Teaching Your Pet Bird to Talk

It can be great fun to own a pet bird which can talk. Some of the birds which will learn the quickest are African grey parrots, budgies, parakeets and hill mynas. There are some things which you can do to assist your pet in learning to talk and help them along the way.

Start by teaching them simple food items which they eat on a regular basis. Just like dogs and cats, birds can learn to associate descriptions with objects, so even if they’re not able to talk yet, they will be able to recognise words. Tell them what you are feeding them each time, and if they begin to make any noises which resemble a food item, reward them with that kind of food.

Say words enthusiastically. Birds can differentiate between tones of voice and you’re more likely to be successful if you sound upbeat. Be careful though, as this also means that birds might pick up other words which you say with gusto. If you shout ‘ouch’ when you stub your toe, for example, they can be very susceptible to learning phrases like this. They might also learn swear words or insults!

Birds can learn from each other, so if you have more than one let them spend plenty of time together. This is a skill which helps them in the wild and they may learn quicker from each other than they would from you. Very soon you could have your own mini flock of parrots and budgies which can chat away to each other.

Starting An Online Pet Shop And Finding The Right Pet Shop Suppliers

When it comes to starting your own business, many people will really enjoy a pet shop project. Starting a pet shop is not excessively expensive, it will be fun and you will meet a lot of people who own pets, so if you are a pet lover, starting a pet shop will certainly be a thrill.

Starting and online pet shop can be a lucrative financial decision and some smart and fun marketing can lead to decent profits. While starting a pet shop is unlikely to turn you into a millionaire, it can be a fun and profitable project nonetheless.

So, let us have a look at what you will need to start a pet shop and how difficult of a process it is.

Making A Plan

Like any other business, you are not likely to succeed if you do not have a good business plan. While this does not necessarily mean you have to make a professional business plan on 40 pages, you should at least do some research into local competition and your marketing options before jumping into starting the business. Read more: Starting An Online Pet Shop And Finding The Right Pet Shop Suppliers

Making the Decision to Rehome a Pet

Rehoming an animal is a wonderful thing to do. You’ll be giving a pet a new lease of life, ensuring that it leads a better life than the one it currently has in an animal shelter. However, there are some things which you should take into serious consideration first.

Speak to the shelter about whether the animals you’re looking at have any special requirements. Often pets will be psychologically scarred by treatment they have received from previous owners, and you will need to know about this before deciding to take them on. If you don’t have any previous experience with behavioural problems, it might be better to choose an animal which will be easier to manage. However, if you’re up for the challenge and have plenty of time on your hands, showing a mistreated pet a loving home will be so rewarding.

Think about the home environment which you’re going to give to your new pet. Shelters will usually come and asses your space to make sure it’s suitable, so put some thought into this first. Do you have enough space? Are you able to go home to attend to your pet during the day? Do you have other animals or young children? These factors won’t necessarily mean that you can’t adopt a new pet, but you will need to have considered them carefully.

Choose the kind of animal which you’d like to rehome. Unfortunately, all animals are subject to abandonment and abuse, so the options are almost endless. Cats, dogs and smaller animals such as rabbits or guinea pigs are all popular options. Some will be much more work than others, so if you need any advice, do some research or speak to the shelter directly.

Ensuring That Your Pet Stays in Shape

It can be very easy for animals to become overweight when being kept as pets. This can be extremely damaging for their health, and if you spot your pet getting a little bit chubby, it’s time to take action.

In much the same way as humans do, animals need to eat healthily and get plenty of exercise. This is especially true of animals like dogs and cats. If you have a house cat, it can be very easy for them to put on weight as they are usually far less active than outdoor cats. Make sure that you pet has plenty of toys to play with and is getting as much exercise as possible around the house.

There are many different types of pet food available and it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Do plenty of research and consult a professional such as a vet if you need some further advice. Some types may be better for certain breeds which need more energy, specific nutrients etc. Be very careful about portion control – too much of any kinds of foods, even healthy ones, can lead to weight gain.

Keeping Exotic Pets – is it a Good Idea?

Many people are now deciding that they would like to keep exotic animals as pets. Amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects – all of these could come under the category of exotic pets. However, is it a good idea?

Exotic pets can be excellent animals to keep as long as you choose the right ones. Often they won’t be as affectionate as animals like cats, dogs and rodents. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be beautiful and fascinating to observe, and if you spend lots of time handling them they might become quite friendly.

You will need to make sure that you are aware of all the equipment you will need, and that you have plenty of space for it. Exotic pets will require a lot of specialist equipment such as tanks and heat lamps, and they won’t be cheap. On the other hand, once you’ve invested in the right equipment your pets will be a lot less demanding than animals like dogs which need regular walking.

Most importantly, if you decide to buy exotic pets, purchase them from a reputable retailer. Despite everyone’s best efforts, there is still an illegal pet trade and the last thing you would want to do is encourage it. Animals are poached from the wild and are shipped around the world in terrible conditions, and you might even end up owning a species which is illegal to keep as a pet. Do plenty of research before buying and if you have any doubts at all about a retailer, do not use them. It’s better to be safe than sorry.