Archive for July, 2011

Dog’s Fact File

Generally, it is believed that the wolf is the common ancestor of the domestic dog. Dogs’ domestication started almost 15,000 years ago, during which humans chose for particularly attractive traits, such as its coat, color, and height. This selection process has led to over 400 various breeds of a dog.

If you see the world from a dog’s viewpoint, it can greatly help you in understanding your pet better; therefore, here are a few dog facts you must know.

Dogs have extremely well developed senses. They have highly developed sense of smell, which is far better to humans. They can also perceive sounds up to 4 times quieter than humans can hear. They have the ability to hear in ultrasound (sound with a frequency more than the upper limit of human hearing). Moreover, they can see very well in dark and dim light.

Dogs are omnivores. Since dogs eat both meat and plant food, they are called omnivores. Their teeth are designed for tearing meat and are used for crushing and grinding plant food.

Dogs are naturally curious. They vigorously look for information about their environs and will spend much time probing and searching.

Dogs use different methods to communicate. They communicate each other in order to form and maintain social groups. They can produce various sounds, often in intricate combination, such as whimpers, whines, howls, barks, and growls. In order to convey scent information, they use urine, feces and secretions from special scent glands. A number of dogs can use their body, face, tail, limbs, and ears to communicate with other dogs.

Dogs are highly social, intelligent, and playful. They enjoy the company of other dogs however they can form strong social bonds to humans and become their best friend. They are also extremely intelligent and can even learn the names of their toys. Moreover, they use special signs to exhibit they want to play. For this, they show ‘play bow’ behavior, in which they crouch on their forelimbs, remain standing on their hind limbs and may wag their tail or bark.

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Horse Safety Guidelines

Horsemen are always concerned about the horse safety as they do not want to hurt themselves or their horse because of negligence, oversight or carelessness. On the other hand, horses seldom have a malicious fighting streak or intent to harm. However, because of their large size, they can be harmful for the careless handlers.

Following are a few general safety guidelines that should be kept in mind when handling a horse.

  • Always consider wearing horse clothing before handling horses.
  • Never walk barefoot or wear sandals while working with horses as a minor mistake can quickly broke bones and nasty abrasions.
  • It is not recommended to wear tennis shoes or sneakers as they have soft toes, however you can wear them if you do not want to wear reinforced-toe shoes or boots.
  • Avoid wearing any type of jewelry while interacting with horses because if the horse rubs against your body or side of your face then he could accidentally catch your jewelry.
  • Always communicate with your horse vocally almost at all times. This is important because they can understand the tone and intent of their owner.
  • Remember that horses hate being snuck up on.
  • Train your horse to approach upon request by rewarding him each time with a horse treat, gentle praise and some petting around the front shoulders.

Using these techniques will get you off a good start and you will soon get the trust of your horses.

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Parrot Facts and Care

Parrots are beautiful, appealing, and interesting birds. Their superb colors, their charming personalities, and their high intelligence make them great pets and people have been owed them for centuries. These adorable birds do need proper care and attention to live a quality and healthy life.

Parrots are able enough to form a very strong bond with their human owners. Generally, a lifespan of smaller parrots is between 15 and 30 years, and larger parrots can live up to 40 to 50 years. Therefore, owing a parrot is a lifetime commitment.

One important element for maintaining a good life of parrots is socialization. It is vital to place their cage in an area where the family spends a lot of time together and where they can interact with the bird frequently. However, do not place a cage in a kitchen as there is a risk of toxic chemicals while cooking and other dangers.

It is noteworthy that parrot care also includes their grooming, as these magnificent birds need a proper grooming throughout their whole lives. Since their nails and beaks tend to grow during their lifespan, it is important to clip them every 3 to 4 weeks. This is necessary because overgrown nails can get caught on perches or parrot toys. Many bird owners also clip their birds’ wings every few weeks to prevent flight. In their natural environment, parrots use rain showers to keep their feathers in good condition. However, in captivity, it is essential to bath or mist pet parrots daily with clean, fresh water using a water bottle.

There is no doubt that parrots are playful, loving, and super smart birds. Owners should understand extreme significance of their requirements and how to fulfill each one.  Proper care can help parrots to thrive in a home environment.

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Cat Care Tips

There is no doubt that cat is among the lovely animals that are not only friendly but also are very playful. Taking care of your pet cat is necessary in order to keep it in good health and refrain from it from getting bore. Following are some tips that will help you in taking good care of your furry, friendly pet.

  • Cats love warmth, so give your cat a nice comfortable place in the sun or by a window side where it can sit and enjoy sunbath.
  • Scratching is in the nature of cats as it provides an outlet for stress, and aids to trim the claws a bit. It is better to provide a scratching board to your pet cat. For this, consider getting a board with a wound rope made from sisal. This will also prevent your cat from clawing your expensive furniture.
  • Provide your cat some hiding places around the house, if possible up high. For this, you can buy cat furniture, like cat trees, or you can create a comfortable area that is secluded.
  • It is a good idea to spread some treats around the house in order to bring out the hunting instincts in the cat. This will also make its feeding more enjoyable.
  • A litter box is one of the most important elements of cat care. Place the box in an isolated and quiet place that your cat likes, and ensure to provide multiple escape routes.
  • Last but not the least, consider providing your pet cat some interesting cat toys. However, make sure that the toys you give to your cat are not harmful or else the cats may injure themselves while playing with these toys. A belt or a shoe lace can be a great toy and provide exercise for your pet cat.

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Dog Training Tips and Tricks

When it comes to training a dog, your approach to dog training leaves a major impact on the training results. If you have the right mindset about dog training, then you will not only be able to have a well-mannered dog but also do well to follow the useful tips and tricks of dog training. Following are a few most important dog training tips and tricks that you can use to mould a dog into a helpful addition to your family.

  • In wild, dogs live in packs and look to their pack leader for guidance. Hence, you need to play a role as a pack leader to gain control over the behavior of your dog. Generally, pack leaders control the food supply; therefore, feeding your dog only after you have eaten is a good and easy way to establish leadership. In addition, it is better to set a feeding schedule and abide by it.
  • Naturally, dogs react best to rewards and positive reinforcement. Therefore, always reward good behavior with praises and treats, and simply ignore unwanted behavior. This practice will not only strengthen your bond with your dog but also will encourage your pet to repeat good behaviors and keep him away from bad and unwanted behaviors. Remember never use punishment in dog training because this will only estrange him.
  • When training your dog, you need to set realistic goals, or else, your efforts will be of no use. For instance, expecting your pet dog to obey the ‘sit’ command in two or three days is okay, however, do not expect him to jump through hoops within the same period.
  • Also, you need to learn proper timing of using different commands. If you see the dog is sniffing and circling around, you must immediately give a firm ‘NO’ and then guide him to the selected abolition area. Delaying in this will not make him understand that he should not make a mess inside the house. Similarly, you must praise your pet dog or give him a treat instantly when he shows a good behavior so that he can understand that he has just done something good.
  • Do not be angry, yell and/or show impatience even when your dog makes mistakes. Always stay calm and give your pet enough time to learn each command. Moreover, always use the same words and hand signals when you give these commands. The main keys to successful dog training are consistency and patience.

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