Monday, 28 November 2016

Five Great Tips To Keep Your Dog Mentally Positive.

Many canine behavioural problems can be directly and indirectly linked to a dog’s level of engagement with its owner.

Below are five simple tips that owners can use to promote positive engagement and help keep their dog mentally stimulated.

Daytime Rest Tip

Although younger and older dogs require more rest to aid development or recovery, the average adult dog is very adept at adapting to its owners nightly sleep pattern and too much daily rest can lead to behavioural problems. It is a good idea to ensure that a dog doesn't experience long periods of mental disengagement and inactivity.
Dogs rest more naturally after physical engagement and proper rest is always more conducive to a dogs mental health than ‘boredom’ rest.

Leave Stress At The Door

Dogs pick up on stress very easily. Add this to the fact that when you enter a room, maybe after a day at work, your dog will be pleased to see you and will be especially receptive to the mood that you bring.

If an owner repeatedly comes home stressed and un-receptive to a dog’s advances this can easily lead to the dog being nervous and anxious about its owner’s homecoming. Although changing the events that lead to an owner having had a stressful day may be difficult, it is always good advice to take a breath and positively receive our four-legged friends friendly welcome.

It's Good To Talk

Human relationships suffer when communication breaks down between people. Dogs also need regular and positive communication to keep them reassured and engaged in their relationship with their owner so take time to talk to your dog.

Look To Praise Your Dog

There is a lot of advice around praising a dog for positive behaviours that is often centred around training or when a dog has specifically performed a task that an owner approves of. Whilst this is an extremely positive and beneficial way to acknowledge a dog’s behaviour, it is often overlooked that long periods without finding a reason to praise a dog may lead to behavioural problems.

Dogs naturally seek out approval and it is good advice to actively look for situations for a dog to meet and receive this approval. A positive tone delivered directly after a positive action is always reassuring and motivating for a dog.

Become A Meet And Greet Facilitator

Most dogs are naturally friendly toward humans. Keeping a dog’s interactions with humans as positive as possible will ensure that the dog will feel good about both itself and its encounters..

Many of the so called dangerous breeds have their instinctive protective aggression negatively fed by being made to feel a threat around others and a regular schedule of positive and managed social engagement helps many dogs to subdue and manage their aggression and form a positive view of humans and other dogs.


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Monday, 21 November 2016

Five Cat Superstitions and Legends From Around the World

While researching cat superstitions recently, I came across a few things that I thought I would share with you.

Japan

In Japanese old folklore it was said that if a cat had a black mark on its back then this was an indication that the soul of an ancestor was present and the black mark was deemed as sacred.

You may have seen the common image of the Japanese Bobtail cat with its front paw raised. This was seen as a sign of good fortune in Japanese folklore.

Cat lovers will be pleased to hear that our feline friends in Japan are also believed to be a cure for epilepsy and bouts of melancholy as well!

Italy

In Italian folklore it was believed to be good luck when anyone heard a cat sneeze.

France

During the Middle Ages ceramic cats were placed on the roofs of French homes to ward off evil spirits. Interestingly, there are still many homes in France that still have these ceramic cats on their rooftops.

It has also been considered extremely lucky in France to find a black cat with a single white hair.

Poland

In Poland there is a legend that tells us of a group of kittens chasing butterflies next to a pond. The lively kittens fall into the pond and the kitten's mother is left crying at the side of the pond looking helplessly on.
The willow trees next to the pond proceeded to dip their branches so that the tiny kittens could grasp the branches and escape their certain demise.
Now, according to this charming Polish legend, every springtime that the furry buds on a willow branch appear it represents the kittens being saved and clinging to the willow branches and are now commonly known as 'pussy willow'

Russia

The Russians have an old tale in folklore that states that when a new cat is brought home, if it is then thrown on a bed and proceeds to settle down then the cat is deemed to have found and made the house its home and will be happy to stay around.

The Russian Blue cat breed is also considered to be a symbol of luck in Russia.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Caution: This Dog Quiz May Surprise You...

I came across something recently that I wanted to share with my dog-owning readership as I was a little surprised at how little concise and 'real' information was available on the subject.

Many responsible owners take the time to pick a dog food that they feel represents the needs of their pet and should be applauded for that. What surprised me recently was how little many of us know about a dog's nutritional needs.

The subject of reading the labels on commercial dog food to ascertain the ingredients, the ongoing debate regarding a raw food diet and adding vegetables etc to your dog's diet have been fairly well covered in recent years both online and in various printed formats. There does however seem to be an objective information gap in educating owners to the actual effects of nutrients in a dog's diet, which nutrients are important and why that may be.

To this end, my latest find is a pretty cool quiz that I hope proves to you my points above whilst perhaps proving to be of positive educational benefit to you. I know I was shocked to only score seven out of ten and the average score was only four out of ten!

What I really liked about the quiz is that it highlighted things (the answers are given post-quiz) that the average dog owner may think they know but perhaps don't and the answers given can be used to make us more informed dog owners, which ultimately benefits our canine companions.

Try it here and see for yourself.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Five Famous Females That Have/Had A Feline Addiction

My cat and dog research enables me to find out some pretty quirky snippets and I thought I would share with you some possibly lesser known cat-related stuff about famous 'cat ladies'.

Cameron Diaz
Cat lady Cameron has a cat who goes by the name of Little Man and she is apparently very keen on buying him little outfits.

Katy Perry
Apparently Katy is a self-confessed feline fanatic and is 'owned' strangely enough by a cat named Kitty Purry!

Kim Kardashian
Kim has had her fair share of the headlines but what you may not know is that in 2013 Kanye West gave her a white Persian kitten that goes by the name of Mercy.

Miley Cyrus
Miley is well known for showing off the antics of her cats on Instagram.

Taylor Swift
Taylor owns a Scottish fold cat called Meredith who she has mentioned several times in her blog posts.

History has also given us a surprising list of well known cat ladies, a list that includes The Bronte Sisters, Elizabeth Taylor and Florence Nightingale.


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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Five Interesting Differences Between Cat And Dog People...


Ever see those articles in the news based around the habits, interests and general behaviours of 'cat or dog people'?

As a cat and dog lover and general 'pet geek' I like to dig out the more eclectic stuff and thought I would share some interesting differences between the canine and feline crowd.

Pet Owner Politics
A survey carried out by Time magazine showed that conservatives were more likely to be dog people whilst liberals were more likely to prefer cats.

Own a Cat AND a Dog?
A study has shown that people that own both a dog and cat tend to be more like the people that only own dogs. (source)

Cat Owners are Less Conformist
Studies have shown that cat owners are more likely to describe themselves as less conformist and less likely to follow the rules than dog owners. (source)

Don't Ask a Cat Owner To Mind Your Hound
A survey showed that cat owners are thirty-three per cent more likely to prefer taking care of a friend's children than a friend's dog! (source)

Got Kids? You're More Likely A Dog Owner Than A Cat Owner
A survey showed that dog people were twenty-four percent more likely to have children than their feline-loving counterparts. (source)