Pets

Yet another parent has recently appeared in the media to discuss his reasons for wanting to agree a contract with his children before allowing them to have a pet. No doubt parents up and down the country are ruefully smiling as they say through gritted teeth, ‘good luck with that, we’ve been there, tried it, got the t-shirt!’

A contract, though, can be a great idea in principle. Children will initially agree to anything in order to achieve their desired goal. But an animal, whether it be a pony, dog, cat or guinea pig, needs time, attention and looking after, with some being more demanding than others.

Sitting to discuss the ground rules and outline a contract allows time for becoming clear about what’s entailed in regularly living with a pet. Feeding, grooming, exercising and cleaning cages, water bowls or litter trays all require consistent input, yet it’s the case that the parent becomes the fall back guy, relied upon to take up the slack when fun, friends and other interests become too distracting.

A contract requires both parties to sit down together to discuss and negotiate the areas of responsibility, followed by signatures once it’s been agreed. Doing this can be a valuable way of focusing the child’s mind on what’s expected of him/her, with any penalties that may be incurred. Displaying the contract prominently can then provide an ongoing reminder, a point of reference should standards start to slip.

Having responsibilities, caring for others and showing respect are important for children to learn at an early age. I often hear of teachers who express their disappointment at parents who are too busy or distracted to teach children about consideration, selflessness and commitment. They complain that oftentimes parents leave it to their children’s teachers to do their job for them.

So having children look after a pet on a regular basis, even when it’s raining, is an unpleasant task or is time-consuming is a crucial lesson for life. A contract can provide a clear reminder of what was agreed during the initial enthusiasm and promises made pre-pet.

And a pet can add significantly to a child’s life. There are many accounts of children whose mental and physical development was noticeably enhanced after a pet came into their lives. The benefits can be life changing.

Dogs especially, don’t judge and are often persistent in their demands, wanting stroking and attention, giving unconditional love. They constant presence enables them to become a child’s loyal, inseparable companion, sometimes becoming their one true friend in life. This can be especially important if the child feels lonely, different, shy or awkward.

Some children will tell their pet everything, so that it becomes their trusted confidante. They may feel comfortable about sharing their secrets, their distress at a family divorce or death, open up about their upset over a situation at home, problems at school and find it easy to disclose their inner fears, anxieties and concerns.

It may be that a pet becomes a child’s first experience of death and loss. Going through the death of a much-loved pet and learning to deal with it by asking questions and perhaps having a burial service or ritual can be an important lesson. They learn about grief and its associated emotions..

However, if there’s any doubt about a child’s ability to sustain interest in years of commitment to an animal it’s important to reconsider carefully in advance. Or it may be that a very young child is unable to fully understand how to treat an animal properly, would be rough with it or irritated at having to look after it and would take his/her frustrations out on it. Animals have very few ways of protecting themselves; their options tend to be biting, snarling and scratching which then result in the pet being punished.

Education is important and it might be useful, prior to pursuing the pet route, to volunteer at an animal shelter, borrow someone else’s pet to walk and look after or even sponsor something exotic at the nearest zoo and then visit regularly. There are even virtual pets that demand attention and regularly remind their owner of their presence. A child may soon realise that they’re not that interested in having a pet longterm. One of these options might be a more viable alternative, at least at first.

 

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Are you on a tight budget and still you want a grooming session for your dog? Then shed your worries here as there are a few dog grooming tips to follow to groom your furry kid and save money. Every pet parent must have faced this situation and this is not the worst situation. Since grooming charges are too high, it is better that you learn some basic steps to groom your pet at home, especially if you have a large pug family. With these few simple tips, you can do a great job as well as can pamper your dog giving a spa like treat.

Brush

Every grooming session needs to be started by brushing. With the help of a dog comb gently remove all debris and untangle the hair, also find all hair knots that need to cut off. Through brushing, you will come to know that which part of your dog body requires more attention. Like hair on the belly, rather than hair on their head and legs. Moreover, many dogs have more hair around the ears.

It is also crucial to find a perfect brush according to your pet’s requirement because long hair requires special brushes that detangles easily. Even the thick hair requires the brush that can move through it effortlessly, and helps in easy brushing and detangling hair. Ensure that you are not harsh on your pet. Gently comb through his hair.

Bathe

After brushing your pet, the next in the grooming session comes bathing. Numerous dog shampoos are available in the market. In case, if your pet has fleas, select Fido’s flea shampoo, which is very much helpful in both cleaning the pet and removing the fleas. If your dog is allergic to any chemical, you need to check for the ingredients on that pet shampoo bottle before using it on your pet.

Bathe your furry pal in a lukewarm water. Make sure that the water is not too hot as it may burn your pooch. While bathing take care that the water and shampoo does not go into his eyes, ears and mouth. After shampoo, use pet conditioner on your pooch. This enhances his coat sheen and leaves the hair silky. After washing and conditioning, pat dry your dog with the help of clean towel. Get a proper dog towel for your lovable four-pawed companion.

Use Special Grooming Scissors

Never try your hand on your furry pal, if you are not handy with scissors because it is quite risky. You may even hurt your pet. Better to take him to a professional groomer to do the job. If you have a little bit of experience, then get a pair of special grooming scissors. Never work out with general scissors. You can buy a pair of grooming scissors from a store or any online pet store. While cutting be careful around the eyes, ears, belly, bottom, toes and other tender regions.

Clean the Mess

If you don’t want that dog hair on your furniture, sticking to your clothes, on the carpet or flying around the house, just clean the mess after you have finished cutting the hair. This may seem quite obvious, but most often pet parents forget about this and walk through the hair taking it all around the house.

Reward

Every dog trainer and experienced groomer know that a small treat after the job done is well appreciated by a furry pal. Giving a treat after a grooming session will encourage them to remain calm and love the bath time. A hug or a kiss, or any of their favorite treat will tell them that they have done a great job.

Definitely grooming at home takes a time to practice, but it is an effective way to save some bucks and help your pet enjoy his grooming session. However, it is always good when you do this by yourself rather than giving away your pet in a stranger’s hand.

 

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You have just gotten your pet rabbit-congratulations!-and have already taken it home to show it off to your family and friends. After setting up the cage and offering it some food and water, the next step is litter training. This is one of the most important and often challenging parts of raising a pet, but once it’s mastered, the experience is all the more rewarding. Here, we provide you a step-by-step manual on how to litter train your rabbit; pretty soon, you’ll be on your way to becoming the ultimate pet owner.

Before you start…

1. Spay/neuter your rabbit. This is especially important if you own a baby rabbit; after four to six months, your pet’s hormones will kick in and soon enough it will begin to mark its territory. To lessen the likelihood of doing so, spaying or neutering your rabbit will help make it easier to be litter-trained.

2. Choose the right type of litter. While there are many types of litter that are marketed out there, many owners tend to make their own for the litter box, which is not only inexpensive, but also safer for their bunnies. Using litter designed for cats or wood shavings can be hazardous to health, as they might cause digestion or respiratory problems. An ideal type of litter is recycled paper products (e.g. newspapers), since they are harmless to the rabbits if ingested. Certain litter brands like Care-fresh or Cellu-Dri arm considered safe for them, too.

3. Clean and dispose frequently. Changing the litter box often will not only keep the cage from smelling, but also encourage your rabbit to use them more. Vinegar is a cheap and convenient tool to use to get rid of odors when cleaning the box and other stains inside the cage.

How to Litter-Train your Pet…

1. Make it comfortable. You want your rabbit to be at ease when being litter-trained while also making sure that it knows that the cage’s litter box is where it needs to go to for doing the deed. By making its cage a calm and safe environment, it will help motivate your pet to go there more often.

2. Give enough space for roaming. If you would like your pet bunny to run around the house (with supervision, of course!), then it is essential to begin litter training right away. Start small by restricting your bunny’s roaming space to a small part of the room, before increasing it to the rest of it. Make sure to always have multiple litter boxes all over the room, just in case your rabbit decides to litter somewhere other than in the cage.

3. Discipline firmly. Rabbits are naturally habitual animals, and so if you are not firm in disciplining when it marks its territory, then it will be very difficult to break the cycle for future littering sessions. Give a gentle, but stern “no” every time it starts to litter in a place other than where its designated to, and move it quickly to a nearby litter box (whether in the cage or the room) to reinforce where it should do its business.

4. Reward your pet. Positive reinforcement is just as important to litter training your rabbit as reprimanding it when it goes wrong. Treat your pet with something small, like a piece of fruit or its favorite play-thing when it correctly disposes in the litter box. Of course, you don’t have to do this every time that it works, especially after more than several times, but during its initial stages it is highly suggested.

5. Be patient. Like with babies and other pets, rabbits take time to be properly litter trained. Slip-ups will happen, and it is a matter of being calm and correcting your pet’s behavior as soon as they occur that will help the process go more smoothly. Having patience is key to being a good pet owner, and it will no doubt build a solid and trusting relationship with your rabbit.

Now you’ve gotten the basics down, it is now time to get started! Overall, taking both the prerequisites and the steps themselves when it comes to litter training your rabbit will give you a clear, solid standard on how to go about it. Pretty soon, you can play and enjoy spending time with you adorable furry friend… without the mess!

 

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Pets have always remained one of the dearest family members. An owner would ensure that his furry friend is not only comfortable, but happy at the same time. A proper sleep, rest plays an important factor for an animal. So, to make this possible, one has to purchase a pet bed. This type of bed is specially designed for a pet that allow him to lead a cosy life. There are varieties of beds which offer different purposes for the animals. It is available in different sizes according to the size of your furry friend. A person can also order it comprising some brilliant colours and designs which will not only attract pets, but will also ornament the room in an amazing way. There are certain important factors which a person should consider while buying a bed for their friend. One of them is the way your cat, dog or any other animal sleeps.

If your goal is to minimise or reduce your pet’s health problem, then in that case you should certainly go with a comfy bed. If he is suffering from any physical limitations like arthritis, then a memory foam pet bed would be a perfect choice. It will surely reduce his problem and help him to get a comfortable sleep.

Washing your friend’s bed would be a tough task. So, it is necessary to get a pet bed cover which will cover the bed in a beautiful way. It will keep any debris away from it and will also act as the perfect decorative element for the room. If you think it is heavy and costly, then don’t worry, this bed is soft, lightweight and can be carried anywhere while travelling.

You can also get different types of pet beds combining some different colours and designs that will look neat in the room. It goes with the overall d├ęcor of the home. Before buying, consider an important aspect that should be noticed while buying a bed. First is the size of the bed. Second is the amount of space available in the room. Third is the weight. Fourth is the number of animals you have. Fifth is the colour and design of the bed. Get a simple bed that will surely help your lovely friend to lead a relaxed life.