Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Have you ever wondered what your dog dreams about? I enjoy observing my Labrador chasing rabbits in his sleep. His nose twitches, his legs start to move forwards and backwards, and he makes little excited squeaks. I’m certain he catches thousands in his sleep, despite never having managed as much as a sniff of a real one when he’s awake.

just like babies, most dogs sleep for approximately twelve hours every day. That’s a whole lot of doggy dreams. Sleep is important for your dog’s development and also to make sure he is alert and attentive to your commands when he wakes. Your pet will sleep best when he feels secure and relaxed, therefore it is important to find him somewhere he is able to sleep undisturbed. You might see him turning in circles before he lies down – he’s making himself a cosy den of his own.

Left to their own devices, your four-legged friend will find himself an appropriate dog bed from whatever he can find. The sofa, your bed, the ironing pile… If you don’t want your pooch to create hay in your house, it is best to take a look through the pet products available and choose a bed to suit your dog. Little dogs often prefer to burrow into doughnut-shaped or cushion beds, whilst a larger breed might prefer a plastic basket, or even just a blanket. The main thing is that it’s just for him.

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Ask Him if He Likes Dogs

Wicker baskets look attractive and may be made comfortable with rugs or towels, but be careful if your dog’s the chewing type – a bored dog will destroy a wicker or fabric bed within minutes, and risk hurting himself along the way. You might decide to give your pet a crate or indoor kennel – these are convenient if you have young children who have a tendency to become a little over-exuberant with their pets. They can be taught to leave the dog in peace if he retreats to his crate.

Of course, many people choose to let their dogs sleep on their beds. Some owners claim they don’t have any choice in the matter! When your pet’s part of the family it’s easy to forget that dogs are pack animals, and need to be taught their order in the pack. By enabling your pooch sleep along with you, you are telling him he’s on an equal footing along with you, and you may be storing up problems next time you need to give him an order.

If your dog has somewhere safe to sleep that he can call his own, he’ll put those 12 hours to good use and awaken feeling alert and energised – and raring to chase those rabbits.

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Posted by Pet Lover - August 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

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Who Would Deny their Best Friend a Place to Sleep?

A dog is famously a man’s best friend. And what man would not give his best friend a bed for the night, if it was needed and he was able to?

Dogs can do a lot of useful things. They can fetch objects, they will protect you whenever you are in need of protection – even from the postman or another passing mutt. Some dogs will rescue climbers trapped on a mountain, others will pull a sled through deep snow or lead a blind person across the road and to safety. Many do unpaid police work, sniffing out drugs or keeping unruly football crowds at bay.

But one thing no dog has ever been able to do is to make a bed. Sure, when tired they will lie down where they stand and doze off, but when it comes to taking forty winks sometimes your best friend may just need a little helping hand.

It is sometimes difficult to believe that the loving, friendly pet that stands by us so faithfully and is so much an integral part of the family is actually descended from the grey wolf, albeit some 15,000 years ago. It is through selective breeding by humans that so many different species have evolved, and it is a source of some amazement to consider that the Chihuahua and St. Bernard do in fact have common ancestry.

In total there are believed to be some 400,000,000 dogs worldwide.

Fatboy Doggielounge Stonewashed Dog Bed 80 x 120cm Standard green

Fatboy Doggielounge Stonewashed Dog Bed 80 x 120cm Standard green

Of course some dogs are large and others are not so large, which is why Fatboy makes its range of Doggie Lounge dog beds in small and large versions, each available in a variety of exciting, vibrant colours.

The Fatboy dog bed is filled with beans, just like an adult’s bean bag, and is marked with a large white bone leaving the visitor in absolutely no doubt as to whose territory it is. It is made from materials that automatically deflect odours, and is both hand and machine washable. All in all it really is home from home for our wilfully pampered pet.

It is gratifying to be able to give something back to our dogs in exchange for all the love, loyalty and obedience that they show to us. Watching your pet curling up snugly and going to sleep, comfortable and untroubled, makes the Fatboy bed an instantly worthwhile investment.

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Posted by Pet Lover - July 31, 2014 at 6:14 am

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Are Your Sure That You Really Want a Dog?

Dogs are awesome, they really bring so much love and enjoyment into your life, and they ask for so little in return. You only have to see how much fun people are having when they are out and about with their little bundles of fun. But before you rush out and order your first puppy, you really should read this short article. Because every year, thousands of people just like you and me, buy a puppy without really thinking about the whole shebang. And these little guys need some serious living, not to mention some hard work and dedication. They won’t stay small forever, and once they’ve grown, they can eat almost as much as a horse! So if you are dead set on making a puppy dog your very next purchase, please take a few minutes to read what we have to say on the matter.

Do You Have The Time?

Forget about leaving your dog in the backyard and taking him out every now and then, because that just will not cut it! If you really want a dog, you need to be able to give it time and energy, and lots of the latter! If you work for most of the day and expect some chilled downtime when you return home, a dog is not going to be for you.
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Puppies and Your House

These guys are the cutest of all God’s creations, and even kittens can’t hold a candle to a puppy in full flow. But sometimes you will wish that they came supplied with a cork, if you know what we mean. It will take a good 6 months, if you are lucky, to house train your little fur-baby. And your carpet will be much worse for wear by the time he learns how to do his business in your garden. And then you have to follow him around with a pooper scooper…oh joy!

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In Sickness and Health

Looking after a dog is not all fun and games, when they get sick, it can cost you an arm and a leg, quite literally. As well as the ever-rising vet’s fees, the emotional attachment that dog owners have with their buddies has to be experienced to be believed. And if you ever talk to an ex-dog owner about the way they feel about their dear departed doggy friend, you will always see tears well up in their eyes. These little guys will break your heart and remember that although they can live for 15 years, that time will pass in an instant…

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Despite all of the seemingly negative things that we are saying about owning a dog, they are still man’s best friend, and then some! You only have to look into those eyes to understand that you will get unconditional love 24/7 from that little guy, and that is whether you like it or not! You can take him out for the longest of walks, or simply chill out together in front of the fire, but you will never find a more faithful friend, and that is pure gold!


Please take these words on board and see how you feel about making that next step, because there are enough stray and unloved dogs in this world. Choose wisely and we hope you enjoyed this article!
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Phil Hall is a dog lover who also loves tarantulas and popcorn, but not at the same time. You can read about his adventures and other tales of animal magic here

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Posted by Pet Lover - May 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

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Scorpion, Centipede or Tarantula – Which One To Choose?

For those of us who prefer to pick something a little more interesting than a goldfish or a hamster as our next pet, perhaps choosing something a little outside the box would be a wise option. That’s not to say that those are not fine animals, but after a month or two, watching Nemo do nothing much except blowing bubbles isn’t really going to cut it with most of you. So why not take a walk on the wilder side and think about choosing an invertebrate instead? You have 3 main groups to choose from and we’ll endeavour to point out the pluses and minuses of each type in this article. Please take a few minutes to digest this information and you just may have found your next hobby.
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These fascinating creatures are a popular choice amongst invertebrate hobbyists and it isn’t hard to see why that is. A centipede is a very impressive looking beast that offers absolutely no quarter to any prey that wanders into its path. They are known to eat snakes, mice, tarantulas, lizards and pretty much anything they can get hold of. You can usually buy a nice example from the myriad of online invertebrate stores and the sellers can offer you a lot of information regarding the best choices:

• Pros – These are one of the most fearsome predators that exist within the ‘Tiny Kingdom’ and if you pick wisely, you can have hours of viewing pleasure.

• Cons – Most centipedes are pretty venomous and they are fairly adept at escaping. If you should find one of these Houdini’s in your home, never attempt to pick it up with your bare hands.

• Starter Centipede – Choose a native to your own country for a nice introduction. If you live in colder climes, pick an Asian variation but stay away from the Gigantea until you have about 2-3 years in the hobby under your belt.

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Okay, Tarantulas are one of those creatures that offer so much in the way of the ‘wow’ factor that they simply cannot be ignored. They are widely available in most countries and costs vary from cheap to downright expensive. You can find 100’s of different breeds on the internet and many of these can be posted direct to your door. Looking after Tarantulas is pretty low maintenance in the whole, just be aware of the different humidity and heat levels and you’re halfway there. We would suggest that you always choose a captive bred spider and stay away from the wild caught ones that are doing the rounds. As with all invertebrates, ensure that you spend a month or two reading up on these before you buy one.

• Pros – If you choose a ‘display’ Tarantula, you will have hundreds of hours of enjoyment simply watching these hairy dudes do their thing. You can get pleasure from watching them simply amble around the terrarium. Handling Tarantulas is something that we do not recommend, even the more docile breeds can have a bad day and although most are not overly venomous, that bite will certainly not be pleasant.

• Cons – We honestly can’t think of any to be honest. Avoid picking a burrowing breed because you will never see that darn thing!

• Starter Tarantula – Pick a display spider, something like a Salmon Pink, they grow to over 10 inches and are always prowling around the tank.

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These amazing looking inverts are excellent value for money and you can usually find them readily available in most online stores. A scorpion has one of those body shapes that can entertain or horrify the observer in equal doses. They truly belong in the age of the dinosaurs and are real killing machines. A scorpion will live for more than a decade and they love to be housed communally.

• Pros – Great value for money and usually put on an awesome display, especially when you house 4 or more together. Just ensure they are the same breed and you can watch your community grow in front of your eyes.

• Cons – Avoid the burrowing breeds and stay away from the more venomous types.

• Starter Scorpion – It simply has to be the majestic Emperor Scorpion, they grow into huge beasts and live happily in groups of 3 or more.

And The Winner is …

Well, that my friend is really down to you! Just ensure that you never house Tarantulas together and the same goes for centipedes. You can breed your inverts but it takes some experience and a lot of effort.

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Phil Hall is a freelance writer who has owned almost every type of invertebrate in existence and he loves spreading his knowledge of these incredible beasts To find out more about his work you can visit The Complete Article

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Posted by Pet Lover - February 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

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The Alternative Guide To Choosing Your First Tarantula

Tarantulas are fascinating creatures, of that there can be no doubt. They can be the stuff of nightmares, or the very thing that connects us with animals from millions of years ago. You really have to look after one before you can totally understand this connection. There is a common myth amongst collectors that dictates that your first tarantula should be either a Red-Knee or a Chile Rose. And in our opinion, this is not always the case. Don’t get us wrong, they are both fabulous tarantulas, but there are so many more out there, and some are really quite spectacular. So let’s look at a couple of these little, and no so little, examples of what you could be looking forward to in the near future.

Alternative Choice 1 – Goliath Birdeater – Theraphosa blondi

These are usually known in the game as ‘Blondies’, but they don’t have an awful lot in common with Debbie Harry. Put simply, the Goliath is the largest Tarantula on earth and a fully grown adult can reach a leg span of more than 12 inches. But that doesn’t mean that they are difficult to look after. They fall into the category of T’s known as terrestrial, and this implies that they spend half of their lives under the ground, and the rest of the time they’re chilling out or hunting on the surface.

Some ‘experts’ would suggest that a beginner should steer well clear of a Blondie for their first taste of Tarantula ownership, but we poo-poo that idea. Provided you have a large enough tank and offer at least 8-12 inches of burrowing depth, with no more than the T’s leg span in climbing height, you’ll be halfway there. They come from the Guyanan rainforest and need about 80%-905 humidity to live happily. You can deliver this by spraying them with a fine water sprayer a couple of times per day. You’ll also need a heat pad that covers about half of the tank.

Tarantula Keeper's Guide

Tarantula Keeper’s Guide

They will happily munch on crickets and locusts, although they are known as ‘Birdeaters’, I wouldn’t fling your Gran’s budgie into the tank! They do have a habit of flicking their hairs in the direction of any potential threat, and these really itch like billy-o, so try to keep your hand activity in the tank to a minimum. You can get a Blondie sling (spiderling) from a reputable invertebrate supplier and they’ll cost around $40.

Alternative Choice 2 – Orange Baboon Spider/Pterinochilus murinus

Hailing all the way from central, eastern and southern Africa, these bad boys are also known as ‘Orange Bitey Things’, and that should be a clue as to their temperament. The OBT doesn’t grow to the size of a dinner plate, but it is a beautiful looking creature nonetheless. They have several colour variations but the most attractive theme can only be described as a bright orange fuzzball. So let’s cut to the chase, these are very active T’s and are incredibly defensive.

Although the naysayers would advise against a beginner taking on an OBT as their first choice, we would disagree. As long as you are a responsible person, you should have no issues. We don’t believe that any Tarantula should be handled, and that is where the problems usually kick off. They are really enthralling to observe and the confrontational aspect really comes to the fore when you feed them crickets or locusts. The OBT makes a lovely funnel shaped web and needs about 6 inches of bedding. They often favour the ambush technique and watching these little ‘Pterrors’ in action is really something. Keep them at about 60%-70% humidity and keep the door locked, and you’ll both be golden!

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General Feeding of Tarantulas

Both of these species will eat larger prey in the wild, including lizards, snakes and the occasional mouse. But it is best to avoid the temptation of throwing in a baby mouse or a sick gecko, because you really don’t know how things will pan out. Stick to insects and always source them from a reliable supplier.

My Disclaimer

This guide is intended to be taken seriously, but we would suggest that younger Tarantula fans should probably stick with the Red Knee/ B.smithi for the first couple of years. For adults out there, both of the suggested alternatives are a far more interesting choice and will offer an awesome insight into this fascinating group of arthropods. But please remember that a female OBT can live to well over 8 years and a female Blondie can hit 20 years. So before you rush out to buy one of these two legends, be prepared to take care of them for a pretty lengthy chunk of your life.


Phil Edwards is a freelance writer who just might have the biggest collection of Tarantulas on the planet. To find out more, you can visit The Complete Article

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Posted by Guest Blogger - January 19, 2014 at 11:52 am

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8 DIY Pest Control Tips that Will Keep Your Pets Safe

Everyone wants to find ways to take care of pest problems in their home, as no one wants to live with little bugs crawling all over the place. However, for pet owners, finding safe alternatives to harmful pesticides is always a major concern. Fortunately, there are a number of DIY strategies you can try that will rid your space of pests, but still be safe for our furry friends.

1. Barrier Building

One of the easiest and quickest ways to stop pests from getting into your home is to simply barrier them out. If there is an opening in a wall, nail a bit of plywood over it. If ants and bugs are getting in through cracks, use a bit of caulking to seam the crack up. If there is no entry point, the pests can’t get in.

2. Clean Up

It may seem obvious, but simply cleaning up can do wonders for helping a pest problem. Little bugs like ants and flies are drawn to crumbs and leftover food bits, so making sure these things are cleaned away can go a long way to ensuring those creepy crawlies don’t come out at night.

3. Soap

Soap isn’t just a great cleaning agent–it is also a natural pesticide. In fact, soap has been an ingredient in many mainstream pesticides for years. Mix a bit of liquid soap and water in a spray bottle and spray in an area where you notice an influx of pests, and let the soap do the hard work for you.

4. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is spicy to humans, and can be disastrous to bugs. Sprinkle a bit of the spice along an ant line and see what happens. You will likely notice less and less ants braving the environment.

5. Set Up Fans

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The Natural Pest Control Manual: Your Complete Guide to Getting Rid of Insect Pests, Bacteria, Mold and Much More Without Any Toxic Chemicals or Pesticides

For winged pests, try using fans as your weapon of choice. Set up some fans in the problem area and run them when you notice bugs getting in. This works particularly well in outdoor spaces like decks, where you can’t control the bugs overall, but can make a comfortable seating space in a small area.

6. Baking Soda and Vinegar

Fruit flies can be a major problem, as they turn up in all sorts of spots, particularly from damp drains. If this is a problem, try pouring some vinegar and baking soda down the drain. This will bubble up and act as a natural poison for the flies.

7. Boiling Water

If the baking soda and vinegar does not work, good old fashioned boiling water can do wonders. Pour a cup or two of boiling water down the drain, but be careful as you do.

8. Peppermint Oil

Finally, peppermint is a flavor ants hate. Spread some peppermint oil around the floor or wall where you notice an ant problem. Most won’t cross the peppermint flavor, even if they are in search of food.

Pet safety is typically at the top of any animal lover’s mind when seeking out pest solutions. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to take care of those creepy crawlies safely and naturally, using items you likely already have on hand in your kitchen. These techniques are quick and easy, not to mention easy on the wallet, and will ensure your beloved pet remains safe and sound.

Derek is currently blogging for Excel Termite and Pest Control, a Bergen County pest control company. He enjoys blogging about DIY pest control and different ways to prevent pests with home remedies.

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Posted by Guest Blogger - January 19, 2014 at 11:45 am

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Safe And Secure: 5 Benefits Of Dog Collars

One of the first purchases a dog owner makes is a collar for their dog, but not all owners are adamant about their dog continuing to wear the collar at all times. Some owners feel that since their dog is typically in their home or in their yard, there’s no need for them to wear a collar, especially if the use of the collar seems to be making the dog uncomfortable.

While some owners may not force their dog to wear a collar, it is an important feature for dogs. The following are five reasons why your dog should always wear a collar.

1. It holds ID tags.

One of the biggest benefits of a dog collar is that they’re meant to hold your dog’s ID tags. Having ID tags on your dog can help your dog be returned to you if they are ever lost. This is why it’s important to not only have an ID tag on your dog, but to also make sure that the information on the ID tag is up to date. Be sure your dog’s name is on the tag as well as a current phone number or address.

2. It can help you recognize your dog.

Collars are one of the easiest ways to tell your dog apart from other dogs of the same breed. If you are at a dog park, for example, and your dog is running around and playing with other dogs of their breed, you may not be able to keep your eye on your dog at all times. When it comes time to get your dog ready to go home, their collar will let you know which dog belongs to you without having to call their name and see who comes running.

3. It can be worn at all times.

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Dog Coats & Collars: Patterns to Knit for Pampered Pets

Some dog owners don’t put collars on their dog because they opt to use harnesses when taking their dog for a walk. While harnesses have their own list of benefits, dog collars are meant to be worn at all times. There is typically no reason to take the collar off your dog unless you’re giving them a bath or having them groomed. Plus, choosing the right size collar for your dog will fit your dog snuggly enough where it’s not a nuisance to them.

4. It can help you restrain your dog.

Collars are a necessary part of the training process for your dog. You can easily grab your dog’s collar to keep them from jumping on someone or something, from running away, or to get them to stop barking. Plus, you can use your dog’s collar as a way to direct them to a certain area, such as into their crate or into the car.

5. It fits with most leashes.

Using leashes is important to keep your dog near you while out in public. Most collars contain a universal hinge that can connect with most leashes. This means that no matter what leash and what collar you purchase, they will be able to fit together, so there’s no need to constantly buy the same brand or the same color.

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Posted by Pet Lover - December 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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Safest Shampoos On The Market For Cats And Dogs

Fact: Pets like to play. This results in their coats becoming messy from rolling around in grass and mud. A thorough cleaning will be necessary and responsible pet owners know that shampoo designed for humans is often unsafe for their beloved cat or dog. There are plenty of specialized pet shampoos on the market that are safe and affordable. It is also important to note that cats and dogs have different needs, so you can’t use the same shampoo on both. Read on to learn about the some of the best cat and dog shampoos you can buy.

Isle of Dogs Deep Cleaning Shampoo

This product is ideal for dogs that are the adventurous type! Whether he likes to swim or rampage through fields, your dog’s coat is going to get dirty and will need something that is gentle, yet strong enough, to remove all traces of dirt and odor. The Isle of Dogs Deep Cleaning Shampoo fits the bill, as it contains natural ingredients that don’t damage your pooch’s coat or skin and it is suitable for all

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Dog Grooming for Dummies

coat types. The gorgeous red berries and champagne scent will make your pet smell sensational!

Magic Coat Cat Tearless Shampoo

This is a shampoo that is enriched with lanolin and protein to strengthen and moisturize your cat’s skin. The result is a stunning, shiny coat with a beautiful fresh scent. The formula used in the Magic Coat Shampoo is designed to be non-irritating to your cat’s skin and eyes. While it does a great job of removing dirt, it is gentle enough to be used on your fussy feline and it may even make bath time bearable for both parties! All the ingredients used in this product are all-natural, so there are no detergents or other harmful chemicals to worry about.

Petco Whitening Conditioning Shampoo for Dogs

This is an especially good product for dog owners who have a canine with a white coat. It can make his coat look shiny and wonderful again thanks to the natural whiteners included among the ingredients. It is also specially formulated with antioxidants, Vita-moisturizers, and Aloe Vera to clean and protect in a single wash. Petco Whitening Conditioning Shampoo actually works as a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner and performs so well, you might be tempted to use it on yourself!

Natural Chemistry Cat Shampoo

This is another effective cat shampoo that is approved by veterinarians. It has a sensational spicy clove scent that is completely free of chemical insecticides. Some claim that this shampoo will kill fleas on contact and has a residual effect that ensures protection from fleas and other pests for up to seven days after use. An all-natural formula is used, which means it is safe to use on cats of all ages.

While we shower and wash everyday, the same can’t be said for our pets. While cats and dogs clean and preen themselves, it is necessary to use a vet recommended pet shampoo to remove nasty odors and fleas that may attach themselves to your pet’s body. Bathe your pet regularly to keep its coat clean and free of pests.

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Posted by Guest Blogger - December 9, 2013 at 7:34 am

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Day Care Centres For Dogs – What’s The Big Deal?

Film nights, comfy couches and synthetic grass lawns – just some of the modern features you’ll find in a doggy day care centre, a new services which caters exclusively to pampered pooches.

These crèches for canines are slowly popping up all over the UK in response to their overwhelming popularity in North America, where even global tycoon Facebook recently unveiled a new doggy day care service at its offices in California for its employees to use.

In the UK Halo Dogs is the largest dog day care centre currently running, looking after 40 – 50 dogs a day whilst their owners go to work. Describing itself as a “country retreat for urban dogs”, its testimonials praise the professional services it offers for dog owners, where dogs love every minute of the day whilst at these centres.

With most centres run by experienced dog handlers, they conquer the problem most dog owners have when it comes to leaving their pets at home under no supervision whilst the humans go to work. Common consequences of doing so include toppled over trashcans, ruined rugs and often catastrophic consequences for your possessions and furniture.

Research has also proven that leaving dogs in the house by themselves makes them more likely to be at risk of depression and anxiety, known as Home Alone syndrome, affecting their behaviour negatively with both their owners and with other dogs.

This shows why doggy day centres and the range of activities they provide are becoming so popular for dog owners across the country. What also can be attributed to their success is how for many their services aren’t just day care; they also offer classes and lessons for dogs which benefit their owners significantly.

Many centres offer dog grooming for owners who don’t have the time to properly wash and brush their pets for themselves, bathing and blow drying their canine clients before clipping nails and cleaning ears if required.

There’s also a growing trend in puppy training classes, where trainers use fake lawns for example to teach unruly puppies to do their business outside. Alongside teaching them commands like stay and sit, it’s easy to see why these centres are becoming a popular alternative to traditional kennels for keeping dogs occupied.

The best thing about these centres however is their effectiveness at keeping boredom amongst bulldogs and border collies at bay, with many featuring climbing frames, sand pits and tunnels for them to explore and meet new friends whilst playing.

In the case of bad weather and for the older or less energetic dog, many centres additionally provide an indoor chill out room, packed full of toys, balls and comfy couches. In one day care centre in Bristol even has film nights, playing pooch-friendly films like Lassie and 101 Dalmatians.

In order to attend it’s often a condition that male dogs have to be castrated, with both genders of dog being friendly with others an absolute must. Otherwise doggy day care centres are welcome to dogs of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes, providing the perfect solution for working dog owners across the country.

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Posted by Pet Lover - December 9, 2013 at 7:28 am

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Dog Meat

Most of us consider dogs to be companion animals and even valued family members. Tragically, this is not the case in the Philippines where the commercial trade in dog meat has proliferated to the point where specially dog meat restaurants are widespread and hundreds of thousands of dogs are slaughtered every year for this so called “delicacy.” Take action!

As you read this, helpless dogs are waiting in makeshift slaughterhouses to have their throats cut. They are treated as nothing more than objects. Crammed so tightly into wire cages they cannot move … struggling for every breath in the stifling heat with their snouts tied shut. Many of them will have suffocated by the time it’s their turn to be slaughtered. Sign the Network for Animals petition to stop the illegal dog meat trade.

Dog meat eating was banned in the Philippines in 1998 with the passage of the Animal Welfare Act, but the law is rarely enforced, the judicial system is corrupt and bribery is common. Even if dog meat traders are convicted, they get off with a slap on the wrist only to return to their cruel trade. Not only is the dog meat trade inhumane, it is also implicated in the spread of rabies, a terrifying disease that kills approximately 300 people and 10,000 dogs in the Philippines every year.

But finally there is hope. Lobbying by animal protection groups has led to strengthened legislation that increases fines and includes jail time for convicted dog meat traders. With pressure from you we can get the police to take action against this illegal trade and alleviate the suffering of these poor dogs.

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Posted by Pet Lover - November 4, 2013 at 7:04 am

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