Can Feral Cats Be Tamed?

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Feral cats are different from stray cats. Stray cats are usually the product of a person’s irresponsibility. Irresponsibility could be defined in two ways when it comes to strays:  dumping a cat to fend for itself and/or neglecting to spay and neuter their cats. Stray cats can be timid, but are often easily tamed. Feral cats are cats that were probably born to wild parents and are wild themselves. Feral cats have had no human interaction and are very difficult to tame.

Because feral cats are difficult to tame, thus making them undesirable indoor pets, there are many rescue organizations that are dedicated to the trapping and spaying and neutering of feral cat colonies. Many times, these organizations trap the cats, have them spayed and neutered and then release them near where they were originally found. Then, they dedicate themselves to providing food to these colonies.

Feral cats are everywhere. You can find feral cats in rural or farm areas, abandoned buildings and even parks and alleyways.  You might catch a glimpse of them, but chances are that you would not be able to catch them easily.  After all, they have not been around humans so any contact would make them shy away from you. If you have feral cats in your neighborhood, you may wonder whether these animals can be kept as pets.

Taming a feral cat can be a difficult proposition simply because they are not accustomed to humans. Depending on the level of their interactions with humans, some cats might be classified as semi-feral, total feral or even a converted feral cat.  Depending on what your cat is classified dictates your potential success in socializing it. In addition, it takes a lot of time, love and patience to tame these cats.

If you find a cat that is has been feral for a years, chances are that there is little to no chance of socializing it. With no human contact at all, these cats are overly independent and would never depend on a human for food or companionship. You might have better success with a cat that is semi-feral. In these instances, they have had some limited human contact. A converted feral cat would probably have the best chance at a normal life as someone’s pet. These cats were once domesticated, meaning that they probably started life as a pet and then was abandoned. The converted feral cat will more than likely eventually respond to human interactions such as love and affection.

If you want to attempt to tame a feral cat, remember that it can be hard work reaching out to the feral cat and getting them to trust you after being on their own. Sometimes, your efforts will not pay off for months, especially with older cats. If your attempts are a success, the rewards are well worth it because a strong bond can develop and loyalty and love is the reward. 

If you believe you have the time and the love to attempt to tame a feral, there are some things to remember. First, these cats see you as an intruder and are very likely to spit, hiss, bite and claw. This is a normal response as they are defending themselves against a perceived predator – you. If they manage to get in a few bites or scratches, you should apply first aid immediately. After you have successfully trapped a feral cat, your very first step is to get it to the vet for spay or neuter and to check for any diseases it may carry. This is a necessary step and an absolute must if you have other pets in the house. After you have arrived home with your cat, you need to let it adjust to you and the surroundings by giving it a small, safe place to stay. Allow the cat to stay in a small bathroom or laundry room, where it does not feel overwhelmed. You will need to take time every day to spend time with the cat and allow the cat to adjust to you.

Remember, not all feral cats can be socialized; however with love and patience, your time and efforts may be worthwhile.

It is always recommended to consult with experts or organizations experienced in feral cat care for guidance and assistance.

Welcome to a World of Purrr-fect Presents: Gifts for Cat Lovers

Are you on the prowl for exceptional gifts that cater to the devoted cat lover in your life? Look no further! Photo frames stand out as one of the most sought-after and affordable options in the realm of cat-themed presents. These frames not only offer an ideal canvas for cherished memories but also make for a purr-fect gift for any proud cat or pet owner. Multi-cat households, in particular, will revel in the chance to showcase their furry companions through these frames, immortalizing their beloved pets in picture-perfect moments.

Before delving into selecting the ultimate gift for a cat enthusiast, understanding their cat’s breed(s) becomes key. Whether they fancy tabbies, purebreds, calicos, Persians, or the ever-popular Siamese, discerning their preference helps in curating the perfect present. Some might even have a blend of different breeds, making it important to tailor your gift accordingly.

Another crucial aspect to consider is whether their feline friend roams indoors or enjoys the outdoor thrill. Unlike their canine counterparts, many cats relish outdoor escapades. Outdoor-loving cats complement owners who savor outdoor activities themselves. However, even owners of indoor cats might witness their pets yearning for outdoor adventures due to their inherent instincts.

Indoor cats, on the other hand, revel in a protected environment, shielded from common health issues prevalent among outdoor cats. Their litter-trained habits make them convenient companions for their owners. Thus, when selecting gifts, it’s wise to consider items designed to enhance the indoor cat’s experience such as cat scratchers, cat toys and cozy cat beds.

For those aiming to bring humor and excitement wrapped in a gift, consider the allure of catnip. This naturally occurring plant entices cats with its aromatic oils, eliciting playful and hyperactive behavior that promises amusement for both owners and guests alike. Catnip, often included with chew toys and play items, is completely safe for feline consumption, making it a win-win for both cats and their owners.

Moreover, a cornucopia of other fascinating gifts caters to aficionados of feline companions, ranging from personalized decorative mats adorned with captivating cat imagery to cat-themed videos, musical cat dolls, cat-shaped mailboxes, cat themed cozy blankets, toys, treats, and an array of goodies sure to delight any cat enthusiast. Exploring online options opens doors to a vast array of possibilities, ensuring that finding the quintessential gift for the cat lover in your life is just a few clicks away.

So, whether you’re seeking the best cat lover gifts, catnip toys for cats, or personalized cat-themed presents, this curated collection of gifts for cat enthusiasts is sure to leave cats purring with excitement!

Dog Attacks – Survival Tips To Keep You & Your Family Safe

A dog attack can happen to anybody . Just because an animal is domesticated doesn’t mean that they aren’t capable of attacking another animal, or more importantly, a person, any person at any time and for any reason. A very important thing to remember about dogs in general is that even the tiny breeds can be killers. It may seem silly, but it is quite true.

If you believe that only larger dogs can cause fatal injuries, it’s time to reconsider your assumption. While it is true that larger breeds are often responsible for reported dog attack fatalities, it would be a mistake to underestimate smaller breeds. Tragically, most fatalities occur among two vulnerable groups: children and the elderly. In the United States between 1979 and 1996, there were approximately 304 deaths resulting from dog attacks, involving around 30 different breeds. Unfortunately, it appears that these attacks are increasing in the UK as well.

However, you don’t have to become a statistic. This guide presents potentially life-saving tips in the event that you or someone you care about encounters such an unfortunate situation. I strongly encourage you to share this valuable information with your loved ones – your children, spouse, parents, grandparents, and friends. Life is incredibly unpredictable, and we never know what may happen. A dog can launch an attack in the blink of an eye, forever altering the course of your life.

Naturally, there is no foolproof assurance that these tips will completely prevent a dog attack or eliminate the risk of a potential fatality. However, it is always wise to be equipped with knowledge that could potentially alter the outcome and better prepare yourself.

All the tips and recommendations provided in this guide are applicable in various dog attack scenarios, including those involving your own family pet. It is important to recognize that, both in reality and according to statistical data, the majority of dog attacks (77%) occur within or in close proximity to the home of the dog or dogs involved.

So, by familiarizing yourself with these valuable insights and adopting the suggested measures, you can significantly enhance your preparedness and increase your chances of minimizing the impact of a dog attack.

NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING ABOUT A DOG!

It is of utmost importance to understand that you should never make assumptions about a dog’s demeanor solely based on its appearance or breed. Even if a dog is wagging its tail, it does not automatically imply that it wants you to approach and touch it. Regardless of the breed, all dogs are fundamentally animals and possess innate instincts that can influence their behavior. However, unless you possess the extraordinary ability to communicate with dogs telepathically, it is unwise to make assumptions about their intentions solely based on their appearance or actions.

Similar to encountering a unfamiliar person, a strange dog should be approached with caution, regardless of its friendly appearance. Just as you are a stranger to the dog, it is also unfamiliar with you, and unpredictable events can occur in such situations. It is crucial never to approach a dog you don’t know, even if it appears to be amiable.

This rule becomes doubly important when it comes to family pets. Although most pets can be trusted, certain circumstances can trigger unexpected and uncharacteristic behavior. Even if you have had your family dog for many years and it has always been well-behaved, it doesn’t guarantee that it won’t exhibit aggressive behavior. Factors like pain or discomfort can potentially trigger such reactions. Respecting your dog’s personal space is always essential. Avoid disturbing your dog while it is sleeping and ensure that your children do not come near the dog while it is eating.

It is important to be aware of your dog’s body language. If your dog displays warning signs like growling, lip-licking, avoiding eye contact, snarling, ears pulled back or to the side, tail tucked, or moving away, it is crucial to give your dog space. By recognizing and respecting these signals, you can prevent or handle situations that may lead to aggressive behavior, thereby reducing the likelihood of bites.

If You Or Your Children Have Friends Or Family Coming Over, Secure Your Pet In An Area Where They Can Have Their Own Space, Away From The Visitors.

Whether this is inside the house in a special room, like a home office, or a bedroom, or even better a dog crate. It is in everybody’s best interests, (including your dogs) to put the dog in a safe space if other strange children are coming to your home to play or visitors that your dog is not familiar with. Just because your children know how to behave around your dog doesn’t mean other children will. And just because your dog is good with your children doesn’t mean he will like someone else’s. This is the same for anyone entering your home or garden that your dog does not know.

Always Supervise Family Pets And Children

This may be obvious, but some people feel that their children are safe at all times with the family dog. It simply isn’t true. Anything can happen. And if you’re not there to see for yourself what did occur, you won’t know what triggered this attack, no matter how minor the infraction. Some dogs can “play rough” and see nothing wrong with engaging in this type of play with the humans they love as brothers and sisters (part of their pack). On the same token, children also can “play rough” with one another, and depending on the circumstances could provoke the dog into biting on the basis that he feels it his job to protect another member of the pack. Supervising your children at all times they are around your dog, will protect them.

ALWAYS SEEK PERMISSION BEFORE YOU TOUCH OR APPROACH SOMEONE ELSE’S DOG

It’s never a good idea to go up to a strange dog or to let your children and try to pet them. Even puppies can bite hard enough to create an open wound that hurts And the bigger the puppy, the bigger the bite can be. There are proper ways to touch, or pet, another person’s dog. You should always follow these tips before approaching a strange dog, no matter it’s size.

The best way to go about the letting the dog to know you is to stand very still, in a sideways position, and let him approach you first. Let him sniff you a little. If he approaches you first, then the next step you can take for more “socialization” is to extend the back of your hand to the dog. This will let the dog get to know you without the tendency to be afraid that you will hurt him. You should slowly and calmly extend the back of your hand, fingers under your palm, sort of like a fist but keep your fingers loose. If while you are doing this, the dog begins to growl or snarl, slowly take your hand away. Don’t use any fast or “jerky” motions as this could cause a dog to snap at you. Also, you should not wiggle your fingers around when doing this. It could also make the dog want to bite. Keep them still and slightly under the palm.

Don’t Pat A Dog On Top Of His Head.
Usually dog’s don’t like this and would prefer if you first gave him a soft scratch under his chin. This is more comfortable for the dog and is considered less aggressive than say a head pat. Then, maybe you could do some “behind the ear scratching” if the chin scratching is received well. Speak in a calm, soothing manner and crouch down so you are on the dogs level but never put your face near a dog or let your children.

WHAT TO DO WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE HAS FAILED AND YOU ARE ABOUT TO BECOME THE VICTIM OF A DOG ATTACK.

If you have tried everything suggested above and the dog, or dogs, have begun their attack anyway, there are still some things you can do to fight back and protect yourself. Any one or combination of these could save you or someone else from being a dog attack fatality statistic. Raise your voice at this point. Yell for help. Hopefully others will hear and come to your aid.

DO NOT RUN!

This sends a very clear signal for the dog to chase you down like prey. Stay where you are. Even though climbing a tree might seem like a good idea, some dogs can also climb up or jump pretty high. And, dogs can outrun you. That’s a fact. If while the dog is still coming at you, you can try and scream the word NO!! at the top of your lungs just as loud as you can. If the dog is afraid of you, it will more than likely stop, or run away. But this is not a sure bet. Although using the word NO in a forceful manner has stopped some attacks.

GO FOR THE EYES, EARS, NOSE OR THROAT IF YOU CAN –

Hitting a dog in the nose or on the top of its head as hard as you can, twisting its ears, or poking it in the eye can be an effective way of escaping an attack. Inflicting pain on the animal will in most cases stop an attack, at least for a brief period of time, which may give you just enough time to
get to a safe place and get help. Use your body weight to try to wrestle with the dog.

If Knocked To The Ground, Lay Still In A Fetal Position.

COVER YOUR HEAD AND NECK WITH YOUR ARMS. These will be most likely the first areas a dog will attack you. Protecting these areas with your arms will make it more difficult for the dog to get to vital areas where severe damage can be done such as the neck, throat and head. Do not drop your arms down for any reason and hold them as tightly as you can around these areas. Also keep your hands in fists to protect your fingers.

Many times, if you just lay there and sort of “play dead”, the dog may lose interest and stop attacking and simply leave you alone. Resist the urge to scream or to pull away if you can.

Try NOT TO PANIC, no matter how terrified you are.

Just stay in the fetal position with your head and neck covered not moving. No matter how bad the pain is, don’t move your arms from your head and neck to try and fight off the dog attack. This will leave vital areas unprotected and within seconds the attack could turn deadly. If the dog stops the attack, wait a while before moving and then slowly back away. Don’t turn your back on the dog and move very, very slowly, avoiding eye contact but keep the dog in your peripheral vision. Ring for help ASAP and cover any wounds while you are waiting for medical treatment.

Use Anything Sturdy And Close To You As A Weapon To Defend Yourself With.

If you have enough time to grab an object such as a brush, rake,shovel, cricket bat, etc., something strong you can defend yourself against an attacking dog with, do it. But do it quickly as you will not have much time to act as the dog, or dogs, are rushing towards you. If there is nothing you can use, follow the technique outlined in the previous paragraph. If the dog bites your coat or sweatshirt, try wriggling out of the coat or sweatshirt while the sleeve is in the dogs mouth. This may buy you time to get away before the dog realizes.

Carry Pet Corrector Spray, A Whistle, a Personal Attack Alarm or a Walking Stick With You When Heading Outdoors.

Several places carry products that you can defend yourself with in case you are attacked. Items like pet corrector, a whistle that emits high pitched sounds, a personal attack alarm that emits a very loud noise or a walking stick can be a tremendous aid when encountering aggressive or attacking dogs. Always be prepared to use these when outdoors and have the chance of getting into a potentially bad situation with a dog or dogs.

I hope these tips have given you some useful information that will help you in case you ever find yourself in one of these situations which we hope you never will.


Thinking of Buying Your First Pet Puppy: Here’s 5 Tips to Create an Optimal Environment for Them

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If you’re thinking of buying your first pet puppy, it’s essential to create an optimal environment for them. Puppies need plenty of exercise and room to run around, as well as a place to rest and relax. They also need plenty of socialization and interaction with their owners. This blog post will discuss five tips for creating an optimal environment for your new puppy!

Nutritious food and clean water.

Just like humans, puppies need nutritious food to grow and thrive. When choosing a food for your puppy, be sure to select a high-quality option that is rich in protein, fat, and essential nutrients. Puppies have high energy needs and require more calories than adult dogs. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian about how much food your puppy needs and how often they should eat. Puppies also need access to clean water at all times. Be sure to fill their water bowl with fresh, clean water and empty it out daily. It’s also a good idea to invest in a water filter or purifier to ensure that your puppy is getting the best possible water.

A safe and comfortable place to sleep.

Puppies need a safe, comfortable place to sleep. A crate or dog bed is a great option for a puppy’s sleeping area. Puppies should not be allowed to sleep on human beds or furniture, as this can lead to behavioral problems. Be sure to place their bed in a quiet, out-of-the-way spot in your home. Also, provide them with a few toys or chew bones to keep them entertained and comfortable in their crate.

Plenty of toys and chew toys.

Puppies are full of energy and need plenty of toys to keep them occupied. Chew toys are especially important for puppies, as they help relieve teething pain and promote healthy gum development. If you’re looking for a reputable Online pet shop, Gladwells Pet & Country Stores has it all. Choose toys that are specifically designed for puppies, and avoid giving them adult dog toys, as these can be a choking hazard. Additionally, it’s important to rotate your puppy’s toys regularly to keep them from becoming bored.

Socialization and interaction with their owners.

Puppies need socialization and interaction with their owners to thrive. Set aside time each day to play with your puppy and provide them with the attention they crave. Puppies that are left alone for long periods of time can become bored and destructive. In addition to playing with your puppy, be sure to take them on walks and outings so they can explore the world and meet new people and other dogs. Scamps & Champs can visit your puppy while you are out at work or on a family day out. On our puppy visits we will feed your puppy, clean up any accidents, give fresh water and then have some play/cuddle time and reinforce any training that you are currently doing with your furry friend.

Proper vaccinations and health care.

Puppies need to be vaccinated to protect them against dangerous diseases. Consult with your veterinarian about which vaccines are right for your puppy and when they should receive them. Puppies also need routine deworming and regular check-ups. Be sure to take your puppy to the vet for their appointments and follow all of their recommendations.

If you’re thinking of buying a puppy, it’s important to create an optimal environment for them. Be sure to provide them with nutritious food and clean water, a safe and comfortable place to sleep, plenty of toys and chew toys, and socialization and interaction with their owners. By following these tips, you’ll set your puppy up for success!

Looking After Greyhounds, Lurchers & Other Similar Breeds: Top Tips & Tricks

Many people are under the false impression that lurchers, greyhounds and other similar breeds don’t make great family pets due to their general association with being working dogs, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s face it – hunting, racing and other ‘sports’ that these breeds are forced to take part in are not enjoyable for dogs in the slightest, and they would much rather be cuddled up on the sofa with a loving owner instead! 

Owning a lurcher, greyhound or other similar breed of dog can be such a fun and rewarding experience. However, they require a lot of care and attention, and have their own unique needs that you should take the time to understand before you consider welcoming one into your family. It’s important that you can take the opportunity to research the topic of caring for lurchers and greyhounds if you plan on adopting one, as this way you can make sure they benefit from the best quality of life as soon as they enter into your care. 

Thankfully, this guide contains some of the best steps that you can follow to look after your lurcher, greyhound or other similar pup, helping to keep them as happy and healthy as possible. So, what are you waiting for? Read on to learn more so that you can confidently care for your long nosed furry friend!

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Finding The Right Collar 

First and foremost, when you adopt a lurcher, greyhound or other similar breed you need to make sure that you can find the right collar. You won’t be able to leave the house without it, as you need something secure to attach their lead to whenever you take them outside for a walk. The main issue with a normal, average collar is its shape in comparison to the shape of a lurcher or greyhounds head. In many cases their neck is actually thicker than their jaw or head, meaning a basic collar will slip right off if they were to pull their head back for any reason. Unless you want your dog to have a high chance of escaping, then you need to find a specially designed thicker collar that won’t slip off their more narrow head! It’s easy to find the right collar, just search specifically for a lurcher or greyhound style so that you can maintain total confidence whenever you take them outside. 

Walk, Walk & Walk Some More 

Lurchers, greyhounds and other similar breeds absolutely love exercise, and would enjoy nothing more than running ragged around an open field for hours on end. However, this isn’t always feasible when you have a hectic schedule and no land to release them on, so you need to make an effort to walk them as much as possible. It’s a good idea to aim to walk your new lurcher or greyhound for at least 2-3 hours per day, although it is well known that greyhounds can be “couch potatoes”. You should take them around some natural locations if possible, as walking by the side of the road will provide them with little stimulation and will likely be very boring for both you and your dog. If you don’t have the time or energy to walk your lurcher or greyhound for several hours a day, then find a local dog walker who can take them out – exercise is essential for their well-being, and it’s your responsibility to ensure their needs are met. 

Check Their Health Regularly 

Unfortunately, there are a variety of different health conditions that a lurcher, greyhound or other similar breed will be more susceptible to compared with other types of dog. As a result of this, you should always take the time to visit the vets and check their health regularly. Having a basic check up every few months will allow you to spot any potential warning signs that could be causing pain or discomfort for your dog, and you can implement preventative measures to minimise their chances of falling ill. Any good dog magazine will detail information about potential conditions that your dog may experience in their lifetime, so do your research.

Looking after a lurcher, greyhound or other similar breed can be so fulfilling, as they are such loving and affectionate dogs that are so loyal. Following some of the steps detailed above can certainly help you to take great care of your pup, so take the time to utilize these recommendations for the sake of their long term health and happiness. Start by finding the right collar, walk them often, and be sure to check their health regularly.

How To Teach A Dog To Play Dead? Simple Ways

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Teaching your dog some new tricks is always fun. When your dog gets the hang of these, it can keep you and your friends entertained with its newly learned tricks.

Teaching a dog to play dead may not be as important as teaching commands like ‘sit,’ ‘stand,’ ‘come,’ etc. However, it doesn’t mean you must skip teaching your dog these tricks. Teaching your dog to do tricks can be fun for both of you. 

Playing dead is a fun and popular trick you can teach your dog. Read on to learn how to teach a dog to play using simple ways.

How To Teach A Dog To Play Dead

Teaching a dog a particular trick is a step-by-step procedure. Sometimes several elements together make the entire trick easy and practical to teach your dog.

Teaching your dog to play dead also involves other elements. Firstly, your dog needs to be familiar with verbal commands like ‘sit,’ ‘stand,’ ‘come,’ etc.

It’s not practical to teach a dog tricks without first training it on several verbal commands. After that, you need to teach your dog how to lie down.

Teach Your Dog To Lie Down

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Before teaching your dog how to play dead, you must teach it how to lie down. Here is how you can teach your dog the ‘lie down command.

  • Bend head down.
  • Stretch to touch the belly to the ground.
  • Repeat the above.

Here are the steps to follow to teach your dog to lie down.

  1. Let your dog sit, place a treat between your fingers, and hold it above your dog’s nose. Slowly move your fingers towards the ground. Your dog will also bend towards the  ground. At this point, mark the clicker and praise and reward it with a treat.
  2. Repeat this five times.
  3. Ask your dog to sit again. Place a treat between your fingers, lower your hand straight down from its nose, and then pull it back towards yourself when your dog’s belly is on the ground with the clicker and reward it with the treat.
  4. Repeat this five times.
  5. Repeat the third step, this time without a treat in your hand. Reward it when its belly hits the ground. Repeat this five times.
  6. Now, use a command like ‘down’ and lower your empty palm to the ground. Once your  dog successfully lies down, mark the clicker, and reward. Repeat five times.
  7. Finally, avoid using your hand and only use the verbal command ‘down.’ If training is successful, and your dog will respond to your command within five seconds. Mark the  clicker  and reward it if it lies down.

Teach Your Dog To Play Dead

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Once your dog has learned how to lie down, you can teach it how to play dead. Do this on a soft  surface so that rolling over feels less scary for your dog. 

Here’s how you can teach your dog to play dead.

  1. Ask your dog to sit down. You’ll notice that your dog puts more weight on one side. Look  at which side it prefers to put its weight on and grab a treat.
  2. Hold the treat above your dog’s nose and move it diagonally. If your dog puts weight on the left hip, move the treat over its right shoulder.
  3. As your dog leans backward, mark the clicker and reward it. Repeat this five times.
  4. Repeat step two given above. This time mark the clicker and reward only after your dog is on its back. Repeat this at least five times.
  5. Practice step three with no treat in your hand. Mark the clicker and reward only after  your dog rolls onto its back. Repeat this at least five times.
  6. Make your hand into a gun shape and move it diagonally over your dog’s shoulder. Mark the clicker and reward your dog when it rolls on its back. Repeat this at least five times.
  7. Now, you need to add a verbal cue. Say the word ‘Bang’ when your dog is lying down and make your hand into a gun shape. Mark the clicker and reward your dog once it rolls   on its back. Repeat this until your dog is fully-trained on this trick.

Easy Tips & Tricks For Teaching A Dog To Play Dead

Some dogs like to play dead and stay in a lie-down position for a long time. Other dogs don’t   like to lie down for long.

If your dog doesn’t lie down for long and jumps up from this position more quickly when playing dead, you can train it to lie down for a long. Don’t give your dog the treat as soon as it lies down.

Wait a little while after it lies down, and then give it the treat. Repeat this by adding a few seconds each time.

Find a suitable place to teach your dog this trick. A comfortable place that has minimal to no   distractions is ideal for teaching your dog to play dead. Don’t choose a place like a park for this. Your dog will get distracted by other people and dogs in the park.

Ipetguides.com provides great resources for teaching and training your dog. They provide valuable information on how to take care of your dog best.

Issues And Proofing Behavior

If your dog already knows how to roll over, it will naturally be inclined to go all the way when you start to lure it to its side. If it is the case, take your clicker out to get the exact behavior you want.

Lure your dog into its side with a treat, click the clicker and give the treat to your dog. If it starts to roll over completely, move away for a moment. Your dog will realize it will not get the treat when it completely rolls over. So it will stop doing this.

If your dog ends up lying on the side and you have trouble getting it to follow the treat, you can help by physically moving it.

Slowly push your dog over onto its side. When your dog is in the correct position, click the clicker or tell it ‘good’ and offer a treat.

You need to slow down if your dog makes more than two to three mistakes in a row. Go back a step or two and practice. When your dog is repeatedly successful at one step, move on to teaching the next.

Patience and consistency are essential when teaching your dog how to play dead. Each dog has its own learning pace. 

Keep teaching sessions interesting and fun. If you feel your dog is getting bored, tired, and frustrated, stop and restart later. 

Always try to end sessions on a positive note. It could even be on any command that your dog is already familiar with, such as ‘sit’ or ‘down.’

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Why Should You Teach Your Dog To Play Dead

Teaching your dog to play dead may not be as essential as training them on the ‘sit’ or ‘come’  command. But, playing dead is a fun trick you can play with your dog.

It’s also a great way of entertaining your friends when they come to your house. You can show  them how much fun your furry friend could be.

Tricks like playing dead are a great way to engage with your dog and challenge them. You can  try teaching tricks when you have free time with your dog.

This type of teaching can benefit your dog’s physical and mental health. Learning tricks can help  a dog build stamina and muscle. It also increases their balance, flexibility, and concentration.

Dogs use the ‘playing dead’ trick on their owners to escape from any fiasco they would have created in their absence. Many dogs are known to play dead when they get caught doing  something which their owners dislike.

Wrap-Up

Playing dead with your dog is fun and is a challenge to your dog. Teaching your dog to play  dead is not hard if you follow the above tips.

It’s essential to make a note that not every dog is the same. Each dog has its own pace, and  you  mustn’t rush when teaching tricks.

If your dog seems to be bored or tired when teaching how to play dead, stop and continue at a  later time. Always end teaching sessions on a positive note.

Frequently Asked Questions

 Do Dogs Like To Play Dead?

Dogs love challenges, and learning to play dead is fun for the dog and its owner. Dogs also love to learn to play dead as they spend more time with their owners.

 Can Any Dog Learn To Play Dead?

Any dog can learn to play dead. However, if your dog is suffering from back pain or injury, then it  could be painful. So you should avoid teaching it to play dead in such instances.

 What Should I Do If My Dog Refuses To Play Dead?

Your dog may refuse to play dead for many reasons, such as stress, distractions, and lack of  motivation. If that’s the case, consider going slow on teaching.

4 Ideas for Movie Nights with Your Furbaby

Looking for ways to bond with your furbaby? Why not have a movie night together? It’s a fun and easy way to spend time with your pet, and there are plenty of options to choose from. In this blog post, we will outline four different movies that you can watch with your furry friend. We’ll also provide some tips on how to make the experience more enjoyable for both of you. So grab some popcorn and get ready for some serious bonding time!

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The Lion King

The first movie on our list is The Lion King. This classic tale of Simba’s journey to becoming king is sure to capture your furbaby’s attention. And who doesn’t love a good sing-along? “The Circle of Life” is the perfect song to get your furbaby howling along with you. Just be sure to keep the volume down so as not to disturb the neighbours! As an added bonus, The Lion King is also a great film for teaching your pet about loyalty and family. These are important values that you want your furry friend to learn, and what better way to do it than through a fun and exciting movie? For an extra dose of cuteness, dress your furbaby up in a lion costume before popping in the movie. They’ll look adorable, and you’ll get plenty of laughs out of it!

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

If your furbaby is a fan of adventure, then they’re sure to love Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. This action-packed film follows intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones as he search for the legendary Ark of the Covenant. Your furbaby will be on the edge of their seat (or bed, or couch, or whatever they’re lounging on) as they watch Indy dodge booby traps, battle Nazis, and narrowly escape from certain doom. And who knows? They might even get inspired to go on their own adventures after watching this movie! For an added bit of fun, make your own “Indy hats” out of construction paper before the movie starts. Then you and your furbaby can wear them while you watch!

The Hangover

If your pet is a fan of comedy, then they’ll love The Hangover. This hilarious film follows a group of friends as they try to piece together what happened during a wild night in Las Vegas. Your furbaby will be laughing along with you at the crazy antics of the characters on screen. And who knows? They might even get some ideas for their own mischievous escapades! Make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand for this movie, as your furbaby is sure to work up an appetite from all the laughter. Use flat faced dog bowls for the dog-friendly treats so your pup can enjoy the movie snacks just as much as you are!

The Notebook

If your furbaby is a fan of romance, then they’ll love The Notebook. This heart-wrenching film follows the story of two young lovers who are separated by World War II. Your furbaby will be swept up in the romance of it all, and they might even shed a few tears along with you. But don’t worry, they’ll be happy tears! Have some tissues on hand for this one, as you’re sure to need them. And if your furbaby gets too emotional, take a break from the movie and give them a cuddle. They’ll appreciate it!

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That’s just a small sampling of the many movies that you can watch with your furbaby. So grab some popcorn and snuggle up with your furry friend for a fun-filled movie night!

The Best Dog Breed for Horse Owners

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When choosing a dog for use with horses, the temperament of the animal and the amount of training it has received are more significant than the breed. You should opt for a dog that is friendly and well-mannered toward people as well as other animals. Because they combine the best qualities of purebred and working dogs with their own unique traits, many mixed breeds are excellent choices.

How compatible are dog and horse?

Dogs are compatible with horses. However, at first glance, they may not. A new dog requires a horse that has experience with dogs. Also, Dogs that are used to being around horses should be the first to meet a new horse.

Best Dog Breed for Horse Owners

A Border Collie

Border Collies have an enviable reputation for their keen intelligence and ability to maintain attention on a task at hand. Border Collies, being a breed known for their obedience and intelligence, make excellent security dogs as well as wonderful family pets. Border Collies have a reputation for being extremely devoted companions and eager to do whatever their owners ask. These qualities make them helpful around horses since they are dependable and simple to teach.

Certainly, Border Collies are high-energy dogs. The Border Collie is a high-energy breed, so it’s crucial to keep it mentally and physically active. Without these kinds of experiences, the breed might grow disruptive and unruly. Living in close proximity to horses provides a wealth of fitness options.

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog is another great horse companion dog, and it’s sometimes misunderstood as an Australian Shepherd. The Australian Cattle Dog, much like the other high-energy dogs on our list, needs regular playtime and a brisk walk.

Australian Cattle Dogs, like many other small dog breeds, tend to be stocky rather than lean. In stables with easily frightened horses, they are a great alternative because they rarely bark.

Hip dysplasia, deafness, and arthritis are just a few of the major health problems in Australian Cattle Dogs. But this is a kind that was selected for resilience in extreme environments. As a result, as long as the dog is given the attention and activity it needs, health issues are quite uncommon.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is a popular breed of dog that is frequently crossed with other types to create new and interesting hybrids. As a result, they might exhibit a wide range of individual traits and characteristics. However, most Labrador Retrievers get along well with humans, horses, and other animals, making them an excellent addition to the stable.

Labrador Retrievers have a reputation for being affable and laid-back. They are also a breed that can stay up with extended trail rides when others might weary. Obedient and loyal, Labrador Retrievers are a great choice for first-time dog owners or equestrians who don’t have a lot of time to devote to training.

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees are highly effective as security dogs. Although they might be rather possessive of their territory, this breed is really quite kind to those they have met before. Due to their high levels of energy, Great Pyrenees require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. Even more so, Great Pyrenees are not the most trainable of dogs. In order to teach a dog well, its owners need to have a lot of patience and perseverance. After this is done, however, the Great Pyrenees becomes a fantastic asset to a stable of any size.

They bark a lot, but that’s because they were meant to be watchdogs from the start. Those who ride horses that are easily frightened should probably go elsewhere. Great Pyrenees are huge breed dogs, so keep that in mind while making travel plans.

What to Look for in a Dog Breed

Consider the dog’s fragile nature if it will be spending time among horses. Small/tiny dogs would need a great deal of training to ensure they don’t get stepped on.

Easy Maintenance If your dog is part of the family and shares your bed at night, it’s important to consider how much filth and debris his or her coat will inevitably accumulate. Having a short-haired breed like a Whippet or Jack Russell Terrier might be helpful in this situation. Some types of collies, such as Border Collies, have smooth fur that sheds dirt and muck with no effort. Any breed of dog with a double coat, such as an Australian Cattle Dog, an Australian Shepherd, or a Corgi, will bring a lot of loose hair and dirt inside with them.

Some dog breeds are well-known for their abilities to track out and eliminate rats. There are various dog breeds that can be useful in this context, including Jack Russel Terriers, Whippets, Rat Terriers, Schipperkes, and others.

Barking – This is a common issue with training, but noisy dogs can stress out horses. Horses and humans alike will benefit from quieter breeds on a property where horses are stabled. Dogs and horses should be regularly groomed, horse grooming should be carried out on a daily basis.  

In Conclusion

It’s crucial that you pick a dog that gets along well with your horse and your riding lifestyle, just as it is with any new person, animal, or setting. It’s important to pick a dog carefully and introduce him or her to the family gradually. Until you know for sure that they get along with your horse, it’s best to have them socialize in a controlled setting first. Doing so will guarantee the well-being and security of all of your pet animals.

It’s a wonderful experience to ride your horse while walking your dog along the route. You may take your dog for a walk as you ride your horse as long as you ensure that your dog and horse get along well and respect each other.

How To Choose The Right Small Furry Pet For Your Kids

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Hamsters, bunnies, and mice are popular small furry pets. They are cute and cuddly, and they make great companions for kids. However, before you decide to get one of these animals, there are a few things you need to know. The most important thing about caring for small furry pets is patience and love. In today’s blog, we look at choosing the right pet for you and your family.

Choose The Right Pet For Your Family

When choosing a small furry pet for your family, choosing the right animal for your lifestyle and your kids is essential. Hamsters, bunnies, and mice are all great pets, but they require different levels of care.

Hamsters are the perfect pet for kids interested in animals but don’t have enough time to commit to taking care of a dog or a cat. They are small and easy to take care of, and they can be pretty playful. However, hamsters require a lot of attention, and they can be injured if mishandled.

Bunnies are also good for kids who want a pet but don’t have enough time to commit. They are larger than hamsters, and they require more space. However, they are also adorable and gentle animals that can be easily trained to use a litter box.

If you want to choose a low maintenance pet that doesn’t require much daily care, then mice may be the best option. They are small, easy to look after, and do not require human interaction to thrive. Just remember to keep their cage clean at all times.

Prepare Your Home For The New Pet

When you bring a new small furry pet into your home, there are a few things you will need to do to make them feel comfortable and safe. The most important thing is to set up their home before you bring them home. This includes buying a cage or an enclosure that is big enough for them to live in and setting up a food and water dish. You should also provide them with toys and bedding to play and sleep on.

In addition to setting up their home, you will also need to make sure that your home is pet-proof. This means taping down loose wires, putting away any poisonous plants, and making sure that your trash can is covered. It is also good to keep your pet’s cage or enclosure where they can’t get into trouble, like in a guest room or the laundry room.

Learn How To Handle Them Properly

One of the most important things you need to do when you have small furry pets is to learn how to handle them properly. This means being gentle with them and not picking them up by their tail or ears. It is also essential to wash your hands after handling them, as they can carry diseases harmful to humans.

Keep Your Pet Healthy And Safe

One of the most important things you need to keep your small furry pet healthy and safe is to make sure they have a comfortable home. This means providing them with a clean and spacious cage or enclosure and enough food and water. It would be best if you also were careful to keep their living space free of pests and other dangers.

In addition to making sure their home is safe and comfortable, you will also need to play with and exercise your small furry pet regularly. This helps keep them healthy and happy and can also help prevent them from becoming bored or restless.

The Food Part

If you choose a furry bunny for your household, the whole family must know what do rabbits eat. Both hamsters and bunnies need a high fibre diet and low in sugar. This means feeding them hay, fresh vegetables, and pellets. In addition, you should avoid feeding them candy or other sugary snacks, as this can cause health problems down the road.

Scamps & Champs Pet Food sell premium rabbit pellets that have the following:-

✓ Health & Vitality – Full complement of vitamins and minerals to help maintain health and vitality
✓ Herbs – Extra tastiness
✓ Single Kibble – Limits Selective Feeding

In addition to a healthy diet, you will need to ensure your pet has access to fresh water. You can either provide them with a water bottle or a bowl, but make sure to change the water regularly.

Just Love And Patience

Your small furry pet can live a long and happy life in your home with proper care and attention! But, no matter which small furry pet you choose for your family, remember that patience and love are the essential ingredients for success! So choose an animal that suits your lifestyle and your kids’ needs.

Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Adapted To The Needs Of Your Feline

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Bringing a cat into the home is quite unlike bringing any other pet into the space. It’s unlikely that you could bring in a more independent creature into your living space, a pet that will probably consider you to be theirs rather than owned by you. Sure, our cats can give us the impression of only tolerating us from time to time, but when they love us, they show their affection in great amounts.

For this reason, it’s important to make sure your home is properly, thoroughly adapted to the needs of your feline, so that they can exercise their independence while also having the facilities necessary to take care of themselves, and for maintenance-by-proxy to be enacted by you as an owner.

While we’re far past the days of holding cats above our heads on cushions and painting their likeness on the side of holy structures such as in Ancient Egypt, there’s no reason why we can’t be first-rate owners, exercising a little TLC when necessary. Here’s how to achieve that:

Scratching Post & Climbing Trees

A scratching post and climbing trees can help them expel that endless reserve of energy that cats seem to dip into when and how they want. A scratching post can feel good for cats to claw at, and it certainly helps prevent them from carrying this vital task out on your leather sofa. A climbing tree can also give them dominion over a space, satiating their natural exploratory curiosity, as well as giving them elevation they can use to feel comfortable and sleep in the weirdest place possible, which cats absolutely love doing.

Water Fountains

Cats tend not to drink as much water as they should, which just like in humans, can be the cause of many different health woes. For this reason, it’s important to give them a means by which to actively seek out hydration. Cats often prefer moving water to drink, which is why they tend to lick the sides of dripping taps. With a water fountain device perfectly set up for this preference, you can subtly incentivize your cat to drink more in a manner most comfortable to them, ultimately helping them stay hydrated and cool, especially in the midst of summer.

Active Toys

Active toys that can keep the cat engaged and can play with you without having to touch you (cats actively despite playfighting or other overly rough and tumble activities like that of a dog). For instance, a fun feather toy that they can chase, a small laser pointer that they can try to grab, a small tickler that they can play with, or of course, sometimes a little catnip, such as a fixed catnip ball fixed to the side of a den, can actually cause positive health effects as a result of its presence. As you can see, there’s much to appreciate with such investments.

With this advice, you’ll make certain that your home is properly adapted to the needs of your feline.