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All About Chinchillas

Sunday, 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 (more…)

A Beginner’s Guide to Dog Training

Monday, 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 (more…)