• Puppy

    Knowing One Another, You and Your Puppy

    If you speak in a fun, happy way, he will know you are talking about a game or a walk. If you speak to him with a growl in your tone of voice, he will realize that you are not happy with him. If you growl a “No!” at him, he will associate your displeasure with what he is doing at the time. He won’t get it right away, which is why you have to be consistent and “No!” him every time he repeats that behavior. He will eventually quit the behavior because he doesn’t want to make you cross with him.

    Do you understand your dog’s body language? What is he trying to tell you?

    When he drops to his elbows, with bottom in the air and tail waving like a flag in the breeze, his body language is saying “let’s play.” If you get down and adopt the same position, he will know what you mean too!

    When a dog wags its tail, does it always mean it’s happy? Actually, no; he might be overwhelmed and unsure of how he should act.

    When your dog puts his ears back, flat to his head, is he going to attack you? No, but he may be unsure or scared.

    You will learn lots about your dog and his “language” just by watching him and being tuned in to what he is doing.

    Why is it so important to be the leader of the pack?

    Dogs have descended from wolves, and wolves live in packs. Even though the dog has been domesticated for 15,000 years, they still carry much of their wild ancestors’ ways.

    So the dog is a pack animal, with an inbuilt sense of the complicated pack hierarchy that has been passed down as a result of numerous generations. There may be only a single leader in a pack, and only the very strong would dare to challenge his authority.

    The leader of the pack always eats first, and the others eat in turn according to their level in the pack. The pack leader decides where the pack will travel, where they will sleep and what they will attack for food. He quickly puts all other dogs in their place, which is downline from him.

    Does this help you see why you must the top dog in your pack? Even if your pack is just you and …

  • Pet

    What Are Ferrets and Can They Be Kept As Pets?

    What Are Ferrets?

    Ferrets are small mammals, members of the Weasel family (Mustelidae) – their closest relatives are pole cats, otters, mink, skunks, and fishers. The average ferret is about two feet long in total (including tail) and weighs anywhere from one to four pounds. Ferrets are known for having beautiful full coats ranging in color from white, brown, black, or any mixture of the above! While ferrets have an excellent sense of hearing and smell, their eyesight is known to be quite poor.

    Can I Keep a Ferret as Pet Where I Live?

    Before you completely set your heart on owning a ferret, it is always a good idea to check your local and state regulations. Why are ferrets legal in some areas but not others? Its hard to say for sure, but in many areas the greatest fear is that if released ferrets would escape into the wild and breed extremely large populations which would disturb the natural ecological balance.

    This is a concern which has actually yet to be proven as ferrets, like most domesticated pets, tend to die not thrive when abandoned in the wild. Additionally, many people fear that ferrets are carriers for rabies and thus pose a threat to humans. This concern does not seem to be valid as there are rabies vaccines for ferrets and there are no documented cases where a ferret has passed rabies on to a human (unlike dogs, for example.)

    Regulations tend to vary all the time, but at this time ferrets are not legal to keep as pets in parts of Australia (Queensland and the Northern Territory,) Iceland, New Zealand, and the following US states and cities – California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., New York City (and the surrounding five boroughs) and most military bases. Permits are required to keep ferrets in parts of Australia (ACT,) Portugal, and the state of Rhode Island.…