5 Things Every Responsible Pet Owner Does – Guest Post by Jordan Walker

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Pet ownership does not only mean choosing an animal and then taking him home. Truth be told, it’s just the beginning of a long-term commitment.

Although owning and raising pets appear like a daunting and tedious job, many responsible pet owners managed to overcome all the potential struggles. How? They just thought of the entire idea as a part of their everyday routine and not as a job. It’s that simple.

Considering you also that way, what do you think these responsible pet owners do that we don’t? We’ve listed 5 of them below.

1. They take good care of their pet’s health.


In a study conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, it was found that an animal’s fur could trigger allergies. Three out of ten individuals suffered allergic reactions when exposed to cats and dogs.

So what does this mean to you as a pet owner? Obviously, animals should not be left to roam in the house if a member is allergic to them. Otherwise, he/she will suffer asthma. However, if you insist to bring them in, opt for breeds that are hypoallergenic or refer to the Internet for ways to hit two birds with one stone.

2. They consider their pet’s natural habits and their personal lifestyle.


Are you more of an adventurer who loves to travel to places? Or perhaps you are a bookish who wants to read a book all day in the room? Maybe you are a movie buff who prefers to eat and watch various flicks in the couch?

Regardless of what type of person you are, there is a specific breed that perfectly suits you. There are giant dog breeds that enjoy trekking and camping in the mountains. Also, there are those that are couch potatoes. But just to be sure, careful research has to be done. A visit to expert breeders could give you helpful insights about what pet you need.

3. They practice consistency.


Whether you agree or not, careers and relationships are often our top priorities. Due to our busy lifestyles, we rarely see our beloved fur babies. We only get a glimpse of them when we wake up early in the morning and when we arrive late night. Thankfully, they don’t hate us for not being able to spend time with them.

Apparently, the things above make responsible pet owners a stand out from ordinary people. Instead of spending their free time doing office-related tasks, they make it a point to schedule their pets for grooming and dog baths. They take them to regular dog walks in the park and allow them to mingle with others of their kind. Now, isn’t that what being responsible means?

4. They set boundaries.


If you truly care for dogs, you need not to adopt 10 of them at once. Being a responsible pet owner means setting boundaries and limitations to what you are and are not capable of doing.

There’s no point of bringing 10 dogs at home where in fact, you can’t even afford to feed two of them. In the long run, these creatures will only suffer from starvation. And then, you’ll have no choice but to surrender them to animal shelters. The cycle just goes on and on.

5. They are always prepared.


We never know what will happen in the future. So it would be wise to prepare ahead.

Natural calamities may wreak havoc at times you less expected. That being said, you must always have emergency kits for your pets in handy in case the need arises.

While pet ownership seems like a journey to forever, the challenges should never be looked at as a hindrance. In fact, these roadblocks can help strengthen your bond with your furry friends, and at the same time, mold you into a more responsible person. In the long run, you will realize that you have already grown into a person your four-legged pals love and respect, which is of course, a good thing.

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Author: Jordan Walker

Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages


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Tips On Bathing Your Dog – A Guest Post

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Get that pup in the tub!


Of course we all love our fluffy, four-legged, friends, and want nothing but the best for them. However, even some of the most perfectly behaved pooches can be a bit of trouble around bath time. Don’t let a little whimpering deter you from getting that dog in the tub. These few tips may turn your water fearing whiner into a clean coat canine in no time!

The best opportunity to start is when your dog is younger. As time goes on your dog will feel more adjusted with each subsequent bath.

Let your dog get comfortable around the bathroom and water. Bathtubs and showers are closed off areas. Naturally, a dog will feel as if they are being punished or trapped when suddenly placed inside a small inclosure. Introduce large amounts of rising water and the experience can be frightening for a dog of any age.

Allow your dog to roam around the bathroom for a while. Let them in while you take showers or bath by yourself. Let younger dogs splash around in a few inches of warm water with the facet off. Getting them acclimated to water over time is a great strategy that will pay off at the next bath time.

A regular bath schedule works well too. Many dogs respond well to routines and are more willing to cooperate when they are expecting the bath time.

Try to refrain from reprimanding or punishing your dog in the tub or bathing area. Your dog needs to know that bath times are safe. The added stress will only cause them to misbehave even more than they already are. Treats are a great way to positively reenforce good behavior.

If you have more than one dog try bathing them together. Usually if one is more reserved and well behaved the other will try to follow suite. Careful though, two dogs who really hate baths are much harder to handle than just the one.

With our more difficult friends a bathing tether or a leash may be needed to help keep the dog (and water) in the tub or bathing area. Some dogs will find comfort in their leash but if your dog already has an aversion to his or her leash, this will only make bath time harder for them.

A rubber bath mat works perfect in the tub with little paws that may slip or slide on the slick tub lining.

Cotton balls gently placed in your dogs ears may help refuse noise and will help keep soap and water out.

When washing your dog shampoo back to front with the head shampooed last. When it comes time to rinse use a plastic cup or pitcher to rinse the head first.

Hand dry with a towel first then use a commercial pet dryer or hair dryer on a low setting to finish drying. Be careful, some dogs like to run around and roll on the carpet to get dry. This will often result is bad a matted coat with bad tangles.

A few additional tips to remember are:

  • Dogs prefer lukewarm water.
  • Only use shampoo specifically formulated for dogs. Human soaps and shampoos have different pH levels and often use harsher chemicals.
  • Rinse your dog thoroughly to ensure no shampoo lingers on their skin. This can irritate the skin badly.
  • Brushing you dog at least once a week will do wonders for their coat. Regular attention to your dogs hair will keep it clean and table free. Additionally, regular brushing stimulates blood flow and distribute healthy oils found in your dogs hair.
  •  A regiment of fatty acid supplements will also help your dog maintain a healthy coat. Ask you veterinarian for more details.

Keep those bubbles bubbling,


Susan Travellin is a world class dog trainer in Virginia. Her expertise in breeding and training dogs has served the northeast for over 25 years. Susan has extensive knowledge and experience with all breeds of dogs as well as various training programs. Whether your pooch is an apartment dwelling city slicker, your next hunting partner, or your family’s lovable backyard buddy, Susan and Woodside Farms will provide your dog with valuable skills they’ll keep for a lifetime. Susan and Woodside Farms now offer dog training in Virginia. Visit her website for more information.