If you are considering adopting a cat or a dog, you may be concerned about the bonding process between owner and pet. Since much of your pet’s behavior and her dynamic with you is going to depend on the bonds you form together, it is crucial to set the right stage early on in your relationship. There are slight differences between how dogs and cats acclimate to their surroundings and owners, but many of the basic principles are universal.
Before you adopt
The bonding process is facilitated by responsible, informed ownership. Know what you are getting yourself into and prepare your home and life for your new obligations. Do some self-assessments about your reason for adopting the pet. Is this the right time? Do you have a vacation scheduled within the next six months? Sometimes the decision to adopt a pet is done at the spur of the moment, when a child might see a cute puppy or cat at the adoption drive at the local pet supply store. If your children are asking for a pet, make sure that they understand the obligations of ownership. Some adoption clinics require children to sign a care contract, and while it is unenforceable, it is not meaningless. If children understand that kittens turn into cats with litter boxes and furballs, and that the first few months of training a puppy will require cleaning up messes and chewed sneakers, then they would be less likely to dive into the responsibility.
When considering whether you and your family are up to the task of caring for an animal, make sure your residence works for a pet. Is there a fenced-in yard for your dog? If not, you could consider installing an electric fence. According to HomeAdvisor, it costs an average of $1,169 nationally to add an electric fence. Do you have an area for keeping the cat’s litter box? This is also the time for you to pet-proof your home and prepare yourself for pet ownership. Dogs and cats can get into anything, especially when they are young and in a new environment. Make sure access to anything dangerous is restricted. Certain foods and plants are poisonous, such as chocolate for dogs and poinsettias for cats, and onions are equally poisonous for dogs and cats.
Also keep in mind the supplies you’ll have to purchase and the arrangements you will have to make for your new pet. Pet food, pet beds, collars, toys, treats, veterinary care, licensing, and obedience training are expenses that add up quickly.
After you adopt, bond
If you did your self-assessment and decided to take the plunge into pet ownership, now is the time to begin your bonding experience with your pet. Bonding is important as it develops trust and hierarchy. A cat doesn’t care so much about who is in charge; they really just want to know who is going to feed them. But a dog needs to have an alpha. If you do not assert your leadership with a dog during the bonding period, you risk owning a dog who thinks he is the alpha. This results in a dog that is near-impossible to train.
Your cat’s bonding is going to be more about her comfort level with her surroundings. During the first 30 days, give her space. Make sure she has a clean litter box, a feeding area, and places to hide.
The benefits of bonding with a companion animal aren’t limited to the welfare of the pet. Bonding is a positive experience for owners, too. Pet ownership has been shown to reduce stress and depression, and even plays a role in reducing physical pain and discomfort. These benefits also help people who are going through addiction recovery, who often have underlying pain management concerns that precipitated their addictions.
Both cats and dogs are wonderful additions to any family. They require work, but the efforts are rewarding in the love and companionship your family will enjoy.
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You love your dog, and think of your pet as part of the family. However, you also live around other people, some of which may not love your dog or even like dogs in general. No matter how wonderful your dog is, you have a responsibility to make sure it does not cause any problems or inconvenience to your neighbors. Here is how to do just that.
Before anything else, you should recognize that your pet is your responsibility. While your neighbors should do their best to be understanding of the occasional barking, you need to accept that not everyone is going to love your dog as much as you do.
Some people dislike dogs, some people are allergic, some have pets or children who could be scared by your dog, and some people have a genuine phobia of dogs themselves. No one outside of your household has any obligation to take care of your pet. With that in mind, you should do everything in your power to minimize any inconvenience to your neighbors.
Install A Fence
The first thing you should do in order to be a good dog-owning neighbor is to install a fence around the perimeter of your property, or at least around the areas your dog is allowed access. This ensures your dog doesn’t run away and get lost, but it also stops your dog from wandering into your neighbors’ yards.
According to HomeAdvisor, installing a fence usually costs $1,643 - $3,861. This can seem like a steep investment, but it is simply part of the necessary costs of owning a dog. Remember, it is not your neighbor’s responsibility to protect their yard from your dog.
Scoop The Poop
Of course, this is something you should do at all times, but it is especially disrespectful to repeatedly leave your dog’s business lying around the neighborhood. More than unpleasant and disrespectful, it is illegal. This is for more than just aesthetic reasons: dog poop can carry worms and a variety of other diseases that can be harmful to humans, especially children.
Keep Your Dog Healthy
It is your responsibility as a dog owner to keep your pet healthy. This means regular check-ups for worms and ticks as well as spaying or neutering. However, this is also part of your responsibility to your neighbors and community, as an unhealthy dog can spread diseases to both humans and other animals.
Keep Barking Under Check
Barking will probably the biggest complaint you will have to deal with as a dog owner living near other people. Of course, barking is your dog’s method of communication, and no dog can be expected to be silent at all times. No reasonable neighbor should expect this. However, you should not allow your dog’s barking or howling to become a nuisance to others.
The Humane Society outlines multiple ways to train your dog to bark less, including teaching them the ‘quiet’ command and ignoring them when they are barking for attention. You should also make sure they are not barking out of boredom or lack of exercise, as this is a sign you should be spending more one-on-one time with your dog.
Keep Your Dog On A Leash
As a general rule, your dog should be on a leash when in public. You can make an exception if you are more or less alone, like an open empty field or the park early in the morning, but not in the streets around your neighborhood. Once again, even if your dog is just being friendly, some people simply do not like being approached by dogs, and you need to respect that.
As a general rule, being a conscientious dog owner is about understanding that you should never impose the inconveniences of having a dog on people who have not chosen to have one. Simply being a good dog owner will get you a long way. Keeping your dog healthy, happy, and well-trained will reduce the chances of it being a nuisance to anyone else. The only thing you have left to do is use a fence and leash to make sure your dog stays under your care, and yours alone.
Aurora believes there are no bad dogs. She created DogEtiquette.info to share her dog training tips and advice to dog owners everywhere.
Did you know that Canine Hepatitis is the "H" in DH(L)PP? Yeah... that weird shot your dog gets annually after 16 weeks of age? Now you do!
The virus spreads through blood, feces, urine, saliva, & those pesky sneezes with nasal discharge. If a health dog comes into contact with these bodily fluids from an infected dog, the virus immediately begins to replicate in the tonsils. The incubation period lasts 4-7 days, also affecting the liver & kidneys. The virus is in the Adenovirus Family & can last outside of the host for months in the right conditions. The Adenovirus that is shed through urine is most likely to last that amount of time. The symptoms include:
It is important to get your dogs checked annually & shots given ON time.
You can visit you local vets office, or even find fun local companies in your neighborhood pet shops.
Live West of the Mississippi?
Well if so, you are most likely used to Foxtails. In my neighborhood of Willow Glen located in San Jose, Ca, I never really encountered Foxtails in abundance. At least not enough that harmed my German Shepherd. I had more allergy issues than Duke ever did. Though, now living in the East Bay, it is simply redic.
Being a dog lover, sitter, & walker, I have noticed them being an annoyance all over the place! If I think they are annoying, I could only imagine being a dog.
Foxtails can get into everywhere & looking like a barbed badminton ball, they only move or, "burrow" themselves in a forward direction. They can hide under fur & bury under the skin. This can cause a drain tract which can leave the skin & blood open to infection. On top of that, they carry bacteria that can spread throughout your dogs body once in the bloodstream. If you have a fluffy dude, like Multipoo, You MUST at LEAST check their paws after a good walk. If the Foxtail gets lodged in the skin, it can move around & become almost impossible to find & remove. You must be cautious as Foxtails are notorious for getting in between paw pads & in their noses, though we'll get back to the nose thing later..
If they get in a dogs ear, it can cause pain, headaches, & your dog will most likely continuously shake their head trying to avoid the discomfort.
And the nose... lets get back to that.
I thought I had problems with my sneezing. Have you ever seen a dog with a Foxtail in their nose!? It really is an awful sight. It can cause discharge, bleeding, major pain, & it will not get out on its own. A dogs body simply cannot break down the Foxtail if it gets in their body. It is a very delicate process to get the Foxtail out of a dogs nose. If you think it is obtainable at home, there is a link from Wikihow.com on how to safely remove it. I really would go to the vet in this case. Please, please go to the vet!
Fox tails are not something to take lightly. they are harmful & abundant, especially this time of year. Please keep your pup safe & look daily.
You are a dog owner. You know you need to get your dog shots & one of them is for Leptospirosis. What is it really for, though? We are here to help explain.
Here are the useful and yet annoying facts: Leptospirosis is a spiral shaped bacteria which goes beneath the skin and infiltrates the bloodstream and can cause infection throughout the body. Essentially the vaccination is the same as a flu shot and prevents the dog from contracting the bacteria. Let me explain why this specific type of bacteria is dangerous. There are lots of types of bacteria, a lot of which aren't dangerous and can be taken care of easily. Leptospires infect the body and reproduce inside the kidneys, liver, central nervous system, eyes and even the reproductive system. Once the bacteria is inside the body is when the infection begins. Unfortunately, if this bacteria isn't treated prolonged exposure to the infection can turn fatal. This is especially true of young or very old dogs, both of which might have weaker immune systems. Long term exposure causes organ damage, which in turn results in organ breakdown and failure.
If that wasn't already scary enough, allow me to further explain why this bacteria is dangerous. This specific type of bacteria is zoonotic, which means that it can be transmitted to humans and other animals especially those who are young, old, or sick. The list of symptoms is quite extensive some of which are dangerous in themselves if they remain untreated. Here are the list of symptoms:
The easiest way for this bacteria to be contracted is similar to other bacteria, water. If you live close to farms, rural areas or marshlands it is very possible your dog, or other animals may have been exposed to this bacteria. This bacteria thrives in stagnant water, mud, marshlands, and is most common in fall when the weather changes. It doesn't just have to be skin contact. The dogs and humans can contract the bacteria by drinking the contaminated water as well. The most common form of transmission is coming into physical contact with the contaminated source. Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors or stuck in kennels are highly at risk of infection.
If you suspect your dog may have come in contact with the bacteria contact your vet immediately. Due to the difficulty of diagnosing such an illness your veterinarian will ask you an extensive list of questions. You may also be required to do a lot of tests such as blood tests, urine samples and so much more! If you have a pet that has come in contact with the bacteria make sure you schedule an appointment for yourself and anyone else who may have come in contact with that pet.
Let's lay it on the line... there are some vaccines or shots that do pretty much nothing, but this one helps multiple species. Here is the other thing, you may not always know your pet or yourself is sick at first. It could be too late before you realize one, or both of you have contracted the bacteria and then simple antibiotics may not be enough. In this case I believe it is better to prevent contracting the bacteria and not taking a risk and having to combat it later. There are so many things that can make humans and animals sick, and there is so much to worry about in this big planet of ours, do yourself a favor and eliminate one of those many things from your list. Keep your dogs, cats, etc and yourself happy and healthy. Don't let a little tiny bacteria destroy your fur family.
Credit to PetMd for helpful information regarding the bacteria.
People who know me know I could care less about sports. With that said, Steph Curry stands out to me as someone who does a lot of good, however, this specific event really upsets me. I was minding my own business and during some downtime I read Steph Curry just spent over $3,500 on a Goldendoodle. Why am I so mad? Well, let me tell you why I am mad.
He got the dog from an expensive high-end breeder in Florida! That is right... Florida. Apparently, because of his green eyes, they fell in love with the dog they named Rookie. I'm pretty sure you could find an adorable Goldendoodle from a great local Goldendoodle Rescue or even a shelter. That money could have been a great start for many rescue dog's lives. It is pretty infuriating & honestly down right frustrating to watch a major celebrity talk about supporting adopting a dog over buying one, and turn around and buy one. In my eyes, actions are much louder than words, especially when precious and innocent lives are at stake.
Check out the story here: www.tmz.com/2017/03/27/steph-curry-ayesha-adopt-dog/?adid=TMZ_Search_Results
Edited by: Katie Rooney
At Shane's Place, we know very well how much you LOVE your dog. You bring treats in for day care almost daily. You love seeing all the toys we have for our pups, & some of you wonder where the heck we get them. So, Want to know our little secret?
MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION BOXES!
Yes, you heard. They now have monthly boxes for your furry loved ones. I can hear you now, "This sounds great! Though there are tons to choose from! Which one should I choose??" Well, though we may not cover all, here is a list of our 5 Fave: Monthly box subscriptions:
Though it seems to be a big higher in price, they really seem to give you the bang for your buck, and the noms for your pooch.
At $39 for a month to month subscriber, your favorite chewer will be able to have all the things needed to NOT destroy your personal property. "Each box contains 2-3 extremely rough and tough chew toys and 3-4 delicious and nutritious treats! Including our own toys made in-house here at Bullymake!" says the website. They also have a "longevity gurantee" which is great if you are one who stresses to leave for work in fear the corner of your new soundbar will meet the end of its days far too soon. Want to check out the site? Here is the link:
Pawpack.com is super fun & customizable. You are able to set up a profile for you dog(s) & pick a plan size you are comfortable with. They choose fun customized items for your dog based on the answers in the profile you crated & ship it out around the 15th of each month. This box really made the list for what the put in the box. Their experts incude all- natural, fresh, treats with high quality innovative toys & chews. I've never heard of some of these great brands, & glad I found them here! Plus they have a 100% satisfaction gurantee. Your dog didn't like something? Let them know & you'll get something else in it's place! It's amazing! Plus, they offer FREE shipping, which is a no- brainer. Check out PAWPACK below:
Are you an untimate gamer or just plain ol' geek? We are, & have totally been in LOVE with LootPets! Each month you get a monthly themed box for you dog. You get fun exclusive items that dwell on that months theme. From Dr. Who, to the X-men, you will get some awesome gear for your dog. We are subscribers & simply love it! If you are in our day care, I can tell ya, your dog loves the stuff, too! Check our our referral link below!
Do you have a dog & a cat? Well, with PetGiftBox.com you can get a dog & a cat box within the same website. Yeah, that's right... no more shopping up & down seperate isles for far longer than anyone wants to get all the things you need for separate companions. You also get to set profiles up to get fun custom things for each individual furry friend. What is NOT to love?
Barkbox is a wonderful, easy to use website that offers, yup, a wonderful monthly subscription box. What's inside? A delightful themed monthy curation by expert dog lovers. You will get about 2 toys, 2 bags of treats, & a fun chew to keep you furry friend happy until the next box. They also have the 100% satisfaction gurantee. Your dog hates a treat, or doesn't use a toy at all? Let them know & they will send something fun to replace the item, FREE! The customer service is wonderful, too. At $21, this is really Pawtastic! You can see why this box is so "pupular," below:
Thanks for reading! We hope you found a great box that works for your pup & your budget!