All About Chinchillas

April 22nd, 2012

Chinchillas, available in a wide variety of colors, are originally from parts of South America. However, they are common household pets for many families or single individuals. The word chinchilla translates to “Little Chinta,” a name that seems quite appropriate. The chinchilla has gained so much popularity as a pet partly due to his adorable appearance. Their furry presence and large ears simply make people want to pick them up and cuddle them.

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Before you make your decision to include a chinchilla as a member of your family, take the time to consider whether this is the right pet for you. Plus, you need to consider whether you are the right owner for this type of pet. After all, cute as they are, chinchillas do have certain limitations.

Unlike dogs, you cannot take your chinchilla out for a walk around the block. Plus, they are nocturnal in that they prefer to be active during the night rather than during the day. Therefore, if you are strictly a daytime person looking for some companionship, you need to realize that your friendship with a chinchilla will be rather quiet and uneventful.

You might also want to consider the fact that chinchillas cannot roam your home without getting into mischief. Therefore, a cage and all of the activities that relate to cages such as cleaning and maintenance will certainly come into play.

Purchasing a Chinchilla

If you are certain that a chinchilla is the pet for you, purchase your chinchilla from a reputable breeder or pet store. You should conduct a brief investigation to ensure that you will be making your purchase from a responsible facility. Your purchase is likely to cost somewhere between $50.00 and $500.00 depending on where you go.

A healthy chinchilla will have bright eyes and straight teeth. If the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth or the teeth are extremely crooked, the chinchilla is most likely going to have health-related problems. Moreover, any sign of wetness under the chin or around the eyes is an indication that something is amiss In particular, eyes that are constantly draining are an indication of an unhealthy animal.

Providing a Proper Home for Your Chinchilla

Most chinchillas can live in a cage that has been properly selected. Avoid cages with plastic coated wire. The plastic coating is unnecessary. In fact, your chinchilla will probably chew the plastic coating from the cage. Pine shavings make sufficient bedding. Cedar shavings should be avoided since they have the potential to damage your pet’s intestinal tract and liver. Scented shavings are unnecessary.

For ease of cleaning, purchase a cage that has a wire bottom. This will allow the chinchilla’s droppings to fall easily into a tray for easy Read the rest of this entry »

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Saving Money

March 22nd, 2012

It is not necessary to spend a fortune to keep your pet healthy and happy. A designer collar or expensive toys do not impress animals Gourmet food is often not as healthy for your pet as the plain, dry variety that scientists formulate to suit your pet’s needs Here are a few tips to help you enjoy being a pet owner while adhering to a limited budget.

Provide your Pet with an Inexpensive Toy Dogs love to play fetch. Use an old second-hand tennis ball to play fetch with your dog and you will keep him amused for hours. Playing fetch is an excellent form of exercise for your dog. He will stay fit and healthy when he has plenty of exercise. A tennis ball is inexpensive to purchase and you will save plenty of money on veterinary fees because you will not have an overweight and unhealthy dog.

Cats will happily bat a table-tennis ball, a rolled up piece of aluminium foil, or a small home-made material ball around the house. House cats need stimulation to keep them in top condition. Some cat breeds, such as the Siamese will play fetch with you.

Somewhere Comfortable to Sleep
Every animal needs a comfortable bed. If the pet sleeps outside, it is important to provide him with weather-proof sleeping quarters. A commercially made kennel is a good investment. It is not necessary to choose the most expensive kennel in the pet shop. The kennel should be large enough for your dog to sleep in when he reaches his full growth. It is best to spend a little extra now to ensure you purchase a well made kennel that your pet will be able to use for the rest of his life. It is far less expensive to regularly change the bedding in your pet’s kennel then to purchase a kennel that your pet will outgrow.

A cat or a dog that sleeps inside your home should also have his own bed. Inside pets do not require elaborate bedding. An old baby1 s blanket placed in a basket or on a sofa is fine for your inside pet to sleep on. Alternatively, pet shops supply inexpensive dog and cat beds for you to purchase. Be sure that the bed or bedding is easy to launder, so you can keep it in good condition for a long time.

Feed your Pet Healthy, Low Cost Meals Dry pet food is very economical to buy. Dry pet food is good for your animal’s teeth and gums. Read the rest of this entry »

The Advantages of Having Pets

June 12th, 2010

Everyone loves a cute and furry pet at home. They fill empty space and time and bring a sense of having your house filled. They are known to be great company too. However, apart from these surface benefits, there are several deeper advantages that having a pet will give you.

There are several health benefits to be gained. Research shows that people with pets are more active as they take them out and play with them. Blood pressure and cholesterol reduces considerably as does the usage of prescription drugs. It is seen that even older people with pets visit doctors less often. It is said that petting a dog and watching fish swim reduces blood pressure.

Another consequence of this exercise from walking and playing with the pet is the marked improvement in mood. A general sense of well being prevails as the circulation increases. For example, riding a horse is a very good exercise. Managing a horse requires great control of your own muscles. This helps you master your own body. This is especially useful for young children and teens that are losing control over their bodies as puberty sets in.

The companionship that pets offer is without parallel. Especially if start with a young one, marking each change is like watching a child grow. For the same reason, it is good to gift pets to children so that they can also understand growth and development. Also, they learn empathy and behaviors that encourage nurturing and caring. Children generally tend to be self-serving. The arrival of a pet makes them look outside their own little world and they take up the pet’s responsibilities. Soon enough, they include the animal in Read the rest of this entry »

Social Training of a Dog

March 16th, 2010

While training your dog yourself or getting the services of an expert, a major thing which always needs to be taken special care of is dog behavior. You will have to make sure that your dog is behaving well when around the others. This is commonly termed as socialization of the dog. You will have to pay very special attention to this particular part of dog training. If your dog is not social, you may face problems with your favorite pet.

The dog socialization involves many things. Here is an overview of those things.

* Your dog must behave well when surrounded by strangers. If this aspect is not taken care of while training the dog, you will face problems when ever there is gathering at your place. You will even face more problems while taking the dog outside.
* Another aspect is the behavior of the dog when he faces someone new. If the dog is not comfortable around the people and does not behave well when meeting the strangers, you will be in a mess.
* Dog also needs to be friendly at the new places. If your dog is not friendly at the new places, then you will really feel difficult to take him outside with you. Everyone wants to take the pet with when going for a walk or for shopping. If the dog is not well trained, he will misbehave and will make the situation bad for you.
* The next thing that you need to watch your dog for involves the other pets. It is natural that the animals make sounds when there are other animals around. Dogs are no exception and they do bark upon seeing certain animals. If your dog is not well trained, he will bark Read the rest of this entry »

Making Your Dog Obedient

March 7th, 2010

When the people purchase a dog to keep him as a pet, some of the things take the top priority. One of them is to make the pet obedient. If the pet is not obedient, then the relationship between the pet and the master would not be that of love and affection. But there are responsibilities of the owner to train the puppy to become obedient. If the puppy is not obedient then it means that the person training it has not worked properly.

When the puppies are trained by the professionals, they are always taken care of nicely. The professional trainers know their job and they know how to make the puppy obedient. The real problems arise when a puppy is being trained at home. The people do not know much about dog training and they want the results to come quickly. The do not stick to the routine and this badly affects their dogs. The dogs would never become obedient if a proper routine is not followed and the dogs are not well trained. Also remember that treating a dog harshly will not make him obedient and the problems will keep on mounting. The best way is to understand your dog and to treat him with affection.

The foremost important thing is to build a relationship with the dog. This relationship will allow you to understand the dog and at the same time the dog will be able to understand you. He will be following your commands and will be happier to get the rewards from you.

An important thing to make the puppies obedient is to make sure that you make the things clear to them. If your own behavior with the dog is not consistent, then you can not expect him to remain obedient. Always reward him for his good behavior and always Read the rest of this entry »

How To Train Your Dog To Stop Barking

February 9th, 2010

Barking is something which is natural with the dogs but even then many of us would ideally want them not to bark. Now this is unrealistic because dogs can not survive without barking. Just the way we talk; they bark. You can not ask anyone to stop talking and stop expressing oneself. In the same way you can not expect the dog not to bark at all.barking-dog

But expecting your dogs to bark less is realistic. While training your dog, you can train him to bark only when necessary. Curing excessive barking is not that easy and you will have to go deep into the dog psychology to understand this completely.

To train the dog not to bark excessively, you will have to first find the reasons behind the excessive barking. Without finding the reasons behind excessive dog barking, you will never be able to train him to stop excessive barking.

Generally all the dogs bark because of the same reasons. There may be something wrong with your dog and this may cause excessive barking. Remember that when dog barks he may want to get your attention. This is one way of getting your attention. So never ignore it but try to know what the dog wants. If he is ill or is suffering from loneliness, you will hear him barking a lot.

When you are training your dog, make sure that you discourage excessive barking from stage one. If you do not discourage excessive barking and you do not tell him that this is not some thing that you want him to do, he will never learn it. When the dog barks because of improper reasons, show him that you do not want him to bark.

The dog would bark while playing with you. You will have to provide him with another alternative to express his feelings and excitement. Similarly, if the dog is upset or is in some trouble, you should teach him alternate behavior to express it. If you will do this, then the dog will certainly learn with time and will follow your dictation.

If despite all your efforts, the dog is not stopping the excessive barking, you should pay proper attention to it. If you are not paying the Read the rest of this entry »

Dog Training Tips For Home Training

February 2nd, 2010

When you are home training a puppy, you will need to learn a lot before committing yourself as a puppy trainer. There are many things which you will have to learn in order to train your puppy better. Effective training will lead to better dog behavior. It will also mean a more obedient dog as he grows up.

You will be able to train the dog better if you can follow these tips which are specifically extracted from the videos and the lessons given by the expert dog trainers. These tips will help you to easily train the dog the way you have always desired without getting him to a dog training expert.

* The foremost thing is to remain positive. Remember that devolving a negative attitude will never help you. It will make your dog more stubborn and he will not learn a thing. He will not listen to you and will not obey you. So always keep this in your mind while training your puppy at home.
* Always reward your dog for the things that he is doing right. If you are not rewarding the dog then he will not feel encouraged and will not consider them worth doing. If you really want to become a good dog trainer, then this is the thing which will go a long way with you.
* While giving the commands to your dog, always makes sure that your tone is friendly and happy. If this is not the case, then you are not going to get a lot from your dog. He will not be doing the things happily and this will result in difficulties for you. Being friendly Read the rest of this entry »

A Beginner’s Guide to Dog Training

February 1st, 2010

Home trained dogs are as good as are professionally trained dogs. With home trained dogs you will certainly feel more affection because you would have spent so much more time with them. It will also add to the emotional feelings for the dog.dog

Training the dogs at home is not a big deal. You will need to know how to train the dog along with some expert advice. You can easily find all this information on the internet. You can get videos containing the training lessons and you can also join the forums where experts will help you out with the things.

If you are training a dog at home for the first time, then prefer getting a puppy instead of a grown up dog. It is easy to train the puppies as they have more to learn. Their learning abilities are better and they are more eager to listen to you. They will not have to change their habits and they will only be learning the things for the fist time. With the grown up dogs, it can become really tiring at times to train them things which they were trained to do differently.

Remember that dog training may seem easy at first, but it requires consistency and determination. If you will not remain consistent and will not follow the routine, you will find it difficult to train the dog at home. Also, you will have to set out a strategy to train the dog. This will consist of things to encourage and things to discourage. If there is something in the list which you are going to Read the rest of this entry »