Hand Shy, Head Shy – 7 Steps to Help Your Dog Overcome This Behavior

Many dogs, most often puppies that have not been handled by the breeder, or animals that have been abused or rescued from shelters, get scared out of hand. This is especially true of a hand going to your face or going over your head. Unfortunately, they can't tell you what negative experience they had with human hands. Many perceive this action as a threat. Usually some form of abuse, lack of...

How to train your puggle

Many people think that it is not a good idea to put a Puggle out for crate training. They think that it is not right to put a family member in such training. One thing to keep in mind is that a Puggle is not a child and therefore requires a crate to help simulate a 'den' atmosphere that a dog might use in the wild. Dogs like to have their own place where they feel safe and also a comfortable...

How to stick to a budget the fun way

A budget is based on income and expenses and many times we have a very tight budget, with almost no room for maneuver. The easiest way to stick to a budget is to make it fun. Here's a simple and fun game to help you stick to your budget. The Zero Dollar Day game is a way to become financially conscious as we slowly shift our mindset to one that finds personal finance and budgeting fun and...

A head for communication – Interpreting a dog’s mouth

It is generally accepted fact that dogs, unless trained or prompted by an owner, do not communicate through words. Instead, in an effort to establish their needs, they employ quite a few subtle gestures and some that are quite obvious. Humans, however, can often gloss over the subtlety and instead insert their own subtext based on their desires, ignoring the instinctive urges of a canine...

Tips for an exquisite oenological experience

People need to stop thinking of drinking wine as a quick action to get alcohol into the body and start thinking of it as a complete experience. They must realize that they must engage 3 of their 5 senses. They have to use their sense of smell, sight and lastly taste. This will make them realize that there is much more to appreciate in wine than they have been until now. People already know that...

Forced exercise of your puppy or dog can cause serious injury and permanent damage.

How often have you heard, "We have the puppy or the dog, to go for a run with me or my..." Many exercise enthusiasts would love to exercise with their pet. They imagine keeping fit not to mention sharing adventures and exploring new horizons together. Little do they realize that forced exercise would be causing serious lifelong damage and pain to their pet.Before you inadvertently cause serious...

An analysis of Wellness cat food

Few cat food brands are as well known and balanced as Wellness cat food. As the name of the brand suggests, the cat will be in very good health if you feed it this brand of food in the right way and fashion. Although it's easy enough for you to feed your cat the normal food you eat yourself, it really won't be the best thing to do for the cat. This is because if the cat is not getting the...

Dogs – Tips on what you need to know when choosing your family dog

There are several questions you should ask yourself and your partner or spouse before embarking on the purchase of a family dog. People often jump into dog ownership without realizing the responsibility involved. And not all dogs are the same. So it's crucial that you weigh all the information and make an informed decision, and not just because "it's so cute." Too many dogs end up in animal...

The Love, Training, Obedience and Care of Your Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever, with its intelligence and eager-to-please attitude, is one of the most popular breeds in the United States according to AKC registration statistics. The working ability that has made the Golden Retriever such a useful hunting companion also makes it an ideal guide, assistance, and search and rescue dog. Golden colored fur is the hallmark of this versatile breed and can range...

Chihuahuas – Urban legends and myths about the breed

Urban legends are also known as folklore, often these tales are made up by people from a past time period who have tried to offer explanations about the unexplained. Some of these mythical tales and stories still exist and persist, even today. There are several stories surrounding the different breeds of dogs, including Chihuahuas. Chihuahuas Cure Asthma and Allergies: One such legend about...