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Taking Dog Care Seriously

Taking Dog Care Seriously

Having a pet is one of the most endearing activities that one can have in a lifetime. Studies have shown that having a pet is a great way to reduce the amount of stress a person experiences. Pets are great listeners, they have the funniest way of making you smile, and they give nothing less than absolute love and loyalty to their owners.

As far as pets go, dogs and cats have always been rated as top favorites. But this time is devoted solely to dogs and proper dog care. The dog has always been known as man’s best friend and with good reason. Dogs by nature are social animals with a pack mentality. Naturally, they have a strong bond with their owner whom they consider as the alpha leader in a pack setting. Given the proper dog care and love, they will give you their utmost and unconditional loyalty and affection.

Dog care starts as early as puppy age for some while for those who choose to adopt, the dogs may already be older yet in need of the same loving care. Choosing to take care of a dog entails a lot of responsibility. As a dog owner, it is expected that the puppy will be raised and brought up responsibly and without any thought of abandonment once the novelty wears off. There have already been too many stories of dogs being abandoned by their owners after they lost interest in the activities of dog care.

As early as possible, part of dog care involves teaching the puppy to learn to identify the members of the family and proper house training. Refrain from using harsh methods to train the puppy as this will only serve to instill bad habits that can be difficult to correct when older. Instead, use gentle but firm instructions in teaching and make things constant so as to reinforce good behavior.

Feeding time is also an integral part of dog care. Keep feeding times constant as much as possible. A puppy needs to be fed several times during the day and the frequency decreases as the pup grows older. This will take gradually until the dog is able to adjust accordingly. Make sure that plenty of clean water is always available.

Potty training is also important. Most owners will usually find this aspect of dog care as one of the more difficult. It’s true that it requires a lot of patience to teach a dog where to relieve itself but this isn’t as difficult as it seems. Proper dog care requires that owners carefully and patiently train the dog to relieve itself in a particular location through plenty of positive reinforcement. With rewards and lots of affection the dog will be able to follow suit.

Spanking is not normally advisable. A dog by instinct will cower at the earliest sign of disapproval from its owner. A firm “No” is enough to show that his behavior is unacceptable. Make it a point to reward good behavior and be firm in correcting undesirable behavior. Through constant repetition, the dog will be able to understand and learn what is acceptable and not.

Dog care is very much similar to raising an infant child. With proper instruction and love, any dog will grow up to become a cherished and loving member of the family. There’s just nothing like the bond that a happy dog gives its owner and it is this fact that makes these animals so much fulfilling to be with.…

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Binturong, Also Known As a Bearcat

The binturong, also known as a Bearcat is a mostly tree dwelling mammal. The binturong’s natural habitat is up in the trees of the rainforest canopy. It is native to central Asia, namely China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. The binturong is a nocturnal animal that sleeps on tree branches. Bearcats are omnivores, primarily eating various fruits but have also been known to eat vegetation, eggs and small animals such as birds and rodents.
The binturong’s name is curious as the animal has no relation in either the bear nor the cat families. It shall remain a mystery though as the local language that gave the binturong such an unusual name has since died out. The binturong has small dark eyes and short, rounded ears. The binturong tends to be the size and weight of a large cat.
The average binturong will weigh in between twenty and thirty pounds and between twenty four and thirty eight inches in length. The binturong’s body is covered with a short, course black fur. The binturong’s hind legs can rotate around backward so the animal can maintain a grip on branches.
The binturong also possesses a thick, bushy prehensile tail that usually doubles the binturong’s length and can be used as a fifth hand. The animal will beat its tail on the ground and on sides of trees as it walks. This action, along with a low howling, serves to announce its presence to other binturongs.
Along with the howling to herald its arrival, the binturong is also known to make other noises. They have been known to let out a low growl when threatened or territorial, a high pitched wail when irritated and a throaty chuckling sound while seemingly happy.
One of the binturong’s oddest attributes would have to be its natural scent. A binturong’s scent is used in drawing territorial lines, attracting an ideal mate and announcing location. Most humans who have come in contact with binturongs, whether it be in the wild or in captivity, compare the scent of the animal to the smell of hot, buttered popcorn or fresh from the oven cornbread.…

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Animals in Mythology – Explore the Mythological Attributes of Animals

Since the evolution of the human race, animals have been an inherent part of civilizations, irrespective of its location on the Earth. Animals were not only domesticated for human use but they also found place in various legends and myths. Animals of all sizes and might found a mention in mythology since ancient times. Certain animals portrayed in these myths were known to have astonishing, at times bizarre characteristics. In fact, some of the animals mentioned in mythology were make-believe and did not exist in reality.
Mythology has demonstrated animals in diverse roles such as that of heroes, mediators between the heaven and earth, resources of knowledge, and at times dangerous as well. Mythology showcases animals to have the potential to look into the future as well. Animals were projected to have the power to both, create and devastate.
The goat formed a vital role in Greek mythology. Goats symbolized lust and the hare was a sign of fertility. Pan, the goat God ruled over fauns, which were apparently half goat and half man. Another mention of this animal comes in the form of Amalthea, who took care of the God Zeus. As per the Greek legends, some of the trustworthy animals included the lions, leopards and horses. The mystical animal, Pegasus, demonstrated by a winged horse finds a special place in Greek mythology.
Mythology pertaining to different regions in the world showcases diverse traits of the same animals. Owl is an example of one such animal with discrepancy in character owing to the area concerned. While in the West, an owl stands for acumen and foresight; in the Eastern myths, it is regarded as an omen of death, disease and felony. The snake also seems to have been bestowed with two distinct profiles in mythology. Snakes have been portrayed as pets in the Greek and Roman legends, while elsewhere they were worshipped with dignity illustrating perpetuity. However, the image of the pig remains unaltered in most cultures. It has been regarded as a symbol of greed in most mythological stories.
In certain cultures like those of Egyptians, either a single animal would portray a God or at times, figures of God would have a human body and head of an animal. Their mythology highlights Bastet as a cat goddess and Horus as a hawk god. Some cultures in Asia and Native North America have elevated animals to the level of the creator of this planet. According to their legends, the earth is situated on the back of a gigantic turtle.…

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Simple And Effective Solutions For Aquarium Algae

Eradication of encrusting algae could be done simply by periodically scraping the sides of the aquarium or scrubbing the rocks.

For those with plastic plants and a completely white gravel bed, the situation could be more tasking as it would be necessary to bleach the rocks to remove all traces of algae.

However, if you do this, do make sure that you rinse the gravel thoroughly afterwards. Bleach is highly toxic, and even small amounts can have a drastic effect on the aquarium fish.

Since the primary cause of green algae is too much light. The fist step in the treatment schedule should be light reduction then partial water changes and an adequate stocking with natural aquarium plants. A final treatment with an algae remedy should ensure that the problem is eradicated and is at least kept at bay for some time.

One of the factors mentioned above is the use of natural aquatic plants as a means of algae control. This is really more effective than many people think.

For a start, luxuriant plant growth will filter out some of the light keeping algae in check. In addition plants absorb a large variety of chemicals from the water, thereby starving algae of some of their essential nutrients e.g. nitrates (not nitrites).

Surprising as though it may seem, an adequate plant stocking level is approximately 50 small plants per square root of available space.

The treatment I mentioned is the use of an algaecide. I must stress the word “use:” it is very different to “abuse”!

Yet despite this difference, I know that some people will still persist in pouring the chemical remedy into their aquarium and expect the problem to disappear overnight, even though they have done absolutely nothing to alter the conditions in the tank that brought about the problem in the first place.

The conditions I stated above have to be adhering to for any lasting effect to occur! Now that we know how to curb the menace of the green algae, in another article I shall discuss it’s ugly “sister” brown algae (the brown encrusting algae whose case is the reverse of green algae).…

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Dog Behavior Training – Dog Aggression Toward Its Owners

A dog that growls at and/or bites its owner does so for some reason, even if the behavior appears to be “unreasonable” to the owner. If your dog displays aggressive behavior towards you, for the safety and welfare of you, your family and your dog, it’s important to find out why as quickly as possible.

Call your vet right away and schedule an appointment for a complete medical examination. Talk with your vet about testing your dogs hormonal balance, neurophysiologic functions and allergies. The test results may reveal the underlying cause. This has been especially helpful in dogs that have mood swings.

When growling or biting has erupted as a consequence of scolding or punishment for behavior such as chewing, jumping, general unruliness, or overprotection of food, these problems must be dealt with swiftly and firmly to correct the aggression it is initiating.

As the dogs owner, you must understand that your dog growls or bites at you as a result of defensive feelings. Even the dog that growls when ordered off the couch is reacting defensively, as it feels its dominance status has been threatened.

If scolding and punishment provoke aggression, your dog is reacting to a perceived threat to its physical safety. In either of these situations, your own threatening behavior may be producing negative results.

If the results of a medical examination show no signs of a medical condition that would be causing this behavior, you will have to examine your own behavior closely to determine what you are doing to make your dog feel threatened.

If you can’t hire the services of a professional, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Secrets Of A Professional Dog Trainer by Adam Katz for indepth instructions on dog behavior training. This ebook is available on my blog.…

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Losing a Treasured Canine Customer

Losing a Treasured Canine Customer

A dog daycare owner or worker can get seriously attached to his or her charges. Especially when they come to daycare several times a week for years. This is one precious pup’s story.

Zack is a 10-year old golden retriever who has frequented my doggie daycare business since he was a puppy. Yesterday I learned that he has liver cancer and the prognosis isn’t good. He won’t be coming to daycare any more. As I sit down to write this morning I find he is all I can think about.

When I met Zack he weighed 25 lbs. and resembled a large, blond fuzz ball. We put him with some potential play pals and, without so much as a “howdee do,” he launched himself at them in full romp mode. He has never lost that jump-right-in personality.

Unlike most of his pals, even other goldens, Zack loves everybody. At 10 years old, he still joined whoever was playing. If a play pal got pushy, Zack would simply lie down with his feet in the air, explosing his soft blond belly. Come to think of it, that’s the pose he adopted with his humans too, and we loved rewarding him with a good belly rub.

Toys interested Zack less than things that move on their own, like dogs and people. I was always impressed that no matter the enthusiasm with which he greeted you, he never jumped up or body slammed you, as many big dogs do. He wagged his tail and gazed at you with his irresistible big brown eyes, and before you knew it you were squatting down to hug him.

Zack is a heartfelt foodie. At snack time (and especially when people were eating) he was right there in the front row, flashing his big browns and smiling. What especially endeared him to me was that he never competed aggressively with the other dogs. Never tried to steal what another dog had gotten hold of. Never pushed others out of the way. He just focused intently on your hands and waited for a treat to come his way. When his turn came, he swallowed his treat whole (I’m sure he never tasted a thing); and resumed looking longingly at your hands. Zack could have sold snow to an Eskimo.

When Zack needed a rest he loved to sit on the floor next to any staff member who was sitting on the couch. He leaned against your leg and contentedly watched the doggie action until he was ready to play again. If he wanted lovin’, he’d lay his head on your knee and seduce you with his gaze. It’s a rare and precious thing for a dog who wants attention to ask nicely rather than jumping or climbing all over you (a regular event chez nous).

In fact “rare” and “precious” are good words to summarize how I feel about Zack. As I prepare to visit him at his home for the last time, I’ll think of all the times I’ve dropped him off there and be forever grateful that he’s been part of my life.…

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The Raw Dog Food Diet And Detoxification

If you are one of the growing number of dog owners who have moved their dog from a traditional tinned food diet to a raw dog food diet you may have noticed that your pooch may be having a few issues adapting to the change. Some symptoms include flatulence, some diarrhoea and even halitosis. He could be adjusting through detoxification in a similar way to you are I might do when switching diets. Here are a few things to consider to help with the adjustment.
Your dog might go through detoxification as his system is being cleaned from the previous diet he has become used to. This is perfectly normal with a major dietary change though the length of time he will detoxify is variable though it is not normally longer than a few days after you change him to his new raw food diet.
Keep an eye out for anything unusual and the symptoms mentioned above. However, as I’m sure you will do as a responsible dog owner anyway, do have him checked out by your vet if any of the detoxification symptoms persist as it could be a sign of a deeper health issue.
If you think that detoxification might be a problem you can help him before you change your dog to the raw dog food diet by initiating a spot of early detoxification. If you take this route then your dog’s system can be cleaned of any pre-existing toxins before you start him on his new, healthier diet which in turn can help the transition process to be smoother and without any, or less, of some of the associated potentially unpleasant symptoms.
Advance detoxification prior to the raw food diet switch does require a little preparation but not much. Here’s what you can do starting around four days in advance of your planned switch. For a couple of days put him on a mini-fast or liquid diet and stop feeding him his usual diet. For the next couple of days give him water and liquids. This will help to flush his system and remove any toxins so he has a clean system ready for his new healthy raw food diet.
It is a matter of personal choice whether or not you take the advance detoxification route or leave it and allow your dog to go through it during the move to his new diet. Consult your vet if in any doubt about detoxification or the suitability of the new diet for your dog. The purpose of detoxification is to allow him to get used to his new diet quickly and for his body to absorb and process all the natural, healthy foods you will be feeding him from now on.
The raw dog food diet is said to bring health benefits as the dog is not eating commercially manufactured foodstuffs which can contain chemicals and artificial products. For example dog owners have reported that their animals have more energy, digest their food better with less flatulence or gas. It can also save you money by being cheaper to buy natural raw foods over the commercial stuff.…