Choking Pet

Dogs occasionally chew on some things that they are not allowed to chew on, such as your shoes, carpeting clothes tools also they can pick up rocks and sticks, many things can be in your yard
also when you take your dog for a walk. mostly anything that can be fit into there mouth.

Most dog owners don’t know what to do if this happens.

When your dog has something is his mouth that he is choking on, with you hands open your dogs mouth to see if you can see what is choking him, if you can see it pull it out.

If you can’t see it put your dog on his side with back legs higher then his head.

Put your hand below his rib cage and your other hand on his back press in and then press in in a flowing operation make sure you do this on till the object comes out.

If your dog becomes unconscious keep the dog in the same position open his mouth pull the tongue
out as far as you can and pull it to the side, start the same compressions take your finger and sweep
the mouth now give the dog a few breaths and do the same thing over again. don’t try to get to the vet you wont have enough time. keep doing this as long as you can always remember what you dog cannot eat such as raisins, grapes, onions , chocolate, as this will ether make them reel sick or they could die.

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Getting Started – Clicker Training For Cats by Karen Pryor

After seeing a video on the internet on clicker training a cat, I couldn’t help but pick this book up when I saw it on a bookstore shelf. Cats are thought to be untrainable, since they act as if they are so independent. My experience with cats, on the other hand, has been to the contrary; that is, with the exception of my son’s Siamese. In my opinion, if one has a good relationship with his cat, that cat will be trainable, and using a clicker is much easier than many other methods of training pets.

Clicker Training for Cats has five chapters. In the first chapter, the author, Karen Pryor, touches the importance of training a cat and acquaints you, the reader, with clickers and how to use them. Second chapter targets the useful behavior you can teach a cat such as to come when called, to stop mewing around your legs when you are busy or cooking, to walk on a leash outdoors, to wait to be picked up, to be gentle and not claw or bite, and to let grooming happen without a struggle. A section at the end of this chapter shows how to train multiple cats at the same time. Third chapter is for teaching the cat to do tricks while giving it exercise and letting it have fun. Fourth chapter deals with problems cats may experience and teaches how to solve them. Fifth chapter gives information on clicker training books, videos, and tools. The fifteen tips given at the end of the book inside the appendix are also invaluable. The language of the author is clear and direct, and there are no photos, charts, or diagrams.

In only 85 pages, the book can be read very quickly, and its print is easy on the eyes; however, this is not a book to read once and put aside. This book deserves to stay on the shelf of a cat owner as reference material.

Getting Started : Clicker Training for Cats is published by Sunshine Books with ISBN-10: 1890948071 and ISBN-13: 978-1890948078.

Its author, Karen Pryor, is a scientist. She has gained international reputation in marine mammal biology and behavioral psychology, pioneering in animal training methods with positive reinforcement. She is the founder of clicker training for many kinds of animals. Born in 1932, she got her education at Cornell University with graduate work at the University of Hawaii and Rutgers. She is also a founder of Tagteach International for training coaches of sports and dance. Her written work constitutes of : Click to Win-Clicker Training for the Show Ring; Dolphin Societies- Discoveries and Puzzles; Don’t Shoot The Dog -The New Art of Teaching and Training; A Dog and a Dolphin; Getting Started-Clicker Training for Cats; Getting Started-Clicker Training for Dogs; Lads Before the Wind; Nursing Your Baby; On Behavior-Essays and Research.

It is much easier to live with a cat that is happy, healthy, well-occupied, and positive. More than that, the knowledge gained from understanding a cat’s behavior helps to create a stronger bond between the owner and his pet. A cat owner can be helped immensely from reading this book.

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Does Your Pet Read Your Mind?

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home and Other Unexplained Powers of Animals

Does your pet know what you’re thinking? Rupert Sheldrake thinks so. As do animal communicators – they always say that they “talk” to animals by forming pictures in their head, which the animals can “read” and respond to in a similar manner. It may sound a bit out there, but just think about how cats disappear completely on the day they’re supposed to be going to the vet, even though you apparently did nothing to give it away (like take out the carrier). But the thought was probably in your head. I think it’s possible for all of us to talk to our pets this way; we just need to take the time to learn how. Regardless of how you feel about animal communication, I think you will find this book very interesting, and quite an eye opener. It really makes you think about how you communicate with your pets (and other animals) and look at “coincidences” in a new light.

Rupert Sheldrake is a world-renowned British biologist who has appeared on numerous TV shows, written for many of the leading newspapers in England, and has also written several books of which Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home is my absolute favorite. Sheldrake is perhaps best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance. He describes a morphic field as a social bond, which includes all the members of a group (such as a family, pack or hive), be it humans, animals or a mix of both. The morphic field is elastic, so that when a member of the group travels away from the rest, they are still connected and can communicate telepathically.

In doing research for “Dogs That Know…”, Sheldrake interviewed thousands of animal owners and people who work with animals, and was told stories again and again that seem to confirm this theory – animals sensing when something happened to their owner even though he was far away, knowing way ahead of time when a family member is coming home, alerting their owners to impending seizures and many similar examples. The book is basically a collection of these amazing stories and case studies with Sheldrake’s thoughts and explanations. There’s the cat who rushes to the phone and paws the receiver every time it rings and it’s her owner who’s calling (but never when it’s someone else), the dog who physically prevented his owner from committing suicide, the parrot who warned his owners of an air raid during WWII (by pointing with his wing and saying “Up There” repeatedly) hours before it happened… I wasn’t able to put this spellbinding book down, and I bet you won’t be either.

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Book Review of How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With

Looking at a litter of cute little puppies makes it easy to look over the hard task of raising a good well-mannered dog. Choosing the puppy you take home is much simpler than actually managing and teaching the puppy and many people only come to realize that too late. How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With is a well revised and expanded book that will help you do this with ease.

In this book you will learn:

o Choosing a Puppy

o Behavior: Environmental Factors

o The First Three Months

o The Breeder’s Responsibility

o Puppy Goes to a New Home

o Socialization Continues

o Domesticating Your Puppy

o Development from Three to Six Months

o The Importance of Personality

o Dog Signals Using Body Language

o Behavioral Problems

o The Rewards of Puppy Training

o The Second Six Months

How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With is a book that is highly recommended for the new puppy owner, but it will also help the person who already has a dog. It teaches the importance for puppy owners to learn the basic rules and tricks to raising a dog. Not only does this book cover the physical aspects of the puppy, but it also covers the psychological.

If you are in the market for a cute puppy but don’t know the basics of raising one, this book needs to be on your shelf. How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With is the book that you wish would come with the puppy package when you pick him up from the pet store.

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Facts You Need to Know About Your Cat

Why does my cat look at me like that? It’s a evil stare. Perhaps he is working out which bit to eat first!

Does he have a second family, who only look after him from 9pm – 7am! I might even get one of those cameras you can attach to cats, record his movements.

The dog even seems confused by the cats behaviour, does not even get excited when I put my walking shoes on! Does the cat not appreciate how much fun the dog has running around in circles, slipping on the wooden floor in a frenzied dash for the door.

Even simply walking across the floor has to be completed in an arrogant manner, tail up high and walking with attitude any self-respecting rapper would be proud of! Come to think of it, what music does the cat prefer, I know the dog has a liking for Status Quo!

So having watched a couple of Cat programs, it is time to communicate with this pet with attitude, I will show it who the alpha male around here is! First, apparently if you look your cat in the eye and slowly close and open your eyes, it is a sign of friendliness! Ok, the cat is definitely looking at me with a view to eating me!

Next, I try the rubbing of heads, which is another sign of greeting! The cat must of been watching Rocky 4, I never saw that left hook coming! I am sure the dog is laughing as well!

My final attempt at training the cat, put it on a lead and train it to walk by my side. This I have seen done, if the old girl down the road can train her pet cat to do it, then I am sure this fully qualified instructor of people can achieve it. The cat has definitely been watching Rocky, that was some combination!

I have not finished with you Tiddles! A quick bit of research reveals a book on How To Train Your Cat

This book dealt with:

What Breed is best for you What you should know before buying a cat How to select a Cat Breeder Discover how cats behave How to create a healthy environment for your cat Common cat diseases and health problems Selecting the right cat litter Grooming your cat Selecting cat toys Training your cat to walk (This was what I am looking for!) Diet Training tips

It was a comprehensive list, covering the areas I needed and some I should of read before letting Tiddles into the family home! It certainly would of saved a few quid down the vets, if I had read this book first.

The book was easy to read and understand, dealing with a lot of questions I needed answers for and some I had not even thought about.

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Discus Fish Books – A “Discus Fish Secrets” Review

If you are into tropical fish, you may have already heard about Discus Fish Secrets. It is currently the #1 eBook available for the keeping and breeding of discus fish. For those who love these fish, you probably have found that it’s hard to find specific information from an experienced source. This book is a complete step-by-step guide to caring for, raising, and breeding discus fish, and is full of practical advice to help you to raise happy and healthy pets.

Discus Fish Secrets was written by tropical fish enthusiast, Rob Clark. Rob has kept and bred these animals for more than 10 years, and has substantial first hand knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.

The book covers topics such as what size tank is best for discus, filtration methods and tricks for getting the cleanest possible water, and what types of fish are best for beginners. The manual also discusses what foods are best, how much they should be fed, and how often.

In case you are interested in breeding, you are covered there too. Rob discusses how to tell when your discus are ready to breed, gives several common mistakes to avoid when breeding, and even how to care and raise fry into strong adults.

In addition to the book, there is some bonus information included. You will learn how to artificially raise fry away from their parents so that the eggs aren’t eaten by the adults. You will discover a unique method to setting up a discus hatchery that will save you a ton of electricity. And finally, if you live in hard water areas, Rob has an all natural way to reduce hardness.

If you are new to discus fish, or if you have tried breeding unsuccessfully in the past, Discus Fish Secrets is a great resource to have. It contains practical advice and information from an experienced expert who has organized everything for you in one place. Truly a must have for all aquarium keepers.

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Review on Good Dog, Bad Dog

While watching shows on television regarding dog/pet training is becoming more and more popular, and trainers are more and more in demand, I have found valuable tips in dog training books.

One of the first books that I ever bought on obedience training, was Good Dog, Bad Dog by Mordecai Siegal and Matthew Margolis. I picked it up because just looking through the contents section, I found 5 areas that I knew I needed help with in learning to live with my new adopted dog. The best part about the book was the style in which it is written. As a reader, you may feel that your dog friend is actually speaking through these authors to you at times.

The methods the authors use to train are simple and do not require you to head to your local pet store for special devices. However, it is important, as they state at the beginning of the book, that everyone in the household needs to take part in the training activities.

I used their method of filling an empty soda can with change/rocks and shaking it at my dog when she did something wrong. It produced brilliant results and there was no shock collar or physical contact needed. Their constant reminder of only one word commands was also very useful and fast in training since it helps reduce confusion on the dogs end.

It was also very useful and helpful that they included a breakdown of all of the different types of training that dogs (AKC) need most. Even if you have a mutt, you can combine the methods for the various breeds and achieve great results.

The best part about the information provided in this book is that it is a wonderful resource to use as a reminder for your current and future pets.

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Your Pet Rabbit Guide – By Mary Barnes

The book is written to assist individuals who are considering a rabbit as a pet and for those individuals who are rabbit owners.

It is provides simple facts to promote quick learning about rabbit ownership, how to overcome potential problems and identifies owner responsibilities.

The author has identified several steps you will want to complete before you buy your first pet rabbit. She points out that there is a growing problem with rabbits being abandoned because people do not understand their rabbit’s specific needs.

In the first section the author discusses the steps you will need to complete prior to ownership of a pet rabbit.

The first step is to contact your local authorities regarding regulations about ownership and where or not you will need a permit.

The next step is to consider what kind of hutch would best meet the needs of your rabbit. The author makes recommendations regarding the size of the hutch or cage along with considering where the rabbit will sleep, eat and exercise.

The third step is to consider the rabbit’s need for hands-on-care, play time, a regular routine, and the expenses for food, hutch and veterinary services.

The author also suggests that you consider how ownership of a pet rabbit will impact your family life. The book provides information on does and don’ts regarding family activities which will have to be changed and/or limited once you make a rabbit your pet. The author points out how ownership impacts your home, such as electrical and phone cords, carpets, and drapes. It provides information about how to identify danger spots and discusses the importance of property insurance.

In the second section, the author provides information on how to find and select the right vet for your pet rabbit.

The book provides several strategies on how to select a veterinarian for your pet rabbit. The strategies include a web site, how to assess the vet’s office and staff, and how to interview and discuss annual and emergency costs.

The book stresses the need for quick access and what to expect on your first visit to the vet’s. The author points out how best to transport your pet rabbit to and from the vet’s office.

There is a section on how to find and purchase health insurance for your pet rabbit, how to choose your rabbit and how to handle your rabbit and another section on how to protect your rabbit from potential problems and what it might mean if your rabbit eats its own droppings.

The author dedicates a full chapter on how to bond, bath and brush your pet rabbit. It identifies the meanings to “bunny body language”.

Information is provided about how rabbits mark their territories; communicate with same sex rabbits and communicate potential danger; what it means when your rabbit touches you; how rabbits let you know when they are in pain or uncomfortable; and what rabbit sounds mean.

The author provides information on how to litter box train your pet rabbit, the importance of walking your rabbit and techniques of discipline.

The book also, points out how to cut your rabbit’s fur, examine its ears, checking the rabbit’s teeth and how to clip your rabbit’s nails.

The section on housing your rabbit identifies considerations for outside hutches/cages, how to house your rabbit inside and the significant role of plants play in rabbit care. There is information about what materials should be used in the construction of the rabbit’s hutch and what materials should not be used in the building of the hutch. It discusses the pros and cons of housing the rabbit in side your home and outside; how to build the roof, develop a feeding system; how the weather impacts the rabbit and its food.

The author provides a web sit on what to do if the rabbit eats your house and/or garden plants.

There is information about when you are away. This chapter includes how to provide for your rabbit’s daily needs; how to introduce your rabbit to the sitter and/or a professional care provider; how to manage the rabbit’s feedings and need for daily attention; and what to do if the rabbit needs medication when you are gone.

The author has a section on feeding your rabbit. This chapter discusses what foods are beneficial and what foods may be harmful. There is information regarding the need for fresh daily hay and what kind of hay and how much is best for the rabbit.

The book has a chapter on common problems for rabbits. It discusses the effects of arthritis on rabbits and how best to treat it. There is information about coccidia and how it treat this parasite. What does it mean if there is blood in your rabbit’s urine, how to handle broken bones and dirty rabbit bottom. It identifies deadly illnesses such as myxomatosis, drooling, gastric stasis and how to prevent these; and how heat can create problems for your rabbit.

There is information on what a tilted head means and how best to eliminate it.

The final chapter addresses how and when to say Goodbye to your rabbit. It discusses what to do with the rabbit remains; how to process your feelings; how to help other family members deal with the loss; what are the local regulations regarding the death and burial; and recommendations on how to memorialize your rabbit.

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Discussing a Popular Dog Training Manual

What is Secrets to Dog Training? It is essentially every dog lovers manual. This eBook presents you with carefully-studied details on how to both prevent and deal with destructive dog behaviors.

I know it’s not easy. I’m an owner of 2 mutts myself and I think that every dog owner has experienced battling over what to do with their pets’ behavior. I’ve gone through the trouble of spending and trying out other resources on this topic but I haven’t found anything as detailed and effective as this ebook, with the psychology of both dogs and their owners taken carefully into consideration.

The detailed information found in this eBook is also reliable. The methods of dog obedience training mentioned is not something you can easily get from any dog training manuals. This eBook is written by a seasoned dog trainer so you can rest in the knowledge that every tip is tried, tested, and based on practical and on real-life dog training profession.

You’ll pretty much find a wide range of information. The book doesn’t just cover behavior problems of dogs, it also starts off with advice, tips and information as a first-time dog owner, on how to choose a puppy/dog, points to consider on the first trip to the vet, house training, and other basics of owning a dog. Then it moves to a more advanced section on behavior problems like aggression, dominance, chewing, digging, excessive barking, separation anxiety, jumping on people, and others. You’ll also be guided on the actual training with its intermediate-level obedience commands. Aside from obedience training, Stevens also discusses health-related dog problems such as allergies, cat-dog coexistence, fleas, heatstroke, to name a few.

Then there are the freebies. To be honest, I’ve had more than enough of freebies that claim to be useful but just aren’t. With Secrets to Dog Training, not only are there many freebies, but all of them are useful and relevant as well. Secrets To Dog Training is definitely one dog book I’m recommending to all dog owners. Not only is it ideal for owners with problem dogs, it’s also helpful for dog owners who want to prevent any aggressive dog behavior in the future; definitely for dog lovers who just want to have the best life with man’s best friend.

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Top Five Organic Dog Foods for 2012

There are many types of organic dog foods on the market today. Knowing which ones are the best can be difficult undertaking. However, fret not my pet! We have selected five organic dog foods that all dog owners should know about.

Below are the top five organic dog foods that owners should give to their pets:

1. Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health Dog Food
This bag of pre-mixed pet food is one of the newest organic food products that people can buy. What makes this organic so special? It is completely all natural and this is what makes it special. This  food is made from 14 different herbs as well as 9 vegetables and 6 certified organic grains. Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health does not contain any chemicals whatsoever. The food also contains no dyes as well as no preservatives that can cause a doggie harm.

There are quite a few organic ingredients and other key ingredients in this dog food. Barley Flakes, Kamut Flakes, Brown Rice Flakes, Rolled Oats, Spelt Flakes and Triticale Flakes are the organic ingredients in Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health Dog Food. The vegetables that are put into the dog food include Beets, Peas, Carrots, Green Beans, Zucchini, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes and Parsley Leaf. Fennel Seed, Ginger Root, Oat Straw, Rose Hips, Peppermint Leaf and Rosemary Leaf are some of the herbal ingredients.

Adult canines that take this dog food will look healthier, their fur will look shiner and they will feel healthier and more energized. Adult’s will also have healthier bowels when they eat this dog food.

2. The Honest Kitchen KEEN Dog Turkey and Organic Grains Diet
This specific product is relatively new. Dogs will love this organic product because of the ingredients that are in them. The ingredients are designed to help a dog feel healthier. The dog food has only all natural ingredients in it and it is produced in a facility where human food is made and not a pet food plant. This means that the dog food has to meet very high standards before it is sold in stores. Certifications, inspections and increased scrutiny.

Some of the ingredients that are in the Honest Kitchen KEEN Dog Turkey and Organic Grains Diet dog food are carrots, organic oats, organic kelp, apples, rosemary, cage-free turkey, organic flax, garlic and cabbage. Other ingredients include potassium iodide, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate and tricalcium phosphate.

One of the best new organic pet foods on the market, simply because it helps dogs feel energized. Dogs’ coats will look glossier soon after starting. The food is also in dehydrated form, making it easy for dogs to eat and digest. This dog food is best suited for adult dogs.

3. Nummy Tum Tum Pure Sweet Potato Canned Dog Food
This popular organic pet food is specifically made for canines of all ages and sizes. A simple organic food that canines will love. Dogs with sensitive digestive systems will especially love this food because it is designed for dogs with sensitive digestive systems. There are not many ingredients in this organic  food. Actually there is only one ingredient in it. That ingredient is 100% organic sweet potato.

Dogs will enjoy the taste of this food because of the texture. Dog owners who have dogs that have a sensitive digestive system should get this food. After a few weeks they will notice their dogs will look healthier and they will have much more energy.

4. Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Dry Dog Food- Chicken Meal
One of the top organic products for 2012 is Castor & Pollux Organix adult dry  food. People who feed their canine Castor & Pollux Adult Dry Food will be pleased with how much their pets will enjoy eating this food. Reviews back this claim up.

Your pet will love this food because it contains chicken meat that is human grade. The chicken meat is dried, which is good because canines will be able to easily digest it. The food is a great source of protein.

The ingredients are simply bar none. Organic Quinoa is in this product. Organic Quinoa! This is a plant that is a great source of protein and contains minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.Organic Millet is also in the food. This ingredient is filled with amino acids as well as B-complex vitamins. Organic broccoli and organic pumpkin are also ingredients in this dog food. Both of these ingredients are high in fiber and provide dogs with vitamin A, C and E. These are just some of the quality ingredients that are in Castor & Pollux Organix’s chicken meal. The chicken meal will benefit a dog’s intestinal health and it will help a dog get a healthy coat and maintain healthy skin. There is no soy, wheat or by-products in the food.

5. ORGANIX Small Breed Adult Food for Dogs- Chicken
This organic product from ORGANIX is designed for small dogs. The food contains organic chicken which provides dogs with a good source of protein. Dogs’ overall health will improve as they consume this food because the food contains a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Some of the ingredients that the food contains is organic pea, organic brown rice, organic oats, organic pears, organic pumpkin, organic quinoa and organic millet. Other ingredients include calcium iodate, potassium chloride, niacin, biotin, vitamin B12, vitamin E and vitamin D3.

ORGANIX also has organic gem is designed for dogs of all sizes. The other types of food that ORGANIX has is just as good as their food for small dogs. All of the ingredients in ORAGNIX’s products are natural and good for canines. Anybody who has a furry friend they want to keep in good health should consider trying ORGANIX organic dog food.

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