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The benefits of soft dog crates

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Your pet may annoy you by creeping into the kitchen while you are in the middle of preparing a glorious feast. He may also frighten your guests.

Having him underfoot is maddening and dangerous. Crate training will prevent him from obstructing you at the wrong times.

You can choose from many dog crates available. The right one will put both you and your pet at ease. There are reasons why a soft dog crate brings out a pet’s wagging tail.

The benefits of crate training

Before discussing why soft containers are helpful, understand the benefits of crate training.

Crate training may seem restrictive, and this is understandable. No one likes the idea of confinement. That said, it has many benefits for dogs and their owners.

a. For You

Parents get excited when they find out that their children have musical inclinations. They become eager to start when their kids can start their musical journeys.

When a child can begin lessons depends on whether he has the motivation to learn the instrument. It is a gargantuan task getting children who hate doing so learn an instrument.

Then, there is the fun factor. Educational psychologists all suggest that learning takes place when people enjoy the process.

Music lessons can start anytime, as long as the child shows interest in learning them.

Such a container will give you peace of mind. You will feel satisfied that your dog is safe while you are away running errands. If he is travelling with you, you can relax knowing that the crate will protect him from injury.

It also enables you to house train your dog. Your pet needs to know where his sleeping and toileting areas are. A crate is a resting area for him.

It prevents your dog from being in the way, at the wrong times. You can leave him it in while service personnel are doing work around your home. He can take refuge in it while you are in the kitchen.

b. For Your Dog

A crate is your dog’s territory. It is a place where he can feel protected from any ongoing noise or activity in the home.

A dog’s hearing is six times better than that of a human’s. Loud sounds alarm him more than they do you. A crate shields him from these noises.

It also encourages him to control his bowels. Your dog is not likely to relieve himself in his place of rest. He will associate elimination with the outdoors.

You can introduce your pet to your friends if you use a crate. It stops him from jumping up and startling them.

6 reasons why a soft dog crate will make your pet happy

Securing your dog in a crate has clear benefits, but the wrong one can be uncomfortable for him. A soft-sided container will serve his needs better than a metal or plastic one. He is more likely to wag his tail when he sees it.

1. He can travel with you.

For a start, it is easy to store. Easy storage makes it ideal for traveling because you can fold it up and put it in the back seat of your car. Your dog will perk up knowing that he can journey with you.

2. He can be part of the family.

Your pet will be happy knowing that he has a place in the family room. You can integrate a soft crate with your furniture at home.

It fits well into any corner of your living room. Just tuck it away in your storeroom if you are not using it.

3. He can scratch it.

Manufacturers make soft dog crates out of durable nylon. This material does not tear even if your dog scratches it to no end.

4. He gets into it in no time.

These crates are easy to set up. Your dog can move into his home in no time.

Soft containers are easy to fold and unfold. There is no need to screw any nuts and bolts together.

5. Your pet can move about in it without making a sound.

A soft dog crate means less stress for you and your dog.

A great boon of using one is that your dog will not make too much noise if he turns around in it. A metal one, in reverse, gives off sounds.

6. Your dog will have a clean home.

Your dog will take a shine to his home because it is clean.

Materials used to make soft dog crates are hardy, yet pliable enough to wash. Just give your dog’s a weekly rinse to get rid of pet odors.

Buying a soft dog crate

Soft-sided crates are ideal places of solitude for dogs. Of course, you must bear these pointers in mind when choosing one.

1. Purpose

Think about why you want to put your dog in a container. A soft-sided crate is ideal if you always take your dog on road trips.

A wire crate may serve you better if you wish to leave your dog outdoors. With more openings, it is cooler.

2. Security

You should be able to zip up a soft crate. Its base and sides should not feel as though they are about to give way.

3. Durability

When choosing a soft dog crate, assess its strength and quality. Your dog should not be able to tear holes in its base. Weigh your pet and choose one that is firm enough to hold him.

4. Usability

Find out how user-friendly the soft dog crate is. You should be able to zip and fold it. Do not buy it otherwise.

5. Attractiveness

If you plan to use the container at home, you will not want it to jar with the rest of your furniture. Soft dog crates come in various colors. Pick one that goes with the color scheme of your home.

6. Size

Size is an important factor when choosing a container for your dog. Of course, there is no point buying one if your dog cannot fit into it. Note that your pet may roll around and injure himself if the crate is too large.

The right soft dog crate will please your pet.

Caught in the act

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I caught Cloudy in the act of jumping on the sofa when she was not supposed to. Look at that guilty expression! 

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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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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
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
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.

Sleepy Sisterhood


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Cloudy and Misty move about as a pack, even in their sleep. Here are some photos of them embracing theri “sleepy sisterhood.”

Ten quirky reasons for owning a pet

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Having been a dog owner for the greatest part of my life, I would advise any potential owner that dog ownership has its ups and downs.

Still, the downs (eg. too much barking or excessive poop) are not enough to deter it.

Here are a few plausible, though slightly wuirky, reasons to own a dog.

1. A pet is pure eye candy.

To start, dogs are feasts for the eyes. Their absolute cuteness simply makes you go “aww”.

Cloudy, my little West Highland, just drew a laugh out of me this morning when she crawled into my cupboard and insisted that it was her den.

A dog’s whimsical ways simply pull you to it.

2. It keeps you calm.

Besides its cute appearance, a dog keeps you calm. Looking at it alone soothes jangled nerves.

Stroking a dog releases endorphins and raises poor spirits. It also relieves stress.

3. A pet makes a good pillow.

Further, provided you do not squash it with your head, a pet is an excellent pillow.

It is comfortable to at least snuggle next to it, anyway.

4. It is fun.

Pillows aside, pets are fun, They make wonderful playmates and companions.

Would a human catch a ball with his teeth?

5. It may help you out.

And then, pets may also help you. Contrary to popular belief, they do earn their keep.

Use them as doorbells, security guards or pest exterminators.

6. It keeps you secure.

To speak of being guards, dogs make great ones. A dog is a protective creature and will defend you when necessary. It keeps you secure.

7. A pet is good entertainment.

A dog is also wonderful entertainment. It is a lively creature full of hilarious antics.

My terrier, Cloudy, enjoys competing with my Schnauzer, Misty, to see comes in first in a race. I say “bye bye” and cloudy becomes anxious to move in front of Misty.

She also enjoys picking up strange objects and offering them to me.

8. It helps you make friends.

Like all other pets, dogs help the thoroughly introverted make a few friends. There is no better place to find a few than a dog park or even a veterinary clinic with a medical ambience.

9. It is not fussy.

To add, dogs are not as selective as humans. Two dogs may quarrel one day and be great friends the next.

10. It does not ask for much.

They definitely do not ask for much. Other than a little attention or a few obedience classes, you do not have to take it for ballet sessions or choir camp.

Unless your dog is Misty, who yowls when she hears the piano.

If you have not decided to get yourself a dog, what’s stopping you?

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