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A Practical Purpose For Dog Clothes

Sunday, August 28, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogsty;eThese days it’s not uncommon to walk down the street and see pets adorned in all manners of human clothing. Paris Hilton helped to popularize the trend; her Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, practically served as a fashion accessory in her own right. Hilton would parade around with the dog peering out of a purse or handbag, and it was almost always decked out in miniature pink apparel.

Dog coats, dog sweaters and all dog clothes aren’t just stylish statements, however – they have a more practical purpose as well. The air will be turning chilly very soon and before you know it, you’ll be walking your dog in a slushy mess. A dog parka or rain slicker is an essential part of any walking routine. Even though dogs’ natural fur is usually enough to keep them warm, it doesn’t always cut it in harsh conditions.

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Parrots Need Training

Saturday, August 27, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

parrotIf you adopt a puppy, training is probably the first thing on your mind. If a dog doesn’t walk right on his dog leash, it’s because he hasn’t been trained. It’s the same for parrots, maybe even more so. Training is a way that you learn to have a two way conversation with your parrot.

Spending some time to teach your parrot a few tricks like stepping up and going into his cage or carrier, gives you the opportunity to pay attention to your little birds body language. This is key. It helps birds learn how to learn. Parrots that understand that if they do something right, they will get a treat or get your attention. They will discover ways to get those treats. A parrot owner who trains their parrot is more mindful of rewarding for things your parrot enjoys rather then giving treats for behavior that they don’t enjoy. This makes for a pet bird that is not only a great companion, but a happy parrot that enjoys interacting with its household.

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The Benefits of Dog Parks

Saturday, August 27, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogparksdogpark2 Behavioral problems in dogs stem from a lack of physical and mental activity. Dogs are meant to be active. They’ve worked with people for thousands of years herding and protecting livestock and controlling vermin. Most pet dogs spend their days alone on the couch or in their dog bed waiting for their owners to come home to take them out for a walk or to toss around some of their dog toys. They eat dog food from bowls-no hunting or scavenging required. Many dogs become bored, lonely and overweight.

Dog parks are becoming more popular across the United States. They come in all sizes but have one main purpose, to allow dogs to run freely off their dog leash and socialize with other dogs.  Dog parks are not for everyone but they can benefit both people and their pets.

We will talk about whether you should try a dog park in later posts. A dogs disposition and socialization makes a big difference.

I would like to thank Web MD for providing some of this valuable information.

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Feeding Serving Sizes For Cats

Friday, August 26, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

cattableWhether you have a cat or a kitten or whether your cat is big or small, they must be fed a nutritious diet. Work with your vet to determine, the correct weight for your cat. Then make sure that the cat food you’re giving him is nutritious. We’ve discussed how to examine the ingredients in cat food but the first product should not be grains, it should be meat, chicken or fish. Look at the package to determine how much cat food you should feed your cat. Keep this in mind. Cat food manufacturers often list the high range of a serving size on the package because it means your cat will eat more, which means you’ll buy more. You must also consider your cat’s activity level. If your cat is running around chasing cat toys all day, they will probably eat the amount of food that the package recommends. If your cat is older and sleeps most of the day, they will eat less. I would show your vet the food that you’re feeding your cat and let him read the label to determine the amount that your cat should be eating.

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Angus, The Bacteria Sniffing Dog

Friday, August 26, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

ANGUSI was watching CBS This morning and they had a story about a dog who identifies bacterial infections in hospitals by sniffing them out. Bacterial infections kill 15,000 people a year and many of those infections are a result of a hospital visit. Angus is a dog who can help staff by showing them where this bacteria is active. He is taken for a walk through the hospital and will stop and sniff when he smells the bacteria. The bacteria that he identifies is called  “cdip”  – an active bacteria that causes bacterial infections in hospitals. The area is then disinfected.  Angus was trained to identify this bacteria when he was a pup. He is rewarded with a dog treat every time he’s correct which is between 95 and 100% of the time. He must have received lots of dog treats during is training days.

Just to give you an idea about a dogs amazing sense of smell. Humans cannot smell a teaspoon of sugar in a glass of water. A dog can smell a teaspoon of sugar if it was put in an olympic sized swimming pool! Incredible!

So these incredible dogs can help reduce the amount of infections in hospitals and save lots of live per year. More dog toys, long walks and treats for these wonderful animals!

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Holes Holes Everywhere!

Thursday, August 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogdiggingThe first thing your dog does when he gets outside is dig. I would love a dog to dig holes when I’m planting because I hate to bend! Continuous digging can be a problem. Digs love to dig but you’ll have to teach them to stop. I’m sure your neighbor wouldn’t be pleased to see his garden dug up or large holes in his lawn. First you need to catch your dog in the act of digging. Say “no” and distract him with a dog toy. Scolding him after he’s dug doesn’t work. The trick is to be consistent while he’s digging. Waiting for after he’s done won’t solve the problem. Here’s a good idea. Give him a sand box to dig in. Put in some of his favorite dog toys. Bury some of his toys and you can have fun digging them out , When he digs in his sand box, a treat may be in order. Hopefully this will prevent your yard from looking like a piece of swiss cheese!

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Is Your Dog a Barker?

Thursday, August 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

barking dogSome dogs will bark at everything. If they look out the window and see another dog on his leash being walked by his owner, off he goes. If he hears a car pass, there goes that barking again!  Some dogs bark at things that most other dogs ignore some will bark if they’re frustrated. Don’t yell at your dog when he barks. This is the mistake that most owners make. Don’t try to calm him with a dog treat. This is only reinforcing bad behavior. You may want to consider obedience training.  This may help fix the frustration barking problem. If your dog learns to sit before doing something fun like going outside to chase his dog toys, going for a long walk, he may learn to control his impulses. If you dog is outside all day, keep him inside more often may help compulsive barking. I would work with a vet or a trainer to keep this problem under control.

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Puppy Play Time

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

pupplayingpupballPuppies love to play and you will spend hours at the pet store shopping for dog toys. Make sure that you buy dog toys that are safe for your puppy. Playing with your puppy is a great way to bond.  Playing games that are calm and are controlled by you are the most effective. Games like tug of war can foster aggression so I would stay away from those types of games.  Your pup may get excited or even frustrated with intense physical play so make sure that chidden are not around when you are doing some active physical playing with your pup. As I mentioned earlier, make sure the dog toys you have are safe. The toys should not contain parts that may break off or small pieces that your pup may swallow. A few dog treats should also be offered when your puppy begins to respond to your commands. Puppy play time can also include some training,

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The French Bulldog

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

french bulldogI was at a farmers market yesterday and couldn’t take my eyes of the cutest French Bulldog. He was still a puppy and was attentive and playful. French Bulldogs are known for their wrinkly face and bat like ears. The French Bulldog is an excellent companion for individuals as well as family. They love chasing their dog toys but need little exercise and grooming. An occasional brushing will do. They do very well with children and are very loyal pets. They are somewhat stubborn and require a bit of patience during training. French Bulldogs are incredibly intelligent and always very eager to please.

Even though the French Bulldog is good at alerting their owners to danger, they’re main role is that of a lap warmer. They are easier to housebreak if they are crate trained. When traveling, the French Bulldog is safest in his crate. You should take your French Bulldog to training classes as soon as your veterinarian feels that he received all of his shots and has the proper immunity.  This will get him accustomed to being around other dogs and people. It  will also teach you how to communicate your wishes to him, and will teach him such basics as walking well on a lead, sitting, staying, and coming on command.

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The Beautiful Persian Cat

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

persian2persianAccording to the Cat Fanciers Association, the Persian is the most popular pedigreed cat breed in the United States. It could be it’s long, beautiful coat that makes everyone love it or maybe it the Persian’s playful personality. Toys that he case chase will keep hi occupied. They also love cat toys containing cat nip. It’s also quite and easy going and most Persians readily adapt to new households and accept other pets. This makes the breed relatively easy to care for.  Persians do require extra grooming. Their large eyes are prone to tearing and infection so a Persians eyes and face should be kept clean. The breeds long fur can also become matted so they should be brushed daily. Persians are a pleasure to own and all the extra care is worth it!

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