Pet Information - Puppy Farms

Pet Information – Puppy Farms

Most people probably haven’t even heard of puppy farms. If they have they probably haven’t given them much thought. However, if you only ever remember one piece of pet health information, you should remember never to buy a puppy from one.

Puppy farms are places, often well away from towns, where unscrupulous dealers put profits before dog welfare. The female dogs which breed in puppy farms are treated in a similar way to battery hens. The mother dogs are kept in small pens, never see natural light, are not given space or time to exercise and a bred so frequently that they fall pregnant straight after giving birth most of the time. These female dogs’ bodies are weak due to being bred too often, never being able to exercise and being fed the absolute minimum food for their needs. Cramped conditions mean that disease amongst dogs on farms is rife, compromising pet health.

Breeders who are keen to make as much profit as quickly as possible ensure that mother dogs fall pregnant as soon as possible after giving birth. In addition to this cruelty, they also remove puppies from their mother’s care far too quickly in order to make a profit sooner. As a result, puppies from puppy farms are likely to be weaker and less healthy than other dogs. That’s if you’re lucky: they have probably been exposed to potentially life threatening diseases in the puppy farms and are likely to have at least minor behavioural problems because of their unhappy life at the puppy farm.

In a survey of dog owners, 95% of them said they’d never consider buying a dog from a puppy farm. Yet, some animal welfare charities suspect that as many as 900,000 people may have bought their dog from a puppy farm, through a dealer or pet shop without realising. Many dog owners buy from internet or newspaper adverts as well as pet shops which are often supplied by puppy farms.

Advice from the kennel club is to buy directly from breeders to guarantee pet health. Dog dealers are supplied by puppy farms and often pose as simple breeders, so when looking for newspaper adverts be wary of anyone selling more than one breed of dog, as they may be dealers. When buying a puppy from a breeder, always insist on seeing the puppy with its mother and any siblings. If a breeder makes excuses about why you cannot see the mother, walk away, they are almost certainly a dealer. The kennel club has a record of pedigree puppies which you can search should you want to buy one.

With 150 stray dogs killed every week by local authorities who cannot cope with demand for unwanted pet services, mass breeding of dogs in farms becomes even less justified. This is why many charities advise those people looking to buy a dog to consider getting a rescue dog. They may not be pedigrees, but this actually means they are likely to be healthier and you …

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Pet Sitting Information

Pet Sitting Information

If you like pets and would like to make money while attending to them, try pet sitting. Pet sitting is a much needed service that can be a part time or full time job. You can devote half hour increments to each sitting assignment for a specific amount of money. It is up to your client how much time and money might be required per pet. This is something that must be discussed from the very beginning.

In the past few years pet sitting has become very popular in the United States. It is a job that not everyone is instinctively qualified for, but if you are motivated towards pets, the field is wide open. The time you spend with these pets can be a lot of fun and allow you a flexible schedule while enjoying the rewards.

There is not a great deal of training required to be a great pet sitter. All you need is a genuine love of animals and the ability, and patience, to provide your service.

A main asset for pet sitting is to understand the pet’s body language, this way you will be able to provide their wants and needs. The dog will, in return, study your body language and adjust its behavior as you get to know each other.

Ask the owner, “What are the pet’s habits and what are its reactions certain situations?” Remember that while you are studying the animal, it in return is studying you. It is a good idea to ask important questions to the owner that will assist you in becoming a better sitter.

Most people that like pets and have not only one but several. The better you understand the different types of pets and their behavior, the better and more knowledgeable you’ll be at what is required of you as a sitter. It requires a little knowledge, a little patience, and caring, to do the job

Study the relationship of the owner with the pet and try to adapt the same practices in your situation. Keep in tune to their interaction and you will make things a lot easier for yourself. Paying attention to small details will bring you large rewards. Be sincere, ask questions and don’t try to be a “professional”. You’ll learn that each pet has its own needs and mannerisms. You cannot be too vigilant! Pet owners mostly want a person who cares for their pets. Pet owners can spot another animal lover.

It is important to make a list of your needs and share it with your client. After all, you are the person that will be responsible for their loving pet for long periods of time – that is, if you do the job well from the beginning. Ask the client for his/her list of requirements. This way you will be in constant control of whatever situation might arise. Make sure that you satisfy your client and make the pet happy and help it to understand, and like, you in return.…

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