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First Time Pet Owner’s Guide

If you are a first time pet owner and do not know how to take care of your pet then simply follow the following tips.

This is an absolute must. You must provide your pet with fresh water, timely meals and a proper shelter at all the times.

Do Not breed Pet From A Pet Mill
You should never purchase your pet from a pet mill. Pet mills are places where two pets are permitted to breed together to produce offsprings, which are then sold at a lucrative price. You need to always make sure that, especially in the event of puppy dogs.

Name Your Pet
You should give your pet an appropriate name one that suits its appearance, behaviour and gender. Naming your pet is mandatory, as it is an foremost and the easiest way to communicate with your pet. Naming will also help you start a personal and lasting relationship between you and your pet.

Get A Tag For Your Pet
Tagging is essential as most state laws require you to do it. This is an act of not merely a forge a sign of those who love their pets dearly. These tags can be of great help if in case the pet animal gets lost.

Know The Needs of Your Pet
Knowing the needs of your is an absolute must. This is an act of pet cats and dogs have some dearly. These tags can be always provided for. This would keep the pet remain in a cheerful mood and thus remain healthy .

Train the wants of your Pet
You should learn how to handle your pet. Different breeds of as an example of nurturing and support.

Be Ready To Spend Money On
Your Pet You need to spend money on your pet to properly rear and support it. You should be willing to spend on the diet and proper health care of your pet. You can also buy little fanciful items to keep your pet cheerful.

Arrange For Your Pet’s Proper Water, Food and Shelter
This is an absolute must. You must provide your pet with fresh water, timely meals and a proper shelter at all the times.

on your Pet Vaccinated
You should have data about the vaccinations that have to be given to your pet. You should get the vaccination done in a timely manner. Vaccination of pets is necessary by law and also keeps them healthy.

Take the Pet to the Vet in case you sense trouble
Do not entertain the idea that any type of to provide your pet with your pet can be handled by you. It is best to let professionals handle it which, in this case, would be a vet. He/she would be able to your pet. Get correct diagnosis and prescribe the correct course of medical prescriptions.

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Some Basics For Housetraining Your Puppy

by Eric Renfro
Puppies should be housetrained as early as possible. Over 80% of dogs in the U.S. are kept inside the home by their owners. Failing to properly teach them to control their bladders and bowels will have frustrating consequences later. Fortunately, providing a healthy does of consistent discipline, patience, and attention upfront can help ensure your pup is housebroken early. There will be accidents, so plan for them. In the same way toddlers eventually learn to use the toilet, your puppy will also learn to avoid making a mess in your home.

In this article, we’ll describe two important ground rules that you should follow when housetraining your puppy. We’ll also explain why establishing a routine is critical and how to handle the occasional accident when it happens.

Establishing The Ground Rules

Owners who are trying to housebreak their puppies often punish them when they make a mess, even if they don’t catch them in the act. Avoid doing this. If you see you pup having an accident, a stern “no!” is good enough. There’s no need for punishment; in fact, punishing him can have a negative effect.

Also, be generous with your praise. If your puppy is doing things properly, let him know. Remember, dogs need positive reinforcement from their owners. If you only reproach him when he makes a mess and neglect to recognize his successes, it will have a lasting effect.

The Value Of A Routine

The importance of a regular routine when house training your pup cannot be overstated. The repetition reinforces positive behavior. First, make sure you’re providing your pup with plenty of opportunities to go outside; once every two hours is appropriate because they cannot control their bladders for long. Second, choose a specific spot outside that he can use to eliminate, and stick to it. If he has an accident, place the rags you use to clean it up in that spot. The odor will remind him where he is supposed to eliminate.

Third, establish a routine that includes regular feeding, playing, and walking time for him. That will help him adopt a consistent elimination schedule.

Paying Attention And Dealing With Accidents

When your pup is indoors, watch him. Don’t allow him to roam freely throughout your house. That is an invitation for him to leave a hidden “surprise” for you. Instead, confine him to a certain area and pay attention to signs that he needs to eliminate. When you notice those signs, take him to his designated elimination spot and praise him for his success.

As noted, your puppy will have a few accidents. Don’t punish him. If you catch him making a mess inside, interrupt him without scaring him (avoid yelling or chasing him). Take him to his designated area so he can finish. Then, praise him for it. Too many owners are quick to punish their puppies for having an accident. The result is that a pup learns to fear his owner.

Housetraining a puppy requires patience and diligence. However, if you approach it in the right manner, your pup will not only learn to control himself, he’ll learn to trust you in the process.

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5 Smart And Easy Tips For Keeping Your Dog Safe

by Eric Renfro
Your dog relies upon you to keep him safe both inside your home and outside. Most owners realize that they should keep their canines on a leash while they’re outside in order to prevent their roaming into the street. But, their responsibility extends much further. In this article, we’ll provide five tips that you can use to ensure the safety of your pooch.

#1 – Keep Dangerous Poisons Out Of Reach

Your canine’s appetite isn’t limited to the meals you provide him during the day. Given the opportunity, he’ll eat items that are not meant to be consumed (at least, not by him). For example, he may begin eating antifreeze if it is left within his reach. He might also start eating mouse bait, pesticides, and your own medications. Each of these items can lead to significant health issues. Keep them out of his reach.

#2 – Tag Him

You may think it could never happen, but many owners have learned that their dogs are always willing to explore if they’re given the chance. One of the reasons animal shelters in many cities are overflowing is because canines get loose and roam until they’re found. Put a collar and tag on your pooch. Also, consider microchipping him. Then, once a week, check to make sure his collar and tags are secure.

#3 – Keep His Head In The Car

It is a rare dog that doesn’t love to ride in a car with his head sticking out of the window. The problem is that it invites bugs and debris into his eyes. Plus, if you’re involved in a traffic collision, your pooch can be injured. If he’s going to ride in the car with you, keep the windows up enough to prevent him hanging his head outside.

#4 – Make Him Ride In The Cab

Owners will often place their dogs in the exposed bed of their trucks. This is incredibly dangerous for a few reasons. First, the stopping and starting can throw him off balance, often into the sides of the vehicle. Second, taking a sharp turn while your pooch is elevated on the side of the vehicle can throw him from the back into traffic. If you own a truck and you’re bringing him along, keep him in the cab.

#5 – Have A Veterinarian On File

The worst time to look for a veterinarian is when your dog desperately needs one. You should have the name and contact information of a trusted vet within reach. That includes his or her office phone and an emergency number. You should also have a back-up veterinarian that you can take your canine to in the event your primary vet is unavailable.

Your dog’s safety is at risk from accidents. Whether he’s getting into rat poison, becomes lost, or is riding in the back of your truck, you don’t expect him to get into trouble. It happens unexpectedly. Take the time to make sure he’s as safe as possible.

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Tips for Doggie Tricks

by Geraldine Dimarco
Most people would agree that dogs are a man’s best friend. So why doesn’t every animal lover who want one adopt one? Because training them seems too tedious a chore. Luckily, there are some simple tricks that you can do to get you on your way to a having a more enjoyable experience with your dog.

Before anything else, make sure your dog knows who’s the boss. His animal instincts will follow you better as soon as he acknowledges this fact. You can do this with simple everyday things. When you’re eating, don’t feed him yet. Let him see you eating and then allow him to have his meal. If he is blocking your path, don’t step over him or go around him, push him gently to make room for you. You are his superior and the sooner he understands this, the easier the teaching process will be.

Dogs are sensitive to their handler’s emotions so you cannot show timidity or fear. Your voice should be firm and strong voice in delivering doggie commands. However, remember that dogs are especially receptive to positive reinforcement. Hand him treats each time he does something right. Be lavish in your praises to him. If he misses an order, correct him then and there, not after. Training sessions should go for ten to fifteen minutes, done a few times a day.

As you may have observed, dogs have behavioral patterns that reflect their current mood. They wag their tails, look to you with open trusting eyes, and sound off a pleased woof when they are happy. Inversely, they stiffen and growl while baring their teeth when angry. Gauging your dog’s disposition will aid you in training him as you learn how to respond effectively with his moods.

Be patient in teaching your dogs new tricks. Ideally you start as early as six weeks but even older dogs can still learn. You will encounter some difficulty at first but remain calm and patient. Consistency will win out and he will learn sooner or later. Do not change your training patterns or schedule. Dogs get confused easily and you might lose ground if that happens.

Train your dogs in a place with no distractions. A playful butterfly or whizzing car will distract him from your lessons. You will find it difficult to get his attention then. A peaceful backyard or any indoor area will be satisfactory.

Most importantly, remember why you got your pet in the first place. Have fun! Training can be tedious and when that happens, just take a break to play and have a romp around the backyard with him. Dogs are special because they have a special ability to take your mind off pressing details and lavish you with love however bad you look or smell. The best dogs are not only those that are trained but those that make for a faithful and constant friend.

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Geraldine Dimarco is an avid fan of the animal kingdom. Find out more about insider secrets your pet will want you to know.

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