Monthly Archives: September 2011

Miniature Pinscher Dogs

Miniature PinschersMiniature Pinscher dogs, or Min Pins as they are affectionately known, are called the King of Toys. This title stems from their confident attitude and majestic appearance. Although small in size, they are fearless, intelligent, curious, and full of energy. They make excellent companions, but need an owner to be a strong leader or they will dominate the household.

Miniature Pinscher dogs originate from Germany and were used to hunt rats and other pests. Even though they have a strong resemblance to Dobermans, there is no relationship between the two breeds. Continue reading

Best Tips for Dog Training

Train Your DogIf you are looking for the best tips for dog training so as to improve your dog’s behavior without being harsh, there is a technique called positive reinforcement training. This method is extremely successful and follows the theory that rewarding good behavior and ignoring unwanted behavior is the best way to train your dog.

Positive reinforcement training is quite contrary to the old methods of the past. It was once thought that strict discipline, to the point of using physical pain or intimidation, was the answer to get your pet under control. This new theory is more successful in getting your dog to understand what is expected of him and to follow your commands. It even gets him to think for himself.

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Jack Russells – Are They For You?

Jack RussellJack Russells are certainly not for everyone. Before you consider owning one of these dogs, you need to know as much as possible about them so that you can make an informed decision beforehand.

Jack Russells are working terriers. Dogs in this group have certain characteristics related to their class which are not appealing to all dog owners. The handling they require can be overwhelming to some, but others find that ownership is a rewarding experience and well worth the effect. Continue reading

Pomeranian Dogs – How to Care For Them

Pomeranian dogPomeranian dogs make very good family pets. They are intelligent, have a passive nature and make good watchdogs. Although they are known to have quite the attitude at times, they can be very easily trained and become a devoted member of the family.

Pomeranian dogs are in the toy category and usually range from 7 to 11 inches in height. Originating in Germany, they are one of the most popular in their class. Their double, long-haired coats shed twice a year and the three most common colors are orange, cream or white and black. Brushing should be done on a daily basis as they shed constantly. Continue reading

Springer Spaniels – Are They For You?

springer spanielsIf you are interested in Springer Spaniels but aren’t sure if one will fit into your lifestyle, you need to do some research on their characteristics and requirements before you go ahead.

Springer Spaniels fit well into an active family life. To avoid built-up energy which can cause behavioral problems, it be best to make sure they get a sufficient amount of daily exercise. They also need lots of attention to prevent them becoming destructive. Undesirable behavior can also occur if they are left alone for long periods of time. Continue reading

Pet Hedgehogs

pet hedgehogsOwning pet hedgehogs is getting to be more common now than ever before. They have the cutest expression on their faces and they look like a bowl turned upside down. Their quills are not barbed or as sharp as a porcupines. They have soft fur on their bellies and face. They do have tails but they are mostly pulled back under the quills.

The life expectancy of a hedgehog is about 4 to 6 years of age and they can grow between 4 to 9 inches in length. Muscles running around their bodies allow them to roll up into a ball when they feel they are in danger. Continue reading

Finches as Pets

Gouldian FinchesFinches are small, lively, beautiful birds with vivid coloring. Finches as pets are popular and fun to watch flying around in their cages. They can have a lifespan of up to 5 to 10 years and longer, if well cared for.

Finch care is fairly low maintenance and the pleasure they bring vastly outweighs it. Three of the varieties are gouldian, zebra, and society finches, which are all different in behavior and looks. Continue reading

Pet Rat Care

pet rat carePet rats are social animals that can be a pleasure to own. With good care and attention, they can have a lifespan of 2 to 3-1/2 years. They are extremely intelligent which makes them easy to train. Pet rat care can be a very rewarding experience.

Since they love company, it is best to have more than one rat to keep them happy. Rats also need lots of attention. Make sure these requirements fit into your lifestyle before you consider owning these pets. Continue reading

Boston Terrier Training

Boston TerrierMost new owners struggle with Boston Terrier training, and seem to surrender to the common myth that it takes up to six months to train this breed.

I will dispel this myth, and tell you about the reasons behind why most Boston Terrier owners mistakenly believe this to be true, and will share with you the right way to train Boston Terriers. Continue reading