House Training Puppies - Surefire Tips to House Train Puppies


By Benedict Yossarian


House training puppies can be a daunting and difficult task, but it is definitely not impossible. Dogs are considered one of the smartest animals and can be trained easily especially if you know how. If you have a puppy, one of the smartest things to do is to house train him in order to maintain a clean environment inside the house both for you and your pet.

Puppies make vary adorable and lovable pets, but it involves a lot of responsibilities if you have one. Aside from ensuring that your pet is receiving sufficient nutrients, you also have to give him loving home environment for him to grow healthily and happily. Thus, it is important that you perform the essential house-training puppies especially in his first months.

The Basics of House Training Puppies

- Potty Training: this is one of the most important house trainings that you should carry out. This is important in order for your puppy to know where the right place to eliminate is, and this will be very beneficial to your house as well. You don't want your puppy to soil the carpets as well as furniture, thus it is vital that you teach this rule to your puppy the first day you bring him at home. Before your puppy learn his place to eliminate, it is wise not to let him near carpets or sofas. Potty training your puppy takes time and effort, thus you need to be very consistent and patient.

- Train your pet to socialize: For your puppy not to be aggressive, you need to teach him to socialize. How can you do this? Bring him out for some walks frequently for this will give him an opportunity to socialize with people and other animals from the neighborhood. Some dogs behave aggressively to neighbors because they don't have the essential training exercises that teach them how to socialize. However, if you think you are having difficulties house training puppies, you should consider seeking professional help from a qualified trainer.

- Train your puppy how not to misbehave while alone: There will be times when your pet will be alone in the house. Thus, it is also essential to do some house train your puppy to behave while alone in your home. Start by confining your puppy in an isolated place, locking your place in a cage is definitely not a good idea. You have to train him in an isolated place that has enough room for moving around. Confine your puppy for a short period of time then slowly extend this to longer hours. You can give him toys in order for him not to get bored. By doing this for some time, your puppy will definitely know how to behave himself while his alone in the house, but make sure that he's already potty trained.

If you bring home a new puppy at home, it is essential that you know the basics on house training puppies. This will prove to be very beneficial in the near future as your puppy grows into a mature dog.



Kitten Care Tips


By Mounir Tehami


Although kittens will always have their wild instincts, they can actually make some of the best pets. For instance, most kittens are affectionate, sociable, versatile and have their independence. So, how to care for a kitten?

Caring for kittens at first might come off as an easy task, but it actually carries a set of responsibilities. And responsibilities raise questions that need be addressed.

How Do You Cat-Proof Your House/Apartment?

This is the first obvious step, as cats can display different behaviors and are playful/wild in nature. The first thing you'll have to ensure is the kitten's safety; hence you'll have to get rid of things that could be harmful to it.

Make sure you keep the dryer and cupboard doors closed. The reason why kittens are associated with boxes is because they actually prefer those warm, darkened places to sleep.

You'll also notice just how much they enjoy biting, running around, climbing and playing with things. You'll have to put away some of your valuables (especially the breakable kind) and make sure there aren't any hazardous things left on the floor.

What Are The Right Foods And Drinks?

At first, kittens tend to have the smallest of stomach, although they need to eat every couple of hours. In order for them to stay hydrated, they're going to need fresh water available at all times as well.

Making sure you include some essential nutrients in your kitten's food is going to prove effective for its development. You can feed your kitten with both dry and canned foods, although you should never give it dog food. The reason why is because dog food is taurine rich. In addition, cow milk should be avoided. It's good for us but certainly not kittens.

Spend Some Time

That first couples of weeks are among the most important in a kitten's life and you should treat them as such. Some of the most important things are simply cuddling and playing around with it.

You shouldn't let your kitten play with your finger because it's going to get used to the idea that it can get away with scratching and biting you constantly. Just play with it and enjoy its soft purrs.

Visit The Vet

The reason why visiting a vet is contently emphasized is because kittens need to get an adequate physical exam first. The fecal float is detrimental to find out about worm infestation, and vaccination is one of the most important things after the few weeks have gone by.
Your vet will recommend the vaccination, and in most cases the kitten will be protected against herpes, feline Panleukopenia and Calicivirus. When they're over a year old you'll have to visit again to get the booster shots.



What Should I Look For in Birdseed For My Pet Bird?


By Rebecca Shelly


What should I look for in birdseed for my pet bird? The ultimate pet bird diet should contain more variety than just seeds or pellets. An all seed diet can cause malnutrition in your bird or an unbalanced ratio of nutrients which can develop into other types of illnesses. All birds need a diverse and nutritious diet including bird seed, along with fruits and vegetables. Those ingredients will help them have healthy feathers and skin, avoid infections and help them live a long life. Birds in the wild don't just eat the seeds. They eat nuts, flowers, grasses, insects, worms and fruit from trees.

The foundation of good birdseed for your pet bird is to first offer the type of seed that your particular breed needs. There are many specialized (by breed) foundation diets commercially. Along with birdseed, fruits and vegetables should be offered as a daily snack. Choose colorful and dark green vegetables (no avocados), which are more nutrient dense. The more color and variety there is in the seeds the better. Some birds are hard to please so you may want to try chopping or mashing the treat to see which they prefer.

It's also best to buy organic produce if you can. Birds are highly vulnerable to chemicals. Be sure and rinse the produce and don't leave it lying around in the cage to ensure they are fresh and not contaminated with droppings. Try apples, bananas, berries, melons, oranges and vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, carrots, celery, sprouts, squash or yams. You can also try treats such as rice cakes, whole-wheat bread or whole-wheat crackers that have no salt.

Some pet birds only want to eat birdseed exclusively, in which case you should supplement with a specially prepared birdseed mixture that contains all the well-rounded ingredients. A complete healthy birdseed mixture can help them with general health and is especially important if they are stressed, mating, laying eggs or recovering from an illness or injury.

In the wild when animals are sick they instinctively are drawn to the plants they need for healing. But if a bird is held captive and relies on humans for food they can develop malnutrition or vitamin toxicity. Pellet bird food manufacturers can hide ingredients that are poor quality just like a low quality dog or cat food. Pellets have been used successfully to help a bird recover from a health issue because they do contain balanced nutrition. But, pellets (like birdseed) should not be used exclusively or other types of health problems can occur.



Which Pet Fish Are Best For Beginners?


By Jennifer Manning - My Petshop


Are you new to the world of pet fish keeping? With so many different varieties to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few types of freshwater fish that make excellent pets for the beginner as well as the advanced aquarist (fish keeper).


Betas are the beautiful fish you see displayed in small bowls at your local pet store. They have long flowing fins of red, purple or blue and are extremely easy to care for. The only drawback of Betta fish is that they must be kept alone -- the males will fight each other to the death, and females are rarely available in pet shops. They don't do very well with other pet fish species either, because other fish like to nibble on their long fins.


Goldfish are a relatively easy pet fish to care for if you provide them with the right size tank. They won't survive long in a goldfish bowl or small aquarium of less than 10 gallons because they produce a lot of waste. And waste cuts down on the available oxygen in the water. A good rule of thumb is to keep no more than 1 or 2 goldfish for each 10 gallons of well--filtered aquarium water.

Zebra Danios

Zebra Danios are extremely hardy pet fish that will do well in any size aquarium. They're tropical fish -- so you'll need to place a heater in their tank to maintain a water temperature of at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don't just buy one Zebra Danio -- they're more fun to watch in schools of 5 or more. You'll find them in most pet stores and they're compatible with just about any variety of peaceful, tropical fish.

Platys and Swordtails

Platys and Swordtails are lumped into the same category because they're similar in appearance and pretty much identical in their requirements.

These tropical pet fish can be found in most pet stores in striking shades of orange and red. They are easy to care for when placed in a 72 degree Fahrenheit aquarium of at least 10 gallons. And they get along just fine with any other variety of peaceful tropical fish.
Platys and Swordtails mate and reproduce quite often in the home aquarium. They are livebearers -- which means their babies (fry) start swimming as soon as they're born.


Corydoras are another easy to care for and hardy variety of pet fish. They're a very active type of catfish and spend most of their time swimming along the bottom of the tank eating up any leftover food.

They are tropical fish, so they'll do best in a heated aquarium of at least 72 degrees Fahrenheit. You can put them in aquariums with just about any other variety of tropical fish and they seem to enjoy being kept in schools of 3 or more.



Keeping Your Pet Reptiles Happy and Healthy


By Tony F Green


Pet reptiles such as snakes, bearded dragons, and crested geckos don't run around, shed fur, and scratch expensive furniture, and yet they can still be a sight to behold. Just like dogs and cats, though, reptiles require your uttermost attention in order for them to live long, quality lives under your care.

Avoid Breeding Reptiles at Home

Every year, millions of animals all over the world are being put to sleep due to lack of shelters for them to stay in, so unless you can provide enough space for several reptiles in your property, avoid breeding reptiles at home. If you have a python, for instance, you need to understand that one python can lay dozens of eggs, which means you need to have that same number of cages or container for each of the babies. These babies will eventually grow big, however, and take up more space. If you want your pet reptiles to be given the care and attention they need, let this be your number one consideration.

Provide Excellent Housing

Most reptiles are not like dogs and cats that love to run and play a lot. Nevertheless, they still deserve decent housings where they can have enough space to move around. This is crucial for muscle development. Many times, you will see reptile owners keeping snakes in long aquariums, yet with not enough height. This may seem okay since snakes simply crawl around. However, you need to understand that snakes can climb trees too, so giving them a tall cage with several tree branches to climb on is the ideal thing to do.

Offer Nothing but High-Quality Food

Each reptile has its own unique needs in terms of feeding. Some people think snakes only need to be fed once a month, but this is a myth. In fact, most reptiles need to be fed daily. Find out how often you should feed your particular pet and avoid overfeeding. The most important thing you need to remember, though, is to provide high-quality reptile food. Most reptiles are carnivorous, so you would want to have a steady supply of pre-killed or thawed food for snakes. Avoid feeding with live food. In the wild, this is okay, but in a home where a pet owner is present to feed them, reptiles should be fed with pre-killed food.

Regular Vet Check Ups are a Must

For your pet reptiles to live long, quality lives, make sure you take them to the vet on a regular basis. This will help discover potential health problems and have them treated early. Depending on your area, there may be or may not be a vet for exotic animals. Also a visit to the vet can be very expensive, even more expensive than the cost of most reptiles kept as pets. For this reason, don't get a reptile as a pet in the first place if you are not ready to spend for it.


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