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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Best Pets For Young Children

If you have children, then you know just how difficult it can be to constantly be hearing “can we have a pet?” To be fair, the appeal is completely understandable. If you were young and you saw an animal, wouldn’t you want one too? Didn’t you want one, when you were their age? Now, there are ways to settle your kids down and the questions will stop (eventually!), but take a step back: why don’t you want to get a pet? They’re often more manageable than you’d think, and can bring a ton of benefits to the family household. And there are also plenty of animals to choose from, as our examples below show…

Small and Fuzzy

The biggest arguments against getting a pet are that you might not have enough time to take care of it properly, you don’t know what they’ll get up to when you’re away from home, and that your children will get bored of them and you’ll be stuck with a pet you didn’t even really want in the first place! Enter: small rodents! These cute little creatures are small enough that they won’t cause you any worries; stay almost exclusively in their cage and couldn’t destroy your home even if they wanted to; and, besides from offering hours and hours of entertainment (what will they do next?), don’t live all that long. Of course that last point is a bit sad, but they are nature’s rules - not ours! Rodents came in general just one shape and size, but they do vary - you can get a hamster or gerbil (similar but not quite the same), a mouse, or a rat (eek! No need to be alarmed; they’re cool).

Can’t Touch, Won’t Touch

If you’re concerned about how your children will interact with your new pet, then you could consider getting a creature that they either can’t touch, or a creature that they won’t touch, but which they’ll also be entertained by and learn good life skills from. Specifically, for the ‘can’t touch’ angle, we’re thinking fish - visit this website to see the weird and colourful creatures that are available. On the ‘won’t touch’ front, we’re thinking along the lines of reptiles (endlessly fascinating!) and creatures from around the world. Great African snails, for instance, are a complete curiosity - they’re different to what you might think of when you think of a pet, but they’re great to watch and can broaden your child's horizons.


The Dog Question

Yeah, you knew this was coming - your children don’t just want a pet, they have their heart set on a dog. In those cases, all you can really do is: get one, or don’t. Obviously, getting a dog is a much greater investment than getting a hamster or a gerbil, and you’ll have to personally want one yourself. A dog that is only acquired for the children will end up being more hassle than it’s worth - and ultimately that won’t be fair on the dog or anybody else. Remember - a dog is for life!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dog Owners: 4 Essential Items You Need to Have

No matter what kind of dog you might have, there are certain things that all owners need to ensure they have before even bringing that puppy home. Getting a dog is one of the most exciting things you can do, but you need to be prepared for the arrival, otherwise you never know what might happen. Fortunately, there is not a great deal that you need in order to properly look after your new dog, but you do need to make sure that you have the following essentials. Let’s take a look at what they are, so that you can better look after your pet.


There are few things more important than ensuring that your dog is as comfortable as possible. And this is especially important when it comes to their sleep, as getting enough sleep is an important health issue, as it is for humans or just about any other animal on the planet. Make sure that your dog’s bed area is plenty comfortable. You will soon know if it isn’t, because they will probably let you know in quite a vocal manner! If they are uncomfortable, consider adding a blanket or two in order to help them sleep. But don’t feel you need to bring them into your bed. Some owners do this, but pet psychologists have suggested that it might not be the healthiest move you can make. Better to keep them comfy in their own area.

Collar & Leash

Before long, you will need to start taking them for long walks, and when you do you want to ensure that you still have a hold on them. Particularly when they are young, and untrained, dogs can easily find themselves running away before either of you even know what’s happening. Make sure that this nightmare situation doesn’t have a chance to occur by investing in a good quality collar and the best retractable leashes. That way, you will have the control that you need when you are out walking your dog, and that is hugely important for any dog owner.

Grooming Equipment

Any dog owner will tell you that one of the most important concerns of all is keeping your dog well-groomed. Grooming can sometimes be something of a nightmare, especially with certain breeds like the Hungarian Puli, but it is an essential and it is worth getting used to it. In order to make it easier on yourself, you might want to invest in some decent grooming equipment, such as hard-wired brushes and possibly even clippers if you plan to cut the fur yourself. Of course, you might also want to consider them getting their fur professionally trimmed from time to time, as this can really make a huge difference to their appearance.


Finally, remember the very important act of feeding and watering. You will need at least two bowls for your dog - one for food, and the other for water - as without these, the process of feeding them will be much more difficult. However, they don’t have to be anything fancy. Particularly for the water, as long as it is easy for your dog to drink from without spillage, then that will suffice.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Puppy Love

So you’ve decided to take the thrilling and life-changing step of getting a puppy for you and your family – congratulations! It seems logical to head to a breeder or shelter and just pick out the one little dog who comes over to you, or who instantly catches your eye. But don’t choose the first one you see, follow our guide on how to get the best pet for you and your home. After all, he’s going to be part of the family for years to come – so you want to make sure you get it right!

If you’re going to get your new pet from a breeder, you should wait until he is at least eight weeks old. Puppies who are younger than this still need their mothers and brothers and sisters as an important part of their development. Your breeder should be someone that you know and trust, or failing that, someone whose reputation you have researched and who is a respected professional at producing great pups that you’ll be happy with.

Find out about what kind of dog your puppy will be as an adult by doing your research on the breed you have chosen. Read as much as you can, and visit dog shows and training schools to meet dogs of the same breed. Spend time playing with them, and ask expert trainers and dog handlers about what you should know about this kind of pooch.

Talk to your local vet about the breed of puppy you are hoping to get. He will be able to advise you of any specific issues that you should be aware of, including potential health problems and concerns. Doing this can save you a lot of time and trouble later on, so it’s worth making that call.

Do you have a friend or family member who is a self-confessed expert on puppies and dogs? Bring them with you when you are going to pick out your pet. The more advice and help you can get, the better. Get advice on travelling with your pet at Canine Trip. After all, this pup is going to an important part of your family, so you want to be sure that you’re making the right choice.

Make sure you find out about any problems or illnesses that are specific to the breed of puppy you are hoping to get. Knowing what to look out for can help you to prevent any issues from getting out of control, and allow you to take action to keep your new dog happy and healthy.

Take time to have a look at the older dogs when you visit your breeder, as they will give you a good idea of what your puppy will be like when he’s older. Check that all the dogs are living in good conditions, and appear to be happy and well cared for.

When you’re getting a puppy for the first time, the most important thing is to be as well-informed as possible. Taking your time to do your research and talk to the experts will make all the difference. Find out here how to make friends with your new pet, and have fun!