Whenever I am traveling, I usually take my dog along on the trip since he suffers from extreme separation anxiety. I have left him in a kennel once before, but the experience really stressed him out and made him very nervous for weeks afterward. Taking him with me on trips can sometimes be annoying, but it is also nice to have a travel companion when I travel.
Whether we’re going out on a camping trip or visiting relatives, I always bring my dog’s dog tent along. This tent is a good place for him to call his own wherever he goes. When he has this tent to sleep in, it is easy to make him comfortable just about everywhere. The tent is also a good way to keep him contained without locking him up in a dog crate when I am traveling.Read more
Now that summer is over and cold weather is just around the corner, it is important that all dogs that are kept outdoors for any long period of time have the shelter that they need. Rain and snow should be coming into many of the areas across the United States, meaning that dogs that are left outside are going to be cold. In some places, it will be getting especially cold.
If you’re expecting really cold weather in your area, you need to check to make sure that any shelter your dog has is prepared for the weather. Just because a shelter was good enough to protect a dog during the summer and spring doesn’t mean it will work during the winter. Insulated dog houses are very important in areas where temperatures get especially low.Read more
During most of the year, it is not really important for a dog to wear clothing. People dress their dogs year round in clothing, but most of this clothing is just to make dogs look cute and show off the owner’s style rather than to protect the dog from the weather. Many types of dogs have thick coats of fur that make clothing really irrelevant in protecting them from rain or wind.
During the winter, smaller dogs that do not usually have thick coats of fur require more than just their light fur to make it so that they can go outside safely. It is important in the winter to make sure that small dogs are warm. A good way to do this is to buy winter dog clothes such as sweaters and coats. These make it so your dog stays warm even on the coldest days of the year.Read more
When my aunt first started raising chickens in her backyard, she was very careful to make sure that the chicken coop was really easy to clean. She knew from the research that she had been doing online that keeping a coop clean was one of the best ways to keep chickens healthy. A dirty chicken coop could cause parasites and disease to be attracted to the coop.
My aunt frequently changes the bedding in the nesting boxes and rakes out the yard around her chicken house to make sure that the area is clean. She is sure to watch her chickens and remove any that seem ill from the flock before other chickens get sick. By making sure that the chicken area is clean, she has had few problems with parasites and disease.Read more
When my aunt first got her chickens set up in their chicken coop with their chicken house, she wanted to make sure that their nesting boxes were very comfortable so that they would start nesting and laying eggs. She tried a couple of different nesting materials without much luck. She ended up looking up nesting materials to try out in the chicken coop.
In the end, she put a mixture of lawn clippings and shredded paper into each of the nesting boxes in the Chick-N-Barn. The chickens liked this a lot more than the straw that she was originally using to line the nests. With the more comfortable nesting material, the hens went right in and started laying eggs more frequently. My aunt was glad that she tried something else.Read more
My dog has always had an unhealthy obsession with my rabbit. This isn’t terribly surprising because she is a hunting dog who lived life as a stray for a while so she probably thinks of my bunny as food. A couple of weeks ago the bunny escaped from her cage and very nearly ended up as dog food for real since I didn’t get home until a lot later.
Now that I know that she is able to escape from the hutch, I have to find her a new bunny hutch that is a lot more secure. I need something that my bunny won’t be able to chew out of like she did this time. I also need something that is stable so that my dog won’t be able to knock the hutch over and get to the rabbit if the hutch crashes to the ground and breaks.Read more
My mother adopted a shelter dog several months ago. From the beginning, she learned that her new dog didn’t really enjoy being outside. When the dog was inside she was nervous and paced from room to room bumping her nose against the windows. It was clear that she much preferred spending time outside on walks or out in the yard by herself.
Once my mother had built a strong fence around the backyard she was a lot happier about the idea of letting her dog outside more. She bought her dog a wooden dog house and started leaving her out for longer periods of time. Now the dog will happily come inside in the evening after it has spent all day outside. It is clear she no longer feels as confined by having to be in the house.Read more
During the summer, my brother and his wife try to take their two small dogs with them wherever they have to go because the apartment that they live in gets really hot during the summer. This means that the dogs go with them to all the picnics in the park and family barbeques that happen during the summer. The dogs are somewhat nervous most of the time, so they don’t always love being there.
My brother recently bought two small dog tents so that his dogs would have somewhere to hide from everyone while they were at barbeques or picnics. The tents give them an enclosed space to feel a lot more secure in. Most of the time his dogs sleep in their tents and only poke their heads out on occasion to see what everyone else is doing around them from time to time.Read more
My niece has been asking all summer long if her rabbit can join us out on the lawn. We have explained over and over that the rabbit cannot come outside because he might run away and get lost fairly easily. We have tried using a leash and harness on him, but he will not move once a harness is fastened around him, so there’s no point in taking him outside like this.
Recently, I found a rabbit playpen that we could use out in the yard. I brought the rabbit outside once the playpen was completely set up. My niece can now bring her rabbit outside as long as she keeps him safely in the pen. He enjoys walking around in the grass and chewing on some of the fresh green blades of grass. She is glad he can enjoy the summer with her.Read more
Since my rabbit runs free in my home all of the time, this means that my kids are constantly able to chase the rabbit around. Sometimes the rabbit doesn’t seem to mind being followed around by two small children, but other times he is grumpy and doesn’t want to spend time with them. When I notice that he is stressed out, I usually remove the kids from the situation so no one gets bit.
When the kids are especially obnoxious, I will put the rabbit in his rabbit hutch and close him in there. The hutch has an area that you can’t really see into from outside of the hutch. This is where he likes to hide when he wants to be by himself. Sometimes if I don’t get to him right away, he now hops over to the hutch on his own and goes to hide inside of it.Read more