Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Training my new puppy with needed skills

I have bought a new puppy.  How do I socialize the puppy so it will interact with the family, and public, in a responsible manner?  Depending on how old the puppy is you, you can find a puppy school, if young, or go to an obedience school, if older.  A puppy school is usually found at a veterinarian office.  This sets up a relationship with the Vet, provided you will use this Vet for the wellbeing of your puppy.  The puppy school consists of a group of owners and puppies to teach the new puppies different commands i.e. sit stay come etc.  You want a class with a small number of puppies so that you can do more one on one time with the instructors.  Also, look to see if the school has one instructor and a couple of instructor’s aides. If the puppy is older you can find an obedience school to enroll your puppy.  If going to an obedience school remember you need to enroll yourself for the class with your puppy.  You should also work with your dog, at home, to reinforce what the puppies have learned in class.
Once the pet has graduated from school, you still need to reinforce the training all the time.  Make sure you tell all of your family members that they need not to overwhelm your pet.  Let them eat in private and do not crowd them.  Family members should spend quality time with the pets.  Make sure to walk them to get exercise.  That is a good method to socialize them with other dogs in the neighbor as well as other humans. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Millions feed our feathery friends

There seems to be hundreds of people that feel the need to help our feather friends by putting feeders in the trees and bushes.  This is to feed both wild birds and domestic birds.  You might ask the question why? Well they do it to bring beauty and song into their lives for relaxation and education.  There are many different feeds that you can purchase.  You can also make many different feeds from all types of material.  Here are some of the feeders you can buy: suet, fruit, liquid, platform, free standing, tube, platform and ground.
Cardinals eat a variety of wild and "feeder" seeds, including sunflower, safflower and most other seeds in basic wild bird seed mixes. In warm seasons they also eat insects and worms and feed their babies mainly an insectivore diet.
The adult cardinal food consists of insects, spiders, wild fruits, berries, and weed seeds. In winter, they eat more seeds and berries since insects are few. Cardinals prefer to perch while eating at bird feeders, so the ideal bird feeder would be is a hopper type.
Cardinals also enjoy ground feeding.   The best wild bird food for cardinals include black oil sunflower, buckwheat, black and gray stripe sunflower, and safflower seeds.  Cardinals usually are the first birds to feed in the morning and the last to feed at night.
There are many species of birds throughout the states and so many regions within each state, that you will have a good opportunity to add bird feeders to your patio or garden any time of the year

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Things to think about when bringing home a new kitty/cat

One of the items is food.  If you bring in a kitten rather then an adult cat, the food is different.  There are ingredients that may be bad for the kitten versus an adult cat.  Kittens need vitamins and balance between fat and protein for the proper development.
Ok so you have food and water for the new cat/kitten and they are settling into a routine that makes you and your kids happy.  But guess, what accidents will happen.  Also male cats urinate to mark their territory.  The cats/kittens may make a mess because they be nervous [O1] or stressed.  Get a good carpet cleaner and stain remover.[O2] 
The carpets are clean and stain free (ha,ha) let keep the pets happy.  Do you want to spend quality time with them?  Then purchase some toys to entertain them.  This also is a way to give them exercise and objects to play with that are not harmful to them.  Make for good bonding time while playing with pets  
Next let’s look at the environment of the animals.  If you are bringing in a kitten and already have adult animals that go outside,  you need to be prepared to fight disease that may be brought into the house from the adult animals.  The kittens may not have the antibodies to fight off the diseases on their own.
Lastly, the kitten will need a place to call their own.  They are semi social and like to hide when over stimulated. You need to have a bed for them to sleep in so get one with a cover.  I know from experience that they will hide in the closet or under the bed. 
Check out  There you will find toys, beds, strollers & furniture, etc. for you cat.
Good luck with the new pet and have fun


Monday, October 9, 2017

Paw Protection
Foot Protection is very important for your pets. Power Paws is the only foot protection solution available in 13 sizes across two different foot shapes. This ensures a great fit for almost all dogs from 6 pounds to 240 pounds. The Advanced version of socks is the only product that I know of that is available to offer a reinforced toe this is useful for dogs with long nails, or those that might involve tapping a toe or dragging a foot. There is also a Power Paws Reinforced Foot version that is  a ruggedized whole foot area. Power Paws is an outdoor solution for protecting the paws from all of the different elements. In the hot summer and early fall they protect paws from blistering pavement and other hot surfaces. In the cold winter, spray Power Paws with a waterproofing solution to keep the paws warm and dry and to protect them from the snow, ice, and salt.  During the spring and fall allergies, Power Paws are the only non-drug answer to dust, dirt, grass, and pollen issues. They also will work to help keep any foot wounds clean while providing air flow for healing. 

Which foot shape do I need? Most dogs will wear Power Paws, but if the pad group on the bottom of the paw is far longer than it is wide choose the Greyhound Edition. More breeds than Greyhounds and Poodles can have hare feet
formally called "hare foot". And some dogs, especially the working and herding breeds, may have very different front and back paws.

Why would I choose either the Power Paws Advanced or Power Paws Reinforced Foot? The Advanced Power Paws (with an armored toe) will work well for most dogs. Dogs that do rugged activities outdoors such as camping, hiking, or hunting and those that walk on abrasive surfaces such as sand or pool decks will benefit from the more durable Reinforced Foot product.

How do I know what size to get? The weight and breed guides are a good way to determine size, but they are based on averages. The foot print guide is another check on the size. Unfortunately, some breeds don't follow the guide, and others have different sized and/or shaped front and rear paws. Despite all this, these guides are generally accurate for the majority of dogs. Know that the socks look very small so they can stretch to become the size of the foot, and then the elastic can hold it in place. A good fit is snug, but you can still put a finger in the sock. It will stay in place while playing, walking, or climbing stairs. The sock will be too small if you can’t get it on your dog’s foot. The sock will be too large if it falls off the paw or if it sags.

Suggested breeds depending on their weight and pad dimensions

Extra Extra Small (XXS) Advanced:
·  Weight: less than 12 lbs.
·  Foot Pad Width: 1.25" - 1.38"
·  Foot Pad Length: 1.25" - 1.38"
·  Typical breeds: Chihuahua, Maltese, MinPin
Extra Small (XS) Advanced:
·  Weight: 12 - 25 lbs
·  Foot Pad Width: 1.38" - 1.75"
·  Foot Pad Length: 1.38" x 1.75"
·  Typical breeds: Yorkie, Silkie, small Terriers
Extra Large (XL) Advanced:
·  Weight: 95 - 130 lbs
·  Foot Pad Width: 2.75" - 3.125"
·  Foot Pad Length: 2.75" - 3.125"
·  Typical breeds: Shepherds, Rottweiler, Basset hounds
Extra Extra Large (XXL) Advanced:
·  Weight: 130 - 180 lbs
·  Foot Pad Width: 3.125" - 3.5"
·  Foot Pad Length: 3.125" - 3.5"
·  Typical breeds: Danes, Mastiffs, St. Bernards
Extra Extra Extra Large (XXXL) Advanced:
·  Weight: over 180 lbs
·  Foot Pad Width: 3.5" - 3.88"
·  Foot Pad Length: 3.5" - 3.88"

·  Typical breeds: Wolfhounds, Largest of Giant Breeds

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Life jackets and vest for your Dogs
Summer has started, and you will be taking your puppies out on the water , into a river or lake to swim.  They will also use your home pool to swim.  You need to think about water safety for you dog. If you have ever questioned if a life jacket is really a necessity for your dog, the answer is a resounding YES. Unfortunately thousands of dogs drown each year in home swimming pools accordingly to PET PLACE COM.  This number does not reflect the number of drowning accidents in rivers, lakes and oceans. Life jackets for dogs are imperative, no matter how good a swimmer you think your pet is.

Countless people believe all dogs are good swimmers, but that is not essentially true. While some breeds are better swimmers than others, there are some breeds like Bulldogs and other dogs with short heads, such as Pugs and Boston Terriers that do not do as well in water. Because they have heavy heads and chests, they fatigue easily and could sink to the bottom. For the mentioned breeds and others that are not good swimmers, it is important to get them a proper fitting life jacket.
 No matter if your dog is a great swimmer or not, they should wear a life jacket for the same reason people do when they are in open water or their swimming pools. Dogs are like us, they cannot swim all day. Choking on water or getting tired are really dangers to a dog in water, so give your pets the additional security of wearing a life jacket or vest that will keep them from drowning.  

A doggie life vest also helps to make your dog more visible in open water. Most life vests have reflective tape and you should get the life jacket or vest with the most reflective area that you can.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Making your pet comfortable and healthy in the heat of summer

I know it is hard to believe that the summer heat is just around the corner when the temperature outside is still in the forties.  But in a couple of weeks, the sun will be out and the heat and humidity will be rising. Most animals like to be outside to play and run no matter the temperature.  Now is the time to be thinking about your pets because it is up to you to make sure your pet is safe and cool.  You know they wear a fur coat all the time and in all types of weather, so when the temperature rises so does the temperature of your pet.  They do not have sweat glands like humans but loose heat by panting and through their foot pads. 
Here are some ways to help your pets cool off in the heat of summer.

A.   Clean, Cool Water
It is important that you have clean, cool water available for your pets all times. When the temperature rises this is even more essential. Make sure the water dish is in a shady spot and change the water often. To keep fresh water available outdoors all the time, think about installing a system that hooks up to a faucet. These systems are designed to provide water as needed and are usually triggered by motion or a specific action.
In addition to clean, fresh water, you can give your dog some delicious cool treats like frosty paws or look on the internet for recipes that you can make your own home made treats. 
B.    Shelter from the Sun
Being in the sun for a long period of time can lead to heat exhaustion and may cause sunburn.
The best thing for you to do is to offer shelter. Shade from trees is nice, but not perfect.  At luvforpets there are a number of beds and cooling pads to help make your pets life more comfortable in the heat by giving them shelter.  These items work for your pets either inside the house or outside the house.  Just to name a few of the items you can find on our web site: cooling pads, pet cots with a canopy , to a cooler that has a pump to pump cold water through to a comfortable cushioned pad
A dog house is better to provide the pet with shade. Make sure it is large enough and well-ventilated. Maybe install a fan to help cool things down. Try to place the shelter in a shady area to help keep it extra-cool. Of course, the ideal shelter is your home unless your garage is very hot. If your garage is cooler then the outside install a doggie door to allow indoor access.  You can also install a doggie door to the inside so your pets can enjoy the air conditioning with you
C.    Dog Pools for Cooling
If your pet loves the water, then a large tub or kiddie pool (not an inflatable pool) could be a way to give your dog some cooling. You can find tubs or pools at most big box stores or your neighbor hardware stores. Also, keep the pool in a shady spot and change the water frequently. Do not leave water in the pool after you are finish with it, as it may attract mosquitos.

There are other products that are designed to cool your pet. Some work better than others.  If you decide to try one of these products, just remember that nothing substitutes for fresh water and shade. No dog should go for long without plenty of both.
Remember that dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their pads, so cool air is the best way to prevent overheating. No matter what you do to keep your pet cool, check on them frequently to make sure they are alright. Be sure to contact your vet immediately if you notice signs of heat stroke from the Spruce web site

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pet Friendly Vacations


Summer time is fast approaching.  Now is the time to start thinking about where you want to go on vacation and make the reservations.  In reality it may be too late to be able to get the places you really want to go.  One of the major things you need to look at, if you have pets, is where are the pet friendly resorts.  More and more families have pets, due to the children moving out on their own because of college and/or work.   Owners who allow renters are looking to be helpful to the vacationer with pets by allowing pets to stay on their property.  The property owners have invested a considerable amount of time and money, especially when they are providing them as vacation rentals.  Some owners  allow pets in the property with the understanding that they will not be left to themselves and/or the pet owner will be with them at all times and put in a cage at night to sleep.  The hardest request is to not allow the pet on the furniture especially the bed.   Most of the rules are followed but then there are the pet’s owners that do not follow the rules and this messes it up for everyone.  Now what happens?  The home owner must spend more ti me andmoney having the cleaning company vacuuming and washing everything in the unit.  Because of the extended time for cleaning the unit may not be available for the next renter.  If you are planning a vacation use a web site that lets you filter your searches with the words “pet friendly

Just some friendly comments to the renters about your pets:
If your pet must accompany you on the vacation trip, ask the question – is your space pet friendly.  They may say yes and then tell you there is a nightly fee for the pet.  They may also tell you the there is an extra cleaning fee.
Take special attention to keep your pets off the furniture, especially the bed
Ask if there is broom or vacuum available so you can pick up the hair daily.  See if they have extra bags for the vacuum so you can empty the vacuum before you leave.  Ask about extra bags for the trash so you can remove the trash bags too.  The unit owners may have allergies to pets.
And never leave your pet in the unit by themselves as they may have an anxiety attack and cause damage to the unit
By respecting what the unit owners have asked of you hopefully more units being opened to “Pet Friendly”.
One more thing, as always, clean up after your pet when they leave a “deposit” on the lawn (or elsewhere).

By following these simple rules hopefully the unit owners will allow you to return next year for a happy vacation with your pet