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What Makes Your Pet Happy

Are there tell-tail signs that indicate to you your pet
is happy? Why, yes, there are!


A Happy Dog…

  • has a “sparkle” or “glow” about him. He’s interested in his surroundings and enjoys interaction with people and other animals.
  • makes eye contact and is interested in his humans’ activities. He often joins in on the fun.
  • is interested in eating his food.
  • has a shiny coat, bright eyes, pink gums and a pink tongue (except for Shar Peis, Chow Chows, or other black tongued breeds, of course!)
  • wags his tail when in verbal or physical contact with humans.
  • makes pleasure noises when interacting with humans and other animals (noises that his humans know as happy noises).
  • sleeps well at night with little or no disturbance.
  • rolls around in obvious pleasure.
  • appears to spontaneously seek pleasure, like running and/or swimming in the surf when at the beach.
  • is relaxed around other dogs and has good inter-canine relationships.








A Happy Cat…

  • is confident, interacts with her humans, and often initiates contact.
  • “talks” to her humans (the classic sound of feline happiness is the “purrrrrr,” of course).
  • has bright eyes, a good coat, pink gums and tongue, and grooms herself several times per day.
  • rolls on her back, jumps and plays.
  • wanders around her house and/or outdoors seeking entertainment, such as swatting at bugs, chasing butterflies, calling birds, using her scratching post, and playing hide and seek.

You’ll likely notice the list for a happy cat is noticeably shorter than the list for a happy dog, but, as most cat lovers know, cats aren’t quite as outgoing as dogs and are prone to standoffish personalities.

So how does your pet rank on the happiness meter? Is Tigger a typical happy cat, or do you feel there may be cause to worry? Whether you are the pet parent of a dog or a cat, if you notice any concerning changes in your pet’s behavior, speak to your vet. After all, while our pets can display obvious signs of happiness like the ones above, they can’t verbally tell us when something is wrong, and are quite skilled at masking pain and discomfort.

Top 12 Reasons You Will Love Having a Dog

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When you have a dog you will be very happy with the results, there is no doubt that you need to love the upsides that come from it. How could it be any better than waking up to a smiling face and knowing that they love you always? Here are the proven benefits of having a dog.

  1. You will be happier right away!

When you spend just a few minutes with a dog per day you will love the fact that you will be able to enjoy yourself as well as feel more relaxed and happy. When you play with your puppy you will be able to know that you are increasing your levels of dopamine and serotonin and that means that you will feel much better. The fastest way to improve that is to play with your pet right away.

  1. Petting your dog will lower your risk of heart disease!

When you have high blood pressure you will feel much better when you are petting your dog. You will be surprised to know how much a few minutes with your pet can reduce your anxiety and ensure that you are able to feel much better.

  1. Dogs are better for sensitive skin than cats!

If you have a problem with allergies as well as if you have any issues you will be able to enjoy knowing that dogs are very helpful for you. People who have dogs have a lower chance of getting eczema and that means that you will have fewer allergies as well.

  1. You will be healthier!

One thing that is wonderful about your dog is that you will exercise together which means that you will be healthier and happier as well as better adjusted to your surroundings. When you are taking your dog out every day you cannot help but take in the sun as well as get some exercise. This is a great way for you to be able to enjoy yourself and know that you are going to be in good spirits.

  1. You will recover much more quickly with a dog.

People who have dogs get much better quicker when they have a dog. People who have had heart attackers are two times as likely to recover faster with a dog as those who do not have a dog.


  1. Dogs can be trained to do almost anything.

Dogs are very smart, and that means that they can be trained to do almost anything. When it comes to handling owners who have disabilities or who are in stressful situations, this is a natural for dogs. They can be trained to anticipate heart attacks and also to prevent stressful situations for their human owners.


  1. Children who have dogs at home have higher school attendance

Whether you realize it or not, kids who have dogs at home are more adjusted which means that they have better health and less sickness. This translates to kids staying in school longer and missing fewer days.

  1. Dogs make your kids happier!

If you have kids, having a dog will make them happier and ensure that they are able to be more adjusted to their surroundings. If a child is suffering from being bullied or other issues, having a dog is a great way to create a sense of security for the child.

  1. Dogs are loyal!

Dogs are extremely smart and loyal, and they will show you that. You will always have a happy face to wake up to as well as someone who knows when you are not feeling well. Having a dog is having a best friend for life.

  1. Dogs Will Find Their Owners!

One dog in South Dakota travelled 2800 miles to find his owner. Dogs love their owners and want to be with them, this dog; Bobbie the Wonder dog holds the record in human recovery stories.

  1. Dogs Increase Your Security!

Dogs are great watchers ad they see everything, they will let you know when there is something wrong and will alert you when there is a problem in your neighborhood. When you have a dog, you can be assured that they will be on the lookout to help you at every moment.

  1. Dogs Get You Out!

When you have a dog, you have to walk it and take it out on a regular basis. That means that you need to make sure that you are getting exercise but that you are also interacting with people on a regular basis. When you are out and about you cannot help but be more happy and healthy in every way.

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9 Steps On How to Break Up Dogs Who Are Fighting In Your Household

2 Dogs Playing BlogWhen you have a house with dogs, sometimes this means that they are going to fight. It is your job to make sure that you are able to keep them from fighting or getting into a situation that will escalate quickly. Pets are like our children and that means that like them, we have to gently guide them not to poop on the carpet and fight from time to time. Here are some steps that will help you keep your dogs from fighting.

  1. Remember to Trust Your Instincts! This means that you want to make sure when you see things begin to escalate that you are able to stop things before they continue to get out of hand. When you do this you will be able to see before a fight is about to start. You will be able to look at their body language and you will see how things are going with them. You will notice that you are able to stop this behavior before anything else begins.


  1. Make Sure That You Keep Your Cool! It is important to realize that you have a job to do and that means that you need to be completely cool and ensure that you are ready for whatever may ensue. You cannot do this if you are not focusing on the right things at the right time.


  1. Do Not Scream At the Dogs! This is a waste of time and it will not help you. You need to make sure that you are focused on how to break them up. The dogs will not listen to you and that means that you are going to just waste your energy in something that is fruitless.


  1. You Want to Break Up the Dogs Without Getting Hurt! It is very important to realize that you need to be very careful as well because it is completely possible to get hurt if you are not paying attention to what you are doing and that means you need to be safe.


  1. Get a leash! This will allow you to get control over one of the dogs quickly.


  1. Dogs will be focused on one another which mean that you will have enough time to go behind the dog and clip the leash onto the collar; this requires that the dog has a collar.


  1. After you do this, you will want to drag the dog to something that you can hook the leash to; when you do this you are creating a circle of separation between the two dogs.


  1. You want to make sure that you go behind the back legs of the second dog and pull it away as well so that you will be able to protect yourself as well as pull back the other dog.


  1. Then pull one of the dogs into a pen so that the two are separated.


When two dogs are fighting, it is very important for you to realize that you can end up in the middle of the fight if you are not careful and you do not know what to do. What that means for you is that it is mission critical that you take the utmost care to make sure that you are able to break up the fight without ending up in the center of the fight. That can be very challenging to do. One of the main reasons that you want to make sure that your dog is wearing a collar is so that you can hook a leash to it in a situation like this as it is the only way that it is possible to make sure that you are able to break up the fight and know that the pets are going to behave properly. It is not uncommon for a person who is trying to break up a fight to instead end up in the middle of it and have to deal with some bites and wounds. Remember when you see a fight to always act quickly and remember that as much as dogs are our best friends, they are not people. That means that we need to treat dogs as though they are smart animals but animals nonetheless. Without this sort of immediate action, there will be problems because you will end up in the middle of a fight. After this is over as well it is important to look back at the dog and see if he or she may need some training.

How to Travel With a Pet in an Airplane

Travel-Pet-200x300Traveling with a cat or dog can be a real challenge.  Some airlines until recently, unless an animal was a service animal, would insist that the cat or the dog be put into the cargo hold. What that meant though was that pets were literally relegated in spaces like they were suitcases, and they were not attended to for the entire plane ride.

Animals would be left in hot or cold conditions without food or water and would be there until the plane arrived at the destination. This was traumatic for many pets that were unable to feel any sense of direction or know when they would arrive at their destination. Since and animal cannot talk, many of them would whimper and cry, not knowing their destination, or knowing if their owner had abandoned him or her. When you listen to the noises that children make, let alone animals when a plane is landing, it is very evident that they are terrified. There is a whole new level of G force as well as shock that the body is a part of in flight. In addition to this, there is also a whole new level of pressure that is in the ears of the pets, like babies as well. In addition to this, when you consider that a dog or a cat can also hear 4-5 better than a human, imagine all of the terrifying noises that they also must be hearing coming from the plane.

When you think about a cat or dog also being loaded into the cargo hold, you also have to think about the confusion of the turn style for the pet as well as the handling of their crate by people that they do not know. Many cats and dogs will cower in their pet holder based on the fact that they cannot stand the noise. When it comes to cats and dogs being in this position, as a pet owner with a furry member of your family that must mean that your heart breaks for them, the cargo hold is not appropriate.

What About Service Animals?

This is a title that has become much abused in recent years by pet owners. Many pet owners will a service vest online for their dog and then put it on them so that they have the ability to bring the cat or the dog into the main cabin of the plane. The real problem with this is that there are many people who have medical or psychological needs who are being discriminated against now because of the people out there who are insisting that their animal is a service animal. This lack of attention on behalf of pet owners has led to many bans of service animals on planes and in other locations.

What About the Fair Treatment of Animals?

You will be thankful to know that there has been a change in the rules of most airlines these days. Instead of thinking that it is OK to treat pets this way, now they are being brought on board to airlines and stowed if they are small in a carry on under the seat in front of the traveler. This can still mean that large animals have to travel in the cargo hold sometimes. However, it also means that they are able to be checked on at all times by the staff of the airline and that their needs of food and water are now being accommodated. It is hard to imagine that in 2015, it is possible that animals were being treated in such a manner.

Animals not having the ability to speak depend on us to be their voices and to ensure that they are safe and cared for in every sense of the word. That also means standing up to the airlines and ensuring that they know that it is not feasible or OK to treat pets like luggage. They are after all members of our family and deserve to be with us for our entire lives. Consider how you would feel if you were locked in a little crate and relegated to a small area in the bottom of a plane. Chances are you would not be too happy about it. Now if you take away your ability to speak as well as your ability to completely understand what is going on, you have the same level of comprehension that a pet would have.  If there are any airlines out there that are not supporting the pets inside the main cabin, it is time for a change!  What are your thoughts or experiences regarding air travel?

How to walk your Shih Tzu

maltheser shi tzu portraitWe love these little dogs with their plumy tails, their big brown eyes and the haughty way they strut, saying, “I know you’re looking at me.  Because I’m GORGEOUS!”

Shih Tzus are happy, lively dogs who adore being with people. Add their compact size into the mix and you can see why they are so popular.

The challenge with walking these small dogs is that they need exercise to keep themselves trim and healthy but as they have little paws, they do overtire easily. Also, if you exercise in busy places, your pet may worry about being stepped on.

What we recommend is that you focus on packing in the fun in a small time frame.

Adult Shih Tzus need 15 to 20 minutes of exercise twice a day, with puppies needing 10 to 15 minutes.  Regardless of age, they love going for walks but they also adore playing fetch.

So what we suggest is this: to accommodate little paws, find a dog friendly park.  If it’s nearby, then do walk your pet there.  However, if the street is busy or it’s more than a two minute walk, then carry your pet to the park.

When you get there, enjoy a short walk where you take in interesting bushes, trees and get your business over with in comfort. Then take out a ball and play fetch.

Keep an eye on your pet. When you see panting, or a slow down in running and bouncing, spend a minute or so with a cooling off walk and then go home for a bowl of water and a nap.

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Dog Sitter Pro Pips: Good indoor games for poodles

Halloween with TylerPoodles were originally bred to fetch game from water and too as carriage dogs. This means that apart from being good looking, they are also super smart.

If you have a bored poodle, an indoor treasure hunt may be just the thing.

Treasure hunts are terrific because they appeal to your pet’s strong points: scenting and searching.

First, teach your dog the name of his best toy.  Do this by picking up the toy and saying the name over and over again.  When your pet nudges it with his or her nose, repeat the name and praise.

When your pet understands what the toy is called, ask him to sit.  Then “hide” the toy in the room in plain view and ask the dog to fetch.

Tip: don’t worry if you haven’t tried fetch yet!  Put it two steps away and your pet will fetch the toy and bring it back to show off instinctively.  Encourage this with praise and keep increasing the fetch distance.

When this part becomes routine, start hiding the toy out of sight – like behind the sofa.  Make sure your pet can see what you are doing.  Say, “Fetch!” and act super surprised when your clever pet gets the toy.

Now you have the concept of looking for hidden things, start playing sneaky by pretending to put the toy behind the sofa but actually putting it on the windowsill.

Eventually you should be able to teach your dog to tell apart several toys, and to hide them all over the house.

Try it!  Treasure hunting is fun – for you and your pet!