• Animal Life: Dog Ghosts And Kitten Witches

    3 monthes ago - By WWNO

    Halloween is here! Some people spend weeks preparing their costume. Others spend weeks preparing their pet's costume. Dressing up your pet for Halloween is fun, but there a few important things to keep in mind. First and foremost, wearing a costume should be something your pet enjoys. If it's clear that your pet is uncomfortable or frightened while wearing his costume, take it off immediately. If your pet does enjoy wearing a costume, here are a few tips: Make sure that the costume doesn't restrict your pet's ability to see, hear, chew, breath or move. Choose a costume that does not...
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  • Animal Life: The Perils Of Pet Obesity

    3 monthes ago - By WWNO

    Lately, people have noticed that my dog Sparky seems to have gained some weight. Luckily, he's not sensitive to the comments, but it has made me wonder if I need to add a few more minutes to our daily walk, or put less kibble in his bowl. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention , about 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity can cause a number of health problems for pets, including osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, respiratory disorders, hypertension and heart disease. So how do you know if your pet is overweight? Start...
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  • Animal Life: Pocket Pets

    3 monthes ago - By WWNO

    Animal shelters see a lot more than just dogs and cats. At the Louisiana SPCA we get hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rabbits and a variety of birds. We call these types of animals “pocket pets.” Pocket pets are a great option for people who love animals, but don't have room for a cat or dog. They're also a great way to teach kids about responsibly caring for a pet. These smaller animals take up much less space and usually require less time and money than bigger pets. But that doesn't mean they're any less lovable! If you're looking for big companionship in a small package, consider a...
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  • Animal Life: Dog Obedience

    3 monthes ago - By WWNO

    All dogs are born cute. But most of them aren't born obedient. Basic obedience training is easy and important. You don't want your dog getting a bad reputation. The key element of the most successful obedience training is positive reinforcement, not punishment. The idea is simple: every time your dog obeys a command during training, he gets a treat. This method is much more effective than yelling or swatting your dog with a newspaper. Timing is crucial in positive reinforcement training. Give your dog a treat within a few seconds of him performing the desired behavior. If you wait too...
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