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Friday, March 26, 2021

Turn Your Love Of Animals Into A Business

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Love animals? There could be a way of making money from your passion. This could allow you to be around animals all day, while making an income from it. The pet industry has seen a huge boom over the last decade, while industries like farming are in high demand. Now could be your time to get involved.

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Find your niche

Just what kind of animal-related business should you start? There are so many options from starting a wool farm to opening horse racing tracks like Belinda Stronach. Some of these options are likely to involve acquiring land, which is something you’ll need to find funding for.

Pets tend to be a popular niche - within this niche, dogs tend to be the most popular option. A few examples of dog-related businesses could include:

  • Dog walking
  • Dog sitting
  • Dog training
  • Dog grooming
  • Selling dog toys/equipment/food
  • Becoming a dog breeder
  • Starting a dog shelter

Educate yourself

When getting into any industry, you need to take time to educate yourself. This will allow you to carry out your job to a high standard and gain trust of customers. 

In the case of something like dog grooming, it could be essential to take a course so that you understand different types of dogs and their individual grooming needs. If you’ve never run a business before, it could also be important to develop an understanding of elements such as accounting and marketing. 

Scope out the competition

There are likely to be other businesses out there doing what you’re doing. Research into your competitors in order to see how you can set yourself apart. For instance, if there are other dog grooming services locally, you may be able to take a different approach such as setting up a portable dog grooming service or catering to specific types of dogs. 

Work out how to fund it

Starting a business can be expensive. This isn’t the case with all businesses - a dog-walking business can be set up without requiring any money. However, businesses such as starting a farm or opening a cat cafe could require a lot of investment up front.

Some people are able to fund businesses using savings, however most people seek out business loans or get help from investors. When it comes to business loans, shop around for different options - you could consider banks, private lenders or peer-to-peer lending. When it comes to investors, there are options such as crowdfunding or angel investors. 

Develop a marketing strategy

Want to start attracting customers? You’ll need to start marketing yourself. The best marketing strategy for you depends a lot on the type of business you’re running. If you’re running a dog walking service, you may want to try advertising through social media and local ad sites. If you’re planning on starting a farm, you may need to work out a way of selling your product to local retailers (with things like eggs and honey) or local manufacturers (with products like wool). 



Tuesday, March 23, 2021

3 Things You Should Never Do As A Pet Owner

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Becoming a pet owner is a massive responsibility - one that a lot of people don't appreciate. There are so many sad stories of pets that have been mistreated by their owners, and a lot of the time it's not necessarily intentional. It's more to do with the fact that you don't know how to properly look after a pet. Obviously, this is bad for the pet, but people don't realize the effort that goes into looking after a furry little friend. 

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So, to help you become a better pet owner, here are three things you absolutely should never do as the owner of a pet:

Never assume that there's one rule for every pet

If you hop online and look for pet advice, you'll find many different things being said. This is because all pets are different! Looking after a cat is inherently different from looking after a dog. Speaking of which, with dogs, you have different breeds, all of which require different levels of attention. For example, some dogs only need to be walked once a day, while others need to be out walking three or four times! 

As such, you can't assume that what works for one pet will work with yours. You have to actually do the right research, ensuring that you look after your pet as best as you can. 

Never be lazy with their food

Similarly, you have to understand how to feed your pet. Again, dogs are the perfect example of where certain things are better for some pets than others. Many dog owners always wonder; what is the best dog food? In reality, the best dog food is whatever is best for your dog. A puppy needs different food from an adult dog, smaller breeds need a specific blend, and so on. You can't get lazy when feeding a dog - you have to understand what is best for their specific diet. 

Naturally, the same rule applies to all pets. The worst thing you can do is go to the shop and pick up the first pet food product you see. You have no idea if it is good for your pet or not, so make sure you do the research beforehand!

Never neglect your pet

Lastly, you should never neglect your pet. If your pet wants attention, it's likely because they need something. Cats are a fantastic example - when they meow, it's probably because they need you to do something for them. It could indicate that they want food, water, or to go outside for some exercise. Dogs are the same, as are all pets - when they talk, you better take notice of them. 

Plus, pets have feelings just like humans. If you neglect them, they can become depressed and upset. Not to mention how harmful it can be on their overall health. 

If you want to be a good pet owner, be sure you never do the three things listed above. To condense some advice down into one word, the best thing to do is research your pet. Look up everything there is to know about your specific pet and how to look after them, this will make it easier for you to be a good owner!

 


Sunday, March 14, 2021

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | March 2021 | Magnificent Magic Box

 




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Sunday, February 28, 2021

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | February 2021 Dinner Dates





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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Does Your Dog Have Any Of These Bad Habits?

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Bad habits: We are all guilty of a few, and the same is probably true of your dog. While you won't catch him binge-watching Netflix or smoking a sneaky cigarette, there are other habits that might be commonplace.

Check out the following bad habits, for example. Can you spot any of these in your dog?

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Bad Habit #1: Stealing food off your plate

Imagine the scene. You're just sitting down to dinner with your homecooked meal when the phone goes. Leaving your plate behind, you deal with the phone call and then return to your seated position. Bizarrely, the plate is empty! The culprit? Well, it could be your dog, especially if he is licking his lips and looking a little guilty!

Dogs will eat just about anything, including the food from your plate. However, there are a few things you can do here. 

For one, ensure your dog has had his dinner before you embark on yours. With the right dog food, he might be less prone to feeling hungry after his meal, and so he might leave your food alone. 

Secondly, contain your dog in another room while you're eating, or leave your plate out of his reach if you need to leave the room. 

And finally, teach him a few basic commands. Words and phrases along the lines of "no", "leave it", and "get down" can be useful if your dog is a cheeky eater!

Bad Habit #2: Urinating indoors

How embarrassing it is when you invite somebody to your home, only for them to shout out, "Why is my foot wet?"  If your dog has a tendency to urinate indoors, this is something that could happen, although the smell will cause just as much commotion as the wet foot.

If your dog is still a puppy, the occasional accident can be expected. You can get around this problem with puppy pads, so purchase a few and leave them around areas of your home until he has learned to do his toileting outside. 

If you have an older dog, there may be a medical issue, such as a urinary tract infection. Visit your vet for expert advice.

Your dog might also urinate indoors if he suffers from anxiety. There is advice here on supporting an anxious dog, so have a read, and speak to your vet for further information. 

And finally, remember to give your dog the opportunity to go to the toilet outdoors. Take him on regular walks throughout the day, and let him into your garden or yard if it is safe for you to do so.

Bad Habit #3: Pulling on his leash

Dogs love to go for walks, but when they spot something they want to chase or sniff, they have a tendency to pull on their leash. For you, this can be problematic, especially if you don't have the strength to contain your dog's boisterous behavior.

To overcome this problem, get the right equipment. Some leashes are designed to prevent pulling, so shop around and speak to your vet for advice.

A few basic commands can also be effective, such as "stop", "sit", and "stay", so start to train your dog with these as early as possible.

There is more advice on controlling your dog here, so follow the suggestions within the article to make your walks more tolerable. 

With these tips, you should be able to get your dog's bad habits under control. Speak to a vet or a professional dog trainer for more advice if you need to. 



Thursday, January 28, 2021

BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | January 2021 | Sit Stay Spa Day

          


BarkBox Review | Barkbox Unboxing | January 2021 | Sit Stay Spa Day

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

3 Ways to Help Your Grieving Pet

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The loss of a pet is devastating. It can be hard enough to go through the grieving process, yourself. Things like looking at pictures of your furry friend, or finding cremation urns for animals and pets to keep them forever can be helpful in allowing you to work through their death. 

But, if you have another dog, it’s incredibly important not to ignore them during this difficult time. Remember, they lost their family member, too, and likely their best friend. It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship you assume your two pets had. Studies have shown that dogs can absolutely experience grief when it comes to the loss of another pet in the house. 

So, what can you do to help your other four-legged friend through the grieving process? How can you get through it together? 

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1. Keep a Regular Routine

Because you’re probably grieving, you might feel like you’re all over the place in terms of your daily routine. But, try to keep your dog’s routine as close to normal as possible. That includes waking up at the same time each day, taking them for a walk, feeding them, etc. 

By giving them some kind of consistency, you can make the change going on in their life a bit easier to handle. They are, undoubtedly, going to feel like something is different. But, doing normal, everyday things lets them know that life will continue to go on. 

2. Try to Act Normally

Again, because you’re grieving, you might actually seek comfort from your other dog. It’s okay to give them a little extra love and affection. But, dogs can pick up on your energy more than you might realize. They might even become anxious if they are feeling that from you. 

Try to act as normal as possible around your dog, even if you can tell they are sad or grieving, themselves. Don’t enable them by “giving in” if it seems like they aren’t acting like themselves. For example, don’t hand-feed them if they’re not eating, don’t allow bad behavior, etc. 

3. Be More Interactive

One thing your dog will be missing is the interactive play they had with their friend. So, try to fill in that gap as much as possible. Play often with your dog throughout the day, remembering that they lost their playmate and companion. Try to do things you saw your dogs doing together, to the best of your ability. 

Play “tug of war” with a favorite toy or rope. Toss a ball around. Or, go to a dog park and let them run free with other dogs. The socialization will be good for them, and it can actually give you an idea of how they might do if you were to bring a new dog into your home. 

There’s no denying that the grieving process is hard for everyone when it comes to the loss of a pet. But, don’t ignore any other animals in your house when that loss occurs. You’re all in this process together, and they need your support.