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Moving House with a Pet Dog. Top Tips for a Stressless Day

Moving House with a Dog

Moving house is an exciting time, busy, chaotic, stressful. If you have a dog you have even more to consider. Our dogs are more than pets. It’s such a cliché to say they are part of the family but, its true. We need to consider dogs and their needs when moving.

Keep Cool
Dogs are intuitive animals. They know when you’re happy, sad and stressed. Moving house doesn’t need to be the stress fest that most would have you believe. Keep your cool or the dog will be wound up and sense an upcoming disruption. If you’re relaxed through the move, the pooch will be too.

Moving Day
It might be a good idea to ask someone to look after your dog to make sure he’s out of the way. The doors are likely to be left open and you don’t want him running off. If you are going to keep Rover with you then make sure he is comforted and reassured throughout the day. He may panic when he sees all his comforts being taken away from him. Make sure he still has his bowl and treats nearby, his favourite toy and blanket so he still has that feeling of familiarity and safety.

Name Tags
As soon as you start moving change the tags on your dog’s collar, adding your new address etc. so if they run off on arrival at the new home, he should be found and returned to you. Fuss your dog telling him what a ‘Good Boy’… or girl he/she is when you’re putting the new tag on so he/she can join in the excitement of all the new things going on for the family that day.

Lock Down
One of the concerns when you move to a new home with your beloved canine, is that they will find a way out of the new garden. Check the place out when you first get there and before you let the pooch loose outside, check there isn’t a hole in the fence behind the shed or room under the gate.

New House, Old Bed
When you choose a spot for your dog’s bed, be sure to put bedding and toys with the scent of the old house in this spot so he still has that familiarity and comfort.

Patience and Piddling
If you’re moving house with a younger dog or puppy you may need to go back to the beginning of house training all over again, but with older dogs there may be a few small accidents, so you may find yourself having to clean up a few harmless puddles. Be patient.

When you take your dog out for their first walk at his new home, give him time to adjust and explore the new place. Imagine how many new and exciting smells there are for him. Keep him on his lead to begin with. Keep in mind that your new home isn’t only new to you, but to your dog too! The sun may rise at different times, the postman may come earlier or later than at your old home and the cars may be nearer and therefore noisier. Luckily, dogs are resilient and they will adjust so just bear with him.

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Dog Obedience, Teaching Your Pet Dog Basic Commands

Teach Your Dog Obedience and Commands

Here are the basics commands dogs should be taught for dog obedience
Walking on leash

How to teach.

1. Be consistent.
Use the same cue for the same command each time. If you use “come” one week, “come here” the next, and “come here, girl” after that, you will have one confused dog.

2. Start simple and slowly make it harder.
You want to go step-by-step and give your dog lots of practice to get it right. Start with an easy command in a place with no distractions. When your dog is responding consistently, add what trainers call the three D’s: distance, duration, and distractions. Stand a step away from your dog, then two; ask for a one-second stay, then a two-second stay; add a bouncing ball, some treats scattered about.
Wait until your dog has mastered the current challenge before adding a new one. If she fluffs it, just take away one of the challenges and try again, going more slowly this time.

3. Don’t repeat the command.
It’s easy to do, but it teaches your dog that she doesn’t need to respond promptly to the first command.

4. Use food treats as rewards.
There are lots of methods for training, but try using food treats, both as a lure to get your dog where you want her to go and as a reward for obeying. If your dog isn’t that interested in food, try offering verbal praise and no treat, a favourite toy, or a physical reward such as a good behind-the-ears scratch or tummy rub.

5. Time it right.
The praise and reward need to come immediately after the dog does what you want if she’s going to make the connection.

6. Make rewards sporadic, then phase out.
Dogs are motivated by unpredictable rewards. Once your dog gets the idea of what you’re asking her to do, dish out treats only for the best responses–the quickest sit. Then vary the type, amount, and frequency of the reward.

7. Keep it short and sweet.
Training will be most effective if it’s fun and you stop before either of you gets bored. Keep the mood upbeat, not serious, and make the sessions short. Five or ten minutes is plenty to start with, or you can do many mini-training sessions throughout the day, especially if you have a puppy–like kids, they have shorter attention spans.

8. Mix up people and places.
If you want your dog to obey your child, your partner, etc. and to be as bidable in the kitchen as she is in the yard, practice having different people give commands in different areas.

9. Keep your cool.
Yelling, hitting, or jerking your dog around by a leash won’t teach her how to sit or come on request. It will teach her that you’re scary and unpredictable, and that training’s no fun. If you feel your fuse burning short, just end the session and try again later. Fair, calm, consistent training is the best way to get your dog to obey and respect you.  Dog obedience is not only for the good of the dog.

10. Once your dog knows a few commands, practice “Nothing in life is free.”
Always ask your dog to obey a command before you give her a treat, a toy, a meal, a game or walk, a tummy rub, or anything she wants. If she ignores the command, put down the food bowl, the leash, or whatever she’s hoping for, and try again a minute or two later. This helps reinforce your role as the leader of the pack.

11. Keep practicing.
Don’t expect that once your dog has learned something, she’s learned it for life. She can lose her new skills without regular practice.

Bottom line: Basic commands not only teach helpful skills, they reinforce your role as your dog’s leader. Using treats to lure your dog into the correct position or place, and then to reward her for obeying, is one of the easiest and most dog-friendly methods.

Dog obedience benefits everyone.

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Free Pet Products to Test & Review also Domestic Goods

Review free pet products with Home Tester Club

Join the Home Tester Club and get the chance to be mailed with free pet products to try at home for free. Just test them on your pet and send in your honest opinions online. You can also find handy reviews of other popular pet food brands in the pet owner community.

The site also lets you test out domestic products. There are new products on our supermarket shelves each day. Each month, with your input, we select some of them to feature.

Here is one persons experience. is a website which provides ratings and reviews on the newly launched products in the market by the end users like me, and apart from this they are the largest online community of shoppers for testing new products for sharing unbiased product feedback. She said that once you are a registered member, you can get a chance to test FREE product samples for rating and reviewing the items.
Is it real? Yes. Thanks HomeTesterClub for providing me with new product samples to try to give an honest review on these consumables. It took a while for my registration to come through but well worth the wait.

Please note that are not members and so have never used the site.





White Peacocks do Exist, a Splendour to Behold, Read on.

White Peacocks are more common than you might think.

The Indian blue peacock is known for the male’s impressive tail of brilliant colours. Peacock refers to the male, while the females are peahens. Peafowl originated in and around India and Ceylon but when the British Empire conquered India, they spread peafowl all over Europe and the USA.

White Peacocks Aren’t Albino
White peacocks are not albinos. Albino creatures have a complete lack of colour and red or pink eyes. White peafowl have blue eyes. The white colour appears in other domestically bred peafowl but in different quantities. Chicks are born yellow and become white as they mature, according to the Peafowl Varieties Database.

A Variety of White
A wide variety of colour patterns have appeared in peafowl bred in captivity. The include the white; the pied white, and the usual Indian blue colours; the blackshoulder pied, where the colouration is normal except for white under parts, wings and a spot under the chin, and the blackshoulder peahen, which is white sprinkled with black spots.

Speculation and Theory
According to United Peafowl Association Knowledge Base, the first colour variation was the blackshoulder, which appeared in 1830. When the white first appeared is not known. White, pied and blackshoulder colour patterns of Indian blues are not often found in the wild. Any patches of white would make the bird more visible to predators. The theory is that in the safety of being in captivity, their recessive colouration genes have emerged.

Temperament and Personality
White peafowl act just as unpredictably as their coloured peafowl brethren. They are not usually tame birds, although exceptional individuals handled with care all of their lives may be more tame or at least tolerant. They will try to escape from pens, peck at or kick anyone that tries to touch them. Male peacocks of any colour pattern have an extremely loud braying call that can be heard for miles.

When white peacocks are bred to white peahens, all of their chicks will be white. White peafowl also contain the genes for blackshoulder and pied colour patterns. If mated to different coloured birds the result will be a wide variety of colours in the chicks. Peacocks breed with up to five peahens.

Life Expectancy
Peafowl generally live up to 20 years in the wild, whereas in captivity, there have been peafowl reported to have lived up to 50. Peahens usually lay about six eggs, incubating them for nearly a month before they hatch. Chicks are able to fly for short distances only three days after they are hatched.

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Healthy Cats: Give Your Cat the Food of Love They Need

Healthy cats need the correct food.

Cats are known as an obligate carnivore. They needs meat and fish, flesh and bone. Cats are NOT vegetarian, It cannot be stressed enough. Your cat needs meat, and feeding her anything else is almost animal cruelty.

If a cats does not get the majority of their nutrition from meat and fish they are going to suffer some serious health problems. The most crucial element is taurine, an amino acid essential to the health of your cat’s heart and eyes, and its immune system. It cannot be synthesised by the body so must be taken in through food, and the highest concentrations of taurine are found in meat and fish. Lack of taurine has been found to have major implications for cat health that it is supplemented in all cat food. Cats deficient in taurine can suffer from heart failure, irreversible blindness from retinal degeneration, fur loss and tooth decay.
Tests have shown that a human vegan will take little or no taurine into their diet, whereas a meat and fish eater can ingest many grammes per day. But simply adding a taurine supplement to a cat’s vegetarian food doesn’t always work. The cat may well not take to the supplement or do very badly on it, plus you still won’t be giving them everything they need nutritionally.

So what should I feed my cat?

There are numerous household and garden products we take for granted – but they can kill cats!!
In The Home

Lilies: are lethal to cats and will cause kidney failure. Ingesting even a small amount can be fatal in hours.
Air fresheners: Can cause skin irritation, depression and breathing difficulties in pets.
Cleaning products: Be especially careful with what you put on the floors as cats lick their paws.
Flea treatment for dogs: This is extremely important. Dog flea treatments usually contain permethrin, which could be fatal to cats.
Antifreeze: Cats love the smell, but can seriously harm them. Don’t put it in your garden pond in winter.
Potpourri and cigarette smoke: Should be avoided.

In the garden
Plants: Azaleas, oleanders and yew leaves.
Slug pellets: Use Slug Gone ( sheep wool pellets. They’re organic, smell nice, and are non-poisonous and they work.
Pesticides and weedkillers: Always check the label for pet-friendly products.
Salting paths: Salt in cold weather can cause burns to sensitive paw pads.

What healthy cats need isn’t much different to us, except for the meat intake which they must have. They don’t need added salt and sugar, added cereal content or added colours. BUT this is what a lot of supermarket cat food contains. Some people say cats should only be given dry food because it helps keep their teeth clean. NO. After one cat had  some urinary tract infections a vet recommended to feed it wet food only as cats are prone to dehydration. As for teeth, cats would be better off in the garden chewing on a meaty bone or having a seaweed supplement added to their food (assuming their not suffering with hyperthyroidism – a hormonal glandular disorder mostly found in older cats – where the iodine content should be avoided).

Healthy cats are loving cats.