October 24, 2012

What is a Ragdoll Cat’s Personality Like?

Filed under: Cat Breed — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 1:30 pm

Ragdoll CatFor many, dogs have become the pet of choice. They readily opt for a dog mostly because they are looking for the affection of a dog; they want a pet that will be a loyal companion to them or a dog they can play fetch with.

But did you know that there is a cat breed that is like half-dog-half-cat in nature? The Ragdoll breed of cats have many traits and behaviors that are much like a dog—and this is what makes these cats so much more fun and adorable!

Ragdolls are not your usual cat. They are grow bigger than most cats and are covered in thick white fur especially around their neck and arms. Their big, bulky bodies look somewhat muscular with their hind legs larger than most cats. Their bright, round, blue eyes and big, rounded ears make them absolutely endearing.

Ragdoll Personality Traits

Like other cats, Ragdolls enjoy scratching on carpets and the furniture, they also like hiding in enclosed places and sleeping a lot of the time.

But this feline also possess a lot of dog-like behavior like playing catch with their owner and running after little items with so much energy.

Ragdolls love being around plenty of people and showing off their bubbly side!

Ragdoll kittens like going around chasing after their own tail and running after insects.

The Ragdoll cat personality can be one of the most relaxed and loving cats you’ll ever see. Their breed name ‘Ragdoll’ was coined after the relaxed, limp position they take every time they are carried by people—all their muscles seem relaxed so they almost look like a ragdoll.

Owners especially love these cats for their calm, sweet behavior coupled with energy and affection for their owners.

Ragdolls are mostly indoor cats perfect for people who are looking for a companion. These cats love being with people and following their owner, just like a dog.

Unlike other cat breeds they like playing around the house, showing deep affection and exhibit a lot of energy. Clearly, Ragdolls are for people who like the energy and gentleness in a cat.

A Ragdoll’s cat behavior is highly influenced with the breeder, so make sure you choose a good, reputable breeder before purchasing the cat. The initial 12 weeks in a Ragdoll’s life are molding weeks and are essential moments in the cat’s behavioral development.

October 15, 2012

How to Train an Aggressive Dog

Filed under: Dog Aggression — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 8:50 am

aggressive dogMost people have a natural tendency to be amused with dogs that look cute or those that exhibit pleasing behavior. But, an overly aggressive dog is never amusing.

An unbalanced aggressive dog can inflict serious injuries to people, and an aggressive dog’s bite can even be fatal.

Unfortunately, this is one of the main reasons why dogs are put to sleep; because they are no longer safe to be with people. They display such dangerous aggression that people fear they may end up hurting the people around them.

It may not all be that easy to understand and distinguish whether your dog is showing aggression. Dog behavior is different from humans, what is supposed to be play for dogs may seem like aggressive behavior to humans.

However, experts say that there are some telling signs of aggression. Supposed dog-play when accompanied by loud growls or furious snarling may be a sign of aggression. When your dog gets wild at the sight of other people and moves to attack them, this is a clear sign of bad aggressive behavior.

Behaviors similar to these should not be ignored.

Aggressive Dog Training Tips

The best-trained dogs obey humans and follow orders from us. So as soon as your dog shows signs of bad behavior, start training your dog to modify these behaviors.  Here are a few tips on how to train an aggressive dog:

  • Many dogs bark uncontrollably when visitors come to the door. Ignore your dog in this situation, just walk to the door and open and ask the visitor to come in. Without eye contact with the dog, continue this practice every time a visitor comes to the door.
  • Restrain your dog with a leash around its neck. This will help you control your dog; a simple tug on the leash will restrain bad behavior.
  • During walks, stop and call your dogs attention with a simple touch when it barks at other dogs or at people. Keep repeating the action as necessary.
  • Remain calm and fearless when your dog tries to seemingly attack on you, call its attention with a touch. But do not panic or the dog’s aggression will increase.
  • Reward submissive, calm behavior. Every time you are able to calm your dog’s seeming aggressive behavior, give him little treats as reward.
  • Family members with the most difficulty in handling the dog must try to spend time feeding and petting, and training the dog. This will help build the dog’s trust and respect for that person.
  • Remember to always discipline wrong dog behavior before it gets out of hand. The slightest sign of aggression must be caught— this does not mean hurting or gravely punishing the dog. A simple touch or sound to show opposition to the behavior will do.
  • Take your dog for regular daily walks to shed his energy. This is a very healthy dog exercise to help build a balanced dog.

October 3, 2012

Havanese Hypoallergenic Dogs: Shedding, Characteristics

Filed under: Dog Breed — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 11:45 am

dogs that don t shedOne of the best-loved family dogs available is the Havanese hypoallergenic dog. They are considered a toy breed but are very energetic and sturdy.

A Havanese loves nothing more than to belong to a family and spend time playing fetch and running around playing rough with their owners. They are very playful, intelligent, easy to train, and loves people’s attention.

They have a long, silk-like, wavy coat that is odorless and does not shed. Originating from Cuba, their coat works to protect them from the intense heat in this tropical country. The Havanese coat comes in a variety of beautiful, elegant colors:

  • champagne
  • white
  • gold
  • chocolate
  • silver

Shedding and “How Big Do Havanese Dogs Get?”

This energetic breed grows anywhere between eight-and-a-half to about 11-and-a-half inches tall; they are sometimes even longer than they are taller.

Because they have long, thick, bulky coat many people wonder ‘do Havanese shed?’ The great thing about this breed is that they do not shed easily and their hair is totally hypoallergenic, meaning they are safe even for people with asthma and other allergies.

Their coat is meant to shield them from the tough sun; therefore it does not shed easily.

Havanese Dogs Characteristics and Traits

Below are some of the basic Havanese characteristics and traits unique to their breed:

  • Thought there are other dog breeds that are hairy, the Havanese coat is one that is long, silky and not wooly or too harsh in nature. Their coat may also be braided.
  • Havanese dogs are generally gentle, soft, and intelligent with a mischievous side to them. They love playing with kids, but as much as possible they like being with their real owners.
  • They have large dark-brown eyes that are almond-shaped. Their ears are set high on their head—their ears are medium sized.
  • This breed is perfect for any type of house; they enjoy small apartments as much as houses with big yards.
  • Havanese dogs are alert and will bark at the slightest feeling of a stranger drawing near.
  • They love playing with paper and may go ‘absolutely crazy’ when given a roll of tissue paper to play with!

 

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.