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What Dog Is Right for Me?

So, you have come to the conclusion that you would like to share and enhance your life with a dog and you would like to know what dog to get? Where do you begin now? There are numerous things to prepare for and research before bringing your new dog home.
Here are some factors to consider:
You don’t need to buy a dog. Remember, there are thousands of dogs in shelters and rescue groups that get euthanized every day because they don’t have a home. There are even pure breeds if that is what you are searching for. You can utilize which aggregates many shelters inventories of homeless dogs. It’s a wonderful tool that lets you see thousands of dogs from the comfort of your own home from all over the country. Of course this will not be a substitute for actually visiting the dog and spending time with them in order to experience their temperament, character and personality first hand, but it is a great starting place.
Have you done adequate research for a dog trainer, dog walker and pet sitter? Remember rescuing or buying a dog is just the first step in a long relationship. If you want this new relationship to thrive you must care for your dog adequately and love your dog as part of your family. Find a CPDT-KA trainer and interview them. Find a great dog walker and pet sitter and interview them if you will not be able to be home during the day to walk and care for your new dog. Remember, a mentally and physically balanced dog, a well exercised dog and a well-mannered and trained dog is a wonderful treat and a dream to live with! The converse is equally true and your relationship will go downhill just as fast if you ignore or just expect the dog to understand you. Remember dogs don’t know English or Swahili, they must be taught what you want from them. A qualified dog trainer with expertise in ethology (scientific knowledge of species-specific behavior), husbandry and dog training will help educate you and train your dog.
Have you researched breed types and energy levels adequately? The most important characteristic or trait you can look for when buying or rescuing a new dog is their energy level and temperament. Too many people use aesthetics as their predominant decision making factor that drives their decision. If you do not match up your energy levels you will not be happy and neither will the dog. Do not get a working breed dog with a high energy level if you want to just hang out on the couch and want a dog to cuddle with most of the time! A working dog is not a couch potato and will make your life miserable regardless of how cute or gorgeous they are.
Here are some important question to ask yourself before you get a dog:
Why do you want a dog and what role will they play in your life: motivator, guardian, companion, best friend, partner, dependent… etc?
What other animals share your space?
What are your sleeping patterns and habits?
Do you have an active, loud, predictable, energetic household or the opposite?
Do you live in a rural, suburban or urban environment?
What is your occupation? Are you a medical student in your residency and at the hospital 100 hours a week? Or are you self-employed and work from home?
Have you dog proofed you home?
What are average veterinarian and maintenance bills for this type of dog?
Does he/she eat a lot or not much at all?
Can I transport my dog if and when I need to?
How big will my dog get at maturity?
Do a behavioral and temperament test with your new dog to make sure there is a fit before bringing them home.
The more honest you are with yourself prior to getting a dog the more pleasant your relationship will be for years to come.…

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Care For Your Furry Friend With This Advice!

There is not another pet in the world like a dog. A dog can give you the loyalty and friendship that you can’t get with another animal. That’s why they deserve special attention. Here are some suggestions to assist you in making sure your dog can live the good life.

Your dog has teeth just like you, so it makes sense that he needs proper dental care. Invest in a dog toothbrush and brush his teeth often. Simply allowing the vet to do it at his regular checkups is not enough. You can also purchase treats that are specifically meant to help with your pet’s teeth.

Having fresh and clean water available to your dog at all times is a must. Dogs become dangerously dehydrated in a matter of days, so its very important to always have water ready. Dogs will also appreciate water that is clean. If you find it necessary to drink filtered or bottled water because of the quality of water from your tap, then be sure to provide your dog with the same high quality water.

You should only try to teach your dog one new command during each training session. Even if you think your dog is good at picking up on things and will have no issues with that, it is much less confusing for you and him if you focus on just one thing at a time.

Schedule regular veterinary visits. Regular veterinary exams are extremely important for your dog’s overall health – as with humans, it is important to catch any health problems early on. The vet will make sure that your dog is up to date on his vaccinations, and check for any other issues such as weight and dental problems or parasites.

Positive reinforcement is the best way to train your dog. You should congratulate your dog when it displays a good behavior, for instance by giving it a treat or petting it. Talk to your dog in a soft voice and make sure you praise it every time the good behavior is displayed.

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Consider teaching your dog hand signals along with verbal commands. Consistency and practice are key to teaching a dog these non-verbal commands. Many owners get frustrated and resort back to verbal commands, but a well-trained dog should understand both. Try using only verbal commands when the dog is out of sight range, but when close up, only use the hand signals.

Try to always be aware of how your dog is feeling. If your dog seems to be nervous, fearful, or scared of certain things, you should take note of this and try to avoid putting your dog in a stressful situation. When a dog is stressed or afraid, you could traumatize your dog if you insist that it stays in the stressful situation.

Dogs are the most wonderful pets around, and most people know that. These social creatures deserve our affection. And if you own one, he deserves your best. Use the information here to make sure that you are doing all you can in order to give your dog a truly happy life.…

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Essential Cat Care Tips and Tricks

There is a lot that goes into taking care of a cat. If you’re a first time cat owner, or even if you’ve had a cat for a while, this article can help you out. Read over it carefully and you should have no problem taking better care of your cats.

Watch the amount of treats that you give your cat. Like humans, cats can easily overeat junk food. This can cause them to gain weight and may lead to some health problems like heart issues and diabetes. If you do give your cat treats, give them a small amount and make it a special thing instead of a regular routine.

Keep a clean litter box. Like you, a cat will generally not use a bathroom that is filthy. Find a quiet area out of the way that the box can stay in, and don’t move it unless absolutely necessary. Scoop solids out a couple time of day. Make sure to dump the whole box, wash it with a gentle detergent, and refill it once a week.

Get a pet water fountain. Cats can be prone to dehydration, and running water entices them to drink. It is an evolutionary habit that developed because in the wild, running water is less likely to be contaminated than a stagnant pool. Your pet will enjoy the water more, and will drink more often.

Cats and electrical cords don’t mix. If you notice your cat has a habit of chewing on electric cords, try to bundle them up and hide them out of the cat’s reach. If that’s not possible, spray a little bit of bitter apple onto the cords. Not only is bitter apple non-toxic, cats absolutely hate the taste.

If your cat takes all the ornaments off the Christmas tree, don’t fight it. Begin collecting attractive cat toys and unbreakable ornaments to decorate the tree next year. Be sure not to decorate with potentially dangerous items like tinsel and garlands. Tinsel is a choking hazard for cats and garlands can cause strangulation.

Let your cat exercise their hunting instinct. Cats are natural born hunters; however, this does not mean you need to allow mice to invade your home. Hide treats and toys throughout your home, and your cat will have a blast hunting down their treats. You can also find feather and laser toys that your cat can chase and pounce on.

Animal Control

Keep track of your feline friend by having the animal microchipped. This small device is implanted beneath the skin between your cat’s shoulder blades. Microchip implantation may sting for a few seconds, but the implant is otherwise unnoticeable and will not cause your pet any discomfort. This chip makes it easier for animal control to locate your cat if it goes missing.

Now you can probably see that there is quite a bit that goes into working with cats. It isn’t difficult, but it can be time consuming. Take everything you’ve gone over here and things won’t be all that difficult for you. Good luck and enjoy taking care of your pet!…