Friday, 30 October 2015

Cat Rub Against You? There's A Name For That

The term used to describe when a cat is secreting its scent by rubbing its face up against either its owner or the furniture is called bunting.

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

How Did The Ragdoll Cat Get It's Name?

The Ragdoll cat is so called because many of them go limp (just like a ragdoll) when picked up.

Ragdoll cats are laid back and generally love to be held by their owners and are known for being one of the most affectionate breeds.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Dog Training Tip-Attention Span

When training a dog it is wise to remember that less is more. An adult dog generally has an effective attention span of 10-15 minutes when it comes to learning new commands and a puppy has a shorter span of around 5 minutes.

Trying to teach a dog new commands or tricks outside of their effective attention span is counter-productive to producing the required outcome.

Walking a dog before training is also a great idea as this allows a dog to both relieve itself and work off any excess exuberance.


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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Do Male Dogs Bite More Often Than Female Dogs?

No they don't. Research has shown that female dogs are twice as likely to bite you as a male dog

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Cats With Different Coloured Eyes

If a cat has different coloured eyes then it is more likely to be a white cat than any other colour.

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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Metal Water Bowl Outside Safety Tip

If you leave your pets water bowl outside during cold weather it would be wise to switch a metal bowl for a hard plastic or ceramic one to reduce the risk of your pets tongue sticking to the bowl should your pet choose to drink from it.

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Outdoor Cat Owner? Important Safety Tip To Consider

If your cat is an outside prowler why not consider buying an elasticated collar? Many owners overlook a cat's ability to get its collar snagged and a collar that provides elasticity may help your cat to escape a potentially serious and painful situation.

There are collars available on the market that are known as 'breakaway' or quick-release collars. These collars are designed to snap or release at the clasp should your cat get snagged.                          
It is a good idea to research carefully before buying one of these collars as some are known to be more effective than others.

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

How Many Kittens Does A Litter Usually Contain?

There are usually four to six kittens in most cat litters. An interesting fact is that female cats are what is known as superfecund, this means that every kitten in her litter may have a different father!

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Thinking Of Getting A Second Cat? Here's A Tip

If you are thinking of getting a second cat as company for your feline friend it may be wiser to consider a cat of the opposite sex as they generally tend to be better housemates.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Dog Walking Business Tip-Don't Forget To Do This!

Always store, within your phone, the telephone numbers of the veterinary clinics that your client's pets are registered at and also a couple more in case of emergency. Keep the numbers updated and be aware of all of the opening times (they do change!).

Also, join any local Facebook 'Lost Dog' groups and pages as this could prove invaluable should the unthinkable happen and a client's dog gets distracted on a walk and you are struggling to locate it.

This may seem a really basic and common sense tip but it is often overlooked and your key priority should be to know exactly what to do and have the tools available to do it should you need to.

Emergencies CAN occur and the time to plan for them is before they potentially happen.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Do Cats Prefer Routine?

The answer to this question is yes, a study published in the journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association on January 1st 2011 concluded that even healthy cats can show symptoms of illness if their routines are changed.

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Are All White Cats Deaf?

A vast majority of white cats with blue eyes are deaf. An interesting spin-off is that white cats with one blue eye are deaf only in the ear closest to that blue eye.

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Why Do Dogs Curl Up When Sleeping?

Aside from the fact that it keeps them warm, dogs curl up when they are sleeping as their instinct is to protect their abdomen and vital organs from potential predators.

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Friday, 16 October 2015

Cat Ladies Have This Quirky Advantage

There are plenty of documented cases of cats who love their male owners, however, cats are generally more attracted to the sound of a woman's voice than a man's because of the higher pitch.

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Dog Walking Business Facebook Page Tip

Run a dog walking business? If you don't have a Facebook page then you should start one, if you do have one then here is a tip that will be useful if you are not already doing this.

STOP posting pictures of your clients dogs on a walk-It's totally un-original, it is indiscreet and there are no decent benefits! Your client knows you are a dog walker when they hire you, you are showing the world who you walk for (local people recognize local dogs) and it makes you look like every other average business.

Instead, you should post funny or informative dog (and cat if you feed them) pics and stories. These posts will get you more shares, likes and ultimately more engagement and enquiries that will boost your business and make it look more interesting.


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Thursday, 15 October 2015

You Teach Your Cat To Chat.....

It has been shown that talking to a cat increases the likelihood that the cat will communicate back. It has also been said that a cat's natural vocal range cannot be heard by humans and that cats have actually evolved to communicate their feelings to us at an audible level through learned behaviour.

Who's a clever kitty!

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Does My Dog Get Jealous?

Scientists in California conducted a study involving 36 dogs from 14 different breeds that concluded that yes dogs do get jealous. Although the dogs showed indifference when ignored by their owners, they soon showed traits of the green eyed monster as soon as the owners showed attention to a dummy dog and actually snapped and snarled at the attention being diverted to the fake canine.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Cat Purr Mechanics-An Interesting Fact

It is documented that cats purr at around the same frequency as an idling diesel engine which is around 26 cycles per second.

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A Scared Dog May Do This With Their Tail.....

A dog may put his tail between his legs when frightened or anxious. This action is sometimes seen when a dog is uncomfortable around another dog. The tail between the legs is literally an action designed to block off access to the smell of the dogs scent around the anal glands.

You may see this action if a dog is nervous or uncomfortable around a new dog that is keen to sniff their scent or as a submissive action when facing a threatening situation.

Be sure to take things slowly and gently around an anxious or frightened dog as they may lash out or bite unexpectedly in a fearful situation.

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Dogs Understand More When You Use This Training Tip

Dogs find it easier to learn spoken commands if you use hand signals and gestures during a training routine.

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Why You Should Feed Your Cat Bite Size Pieces

Cats cannot move their jaws sideways and consequently cannot comfortably handle large chunks. Use a fork to mash down canned food and cut up pieces of meat to a manageable size to help them eat.

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Monday, 12 October 2015

Will Cats Walk On Tin Foil?

It has long been suggested that putting aluminium tin foil on a kitchen surface will stop a cat from walking on that surface, is it true?

Well yes and no, initially the cat may be put off by the unusual crinkle and texture of the aluminium foil but, like us, cats are not all nervous of the same things. There are cats for example that are not afraid of walking on tin foil at all.


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Do Pugs Require A Lot Of Exercise?

Pugs require less exercise than many breeds and, if they are trained properly and given boundaries, can prove to be an ideal low maintenance breed of dog to own.

A useful thing to know about pugs is that they have a low tolerance to heat and you should take care when exercising them on hot days.

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10 Dog Breeds That Need Plenty Of Exercise

Thinking of getting a dog? The breeds listed below all make fine companions but be advised that they thrive on more exercise than many other breeds

  • Border Collie
  • English Setter
  • Fox Terrier
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Irish Setter
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Weimaraner
  • Vizsla
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Friday, 9 October 2015

Where Is The Best Place To Advertise My Dog Walking Business?

What is the best way to advertise a dog walking business? To answer this question, you only have to think what your potential customer will do to find you.
It is documented that nearly 90% of potential customers will search the internet to locate a local service. A free google places listing, in my experience, is by far the best medium to be found by prospective clients.Be sure to list your search terms wisely when asked to submit them. Terms that my business ranked for were:

*Your Town* Dog Walker
*Your Town* Dog Walking
*Your Town* Pet Sitter
*Your Town* Pet Sitting
*Your Town* Cat Sitter

If you decide to put out leaflets then the best place to place them in my experience is:

All of the local Veterinary clinics

If your budget will run to the cost of a few cheap dispensers to place your leaflet in then that would be best but a well-constructed leaflet in a good position on the notice board should bring in enquiries.

The most popular local pet store you can find

In the UK I found Pets At Home to be a great source of business as they are higher end customers and if you can get a kindly assistant to let you place your leaflets on the counter near the point of sale for perhaps a small donation in the charity box this would be a potentially excellent move.

Surprise Tip! The Local Post Office Parcel Collection Office

My local Post Office Collection centre allowed people to place their leaflets free and as people had time to wait around to be served this proved to be an excellent place to leave leaflets.

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Cat Owners-Don't Rush To Throw That Old Scratching Post Away

Cats generally like their scratching posts more when they are worn. Get a new one and your cat may switch to the arm of the couch. Instead, why not refresh your cat's post by adding some coils of fresh sisal rope, it's cheap, easy to add and cats love to dig their claws into it.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Cat And Dog Ear Mite Facts That You Might Want To Know

We humans are generally immune to ear mites but these small parasites can commonly affect both cats and dogs.
Signs of an ear mite infection in your pet may include one or more of the following:
  • Head shaking
  • Excessive scratching or rubbing of ears.
  • A black or brown waxy secretion with a strong odour.
  • A ground coffee-like discharge from the pet's ear
  • Inflammation
Ear mites can easily be transmitted to other animals from the infected pet. If you have more than one pet then treat them at the same time as an infected pet. Be mindful also if the infected pet is in close contact with other animals outside of your home.

If you suspect that your pet has ear mites then veterinary advice and treatment should be sought as soon as possible.


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Try this aftershave trick as a pet repellent

Cats and dogs generally don't like the smell of aftershave. Old Spice mixed in a spray bottle with ten parts water can act as a repellent to keep cats and dogs away from an area where pets may be giving you problems.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Starting A Dog Walking Business? Brilliant Tip To Impress Potential Customers!

Think twice about having your vehicle sign written. A sign written vehicle turning up at a clients house merely advertises their absence.

It also serves as an impressive USP (unique selling point) at a home visit when signing up clients as it shows that you have thought about the security of their property and operate a business that is discreet.Your competitors will have often overlooked this important factor.

Please don't concern yourself with losing the advertising aspect of not having a sign written van, you can always use removable signs and there are plenty of alternative ways of advertising that won't compromise client security and ensure a steady flow of enquiries for your services.

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Cat outside at night? 2 tips you may want to consider

Cars are the greatest threat to outside cats in many areas at night. Think about getting your cat a reflective collar as it can make your cat more visible to traffic. Another good tip is to have your cat neutered as it makes your cat less likely to roam, particularly male cats.

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Never mix flea or tick medication for cats OR dogs

Never use flea or tick medication formulated for cats on your dog, or vice versa.

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