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Morgan Griffith

How to Keep Your Dog Clean?

Our canine companions are always available for catering to our various needs. Dogs have been the friends of mankind, probably since the beginning of civilization. Many pet owners prefer to get a dog because of the many benefits that come along with them. For example, spending longer periods with dogs could easily improve our body’s immunity towards allergies.

How to Keep Your Dog Clean?

You would have to feed your pet dog if you have one and also take care of its other needs such as taking it out for a walk and its hydration needs. These activities keep you engaged, thereby leaving little room to be stressed by other things in your life. Cleaning up your pet dog is also another activity that can help in improving your overall mood. That’s a pretty good thing, isn’t it? Let us explore some essential tips that should be kept in mind for cleaning your dog at home in the following discussion.

Try positive association!

The first thing that should be focused on while bathing your dog is to create a positive association with the activity of bathing. The positive association can be achieved if you use treats, affection, and toys while giving your pet dog a bath. You have to practice positive association every time to get your dog to behave properly while bathing. For example, keep on giving treats to your pet every time it comes to the bathtub or the area where you bathe your dog. This practice should be repeated until a phase where your pet doggo comes even without any treat.

Prepare properly:

Another important factor which matters the most is preparation. Every time you get your pet dog ready for a bath, there should be some preparatory measures accompanying it! For instance, you need to select the right shampoo by consulting with your veterinarian and give your dog a thorough brushing.

This way, you would be making sure that your pet is away from any sort of complications during or after the bath. Brushing the coat of your dog could help in picking up the mats that may set in after coming in contact with water. Consultation with the veterinarian for choosing cleaning products for your pet doggie would help in preventing any sort of skin infections.

Know when to clean them:

Now, we shall find out insights about how frequently your dog should get a bath for cleaning. The generally accepted norm is to bath once a month for the majority of dogs. However, dogs which have an oily coat such as the Basset Hound may need to be cleaned up almost once every week.

Short-haired dogs having smooth coats such as Beagles do not need frequent baths, and they are quite careful of their hygiene on their own! On the other hand, if your dog has a water-repellent coat such as in the case of Golden Retrievers, then it is recommended to bathe them less often to protect their natural oils.

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Things to Keep in Mind When Moving With Pets

Just like human beings, pets also undergo stress when moving. This is why it is essential that you handle them properly when moving. Understand the necessary preparations you need. You should also know what to do when moving them as well as the essential steps to take once you have reached your new home. Remember, it is part of your responsibilities to help your pets adjust to the new environment.

Preparations:

Before you move, it is essential that you have arranged everything for your pets transport. Talk to your travel agent about the requirements of transferring a pet. See to it that all of them are prepared before the big day to avoid problems and delays. Before you move, have your pets checked. This is to ensure that your pet is healthy when you move. Your pet should also have travel identification tag. Most importantly, learn about the regulations of the community you are moving into.

The different states have their own sets of requirements in terms of the entry of different types of pets. You should also be aware of the regulations of cities and local communities. Understand the rules of the neighborhood you are transferring to as well.

Acquire the necessary permits as well. You will need this if you have exotic pets.

Relocating your pet:

After dealing with all the necessary preparations, you need to choose the most appropriate relocating method. Bear in mind that moving companies are not allowed nor trained to transfer four legged pets. You might need to hire professional pet moving service especially if they have special needs. You can also do it yourself.

If you are to fly with your pet, you have to call the airlines ahead of time and ask if they allow pets on board. You do not want to encounter problems checking in

It is also important that you use a high quality carrier for your pet as well. It has to be spacious enough for your pets to move. They should be able to stand up, sit comfortably and lie down. You should also check the ventilation of the carrier as well as its absorbent lining. You should also have to make sure that your pet is accessible in case there is an emergency. Keep a recent photo of your pet as well, just in case your pet gets lost.

You need to have the carrier several days before you move and get him accustomed to it. You can place his favorite toy or blanket inside and use it when going somewhere.

Help your pet settle in:

Your pets are also stressed out after the travel. It will take time before they can settle in the new home. You can help them adjust to the new home. This would also depend on the kind of pet you have. You should also learn about their behavior. If you have more than one dog, you might need to let them in the house one at a time … Read More

How To Buy Bichon Terrier Puppies

Many individuals are intrigued at the thought of owning a designer dog. One very popular type of hybrid is the Bichon Terrier or Yo-Chon. The question is how do you go about finding Bichon Terrier Puppies?

Before you even think about getting a Yo-Chon for a pet, obviously you would need to do some research on the Internet and arm yourself with knowledge. There have been a number of individuals who have been taken in by unscrupulous pet sellers who claim that certain dogs they are selling in their stores are genuine Bichon Terrier Puppies. This is because they don’t know what a Yo-Chon looks like. Check out websites with photos of Yo-Chons so that you know what color varieties to expect. Most Yo-Chons have the light brown or dark brown coloring of its Yorkshire Terrier parent, but there are some that have the white coat of the Bichon Frise. Take note of the quality of the coat. A Yo-Chon may be brown in the color of a Yorkie and have the long, curly coat of the Bichon. It may also be the reverse – white like a Bichon, but with a long silky coat of a Yorkie. However, if you are prone to hay fever and allergies, a Yo-Chon may not be a good pet for you since it is a heavy shedder.

One sure way of getting Yo-chon puppies is by purchasing them directly from designer dog breeders. You can find these breeders via online directories of leading designer dog clubs like the Designer Dogs Kennel Club and the American Canine Hybrid Club. Genuine Yo-Chon puppies come with proper documentation and certifications.

Of course, buying Bichon Terrier puppies from breeders can be very expensive and may not be ideal if you have a limited budget. Instead, you can try your luck at your local dog pound or animal shelters. It is depressing to mention that most of the dogs that you will find in the pound or shelters happen to be mixed breeds that have been thrown out by their breeders and owners. It remains a sad fact that most “purists” consider mixed breeds as worthless and would rather abandon these poor puppies and dogs than have their reputations sullied. If you are looking for a Bichon Terrier hybrid, you might have greater chances with a shelter.

Many pounds and animal shelters offer these puppies and dogs for adoption through their websites. Some even go so far as to post pictures of them.

If you are lucky enough to find Bichon Terrier puppies among those being offered for adoption, fill out the application form. The caretakers of the pound or shelter will review your application to see if you will be a good owner to the pet.… Read More

The Proper Way of Handling Your Hamsters

As a pet owner, you should be committed and responsible enough in their health condition, safety and comfort. It can be difficult at first but with proper guidelines and knowledge, you will be able to get through it. Pets also need love and care from their owners. They also have basic needs such as food and water, shelter and security. One of the most lovable and cute pets in the community today is the hamster. Kids will truly love their adorable and charming look.

Since they are furry, people love to hug them. They are also pleasant and amusing to look at. Aside from that, hamsters have brilliant eyes with quick body movements. Observing them inside their cage while they are playing or sleeping will surely brighten up your day. There are several kinds of hamsters with different characteristics and abilities. For that reason, you must be able to identify their breed and characteristic so that you will be able to know the plan of care that they need or require.

The two popular breeds are known as the Syrian hamsters and the Dwarf. The Syrian is anti-social to other hamsters but they are larger in size. They are easier to handle and have longer hair. This makes them really cute and huggable. You can actually train them to walk in any part of your body and let them roam around your shoulders and arms. If they won’t perform the routine that you are trying to teach, just be patient in repeating the process all over again and they will certainly master it in two to three weeks time. On the other hand, Dwarf comes in a smaller size compared to the Syrian. They have shorter hair and very active. You can rarely hold and train them because of their size and liveliness.

They have lots of energy to jump off your palm each time you’ll hold them. However, you can still train them to remain in your palm and walk along your shoulder. It is advisable to wear gloves in your first contact with the Dwarf hamsters because they are sensitive and will feel uncomfortable. As they get used to you as their owner, you can already hold them with bare hands. Be reminded that these two hamster breeds are harmless and can be considered as good pets. It only needs a little training for them to behave accordingly. It is very normal that they might bite you especially when they are playing but sooner or later, you can build a great relationship with them as time goes by.

Adults and children love hamsters. They are generally friendly, cute, huggable and energetic. Aside from that, they have unique and famous eating and sleeping habits which make them more attractive to people. They might be small but it can bring you lots of fun especially when you train them successfully. Just provide their basic needs and comfort and everything will be fine. They love to eat lettuce, carrots … Read More

Zhu Zhu Pets – Why Are Zhu Zhu Pets So Hard to Find?

Are you desperately searching for where to get your Zhu zhu pet, the must have toy of the year? A lot of people have had trouble finding them. This is due to several reasons.

Zhu zhu pets are known by several different names:

  • zoo zoo pet
  • zu zu pet
  • electronic hamsters
  • motorized hamsters

The official name and spelling is Zhu Zhu pet. Also these very cute electronic critters used to be called Go Go pets.

You might still find Go Go pets at some outlets. They are exactly the same as as the new model just packaged differently. Who knows, maybe the originals will become collector’s items. Recently the company who makes the toys repackaged, repriced and relaunched Go Go pets under their new name Zhu zhu pets. They did a limited prelaunch in the Phoenix area and the results shocked everyone. The little electronic hamsters flew off the shelves and within days were Sold Out! And now everyone wants one.

The manufacturer Cepia is a small company based in St Louis, Missouri. They have only sixteen employees, though I bet they’ve employed a few more casuals in the last weeks. They promise they are in full production mode making millions of the electro-hamsters so that everyone who wants one will eventually be  stocks are flooding into the shops as fast as possible. Apparently the company has been besieged by emails and phonecalls and even people come knocking at the factory doors.

Despite Cepia’s best efforts the pets are so popular at the moment that they will be difficult to find in some retail outlets, especially just before Christmas. In fact I just heard that one major, major retailer has emailed all their customers who ordered their zhu zhus online in September and cancelled their orders.

There have also been reports of fights breaking out between customers trying to buy these things! Pepper spray and even tasers have been used by desperate shoppers. Crazy eh?

So why oh why are these toys so popular?

The motorized hamsters are very lifelike. They are soft and cuddly as well as adventurous and busy. They operate in two modes. One mode is called ‘nurturing or loving’. This is when they love being petted and cuddled and respond with sweet chattering and purring. This gives children the opportunity of interacting in a gentle and loving way with their ‘pet.’ If you’ve ever had a real hamster you’ll know that in reality they do bite and wriggle and scratch. Cuddling up to a ‘lifelike hamster’ is a lot safer for children.

Also the toys have an ‘adventure’ mode. This is when their advanced artificial intelligence really shines. They zip around, either free-range on the floor or in their specially designed hamster habitats, and interact intelligently with whatever they encounter. And of course the bottom line is kids have gone nuts over them. … Read More