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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 Pet Owner’s Guide to Saving Money

Thursday, 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. (more…)

How To Train Your Dog To Stop Barking

Tuesday, 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 (more…)

Dog Training Tips For Home Training

Tuesday, 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 (more…)