Category: Pets

Pet Housetraining

Pet housetraining can be done very effectively if you use the natural instincts of your puppy. Let me explain what I mean by this. A puppy will naturally not want to eliminate where he knows he will be sleeping. If he has a place that is all his own, he will recognize that and not want to dirty it in any way. Your job in pet housetraining is to help your puppy establish that space.

You can do this in a few ways. One is to pick an area of your home that is to be for your puppy. This can be the garage, a laundry room or a corner of a big room. Choose somewhere that does not have carpeting, because your puppy will initially eliminate everywhere. This is because he has not yet realized that it is his space. You help him realize this by playing with him there. Put food and water and his bed there.

When pet housetraining, you can use a blanket, bed or even a towel as his bed. In addition, make sure you put his toys there. Your puppy will soon realize that this is his personal space and his natural instinct of not wanting to dirty it will take over. While you are doing this, and you are at home, take your puppy outside about every 45 minutes, especially after eating, drinking or playing.

Steps of Pet Housetraining

Above all, make sure your puppy has constant access to his toilet area as he is learning. If you have designed that outside is the only area he can eliminate, take him there about every 30 minutes. After he eliminates, pour on the praise. He will get the idea. When he eliminates where he is not supposed to, you may yell a quick, “No!” Then, immediately pick him up and carry him to where he is allowed to eliminate.

How to Exercise Your Pet Hamster Safely: A Creative Way to Keep Hamsters Healthy and Happy

Hamsters can squeeze into a very small space, as any owner who has lost a hamster can testify. They are like most small rodents in that if they can get their head through a gap, then they can flatten their rib cage and their body then follows suit.

Allow Your Hamster Some Exercise

Hamsters can be allowed to run on the floor with some precautions – keeping an area blocked off and making sure that there are no gaps that they can escape through. It is also essential to keep a watchful eye on them.

For very low cost, however, it is possible to build a hamster play box to allow your pet to exercise freely and safely.

Toys for Your Pet Hamster can be Cheaply Found

You will need a large cardboard box, which is tall enough that the hamster cannot reach the sides and scramble out. It needs to be secure with no gaps or holes that the hamster can squeeze through.

Once you have your box, then you can add some toys. If budget allows, you might like to add a side wheel for your hamster to run on, or you can add some natural hamster hide-away toys. You can also build your own.


Ideas for Hamster Toys

Take a small child’s shoe box and cut holes in the side. You might like to cut the holes big enough to fit cardboard tubes in to make a tunnel entrance and exit. Place cardboard tubes around the box to allow the hamsters to run in and out. Use different sizes of boxes to add interest and variety. Hide small treats for your hamster to sniff out and find.

Keep an eye out for ideas that you can adapt to add to your hamster play box. Do not use any harmful materials such as newspaper as the print can be poisonous, although printed cardboard is fine. Use natural materials such as wood, hay, paper and card and choose healthy treats for your hamster. Remember to remove any fresh treats at the end of each day, so that they do not go off.

Hamsters are curious little creatures and enjoy having somewhere new to explore. You can change the layout of the play box every few weeks so that he can always enjoy having somewhere new to explore. It will keep your pet interested and alert and it is especially good fun to watch a pair of dwarf hamsters explore their play box together

Pet Grooming


Pet grooming is not just a job, it can be a whole lifestyle if you so choose. There is a large community of resources and events that cater to animals and pet owners, providing you with not just a client base, but also a place to socialize and make connections. No matter where you live, there are likely to be pet-friendly events to attend.

If you are not sure where to look to find this information out, make sure to check these sources out. Your local SPCA or animal shelter will be a number one source for animal-friendly events and fundraisers. Also, making connections with local veterinarian offices can be a boon to your contacts and your pet grooming business.


Pet Grooming Competitions

Pet grooming competitions can be a great way to introduce you to the community and get involved. Networking is fairly common at these events, so don’t be afraid to get out there and mix it up. You can meet fellow groomers and get great tips and advice, as well as showing off your work to prospective clients. If you intend to be at an event where you will be looking for new clients, don’t forget to bring business cards with your name and number on them.

If there are no grooming competitions or dog shows in your area, you may want to start one. Talk to other groomers and see if they would be interested in working on developing or participating in such an event. Look for sponsors, such as local pet stores to help offer prizes or donations. They will probably be willing to help out in return for the ability to advertise at the event.

Evaluating Your Local Pet Store

Your local pet shop can be of great help to a beginner in the hobby or it can be a great setback depending on how the store is run! As with everything, there are good and bad stores, and I’m going to try to give you the information in the following article so you can determine this by yourself.


First and foremost I have found in my 40 years in the hobby, that its not always the cleanest store that is the best. You cannot judge a store on that alone. My thoughts on a good store is that when you walk in, there are no dead animals lying around, the fish are all up and swimming plus no dead fish in tanks. The birds should all look active and there should be no birds that are sick or lacking feathers in the cages.

The sales staff should allow you about 5 minutes to look around the store and then ask if you need any help or if you have any questions on anything. There should be nobody trying to pressure you into buying anything! This last one is a very important thought. High-pressure sales people have a tendency to force you to buy fish that are diseased or do not take the time to ask you what you have in your tank at home. They will also make false statements about equipment requirement and compatibility of fish. Many new comers to the hobby tend to fall for this tactic! Beware!

Buying incompatible fish or diseased fish can wipe out your entire fish population in your tank. Many stores do not have a guarantee on livestock so you lose your investment.

Dirty tanks are always a clue in saying “watch out” if you buy fish from these tanks. This may be a clue to lack of cleaning or medicine has been used or a chemical imbalance or poor filtration. Take the time to observe the behavior of the fish and the condition of the tank. Your first indication should be listless fish or bizarre behavior.

I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t buy something unless you need it. Yes, at one time I was a sales person that did the above, not good! I’m also a firm believer to visit a local family-owned pet shop because 95% of the time you will find more experienced staff and people that are truly trying to help you. In the big super stores, it is really rare that you will find staff that are actually trained in all fields. I’ve gone to some of these super stores to buy a certain fish and have had their staff try to sell me a male when I wanted a female (and knew the difference). If you say, “that’s a male”, they actually fight with you and try to make you out as the fool. The super store mostly will never order something in for you, where as the small local pet shop will be most happy to bring in anything on a special order. Mostly I have found that by visiting hundreds of pet stores, the little guy is the one that will go out of his way to help you. If you go to a super store, your choice of what you want is very limited to what they have in stock at the time.

Pet Grooming Courses

As you begin in your pet grooming courses, you will most likely learn how to groom only dogs. Most groomers only work on dogs and there will probably be plenty of business from dog owners alone. But for those of you who want to set your business apart, there are some relatively easy ways.

One is to learn how to groom special breeds of dog. To have a distinctive business, knowing how to groom at least thirty types of dogs is a good standard to set for yourself. When choosing pet grooming courses, look for one that will offer you training on about this many. Even though you may rarely come in contact with certain breeds, it adds to your reputation if you have those skills in your grooming repertoire.


Expanding Your Business with Pet Grooming Courses

Taking supplemental pet grooming courses is a good way to quickly and easily expand your clientele. Many dog owners also own at least one cat. By learning how to groom cats as well as dogs, you can cater to these clients and increase your pay. You may also find that clients who previously only brought in their dogs will start bringing in the family cat as well.

There are lots of ways to take additional courses. For those who have already completed a dog grooming training course, distance learning is often the best, most convenient option. Just as with choosing your first training, researching the various options will be your key to picking the right option for you and your business.