• Holistic Pets,  tips for pet parents

    Pet Insurance: Yes or No?

    For the past several years, the newest trend in pet ownership has been pet insurance. Do your pets need to have pet insurance? What Is Pet Insurance? Health insurance is important so that people can get the medical services that they need. What about your pets? Pet insurance is a medical plan to cut down on the cost of caring for your pet. Some services at the veterinarian can cost thousands. Think of your cat accidently swallowing tinsel from the Christmas tree or your dog getting cataracts. How much will you have to pay to heal or even save your pet? What You Should Know about Pet Insurance Before you…

  • tips for adopting a pet,  tips for pet parents

    Should You Adopt a Puppy or an Older Dog?

    Are you heading to your local shelter this weekend and wondering should I adopt a puppy or would an older dog be the perfect match? Yes, a puppy is precious, but also very needy. You’ll spend far more time with that puppy in the early months than you would with an older dog. The shelters are crowded with dogs – many just a few months out of their puppy phase. A puppy is going to adjust to your home better than an older dog, but that doesn’t mean the older dog won’t love your home, too. Puppies and older dogs each have their own specific requirements. A puppy has to…

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    Best First Pets

    Most people can remember their first pet from childhood. Kids who get pets during their childhood learn to socialize with others at an early age while others wait until they’re adults before they venture into pet parenthood. Either way, there are certain pets that are better suited to your age and maturity level. First Pets for Kids When buying pets for children, consider that some children might like the idea of a pet but not the pet itself – especially if it is big. It could seem threatening to them. For any child, choose a baby pet if you can. Then, the pet can grow up with the child. Fish…

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    It’s Moving Day-How to Keep Your Pets Happy and Safe

    Moving is a stressful time for everyone in the family including pets so here are some tips to help you get your pet ready for moving day. Lessen the Stress Pets can be stressed over moving just like people. How can you tell? Your pet may refuse to eat or be more nippy than usual to you and others. Recognize these signs and try to keep your pet calm. Take breaks and play with them. Leave their belongings until last in your packing so they can have something familiar around them. ID Change identification – You’ll have a new address and your pet’s collar (if applicable) needs to reflect that.…

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    Don’t Make a Spur-of-the-Moment Decision to Own a Pet

    One of life’s great mistakes is taking your children to look at dogs and cats if you aren’t serious about bringing home a pet. You can be sure that in a matter of minutes, your children will connect with the cutest little puppy or kitten. You say no, then they hand the puppy to you and you’re face to face with pleading brown puppy eyes and crying children. So between the children’s begging and memories of the family dog from your youth, you’re paying for a shopping cart full of dog stuff – plus the puppy or kitten. There’s no greater buyer’s remorse than that felt after buying a pet…

  • Dog Training Information,  Dog Training Tips,  Getting Ready To Train Your Dog

    Watch Your Dog’s Diet During the Housetraining Process

    When your dog learns to follow a potty break routine, you have to avoid doing anything that makes the lessons harder. One way you can help this process is in managing the dog’s food intake. Monitor and log the crate time and potty-breaks and make a note of any pattern in your dog’s elimination. Make sure that the food you provide and the timing of feedings don’t compromise training. Feed your dog at the same time each day. If you feed him in the morning before leaving for work, put out the food as soon as you wake up. The dog can eat and begin to digest the food while…

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    Pets are Great for Teaching Children About Friendship and Responsibility

    It shouldn’t surprise you when your children ask for a pet because kids like cute things. It could be a request for a cat, dog, rabbit, horse, iguana, lizard, turtle or other animal. Your first reaction might be to say no, but instead, consider how it may impact your child if they had the experience of owning a pet. Having a pet in the home can be one way of teaching your kids responsibility. However, there are a few things to consider. First, choose a pet that is age appropriate. Small children are not mature enough to learn to take care of a puppy.. Instead, find a pet that can…

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    The Holistic Dog-An Interview with Laura Benko

    Welcome Laura Benko to LLAPets. Laura’s a Feng Shui consultant who’s written a book called The Holistic Dog… Live, Love, Adopt Pets (LLAP)-Could you tell us about yourself and what you do? Laura Benko (LB)-I’m a modern Feng Shui consultant and after I wrote The Holistic Home: Feng Shui for Mind, Body, Spirit, Space, photographer Susan Fischer and I decided to do a book about a dog in their Space. She shot them in their favorite Space and I interviewed the dogs family and delved into the canines Mind (their behavior, quirks, personality) and their Body (breed, nutrition, health, wellness, physical attributes) and their Spirit (karmic connection of how the…

  • Dog Training Tips,  Getting Ready To Train Your Dog

    I’m Not Sure I Like Your Tone

    Training a dog is a practice which makes big demands on an owner. There is a lot of effort involved in ensuring that a dog behaves well, and each person will have their own views on which methods are the most effective and efficient. What is certain is that each dog will react in its own way to different stimuli. One of the most effective tools in keeping a dog on its best behavior is the human voice – make sure your dog gets used to the sound of yours, because this is how you will get the best out of it. As humans, we are used to recognising the…

  • Dog Training Tips,  Getting Ready To Train Your Dog

    A Dog’s Instinct

    Dogs in general have a tendency to follow their instincts and their influences. Canine behavior is something that has given countless experts reason to write countless books, and as far and wide as you go you are unlikely to find an expert who advocates an aggressive manner of dog training. The reason for this is that dogs absorb what they are taught very quickly, and behaving aggressively towards a dog will influence it to behave in an equally aggressive manner. Deep down in every dog, there is the instinct of a wolf – because that is what they have descended from. Now, if you find a wolf in the wild…