cute cat trying to catch the play feather that is dangling in front of his nose

DIY Homemade Feather Cat Toy!

If you are a cat owner, you will know easily it is to make your little friend excited. Be it a simple ball of yarn or a roll of toilet papers or a red laser light dot, your kitty will chase and bounce around all day playing with these.

Getting a cat toy from a local pet store is quite easy. Anything that moves makes your kitten happy and will be a great cat toy. However, these cat toys don’t come cheap and you will find that they don’t survive for long either. The little one will just tear off the toy in a few days’ time at the most.

As they destroy their toys, they also put holes in your wallet from repeated trips to the pet store. An inexpensive alternative is to make your own cat toys right at home! Here’s a quick guide on how to make an easy and cheap feather toy for your cat.

cat toy feather DIY homemade project for your pet

 

Making a feather cat toy is easy and fun with these tips!

domestic dog waiting for biscuit in the garden

3 Homemade Dog Treats You Can Make Tonight

domestic dog waiting for biscuit in the garden

Dogs provide humans with untamed love that’s free of judgment and filled with kisses. Whether you have a dog or want to adopt one, there’s one thing that you’ll need plenty of in your home: treats. My pup loves one thing more than me – food.

And with treats, you can reward good behavior or train your dog how to do anything from sit to lay and of course, stay.

If you want to spoil your pup (I know you do), you can make great treats right in the comfort of your home. Now, remember that some foods are poisonous for your dog, such as:

  • Chocolate (can cause death in severe cases)
  • Cinnamon (can cause irritation, lower blood pressure and disease)
  • Garlic (causes toxicity)
  • Dairy (some dogs have an intolerance to lactose)
  • Macadamia nuts (toxic)

So, while I am going to share a few great recipes for making treats at home, please be cautious of the ingredients you include in any custom recipe. While dogs will scarf down every morsel of food put in front of them, this doesn’t mean they can’t get sick or violently ill in the process.

You also need to worry about food allergies with some dogs.

1. Breath Mint Treats

Does your dog smell bad? If so, a good wash and some breath mints will help a lot. And this recipe will add a bit of good-breath ingredients into dog treats that your pup will eat up quickly. You’re going to need just a few ingredients to get started:

  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup mint
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 large egg

A few pieces of bakeware need to be pulled out of the cabinets, too: whisk, rolling pin, cookie sheet, blender and a large bowl.

You’ll want to set your oven to 325° F before starting, and then add your oats into the blender. The goal is to blend the oats to a flour consistency. Crack open your egg into the large bowl and add in your mint and parsley, both diced, along with your water and oil.

Slowly mix in the oat flour, combine and knead.

Flatten to desired thickness, cut into cookie shapes and place on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown.

DIY homemade baked Breath Mint dog treats in a dog paw shape

2. Banana Bread Treats

Banana bread is a true delight for humans, and now pets can enjoy this delicious bread, too. Avoid adding in nuts, and you’ll find that this treat is a fan favorite among dogs. If you want to teach your dog to do chores, you’ll find that this treat will have the dog’s undivided attention.

Gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup ripe bananas
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp. apple sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Some people recommend cinnamon, but as we learned earlier, dogs don’t do well with cinnamon. You can try using a bread machine, or you can use your oven for this recipe. Set your oven to 325° F and whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

In another bowl, mash up your banana and add in the egg, applesauce, honey and low fat milk (important as dogs don’t do well with fat). Combine the two bowls together. Make sure they’re mixed well! Place on a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray.

Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when placed in the center of the muffin. Allow to cool, then remove the bread from the pan and continue to cool until edible.

DIY homemade baked banana bread dog treats

3. 20 Minute Peanut Butter Treats

I know you’re going to say “that’s it?” when you see how simple and easy it is to make these delightful peanut butter treats. But when you’re on a strict schedule like me, you know how little time you really have throughout the day.

The good news is that anyone can make these treats, and the recipe calls for just four ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup water

Set your oven to 350° F and allow it to preheat. Simple and quick to make, you’ll want to mix all of the ingredients together until they’re well-combined. Slowly add in your water, mixing together until the dough is sufficiently wet and able to be rolled out.

Roll out the dough to 1/4 ” thickness.

Cut out the treat shapes: bones, squares, stars, or anything you see fit.

Now, all you need to do is line a cookie sheet with some parchment paper, place the treats on the sheet and allow to cook for 20 minutes. Make sure you allow enough time to pass so that the treats are able to be safely eaten.

DIY homemade baked 20 Minute Peanut Butter cookie treats for dogs

4. Not The Best Baker?

Are you not the best baker? Too lazy to work in the kitchen? Or simply just don’t have enough time to spare? Luckily, there is a wide selection of natural, baked dog treats you can buy for your dog to enjoy the taste without the hassle.

  • Three Dog Bakery Biscuit Miniature Peanut ButterThese tasty treats are baked with peanut butter with no artificial additives, salt, or refined sugar! The all-natural ingredients make it delicious and healthy for your pet.
  • Sam’s Yams Digestive Herbal CookiesThis digestive “herbal” recipe contains greens such as mint, parsley & thyme for fresher breath, as well as pumpkin seed and papaya to aid in digestion. The tasty and healthy snack is great for pets with food allergies as they are free of grain, gluten and glycerin!
  • Wag More Bark Less Soft-Baked Dog Treats: These are delicious and decadent semi-moist treats rich with fresh bakery flavor. Both you and your dog can enjoy cookies for snack time with these tasty soft bakes!

About the Author:

Joe Hughes, known by most as the Village Baker, is an expert in homestyle cooking techniques, with a primary interest in baking. He runs the very popular website, village-bakery.com, which provides the latest homestyle cooking news, techniques, tricks, and recipes.

10 Best Places for Pets to Live

Searching for your furry companion’s dream home just got easier. We’ve sniffed out the pet friendliness of the largest 100 US metros. Using four metrics – the percentage of land area devoted to parks, the number of pet-friendly rentals, the number of dog parks, and the number of pet amenities per household of each metro – derived a PetScore for any given metro up to 100.

Denver, CO ranked No. 1 as America’s most pawsome city with a score of 89.3! Denver’s pampered pooches enjoy a high number of dog parks while ample pet amenities help spoil the rest of its pets. Following closely second, San Diego, CA scored 88.5 due to the high percentage of land dedicated to open space – 21.9% in fact.

A strong pet-friendly apartment ranking and above average pet amenities helped Madison, WI secure the number three spot at 84.0.  Portland, OR (83.8) and Tacoma, WA (83.3) ranked fourth and fifth. Portland offers many fun off-leash locations for your canine companion while Tacoma is perfect for cuddling up with your feline friend given that 65.4% of available rentals are pet-friendly.

Check out the info-graphic to see the remaining PAWSOME cities.

beautiful asian girl kissing american shorthair cat on the bed

Springtime Activities with Your Cat

Cats have a reputation for being distant and aloof. To people who don’t understand these special creatures, they may seem like they want to run the show and do things their own way, but cat lovers know this is not the case. Sure, felines value their alone time and do not respond well to being picked up when they have another agenda, but they can be very affectionate and love spending quality time with their owners.

As the weather becomes more pleasant with the coming of spring, your cat will be getting more active and curious. This is a perfect time figure out some things cats like and have some fun with your furry friend.

Walk Your Cat

Many people are surprised to learn you can walk a cat like a dog. All you need is a leash, a harness, and plenty of treats.

  1. Attach the leash to a body harness, as cats prefer this to having anything around their necks.
  2. Start by putting the harness on the cat without securing it.
  3. Move to fastening the harness but still allow the cat move freely.
  4. Finally, hold the leash gently as you move around with your cat.

Don’t forget to give them plenty of treats at every step to keep them in a good mood. Once your cat is trained, you can have tons of fun exploring new areas together!

Adult british shorthair cat hunting in the grass on harness leash

Take a Road Trip

It takes a bit of work, but cats can learn to appreciate road trips. The key is making your vehicle as comfortable and familiar as possible. Start by training your cat with a leash and getting it used to being in a carrier. Then get slowly get your furry friend used to the car by taking it on short trips around the block with the carrier firmly strapped into the back seat. When you are ready for the big trip, attach a hamster water bottle to the carrier so your cat can stay hydrated.

Cat on a sunset beach adventure.

Test Your Cat’s Trust

Earning a cat’s trust takes time, so do not be offended if yours does not respond well to these new adventures. When spending time with your cat, pay attention and see if it ever kneads you or rolls onto its back, exposing its stomach. Both of these actions mean your kitty trusts you and is being affectionate. Try giving it a “cat kiss” – hold its gaze and blink slowly without breaking eye contact. If it returns the gesture, it considers you a friend. A cat has a higher tolerance for being touched by someone it trusts!

beautiful asian girl kissing american shorthair cat on the bed

Groom Your Cat

You may be surprised how much of a difference you can make just by brushing your cat’s coat and rubbing it down with a slightly damp cloth. Brushing your cat’s teeth and trimming its claws can also help with good hygiene, as long as you know what you’re doing.

Cute black wet cat licking after a bath, drying off with a towel

Make Your Cat a Star

If you’re up to date on the latest trends, you know how much social media loves cats. If you start an Instagram account for your pet, chances are it will get more followers than your own personal account! Your cat does not necessarily need to be gorgeous, either – people love weird looking cats just as much and sometimes even more than good looking cats.

Winter Christmas lights with cat sitting in soft bed.

Give Your Cat Some Catnip

Remember when your cat was a kitten and would actually run around and play? Give it some catnip and watch it relive the days of its youth. Prepare yourself with toys on hand, since your cat will have lots of energy to burn off.

cat sniffing and munching a vase of fresh catnip

 

Make Some Toys for Your Cat

Cats love puzzles, and it can be very entertaining to watch your cat try to solve them. Put a treat or two inside a plastic bottle, then lay it on the floor without a lid. Watch your cat bat it around until the treat falls out. You can increase the difficulty by taping empty paper towel rolls together and hiding treats inside. While you’re in the mood for crafts…

Make a Play Area for Your Cat

Tape cardboard boxes and paper bags together in various configurations, and cut holes to form passageways for a makeshift playground for your kitty. Alternatively, you can fill a box with packing peanuts and watch them roll around in it. Better yet, make a ball pit by filling a box with ping pong balls. This will help your cat have fun on its own!

male tabby cat playing in a paper bag on the floor

Play Cat-and-Mouse

Challenge your cat to a game of speed and skill by dragging a piece of string around for it to chase. For a more advanced option, tie a string to a stick and tie feathers to the string to create prey your cat will love to pursue. This will train your cat’s running and jumping skills, promoting important exercise and a fun bonding experience.

cute cat trying to catch the play feather

Train Your Cat to Track 

Hide treats around the house or yard for your cat to find. If this isn’t enough of a challenge, rub a slice of sandwich meat against some old socks and hide those. Start easy, then ramp up the difficulty as your cat transforms into a master tracker.

owner's hand feeding cat a meat treat.

Now you have some new and fun ideas of things you can do with your cat this spring. They are unique and intelligent creatures, and playing these kinds of games with them can be very entertaining for both you and the cat. Once you start interacting more with your kitty and doing more adventurous things, they will start to become even more curious and brave. It can be really exciting to see them learn and explore the great unknown!

About the Author: Jessica is the founder of PurritoCat, just like you, she is cat lover with a cat named Chip. She decided she would share what she knows about cats so other people could enjoy, communicate, and simply love their cats.

 

Pet-Friendly House Plants

There’s no better way to infuse your home with a sense of color, texture, and healthy energy than by adding houseplants. Besides the aesthetic benefits of trailing green leaves or bursts of color in bloom, they also purify the air and add oxygen, so they positively benefit our health, too.  

Unfortunately, not all of them are good for your pet’s health—many of them cause dangerous side effects, and some can even be deadly. Here’s a roundup of the most poisonous houseplants you need to avoid for your cat or dog, as well as some safer, nontoxic alternatives to make you and your furry friend happy.

Aloe plant (also known as medicine plant or Barbados aloe): It’s great to have on hand for sunburns and soothing skin, but certain parts of this common succulent can irritate your dog or cat’s digestive system, causing vomiting and urinary problems.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: African violet

via ASPCA

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Asparagus fern (also called emerald fern, emerald feather, plumosa fern, lace fern, or sprengeri fern): This frilly favorite is actually poisonous for dogs and cats and can cause not only diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, but skin irritation, too.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Air plants

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Corn plant (also known as Dracaena Fragrans, cornstalk plant, dracaena, dragon tree, or ribbon plant): This tropical beauty is easy on the eyes, but it’s ugly news for your dog or cat. With symptoms of vomiting—often with blood—as well as appetite loss and depression, this is one plant you’ll definitely want to skip.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Ferns (Maidenhair, Boston, and Bird’s Nest)

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Cyclamen (also known as sowbread): This perennial flowering plant sure is pretty—especially when lining the ledges of your windows—but beneath the blooms lie toxic roots, which can cause your dog or cat heart rhythm abnormalities, seizures, and even death.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Orchids

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Dumb cane (also known as dumb cane, tropic snow, or exotica): If you’ve got one in the house, trash it fast: ingesting this plant can cause your cat or dog severe swelling and burning of the mouth, difficulty swallowing and/or breathing, and even death.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Spider plant

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Elephant ear: (also known as caladium, taro, pai, ape, cape, via, via sori, or malanga):  Forget the pink-centered pretty leaves—this colorful plant results in a toxic reaction for pets: difficulty swallowing, swelling and burning of the mouth, excessive drooling, and vomiting.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Zebra plant

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Ivy (also known as pothos, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, silver vine, Solomon Islands ivy, and taro vine): The trails of ivy may be pretty for your wall, but they can be deadly for your furry friend—this plant can cause oral irritation, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and breathing, and can even lead to paralysis or a coma.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Peperomia or Ponytail palm

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Jade (also known as baby jade, dwarf rubber plant, jade tree, Chinese rubber plant, Japanese rubber plant, or friendship tree): This popular plant may be well-loved among black thumbs for its hardiness—but it’s not meant for households with pets. Known symptoms of jade ingestion include decreased heart rate, vomiting, lack of coordination, and depression.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Prayer plant

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Philodendron (also known as horsehead or heartleaf philodendron, cordatum, fiddle leaf, panda plant, split-leaf philodendron, fruit salad plant, red emerald, red princess, or saddle leaf): It’s one of the most common indoor plants, but it’s toxic to dogs and cats. If ingested, it can cause burning and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and lips, which can lead to difficulty swallowing, vomiting, digestive issues, and even seizures.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Areca or Golden Palm

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Sago palm (also known as Cycas Revoluta): Beware of this exotic plant, because every part of it—roots, leaves, seeds, and all—is poisonous to your furry companion. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, potential liver failure, and even death.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Haworthia succulents

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Lilies (also known as Mauna Loa): Most plants of the lily family are poisonous for cats, and many are toxic for dogs, too—so when in doubt, avoid all lilies. Side effects will include vomiting, severe pain of the mouth, difficulty swallowing, and possible kidney failure, which can result in death.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Bamboo

via Ben White Florist

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ZZ plant (also known as Zamioculcas): Popular because it survives in low-light conditions, this glossy-leaved houseplant causes toxic symptoms in cats and dogs, including vomiting and diarrhea.

A safe (nontoxic) alternative: Burros tail succulent

Now that you’ve got some pet-friendly, safe alternatives to these toxic plants, you can have a livelier, more colorful home—and, best of all, the peace of mind that your favorite feline or mutt is healthy and happy.

 

About the Author: Lauren Pezzullo is a writer, editor, and musicophile who’s passionate about vegetarianism and sustainable eating. As an editor for Modernize, she writes about energy-efficient living in the home. She’s currently writing her debut novel.

 

Design-Friendly Ways to Hide a Litter Box

We pet lovers have our own host of home eyesores to contend with: from the scratched-up leather sofa you (used to) love to the gaggle of bedraggled toys strewn across your living room floor, our four-legged friends are pretty rough on the decor, to say the very least.

And then there’s the litter box. Nothing marrs your design scheme like one of these. Sure, you can tuck it away in the closet or the bathroom, but it’s still out in the open everytime you want to take a bath.

Fortunately, those aren’t your only choices. Throughout the years, cat lovers have come up with some pretty ingenious solutions to keep litter boxes from thwarting their home improvement designer ambitions—that even their cats will use! Here’s a roundup of the best ones we’ve seen.

Via Huffington Post

The Hidey Hole

This beadboard cabinet is practically powder room perfection! It doubles as a washstand, so you can keep your towels and toiletries on top—as long as you don’t mind shaving over the litter.

Via Houzz

Mudroom Camouflage

A storage bench in an entryway or laundry room offers a tucked-away locale for your cat’s box. That means kitty will get plenty of privacy—something that the both of you will likely appreciate.

Via Apartment Therapy

Cat in an IKEA Hack

Home design addicts can’t get enough of IKEA hacks—and for good reason. The furniture gurus over at IKEA Hackers turn everyone’s favorite Swedish manufacturing into multifunctional transformers. Take this FAKTUM wall cabinet, for instance, that’s been cleverly redeployed as a kitty restroom, with a spot for your little poof ball to hang out up top.

Via MSLK

Upholstered Bench…Or Litter Box Caddy?

This one takes some carpentry skills, admittedly—but if working with a drill and a saw is your thing you could bang this project out in an afternoon. Topped with some designer fabric in your choice of pattern, this adds a personalized note of colorful flair to any room it sits in.

Via Apartment Therapy

Wine Lovers Litter Case

There’s something about wine and cats that just sort of fits—at least if the plethora of winery cats out there is any indication—so it makes total sense that one enterprising DIYer sought to repurpose aging wine cases into a kitty litter disguise. The best part about this piece is how deceptively simple it is. Take two cases, cut an entrance, and hinge the top and the bottom together. Definitely something to cheers to!

Via Buzzfeed

Cat Box Bookshelf

Perhaps the only thing that felinofiliacs love more than their cats are their libraries—that’s why this cat-cabinet-slash-bookshelf is so handy. This one affords you plenty of space, too, which is great if you have multiple cats roaming your household. A cat box that adds to your home’s aesthetic and offers organizational space to spare? What a novel idea!

About the Author Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner.  She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.

 

5 Things to Consider Before Bringing Your Puppy Home

Puppies are so much fun to be around, they are playful by nature and will love you unconditionally. But whilst you are thinking about all of the brilliant things you can do with a new puppy and how much fun you’re going to have, it’s important to know that they are a LOT of hard work. If you’re looking to get a puppy, you have to be sure that you have enough time, money and love to give to them because, not unlike children, puppies will be completely dependent on your love and care. Having a little ball of energy running around can sometimes end in disaster. Chewing, jumping and knocking things over are to be expected from a new puppy, here are some things to consider before you bring your little ball of energy home…

1. Chewing and Biting

Puppies are inquisitive by nature. As their teeth grow and they discover new objects and materials, it’s inevitable that they are going to bite and chew things. They will initially push the boundaries and try to chew the furniture in front of you. It’s important to know how to stop this from continuing. When you see your pup chewing at different things in your home, be firm and say “no”, continue to be consistent and make sure that they know that what they are doing is wrong. Every dog is different, so various behavioral techniques will have various success levels. 

Some of the most successful techniques are non-aggressive. It’s important to remember that the end goal is to stop them chewing – not to scare them! These techniques include spraying your pup with water, to let them know that they are doing wrong. They will grow to associate this action with misbehavior and will alter their actions accordingly. Another unorthodox method is to spray your furniture and all chew-able objects with bitter apple spray – this is a natural and safe deterrent which will have your pups keeping their chops to themselves in no time.

2. Protect the Furniture…and the Puppy

Reprimanding your pup doesn’t always solve the chewing problem, so if you want your home to stay safe then it’s a good idea to invest in puppy fences that divide the room into “puppy safe zones”. A lot of people also use baby gates to stop their canine friends from getting to certain rooms, which can save you a lot of stress when you have to go to work! It’s a common misconception that puppies chew and bite furniture to misbehave, when in fact, it can often be an indication of malnutrition or hunger. Consider a No Chew Spray as well!

3. What to Feed Them

A puppy has a huge appetite and will eat a lot. Up to 6 months, you will need to feed them up to four times as much as an adult dog. A puppy should gain one to two grams per pound of adult weight each day. Puppy food needs to be higher in protein, and also enriched in vitamins, minerals and fats to help them to be healthy and grow into their skin. Make sure that you buy food that is specifically made for puppies, rather than just dogs, as this will ensure that it has more vitamins and minerals. Different dog breeds will have different dietary requirements, so always consult with the vet or breeder when selecting the right food to have.

4. How Much Exercise a Puppy Needs

A commonly known rule of thumb, is that a puppy must have a minimum of 5 minutes exercise per month of age until they are fully grown, then they can go out for much longer. A puppy needs exercise every day, so before you decide to bring one home, you need to consider how much time and attention you can dedicate to them.

5. Trips to the Vet

Protecting your home from your pup is important. But protecting your puppy is even more so, so make sure to regularly have them checked at the vets, given the right injections, and also have them microchipped, to ensure that if they become lost they can be safely returned. Dog microchipping can increase the chances of returning your pet safely by up to five times! Another option is to purchase a dog tracking collar

Before you bring a puppy home, it’s really important to make sure that you’re doing the right thing! Dogs require a lot of love, attention and upkeep, but if you think that you can provide a loving home for your furry friend, then you will come to find that dogs truly are man’s best friend!

 

8 Steps To Teaching Your Dog To Pick Up His Toys

Most dogs are very similar to our human children, who spread their toys and belongings all over the house. But what if you could teach your pet to pick up his own toys? Maybe you can. Follow these steps and tips to training your dog to clean up after himself.

What do I need?

  1. Toy containers
  2. Treats
  3. Your dog’s favorite toys
  4. Clicker

Steps involved in training.

Your dog first needs to learn how to fetch and retrieve. From here, you can guide him to putting his toys in the toy box itself. Here’s the steps!

Step 1:

Place your dog’s toys in a container with a wide mouth for instance; an open plastic tub or a cardboard box whose sides should be low enough that your dog can simply drop a toy to it.

Step 2:

Place your container in a location where it is easily accessible and where it should always be so that your dog can always know where to find the toys for it not to be confused by shifting the container position.

Step 3:

Begin the exercise when all the toys are scattered outside on the floor. Then, get a handful of your dog’s favorite treats for instance snacks or butternut squash.

Step 4:

Place a few treats into the empty toy box, then locate the favorite toy and call him to you. Sweet-talk him to take the toy in his mouth and walk with you to the empty toy box. Point at the dog’s favorite treat inside the toy box and coax the dog to take the treat. As he is taking the treat, he will open his mouth and drop the toy in the box.

Step 5:

After the dog has dropped the toy, say your command simultaneously using words such as “clean up” or “put your toys away!”

Step 6:

Consider using a clicker for training as well. Associate the click with good behavior and also reward your pooch with praise. 

Step 7:

Repeat this exercise over several days or weeks until your dog understands that clean up or clean means getting a toy and carrying the toy to the container and finding a hidden treat inside the container

Once your dog understands that language, rather than hiding the treats in the container, start handing the dog his treats after he put away each toy. Gradually withdraw that and start offering your dog a treat only after it puts away two or three toys.

About the Author: Emily is the founder of DesirablePuppy, where she writes blogs about foodstuff as well as best products for dogs and lots of small tips on training dogs that she knows. Moreover, DesirablePuppy is designed to share her passion with dog owners and help to keep you in the clear know about your best friend.

7 Tips to Enjoy Camping With Your Dog

Thinking about camping for your most awaited summer holidays but worried about the dog? Today, I will discuss 7 tips to enjoy camping with your dog. Some key things should be remembered to take your dog with you for camping.  Mostly you need to think about your dog’s physical fitness, safety and security.

1. Before camping your pet needs a physical check-up

  • Consulting a Specialist: Consult with your nearest veterinarian for both physical and behavioral checkup to determine if your dog completely fits to join with you. Let your veterinarian know about the camping location and make sure that your dog has all vaccinations up to date. Flea and tick preventive medicines can be applied during the physical checkup. You can also make a name tag for your dog. The tag should include: dog’s name, your name, home address and phone number.
  • Grooming Your Dog: You also need to groom your dog properly before camping. For grooming you need to use: shampoo, towel, conditioner, scissors/ clippers, brush, etc. You need to learn about your dog’s behavior about grooming. Some dogs like to be brushed but not nail trimming. You need to do the thing last that your dog dislikes. Brushing can be done once in a week (for short haired dogs) or everyday (for long haired dogs). Make sure that grooming sessions are fun and enjoyable for your dog. At first, just take 5-10 minutes for grooming. Make it a regular basis to adjust it with your dog’s behavior. Use better tools for proper grooming of your dog.

2. Finding a suitable camping site

It’s important to research a little before selecting a camping site. For example, you choose a site which doesn’t allow pets. After traveling a far distance, this can be really embarrassing!!! So you should do a little research about the campsite before starting your journey. Also, you need to find the environments and weather forecasts of the selected area. This research can save you a lot of problems that can come into your way. You need to check about leash laws because some campsites only allow restrained pets in their area.

3. Things to pack up

You need to pack a lot of things for camping with your dog. Things that you can’t miss while packing:

  • Durable collar with ID tag.
  • Long leash for walking your dog
  • Plenty of food and water (you need to carry some extra)
  • Special food for special treat
  • Brush and other grooming tools
  • Collar with glowing lights for night walking
  • Sweater for cold weather
  • Smell proof poop container

4. Special training for camping

At the campsite, there will be other campers. You need to train your dog good behavior not to disturb fellow camper’s peace. You need to train your dog for good campsite etiquette. You need to use voice command a lot for keeping your dog outside of your fellow campers. Pay attention to your dog closely so that it stays with you most of the time. Train your dog to follow you properly. Whoa, come, leave it- these basic training should be done properly to avoid further troubles

5. Security for your dog

The most important tip is here!!! Security should be given as the top most priority during your whole trip.

Security measures to follow:

  • Strong collar with long leash
  • Waterproof collar
  • Don’t let your dog to roam freely
  • Tie your dog when you are not around
  • Boundary training is essential to keep your dog safe
  • Collar with micro chip can be used for tracking
  • For complete safety, you can use wireless portable dog fence

6. Watch out for potential dangers

If your campsite is near to a forest or waterfall, you need to watch out for potential dangers. Nature is unpredictable so as the accidents. You may like to camp in cold weather. In that case, prepare for weather related health issues. Always bring regular medicines and consult a specialist for additional help. Take preventive measures according to your campsite location.

7. First aid box

A good first aid box is an essential part of your camping. There are certain things for dogs especially and not for you!!! That’s why; you need to carry an additional first aid box for your dog. You can make a box yourself or you can buy online first aid boxes. An ideal first aid box for your dog should include medicines for pain and infections, bandages, foot balm and septic powder to stop bleeding.

Conclusion

Camping with your dog can be a lot of fun and a good trip to remember as well!!! Just follow all the points discussed here. Specially look for safety measures. Give your dog a good playtime within nature and have fun!!!

About the Author: Jennifer Scott is a Blogger and writer from Florida. She Loves Pet very much and also writing. She also loves to travels a lot with her family. Now she is writing for Presidentpet. Check out her latest writing on dog fence.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ferrets

Having ferrets as pets doesn’t sound like a walk in the park, but the truth is different. They may seem like they are high maintenance pets, but when you do your homework about them, you will see that there aren’t that different from other pets. But, to learn more about those wiggly pets, let’s talk about 10 things you should know about them.

1. What means the word ferret?

The Latin name for a ferret is „Mustela putorious furo“ and that is interesting because ruffly translated it means little thief and it suits them perfectly. Ferrets are known for stashing things like keys, paper tissues, and slippers under the couch. The most common ferret color is sable, a brown ferret with light brown face and brown coloring around the eyes – like a mask for a thief. Sounds a lot like a thief, right? ☺

2. When are ferrets domesticated?

When people see a ferret, they assume it is a wild animal, but actually, ferrets are domesticated 2,500 years ago. They can’t survive in the wild on their own. The only feral colony of ferrets exist in New Zealand. Humans released them in the wild to decrease the number of rabbits few hundred years ago.

3. Are ferrets legal pets?

Even though they are domesticated 2,500 years ago, check laws in your city before getting a ferret because there are places where ferrets are illegal to keep as pets. Some states in the USA like Hawaii and California ban people from keeping ferrets as pets. But, legalization didn’t keep them from becoming the 3rd most popular pet in the USA, right next to cats and dogs.

4. Are ferret rodents?

Most people confuse ferrets and rodents, which makes ferret owners frustrated. Ferrets are related to weasels, skunks, and stoats and they are close to rodents as they are to donkeys. They aren’t. Ferrets are obligate carnivores and the best nutrition for them is raw meat. People often mix them, but ferrets actually eat rodents, literally. 

5. What can ferret eat?

One of the things that make a ferret very unusual pet is nutrition. They have the very fast digestive system. Due to their fast digestive system, they can’t eat any kind of fruit, vegetables or grain. Their natural nutrition is raw meat. Yup, ferrets are obligate carnivores and any kibble which has grain or vegetables in it is bad for them. You can feed them with special kibble or with raw meat, bones and organs. There are many videos and guides on the internet where people feed their ferrets with bananas or peanut butter, but that is a big NO-NO for ferrets.

6. What is a ferret dead sleep?

There are few things which makes ferrets good pets and sleeping is one of them. Ferrets can sleep from 18 to 20 hours and they are awake approximately every 6 hours. They can easily adapt to your schedule and sleep in the cage while you are away from home. Some ferrets can sleep so heavily that they may appear dead. That is called – Ferret dead sleep. Their body becomes lifeless, like a doll and you can see they are alive only by their shallow breathing.

7. Can you bathe a ferret?

Like cats, ferrets are very clean animals and they spend most of their time grooming (when they aren’t playing). It is recommended to bathe them 3 or 4 times a year. If you bathe them more often their skin will produce more oil which causes them to smell more and to scratch more.

8. Do ferrets smell?

Ferrets aren’t smelly creatures. Like cats and dogs, they have their own smell and the best way to get rid of their smell is to clean their cage and replace bedding often because those are the main source of their smell. Spaying and neutering a ferret can also help decrease their body smell. Most ferret and dog owners say that their dogs smell more than their ferrets.

9. Can you travel with a ferret?

If you are planning to travel with your ferret, don’t worry, ferret makes excellent travel companions. Put your ferret in a transporter with a hammock and it will sleep most of the trip. But, be careful if you are traveling during summer. Ferrets can’t sweat and are prone to heat strokes so always have a fresh water by your side, or even better, an ice package to help it cool off.

10. What is a ferret legging?

There is one extreme sport with ferrets – ferrets legging. It comes from the UK and it was played in bars across the UK. You need a ferret or two and few brave men. Men put ferrets in their pants and the winner is the one who can endure the longest with a ferret in his pants. The recorder had a ferret in his pants for more than 5 hours! Impressive!  

 

About the Author: Anja has a website Friendly Ferret dedicated to ferret owners. Her goal is to educate people about ferrets, to make products especially for ferrets and their owners. In her blog, she writes about her two ferrets Frida and Yoda and tips and tricks to make your ferret happy and healthy.