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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hello Puppy! The Best Ways To Look After The New Addition To Your Family

It’s such an exciting time welcoming a new puppy into your family on that first day! Expect lots of cooing and cuddles and lots of cheeky antic from your new best friend too. But for those first few days, your puppy will probably be feeling a little anxious too. It will be baby’s first time away from his Mom and brothers and sisters. And he will be in totally new surrounds. So here are some top tips on the best ways to look after the new addition to your family. For extra tips on caring for your pet, follow the click.

Meeting The Vet

One of the first trips you and your puppy will take together is to the vet. Make sure to choose a reputable company and preferably a recommendation from friends that are pet owners. Your puppy will certainly be spending some time here, so you want him to feel safe and secure.

Get Him Chipped And Insured

Make sure your pet is microchipped. This is the best chance you have of being reunited with your dog if he gets lost. All dogs over the age of eight weeks old should be microchipped so make sure your breeder has carried this out. And of course, don’t forget to get your puppy insured. If your puppy gets sick or is injured, insurance can help reduce the cost of medical bills and medication. There are many different types of pet insurance so check out this great resource to help you choose the right type for your puppy.

Toys And Crates

You’ll want to have lots of soft and chewy toys ready at your home for when your puppy arrives. A teething puppy is going to want to chew. So invest in lots of chew toys or say goodbye to your dining room furniture and your shoes! Have a mixture of different textures so your puppy can get lots of play in. You’ll probably also want to introduce your puppy to a crate for sleeping and training. But make sure in the first few weeks to keep the crate in a social area of the house. Puppies don’t like to be alone when they are very young. You may not be able to take your puppy outside for walks yet but it’ still a good idea to get him used to his collar and lead. So start practicing in the house instead.

ID Tag And Socialisation

When it’s time to take your puppy for walks, you’ll also want to teach him to socialize with other animals and people. Joining a puppy training class is a great idea at this stage. And also don’t forget to buy him a funky ID tag for his collar! Puppy wants to look stylish too!

Food and Treats

Make sure you get the right puppy food for your dog's developmental stage. It is important to keep your dog healthy with the right nutrition and oral hygiene. You’ll also want to get tasty puppy treats in for training and just because you love him and can’t resist!   

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Selecting Horse Equipment and Rider Apparel

Do you love the freedom that you get when you ride a horse? If this is the case, you are certainly not alone. Owning a horse is a big responsibility. You need to make sure that you have the proper equipment in order to make sure that your horse is always protected when you are riding it. You will also need to get yourself some riding apparel if you do not already have some of your own. There are numerous retailers that sell these items. However, they can be very different in the selection they offer and the prices they charge. Here is how you can go about buying the best rider apparel and horse equipment.

1. Ask some of your friends who ride horses to give you the name of the store where they buy these items.

Friends or family members who are also horse riders will be good people to ask for help when you are trying to find the best place to go shopping for all of your horse product needs. These people know you and they will not have any ulterior motive to get you to shop at a certain store. Therefore, you can trust their recommendations. Find out if they know any good places where you can buy girls riding pants.

2. Are all of the biggest any most popular brands represented?

Ideally, you want to do all of your shopping at a store that offers a large selection of the most popular horse equipment and riding apparel brands. This is not always the case in many of the stores that are out there. You will discover that many retailers have contracts with certain companies that prevent them from selling products made by their competitors. Therefore, these stores will not be able to offer you the huge selection that some of the other retailers will have.

3. How long do you have to test the equipment that you buy?

You should only buy your horse equipment from a retailer that gives you a suitable amount of time to test out the items you purchase. A saddle is an example of horse equipment that needs to be broken in before you can be absolutely certain that you want to keep it. You might buy a saddle and discover later that it is not comfortable. Verify the amount of time the store will give you to return your purchases.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Birds on the Ferry

Going on a ferry ride  with our car in it was such a  great experience for all of us when we went to Virginia.  Thanks to an online friend who told us about it.  It was really a relaxing activity fir all if us especially after our  tuiring day at Busch Gardens.  While on the ferry, we saw a lot of birds flyung around and lot of them was on a ferry ride too.
Kids were fascinated by this big birds nest.  We were not sure what bird occupies it but it's a  big one.  Here she is, U am not sure if it's a hawk.

Watching the  birds fly and enjoy their time gives us the most enjoyable time  on the ferry even though it was very hot and humid that day.

If we ever visit Virginia again, we would probably go on a ferry ride again.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Incredibly Simple Ways To Make Caring For Pets A Breeze

Pets can take up a lot of time, money, and other resources. However, many of us have them because of how much joy they bring into our lives! If you would like to make caring for your pets a little easier, these incredibly simple ways will help you out. Enjoy:

Get Your Whole Family Involved

If you’re the only one who is caring for your pet, it’s going to seem like hard work. Nobody wants to feel like caring for their furbaby is a chore! Make sure you get your whole family involved. Give them tasks based on their age and ability level. Maybe one of your kids could groom your pet, while another one keeps their water bowl topped up. You could even rotate the tasks with a family rota or schedule so everybody knows what they are supposed to be doing. This is great for giving kids a sense of responsibility too!

Know What You’re Getting Into

Make sure you know what you’re getting into before you get a pet at all. You should research not only the type of pet you’re getting, but the breed too. Being aware of the costs and how much time you’ll need to give the pet will help you to make sure this is definitely the right decision.

Invest In Pet Gadgets

There are lots of pet gadgets that can help make your life easier. There are special leads, collars, bowls, and even an auto litter machine. Look into your options and see what could save you time!

Train Your Pet From A Young Age

Most pets can be trained, but you need to make sure you train them from a young age. Even if you only teach them basic commands and no fancy tricks, it’ll save you a world of hassle. Having them do what you say will make it much easier. For example, you can make it so they don’t eat anything without your say so. You can make it so they don’t pull you while walking them. If you’re consistent, you can teach them many commands that will help you to no end later on!
@ryestein_ and  Mandy,  after a  short stroll around the neighborhood
A photo posted by Chubskulit Rose (@chubskulitrose) on

Develop A Relationship With Your Pet

Making the effort to develop a relationship with your pet will make pet related chores so much better. You can play with them and groom them to develop a relationship with them, but there are lots of other options too!

Go To Regular Vet Appointments

Keeping up with a regular vet appointment will ensure that you don’t miss anything crucial when it comes to your pet’s health. If you miss something, it could take a lot of money and medication to make your pet better again. You don’t want this for your pet, so make sure you don’t neglect them!

These tips should make caring for your pets a breeze in no time. Knowing what pet you’re introducing into your home before you do it will help you to prepare yourself and know what to expect. Have fun!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How To Make The Most Of #PuppyTraining Classes

If you’ve got a new puppy, you may have already decided that they need training and obedience classes. Puppies are balls of boundless energy, and they need to learn how to behave and control their exuberance. It’s fun to play with puppies. But it’s not so amusing when you come home to scenes of carnage. Are you eager to keep your sofa intact and your slippers in one piece? If so, here are some tips to make sure you get the best out of puppy training classes.

Register early
Puppies can start training and obedience classes once they’ve had their immunizations. In some cases, you may find that sessions get booked up in advance, so register early. If you’re not sure which classes to attend, ask friends or colleagues for recommendations. It’s likely that your vet will be able to make suggestions too.

Lay the foundations
Training should start long before your pup bounds into their first session. Start basic training as soon as you bring your puppy home. Be strict, but fair. It’s important that they know the boundaries, and that they gain respect for you. Start with simple commands like ‘sit’ and ‘wait’. Encourage them, and give them a reward, such as a chew, when they display good behavior. If your puppy is used to authority, they will respond well to classes. If they’ve been allowed to rule the roost for weeks beforehand, they may struggle to adjust.

Stick with it
If you’ve signed up for a course, make sure you attend all the sessions. There’s no point in going to the first class, and then having a few weeks off. Puppies need consistency.

Use your trainer’s advice at home
It’s essential to reinforce your trainer’s actions and requests at home. Your puppy may behave well during the session. But if they’re allowed to do anything they want at home, they’re likely to exploit this freedom. Practice commands and exercises with your pup when you’re out for walks or he’s waiting for dinner. You can also continue training between sessions with dog training online. Practice makes perfect. If you keep going over the drills, your pup will pick them up in no time at all, and you’ll notice changes immediately. Always reward good behavior. When you’ve finished your sessions, continue training at home. Don’t let things slide just because you’re no longer attending lessons.

Ask for advice
If you’re struggling at home, don’t be afraid to ask for advice. Contact your vet, or have a word with your dog trainer after the session. There may be additional exercises you can try or different ways of addressing your pup.

Encourage exercise
Between sessions, make sure you keep your puppy busy. Pups tend to stray off the straight and narrow when they get bored. Play with them, take them for regular walks and show them love and affection. If you go out, make sure they have plenty of toys to keep them occupied.

Puppy training classes are fantastic for taming unruly pups and teaching puppies to interact with other dogs. If you have a new member of the family, follow these tips to ensure you make the most of training sessions. Hopefully, you’ll have a perfectly behaved pooch before you know it!