Category Archives: Pets

Can a Horse be a Family Pet?

Horses are beautiful, loving animals – even if they are not the most intelligent at times! There is a lot that you can gain from having a horse as part of your household. Can they ever really be classed as pets in the traditional sense, though?

Bear in mind that a horse is going to need a lot more care than many pets, even dogs. They will need regular exercise, and lots of it. If you don’t have your own stables and fields, you will need to arrange somewhere to keep your horse that has the right conditions for them. It is also going to be a very expensive animal to look after. The food alone is going to cost so much more than any other type of pet.

Having a horse is a great idea if you and your family love horse riding. It could be hard to regard a horse as a family pet though, as they need so much care and attention.



Giving Pets a Voice Through Pets News

A pet news forum is the portion of a website where different ideas about pets can be shared. If you want to share something that would be helpful for other pet lovers like you, it would be a good idea to write it there. If you have any questions to ask, your can post your queries and allow the other members to respond to the thread that you have started. You may also want to take a look at some of the old discussions. Who knows, your questions might have already been answered on some threads that someone else has started. If not, you have all the freedom to start your own thread.Read more: Giving Pets a Voice Through Pets News



Running a Pet Shop – the Dream Career?

For many people who love animals, the idea of working with them all day every day might sound like a dream come true. The pet industry can be a great field to get into for many reasons – it can be lucrative, it will keep you busy and it gives great job satisfaction. Here are some things to think about:

  • You will need to hold a license that can be obtained from the council. This will give you permission to sell animals on your premises.
  • Inspections can be carried out at any time to ensure that animal welfare standards are being met.
  • You will need to be business minded. Running a pet shop is not just about caring for animals, it is also about securing good prices on your stock like pet food and toys, and is ultimately about making a profit.
  • It will be very hard work. Caring for animals is difficult and looking after your stock won’t be easy either. Be prepared to put in the hours.


Small Mammals – Can they Make Good Pets?

The small mammals category includes creatures such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, rats and chinchillas. These can make excellent pets for children and adults alike, giving you companionship without being as demanding as a dog or a cat. But what are the real benefits of keeping these animals as pets?

  • Companionship. Your pet will always be there for you, keeping you company whenever you want them to. As long as you love them and give them attention, they will love you back.
  • Give children a sense of responsibility. Having a pet can be a great way for a child to learn what it’s like to be responsible. You can’t get much more serious than being responsible for the health and comfort of an animal. It is a very good life lesson for them.
  • Relatively cheap. Of course, any animal can have health problems and may have veterinary costs. The costs of keeping a small mammal will generally be quite low though, as their food and bedding will be quite cheap.
  • Friendly. Small mammals are cute and friendly. Make sure you are able to spend time with them and enjoy their company.

However, do bear in mind that there are some negatives to pet ownership.

  • Always think very, very carefully before buying a pet. Some small mammals can live for around 7 or 8 years, so it’s a long time to make that commitment.
  • You will always have something else to think about if you are going away, as you’ll need to find someone to look after your pet.
  • You need to have enough time to spend with your animals. This is especially true for pets like rats, as they are very sociable and will need quite a lot of attention. They can become depressed if they don’t have companionship, so make sure you are committed before you buy a pet.


Taking Your Dog to Training Classes

Training your dog is an essential part of keeping this type of animal as a pet. It bring so much more to the relationship and allows you to take your dog out and about without the worry that it will misbehave. Some people train their dogs as puppies, but it’s always possible to train a dog later in life as well, especially if it has been rehomed and needs some extra attention. Here are some of the most important things you will get out of dog training:

  • A better relationship with your pet. It’s easy to become stressed and angry when your dog constantly misbehaves. Training helps solve this so you can concentrate on all the good parts of being a dog owner.
  • Mutual respect. Training a dog teaches them how to have manners. Owners love their dogs and want to treat them well, so it’s good when a dog reciprocates.
  • No sense of fear when taking your dog out for walks. You will be able to let your dog off the lead and let it socialise with other animals
  • Trust. You will work with your pet in a whole new way, creating a real partnership. Classes teach you to build a loving and trusting relationship with your dog.
  • Fun. The training classes themselves can be great fun, and you will be able to have an even more enjoyable time with your dog once he or she is properly trained.


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