Archives for March 2011

The Cat Genie Self Flushing Litter Box

Rest easy cat owners, thanks to the Cat Genie Self Flushing Litter Box, the end of smelly poop-scooping has arrived! As a matter of fact, so has the end of expensive litter replacing because the Cat Genie litter box only uses special Cat Genie reusable, biodegradable litter. It only needs occasional refilling as the full level lowers over time! The Cat Genie 120 is by far the most superior automatic cat box on the market and it’s patented self cleaning, self flushing technology makes it the only one of it’s kind!

Simply hook your new Cat Genie to a water source such as a toilet or washing machine; fill it up and set it to either clean itself after each use or set it to clean at a certain time, or times, of day. After that, your cat, and your Cat Genie do the rest of the work!

Each cleaning cycle consists of the automatic scooping arm removing solid waste and depositing it into an area of the box where it will then be turned into liquid. The reusable special Cat Genie litter will then be washed clean and the water will remove everything as it’s flushed away. When it’s all cleaned it’s then sanitized with a special SaniSolution made specifically for the Cat Genie 120 and everything will completely dried and ready for the next use. The whole process takes about thirty minutes from start to end.

Just think of it, no more dirty, dusty litter. No more mess for your cat to maneruver through when he or she is ready to use the box. Just clean, sanitized, fresh litter every time! And if your cat is a little on the shy time or just prefers complete privacy, be sure to order the Cat Genie Dome which will provide all the privacy he or she needs. If your furry feline is just too large to fit (anything larger than small to average) into the dome then be sure to order the Cat Genie Side Walls to help keep overly enthusiastic diggers from kicking out litter so there’s less sweeping up for you to do!

The Cat Genie 120 is the ultimate litter box for both kitties and their owners! There are many positive Cat Genie reviews documenting this! Order yours today and stop the scooping!

5 Amazing Positive Dog Training Tips!

No matter how long a person has been a pet owner, there are always new dog training tips to pick up along the way. The learning process is never over for canine or human – and a refresher course could never hurt, either!

1. Be Prepared with Rewards

What is your loveable companion’s favorite thing in the world? Is it food? Play? Attention? Whatever it is, make sure to stay well stocked at all times! This magic ingredient is not to be used as a bribe, but as a reinforcement to let your pup know that good things come to those who behave!

2. The Clicker Works Wonders

Rewards, on their own, can only do so much. When it comes to communication, humans and canines are only barely compatible. There is a tool that can help: clicker training for dogs revolves around using a sound cue, a clicker, to mark the precise moment that a desired behavior is exhibited. Unlike the voice, a clicker is a consistent, reliable way to let your pup know exactly why she has received the reward so that she can do it again.

3. Watch Out for Bad Advice

This one is a toughie. Nobody wants to disagree with a family member or friend, but sometimes even well-intentioned dog training tips should be quietly disregarded. We’ve all been there: dog jumps on visitor, host instructs visitor to simply push the dog off. The simple fact that the dog was jumping in the first place is a good indicator that the suggestion hasn’t paid off thus far. Same goes for the nearby spray bottle – if it worked, it would never need to be refilled.

4. Beautiful Consistency

We, as owners, must be vigilant! Sure, those puppy eyes may be cute, and maybe “just once wouldn’t hurt”, but it sure doesn’t help! Whether the problem is crate-whining or food-begging, the behavior mistakes must be ignored while the positive actions are rewarded. Every little goof-up simply requires more time and effort to undo. This is likely one of the most frequent tips found in all dog training books that is willingly disregarded, and we’re all guilty of it.

5 .Be on the Lookout for Good Behavior

The best opportunity to utilize any dog training tips you may know is actually between sessions. It really helps to cement the desired behaviors. Even if your pooch is simply lounging in the kitchen while you’re putting away groceries, a bit of affection can do wonders to show her that you appreciate the action. Be careful about these unexpected rewards, though. If it is a grocery snoop that you are dealing with, a food treat may not be appropriate for that particular time.

Armed with positive, constructive dog training tips, there are no boundaries to the bonding that will inevitably take place between pet and owner. When the fear of harsh reprimand is removed from a canine’s life, the possibilities for exploration and creativity always prove to be much more exciting than rigid, fearful obedience!

What To Expect From New Puppies

For a new dog owner, there is nothing more exciting and more frustrating than a puppy’s first days in the house. No matter where you look or go, your new puppy is getting into everything and making messes where you thought it was impossible to make a mess. Some dog owners just chalk up this behavior as cute and end up spoiling the puppy; while other owners take a more stern attitude and start immediately issuing orders and trying to discipline their new roommate.

The right behavior to take towards a new puppy is you have to look at them as if they were a newborn child. For the first six months of life, you have to take on the role of a parent and not a master. You have to keep in mind that the dog is not trying to be deliberate in his actions, but is only responding to the interesting world around him. When it comes to puppy training, the dog is still too young for formal obedience training and your job becomes more of an observer than a disciplinarian. You have to try to prevent your new friend from making errors in judgment that will hurt him and to try to teach basic concepts like where to do his business and what his boundaries are in the home.

While treating the puppy like a child, you must also respect the fact that they are still a dog. When it comes to puppy expectations, what behavior might seem cute as a puppy is certainly not always good as an adult dog. Generally, an action that you don’t want the puppy to do as an adult, don’t let him do as a puppy. You don’t want to let the puppy hop on furniture or climb on tables, and if you don’t want them making your bed their bed too, then you need to start crate training or setting aside an area that they can call home.

You have to remember that being a puppy is a time to learn boundaries and to explore their surroundings. Learn to stimulate their growth by taking trips and exposing them to new sights and sounds will help grow them into responsive pets as they begin to enter their next stage of learning.

The Haflinger As Companion Horse

Plenty of horse owners have faced the challenge of finding a companion for a single horse. Maybe you had several horses and one of them died or had to be moved to a new pasture or barn. Maybe you were boarding and now you are able to keep your horse closer to home. If you are looking for an easy companion, consider a Haflinger.

Haflingers are a sturdy and steady breed of horse. In fact, they combine a lot of the ideal traits of the larger draft horses into one compact and strong package. While they are good for many things – working, trail riding, serving as a lesson horse – one of the more unappreciated aspects of their personality is their ability to be a great herd horse.

Horses are by nature herd animals. A horse alone is going to be a bit more tense than one with at least one friend. They rely on each other to keep an eye out for danger, to help with grooming, to find choice grass, and simply to communicate with. A lot of people don’t realize the degree to which – largely through body language – horses are in constant communication. When they’re alone, they are not at their best.

But horses can be picky, too. And that’s where Haflingers come in. Given their essentially mild nature, they can easily assimilate with a broad range of horses and horse personalities. They’re not likely to get into spats over food or water or territory. They don’t need to be the proverbial boss horse. You won’t need to spend hours mediating while the horses try to negotiate who is in charge and how is the follower.

Most importantly, they can provide a lonely horse with the companionship and socialization that they need to be fully healthy and happy. Haflingers can do this like few other horse breeds.

How To Identify Arthritis In Dogs

Arthritis in dogs, or canine arthritis, is one of the most common causes of chronic pain in dogs. It affects one in every five adult dogs in the United States and is one of the most frequently treated canine conditions.

In order to avoid possible injuries caused by arthritis in dogs, you need to observe their early signs and symptoms. These include:

1. Difficulty in using limbs due to a point of pain, especially during normal activities like walking or standing from a sitting position.
2. Discomfort when doing normal activities.
3. Mood changes, depression
5. Lack of movement or exercise
6. Inability to jump

Since dogs are not able to communicate these symptoms in ways that their owners will understand, you as a dog owner must observe your dog carefully for any of these telltale signs of arthritis. In dogs, arthritis can develop among breeds that are predisposed to the condition. If your dog is one of these breeds, it’s best to start bone and iron supplements early in your dog’s life. There are also certain natural remedies which your vet might recommend, if you prefer that your dog take preparations other than conventional medicine.

It is always wise to have frequent check-ups with your dog’s veterinarian, especially when it comes to canine arthritis treatment. The vet will know when it in necessary to screen your dog for possible symptoms, especially when X-rays are needed. They may cost a bit extra, but X-rays are the best way to tell whether your dog has an arthritis problem. They are a good indicator of whether or not your dog needs to take medication such as joint supplements or anti-inflammatories.

Arthritis in dogs is a serious problem that can be treated early on. The best treatment is prevention, so always consult your vet, even if your dog appears to be healthy.