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June 5, 2007

Go Cat Fun Pack DVDs and Catnip

If your cat seems a little bored or too demanding of attention, try this Cat Sitter Fun Pack to distract them. Good cat sitting idea when you are at work, or out for the evening. Comes with a bag of organic catnip too!

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Two volume DVD set. Shipped and sold by Litterboy Pet Products at Amazon.

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May 25, 2007

Sporting Dog First Aid Kit

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Memorial Day Weekend traditionally heralds the start of the summer season. Are you having a cookout? Along with summer comes vacations and travel. A lot of us bring along our pets because of course we can't leave them behind. Even at home, this Sporting Dog First Aid Kit is a good thing to have around.

The First Aid Kit comes stored in a rugged, water-resistant wide-mouth canvas bag. Kit Contains:

Carrying case, first aid book, hydrogen peroxide (4 oz), thermometer, 3-ply towels (2), iodine prep pads, saline solution, surgical scrub brush with iodophor solution, tourniquet, 15cc syringe, 6 x 9 cold pack, 2\ Co-Flex (1), eye wash (7 ml), scissors (1), forceps (1), iodine solution (4 oz), skin stapler gun, 4\" x 4\" gauze (2), alcohol prep pads (2), styptic pencil, hydrocortisone cream (2), triple antibiotic ointment (2), 3\" cotton swabs (4), cotton balls (4), pill gun, vinyl gloves (4) and a pet passport.

Sporting Dog First Aid Kit

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May 23, 2007

Calming Signals

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Our dogs speak to us, but do we listen? Humans often expect them to understand English (substitute any language), and I know our dogs do. Or do they understand the body language that goes along with the words? Since this is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, SuperCoolPets suggests On Talking Terms with Dogs--Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas. This book, as recommended in a prior post, can help educate us in canine body language.

From a review by "gunillam":

I attended a weekend seminar with Turid Rugaas last year which opened my eyes and I know that this works. Since then, and also since looking at video recordings from dog meetings, I now understand that dogs "talk" all the time. When meeting us or another dog, every single move or glance can carry a meaning. The other dog understands, if he has been allowed to "practice" dog language in lots of meetings with other dogs, but we, the humans, the supposed alphas, don't understand. Instead we try to teach the dog OUR verbal language. How frustrating for the dog! Shouldn't we first learn the dog's language?

On Talking Terms with Dogs--Calming Signals also available in DVD from Amazon.

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May 15, 2007

Sirius Puppy Training DVD

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Know anyone with a new puppy? Unless we are breeders, most of us don't get a new puppy all that often. The Sirius Puppy Training Video could be a good way for the average pet owner to brush up on their training skills and learn new techniques. Product description:

SIRIUS Puppy Training redefined and revolutionized dog training. Before SIRIUS there were no puppy classes, and virtually no food lures and rewards in training. The SIRIUS methods have been adopted and adapted by most caring dog trainers worldwide. This DVD is written and hosted by veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and author Dr. Ian Dunbar - the creator of off-leash puppy classes, which sparked the revolution for positive, reward-based dog-friendly dog training. Dr. Dunbar is the founder of several dog training organizations, including th Center for Applied Animal Behavior; the Association of Pet Dog Trainers - the largest and most influential worldwide association of professional pet dog trainers; and SIRIUS Puppy Training - the Original Puppy Training School.

Voted "Best Video" (2000, 2001 & 2002) by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Available at Amazon.

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April 19, 2007

New Pet Announcements

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As we pet lovers know, bringing a new animal home is almost as life-changing as having a baby. Our pets are truly members of the family. These cute pet announcements will tell friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and other family members about your new "arrival" in a unique way.

Box of 10 flat announcements (4 5/8" x 6 1/4") with envelopes available for cat and dog arrivals from R.Nichols Stationery.

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April 5, 2007

Understand Your Pets--Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

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Ever wonder what your pets are saying and thinking? Haven't we all?

Super Cool Pets found this fascinating study, Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin, to be an eye-opener:

Among its provocative ideas, the book:

*argues that language is not a requirement for consciousness -- and that animals do have consciousness

*applies the autism theory of "hyper-specificity" to animals, showing that animals and autistic people are so sensitive to detail that they "can't see the forest for the trees" -- a talent as well as a "deficit"

*explores the "interpreter" in the normal human brain that filters out detail, leaving people blind to much of the reality that surrounds them -- a reality animals and autistic people see, sometimes all too clearly...

*maintains that the single worst thing you can do to an animal is to make it feel afraid.

Recommended read for any animal lover who wishes to understand pets better. Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

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March 6, 2007

Songs to Make Dogs Happy

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We love this CD, Songs to Make Dogs Happy by Laurel Canyon Animal Company. We play this music often when we are winding down from work. Do our dogs like it? Well, we think so, but Golden Retrievers pretty much like everything, as long as it is upbeat and friendly. Definitely happy music for dog lovers.

My favorites are You're A Good Dog, I'm Your Doggie, Cookie! (I believe that is the dog's favorite) and of course, Squeaky Deaky for anyone whose house is filled with squeaky toys. I'll Be Back is sweet and the dogs find it reassuring.

Treat your dog and yourself to a little light-hearted music. Good for gift-giving, too!

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March 2, 2007

Become the Pack Leader

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One day while scrolling through our TV channels, we discovered Cesar Millan on National Georgraphic Channel. Cesar, better known as the "Dog Whisperer", is a dog trainer and dog lover whose strategy is to work with nature rather than fight against it.

Dogs are pack animals, as we all know, and Cesar's philosophy is that the owner must behave at all times as the pack leader and maintain a gentle, assertive manner when working with the dog. Cesar Millan offers videos, CD's and books at his website, entertaining to watch and delivered in a clear and easy to understand format. He successfully demonstrates the effectiveness of his dog training philosophy: a happy, well-behaved dog needs exercise, discipline and affection--in that order.

If you need your pet to mind a little bit better--and who doesn't--or know someone who could use some dog-training help, these videos and books should be on your shopping list.

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