- Top Dog grooming tips and advice to help dog owners keep their pets healthy
- 5 Small dog breeds that will fit right in with your family
- 5 Things you should know about a Golden Retriever before getting one
- The mission statements from some of the top animal shelters in Indiana
- How pet adoption works in America, the rules, regulations and some handy advice
Grooming your dog
Keeping your dog well groomed and looking nice not only keep them looking healthy but is actually part of keeping them healthy too. It is not only food and good exercise that keeps your dog’s coat all shiny but good grooming. It helps to get rid of excess hair that has been shed, tangles, burs and matting. Prevents serious skin disease and disorders by keeping their coat clipped and helps their gait by trimming their nails.
But professionally grooming parlors can get expensive especially as some breeds need grooming a lot more than others.
Top dog grooming tips
You are going to need your dog to stay still and clam whilst you wash then groom them.
Taking them for a walk, run or playing some ball with them will help burn off excess energy. This is especially true for younger dogs to puppies.
It is a good idea to invest in a good dog shampoo and conditioner.
Make sure you get a dog shampoo as these are specially formulated for dogs to enhance their coats and help with shedding and protect against various skin ailments. Never use human shampoo on a dog as it can be rather toxic, burn their skin and cause bad allergic reactions. Make sure you double rinse your dog after both the shampoo and condition to ensure that you have all of it out of their fur.
Invest in a good flea comb and dog brush
It is a good idea to invest in a good flea comb, this comb is not just used to get rid of their fleas but if you have a dog with facial hair they are great to brush this sensitive area with.
Most dog brushes come with two sides them one side for heavy tangles (baby power is a great way to get out tangles it also makes them smell good) the other side is to rake out excess hair, fleas, ticks, burs etc.
It is always a good idea to have a good flea and tick power to sprinkle on whilst or just after you have combed your dog. This will control ticks and fleas it can be complimented by the various tick and flea oils, tablets, etc.
If you are going to be clipping your dog’s fur and nails ensure you have the correct clipping devices.
Be careful not to get to close to their skin and it is always best to find out how to do it if it is your first time.
Man’s best friend
Every kid wants a dog, it is a time-honoured tradition to see a kid with their loyal companion and best friend.
There are all sorts of breeds that come in various shapes and sizes but there are also some that do not do well with children.
5 The small dog breed that will fit right in with your family
This breed is known as a scent hound because they have an exceptional sense of smell, especially in a hunting environment. They were originally used to hunt rabbits and foxes, they are still used for hunting today.
They have a lovely even temper, are very gentle dogs as well as very sociable dogs. They like meeting people so are not the best guard dogs around but will make a great companion for your child. They love to play and go adventuring.
These dogs may look a bit daunting and fierce, but they are actually very sociable, loving dogs. They do tend to be a bit hyperactive so are not suited to a calm indoor living.
They make great companions and playmates for kids, especially kids that love to be active and outdoors.
Keeshond’s are intelligent and learn very quickly, they get attached to their families. With children, they are loving, affectionate and great companions that love to play. They are medium sized with a long sleek coat and warm eyes.
A single-layer coated dog which is a great choice for people with allergies as this dog seldom sheds if at all.
They are an Irish dog of medium size with a very playful and friendly nature. They love kids and are very gentle with them.Bred for over two hundred years in Ireland as a farm dog to herd and guard livestock they are great to have around children as their natural instinct is to protect them. Ensuring they stay safe and do not wander off.These dogs have done well in various training and are regarded highly in animal-assisted therapy.
These loyal, lovable dogs used to be bred to hunt waterfowl in Canada.They are a medium-sized breed that does need a lot of exercises but are really eager to please and their intelligence makes them really easy to train.
They are excellent companions for the entire family and also do very well in various dog sporting activities.
The Golden Retriever
This beautiful, loyal, intelligent and unique dog has been a family favorite for decades. It is also one of the most popular family dogs in the USA and around the world. They are commonly seen as guide dogs and therapy dogs due to their intelligence and love of their owners.
But sadly these dogs often land up in shelters as they do require some special attention and getting used to. So, unless you are completely sure you are ready to take on the responsibility that comes with owning a Golden Retriever rather get a breed more suitable to your circumstances.
5 Things to know about Golden Retrievers
#1 They make the best family pets
Starting off with one of the reasons you would want to get a Golden Retriever for your family, especially if you have kids are need a support pet.
They are the best family dogs as they tend to be able to anticipate their owners or family’s needs, they are fast learners and will take care of children.With their gentle loving nature, they will never be too far from their family’s side.
#2 They get very attached to their families
You will have to come to terms with having a dog in the house as they love being around their family. The will want to be there with you watching TV, in the kitchen whilst you cook and sometimes will even be found lying outside the bathroom door patiently waiting for you to finish. Even if you go to your chiropractor in san jose they may want to go.
Even if you have a huge yard if you are not out there this dog will prefer to be inside with you and or the family.
#3 Constant grooming is required
Golden Retrievers have long coats that shed all year round tend to be worse in winter.
So be prepared to buy a strong vacuum cleaner that can handle dog hair as you will be needing it – A LOT! To stop the shedding as much your Golden Retriever will need to be brushed for at least 15 – twenty minutes at least 3 times a week,
#4 They do not like being left alone for to long
As they become part of the family they do not like to be left alone with you for too long.
They will start going into depression, suffer anxiety every time you leave, or they can get destructive. You could very well come home to a completely wrecked house. Getting a dog walker or taking them to doggie day care will help. Ultimately it is you they want to be around not some strangers at a day-care of dog walker no matter how nice a person they are. It is recommended that they should not be left alone for longer than four to five hours a day.
#5 They love to chew
You will have to remember to put your shoes or any other items of chewable value to the Golden Retriever lying around. They will end up chewing it!
Their mission is “To inspire compassion within the human spirit as the beacon of the animal community through the relentless pursuit of Humane Treatment for all” This organization was founded in Indiana in 1940 but Miss Evelyn Sweitzer upon finding some animals being mistreated and set about to rectify the problem. She got a group of women together to organize and find better shelter for mistreated animals. Then set about trying to re-home them to a more loving, nurturing and better-suited environment for the animals.
Humane Indiana is located in Munster, IN.
Their motto is “True love is rescued” and their mission is “To rescue, nurture and restore at-risk dogs and cats to happy healthy lives and loving homes.”
The South Side Animal Shelter is the story of Rosie Ellis that started to take in stray cats and kitten into her home. She would nurture them back to health and ensure their happiness by getting the adopted to better homes. She started this in 1987, in 1994 she purchased the property upon which the shelter stands today. In 1995 she received her Animal shelter license and her along with her staff members went about building the building that now stands on the property. Rosie is a remarkable woman that works with the community and other shelter organizations to reduce the pain and suffering of at-risk dogs and cats in Indianapolis.
The shelter can be found in Indianapolis, IN.
Their motto is “Adopt-Love-Learn” and as a division of the Public Works, Animal Care and Control of the City of Bloomington.
Their mission is “to address and respond to all animal needs in the community through education, enforcement and support in order to build a community where animals are valued, treated with kindness and respect”
They do a good job of it as well taking each reported case very seriously. They run many pet adoption functions where you can go along have a snack and meet some of the animals looking to be re-homed.
They are located in Bloomington, IN.
This shelters vision is to eliminate pet overpopulation and to improve the quality of life for the pet community.
Their mission is to “educate the public in the humane treatment of animals, relieve the suffering of animals and the importance of animal control through the neutering and spaying of animals”They help to connect low-cost animal clinics that provide educational material as well as micro-chipping of pets.
Adopting a pet
When you adopt a pet, you are not just finding the most faithful friend, but you are in turn helping the charity(s) that you adopted your pet from.
These charities work tirelessly ensuring the pets get the best forever home that they can get.
There are millions of animals needing homes that have been neglected, abandoned and or mistreated. They deserve a good forever home with the perfect family for them. As such adopting an animal comes with various rules, regulations and certain requirements a person may meet.
How pet adoption works in America
The first step is one of the hardest as you will need to go to the shelter nearest to or around your area to find one. There will be so many it will break your heart to have to only choose one. But you will know when you have found them, something inside you will click and just feel right.
This is the second step and is a very important one. Here you are entitled to ask questions about your pet you are adopting as much as the interviewer(s) will ask you certain questions.
The interviewer will ask you questions to gauge whether or not the pet you have chosen is a good fit for you and or your family. They will ask you questions about previous pets you may have had, what happened to those pets and how you intend to take care of your new best friend.
An agent from the shelter will pop past, usually either unexpected or by appointment. You can actually expect them to do both before a final decision is made. This is to see if the environment will benefit the animal and be suitable.
It is also a great way for the agent to once again assess you and or your family in your environment.
You will have a lot of paperwork to fill in and will have to pay for or part thereof of the animal’s shots and neutering/spaying. These are all requirements for the pet before they can be released to you should you be a good match for the animal.
You will also be required to pay a small fee/donation for the animal. The shelter does not profit off this it is what keeps them afloat to help the others that need them.
#5 Taking your pet home
Once the shelter is happy with everything and the animal has had its shots and any operations it may need you will be notified. You can then go and fetch him/her.
Make sure you have everything ready for your new pet in order to make them feel welcome as soon as they walk in the door to their new forever home.
#6 Home visits
You can expect a few surprise visits along with some scheduled home visits. This is to check up on how you and your pet are doing.
A lot of people think that there is no way to train a cat. We know them as independent creatures with a will of their own and complete disregard for rules. The fact is they are just as trainable as dogs you just have to have the know-how and patience to do so.
Cat training guidebooks
Think Like a Cat
By Pam Johnson-Bennet
Pam has been referred to as the “Queen of cat behavior” and “America’s favorite cat behavior expert”.
This book helps cat owners to think like a cat, build great relationships with their cats through various play therapies and behavior modifications techniques.
By helping the cat owner to understand feline instincts that guide and define their behavior she offers a comprehensive guide to training and caring for them.
Clicker Training for Clever Cats
By Martina Braun
A tried and proven method for various types of pets clicker training, also called “classical conditioning” is a very specific type of training.Clicks and or a sequence of clicks means the cat must behave in a certain way if they get it right they get rewarded with cosy rubs, treats and a lot of positive actions.
Cats respond very well to this kind of training as they have a natural curiosity and will experiment to find out what their action is going to bring them.
This book explains how to properly use clicker training, the pitfalls to avoid, how to correctly treat and pamper and explains what clicker training is as well as what it entails.
Naughty No More!
By Marilyn Krieger
Cats can have some really bad behavior problems like scratching furniture, darting through doorways, get along better with other cats, be more relaxed at a vet as well as in their pet carriers. This book even helps cat owners find a way to keep cats off counter tops, sit and get along with their owners a lot better.Marilyn Krieger is a clicker trainer expert who knows exactly how to make the training quick and easy for you whilst being a fun activity for the cat. After the training, you should see a vast improvement in the cat’s behavior and attitude as well as having a stronger bond with their owner.
By Wendy Christensen
One of the most comprehensive guides to cats and how to train them. There are not many questions Wendy Christensen has not answered that most cat owners want to know.Her methods are tried and tested, they work! She will help you understand your cat’s behavior and then teach you how to outwit them. By outwitting them she means being able to persuade them is getting to think what you want is the exact thing they wanted.
As when any adoption there are certain rules and requirements have to be met and understood. There are also some things you will have to have ready for the cat adoption. Things that the newest member of your family will be needing when they arrive at their new forever home.
Items you will need for your cat
These are really important to have and to ensure they are completely separate are the best bowls. They may take up a bit more space, but some cats can be messy eaters. Their water could become contaminated with food if the bowls are connected. Make sure the size of the bowls is an appropriate fit for your new cat.
Do not forget to get cat food and treats.
Once again make sure the size of the carrier is correct. If must also not be too heavy and the best for the cat is to have a door they can see through. Carries are no in-humane and can both protect and keep the animal calm.
Most cats do not travel well so if you did not have a carrier you could find yourself with a very nervous cat bouncing all over the place as you make your way home. Not that you would probably be able to take the cat home from the shelter in the first place. In order to transport a cat, it is a requirement for you to have one.
It is a requirement for your pet to have an ID tag and as such a collar. Although these days having your pet chipped is becoming the more popular form. Someone can throw away a collar, but it is pretty hard work to remove a chip and could cost the animal its life if not done correctly.
Most pet shelters and vets scan the animal to find out if they have been chipped in order to correctly identify or prove ownership of the pet.
Another two important items are kitty litter and a sandbox. It is best to get your furry friend house trained from the moment they step into their new home. By having their ablutions ready it is a way to make housebreaking that much easier.
Toys and a cat bed
Having a toy, two or more and nice comfy fitting bed for your cat is another way of making them feel at home. They will have their own space and corner to retreat to and if you want to stop them scratching up the curtains and furniture a scratching post is a really good idea. There are some really nice ones these days that also double as a sort of cat play station.
In order for you and your pet to have a good relationship it is best to be able to communicate your commands to them. This is not always an easy task as dogs, like kids, tend to have their own personalities and as with humans tend to have different learning abilities.
The best dog training guidebooks
By Larry Kay and Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz
This is a tried and tested five-week program that one of the co-authors used to train the White-house dog Bo Obama as well as both Senator Ted Kennedy’s dog to name but a few high-profile clients she has worked with.
These techniques are based on mutual trust, love and lots of doggy treats. Whereas leash-yanking, reprimanding and choke collars are very much frowned upon. This programs only takes about ten to twenty minutes a day for five weeks working for both adult dogs and puppies alike.
It also includes how you can make your dog more sociable by making them comfortable in a vet’s office, easier around strangers and better behaved in public places.
By Monks of New Skete
The Monks of New Skete have been well known and trusted for their authority on dog training. This comes from generations of breeding and raising German Shepard dogs. They train dogs of all breeds and have a host of valuable tips that every dog owner should know and try. Especially those who have new puppies to raise as dogs are for life, not just a few months until the novelty wears off or a person feels they can no longer take care of their animal. This book teaches a person how to relate to their furry best friend getting the most from them and building a bond.
Maintaining a healthy pet
We love our pets, but they can be expensive as you have not only feed them, look after them and groom them. They are going to need vet check-ups, vet appointments and in some cases medicines and operations.
Animals get sick just like humans do and they sometimes suffer disease like humans do like, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, appendicitis, ear infections amongst a few.
Not everyone can afford expensive vet fees but luckily some animal shelters and animal welfare societies help families who cannot afford these. There are many funds that have been set up by various animal societies and shelters to aid people with pets. They help pay for operations, vet bills, emergency bills, etc.
Services offered by some pet shelters
Grooming plays a major part in your animal’s well-being and can greatly improve their quality of living and lifespan.
How much grooming a dog needs depends on a number of things such as their age, breed and health. Animal parlors can be quite pricey and not a lot of people can actually afford them. Some pets are easy to groom and so can be done at home. But then there are those that require extras and or special grooming attention. Some shelters will offer to groom at a more reasonable price and if you volunteer you will get even better rates.
Veterinary costs can quickly add up, especially when there are operations and repeat visits involved.
Animal shelters tend to charge a little less for their services and are a lot more cost effective including that of getting your pet spayed/neutered. Of course, most of them will need proof of income, etc. so that they can determine if a person needs financial aid.
If you are worried about your pet’s behavior or just need to find out there is no better place to help with this than at an animal shelter. They will probably only be too happy to help with this as they want to see both owner and animal happy. As it is one of the tasks they perform on a regular basis to assess animals that come to them your pet will be in the best hands.
Some shelters even offer dog/animal training days where you can take your pet along to get them trained.