Many DIY pet projects including different types of dog beds, pet clothing, and instructions for a pet bed. Learn how to make cool DIY projects.

Are you looking for a Pet Collar? Learn a Few Tips

Are you looking for a Pet Collar? Learn a Few Tips

Pet collars are used for many purposes including protection, training, and identification.  Most pet owners, make use of the collar to attach the leash, used in walking pets. There are numerous styles and types of the leashes in the market such as leather, nylon, and cotton. Nevertheless, it is important to install the collar appropriately, so that your dog feels comfortable and does not choke. There are many reasons why you will need a collar. To begin with, it acts as an anchor for attaching leashes, to facilitate ease walking of the dog. It also plays a great role in ensuring the safety of the animal. For example, if your pet gets lost, it will be easy to find it, as compared to if it did not have the collar. Hence, a pet collar can be used as the identification badge, where it contains all the necessary information of the owner. Pet collars are also used for training dogs on how to follow their owners.


Cats are not appropriate candidates for pet collars. They are quite mischievous. They have the tendency of getting their paws and jaws stuck in the collar, as they try to disentangle from the collar. If you want to protect the cat, a surgically installed chip, will help to trace the cat, when it runs away. Pet collars are available in cloth, leather, and nylon materials. They also feature metallic, slip or buckle closures. The nylon and cloth are cheaper and they come in different styles and colors. On the other hand, leather is durable and it softens with time. There are many collars including walking collars, training collars, traditional collars, and martingale collars among others. All these pet collars, restricts the pet from moving its head out easily, and can be used as head halters and harnesses.


Halters and harnesses come in handy, on pets who like pulling on the leashes or display symptoms of respiratory problems. They are designed to put no pressure on the chest or throat area.  In addition, there are bark collars, which are used to restrain the dog from barking unnecessarily. Some device is placed in the collar and remote based, is hidden on the inside of the collar, to ensure it is hardly noticeable. In as much as, they are unlimited options of pet collars, the one you select must be fitting well on the dog. It is important that you put the size of your dog at the back of your mind, when choosing the collar. Of course, you will not carry your pet to the market, hence, take the measurements of their neck, and leave an allowance of 2 to 3 inches. Once you have bought the collar, you should be able to put two fingers under the pet collar. If this is not possible, you may consider getting another collar for the pet.

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DIY Dog Dry Skin Treatment Options

DIY Dog Dry Skin Treatment Options

Dry skin condition, does not only affect humans but also pets. It is even better for humans since they can put their flaking skin in check by applying moisturizers and lotions. However, for the dogs, such as luxuries are hard to come by. Dry skin comes because of intensive exposure to the dry indoor air and the chapping impacts of the cold air during the winter season.  A few DIY treatment options can help regain the dog’s skin and the natural glow of its skin. A daily brushing will be a good place to start, since some of the itchiness, is caused by lack of natural oils on the skin of the dog. This causes the fur to appear dry and brittle. The brushing catalyzes the production of these oils, facilitating their fur to regain its natural look, while reducing the itchiness.


Bathing the dog can also help to soothe an itchy skin. However, ensure that you do not overdo it, since it can remove the very oils, you are trying to stimulate, their production. Use medicated shampoo for dogs, with oatmeal protein, which you can make by putting 4 cups of ground oatmeal in a lukewarm bath. Gently, wash the dog in the bath. Once you are done bathing the pet, rub its fur with baby oil, olive oil or fish oil and cover it with a towel, until the oils are completely absorbed by the skin. Sometimes, poor dietary habits may be causing your pet‘s skin to break out. While dry skin problems are popularly associated with climate conditions, a little diet change can make a difference. Use a tablespoon or two of olive or flaxseed oil, for two to three times weekly, to help in replenishing some of the vital elements, the dog requires keeping its skin from flaking. Other foods, which can help in rejuvenating the skin, include a raw egg or one sardine dipped in olive oil. Do note that, these two are very rich in nutrients, hence, give the dog only once per week.


In some cases, you may consider changing the dog’s food, but be sure to consult with your local vet, on the best feeds for your dog. There are several varieties to choose from, which are manufactured for maintaining the pet’s skin oily and looking nice. While at it, always ensure the dog is hydrated. Other options include use of supplements and vitamins. Ensure that the supplement you choose is laden with fatty acids such as Omega -3 and vitamins including, B3, A and E. These nutrients are all responsible for ensuring a soft skin and lustrous fur on your dog. If your dog’s dry skin condition keeps on repeating or deteriorates, it is an intelligent move to take it to the vet. However, this will only happen, if you do not feed and clean the pet appropriately. The above guide can help you keep a healthy pet while preventing the buildup of allergens in your indoors.

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How to Help a Dog out of Shyness and Lack of Confidence

How to Help a Dog out of Shyness and Lack of Confidence

Some animals are shy, owing to lack of good introduction to people, things, or places, when they are developing from puppies to mature pets. Other causes for the timidity displayed by such animals include physical abuse, emotional trauma, and inadequate social interaction. If such emotions in the animal are not addressed, the pet may result into biting and aggression.  You can rescue your dog. To begin with, set up situations for helping the dog, to learn new positive responses. If you have a helper, lay out some guidelines on how to handle the dog. For instance, tell the helper to avoid eye contact with the animal and ensure to stand by its side, while keeping a safe distance. Do not try to force the dog, to get close to the person. The helper can maintain the same level with the animal and with the help of pet treats; the dog will be lured to the helper.


As the helper, performs the exercises, you should be at a closer range, showing your approval of the stranger. Avoid comforting the dog, in case it feels threatened, since, this will only reinforce the bad behaviors. You may need to repeat this set –up session, to give the dog enough time, to shed off its timidity. Help your dog to get accustomed to all types of people and experiences. For instance, if you find that the pet shies away from men, have a man prepare its meal, and takes it out. As time passes by, they will get used to the people. On the other hand, if the dog has a problem, with a member of the family, who either invokes fear on the animal or speaks in a loud voice, they will have to change their behaviors, when around the pet.


You cannot be adequate company for your dog. It needs other animals for emotional stability. Hence, if it displays fear and timidity, when around other dogs, start by introducing the calmer dogs and then, afterwards release it bond with other big dogs. In addition, furnish the dog with agility and obedience skills. These small tactics, will help the dog in forming lasting relationships with the members of the family and with any other person, they meet. The more skills the dog will learn, the more it will gain confidence. Your method of training will make a difference between a fearful dog and a confident pet, which will be a love of many. Be sure, to maintain gentleness, when handling the animal and reward it with treats.
Lastly, take the dog outdoors, from time to time.  Ensure to introduce to the neighbors and pets from the neighborhood. This way, it will become confident and make friends.  A shy dog can be a challenge to deal with, since we all want a playful pet, which will make our days and color our evenings. However, it is not the end of the world that your pet is fearful and shy. You can make it better by using the above strategies.

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How to deal with a tick infestation without the use of chemicals

How to deal with a tick infestation without the use of chemicals

Ticks thrive on animals and your pets may fall victim. This may result to a tick infestation in your home that can endanger the animals if they get tick related diseases. In case you have a tick infestation, it is important to control it as fast as possible to get rid of the ticks. The tips below will help you to clear the tick problem without using harsh chemicals. Check the pets for ticks on a regular basis. If they have them, have them treated immediately. This will help to reduce the chances of the pet reintroducing the ticks to the house. It is also important that every time you take the pet outdoors, you should check it for ticks and remove them.

Vacuuming can help to get rid of ticks. Vacuum all the areas that the pet goes often. Pay close attention to where the pet sleeps, on the window frames and baseboards. These areas should be vacuumed at least once a day until there is no more infestation. Make sure you get rid of the vacuum bag immediately after the first cleaning so that the eggs do not hatch inside. To prevent the carpet from harboring the eggs and ticks, you can steam it using a steam cleaner or by using the services of a professional cleaner. This is especially important if the carpet is thick and likely to hide the eggs. The steam penetrates the fibers and kills the eggs. You can also steam fabric sofas to get rid of the eggs. Another area that can easily harbor ticks and their eggs are where the pet sleeps. Wash the pets beddings using hot soapy water and use high temperatures to dry them. This will help to kill ticks and their eggs.


Cracks on the window frames and on baseboards can be a hiding place for the ticks. Seal these cracks and any other cracks in the house so that the ticks will not find a place to lay eggs or hide. In addition to the cleaning, ensure that you create a hostile environment in the house for the ticks by using fans and dehumidifiers. This will ensure the house does not have damp air that the ticks prefer. Continuous cleaning is also important in dealing with an infestation. This will help to break the cycle, especially when keeping in mind that tick eggs may hatch after 30 days. These measures will help you to deal with indoor tick infestation. If the outdoor is also infested, you should also get rid of the ticks to prevent them from getting back in the house. Get rid of all the overgrown areas and shades where the ticks may thrive. Trim the grass and clear the leaves and debris that may be on the yard. Prevent animals that carry ticks such as deer from getting into your property by using a fence. Check if the fence is infested, in which case, you can use insecticide on infested areas.

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Practical Ways of Moving your Pets with Ease and Ensuring their Comfort

Practical Ways of Moving your Pets with Ease and Ensuring their Comfort

Moving houses does not only place intense pressure on you, but also to your favorite pet.  The animals take your current home, not just as a home but also as their territory. Cats for example are very sensitive and do not welcome the abrupt change of environment, lightly. Dogs on the other hand, adjust with ease. For the cats and dogs, they all would like it, if you maintained their routine, include getting their treat, grooming, and walking time as usual. To make your dog or cat, comfortable in your next house, take the steps below. Some time before the move, prepare your cat for the journey. It does not matter whether you are moving to a house, five blocks away from your previous home. Your pet will be safer in a pet carrier. However, it is not their cup of tea. They will resist every effort of you trying to place them in the carriage. You can introduce them to the idea gradually until they are used to the carrier. Put some treats inside the box and leave the door open.

The next step is to familiarize the pets with car travel. Start by taking short rides in your neighborhood and when they are fully ready, take them around town. If it is a dog, take it for a walk around the area, you are moving to. This will enable them, to collect scents from the place. Hence, it will be easier for them to adjust to the location. While packing the household goods, allow the dog or the cat to be there. That way, it will not be surprised when you place it in the car. When moving, a cat carrier will be handy. It is the only thing, which will keep the kitty in place. Provide adequate food and a bathroom for the pet.  Label the box, so that those who will be moving your things, takes good care of the pet. Preferably, do not keep it together with the items but rather set aside some space near the family. Dogs can travel together with a family member.

If you are going on a long distance journey, find out about the provisions of the airline on the pet travel. Arm yourself with the necessary veterinary documents.  Research also some of the pet friendly hotels, to avoid rubbing the wrong way with the authorities. Now when you reach the new home, release the cat from the carrier, and place it in a safe place.  Cats usually take time before getting used to new environments. This is the reason why they will escape some few days after you move. Hence, you can put a box under the bed or find a separate room, for them to seek refuge, for the time being. Your dog will only require a walk around the building. To conclude, it is not always easy to move pets, but if you take the above steps, you will transport your lovely pet safely and ease its adjustment to the new home.

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