Children and Pets A Healthy Combination

There have been many studies about the relationship between young children and having pets in the home. It has been found that having a pet dog or cat can actually make a baby healthier in their first year of life. They become less susceptible to respiratory infections, such as the common cold, and also have been less apt to have ear infections in their first twelve months of life. In addition to the health of children, pets can teach children useful skills that are helpful in their social interactions with people.

Pets may help in the development of immunity in children because of the dirt and soil that they bring in from the outdoors. Children need to be exposed to many different elements to become immune to their surroundings. The findings of having cats in the household as pets were not as strong as having dogs because a dog goes outdoors on a more regular basis. Having pets in the household will not take away allergies if there is a strong family history, but there have also been studies done suggesting that children will not be as likely to become allergic to animals if they have regular exposure to them.

Children can learn empathy, responsibility, communication, both verbal and nonverbal, and how to deal with stressful situations in a constructive manner from owning a pet. These skills can come from being a pet owner and taking the pet for walk, cleaning and maintenance of a yard used by the pet, and learning to talk to the pet with a calm voice even in stressful situations. Pets are often used for therapy with children that have learning disabilities or difficult home or family situations. Children that have pets learn to pay attention to nonverbal signals of communication, which is … Read the rest

The Importance of Pets

Pets are very important to all that own them. Those that own pets live longer more satisfied lives. They have been known to lower our blood pressure and give us a reason for each day. I have owned both dogs and cats and they all left their paw prints on my heart. Each individual pet has their own personality and their relationship with you is built on love and trust.

Some dogs are hunting companions. They enjoy retrieving game with their owners and enjoy their outings together. These dogs make great family pets also. I had an Irish setter that went hunting for birds with my husband. She was all business in the woods but when home was the sweetest dog. This dog also was taken to Obedience trials and won ribbons in dog shows. She helped make cherished memories for our family.

I have seen guide dogs as they allow their owner to participate in activities they could not without their presence. There used to be a man guided into our church every Sunday to sit in the first row by his guide dog. The priest went out of his way to bring him the communion host. The dog was obedient and a blessing to this man and it was beautiful to watch the dog as he worked. No one was allowed to pet the dog while he was doing his job. He was a beautiful German shepherd.

There are other dogs that are just family pets. I had two other dogs that I used to walk daily. I miss them and their times with me as they have now passed over the rainbow bridge. The second dog was an English setter and the third dog was a Gordon setter. There are so many fun memories that … Read the rest

Finding the Best Indestructible Toys for your Dogs

Best Indestructible Toys for your Dogs

For pets like dogs and cats, toys are a necessity and not a luxury. Toys are essential to your pet’s wellbeing. It helps fight boredom when you leave them at home. It also provides comfort when they are feeling sad or nervous. Toys can even help your pets from developing some behavior problems.

Although cats are sometimes very picky when it comes to toys, dogs are more than willing to play with almost any items they can get their teeth on; It means that you will need to be very careful when giving them toys and you need to monitor their playtime to prevent any accidents and unscheduled dog activities.

You need to make sure that your dogs are playing with proper toys

Looking for durable and indestructible dog toys for your dogs can be very problematic for the owners, especially if your pet is a very hostile chewer. There are dogs that can rip the toys apart the moment you give it to them. You are like to struggle with the same situation over and over again.

In this article, we will discuss the tips on how to look for the best durable dog toys to make your dogs or puppies healthy and happy. The trick is to find a toy that is made with durable materials like stiff rubber or nylon. Toys that are using plush materials are out of the question for pets that are aggressive chewers.

The reason is very simple; they can be easily destroyed. Not only that, you need to be very careful about the kinds of toys you are giving to your dogs. You need to put their safety as your priority, above everything else.

Look for toys that are made out of durable materials

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Taking Pets From the UK to France A Guide to Customs Requirements

When you travel to France, either to live or a long vacation, you may decide to bring your pet/s. Before you leave the UK, a pet must first be micro chipped (that can be read by European scanners) and vaccinated against rabies. A family may bring up to five pets into France, and each animal must have its own EU Pet Passport. This document will state that a valid rabies vaccination was given by a veterinary surgeon for each pet that is traveling to France. An animal must be over three months old to enter French territory. Your local vet should be able to provide you with all necessary info and paperwork.

If the rabies vaccination was the animals first vaccine then you will need to wait for 21 days before entering the country. If your pet needs an updated rabies vaccine, at least 30 days must pass between the vaccination and the day of departure. France is very strict about this.

Normal vaccinations and treatment for ticks, worms and other parasites are not compulsory for entry into France but are highly recommended as your pet will not have had chance to build up any immunity to new parasites and diseases that it would not normally have come into contact with in the UK. Diseases such as tick born Babesiosis, heartworm and Leishmaniasis (spread by sand flies) are relatively common in some parts of France so it is best to seek advice from your veterinary surgeon before traveling.

Dogs are very welcome in France; in fact some staff at restaurants will give your dog better service than yourselves! Judging by the amount of dog poo there is on the streets, the French are far less particular in cleaning up after their dog, which is contrary to the way … Read the rest

How to Get Your Dog to Come Back When He is Called

This article is going to try to explain to you how to get your dog to come back when he is called by you. It is a good thing to have an obedient dog, but more importantly it is good for you and the dog to have a connection because that way you can both be protected from an unwanted situation like him running away or going places he is not allowed to be. I have seen a lot of mean people that hit the dog when he doesn’t return or others complain to owners for letting their dog run around their children and stuff like that. So it is a very important part of the training process indeed.

I am going to try to explain the so called spring loaded recall exercise. It is very simple actually and it doesn’t require any special training environment or conditions. You simply take the dog out with a leash on him. Just to notice this exercise requires assistance. So with a friend or a family member you go out and take the dog for a walk.

Your friend holds the dog by his leash while you cuddle him, play him and get him so much excited that he would want to jump in your arms and kiss you. After you notice that your dog is very excited with you, you take a few steps back, say 20 feet, and you call your dog. Here timing is very crucial. The moment you call your dog your friend lets go of the leash and the dog will run into your hands.

Never forget to reward and praise the dog after a job well done. That’s a reflex for them thinking that we humans like what they are doing.… Read the rest