People often believe
that if their pet has lots of love, water, food and proper medical care then
they are set for life. Two items we often forget about are:
Giving them adequate
physical exercise, and,
Plenty of mental
challenges to stimulate their brains.
These two factors can
increase their quality of life by leaps and bounds. ASPCA Animal Trainer,
Kristen Collins, touts that “Pets need jobs.” Both dogs and cats have
a need to be engaged and stay busy. Keep in mind that animals were created to take
care of themselves by foraging or hunting for food and shelter. Although our
pets have been domesticated, their energy levels and natural instincts still
exist. More often than not our pets are bored and spend the day laying around
waiting for us to return home from work. This is why animals get into mischief
while we are away. They need simulation to deal with the overwhelming restless
feeling. Much like children, dogs and cats that are left to their own devices
must find new ways to entertain themselves. When you find your cat or dog
gnawing or scratching on furniture or shoes, eating houseplants, tipping over
the garbage can or spending excessive amounts of time barking or meowing, then
it is time to take action (or, consider taking action before these behaviors
occur). Several different workouts are recommended:
Get moving — Healthy
dogs need a minimum of one hour of aerobic exercise per day. Kristen recommends
breaking this into 2 separate 30 minute sessions. Great ways to burn off that
energy are jogging, playing at the dog park and swimming.
Games — Combine
exercise with a lesson by involving your pet in structured games. These can be
games such as tug-of war or fetch. These types of games teach your dog about
impulse control and creates a closer relationship between the two of you. Great
items for the game of fetch include items such as an Air KONG squeaker tennis
ball, a plain tennis ball, flexible Frisbee for dogs, Flying Squirrel fetch
toy, or maybe just a … Read the rest Read more
So you just got a pet
and you’re preparing for your first vet visit! For many pets, a trip to the vet
can be an extremely traumatic experience causing lots of anxiety; unfortunately
the reason for this is often unknown other than simple fear of the
unknown. As a caring pet owner, you
can’t just avoid the vet as that would put your pet’s health in jeopardy! But there are some helpful steps you can take
to ease your pet’s stress and make the appointment go as smoothly as possible.
Avoid peak hours
Peak hours can vary
depending on the day and clinic, however; most veterinary clinics are the
busiest early in the morning and in the late afternoon-evening and on
weekends. You may be tempted to schedule
your pet’s appointments during these times because they’re convenient. But this can increase an animal’s stress
level due to the crowdedness and other animals that will be around. If possible, arrange your appointments for
a less popular time. You can even ask an
employee at the clinic to figure out a day when there aren’t very many appointments
Dogs and cats love
their treats and they are more likely to be obedient towards you if you have a
reward. You can guide your pet’s
interest away from whatever chaos is going on around them by offering them
treats. You don’t have to bring treats
every time, but consider it for the first vet visit, make it a special trip for
Familiarize your pet
If you go to a local
clinic that is within walking or quick driving distance, it is possible for you
to drop by the office casually to get your pet acquainted with the area. You should first explain your situation to
the staff, though, so they know what you are doing when you come in. By doing this, the next check-up your pet has
will go much more smoothly.
Pets can often sense
their owner’s emotions. If you are
feeling anxious, fearful or sad, it is … Read the rest Read more
Most individuals place
a significant amount of focus on the health and well-being of their family pet.
If this is a concern for you, then it is important to take advantage of as many
resources as possible, in order to improve the health and happiness of your
animal friend. The utilisation of vets for pets is a necessary investment that
every pet owner must make to avoid many potentially catastrophic health risks,
which animals can fall victim to. Two of the most important veterinary services
that a pet owner can take advantage of are the utilisation of vaccines and
understand the incredible importance associated with taking advantage of
vaccines during a person’s youth. These vaccines represent sources of defence
for your body and help to encourage a strong immune system. Vaccinations for
dogs act in the same way, as they help to prevent several important diseases
from being transmitted to your pet. These diseases could otherwise prove to be
catastrophic to your pet’s health. By taking advantage of the knowledge of a
trained veterinarian, you will be able to identify the appropriate time periods
in which vaccinations should be pursued to maximize the health of your pet.
In addition to the
advantages that exist with vaccinations, another important health factor to
take advantage of is found with desexing dogs and cats. Unless you have the
intention of breeding your pet, it is vital that you take advantage of the
opportunities that are available with neutering. There are a tremendous number
of animals who are abandoned each year, as a result of uncontrolled breeding.
When you take the time to have your pet desexed, you will discover a wide
number of advantages that will prove beneficial to both the pet and the pet
For your pet, there
are many health advantages associated with this procedure. In dog desexing for
male dogs, the testicles are removed, which represent a common source of health
problems such as prostate diseases and testicular cancer. Another advantage
that is created with desexing dogs is found with the behavioural alterations
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There have long been
mixed breed dogs that vary quite a bit in looks, size and temperament. They are
often referred to as “mutts” and they tend to have strong health and
they make great pets. You can usually find a wonderful mutt to adopt at the local
A mixed breed dog is a
dog that is not a purebred and it may not be known if the parents of the dog
are purebreds. They are basically dogs from an unknown ancestry and a
questionable genetic line. They are usually smart and wonderful and they make
great pets but their lineage is unknown.
A purebred on the
other hand is a dog that has two parents that are both of the same breed. Many
times there are long records of the genetics of these dogs and breeders are
very careful in their breeding techniques to make sure that they produce the
strongest genetic tendencies.
While some people may
prefer a purebred dog for a pet and others are just happier to have a mutt for
a pet, there is also another choice that a pet owner may want to consider. You
can get a hybrid dog or as they are sometimes called a “designer
A hybrid or designer
dog is a dog that has two purebred parents from two different breeds. They are
different from a mutt in that their lineage is known. The parents of the dog
have a distinct genetic line that can be confirmed.
Designer dogs are
becoming quite popular these days and rightly so. They tend to have the best
characteristics of two distinct breeds and oftentimes they are the best of both
breeds. They can take on the characteristics of either breed or sometimes both
These hybrid dogs
often have really fun names such as a cockapoo for a cocker and poodle mix, a
puggle, which is a pug and beagle mix, or a goldendoodle, which is a golden
retriever and poodle mix and of course, many other fun mixtures of the two
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All breeds of dogs do need some exercise to be healthy. Without physical exercise canines cannot have strong bones and muscles. They would not have as much energy either. But do all breeds require the same amount of exercise each day? The answer is simply no.
There are some breeds
that only need a moderate amount of physical activity to be healthy and happy.
Others need quite a bit of activity though. So choose a breed based on your
If you come a go a lot
to where a dog would have to be cooped up in the house for long periods of
time, do not get a highly active breed. Same goes for if you live in apartments
where the dog would have limited space to roam. The active breeds do better
when they can have a good outdoor space to run in and that their owners are
home enough to allow it.
Now there are other
breeds that only need moderate exercise or room to run. These are ideal for the
households where the dog is left alone in a house for periods of time or have a
limited area to roam in. How do you know which breeds are what though? Let’s
look into this question to see the answer.
Dog Breeds that Need Moderate
The list below shows
some breeds and their characteristics that only have a moderate need for
Bichon Frise – This
breed likes to be walked once a day and some play. It is not hard to give this
breed its needed exercise.
Chihuahua – Even these
dogs are small enough to be carried easily they still need a walk every day.
Playing is fine too, to provide their exercise.
Pug – This loves to go
on a walk but loves to try to lead the way. The owner should make the dog walk
even with him instead of ahead of him.
The list below is a
sample of the breeds that need a lot of exercise to be happy and healthy.
Border Collie – This
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