Many people wonder why they aren’t getting the best results in training their dogs. Training all comes down to the foundations that the owner sets for the dog.
First, one needs the right materials. During the training process either flat leather buckle collars, martingale collars, or a prong collar are often used to get the best correction if needed. A leather lead is often used as well because it is less wear and tear on the owner’s hands though it may not be necessary.
Second, there needs to be a way to show the dog that they are right. This includes items like a clicker, treats, and even verbal praise. A trend seems to be the clicker followed by a tasty treat as the dog quickly picks up on the sound made from the clicker as being correct. Withholding a dog’s meal often creates more desire for the dog to work for treats or even their own food.
Lastly there should be consistency in training. Without consistency the dog is being set up for failure and should not be punished for what they don’t understand. Until the dog clearly understands what a command means it should not receive a correction but instead help to understand the correct behavior.
How do you plan to treat your companion this year? Is your friendly companion in need of a cut, wash, or to be pampered? Get ready for this overview of how you can spoil and pamper your pet. Here are some different ways to help maintain your pet’s health and beauty.
Keeping your animal fresh and clean is the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy.
It is not only confided to washing and trimming, but to a plethora of other services. From trimming nails, hand stripping, and flea dips there is no shortage of the ways you can pamper your pooch. If you feel that your animal is in extra need of treating, some grooming shops will offer the service of a “peticure” where not only can they have their nails trimmed, but also painted. Our animals can often times take a heavy beating on their bodies and may sometimes need a massage to help. The same benefits that can be applied to humans can also benefit your pet. Some of the benefits include stress reduction, release of bodily toxins, and the relief of muscle and joint pain.
There are times in life where we are unable to travel with our pet and must place them into a boarding facility. For those times in life, every pet owner wants to make sure their animal is safe and happy during their time away. Some boarding services offer everything from a place to play, grooming services, and one-on-one time with a trained employee. If you have any doubt that your animal will be stressed or uncomfortable boarding your pet, there is always the alternative of a pet sitter. A pet sitter will come into your home and care for your pet to keep them safe in their own environment. Depending on the sitter each has their own rate they may charge, but the rates may just be as expensive as a boarding facility. Whether bringing a sitter into your home or boarding them at a facility, making sure your pet is happy and comfortable is the biggest factor in making your decision.
Having a trained animal is essential for the safety of others, but most importantly your animal. The most important thing you can do for your animal is to give them obedience training. Many major pet supply stores today offer obedience classes for your animal where your animal can interact with other dogs and be exposed to how they should act with other animals present. If you dog is need of more personal attention, then there is also the one-on-one alternative of bringing in a professional. By working alongside these trained professionals, you can learn how to control your animal and create a greater bond with your animal.
By making sure to look into each of these services will help you and your pet in this future year.
Most pet owners are unaware of the ingredients in the pet food that they purchase. Many of the most popular brands contain some of the unhealthiest ingredients and yet thousands of bags are sold daily. There are a few factors to consider when buying pet food.
When choosing the right food for your pet, there are certain ingredients you should stay away from.
1. Meat by-products: Any kind of by-product is essentially what’s left after the animal protein has been taken out and you should also avoid by-products because being considered low grade, it is also handled with very little care.
2. Dyes and Artificial Preservatives: Neither of these have any nutritional content and in some cases both can be harmful to your pet.
3. Corn, Wheat, and Soy: These are inexpensive fillers and in many cases can trigger a pet’s allergies such as skin conditions and ear infections.
Things to look for when buying a new food:
- Protein: The protein ingredient should be the first, or one of the first ingredients listed on the bag.
- Grains and Veggies: Both should be listed and in holistic form. Processed grains and vegetables lose many of their nutrients during the manufacturing process.
- Animal Meal: If the bag contains any type of animal meal such as chicken or beef, it should be listed.
- Although higher quality food or “holistic” food can be more expensive it is worth it in the long run. You not only feed less of the food (due to higher protein level), but holistic foods can have a positive impact on the duration of your pet’s life. There are also fewer vet bills Read More
Creative Pet grooming (grooming that deviates from breed profile grooms, commonly involving artificial coloring) offers professional pet groomers the unique opportunity to truly individualize and customize their clients’ grooms by adding touches of personal style and even practicality to nearly any pet that enters the salon. It is a practice that is still fairly new to the pet grooming industry and only a small percentage of shops offer any creative services. Most people hardly know anything about it and some people question the safety for the animals. Before any pet owner agrees to creative grooming or the use of any colored dyes, they should ask the groomer what type of dye is being used. Semi-permanent dyes such as Manic Panic are some of the most commonly used ones, but there are others out there. Read More
Man’s best friend. Actually, they’re everyone’s best friend. Dogs and cats are a quintessential piece of Americana. They’re loyal, selfless creatures that can put a smile on your face, even after a miserable day. Taking care of your best friend should be simple right? Well, not always. In today’s blog, we discuss different ways to take care of your furry friend. Especially dental hygiene.
30,000. That’s the number of accidents caused by unrestrained pets, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The Travel Association also states that 29 million Americans traveled with a pet on a trip for longer than 50 miles. With numbers like these we want to make sure that our pets are protected. We want to picture our favorite pets alive with enthusiasm while sticking their heads to the window and soaking in the world around them. Here are several steps to pet safety: Read More
Dressing up your pet for Halloween is no longer considered no small feat. People today are not going all out for their costumes, but are also considering how creative they can make their pooch look. While you are considering whether or not you will dress up your animal this year here are some safety precautions you should consider to keep your animal safe: Read More