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Imagine eating the same boring meal every single day, well that’s something many dogs and cats have to put up with. It’s always nice to treat your animal if he or she has been behaving well, and changing the food from time to time can see you get the best out of them.
If you make sure you have plenty of treats at the ready, your animal may well behave better, and you should always change up the meal from time to time. For example, instead of giving your dog the same biscuits and meat every morning, you can change the tin of meat and perhaps opt for a different bag of biscuits next time you visit the supermarket.
You may find that your animal favours one particular product, it could even be the cheaper of the two products, and sometimes you do have to give the animal what they want. The fact is every animal has their own unique tastes, and you should expose them to different types of foods.
Turtles are not exactly the easiest animals to care for. They will spend most of their time in the water, and they can sometime be better off left alone, but if you’re considering buying a pet turtle make sure you’ve done your research beforehand.
Turtles are really filthy and you’ll constantly be washing your hands. If you touch your turtle, there’s a chance you could have contracted salmonella, so scrub those hands properly!
Turtles look hidden areas, so make sure your tank is large enough to give your turtle some private areas, perhaps behind a large rock or water ornament. They should also have something to climb to get fresh air, because they’re not always in the mood to swim to the top of the surface.
Tanks need regular cleaning too, so before you buy, know that you’ll be repeating the cleaning out the task every month, and if you can’t keep the tank clean, the turtle can pick up infections.
Most dog owners will have at least tried playing fetch, and it’s a really fun game you can play with your dog, whilst it teaches them to return an item, building up trust.
If the dog doesn’t trust you, he or she will try to hang on to the object, whether it’s a stick a ball or a frisbee. To build up trust from time to time, you can try just giving the dog the object, rather than making them work for it.
Fetch can be problematic for dogs though, especially older dogs. This is because they can cause damage to their back legs, especially if you play the game too often. It’s perfect for pups and it does teach them a good set of skills, but don’t expect your dog to keep playing into his or her later years, because it simply may not agree with their aged body.
Birds are not just clever animals, they’re also loving, while they’re not as high maintenance as a dog or a cat. That of course makes them a popular option, but they are still a big commitment and is it a commitment you’re ready to take?
They are loud, constantly on the move and they do require careful handling. They can give you a nasty peck if you pester them and they’re not exactly the most welcoming to friends and family. When they’re used to their environment you can let them out, handle them whenever you want and place them back in their cage without any issues.
Parrots are very affectionate to their owners and they can live for around 10 years, so you do have to be 100% committed. They can get on well with other animals too but it can take time for them to build relationships, so patience is key.
When it comes to small mammals, there are two popular options; a chinchilla or a rabbit. Chinchillas do not act like rabbits and they can be a little bit more aggressive and they’re not the most sociable of creatures. Rabbits can sometimes be frightened of their own shadow, and with both of these animals, it’s important to handle them properly and let them get used to your presence.
The other thing with chinchillas is that they are mostly nocturnal, so for a lot of the time you may be sat next to the cage waiting for him or her to wake up. Rabbits are a lot easier to look after and they are more sociable, but both of these animals need a lot of interaction. A chinchilla will definitely turn heads, but a rabbit is easier to care for.