be easier for them as they are already accustomed to it.

Important grooming task 3 – Brushing your Jack Russells’ coat

Ideally it is recommended that you brush your terrier’s coat every day. This should be easy enough as you Jack Russell has shorter hairs compared to other breeds. Brushing your Jack Russell’s hair regularly helps to keep it in good condition. By brushing the hair, you are also spreading the natural oils and this can help to prevent them from getting entangled and matted. Brushing also helps to keep your terrier clean as brushing removes any dirt that are stuck to the hair. The other side benefit to brushing is that if there are ticks attached to your terrier, you may notice the ticks at they jump about due to the brushing.

Of course these are not the only three grooming tasks that do you do for your Jack Russell or any dog for that matter but they are the bare necessity in order for you dog to be reasonably clean and healthy.

Grooming your dog isn’t about doing only those three steps. Find out more about dog grooming from Darlene Browns. She is an avid lover of dogs and in particular Jack Russell terriers. You can get more information on dog grooming and other dog training and related advice on her site that she shares with her other dog loving friends.

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May 27, 2011 | 1 | Dog breed information, Dog grooming

Great Tips On Adult Dog Training That Are Not Complicated

By Matt R .Weston

For many people, pets are just a great part of life. A part of life that can be hard to train sometimes. There are lots of tips on adult dog training available these days, and I would like to talk about a few of them.

While many pet owners have adult dogs that have never been trained before, many owners are realizing that having a well-trained pet in the house is much easier on them.

There are many ways that you could train your dog, depending on what you want to accomplish with him. If you want him to do complex tricks, that will obviously take a lot of time, and you will want more detailed help.

If you simply want your dog to not go potty in the house, or become accustomed to a crate, that is very doable in a short amount of time.

Obedience training is a really great way to introduce your dog to being happy, non-anxious and behaved, to correct behavior problems in adult or younger dogs. There are traditional methods, such as classical conditioning available for you if you are looking to correct some simple behavior problems like social anxiety.

When classical conditioning is used, the animal will be introduced to a situation that he does not like very much. The reason for this, is that it will make him get accustomed to those situations. Before long, the anxiety and fear of those situations can completely vanish for him.

One very popular tip for training your dog is to use kibble or some kind of treat to lure him into doing simple commands. This is called a lure reward, and can be very effective for both puppies and adult dogs.

You can use a lure reward to teach your dog to sit very quickly by doing the following:

  • Tell the dog to sit, while using his name. Ex: “Brita, sit”.
  • Then, take the treat and move it over his nose, behind him. The need to look at the treat will cause him to look so far over his own head, that the result will be him sitting down.
  • Be careful not to raise the treat in the air, as the pooch may try to jump for it, and we don’t want that.
  • When sitting is achieved, reward your dog with a treat and some affection if desired.

 

A great and simple way to introduce relaxation to an anxious dog, is by the use of a crate. While many people, and dogs associate the crate with something negative, it does not have to be that way at all.

You can use a crate to make the K-9 feel safe inside of his crate home. He will be relaxed and calm while in the crate, which is great for a trip to the vet, or a vacation.

There are a lot of techniques that you could use for training. Some will be more difficult than others, but if you stick with it, you and your dog will both see the rewards.

Matt finds training his dogs very rewarding and fun. If you are looking for some tips on adult dog training, you can visit his dog training website and find out how to have a happy, well adjusted family pet.

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May 26, 2011 | 0 | Training

A Dog’s Life: How to Understand Your Dog’s Precious Years

By Theresa Hendricks

We as humans usually have at least several dogs through out our lives and sometimes many more. It seems a dogs life is painfully short relative to our lifespan and we sometimes have a hard time understanding what the actual ratio is.

It is commonly accepted that one dog year is equal to seven human years.

Find out why this is not necessarily true.

When you first bring home that lovable puppy that will become an irreplaceable companion to you and your family, you think they will live forever.

Unfortunately it is not true and all to soon it seems like they are only with you for a short period of time and then gone from your life.

Relative to our human years, our dogs are with us for a very short while and the old adage that one of their years equal seven years of our lives definitely seems to be very relative.

In actuality a dogs life span is not readily established due to many factors. It is determined by many things like breed, size, environment, etc. Also because dogs are euthanized when they become ill or incapacitated it is impossible to determine a standard life span for them. Unlike us humans that can be cured and cared for many years after we are older.

Recently dog insurance has become available that can help defray some of the high cost of emergency and the normal medical care of dogs. This could assist in increasing a dogs life expectancy because as much as we love them, cost is and has always been a factor in our decisions concerning them unfortunately.

A dog’s environment may well be the best indicator of their continued life. A dog that is treated as part of the family and has constant contact with the humans in their life, will always live longer than one who is left out in the elements to survive on their own.

A dog that is allowed to be indoors and has constant contact with the humans in their life, will always live longer than one who is left out in the elements to survive on their own. Even with a dog house, food and water they will usually not live as long due to the struggle of constantly trying to battle the elements. Nothing replaces the love and and attention of human interaction and the fact that you are aware of their current condition.

Genetics is the one thing we can not control in our dogs and it is also a big factor in how long they live

As a rule the smaller breeds live longer than the larger breeds and there are even variations within certain types of breeds.

Smaller dogs can live anywhere from 12-15 years or longer sometimes. The medium to large dogs average 10-12 years and as with any dog breed there are exceptions to the rule.

We have precious little time with our dogs and we may have many through out our relatively long lives. They are all special and unique in their own way and of course they will always live on through our memories.

Just remember your dog only has a relatively little time and they want to be with you and your family being loved and cared for as best you can.

Quote:

“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”

-Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Theresa Hendricks lives in San Antonio Texas and has been a dog lover all her life. She currently has a Yellow Labrador Retriever named Dusty and has a blog about his life and other dog related subjects. The blog is http://sirdogalot.com.

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May 25, 2011 | 0 | Understanding Your Dog

New Puppy Basics

By Nancy Cope

A Basic Puppy Book

If you already know the type of breed of puppy you’re about to purchase, it will help if you know a bit about the breed first. Will the puppy be more aggressive or cool-tempered? How will you train your puppy? Understanding the basics of your dog’s personality will certainly make the entire process of caring for the pup much easier in the long run.

A Bed

Obviously, puppy needs a place to sleep. It’s best to ensure that your pup’s bed is as comfortable as possible and that it is a bed that they can grow into. Don’t simply provide them a pillow and a blanket and then take it away once they get a little older. Think in terms of a bed that they will be able to keep for years to come. Also, consider the location of the bed.

Stain Remover

Knowing that there will be a few accidents is to be expected. You may need to stock up on a few odor and stain-removing solutions, as all puppies have the tendency to “go” just about everywhere – at least in the beginning. Until your pup is trained, you’re going to need tons of cleaning supplies.

Nail Clippers

One thing that a lot of pet-owners do not think about is their pup’s toenails – that is until they start growing. In addition, decide whether you will be the one clipping you pup’s nails or if you prefer someone else to do the job. Talk to any friends or relatives whom you prefer to clip your pet’s nails, as they are relatively easy to bleed if clipped too short.

A Name Tag and Collar

Collars and name tags can be purchased from your local vet’s office, and are an excellent way to prevent future accidents from occurring. For example, if your pup gets lost and the animal control picks them up, they will have no way of knowing who he belongs to unless you contact them yourself. Likewise, if your pup ends up with someone else, they may just keep them instead of returning them home.

Leash

A leash is always a necessity and is an effective way to ensure that your pet receives enough exercise. In addition, leashes are also wonderful training devices. If your pup will be staying outside, consider purchasing a runner as well, which is a long cable that is hooked from one tree to another. Runners are effective for keeping your dog from escaping the yard without caging them in, still providing them with plenty of room to run free.

Toys

Toys are the most exciting necessity to shop for before buying a puppy. There are chewy toys, squeaky toys, and toys that jingle. You will probably notice that your puppy has a playful nature right away, and it is highly recommended that you begin playing with you pup at an early age as well as letting others play with him as well to ensure that he is friendly and outgoing.

Article by Nancy Cope a proud owner of 4 rescue dogs and owner of Pampered Dog Gifts an online dog boutique that specializes in special gifts for pampered pooches. Please visit Pampered-Dog-Gifts.com to shop for puppy toys, gourmet treats, collars, gift baskets and more for your spoiled pup.

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May 24, 2011 | 0 | Puppies

How to Choose the Family Dog for Kids

By William Williford

In case family members have made the decision to introduce a safe and friendly K9 into the home, it can be an amazing rewarding experience. One will discover a number of types of canines to choose from however, he or she should focus on gentle and sociable dogs. Even though the majority of puppies appear to be sweet and lovable one should take the proper steps to access the breed of interest to avoid conflict between humans and other pets. Kids frequently push and strike at dogs or puppies and pull on the tails. Children may not fully understand that they are hurting the dog. For those that have a loving pet dog that will not bite the kid that pokes or tugs on them. The dog or pup will nevertheless attempt to run from the child. In most instances the dog or puppy will put his or her tail between their legs. This permits acknowledgement that the pet does not want to hurt the kid it merely desires the child to stop. He or she will discover on a number of instances that this loving pet family member will nip or bite at a youngster in seeking out to flee from the child.

In the attempt to educate the child on proper socialization skills. He or she should stress that poking as well as yanking or pulling at the dog or puppy is not the correct way one should interact with a pet. Teach a child early in life to stroke gently the top of the head and rub it’s ears. Also on the first few occasions in which the child and dog meet. Another good idea is slowly to approach the animal and let him or her smell the child’s hand. Listed here one will find examples of some of the most well-liked, loving, and kid-friendly dog breeds to choose between:

 

  • Labrador Retriever: AKC’s most registered breed over the past 10-plus years. The Labrador Retriever rates as one of the primary leaders in kid-friendly breeds of dogs with regard to numerous factors. The Lab is regarded as one of man’s most loyal dogs with the desire to please. This canine is extremely loving and energetic. Additionally, Labrador Retrievers are mellow in personality and are extremely tolerant of adolescents. This particular species of dog should and desire to be around people of all ages. These guys show a very extremely, affectionate prominence and also consequently tend to be very energetic particularly when they are under one year of age. A Labrador Retriever needs certain requirements met every day including physical exercise to permit them to release their energy. If Labradors are never able to burn out their level of energy they may show several mild behavioral issues.
  • Golden Retriever: The Golden Retriever possess most of the same characteristics and traits as the Labrador Retriever. The most major time-consuming difference in a Golden Retriever is the grooming process, A Golden needs special grooming attention giving to the dog’s longer coat. Other than grooming, this kid-friendly breed requires the same special attention as the Labrador Retriever. This family favorite enjoys walks, fetch, swimming, etc.
  • Maltese: The Maltese are loved and praised by many of their owners as loving dogs. They are superb in existence with kids. Maltese are caring k-9s that are tremendously affectionate. The furry companion adores being together with kids and easily may frolic along with him or her continuously. They are ready to essentially provide any son or daughter with plenty of involvement. The Maltese are thus lively within, these furry friends tend not to really need to always be walked every day. This groom friendly companion must be groomed at least once per week in order to have the ability to preserve the healthiness of their beautiful coat.
  • Boxers: Boxers possess a status to be harsh however, in actuality they are unbelievably enjoyable canines to have around. This semi-slick coated breed appreciates the fun within a backyard with all of the kids as well as possibly safeguarding the children. The Boxer is considered tender, loving dogs too with wanting to assist and be by one’s side. Boxers are extremely tender with younger children and may perhaps endure the poking and pulling in the case young small ones frequently do. Boxers should be groomed daily in order to preserve his or her coat. They are active dog’s and usually do not require humans to exercise with them as the boxer may be outside entertaining simply by his or herself merely by exploring the entire backyard.
  • Collie: This particular welcoming as well as pleasant breed is really an excellent addition to many families. Collies are very well-known with regard to his or her loyalty toward mankind. They are quick to teach and if acquired as for instance a puppy, you might desire to send him or her for behavioral training to have your pet properly trained with special attention to one’s own cherished children. Any collie is really a superb defender regarding youngsters and also can keep up along with him or her virtually all day. Collies are in need of grooming every day because of their thick coats. A collie additionally needs a good amount of physical exercise each day.

 

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May 23, 2011 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Dog breed information

Various Types Of Dog Beds For Large Dogs

By Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan

Just like humans canines want and need their own personal space. Having their own space offers the feeling of security and independence. You can get your pet their own crate and provide them the security they need. One of the things you as a pet owner have to consider is the type of bed your pet will sleep on. Size is your first consideration, for instance, if you have a large canine you have to shop for dog beds for large dogs.

A few of the breeds of dogs that are considered to be large include Collies, Retrievers, German Shepherds and certain breeds of hound dogs. Whether you keep your large dog inside or outside they still need a space to call their own. When you are looking for dog beds for large dogs you need to consider the type of bed they will use.

Polystyrene Beads

Polystyrene bead types are very popular among pet owners. They are soft, retain warmth and are very comfortable for big dogs. The only issue you might have is if your beloved pup likes to chew up their possessions, as you will have a mess to clean up if the beads get loose.

Memory Foam

Memory foam beds for your pet offer support and proper spinal alignment which can protect them from early hip problems and other skeletal issues. These are commonly called orthopedic and are for senior dogs, but they are good for canines of all ages.

Polyester Fill

Polyester filled types for large dogs are quiet, easy to machine wash and are good for all canine pets. They are the most affordable, but you may have to wash them often meaning they will show wear sooner.

Pine or Cedar Shavings

Finally, cedar or pine shavings used in bedding is a good choice for certain circumstances. These shavings act as an odor and insect repellent. The only drawback is that if your dog is a hunter this can affect their ability to track scents.

These are the most common types of beds for large dogs you can consider for your pet. You will need the right size for your large canine friend. Round ones are usually 48 inches in diameter for larger canines and rectangular ones for big dogs can range from 43″ x 30″ for dogs 70 to 100 pounds to 54″ x 35″ for extra large pups over 100 pounds. Most of labels on these products will say what size pet for which they are best suited.

Ahmed Khan is passionate about animals, especially dogs, he writes articles about a mans best friend at http://www.dog-expert.net

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May 22, 2011 | 0 | Looking after your dog

Dogs 101 – Great Danes – Animal Planet

he Great Dane Is The Worlds Tallest Dog. They Can Weigh Anywhere From 120 to 200lbs. There Are Six Coat Color Varieties. Needs plenty of space. Lots of issues, Watch out for bloat. Short Haired, easy to groom. Obedient, but start early. Really loving, really wonderful dogs. Good family dog.

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May 21, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information