Browsing: choosing a pet

Cats purebred bulldog puppies
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by Sandi Lilly

If you’ve decided it’s time to purchase a furry friend, be sure to do your due diligence. Purchasing an animal from a disreputable breeder may mean that you end up with a puppy or kitten that isn’t the breed you’ve paid for. Worse, you may end up with an animal that is ill-tempered or carrying a disease.

For these reasons, it’s incredibly important that you do your research before purchasing a pet. Check the reputation of potential breeders online before handing over your hard-earned cash.

Avoid Puppy Mills

When you take the time to research breeders online before making a purchase, you can avoid puppy mills. These disreputable breeders run breeding operations that are unclean, dangerous, and can potentially spread disease. When you’re learning about breeders in your area, avoid prices or turnaround times that seem too good to be true. Instead, opt to purchase from a reputable dealer with good references.

Cats dog and cat
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by Kate Wilson

Every person has his best moments that will last forever. Meeting your pet for the first time may be one among those. You might be dreaming of buying a pet ever since you were a kid. Though pets don’t go to the extent of saving you from a burning building or from the bottom of the well, they can be quite helpful and entertaining too. Owning a pet can be an amazing experience if you are careful enough to choose wisely. However you need to consider some things before bringing your pet home. Here are a few tips which might help you.

Dogs family dog in the foreground in front of his family in the living room
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by Lauren Edwards

Adopting a dog to enhance your family unit is not a decision you should take lightly. You need to put as much careful planning into the adoption process as you would in buying a house, preparing for a baby or when organizing your wedding. Researching the right breed for your circumstances is of paramount importance, as unfortunately many prospective owners rush into the decision, often swayed by a new designer breed, without considering what the animal may be like.

It is a good idea before embarking on the dog adoption process that you evaluate how your life could fit around a dog and not how a dog could fit into your life. You need to calculate how long the dog may be left alone during the day if your family is at work or school, as more than four hours is not really acceptable. Furthermore, you need to decide if you can put aside time to exercise your new canine friend and whether you would be prepared to train it. Puppies will need training whether for toilet needs or for when you are walking them.

Birds
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by Caitlin

Parrots make great pets because they’re beautifully colored and have the unique ability to imitate human voices. Importantly, parrots are intelligent, which makes them sociable and affectionate companions that require stimulation beyond a few toys or a couple of minutes’ playtime at the end of your workday.

So one of the most important things to consider before buying a parrot is how much time you can give to him or her. Parrots’ life spans, (particularly large parrots) rival human life spans, and so buying a parrot means gaining a companion for life.

Research suggests that a parrot’s time is divided up between eating, resting and playing. While you can diversify her diet by offering things like mineral chew stones and seed toys, you can really bond with your pet during play time. Try not to leave your parrot unattended or in silence for too many hours of the day as this can result in a bored or depressed bird. During work hours, turn on the radio softly, and try to look in on him during lunch times.

Dogs
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Christmas is fast approaching and we are all starting to consider the perfect gift for our loved ones. Parents with children often want to get them a puppy. They know the joy and pleasure a companion will be to grow up with and share those wonderful years.

Before taking the plunge, please do your homework and consider all the factors that accompany adding a new member to the family before taking that leap of commitment.

Cost of adding a puppy

First is the initial cost of the puppy. We strongly recommend going to your local animal shelter to find that new member. You will be able to find puppies and mature dogs. Good things can be said about either choice. Puppies are indeed fun but need to be trained from the ground up which require a whole lot of consistent work. Mature dogs may already be house trained and that can shave hours of training and frustration. Visit the shelter and plan to spend plenty of time with the choices you will have. A few hours playing will tell you a lot about each pet you think will be a great match for you and your family.

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As any parent will tell you, raising a child isn’t meant to be easy, and it’s something that takes a lot of work, patience, and love to get right. The same can be said for bringing a dog into your family, so when you’re trying to do both at the same time, it can turn into quite the challenge. Introducing a new dog to your toddler requires a bit of dedication to make sure things run smoothly, but if you’re willing to put in the work, your toddler and your new dog will make fast friends.

More Pets & Animals
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by Mario Ross

When it comes to choosing a pet, many people automatically think of getting a dog or cat. However, there are other four legged creatures that can make great pets. One of these is the bearded dragon.

Bearded dragons may not be the first choice for many folks. People have many misconceptions about reptiles, thinking that they are hard to care for, are dangerous or unsuitable in the home. The great thing about bearded dragons is that they make for interesting home companions and take about as much investment in caring for the pet as it would in caring for other types of animals.

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Here’s What You Need to Know!

There are times when you inherit an older dog, accidentally or otherwise. Some may be strays you rescue from the street, others may be dogs whose owners cannot take care of them for some reason or the other, and yet others may be those you bring home from the pound. However they come into your life, looking after older dogs is a different experience from taking care of puppies. There is a tremendous need for adopting older dogs as most would opt for the puppy. You can experience much pleasure when you save an older dog from the alternative. In general, here’s what you need to know when it comes to taking care of your adopted older dog:

Birds
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Adopting a pet parrot is a relationship like no other. Loving, intelligent and beautiful, it’s easy to see why these amazing feathered friends make the ideal pet. However, owning such a rewarding creature takes a great deal of time, care and commitment. If you owned reptiles, you wouldn’t leave them all day in vivariums, or dogs all day in kennels would you. So, why would it be any different with a parrot?

Parrots can live to 100 years of age!
Adopting parrots and leaving them all day in bird cages, can lead them to suffer from physical and emotional behavioural problems. Remember, parrots are extremely intelligent and as a result can become easily bored if neglected. The relationship between owner and bird is a special one and unlike any other domestic pet, can last an incredibly long time. Surprisingly, parrots can outlive their owners and reach a ripe old age of 100!

Dogs
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You may be considering a new pet puppy for your children this Christmas. There are several things to consider before making that total commitment decision. One of the major decisions, in my opinion, is once you do have the beloved puppy how will you house train the creature. It takes total dedication and a lot of time to accomplish the task. We would like to give you some insight on fulfilling the training process as quickly as possible.

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