Teaching Your Dog Self-Control

Teach Commands, Not Actions

When your dog lunges at something, instead of pulling tight on their leash to get them to stop, you should instead be telling them what to do in a firm voice. Tugging, even lightly on their leash only tells a dog who the master is, but not what behavior he should be exhibiting. Use this time constructively to practice commands that are appropriate in the situation, instead.

Treat Your Dog like a Friend

Realize that sometimes, your dog just won’t be able to do what you ask him to do, just like a good friend can’t sometimes as well. Dog training shouldn’t be about who is in charge, but instead about compromise and taking variables into account as required. So don’t ask your dog to sit still if he is truly excited about something – ask him instead to sit quietly.

Show Doggy How

Unless you show, or tell, your dog how to react, he won’t know how. Instead, he’ll do what he always does, which is pull and tug at his

Caring for an Older Cat

Just as with humans, cats often lose the ability to hear as they age. This often goes unnoticed by owners, who might chalk their cat’s lack of response to typical feline aloofness. Without keen hearing and vision, however, an older cat is more vulnerable to threats from cars and dogs on the street. It is best to keep an older cat indoors. If she loves the fresh air, make sure you supervise her in a protected area.

Even the most easygoing cat can become a finicky eater in her later years. As an older cat’s senses of smell and taste begin to diminish, she becomes less interested in her food. Adding moist food and warming her meals will amplify the scent and make it more tantalizing. Moist food will increase the amount of water in your cat’s diet.

It is important to keep fresh water available for your older cat, and to monitor her drinking habits. Her natural thirst drive can fade with age, causing her to become dangerously dehydrated rather quickly. Take note of about how much water

Properly Introduce New Fish Into Aquarium

Fish Quarantine

Fish quarantine is one big, singular factor that must be observed strictly before you can be sure that your new fish is of good health and not an apostle of doom for the other inmates. Most new fishkeepers don’t take consider this very important factor.

For the benefit of intending aquarists, quarantine in the fish world refers to the physical and chemical treatment of new fishes (either imported or caught from the wild) to rid them of disease and restlessness before introduction into a new environment,

A small quarantine tank (30x20x25cm) is advisable for any serious aquarist. The alternative is to be sure that your pet shop has a functional quarantine section to cater for bacterial, fungal and viral diseases.

This is a sure guarantee against fish deaths. The unfortunate thing with most shops in the country is the lack of space and inadequate expertise to build and administer the prophylaxis procedure on new fish, as the procedure is sure to last at least nigh days! To the average aqua-investor, this is an unnecessary

Bird Feeding

People feed wild birds to bring beauty to their outdoor spaces, for therapy or relaxation and for educational purposes for themselves or others. Some put bird feeders in their yards, hang them from trees, and put them on fences and in gardens or patios. Wild birds can be fed in your gardens or patios anytime of the year.

The Fish and Wildlife Service estimate in the spring there are approximately 10 billion wild birds in the United States and in the fall approximately 15 billion wild birds. This large increase in the fall is due to the fact that all the babies will have hatched.

Of those that feed birds, approximately $3 billion a year is spent on bird food by backyard hobbyists. They also spend $800 million a year on accessories for birds such as bird houses, bird baths, bird feeders, and other birding accessories.

There are all types of feeders. Here are just a few examples of the types of feeders that are available. There are also many more varieties of bird feeders constructed of many different materials.

  • Suet feeder
  • Open hopper
  • Single tube feeder
  • Twin tube feeder
  • Free standing feeder
  • Circular bird feeder
  • Liquid feeder
  • Fruit feeder
  • Platform feeder
  • Ground

Proper Bird Care for Your Backyard

Bird Houses

If you didn’t clean your bird houses last fall after all the birds left, then now is the time to do so. Here are some things you should do to make sure your bird houses are ready for the new arrivals this spring.

  • First of all, if you have followed me at all, you will probably have a bird house with a hinged roof. This just makes it easier to get at the old nest in there and clean things out.
  • Using rubber gloves, lift the roof of your bird house up and clean out the old nest and any loose material still left over.
  • Make a solution of 1 part bleach and 9 parts water to clean your bird house. Yes it is safe. This will clean the house and prevent disease. Remember bird safety is the goal here.
  • Using a stiff bristled brush scrub the inside of the bird house with the solution that you made. Be sure to clean the house thoroughly.
  • Once you have finished cleaning your bird houses, rinse them off thoroughly using just water. As long as you rinse the houses well, using the bleach solution is no problem at all.
  • Make

Enjoy the Outdoors With Your Pet

There are dozens of tents available in different sizes, colors and style suitable for any pet there is. If you love to travel and you want your dog or cat to be a part of your journey, then you could invest in a good quality portable dog/cat tent. The following are two major categories of pet tents mainly for dogs and cats and other premium quality tents available in the market today.

Original Pet Tent – Consist of two external fiberglass poles arc over the top and crisscross from corner to corner for support. A multi-purpose pet tent which can be used on hotels, camper vans, and airports.

Pet tents – Large for Parrots, Ferrets, Cats, Little Dogs: can accommodate birds, ferrets, guinea pigs and a number of other household pets. Collapses for storage and pops open for continued use.

When trying to buy portable tents online, try to be specific and be very detailed with the tent you want to buy. Dog and cat tents come in different sizes, shapes, colors and style. Owners should choose the tent that perfectly suits their pets unique taste for a new snug since this will become his

Having a Pet During Childhood

  • An Activity Partner. Having a pet, a dog for example, helps a child become active. A dog encourages a child to walk, run, play and frolic in the sun or even dance in the rain keeping the child away from becoming inactive. Such activities help develop a child’s physical and motor skills.
  • Encourages Good Social Behavior. A child is often encouraged to befriend another child with a pet whether that is a dog, a cat, a bird or rabbit. Pets encourage a typically shy child to become socially active and thus gain confidence and win many playmates and friends. Confidence could help a child become ready to eventually face a tougher adult world.
  • Helps in Emotional Development. Having a pet enforces the responsibility taught by parents to a child through the love and care that has to be shown to the pet. The involved tasks of course may depend on what the child can or cannot do at a certain age but the positive emotional development that could be gained from the experience will last throughout the child’s existence.
  • Promotes Desire for Knowledge. The interaction between child and pet promotes an inquisitive mind in a

About Catching Birds

Every day, we can feast our eyes on blue herons, roseate spoonbills, white egrets, wood storks, ibises, ospreys, hawks, cormorants, pelicans and (sometimes) eagles resting on our lawns or fishing in our man-made lakes that are stocked with fish. When I walk in the late afternoon, I often take binoculars along to get a better view of the birds that are just out of eye sight. I never tire of watching them.

Birds have been in our life and even in our house since our middle daughter was in grade school and we were living in California. She fell in love with the smaller tropical birds that you see in pet shops. The first bird was a cockatiel that was hand raised and very tame. He loved to sit on heads and shoulders and once he chose to do this to a TV repairman just as he bent over the back of our TV set. I heard his scream from the other end of the house. I don’t know who was more frightened, the bird or the repairman.

Our daughter had two parakeets in a cage in her room. One, Marco, was very tame and could

Cleaning A Bird Aviary

Cleaning of feeders and bird baths

Cleaning up of bird feeders, water dishes, and bird baths should be done on a daily basis. This is not just to provide fresh water and bird seeds, but also to keep away germs from developing over time. If you’ve set up a weekly schedule, it is best to still include these items during clean-up time.

Set up a routine for you to follow and for the birds to get used to

Having a cleaning routine helps the birds from experiencing too much stress. It is also important that you’re the one who always do the clean up to also prevent stress and anxiety among the birds. As your pet birds become familiar and used to your presence, it will be easier to get in and out of their abode anytime.

Use a corner of the aviary to isolate the birds

When things are still stressful for your pets, it is best to use a separator to isolate them from the area that’s being cleaned. Dedicate a corner for the birds whenever you need to clean up their living space and make sure it is cleaned first

A Zebra Finch

These finches don’t have any particularly unusual or awkward care requirements, and as such they are not difficult birds to look after. A cage is of course necessary, but it doesn’t need to be as big as it would be for many other birds. A larger cage will always be preferred though, and for any more than a single pair of finches you’ll need a much larger enclosure. Still, this is the case for any pet bird species.

One frequent concern amongst potential buyers is how noisy the finches will be – constantly squawking birds may well make you unpopular with your neighbors! However Zebra Finches are fairly quiet birds, and while they are not silent, they can easily be kept in a flat or apartment without annoying anyone living nearby.

Their diet can be catered for with a wide range of commercially available products that any pet store will supply, and the cage can even be lined with newspaper if you don’t want to buy anything more expensive. Further research is obviously recommended to see exactly what your pets will need before you get them, and there are many comprehensive care sheets both online and

Yellow Belly Turtle

In the wild they are frequently found where great densities of algae occur. They occupy ponds, swamps and marshes. Most active in the morning, they can often be seen basking in the sun.

The shell of the adult yellow belly turtle averages between 8 and 10 inches (20.3 and 25.4cm) long. Females are slightly bigger and can sometimes reach 11 inches (27.9cm). Usually a mixture of brown and black at the top, the plastron underneath is distinctively yellow with some green spots. Its skin is predominantly olive-green, but features odd patches of yellow on the legs and neck.

The yellow belly turtle can be kept indoors, but bear in mind that it will need a tank capacity of at least 60 gallons when adult. If you are planning to own more than one, add 20 gallons per turtle to the equation. Young hatchlings can be kept in a tank of 15 gallons.

A basking area with a temperature of at least 80 Fahrenheit (26.6 degrees Celsius) should be provided. Since they sleep at night, the basking light could be turned off when it is dark.

Males eat more meat than females and, as with

Habitats for Happy Reptiles

A typical housing for a pet such as this is an aquarium tank or terrarium. Depending on the size of the animal, the size of the tank will usually range from 10 to 30 gallons, even more for larger creatures. Snakes will need a tank that is horizontally oriented, and lizards need one that is taller so they can climb. The housing should be made out of glass to keep the animal from scaling the sides, and in some situations, it may need to have something blocking the back and side views for the safety of the pet.

The lid is normally made of mesh to allow for airflow, and it must be secure enough to retain a tricky critter. Some reptile’s needs require that the whole screen be exposed for maximum airflow, though there are times, such as when the snake or lizard will need extra humidity to assist with shedding, when it may be necessary to block half or more of the screen to stop airflow and retain moisture in the housing.

Each reptile has its own heating and lighting needs, so there is no one size fits all for this. A pet store

Quality Turtle Breeders

Additionally, it is important for turtle breeders to maintain a healthy environment for their turtles. This environment should cater specifically to the type of turtle. Water turtles prefer to live in large, deep aquariums with clean water and copious room for swimming. Since they defecate in the water frequently, it should be changed out on a daily basis and have heavy filtration to prevent the water quality from becoming bad. Land turtles prefer habitats with dry substrate and larger amounts of horizontal space to utilize, which will give them room to move freely. They also appreciate a shelter space where they can hide, sleep or get away from stressors they can perceive outside of the cage.

Most breeders who have a good handle on their work will also be familiar with the behavior patterns of healthy turtles, as well as the patterns that sickly turtles may display. These patterns are important to recognize, since they are very good indicators of whether a turtle is thriving and can indicate whether something different needs to be done in their care. A good breeder should be able to show any new owner what a thriving turtle looks like, and will