There was once a time when dog
owners were content to give their K9 friends an old blanket in a chewed up
basket for a bed, a ready supply of dry dog food, regular trips to the vet, and
the occasional bone left over from a steak dinner. Today the status of pets has
changed dramatically in our society, as dogs in particular are viewed more like
children now than as pets. For example, 20 years ago, terms like “dog
hotel,” “K9 cosmetic surgery,” and “designer dog
collar” would have sounded alien. Today these terms are commonplace in
As a consequence, dog pampering
(for lack of a better description), has become a massive market and a booming
industry. The English retailer, Harrods, recently quadrupled the size of its
pet department to eleven thousand square feet, and carries items like Juicy
Couture dog tracksuits, and bejeweled dog hair clips. Harrods also hosts an
annual pet fashion show. During this show, attendees can gawk at exquisite K9
jewelry like a $25,000 Swarovski crystal-encrusted dog bed and a nearly
$500,000 diamond dog collar by the jewelry icon Stephen Webster.
Furthermore, this insanity is not
contained just within the British Isles. Americans have managed to make the pet
market a recession-proof industry, with the pet industry projected to grow
roughly 5% in 2009. In the last decade, American spending on pets has doubled
to the eye-popping total of $43.5 billion dollars. While most of that sum is
made up of very normal pet supplies like food and medication, there are also
those who will pay thousands of dollars for things like a “pet
stylist,” who will help make more pooches appear more fashionable.
Another area where dog pampering
has reach new levels is in the popularity of dog shows, or ‘confirmation shows’
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For our four-legged friends,
winter means sleeping by the fire, short walks, and a slower pace to the
day-to-day happenings of life. Often it means gaining a few extra pounds and
losing a little muscle tone. It can also mean less time using their basic
obedience commands around the off-lead park or during on-leash street walks.
Then spring hits and it is all about getting outside and having fun for both the furry members of the household as well as the two-legged, non-furry variety. How many of us do humans overdo our first long walk on the first warm, sunny day of spring? How many of us look and feel as fit and toned in shorts as we did six months prior, before bundling up in sweaters and long johns? Those short days and times sitting by the fire reading a good book took their toll on our health and fitness level, and the first few weeks of spring usually come with a series of aches, pains, and injuries.
It is no different for our dogs
except often, the injuries are far more serious. Easing your dog into spring
can alleviate those sore, stiff muscles and help guarantee your dog does not
suffer any unnecessary accidents!
Obedience Training ‘Refresher’
Why do dogs need an obedience
‘refresher’ after the long, sedentary winter? Even an older dog who has many
years of training under their collar can lose their ‘edge’ when it comes to
obedience if they have not used it for a while. ‘Sits’ are slow, ‘stay’ means
only for a moment or two, and ‘come’ is easily ignored, at least until the
human resorts to bribery. And this is all while you are still in the house!
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1. Finch Ownership
Are you ready to own pet finches?
Finches are known for ease of care and can be nifty pets for almost anyone,
including apartment dwellers, those with kids, and even those with other pets.
That being said, you should make sure that other family members are really
ready to have finches in the house, can they be considerate and careful around
finches, can you keep your current pets under control around the finches, do
you have a proper place for their cage, etc.
2. Finch Varieties
Which finch variety should you
get? These active small birds are colorful, have varied patterns and personalities.
They come in many popular varieties including the Zebra Finch, Gouldian Finch
and the Society Finch. Ask your local bird seller for their opinion and
3. Keeping Finches
The fact that finches are very
friendly birds allows you to maintain them with other of these diminutive birds
or even with other hard billed birds if you have a cage with enough space.
Because aggressive behavior can
be exhibited by bigger bird species toward smaller bird species, it is not a
good idea to keep finches with hook billed birds like parakeets and lovebirds
as these birds have a more belligerent nature. In order to avoid feather
picking do not keep too many of these tiny birds in your cage.
Finches are normally social birds
but when grouped with other types of birds there may be some aggressive
behavior among them. While some species of birds, like Parrots, may sulk when
they cannot interact with their owners, these tiny birds are different because
they are so gregarious and will be quite happy to play among themselves when
4. Taming Finches
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The planet of pet accessories is
pretty the expansive 1 and selecting up various accessories for the pets can
make them happier and healthier all of the way about. Dogs and cats and are
most beloved when it comes to home pets mainly because they are loyal,
entertaining and come to be great parts of our households. How do you provide
the appropriate pet accessories for your distinct dog or cat? This is a query
that can be as subjective and one of a kind because the dog or cat themselves.
We already realize that every pet has a personality. Some dog toys are made for
the chewer, biter or dog that loves to fetch.
Your feline buddy deserves to
become healthful and pleased, regardless of whether you devote loads of time
with them or you’ll find periods that she or he have to be at property with no
you. One of several methods that cats pass the time is with their toys and
scratchers. As a cat owner, you currently understand that cats prefer to
scratch and providing your cat with this valuable pet accessory not merely
saves the legs of the sofa and chairs and cabinet doors but offers your cat a
feeling of having a content location that is definitely just for their
scratching interests. Cats are swell pets with special interests in relation to
how they play along with the wide range of cat scratchers provides solutions.
Dogs also enjoy playtime and
deciding on the appropriate item for your little boy or girl can offer them
with numerous hours of fun. Although owning a dog could be a massive duty,
they’re still swell pets to have. Furthermore to the ideal foods, dogs want to
have appropriate sleeping places and enjoyable treats, chews and toys to play
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Dogs are man’s best friend.
Bearing this in mind, many owners want their beloved pet to have as many
creature comforts as possible. They even equip their dog kennel with pet
accessories: Some to add to their comfort and others just for pure enjoyment
and to encourage some exercise.
The most important dog accessories
for making sure that your pet is comfortable are a nice, soft cushion and
blanket to lie on. These will help to keep him warm and comfortable and will
also make him feel secure as it will act a bit like a security blanket for him.
They also help to keep arthritis and muscle ache at bay and stop him from catching
a chill. However, if your dog is prone to little accidents, be it due to old
age or still being a young puppy, then you might want to consider a floor grid
covered by a simple blanket. This will stop your dog from sitting in a damp
patch or smelling of urine!
There are hundreds of types of dog
bowls available for your pet, but in the confined space of a dog kennel you
should probably use an anti-spill one to reduce the amount of mess for you to
clean up. If your kennel has wire mesh side panels then it is also possible to
buy bowls that can be fixed to them.
Some people build their dog
kennels above the ground. This may be because they live in a very hot area and
the added circulation of air beneath the kennel helps to keep it cool, or it
may be because the area can become waterlogged and they don’t want the wood to
rot. If this is the case then a sturdy ramp will be needed to give your dog
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