Category: Useful Articles on Pets

How to Cope When Your Family Doesn’t Like Pets

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You have fallen in love with that cute puppy in the window but avoid its eyes sadly. Grandma doesn’t get along with dogs. But nothing’s stopping you from keeping pets. Here’s how to own one and get along with grandma too.

Why some people can’t get used to pets

The stocky little Daschund that you met at the vet’s office made your heart melt. The look it gave you was all that was needed to bring it home.

However, you found yourself returning it to the vet almost as soon as you took it home. Your family members couldn’t get along with it, and here’s why.

1. Allergies

First of all, some people develop allergic reactions to pet dander. They start sneezing when there are furballs around. The discomfort, understandably, causes them to react adversely to pets.

2. Fear

Also, some people dislike pets because of their negative experiences. Animals either bit or chased them. They and their family members stay away from pets as a result.

3. Lack of Patience

Some people don’t dislike pets intensely. Pets, like family members, need nurturing.
The effort needed to train and bond with them can take its toll.

4. Budget

Of course, keeping a pet involves substantial expenses. It can sometimes cost more to groom them than ourselves.

Then, there are veterinary expenses, which are substantial. Again, treating their illnesses can cost more than it does to cure ours.

4 ways to cope when your family hates pets

So how does one deal with a dispute over pets? These suggestions may prove useful.

1. Be specific

First of all, being specific about the problem can point the way to a solution. You may assume that your spouse hates your pet when he or she shouts at it. He may be less fussy about it than you think – perhaps your dog has jumped too often on the bed or sofa.

2. Communicate

It’s essential to ensure that your other half shares the same values about pets as you do. Compromise is key. If your partner isn’t comfortable with your dog sleeping in your bed, have a dog bed, which you can put near you. Also, if you are a staunch animal lover while your partner is the diametric opposite, do reassess your relationship.

3. Consult a pet behaviorist or trainer

Your partner or family may be duly irritated by your dog’s incessant barking or constant peeing in the wrong places. If the behavior stresses your relationship, consult a trainer or behaviorist. He or she may be able to put continuous jumping on the sofa to rest.

4. Mutual tolerance

It isn’t possible to stop hating pets overnight. That said, you shouldn’t forgo pet ownership because of relationship obstacles. Accept that you won’t agree or be amenable to everything, but are reasonable people who can meet in the middle.

Finding common ground is hard, particularly with owning pets. But where there is a will, there will be the right way.

Celebrating a pet birthday

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Like all other birthdays, a pet birthday happens only once a year. There is every reason to make it an occasion that will stand out in everyone’s minds Your furry family member will definitely give you licks and purrs for the effort.

We have a whole list of reasons you should celebrate your best friend’s birthday and show you how to make it feel like a top dog or cat.

Why you should celebrate your pet’s birthday

You may think that a birthday celebration for a pet is a complete waste of time, but there are valid reasons that it isn’t. So let’s try to convince you to give yours a time to remember.


First of all, celebrating a pet birthday is a perfect way to secure a play-date. Most animals are social creatures, so your pet needs as much ‘friend’ time as you do. What better way to gather a group of friends than a birthday?

2. Pets Emote

Pets have emotions and express their feelings as much as we do. It’s not surprising that they’ll notice if other members of the family get to celebrate birthdays and they don’t. A simple birthday celebration makes sure that they won’t feel left out.

3. Being Inclusive

Pets are a part of your family and want to feel included in activities. A birthday is much-needed family time.

Ways to celebrate your pet’s birthday

Now that we’ve shown you why a pet birthday is worth celebrating, you’d want to start planning one straight away. we have a few ideas that will help.

1. Host a birthday party

If you’re looking for a way to make your dog’s birthday extra special it’s hard to go wrong by hosting your own doggie birthday party. Invite some of your friends and family over (along with their friendly dogs) to celebrate.

Dogs react to special occasions the way children do -with rushes of excitement. You don’t have to make your pet’s birthday a huge event. You’re not shortchanging it by having a few friends over. The doggies which it usually interacts with on its daily walks will be enough to make it memorable. The only thing to remember is to supervise all the pets present at all times.

2. Get your pet a new outfit

Why not let your pet have fun on its birthday by letting it pick out a new outfit? Take it to the pet store that you always frequent and let it choose its gift.

3. Pamper Your Pet

You can make your pet feel special by giving it some much-needed attention. Treat it to a rare homemade meal, take it for an extra-long walk or give it a relaxing massage.

4. Let your pet unwrap a present

Make your pet’s birthday exciting for it by letting it unwrap a present. If your pet has no experience unwrapping presents give it a start by allowing it to tear up a gift bag.

5 Send a virtual card To your pet

Although your pet cannot read. It can sense when it’s appreciated. Go paperless and send it a virtual birthday card. Everyone Uno that it’s your furry friend’s birthday. and give it extra attention.

6. Visit a pet-friendly restaurant

Dog-friendly food establishments are increasing in popularity. They provide pet-specific menus with offerings like ”pooched eggs.” These restaurants have special deals during ”yappy hour.”

Treat your pet to a special birthday meal if you have a restaurant like this in your area. If there isn’t, prepare a homemade meal and have it with your pet in a pet-friendly patio.

7. Take your dog on a trail

What engages a dog? New smells. Seasoned pet owners realise the need to bring their pets to new places once in a while. There is no better day to do this then your pet’s birthday. Allow him to explore a trail that he’s never gone on before, and make his special day a fun one.

In all, a pet birthday shouldn’t lack excitement. Try any of these suggested ways to give your furkid a little love on its special day.


Pet Dog: Meet The Bright And Beautiful Breeze

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If you’re looking for a bright, bouncy pet dog, welcome Breeze into your home.

An intelligent dog, she loves picking up sticks on her walks. She makes a responsive pet dog.

Breeze is a one-year-old, tan-coated, short-eared female.

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The bright and beautiful Breeze, a wonderful pet dog

She is a relatively large girl with a black muzzle and pointed ears. She needs ample space to run and play.

Breeze needs an owner who can understand why she barks ferociously at first. A little patience and TLC will make her a loving, responsive pet dog.

Breeze is somewhat reserved but friendly.

Like every pet dog, she must get accustomed to her new family. She is affectionate with everyone, but she must get to know them. She will wag her bum when she’s excited.

A potential owner will be thrilled to know that breeze is obedience trained. She knows how to sit, shake hands, and fetch. The extent of her memory is astonishing.

House training this pet dog is, well, a Breeze.

She has an indoor pee tray but does her business when she goes on her daily walks. Of course, this means that her owner must make time to bring her on them.

Altogether, with constant, thoughtful care, Breeze will make a delightful companion for life. If you think that Breeze will be the perfect addition to your family, do contact Jac for more details at 9670 9109.

Cloudy the dedicated Space Dog:Although not quite willing

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Cloudy in Outer Space

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Cloudy turned professional space dog this week and explored the far reaches of the universe. She looks a little sulky because she does not like her helmet much. I have to put this little contraption on Cloudy so as to prevent her from biting herself. As you can see, she does not relish the though of not being able to bend over and scratch.

Like all Westies, she is prone to yeast infections, which are sometimes quite unbearable. She will return to her usual barking and romping activities, the let’s hope, by next week. Until then, has to remain the ever dedicated astronaut.

Cloudy Doing Yoga


My West Highland White Terrier, Cloudy, crowds on my mat when I have a yoga session. Perhaps she is interested in learning the art. 

Tips for Taking Care of Disabled Pets

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There are disabled pets, as there are humans with physical difficulties.

They may result from injury, aging, or, in an adverse scenario, abuse. Many disabled pets end up abandoned. Owners would be less likely to neglect disabled pets if they had the resources and savvy to care for them.

8 Tips for Taking Care of Disabled Pets

1. Understand that Disabled Pets Do Not Need Sympathy

Handicapped animals do not need you to feels sorry for them. They live life as they should, and do not feel that they are disabled. That said, a show of affection never hurts.

2. Handicapped Pets Understand Love

Disabled pets sense your love.They live life like fully functioning animals, albeit at a slower pace. 3.

3. View taking care of a handicapped pet as a privilege

You will seldom have the opportunity to care for a disabled pet. When you stop seeing the task as a burden, you will discover how it can help you grow. You will also get the opportunity to slow down and enjoy beautiful moments with your furry friend.

4. Consult Specialists

There is no better way to deal with issues than to listen to a voice of reason. Experts may give you the advice you need to manage your pet’s condition.

5. Create a routine and stick to it

Disabled pets may find it difficult to adapt to sudden changes in the environment. To help a blind dog, for example, keep your furniture in a fixed position. You will make it easy for them to navigate your home. They will need extra attention, so keeping to a schedule will help you to accommodate their needs.

6. Invest in equipment

With the proper equipment, disabled pets can have a high quality of life. K-9 carts, for instance, help handicapped dogs run as fast as their able counterparts.

7. Take the challenge

Caring for a disabled pet may be demanding, but presents opportunities for growth. Seeing it thrive in spite of its disabilities is rewarding.

8. Get support

The rigors of owning a disabled pet can be overwhelming. Doing everything yourself is impossible, so seek help from the experts.

Being the owner of a pet with disabilities can be fulfilling, with a little knowledge.

Misty’s in the House!

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My Schnauzer, Misty, loves quiet corners where she can experience some solitude. Here she is in her dog house, a place where no one can disturb her.


Helping your pet cope with growing older

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The little puppy you brought home ten or so years ago was a romping, roly-poly ball of fur. It jumped on your sofa with abandon and never minded a little rough play. A decade on, it is no longer enthusiastic or active. It reminds you of old Mr. Jones a few doors away, who needs a walking stick. 
Old age strikes pets as it does humans. They have the same aches and pains that grandpa and grandma have. Like your human seniors, they may display moody, erratic behaviors. As a pet owner, you can help your beloved pet to cope with old age by understanding expected changes, empathizing with their behavioral problems and doing what you can to help him deal with its rigors. 
Expected changes in Senior Pets
Physical changes take place in animals, just as they do in elderly humans. Illnesses become pervasive, and organs may not function as well as before. Spotting the changes can ease financial and emotional burdens. 
A dog’s nutritional needs change as it ages. Older dogs may consume more fat, as they may lose some of it. Monitor your pet’s weight changes carefully. 
Older pets may develop gray hairs, just as humans do. Haircoats may become thinner, and duller. Lumps may start to appear on its skin as well. Groom your pet constantly, and check for any skin changes.
Your pet may become more prone to injury. It may find it a task to fight off infectious diseases as well. Diabetes, common in elderly humans, is typical in older pets too. 
If you have a female pet, she may experience the hardening of her mammary glands as she ages.  If not checked, she may develop cancer. Her footpads may become brittle and thick. You may need to clip her nails and coat more often. 
You may find your pet becoming less active because of muscle and bone degeneration. Arthritis is a common health problem in senior pets, just as it is in older humans. Your pet will find moving and breathing a task. Exercise it regularly to prevent muscle loss.
Older dogs are prone to dental and other degenerative diseases. Dental disease may make it difficult for it to take in food. It may be troubled by hearing and vision loss. 
Behavioral Problems in Senior Pets
Senior dogs often suffer a decline in their functions. Their memories, cognition, awareness and senses deteriorate. 
The decline may disrupt their sleep-wake cycles and make them fidgety at night. They may also wander about and fidget more. 
Like older people, animals may forget details, like the commands they knew from long ago. They may either become overdependent or, conversely, disinterested in affection. 
4 Behavior Problems in Senior Dogs and how to Solve them
There is no question that older dogs go through change. If yours shows any of these behaviors, it is time to take action. 
1. Cognitive Dysfunction
Your pet’s brain may slow down in several ways.  He may become confused, or fail to recognize you. Also, he may experience changes in his sleep-wake cycle and forget how to use the potty. 
Veterinarians will usually recommend the drug Selegiline Hydrochloride to counter the degeneration. You may also combine the medication with the behavioral treatment given by a dog trainer. 
2. Separation Anxiety
Older dogs may become irritable when taken to new environments. They may display aggression and anxiety when left alone. 
It is not advisable to keep a senior dog with separation anxiety in a crate, especially if it is not accustomed to being isolated. It may attempt to escape if it cannot control its bladder or other physical functions, and hurt itself in the process. 
If your dog paces about when you leave it alone, soils your home or is destructive, it is time to manage its behavior. Your vet will try to identify underlying problems and may prescribe medication to aid your dog’s cognition.
Control your responses to your pet’s conduct. If your dog nudges you, you may feel tempted to give in because you think the behavior is cute. Doing so may cause it to believe that it is in control of the situation. 
Change your routine to help your dog get over the fear of being separated from you. Use a different door when you go out, and leave your things in different places.          
3. Excessive Vocalization 
Your pet’s vocalization may disrupt your sleep or irritate your neighbors. The vocalization may be due to fear or separation anxiety. 
Loss of hearing may contribute to his excessive vocalization as well. He may also whine a bit more if he feels the urge to eliminate. 
If your dog still vocalizes when you are at home, seek the help of a behaviorist. Do not reinforce the vocalizing behavior; instead, reward it when it keeps quiet on cue.                                                                                                   
4. Restlessness
Your dog may become less active during the day but restless when it is time to sleep. Eyesight or hearing loss may trigger its nighttime activity.  Your pet may also have medical issues, such as problems with its central nervous system.
Treat its medical conditions first, then retrain it to resume normal waking hours. Keep it exercised both physically and mentally; give it lots of chew toys and take it out for regular walks.                                                                          
A little loving kindness and effort will help your older pet through its difficulties, and strengthen the bond between you.                                                                                                              



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Intelligent Disobedience: What a Guide Dog will Teach You

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Intelligent disobedience. The phrase is a mouthful, and the concept behind them difficult to grasp. They seem like a contrary combination of words.
You may wonder what this strange idea is, and what it has to do with dogs. It is certainly one a physically challenged person cannot put aside, for it will benefit him greatly.
Training a dog not to obey when necessary is no mean feat. If your curiosity as been piqued, you will want to know how trainers manage it.
What is intelligent disobedience?
The phrase refers to a service animal going against his owner’s wishes. It does so in an attempt to help the owner make better decisions.

The aim of intelligent disobedience is to keep the physically challenged safe. It is an indispensable part of a service animal’s job.and has been part of their training since 1936.

The benefits of intelligent disobedience

This practice instills animals with a sense of responsibility. They feel valued, and will connect better with you. The mutual respect will make it possible for them to have your interests in mind. It engenders respect between owners and their dogs.

How to teach guide dogs intelligent disobedience

Knowing when to obey is a challenge for humans and dogs. Trainers teach guide dogs intelligent disobedience in a variety of ways.
The most common of these methods is some form of aversive training.Owners use the technique most often when crossing roads. Trainers teach dogs, with a forward command, how to move across roads and stop at curbs. Once the dog makes it across successfully, they use a squirt gun if it gets too close to cars and other dangerous objects.
To give the dog examples of dangerous situations, the trainer moves him close to the edge of a curb. He “falls off” the edge to show the dog how dangerous it is. The dog also learns not to bring its owner too close to passing cars or obstacles.
As the dog develops recognition of such situations, the trainer will increase their difficulty. The dog gets a reward when it reacts to them appropriately.
Intelligent disobedience: It works both ways
The concept of Intelligent Disobedience works both ways. The dog must know when to disobey while humans must practice intelligent obedience. They must listen to their canine friends if they highlight dangerous situations. The owner must have implicit trust in his dog’s judgment.
Supposing an owner gives instructions to the guide dog to cross the street, but cars are still passing. The dog should have the intelligence to refuse his owner’s instructions. The command must also be exact, or the animal will not attempt to cross.
How you can apply it in other fields
Dogs are not the only creatures which can disobey when the time is right. Humans can too. A good place to start using intelligent disobedience is in the workplace.
When working in a team, try to put your ideas in place using the bottom-up approach. Learn to appreciate helpful feedback from your colleagues.
Appoint someone to be the devil’s advocate. His function is to monitor your ideas and to challenge them should they be unworkable.He provides alternative suggestions to yours.
Now that you know what intelligent disobedience is, you can make it work for you and your pet.