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Some dog tips

To avoid having a bad dog experience, begin with these tips:

  • Learn dog training basics. You don't need to be able to train your dog to do fancy tricks. But you do need to train your dog on the basics such as heeling while walking, sit, stay, and leave it.
  • Learn people training basics. Here's where the dog-human relationship often goes awry. You need to be consistent with your rules, lavish with your praise, and restrained in your negative communication.
  • Learn your dog's language. Your dog will communicate with you, using a variety of sounds, gestures, and facial expressions. Pay attention!
  • Teach your dog your language. Be consistent and deliberate in your words, gestures, facial expressions, and commands. You will have to be very conscious about what you might say or do that could confuse the dog, and then make an effort to avoid those things.

Some tips on cat care

  1. Cats need love and affection, just as dogs do. But, you need to let the cat come to you.
  2. Cats need their space. Let certain areas be off-limits to you except for cleaning and maintenance. An space that provides privacy and some darkness will do.
  3. Cats like it when you talk to directly to them--use animated tones but keep your volume fairly low.
  4. Do not "crank it up." A loud stereo causes incredible stress in cats.
  5. If your cat has a behavior problem, work with your veterinarian to overcome it. Using the wrong methods will only make the cat resent you and behave even worse.
  6. If you pick your cat up (such as when going for a walk and encountering a dog), support the cat's weight under the butt. Never pick a cat up by the arm pits or the belly--think of how you would want your weight supported if lifted up. Then make a little more allowance for the cat. Don't ever pick a cat up by front or rear limbs.
  7. If the cat "chirps" at you and walks away, that is a sign that you are to follow. Act inquisitive, and mimic the cat's sounds. This lets the cat know you are interested in what s/he has to say.
  8. Cats love to "help" make the bed. However, rather than get cat dander over freshly-laundered sheets, let the cat "help" you make the bed the morning before you wash the sheets. At other times, shut the door and let the cat in when you are done.
  9. Learn how best to stroke your particular cat by practicing various light strokes around the ears, chin, sides, back, and other places while gaging the cat's reaction.
  10. Don't feed your cat table scraps. To give your cat variety, you can use "people food." But, use small amounts of such food as an occasional treat. Tuna mixed with yogurt and chopped vegetables (broccoli works well) will give your cat a nutritious, delicious snack.


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Dog Quotes
  • The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
  • Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
    -Ann Landers
  • If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
    -Will Rogers
  • There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
    -Ben Williams
  • A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
    -Josh Billings
  • The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
    -Andy Rooney
  • We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
    -M. Acklam
  • Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies, quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure love and always have to mix love and hate.
    -Sigmund Freud
  • I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
    -Rita Rudner
  • A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.
    -Robert Benchley
  • Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
    -Franklin P. Jones
  • If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
    -James Thurber
  • If your dog is fat, you aren't getting enough exercise.
  • My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money.
    -Joe Weinstein
  • Ever consider what our dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -- chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
    -Anne Tyler
  • Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
    -Robert A. Heinlein
  • If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
    -Mark Twain
  • You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'
    - Dave Barry
  • Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
    -Roger Caras
  • If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them.
    -Phil Pastoret
  • My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.
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