Summer Fun: Doing our Part for Pet Acceptance

thumbnail (22)We love to get outside with our pets. Hiking trails, parks, the beach, anywhere we can take them, we want them with us because they’re not just pets, they’re family. It’s difficult to understand how non-pet-owners react to our enjoyment of our best friends, isn’t it?

One thing is for certain, though, if we want to expand the places that are pet friendly, we as pet owners have to be willing to do our part. In years gone by, no one thought anything of letting Spot out into the yard (or the neighbors’, or the park) to do his business. Now, not only will you earn the scorn of your Homeowners’ Association or neighbors, but you could end up with a stiff financial penalty as well.  And doing so in a public park, even a dog park, will earn you an even stiffer fine.

The way we avoid this is to keep our pets on a leash unless in a Dog Park or Run and to utilize Pet Waste Stations and waste bags. Our pets’ waste is the number one complaint from the general public. And really, can you blame them? Who wants to step in it, or see clumps of it littering the bases of trees in parks, or on the beach?

You might counter that it’s natural, fertilizer, perfectly normal, but in fact
pet feces contains pathogens which are harmful to humans. The NRDC advises not using pet waste in composting either, because the temperature that the feces must reach to eliminate the pathogens isn’t high enough in composting.

Most parks and municipalities now offer Pet Waste Stations. If we as owners all use them and are respectful of those without pets, our faithful family members will gain a lot more acceptance.

3 Tips for Dominance-Based Dog Training

nice-dog-1413127-mMany people have heard about the great results pet owners have achieved with dominance-based training. While the methodology and principles behind this type of behavior modification may not be for everyone, some dog owners may find that it is the perfect fit for them and their animals. Here are some tips on how to get started.

1. Do the Research

Properly implementing a behavioral modification regimen requires a lot of dedication and preparation. Arming yourself with the requisite knowledge set for dominance-based training is crucial in successfully changing your dog’s behavior, because embarking on a training routine with only a loose understanding of its underlying principles can be ineffective and dangerous. It may take some time and energy, but studying up on the correct methods of dominance training will pay off in the long run.

2. Take Your Time While Perfecting Your Timing

In order to effectively correct bad behavior, you need to perfectly time your disciplinary responses. There is a narrow window in which dogs will associate a punishment with their actions, and if you miss it your pet may not understand what he did wrong. When you first begin your training regimen, be patient with yourself. Take the time to really study your pet, and learn to spot the moments at which your corrections will work best.

3. Equip Yourself With the Right Tools

There are a number of products that can help you reinforce your discipline. Shock collars, for example, can be used to deter unwanted barking. These devices deliver a small static correction when your dog barks, and can be very useful if your pet tends to bark a lot when you are not home. Remote trainers are another great tool for discipline, because many dogs tend to ignore commands when they are out of their owners’ reach. These devices can help you reinforce your commands with the immediacy required in discipline-based training.

By using these three tips as a beginning guide and consulting with professional dog trainers, you can be well on your way to having a perfectly-mannered pet.   

Why Toys are Important for Pets

chew-toys-cat-toys-thPets are like members of the family. Not only do you need to ensure that they are well fed, but it’s also important to provide them enjoyment. After all, just like people, these animals long to play and have fun too. Hence, you ought to pick out the right toys for your pets in order to further enhance their overall health and development.

The Benefits of Toys for Pets
If you have a new puppy, the vet will most likely recommend that you get a teething toy for your little canine friend. You’ll be surprised to find a wide variety of teething toys that come in various shapes and sizes. Some of them even make a sound when squeezed or bitten! Thus, they are helpful not only for the growing teeth of your pet, but also to protect your things at home from getting ripped apart. Besides, your pet will definitely find such quite entertaining too.

Just imagine providing a ball of yarn for your cat or giving him or her toys which they can climb, twist around, run after, and scratch their paws on. What great enjoyment these are bound to provide for your pet cats! Not only that, but they’ll get to exercise too in the process while you won’t have to worry about having them scratching your furniture at home.

For those with pet rabbits, it’s good to supply toys they can chew and toss around for fun and also for physical and mental stimulation. Meanwhile, a common toy for a pet hamster is the running mill. This one also gives good exercise and great amusement.

These days, there are numerous toy options you can discover for various pets. Make sure to pick the right one for your pet, one that will benefit him or her as well as yourself and your home.

It would also be good for you to play with your pets because social interaction in this manner will significantly enhance their complete growth and development as well as alleviate your mood and boredom too.

Choosing the Right Toy for Your Pet
One of the major considerations in choosing the right toy for your pet is safety. Naturally, you have to check the material used. Make sure that it won’t poison or choke your pet when it disintegrates. Of course it would be good to for something very durable so that it won’t easily come apart while your pet is playing. In addition, also inspect it for anything sharp that may hurt your beloved animal pal.

Size is also of utmost importance. If you get something that’s too big, your pet will not be able to play with it or enjoy it. If it’s too small, there’s a risk of choking. Be sure to get the proper size that suits your pet.

When picking out these toys, it’s essential to avail of suitable ones that are made especially for your pets. You need to look up their needs so that you can also come up with makeshift toys at home such as cardboards, chewable twigs, and balls. Also provide a variety of toys so you can easily discover what your pet is more interested in. After all, even pets of the same kind or breed can differ when it comes to personality and preferences.