Cat Owners: Surprises Are Always Good

Boredom is a serious threat to life satisfaction. When you’re bored you simply feel as if life is a chore and any potential enjoyment in your day is sapped and sucked away. For cats, it’s much the same. They may seem as if they love to lounge around doing nothing but eventually they will will need to blow off some steam. Dogs seem to have a lot of energy throughout the day which makes them more of a handful but more predictable. You never quite know when your cat wants to play. Sometimes you have to nudge them into playing by surprising them with various objects that will test their senses and challenge them physically. Playing with your cat might unlock a side to your cat that you have never seen before! Here are some things you can do to fight off long lazy hours with your cat:

They don’t go running but…

Cats do not go running or for a walk like dogs do. Dogs love to run at full speed and accelerate hard while playing fetch. Cats on the other hand, are stealth predators. They only use their energy in small bursts. They don’t go running, instead, they tend to chase after objects that look like small prey. Small toy mice are a great fun way to get your cat to chase and run around. They will get to use their hind legs for sprinting and pouncing, helping their hip joints to stay strong and healthy. You should, however, stay away from using the classic “ball of yarn” for a cat toy. Despite the fact that cats actually enjoy playing with yarn, it can be hazardous to their health. There are plenty of proper cat toy options out there,  many are very cheap and will get your lazy cat to run around like a predator in its own paradise.


Gone in a flash

Cats love things that are bright and small, they are fascinated by it! Many cat owners will tell you that their cats often sit in the window sill and watch aircraft with their flashing lights, fly overhead at night. So at winewhiskers.com you can buy laser pointers that shine in the design of a small cat’s paw. Be careful not to shine the laser in your cat’s eyes! Laser pointers are inexpensive and run on batteries that are easily changed.  Your cat will go crazy for a laser pointer, however, chasing after a forever disappearing “prey” item eventually becomes exhausting and frustrating for your cat. There is a proper way to use a laser pointer as a cat toy: Are Cat Laser Pointers Actually Good Toys? 

Even when cats are having a lazy lie in, they can give you the cold shoulder. They want their companion to keep them interested and having fun. These small surprises are going to get your cat up running around and focused on something throughout the day.

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New Puppy? Here’s a Checklist!

New Puppy? Here's a Checklist!

So you’ve gone and finally done it: you’ve finally adopted a puppy! Right about now you’re feeling very happy with yourself, and you’re daydreaming about all the good times you can have with your new pet. Cuddles on the sofa, walk’s in the crisp and fresh morning air, and plenty of play time where you can take goofy pictures of your canine friend.

But before you get to make any of these awesome memories, there’s a bit of legwork, and a bit of paperwork, to get out of the way first. After all, dogs aren’t cheap to look after, and it won’t all be sunshine and rainbows whilst you’re in the middle of house training a puppy that would just love to pee all over everything! So here’s a quick checklist to run yourself through.

New Puppy? Here's a Checklist!

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Have You Got a Tag?

It’s often a requirement of the law to have a tag on your puppy, either on their collar or in a microchip underneath their skin. After all, if your puppy gets out and gets lost, you’re going to want them returned to you, and to never end up at the pound or lost with no way of finding home again. Even if your dog doesn’t wear a collar and a tag at home, it’s going to need one whenever you’re out on a walk – most leashes attach here, and it’s the most common way to have your dog run off on you.

Is the Insurance Sorted Out?

You’re going to need some insurance for your pet, seeing as they are also a living creature that can undergo health and safety issues from time to time. The bill for a vet consultation alone can be astronomical, even if it turns out there was nothing wrong your puppy and no other treatment is required! So you’re going to need some fallback there, just in case of an accident or emergency.

But calculating your budget for the pet health insurance cost can be hard, so make sure you’re looking in the right place and have all the deals that interest you grouped together. This way you can separate the better protection plans, and better prices, without accidentally missing out.

Choose Their Food and Water Bowl Carefully

Your puppy should have a food and water bowl they know is their own. It is also very important that they can’t easily knock over or destroy the bowls when they get playful. After all, puppies have a lot of boundless energy, and every item that isn’t nailed down within your house could be a chewing target!

So be sure you buy something either metal or ceramic, as puppies can’t leave teeth marks in these and they are often much easier to keep clean i.e. the bowls will contain less bacteria which will keep your puppy healthier! 

Making sure you’re ready for your puppy might take a bit more time!

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How to Leash Train your Dog!

How to Leash Train your Dog!

Leash training a dog is one of the most important components of a dog training program. It should be done as soon as they are vaccinated and it safe to go outside. Ample exercise is essential for your dog hence the importance of leash training. Some dogs learn how to behave on a leash rather quickly, while others require a little more encouragement. Don’t worry though, every dog can be leash trained if you know what you’re doing. These are the most important things to remember when you’re trying to leash train your puppy for the first time.

How to Leash Train your Dog!

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Get A Comfortable Collar

When you first put the collar on your dog, it’s going to feel a little odd and they might not like it very much. You need to make the transition as easy as possible for them.  To do this, make sure the collar you end up going with is one they seem comfortable in (you make have to try a few). If they are picky or scratching at it, that would be a good sign you need to try something different. It’s also important that you get a good quality collar i.e. one that isn’t going to come off accidentally, otherwise, you could lose them. Leather dog collars are often the best choice because they’re not as abrasive as a cheaper nylon one and the fixings on them will be more reliable than a flimsy plastic one.

Put The Collar On Inside

Once you’ve picked out a good collar, you need to let your dog get used to it. Put it on inside the house for short periods and just let them walk around. This will help you to introduce it to them slowly so they’re not getting too distressed having it on for too long. Eventually, they’ll calm down and get used to it.

Create A Cue

The next step is to get your dog to willingly let you put the collar and leash on them without struggling. Find a cue that they associate with food, this could be a word or a click of the tongue. When you make that sound and they come to you, put the collar on and reward them with a treat. Then they’ll get into the habit of coming over and letting you put the collar on them whenever you need to take them for a walk.

Practice Inside

Now that they’re comfortable with the collar and the leash and you can put it on them with no trouble, you need to start practicing walking. But the outside world can still be quite overwhelming so you should probably start inside. Just walk them around the house a little and when they’re comfortable inside the house, try it outside in the backyard. That’s a good mid-point because they’re outside but they’re on familiar territory.

Take Them For Their First Walk

At this point, they should be confident enough to be taken out on their first proper walk outside. When you’re out with them for the first time, they’re going to be very curious about the world around them and they’ll want to sniff a lot of stuff. So, you need to be patient with them and allow a lot of extra time. Don’t pull on the lead to get them going because this will cause them to be defensive and they may even bite if they feel very threatened. A firm tug is fine for keeping them away from dangerous things but don’t yank on the leash too hard.

This is going to be a slow process so the most important thing to remember is always to be patient with them.  

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Why Dogs Bite: Understanding the Difference Between Defense and Aggression

Why Dogs Bite: Understanding the Difference Between Defense and Aggression
Why Dogs Bite: Understanding the Difference Between Defense and Aggression
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Despite dogs being domesticated animals, it’s important to remember that they do have teeth and regardless of their size, breed, or general temperament, any dog can bite if they are provoked to do so.  It is important to understand what might cause a dog to bite. This will help you avoid being bitten by understanding the differences between playful, defensive, and aggressive dog behavior. Here’s everything that you need to know on the subject.

Aggression

Let’s start with what tends to be the least common cause of a dog biting – sheer aggression. Dogs that are aggressive may have been raised in an aggressive manner (for example, a dog that has wrongly been trained to fight for the sake of entertainment). This is unforgivable on the human’s part, but it is behavior that is relatively difficult to reverse later in the dog’s life (although it can be done). If you feel that you have been bitten by a dog through absolutely no fault of your own and want to understand the situation, you might want to read this informative post.

Play

Many dogs will nip or bite as part of play behavior. This is extremely common in puppies, who are still learning and discovering (by trial and error) what is and is not acceptable behavior. However, it is something that should be actively discouraged. A bite or nip from a puppy may be fine, but the jaws and teeth of an adult dog can cause significant damage, and, consequently, you don’t want this behaviour to continue into adult life. If your dog nips during play, discontinue play. They will soon learn that they cannot bite if they want to engage in play.

Defense

If someone were to hurt or attack you, chances are that you may lash out as a means of defending yourself. Dogs, like us, are sentient beings and may react in exactly the same way if they feel threatened or hurt. This is understandable if a dog is subjected to dramatically unfair behavior, for example, if they are beaten or cornered. However, you do want to avoid your dog biting when getting defensive over territory, food, or toys. If you find that your dog starts exhibiting defensive or aggressive behavior over things that they shouldn’t be, you may want to consider enrolling them on a training course. This will see professionals use specialist techniques to reduce this negative behavior.

While all dogs have the potential to bite, you should ensure that your dog is well trained in order to minimize instances where your dog might actually bare their teeth or bite. Hopefully, the above information will help you to determine the reasons why a dog might bite or rear up to bite.

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