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Thursday, December 16, 2021

The 4 Best Christmas Presents For Dogs

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We are a nation of dog lovers, with around 44 percent of all households in the US owning a pet dog. That’s a staggering 78 million dogs. So it should come as no surprise that, since they are one of the family, we also love to treat them at Christmas to something special. So what can you buy the dog in your life to make their Christmas a happy one? 

Soft Toys 

Dogs love toys, and soft toys are good for them. Just like with babies and small children, soft toys can make a dog feel safe, and if you have to leave them on their own every once in a while, a favorite soft toy with your scent on it can help them to feel more at ease. However, also just like with babies and small children, it’s essential to buy a safe toy for your dog. Make sure there are no sharp, pointy pieces that could cause injury, and check that there are no parts (like eyes or buttons) that could come off and get stuck in the throat. Finally, check that the stuffing is safe for dogs; it could come out (especially if the toy is played with a lot), so it needs to be non-toxic. 

Chew Toys

Chew toys are a fantastic gift for a dog. Chew toys are not just fun, they’re good for your dog’s health, too. Chewing is a natural instinct for dogs, and it’s good for their oral health. It’s good for their mental health too – they could quickly become bored if they don’t chew on something. To save your furniture or anything else you don’t want a dog to get its teeth into, buy them a good chew toy. It will keep them entertained for a long time if you buy a quality one. Make sure you take your dog’s size into account when choosing which one to get, as if it’s too big, they won’t be able to get their mouths around it, and if it’s too small, they could swallow it. 

Food 

Buying your dog a special edible treat at Christmas is a lovely idea. There are many treats that are specially made for dogs, so you won’t need to buy them something that only humans should eat, which could make your pet sick. Treats for dogs should be nutritious as well as tasty, and if possible, they should be good for their teeth and tongues too. To get something really special, look out for artisan, handmade dog food that is kind to your dog’s digestive system. 

A Safe Yard

If you have a yard for your dog to play in, that’s already a good thing for them – they’ll need exercise and entertainment, and a backyard can offer this, ensuring they make the most out of every day. However, it’s crucial you ensure that the yard is safe, otherwise you might need to take your pet to the vet due to injury or sickness. Making the yard safe entails checking for poisonous plants, putting up a fence so they can’t get out, or even sectioning off a piece of the yard just for them. If that sounds like a good idea, check out this buying guide for dog fences to make sure you get it right. 


Tuesday, November 9, 2021

5 Things To Consider Before Buying A Horse

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Buying a horse is a big decision. For many people it's a childhood dream, but it’s a dream that comes with a lot of responsibility. Below are a few important things to consider before buying a horse. 

Why do you want a horse?

If you’ve been riding for a while now, it’s likely you may be wanting to take your passion to the next level. Owning a horse can prevent you from having to rely on the availability of lesson horses - you can go riding whenever you want.

Of course, there are other reasons to own a horse beyond wanting to go riding. Horses can make great companion pets that will live a long time. Looking after a horse can be a lot of work, but it can be rewarding. It can motivate you to spend time outdoors and exercise. If you own a farm, a horse could even help with certain farming tasks. You could even set up a horse-based business such as a riding school.

You should think twice before buying a horse as a pet for a child, especially if you and your child have little experience with horses. Kids often go through phases - unless they’ve been avidly riding horses for years, there’s no guarantee they’ll maintain this passion.

What type of horse is right for you?

There are many different breeds of horse. Certain breeds may be better suited to certain climates and activities. Temperament can vary a lot from each breed. It’s important to find the right breed for you. This post lists some of the best breeds for first time horse owners

You should also consider the age and the size of the horse. Older horses are easier to handle than younger horses - they’re generally more predictable and will likely already have good ground manners. When it comes to size, think about your own weight and height if you plan to ride your horse. 

Where will you keep your horse?

Your horse will need to be kept in a stable or at least have some kind of run-in shelter. Many people rent a stable - there are likely to be many horse boarding options locally, which are worth looking into before you buy your horse. 

If you have enough land, another option is to build your own stable. Search online for an equestrian barn builder that can build you a suitable structure.  This could work out cheaper in the long run, but you need to make sure that you have enough land to make it work.

Can you afford it?

A horse is one of the most expensive pets you can buy. Hay and straw, feed, vet bills and boarding are just some of the regular costs to factor in. This can cost thousands per year. This isn’t even including the initial cost of buying a horse and all the equipment.

There are ways to save money on a horse. However, it will never be cheap - so make sure your budget stretches far enough.

Do you have the time?

You’ll also need to dedicate a lot of time to looking after your horse, exercising it and creating trust. Riding is just a small part of it - there’s so much more from mucking out stables to grooming your horse. 

You may be able to use boarded facilities or hire a stable hand to relieve some of the responsibility. However, you’ll still need to be prepared to spend a good few hours per week with your horse. If you’ve already got a busy life, this could be something to carefully consider.



Friday, October 29, 2021

Three Ways To Prepare For A New Pet

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The experience of owning a pet can be a very exciting one. The pet should be thought about in terms of things such as who will change the litter, who will bathe, who will take the pet for walks, who will take it to the veterinarian, and who will feed it once everyone has decided on what pet they would like. You should also begin preparing your house so that it will be able to accommodate the new members of your family. 

To achieve this, consider the following strategies: 

Preparing Your Home 

In order to have a pet in your home, you need to ensure that your home is pet-proof. Clean your house by disposing of trash in a tightly-closed container, removing any hazardous items, and removing any hazardous domestic substances. Toys with small parts and cleaning products with bleach and other cleaning solutions should be removed. Medicine, gum, candy, and cables should also be removed. Make sure nothing can cause harm.

Provide A Personal Retreat 

Each animal should have its own enclosure. A place of safety becomes necessary as soon as the commotion becomes too much. Animals can be overwhelmed in the same manner as humans. You should ensure that the place where you will house your pet once you get it is suitable for their needs. Research items such as dog beds, birdcages, and fish tanks so you can create the perfect living space for them. Does your new pet have the freedom to roam throughout the house or will they be confined to a specific area? Are there any places away from radiators where you could put a birdcage? And so on. Consider setting up a stable, kennel, or basket for your pet before you bring him home. This will ensure he has a safe place to be as soon as possible.

Getting The Essentials 

It is a good idea to create a stockpile of food and supplies to provide for your pet.

Purchasing some items before your pet's arrival is a good idea. Consider purchasing the following items for your pet as well as researching things such as Freshpet dog food reviews:

  • Scratching Posts
  • Puppy Training Pads
  • Food 
  • Toys
  • Grooming Kit
  • Collars
  • Leashes
  • Poo Bags
  • Tags
  • Kitty Litter
  • Flea Treatments

It is always a good idea to ask the seller about the type of food your new pet was eating in the past in order to avoid buying inferior food. When a pet moves into a new home, meets new people, and has to adjust to a new diet, it is stressful enough for them. Changing their food should not cause them any additional anxiety. If you wish to increase the nutritional value of the food they are receiving, this can be done at a later point.

It's an exciting time to bring a new pet into the family, so make sure they feel comfortable so you can all enjoy the new member of the family. Do you have any other tips for people preparing to welcome a new pet? Can you suggest anything else? We'd be happy to hear your suggestions, so please do not hesitate to do so.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing |October 2021 | Mischief Mutts


BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing |October 2021 | Mischief Mutts


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