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Animal Rescue

3 Tips to More Effective Horse Training

Horses are trained in a significant manner that might not be exact to how other animals are trained. The reaction time or the response from an action is very important. Therefore, teaching a horse may take very little time depending on how prompt the trainer is, or might take a long time if the trainer does not understand the method of teaching the animal.
Prompt Reaction
Horses only understand the concept of cause and effect. However, the time lag between the cause and its effect must not be too short. Otherwise, the horse cannot correlate one with the other. Therefore, if the horse rings a bell one day to find that the trainer has arrived with his meal, then he will relate the ringing of the bell with the arrival of the food.
However, if on ringing the bell, the trainer comes and cleans the stable up before serving the food, then the horse will not realize that although the ultimate result of ringing the bell was the food, the cleaning is only an interference in the process. Therefore, the animal will now relate his ringing the bell with the trainer cleaning the stable. Therefore, he will search for a different way for the food to be served.
Cause and Effect
Riding a horse follows the same logic. It doesn’t matter which action you are performing for the animal to go in a certain direction. As long as the action is stopped once the animal realizes which direction is being asked for him to take by his rider, he will relate the two together.
Therefore, this action must be something that bothers the horse. The rider might mean going forward by pulling the rope at the horse’s mouth, but the horse might think that this is an indication for him to go backward. Therefore, this annoying action of pulling at the animal’s mouth needs to be continued till the animal takes the right course.
Constants
Each action must have a constant result. Therefore, pulling the rope at the animal’s mouth should never be done to mean for the horse to stop if the first time it was done by the rider to go forward. Horses don’t understand mixed signals.…

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Dog Rescue

3 Rules for Finding Good Dog Food

How often do you think about what your feed your dog? Do you know what’s in it? Do you even know what is a healthy diet for a dog? Many dog owners think that the dog food that they are giving their dogs is healthy, but in fact, it’s not. Many people assume that if it’s healthy for a human then it must be healthy for a dog. While this is true to some degree, it’s not the case for the types of food dogs should eat. The following are three easy rules to remember when choosing dog food.
1. Many dog foods are filled with food unfit for anything to eat.
Pet foods originally began as a way for food processors to salvage food that was deemed unfit for human consumption. This would include animals that were sick, diseased, or dead on arrival. This also included spoiled or diseased grain and corn. When searching for a good dog food for your dog, be sure to see if it is USDA certified.
2. Remember that dogs are carnivores.
Many pet food brands advertise themselves as being healthy alternatives because they are filled with whole grains, corn, and rice. While that may be healthy for humans (there’s debate on this, but that’s a different article), it is not for dogs. Dogs’ digestive systems are short, straight, and are not able to efficiently digest grains. Dogs in the wild are primarily carnivores that eat fresh meat and shun most plant matter including vegetables.
3. Stay away from preservatives.
In particular watch out for artificial preservatives such as BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin. These chemicals are hard for anything alive to process and be the cause of many pet allergies.
Many dog food brands advertise themselves as healthy for dogs when in fact they’re not. It’s often best to look for brands that are made primarily of meat, do not contain artificial preservatives, and are USDA inspected.…

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Humane Society

How to Teach Your Cat

Cats always seem to have a mind of their own. Regardless of where you want them to go or what you want them to do, it seems as if training them is impossible. Well, it CAN be done! Here are some tips to help train your furry feline friend:
1. Feed it on a regular basis.
If you own a cat, then you probably know that they’re finicky eaters. But not only does this involve the type of food that they eat (some cats even enjoy veggies), but also when they eat. So it’s crucial that you feed your cat at regular intervals. Typically twice a day is sufficient. Feeding your cat like clockwork will allow it to excrete its waste on a consistent basis.
2. Deter your cat from clawing in the wrong places.
Use lemon or orange scented furniture polish. Cats aren’t a big fan of citrus fruits, so this will deter them from clawing away at chairs, tables, and other furniture. A common misconception is that cats claw at stuff because they’re sharpening their claws. They’re actually marking their territory-tigers in the wild have been known to strip an entire tree trunk of its bark.
So to deter your cat from clawing where it shouldn’t, consider using a scratching post or scratching pad. Entice your feline by rubbing some catnip on the post or pad. They’ll love it!
3. Play with your cat.
While kittens are naturally more playful than adult cats, all cats are genuinely playful. In fact, did you know that one of the reasons your cat meows is to indicate that he or she is bored? Spending half an hour a day playing with your cat can solve many of the behavioral problems and prevent him or her from getting into mischief. There are tons of cat toys available at your local pet store, so buy a few and find out which ones your feline prefers.
4. Clean the litter box regularly.
You can’t really blame a cat for not wanting to use an untidy litter pan. Each day, you should remove the waste and then add roughly an inch of litter to the box. Then approximately once a week you should dump all the litter and replace it. If you have multiple cats using the same litter pan, then you’ll probably need to replace it sooner than that.
5. Reprimand your cat immediately after misbehavior.
Typically this should be within roughly 30 seconds of an incident. Waiting too long will make it difficult for the cat to put two and two together and understand why you’re saying “No, Fluffy, no!”
6. Potty-train a kitten by limiting its available space.
Remember that a kitten isn’t born with the knowledge that the litter pan is where it should do its “thing.” So the best way to train your feline is to keep it confined in one room of the house. The litter box, and a fresh supply of food and water should be contained in the room. After the cat learns the sole purpose of the litter pan, it can roam the house.
So there you have it! These tips will help you to train your kitten or adult cat in the shortest time possible.…

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General Article

Treating Goldfish Ick

Treating Goldfish Ick

Goldfish ick is a problem that will kill your pet if you don’t identify and treat it immediately. The ick parasite burrows its way into your goldfish and will basically eat it alive, until infection ravages the fish to the point of death. Luckily, despite how aggressively goldfish ick can spread; it can be treated with relative ease. Look below for an easy step by step to remove the problem:

1. You’re going to have to chemically treat the tank and fish to get rid of the ick parasite. Start by placing snails and live plants in the aquarium in a separate tank until the treatment is done.

2. Next, you’ll have to remove/disable any UV lamps and charcoal filters, while you introduce the goldfish ick treatment, otherwise the chemical will not be effective.

3. Next you’re going to need a Malachite green chemical ick treatment and a thermometer: Add a single drop of Malachite green for every gallon of water in the tank, then increase the temperature of the water by a 1/2 degree Celsius.

4. The next day you’re going to want to remove 1/4 of the water in the tank and replace it with fresh water. Step 3 will be repeated, including raising the temperature another 1/2 degree Celsius.

5. You’re going to continue the daily treatments until the goldfish ick is eliminated (see treatment bottle for more specific information).

The problem should quickly disappear after three days of treatment, but may take longer depending on how bad the problem is. The ick can get into the tank for any number of reasons, but is usually introduced by contaminated food, or by new fish introduced to the aquarium. Always feed your fish freeze dried food and closely examine any new fish before putting them in with healthy ones.…

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Humane Society

How to Make Your Dog Comfortable Riding in a Pet Trailer

With the arrival of spring and nice weather, I’m starting to see more people out biking, towing a dog trailer with one or two pets happily riding along. When considering adding bike outings to your routine with Fido, how can you allow your dog to feel comfortable with this new activity?

Will My Dog Enjoy Riding in a Trailer?

It’s a good idea to ask yourself a few questions before purchasing a Bike Pet Trailer:

Is your dog fearful and cautious of anything new or is he adaptable and enjoys new experiences? In some cases a fearful pet might not be comfortable being enclosed in a trailer in traffic. Consider how much your dog enjoys riding in the family car. Does he enjoy traveling or is he more of a homebody?

Is your dog comfortable being in a crate or enclosed area? A pet trailer is not unlike a dog crate on wheels. If he refuses to get into a crate, riding in a trailer may not be the best activity for him.

Is your dog under 110 pounds? Larger trailers such as the Solvit Hounabout top out in this weight range. If you have a really large dog such as a St Bernard, Mastiff or Great Dane you might consider leaving the bike at home and going for a brisk walk!

Getting Your Dog Used To the Bike Trailer:

As with many training activities, be patient, take your time and break things down into small stages. When your pet is comfortable and happy, move on to the next step. Use positive reinforcement: treats and praise and limit the sessions to no more than 15-20 minutes.

Take the wheels off and set the trailer up indoors as you would a dog crate. Most trailers will allow you to do this easily.

Place a treat or favorite toy beside the trailer cabin and then eventually inside.

When he goes in, pet him, give him lots of praise and love, and reward him with another treat.

During the day, try placing his food bowl in the trailer. Above all, be patient and let him take the time to get used to being in the cabin.

When he seems comfortable, put the wheels back on, take the dog trailer outside and attach to your bike. As in the previous steps, use treats, toys and positive reinforcement to get him used to jumping inside.

Once he’s comfortable, make sure he’s properly secured in the pet bike trailer. A well made trailer will have D rings built in for attaching a harness.

Many trailers have the ability to open the top so he can sit upright with his head exposed, this might be the most comfortable initially.

Start riding slowly and smoothly; sudden braking and acceleration might scare your dog. Make your first ride really short, just a trip down a quiet street or around the block. Talk to your dog calmly and at the end of the ride give him a few treats.

Once you have successfully taken a few rides around the block, start taking your dog with you on longer rides. Be sure to take your dog to fun places such as the dog park or beach. Soon, Fido will associate riding in a pet trailer with a fun destination and the two of you can enjoy this new activity.

One Additional Hint: Some larger dogs feel a bit insecure sitting on the suspended floor of a trailer. An easy solution is to measure the floor, visit Home Depot and have them cut out a piece of 1/4″ plywood to size. Place this under the cushion and your dog will feel more secure with the ride.…

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These Dogs Have the Luck ‘O the Irish

These Dogs Have the Luck ‘O the Irish

The Irish are known for many things: delicious corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beer, leprechauns and four leafed clovers. But did you know that the Irish are also known for their magnificent dog breeds?

Here are a few breeds that originate from the great island of Ireland and some neat facts about them:

* Glen of Imaal Terrier: Though this particular breed makes a great companion dog, they can easily be trained to hunt badgers, foxes and even mice. This breed makes a perfect family pet but can be aggressive and stubborn at times.

* Irish Red & White Setter: A distinctly different breed than the Irish Setter, the Irish Red & White Setter is thought to be the oldest breed of setters. She is intelligent, athletic and courageous – all perfect characteristics for a field dog.

* Irish Setter: A relative of the English setter this breed is known for their glamorous mahogany red coat. Makes a perfect hunting dog as he is easily able to adapt to a variety of climates and terrain.

Pam Talley’s BARF dog, Clancy, was a gorgeous Irish Setter. The Irish Setter breed is known for it’s distinct solid red coat.

* Irish Terrier: This breed is over two thousand years old and a close relative to the wirehaired fox terrier. Nicknamed the “little daredevil” this breed is known for her extraordinary courage and is commonly trained to hunt, retrieve and even relay messages during times of war.

* Irish Water Spaniel: Thought to be a cross between a poodle and Irish setter, this cheerfully obedient breed is bright and easily trained to aid the avid bird hunter. Unfortunately his curly coat is a handful to maintain but when done properly makes for a magnificent looking dog.

* Irish Wolfhound: Originally used to hunt wolves by the Celtics, this breed was later brought to Ireland by the Romans where it was influenced by the Great Dane and deerhound breeds. Makes a wonderful companion dog though he does tend to favor a single master. Well suited as a hunting dog or guard dog but does need a great deal of space to run.

As you can see from the picture above, the Irish Wolfhound is a large breed dog reaching heights of at least 31-35 inches and weighing over 119 lbs.

* Kerry Beagle: One of the oldest native Irish breeds, the Kerry beagle is thought to be a descendant of the Celtic Hound. The Kerry beagle is commonly used for hunting and scent tracking though she also makes a wonderful pet. One thing to consider is that she requires constant exercise – regular walks two to three times a day is a must.

* Kerry Blue Terrier (Irish Blue Terrier): A cross between the Irish terrier and the Dandie Dinmont, the Kerry Blue Terrier was developed by Irish shepherds during the 1700’s. The Kerry blue has become the symbol of Ireland. Though a bit stubborn, this breed is trainable to become a loyal part of the family. Often used as a hunting dog, retriever, guard dog, mouser, and police canine.

* Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier: A strong yet graceful dog, the soft-coated wheaten terrier is known to be a truly versatile dog and is used as a guard dog, herding dog, and hunting dog. Fully adaptable, he is happy indoors or outdoors and makes a great family companion.

The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier weighs approximately 35 lbs. and known for his thick, soft, wheat colored coat.

As you can see, Ireland is blessed with so many breeds of dogs that it would be difficult to choose a favorite. It’s quite amazing that the Irish have so many different types of dogs on such a small island, all with varied personalities, uses and characteristics. No wonder the Irish are such great dog lovers!

-Amber Keiper…

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Dog Shelters Near Me

Dog Obedience Training That Actually Works (And Works Fast)!

Do you have a dog that is trying your patience to the very limit? If you are having behavior problems with your pet, obedience training for dogs may be the solution. This can turn the problem dog into a well-behaved joy to be around. If your dog is halfway down the street still moving in the opposite direction while you stand and call your lungs out, you know you need to learn some dog training techniques.
What Can I Do to Get My Dog to Listen?
Start training when he is a puppy if this is at all possible. Often people adopt adult dogs and this will require a little more training than if you had started when he was small. Puppy obedience training is often far easier than most people think. The key to training a puppy is to remember they do not have long attention spans. Somewhat like children, they must have frequent breaks.
There is dog training equipment that can help you to get your puppy or dog on the road to improved behavior. Vibration collars are one of the tools used to help with training. They do not emit a shock – only a vibration. This type of collar is recommended for dogs that are over 8 lbs. They are waterproof so there are no worries about the dog being out in the rain.
The use of dog training tools has been proven to be one of the best methods available for encouraging good behavior. They are used as a reinforcement to help you get your dog to listen and obey the commands given. Some of the ones utilized by professional trainers are electronic dog collars or shock collars.
Used responsibly these collars can be a very beneficial way of training your dog. By delivering a static shock when the dog behaves in a way that is not permissible, he is reminded that the behavior he is exhibiting is not acceptable. There are also collars that will allow you to record a voice command.
Other dog training products are also available to help you get your dog under control. The collar that sprays a substance on the dog’s nose when he is barking continuously is one type. Many of these collars use citronella however; there are others that utilize other substances. These should never be filled with any substance that can harm the dog.
There are also collars such as choke collars and pinch collars. The choke collar can be dangerous if the dog lunges. This can put pressure on his windpipe. The better choice would be to use a pinch collar that can safely tell him to stop the behavior he is exhibiting. Ultimately, the dog training supplies used are as safe as the person who is using them. They should never be abused and keep in mind, the collars are not being used for punishment. They are being used for training purposes and learning.
The supplies that you will find for the help you need to get your dog to listen and obey are going to be varied. Using good judgment as to the right ones to utilize is going to be your job. Any method or tools used for obedience training for dogs should not be hurtful or cruel to the dog. He is behaving the way he does because he has not been taught any other way to behave. When he is trained the right way, before you know it there will be no more episodes of standing and calling only to have him run in the opposite direction.…