Housebreaking is an absolute

Every dog is trained to his owner’s level of comfort. If it doesn’t bother you that Fido likes to watch television sitting next to you on the couch, you’re not going to make an issue of keeping him off the furniture. If it makes you crazy when Spot barks at the vacuum cleaner, you’ll be more willing to put in the effort to teach her not to. One absolute for us is that dogs must be housebroken. It’s not the most pleasant topic of conversation, but it’s essential to us. We even teach them to urinate and defecate on command. It takes work, patience and absolute consistency, but any healthy dog can be taught to keep her house clean and …

Housebreaking an Older Dog

Housebreaking an older dog is not an impossible task. Although it is generally easier to housebreak a puppy, any dog can be housebroken given the proper techniques. First, before you begin, you must know how a dog thinks. I would say that a dog thinks 80% of the time with its nose, and the rest of the time with its other senses. If you look at animals in the wild, you’ll notice that most mammals like Wolves, Lions, Tigers, and Wild Dogs scent mark their territories. This is not only a sign of demarcation, but a place where these animals return to mark over and over again, in order warn other animals or their rivals that this is their territory. …

Horses -The Paso Fino

When Christopher Columbus landed in the New World in 1492, he found a continent without horses. After returning to Spain, upon his return to the Americas, he brought back mares and stallions from Andalusia and Cordela. These horses were a mixture of Andalusian, Barb, and the now-extinct Spanish Jennet. The resulting offspring of this mixture was a horse with a very smooth and comfortable gait suitable for the varied terrains of the New World. Because of a trait contributed by the Jennet, of passing the most desirable characteristics along to its offspring, the horse quickly became favored by the Conquistadors. This was the founding stock of the Paso Fino breed. The breed established a place in the history of Western …

Horses in Art

The History of the horse in art is one that spans thousands of years, and goes back to before the horse was first domesticated. The discoveries of rock paintings at Lascaux and Avignon in France have provided us with an insight , not only in to the very early artists, but also of the physical appearance of the primitive horse. That these paintings have survived at all is unbelievable, but when you consider their date of approximately 20,000 BC, and compare this to the condition they are in, is it quite astonishing. Significance of Cave Paintings. Both the Sites at Lascaux and Avignon are buried in deep underground caves, and perhaps this has largely contributed to their preservation. It is …

Horse Training: Did Your Horse Spill The Paint?

In the past, I’ve emailed a lot of info where I describe key principles in horse training. One I like to harp on is the prin- ciple of “kindness.” Instinctively, most understand the kindness thing. After all, why be cruel to your horse. Even though that’s a given, that’s not the principle reason I preach about being kind to your horse. When I say “treat your horse with kindness” the importance in training is this: When a horse does as you ask, he should be rewarded with kindness such as a carress on the point of shoulder or forehead. The thing a lot of people don’t get is kindness with punishment. (When I say punish- ment, I don’t mean whipping …

Horse Trailer Buyer Tips: Slant Load vs. Straight Load

There are many design choices when buying a horse trailer. One decision that can be difficult to make is whether to buy a horse trailer with a slant load design or a straight load design. A slant load horse trailer enables you to load horses into slanted stalls (from left to right), making it more economical when hauling three horses. A straight load trailer has a traditional design in which the horses are led straight into the trailer from the back, facing forward. Choosing a slant load or straight load trailer is really a matter of preference and practicality. You should research all the facts about horse trailers before making a purchase, and know what you’ll need for your horses …

Horse Trailer Buyer Tips: Gooseneck vs Bumper Pull

When choosing a horse trailer, there are many features to consider. One important feature is whether the horse trailer will have a gooseneck or bumper pull design. There are several reasons you might benefit from either design. Let’s compare these two features to see which will work best for your needs. Bumper Pull Horse Trailers – Advantages and Disadvantages Bumper pull trailers, also called tag-along trailers, are horse trailers that attach to a hitch on the hauling vehicle. The trailer “tags along” behind the hauling vehicle and does not become a part of the overall vehicle. There are five major advantages of bumper pull horse trailers. One, they usually cost less than a gooseneck trailer. Two, it’s not necessary to …

Horse Shopping Is Easier If You Do This First

Top 10 Things to do BEFORE you go horse shopping Buying a horse is a big commitment in both time and money. The emotional energy spent is a large factor as well. With so many horses for sale, how do you choose? If you buy a horse before you lay the correct groundwork, you run the risk of coming home with one that isn’t suitable for you. At the worst, he could be dangerous and at best, you could easily spend a thousand dollars or more to get professional trainer to correct the problems. Make a plan before you look at horses for sale and do these 10 basic steps first. 1. Take riding lessons for at least six months. …

How To Take Care Of Your Pet Parrot

Parrots make wonderful family pets because they are great companions, they are beautiful birds with colorful feathers and you can teach them to talk. But you must have a strong level of commitment to your parrot because he will need daily and weekly maintenance, as well as plenty of attention. What a Parrot Needs When you consider how to take care of you parrot, you will have to consider what you will need to get started. The first thing you will need is a large cage for your parrot to live in. Make sure it is big enough for him to move around a bit and be comfortable. To occupy his time and make him feel comfortable you should place …

How To Stop Your Dog From Digging Holes In Your Garden

Guess what? My new dog Forbes started digging holes in my rose garden! As the owner of the web site Dogproblems.com (as well as the Southern California dog training company South Bay K-9 Academy for six years) I’m going to let you peek into my world and learn how a professional dog trainer solves this type of behavior problem. First, I need to figure out when he is digging. Since I know the dog and his lifestyle, I can rule out several factors such as boredom or puppyhood or gophers, etc… I noticed that every time he would start digging holes he was in the yard playing with a friend’s dog, unsupervised. So, I first need to MAKE SURE that …

How to Stop Puppy Chewing

Current info about puppy chewing is not always the easiest thing to locate. Fortunately, this report includes the latest puppy info available. An owner must realize that all dogs and certainly all puppies chew. They will chew almost anything that they can get into their mouth. Therefore, the owner must puppy proof the place were the puppy will spend its time. Most puppies do not know what is safe and what is not safe. The puppy must be gently taught what the rules are for interacting with humans. To do this the owner must provide correct objects for the puppy to chew. Correct objects include anything that is not made of material that you do not want your puppy to …

How To Stop Fence Jumping

Basically, the dog needs to associate a negative experience with jumping up on the fence. But, this negative experience must have three things going for it. First, the negative must happen right as he is jumping up on the fence. Second, it must be motivational. Kinda like when a cop gives you a ticket for speeding, but the ticket is only for $2, you’ll probably wait until you get 100 tickets before you even consider changing your behavior. But, if it’s a good $250 ticket, it won’t take too many (maybe one or two) to make you stop speeding. In other words, you must find your dog’s sensitivity level. For behavior modification, I’d tend to error on the side of …

How To Setup A Freshwater Tropical Fish Tank

This is an 11 step guide to setting up a freshwater aquarium in your home. Equipment you will need: Aquarium Aquarium gravel Aquarium filter Replacement filter media Heater Other decorations (such as plants) Chemical test kits Fish food Aquarium vacuum Fish net Glass Scrubber 5-gallon bucket Pasta strainer STEP 1: Realize the responsibility involved. A tropical fish tank is just like having a dog or a cat when it comes to the amount of effort on your part. In order to have a successful fish tank you will have to work at it. Once a week, or at most once every two weeks, you will need to perform some kind of maintenance on the tank. Most of the time you …

How To Set Up A Quarantine Tank For Tropical Fish

Do I Need A Quarantine Tank? Ah, yes, the often dismissed but very necessary part of the tropical fish hobby, the infamous quarantine tank. Do you really need one to be successful in this hobby? For freshwater fish you may be able to get by without having one. Freshwater fish are generally more suited to captivity because they are usually tank raised and don’t seem to break out in disease as readily as their saltwater counterparts. However, if newly acquired fish do come down with something, you will surely wish that you had one ready to go. One newly bought fish that is introduced to your main tank can easily wipe out the entire tank population. Better safe than sorry, …

How To Select The Right Pet Bunny Rabbit For Your Household!

So you have decided to purchase a pet rabbit, and now you are wondering how do I pick out the right one? Well, aside from appearance, there are a number of important considerations that you will have to make when you pick out your pet bunny rabbit at the local pet store or other venue. This is important both to ensure that you choose a healthy pet rabbit, and to make sure that you and he are compatible! Now I’ll explain what you’ll need to think about before heading out to buy your pet rabbit, and what to look for when you’re actually selecting an animal from a local breeder, adoption center or pet store. Housing: Do You Have Enough …

How To Select Cat Toys

In the next few paragraphs, we will explore new ideas and thoughts that may help you achieve your goal and decide what is best for you when choosing toys for your cats. Toys for girl cats and boys: When the mouse is away, cats play. And cats have the tendency to both play hard and play soft. Toys are to cats the same as toys are to dogs. It helps fight the boredom experienced by these pets as well as gives our feline friends the opportunity to practice and use their natural inclination to chase and hunt for prey. It also gives the cat owner that great chance to play with their pets, an experience that will aid in bonding …