• Rabbits As Pets - Expert Advice on Choosing Your Bunny
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    Rabbits As Pets – Expert Advice on Choosing Your Bunny

    A rabbit as a pet can be a wonderful addition to a family. They have an average life span of 8 – 12 years so they can be companions for an entire childhood. Most are gentle and become used to petting but some can be aggressive. This is for several reason including hormones, previous owners or fear but bad behaviour can be overcome with the right treatment. You need to realise though they do take some work in caring for them.

    One of your first consideration is the breed to buy.

    Just like other animals different breeds produce a variety of sizes and colours. From one end of the scale is the tiny dwarf rabbit while at the other extreme is the giant variety. Each brings its own pros and cons which you need to weigh up.

    While each breed will offer a variation of size and colour there can also be numerous care and health matters involved. My own pet for example is a dwarf variety and is prone to malocclusions, an overgrowth of her front teeth where they become tusks. This problem forces a visit every six weeks to the vet to have her teeth snipped short.

    Another consideration when picking the breed you will have, is where you pet is going to live.

    Rabbits are very intelligent and possess the ability to be house-trained and learn to use a litter tray just like cat. Alternatively you may feel having your furry friend live outdoors in a hutch preferable.

    If you opt for a hutch you’ll need to ensure it allows plenty of space and ideally have an attached run or cage so the rabbit can exercise. Keeping a pet locked in a small cage day after day is cruel. You can of course build a hutch if you have the required carpentry skills but make sure the finished project is well built and secure. While outside all manner of creatures like dogs or foxes may pay a visit.…

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    Ways to Housebreak an Older Dog

    If you have just brought an older dog into your home, then it might well be that it needs to be housebroken. If the dog starts going to the bathroom inside the house, then this could be for a few reasons. First of all it could simply be that the dog has never been trained properly, and secondly that it has gone through some stressful circumstances in its life that have led to it going to the toilet inside the house. As such you will need to train the dog yourself. Here are ways to housebreak an older dog.

    There are three times of the day that a dog would usually go to the toilet. This will be in the morning when you first get up, in the evening before they go off to sleep, and about 30 minutes to an hour straight after they had eaten. These will therefore be the times when you have to watch out specifically for them going to the toilet.

    It is a good idea therefore to start taking the dog out at the times mentioned above. When you do take the dog out and they are correct in that using the toilet outside of the house as they should do, then praise them by giving them a treat and patting them on the head.

    When the dog is inside the house and make sure that you contain it within certain areas of the house and shut off all places such as the living areas and bedrooms. You should also keep the animal in your sight at all times when you are nearby.

    When you do take out your dog and they fail to defecate or urinate as you might expect them to, it is going to be important for you to bring them back inside and then take them back out 20 to 30 minutes afterwards.

    It’s also important to establish a feeding schedule for the animal. Feed them at regular times of the evening, and in the morning if you desire to do so. Ensure that you keep to the schedule and that you take the animal out side as said above 30 minutes to an hour after each feeding.

    If the dog does end up going inside, then you should have some proper methods of punishment ready to use. These should not be too harsh, as this will not …