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Puppy Potty Training

Bailey

Airedale's are notorious for being independent-minded. While our Bailey was no exception to the rule, he was actually very easy to potty train.
When we saw him squat, we quick took him outside . Those times we didn't catch him, we cleaned it up and disposed of it as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Our rationale was that any attention would be reinforcement of the behavior. It seemed to work. Within a very few days, we had no more accidents either way.



Food for Large Snakes

reticulated python

Frozen thawed prey should be the basic food in your captive snake's diet. Feeding frozen thawed keeps your snake from being attacked by live prey. Additionally, it is much easier to get an animal to transition for an occasional live prey feeding from frozen-thawed than it is the other way around. However, animals fed only frozen thawed might not see live prey as food. They may even become afraid of it.


Dog Training: You're Doing It!

dog riding a rocket

You know more about dog training than you think you do.
Training a dog is not rocket science. How and where you live with your dog dictates the amount of training he needs. A great deal of training is done unconsciously. In fact, if your dog knows any of the following, it is due to training:


The Truth About Low Maintenance Dogs

Low Maintenance Dogs

If you frequent pet-centered forums, you've probably seen at least one question inquiring about which breeds of dogs are low-maintenance. I've come to the conclusion that these questioners mistakenly think that getting a dog is like deciding between Android vs. iPhone.


Ball Python: A Snake You Can Warm Up To.

Normal Ball Python

Snakes are not slimy as many people believe. They are cool, dry, and very smooth to the touch. They,who keep snakes, say it's very calming to handle them. The ball python is a good starter reptile for the beginning snake keeper and a favorite even among advanced snake breeders.



Keeping Tortoises

Sulcata Tortoises: Clifford & Cleo

All tortoises are turtles but not all turtles are tortoises. Although both belong to the order Testudines or Chelonia (reptiles whose bodies are attached to a shell), turtles are very different than the land-loving animal we call a tortoise.

The Bearded Dragon: The Perfect Exotic Pet

bearded dragon  on a rock
By Greg Hume - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The perfect exotic pet, the Bearded Dragon is a good starter lizard for either beginner or advanced reptile keepers.

Beardies are friendly and funny.

They are more gregarious than some other species and unlike the green iguana, which can get quite large, they are a medium sized lizard, seldom growing to over 20 inches long, nose to tail tip.

Doggy Discipline

Bailey on the couch

Training a dog isn't something you do and are done with. Training a dog lasts for as long as you keep it up and are consistent in the results you expect. It takes constant reinforcement and repetition. You train your dog to sit and every time you give the command and he does, you are training. What is most important is that you continue to reward your dog whether you use an "atta boy", a treat, or a pat.

A Bite Out of Shock Collars

cartoon about barking dog

Some people call them "Bark Collars" but, barking collars don't bark and aren't only used to stop dogs from barking. They are shock collars. Their sole purpose is not to train but to punish undesirable behavior with pain.

Mañana: 14 Years of Beautiful Tomorrow

The snow had just started falling and it was the first time I had ever driven in snow. The party was at a house rented by several young men. One of them owned a female dog that was half Golden Lab and half German Shepherd. Another had a male dog that was half Doberman and half Greyhound. The two dogs got together and ended up with a family of 7 puppies. The boys managed to find a home for 6 of them, but there was one left over.

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