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About midget74

I am a freelance writer who writes on pets, pet care and anything about animals! If you visit our site via mobile, you will see the mobile version of our site at http://mobile.dudamobile.com/site/petsawarenews

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Cloudy knows how to give signs that she needs a walk. It’s time to take her out!

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Doggy Social Circle

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All dogs need friends. Cloudy got together with her gang yesterday! Many gang members were as cute as buttons. 



Novel ways to stop dogs humping

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You and your furry best friend are enjoying yourselves at a dog run, with everything in oblivion. Your furry buddy is romping around amid peals of laughter.

You turn around and a horrific scene greets you. The peals of laughter stop as suddenly as they begin. An embarrassed blush replaces them.

Another dog is on top of your fur buddy. You shy away from the unpleasant sight.

Humping may seem quirky, but can lead to a host of unforseen problems. Owners have a vested interest in putting a stop to it.

Before they can do so, they must have a better understanding of its causes and consequences. That said, they can stop it in a few, unexpected ways.

Why dogs hump

Humping is a dog’s way of expressing his sexuality, but there are surprising reasons for it as well.

The action is normal play behavior in young dogs. When a group of dogs plays, they mount each other to show their interest to play.

Young dogs may hump objects to show their excitement. He may do so at the prospect of an inviting car ride, or food.

Some dogs hump because of nervousness. They may not know how to respond to unxpected circumstances. For others, it is a way to relieve stress.

For many dogs, it is power play. One mounts another to express his dominance.

Ways to stop humping

No matter what the reasons for your pet’s humping are, there are novel ways to stop it.

If your dog humps because he is bored, find out if you have exercised it enough. His humping signals you to make more effort to take him for walks, and bond with him.

Should your dog hump every visitor he meets, it is a clear sign that social situations overwhelm him. Put your dog in his crate when people visit.

Occasional humping is not alarming, but you would worry if your dog licks his genital area as well. He may suffer from allergies or skin infections. Find out about compuslive medical disorders from your vet.

Give your dog a little discipline if he shows dominance. If your dog constantly gets into your space or humps his toys when you try to grab them, he is being terratorial. Encourage good behaviour by rewarding him when he shows it. Seek the help of a reward-based trainer.

Help your dog to put an end to his annoying humping habits.

Pet Neglect

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News in Singapore broke of a businessman being jailed for failing to feed his emaciated pet.

It is not for me to partake in another person’s sorrow, but I was relieved by the news.

Many  pet owners are unaware the neglect is  a form of abuse. It’s probably more common than more direct forms. Those who neglect their pets consciously or otherwise need to develop more awareness.

They choose to forget about pets if they no longer have time or inclination to look after them.

The poor furballs we all love are victims of consumerism. They are bought as easily as clothes and can just as readily discarded.

Time is not on their side as well. Without realizing how busy they are, owners attracted to a pet’s irresistible, kawaii features and tote them home. They conveniently leave them aside when they simply cannot find a few minutes to remember to feed them.

These owners think that leaving their pets alone is better than beating them into submission or abusing them by kicking them into a corner.

A most common form of neglectful abuse is chaining  a dog up for hours in the hot sun and leaving him alone. His essentials, like a food bowl and water, are often not replenished.

A pet comes with a  mess. To solve the problem, some owners cage or crate their dogs and forget about them.

The most disastrous form of neglect, by far, is simply leaving pets in a park and walking home without them.

You cannot take in every single abandoned or neglected animal much as you would love to. You can, however help to stop neglect.

You can get more involved by tactfully prompting neighbors whom you suspect are neglecting their pets.

If the reminder does not work, volunteer to take them in if possible or suggest ways to find it another home should there be no other way of looking after it.

Get authorities involved if things come to an ugly head. This is not pleasant, but is worth the trouble if it helps an animal in need.

Neglecting an animal is just as bad, if not worse, than physically abusing one.

 

 



10 Unusual Facts About Dogs

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Dogs rank among the most common domestic animals we know.
 
We know their tail-wagging habits at the back of our hands. But despite our long-term relationship, there are some odd things about our canine buddies.
 
1.   Dogs descend from a weasel-like creäture called the Miacis, which existed forth
     million years ago. This little fellow later evolved into the Tormactus, then the            Canis family of foxes, wolves,  dogs and other dog-like creatures we are familiar
     with.
 
2. Grapes and raisins cause renal failure in dogs. Before realizing this, I fed my dogs
    regularly with grapes. I now understand why they had diarrhea.
 
3. Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic. Dogs love fruits, but avoid letting them
     feast on the core.
 
4. Dogs have sweat glands between their paws. They perspire through their paws and
    tongue.
 
5. Dr. Robert Mugford invented the Wagometer in 2003  to measure how fast
     a dog’s tail wags. 
 
6. A dog’s blades unattached to the rest of the body to allow flexibility for running.
    My West Highland Terrier, Cloudy, always wins a race with me. 
 
7. The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in 17th century England, a time when
    homeless animals would float down flooded streets.
 
8.Kubla Khan holds the world’s highest record for owning the most number of dogs.      He had 5000 mastiffs!
 
9.  Mastiffs and Great Danes wore armor during his time to go into battle.
 
10. Plato once said that the dog has a philosopher’s soul. I wonder why my older dog,
     Misty, loves contemplating!
 
Understand Fido better with these facts.



A new kong toy

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There is nothing cuter than watching a little dog trying to make sense of her Kong toy. A mental challenge!