Building a Koi Pond
Blog / 07/10/2014

Building a Koi Pond   There are many reasons to build a pond in your backyard, though the most common reason would be to raise koi. So, you probably have more than a few questions about the construction of a pool and what you can do to ensure smooth sailing. There are a few things that you will need to consider before you commence its construction and they are the following: More than Dirt: Contrary to popular belief, they are not simple holes in the ground. You cannot dig a hole, fill it with water, and hope for the best. At best, it will drain and your fish will die. At worst, the water will become contaminated and your fish will contract some sort of disease. Either way your fish are doomed, and if you want to avoid this, you will need to make sure you create a suitable environment for it. Filtration Filtration Filtration Because you’re dealing with an open pool, it is inevitable that debris would enter the water whether you’ve built an outdoor pool or chosen to create one inside. Either way, you should make sure you build a decent filtration system that is capable of filtering…

Dog Potty Training Indoors
Blog / 06/29/2014

Dog Potty Training Indoors I got my first Lhasa Apso dog Pepper back in 1979. I was getting him use to using newspapers since that’s how many puppies start out with dog potty training. It wasn’t too long before I had moved out on my own to a high-rise condominium in downtown Toronto. My new home was an eighth floor suite in the middle of a busy downtown area with no parks nearby. I was also starting a new career that had long unpredictable days. So based on all this, I decided to continue to dog potty train Pepper to use newspapers indoors in a little room that was meant to be where my washer and dryer was. He got use to this location really well and when I got a second Lhasa Apso I named Max, I trained the new puppy to use the newspapers indoors as well. Max just copied what Pepper was doing so it was really easy. I ended up having two dogs that were completely paper trained indoors. If I came home late, it was okay because I didn’t have to rush to take them outside to do their business. They already did on the…

Checking Weight Level Of Your Dog For Pet Health
Blog / 06/24/2014

Checking Weight Level Of Your Dog For Pet Health   Dog Weight Level For Pet Health One of the most important pet health issues is the weight level and this is especially true for dogs. Unfortunately, I see a lot of dogs out there who are overweight and this can lead to serious health issues. My own two dogs Chester and Roxie have been a bit prone to gaining excess weight if we are not careful with their diet. So I’ve switched them to a low fat formula pet food as well as keep their snacks limited to healthy treats like fruit, veggies and only small amounts of biscuits. We are also quite good at getting out to exercise almost every day that the weather cooperates. During bad weather days, we play indoors to get them active. Monitor Dog Weight Levels We also monitor their weight levels on a regular basis and my new video shows you how we do this. Keeping their weight in check is very important for their health. Here’s the new video Adjust Food Intake And Exercise If Overweight It is best to check with your vet to determine what is the optimal weight level for…

How to Find a Lost Cat
Blog / 06/18/2014

How to Find a Lost Cat By Mary Mathews Here’s what to do if you ever find yourself needing to find a lost cat… 1. Walk slowly and call out your cat’s name. A lost cat will probably not come out of hiding, but will whimper and cry. If they’ve just run out, leave the door (or wherever they left by open as they may be just out for a walk and will come back soon) 2. Make familiar sounds likely to attract your cat: Shake a box of her favorite dry cat food or open a can. 3. Search your neighborhood thoroughly late at night, including your old neighborhood if you’ve recently moved. Be cautious around cars and garbage cans. Tell your neighbors to be on the lookout as sometimes cats are simply next door. 4. Place fliers that give a good description of your cat around your neighborhood. Be sure to make small tear off tabs at the bottom with the cats name and any identifying marks, collars etc, your name and your phone number. Many times people don’t respond to the fliers because they can’t remember the phone number! 5. Check the Found Cats section of the…

Common Health Issues Faced By a Crested Gecko
Blog / 06/17/2014

Common Health Issues Faced By a Crested Gecko   Crested geckos or Rhacodactylus ciliatus are one of the fascinating reptile species that can be easily housed. However, there are common health issues and other threats which can endanger the healthy growth of your gecko. You need to be familiar with these issues to care for your pet in a better way. Metabolic Bone Disease or MBD MBD is a health issue that can be seen affecting crested geckos and is a result of severe calcium deficiency. As the name suggests your pet may not have healthy bones and can therefore suffer from ill health. Most pet owners, especially those who house these lizards for the first time, are not aware of the gecko’s calcium requirements. Like humans, geckos too need calcium and vitamin D for strong bones and good overall development. If your gecko shows soft jaws, shaky movements, muscle twitching, and a lethargic response to food it is likely that there is something wrong. Normally, these symptoms will not be noticed suddenly but appear when your geckos are neglected for a long time. It is important that you make a note of the amount of calcium and vitamin D…

Dog Training Tips
Blog / 06/17/2014

Dog Training Tips There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior. Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog. The first is simple; you must win your dogs mind. If you don’t achieve this first then you will be struggling the all the way. When I talk about winning your dogs mind what I really mean is that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. Before you do anything else watch one of the amazing video sites that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. If you aren’t putting these in place then you are setting yourself up to fail. Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing. For sure your dog may play ball occasionally or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens…

Keeping Swans – 5 Tips If You Are Thinking of Raising It
Blog / 06/15/2014

Keeping Swans – 5 Tips If You Are Thinking of Raising It   The importance of the beauty of one’s house cannot be undermined in any way. The home is where the heart, mind, body and soul of the people who reside in it find rest and refuge after a long and tiring day away from home. Whether you are a young career person who is just starting out his stint in the corporate world, or a man in his prime, just treating each day as a big blessing, the inner peace that a home can bring really helps you cope with the world’s stress. Having the right ornaments – which sometimes includes lovely home flock such as swans – will greatly help achieve this purpose. For more information on how to raise swans for any use that may be beneficial to you, all you have to do is read on. The best way to start  is to go to a professional hatchery and ask for a few tips there. Normally, they would not disclose all the information that they know. They will, however, give you the basics on how to treat your home water flock, if and when you…

When Should I Start Training My Puppy?
Blog / 06/09/2014

When Should I Start Training My Puppy? by Charlie Lafave, author, “Dog Training Secrets!”   If you have a puppy, you must start training early, but do it gently. Your puppy has to have confidence in you before he can begin learning. Remember that puppies are like children – they have growing bodies, short attention spans, and will only learn things when the conditions are right and when they understand what it is you’re trying to teach them. That said, the earlier you start training dogs, the better. More specifically, it’s best if you start “socialization” from 8 weeks, simple commands like “come” and “sit” from 12 weeks, and more intensive training at 5 to 6 months. While some early training can be started as soon as you bring your puppy home, the optimum time to begin obedience training is somewhere around 9 to 12 weeks of age. Keep in mind that training can cover a broad range of topics – I’m not suggesting that you begin training your puppy at 8 weeks of age for agility competitions! Your training should start off with the basics – teaching him “No!” and beginning house-training. Socialization skills are next – experts tell…

Dog Separation Anxiety- A Dreadful Anxiety Situation
Blog / 05/27/2014

Dog Separation Anxiety- A Dreadful Situation   Dog separation anxiety is a dreadful problem to be addressed in the canine world. The following article discusses the ways to treat separation anxiety. One of the greatest joys of dog ownership is the bond you and your dog share. Your dog is one of the social animals that require love and affection and sometimes this affection and love can cause harmful consequences. If your dog is attached to you in more than the required manner, then he may start behaving in a weird manner when sensing your absence. If dogs become too reliant and dependent on you, then separation anxiety can develop. It is an enormous and critical problem to address and over 10% of all puppies and dogs get this syndrome. If you as a master do not take steps to conquer the situation, then there may be a situation when you have to leave your pet in an animal shelter. Therefore, it is important to proceed through a step by step plan that can treat your dog. First ascertain your symptoms, causes and then discover the ways to treat it. It is not an easy syndrome to cure but if…

Essential Care Tips For Pet Rabbits
Blog / 05/19/2014

Essential Care Tips For Pet Rabbits   If you currently have a rabbit, the following tips may give you some helpful guidance in how to care for it so he remains healthy and happy. Caring for them takes time, patience and love, and it’s not for everyone. But if it is right for you, you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from your pets. If you are considering getting one, you should know first of all that they do not make good pets for young children. They are very timid and can even die from fright. While bunnies are cute, they are very fragile and must be handled carefully. They are not likely to be happy in a home full of small children, and they really aren’t cut out to be pets for little kids. All in all, this is not a good situation for rabbits. Keep in mind that they love to be out and about, with the people they love. Many people let them roam the house; they follow their people around like dogs, but with the advantage that they, like cats and unlike dogs, can be litter trained. That said, it should be either in a large cage…