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The Best Dog Breeds For Families
by Simon Harris

There’s nothing quite like the family dog. It’s almost a slice of Americana. In ever cheesy fifties image of the Perfect American Family we see a nice little house with a white picket fence, Mom and Dad, two children (usually a boy and a girl), and a family pooch happily prancing around the yard. As clichéd as that image may be, the fact remains that people love dogs and some families just don’t feel right without a family dog.

When choosing a dog for a family, there are important traits to keep in mind. Some breeds of dog are wonderful for families while others simply don’t have the proper temperament to deal with family life. They may be too rough with small children, to needy of their own space to deal with the incessant coming and going of a large family, or simply too naturally aggressive to respond well to a family setting. Other breeds are just perfect fits for family life. Here are some of the best dog breeds for families. [ More ]

Easy Cat Litter Box Cleaning Techniques
by Nancy E. Wigal

Successful cat litter box habits stem from many different factors. A small investment of time pays off big with timely, periodic cat litter box cleaning. The best "Thank You!" from your cat is when she deposits a gift in her clean cat litter box.

Why should you empty out the old litter and scrub the box? As your cat uses the box, she uses her claws to scratch litter to cover her urine and feces. Cat urine gets into these cracks and begins to smell so bad after awhile that your cat may begin to avoid the litter box. Old cat litter smells extremely bad, and as you scoop out cat deposits, the amount of cat litter is less and less with each scoop. If your cat feels she doesn't have enough litter to cover her mess, she'll find another solution - usually outside the cat litter box. [ More ]

Key Secrets to Remember in Dog Training
by Ray Coleiro

While training your dog please remember:

Do not punish the dog. Punishment is not a training aid. It does little to foster willingness to learn and achieve. Limit yourself to a firm “NO” and to using your hands to block the dog’s negative actions. Refrain from hitting or physically abusing the dog. [ More ]

Your ‘Purrrfect’ Companion
by Mary Majorda

Out of all the pet animals, the cat is most expressive about its needs. The feline loves to be pampered and cared for. Don’t you just love the pretty pussy pictures they make? They can also become ‘sulkily aggressive’ at times. Understanding their feelings and needs is not at all difficult.

Just like your body language, behavior, and words give away your intentions and feelings, similarly, your pets also communicate through their bodies, and noises they make. As a pet owner, it is important for you to understand the signs, scents, and body language of your pet. Other than those, the visual information is also very important for understanding what your pet wants to communicate. [ More ]