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…..Find my dog

I asked myself why would any dog parent want a tracker? have we become so dependant on technology? I’d have scoffed at the idea. Think about it, our phones, smart and ‘unsmart’ connect us with our families, friends, and now pets. And I am here to tell you, YES! I’d invest in the product, “invest” is an odd term to use for pet products isn’t it? Continue reading “…..Find my dog” »

Teaching Oliver to live alone

Teaching Oliver to stay alone, is probably the best thing you can do for your animal. Start with short periods, pretty much like you would with a child. As India’s family’s get nuclear so do our pets. So there are going to be instances when our pets are going to be alone, instead of forcing them to deal with that reality in a stressful situation, let them get used to it slowly.

Leave your pup alone for short periods. Start with leaving it alone in a room while you’re in the next room. Increase the length of time slowly. This will help build confidence, you do not want to bring up an insecure clingy pet. Leaving them for short periods and slowly increasing the time they are left alone, with give them confidence and they know you’re coming back. It will help alleviate any feelings of abandonment as they grow. All the same principles apply to your new kitten. Nuclear family dogs and cats have to learn to adjust as much as all other members to live and be on their own. As long as your pet knows you’re coming back they’ll learn patience and be well adjusted to be on their own.

Adopt a shelter animal

Adopt a shelter animal and you’ll wonder why you waited so long. When Max came from the shelter, he was in a strange place, but not with strangers. His new family had visited him at the shelter, the shelter adoption committee had visited the house to make sure it was acceptable, and Max would be happy. Look at Max now, comfortable in his new home, he’s slowly asserting his authority and in this demonstration he is trying to gauge how far he can push his family.

Adopting an animal is a decision a family has to take. A single indifferent member of the family will usually be an impediment to caring for your pet properly. Remember especially if you are going to adopt a shelter animal, it is essential the whole family wants the animal in the house. Animals sense dislike, even if it is slight. Learn to build trust with shelter animals before bringing them home.

If you adopt a shelter dog please do not assume that any prior experience with animals applies to a shelter situation. Listen to people who work in shelters, and take their advice, and as far as possible follow their instructions. When you spend enough time with shelter/abandoned dogs you will be able to read the tell tale signs, but you will never know the extent of it. Bringing home and raising a puppy is a world away from bringing home an adult abandoned animal.

You will never know the recesses of the animals mind, your will never know if they were abused, how severely, or for how long. You may be able to restore more than half the confidence lost, but you will never replace the memory of abuse or erase it. So when shelters/organisations request you to follow procedures please understand them for what they are- safe guards for you and your new family member.

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