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The Top Ten pet lover gifts

  • Posted May 14, 2006
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I'm sure you have someone on your gift list that loves pets, it's a given. Pet lover gifts are a ton of fun to receive and even more fun to give to just the right pet loving friend or relative. Here are a few great suggestions for that special someone who has a single special pet or a variety of special pets. After all, it is important to celebrate the special bond we have between animals and humans! How about a pewter pet magnet? These magnets are perfect for the office or home and they come i ...more

Hose training / crate training a puppy or adult dog

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House Training/crate training a puppy or adult dog: The following article is based up the principles used by Downtown Pet, a NYC dog walker company in New York City. 1. If you bring home a puppy you will first want to section off an area for your little one. Puppy proof this area and make sure there are no wires or loose items. On one side of this sectioned off area, leave a bed and way on the other side put down a wee wee pad. This will be their first home and they will learn to differ betw ...more

Leash training dog / dogs pulling on the leash

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The following are methods used by Downtown Pets in Lower Manhattan, a professional NYC dog walker company. Here are some keys to stop a dog from pulling on the leash. 1. Hold the leash with two hands - one through the loop and one about a foot up from the bottom. 2.Tie a knot on your leash about a foot or foot and a quarter up. Hold the leash underneath the knot and never move your hand. 3. Always keep your dog on the left side. If they stray to the right gently guide them back to positio ...more

Dog Training – Dealing With Separation Anxiety

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Separation anxiety, also known in the dog training world as owner absent misbehavior, is one of the most frequently encountered problems in the world of dog training. Separation anxiety can manifest itself in many different ways, including chewing, destroying the owner's property, excessive barking, self destructive behavior and inappropriate urination and defecation. Dogs suffering from separation anxiety often whine, bark, cry, howl, dig, chew and scratch at the door the entire time their fa ...more

Pitbulls Are There Different Types?

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PitBulls Are there different types of Pitbulls?   The answer to this question depends on who you ask.   As most people know that "Pit Bulls" were a breed developed for their ability to fight. The basic breeds used in the breeding were a "Bull Dog" and a "Terrier." This is based on historical information much of which came from accounts of the dogs used in the popular sport of "Bull & Bear-baiting in the British Isles.    However there have been many other breeds added to the genetic m ...more

Taking Terrific Photos of Your Dog

  • Posted May 14, 2006
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Dogs have a wonderful sense of humor. The moment you turn on your camera - they stop doing whatever made you reach for it. Great pet pictures do happen, just not as often as we'd like. The keys to great pictures of your dog are planning and patience. Fortunately, with digital cameras, we no longer have to worry about the expenses of film and developing. We can take dozens of pictures and only print the perfect shot - no one has to know how long it took to take! In order to take great candid p ...more

FREE Dog Training Tips: Easy Steps to YOU Becoming Leader of the Pack

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[This article is the second in a 3-part series about changing dog behavior using positive dog training methods.]

Be a leader, a dog will follow.

>From the last article, remember King and his dominant dog behavior? King was the leader of his pack -- Mom, Dad, 2 kids. King set the rules in the house and didn't hesitate to enforce them, with growling, posturing, biting and other scary dog behaviors.

In that article, I introduced 3 simple dog training steps to help y ...more

Eliminating Problem Dog Behaviors – Jumping And Roaming

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Every dog owner must eventually deal with some unwanted behaviors on the part of their four legged companions. Some of the most frequently encountered training problems with puppies and dogs alike are jumping on people and performing those amazing feats of escape. Jumping up on people Jumping up on people can be a cute trick for puppies, but it quickly becomes a problem behavior as the dog gets older, larger and heavier. A very heavy dog can easily knock a child or even a small adult of his ...more

Pet Insurance is it a viable option?

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Did you know that pet insurance has been around for 15 to 20 years? The fact is, not many people are aware of this great product. Unfortunately, availability has been limited and some restrictions on policies have made it prohibitive in a lot of cases. However, things have changed for the better in the pet insurance industry. Pet owners are now able to provide their pet with a level of care that has been very expensive before now. In the past, any veterinary costs incurred by the pet owner incl ...more

Homemade Scratching Post

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To make a simple scratching post, nail a 4 x 4 piece of wood to a flat heavy wooden base. As for the height of the wood, make it as high as your cat is capable of stretching. Be sure the base is wide enough and sturdy enough so that even the fattest of cats won't topple it over. Making the base wide enough for your cat to stand upon is a great idea. She'll feel like she's on a stage! You can either leave the wood bare or cover it. A really, really great material to use is rope. Just wrap it ...more

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