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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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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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Great Advice And Ideas About Dogs That Anyone Can Grasp

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 pet needs vaccinations, much in the same way that your baby does. Some common vaccinations that dogs require include rabies, hepatitis and distemper. Each pet is different, and each will have a different immunization schedule. Your veterinarian is a great resource when it comes to which vaccinations are right for the age and breed of your pet.

Giving your dog a bath is essential to his health. Depending on his size and activity level, toss him in the tub weekly or monthly and always use a shampoo that is made for dogs and is pH balanced. Pets have different pH levels than humans and a good dog shampoo will leave your canine clean with a beautiful shiny coat.

Ease your dog into knowing a new baby that comes into your home. Dogs can be very jealous and you need to continue to show him plenty of love an affection, even though you’ve got a brand new bundle of joy in your life. Talk to the dog as you handle the baby and keep him in the loop.

If training has become routine and boring with your dog, consider introducing agility exercises into the mix. These will still teach your dog to obey and be challenging, but they tend to be a lot more fun than the regular commands. Get the whole family involved by making an obstacle course and working the dog through it frequently.

Adopt A Dog

If you’re adopting your pet from a shelter, it’s important that you take it to see a vet immediately. Shelter dogs could be sick or exposed to different viruses. Therefore, you should ensure your new dog receives its vaccinations as soon as you obtain it.

Before you adopt a dog, determine the space your dog will have access to. Do not hesitate to keep your dog out of certain rooms if you have valuables in them or some brand new carpeting. Prepare the space your dog will be occupying by removing wires your dog might be tempted to chew.

Rescue Dogs

If you are not sure how your dog will react to other dogs, make sure you keep them on a leash during the first introduction. Rescue dogs especially can be unpredictable around other dogs. Keeping your dog on the leash will allow you to better control their behavior. Once you feel comfortable and your dog is adjusted, you can take them off the leash and let them play.

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.…