Pet News Roundup: A look at dogs’ OCD tendencies, the literal two-faced cat and the gossip on talkative dogs!

Here on The Dish, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the pet food industry. We’ll have a mix of articles, statistics, news and fun facts from a variety of pet industry sources.

  • ‘Two-faced’ too cute cat goes viral: With an adorable split tabby and black face, Venus the cat has gained more than 14,000 Facebook followers in less than two weeks. Check out this article to see her unique beauty!
  • Real Life Homeward Bound Tale in Louisiana: This article from Catster tells the story of a re-creation of Homeward Bound. Meet Figaro, the cat who wandered 40 miles away from home before being rescued and returned to his worried family.
  • Tips for the Chattiest of Dogs: Is your dog a chatty collie? Or a talkative terrier? Read this article to learn about some of the most talkative dogs and why they may be that way!
  • Finnish Study finds OCD in dogs: A Finnish research study showed that dogs, like humans, can have recurrent obsessive-compulsive tendencies; some that can be expressed through chasing its own tail, excessive cleaning and other behaviors. Check out their findings in this article by Science Daily!

 

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Picking a Pet Name

Are you bringing a new pet into your family? Finding the perfect pet name can be tricky but we’re here to help! We’ve gathered a few ideas for choosing a great name that fits your pet’s unique personality and appeals to both of you!

Here are five tips for picking the perfect pet name:

  • Give it a few days: Wait a few days after bringing home your pet to decide on a name so you can see their personality and let their name reflect it. Your dog or cat may not show their full character until they get to know you better, so give them some time!
  • Keep it short: Dogs and cats often respond best to two-syllable names. If your heart is set on a long name then come up with a nickname that will be easy to learn. It’s also a good idea to use names that start with hard consonants like K, P, and D because they trigger more response in pets’ brains.
  • Pick a name you are proud of: You will be calling out your pet’s name many times a day so stay away from embarrassing names. You may not mind calling your dog “Baby” at home but would you be comfortable calling it out at the park?
  • Get your pet involved: Try calling out a few of your favorite names and see which ones they respond to. You’ll often find that they will ignore some but have a positive response to others.
  • Make it different: If you have other pets in your household, make sure to give your new pet a name that doesn’t sound too similar to theirs. Similar sounding words can easily confuse pets.

What strategies do you use when naming new pets? Comment on this post to share your ideas with fellow pet owners!

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Pet News Roundup: “Cat Immersion” treatment, why dog treadmill sales are on the rise, and are humans the only animal that keep pets?

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Think Outside the Park: Tips For Socializing Your Dog

We think dog parks are great places for your canine to develop and maintain their social skills while getting healthy leash-free exercise. Unfortunately, not every city has dog parks and pet owners are faced with figuring out other ways for their dogs to interact with canine friends.

Socialization is very important for a dog’s health and wellbeing. Without proper socialization, dogs can become anxious and even aggressive. For these reasons, it is essential for dog owners to be proactive and find ways for their dogs to get enough social interaction.

Here are some ways to socialize your dog outside of the dog park:

  • Obedience classes: Not only great for obedience training but these classes are an ideal way for dogs of all ages to socialize. They provide a safe environment where the canines can interact and learn some mannerly skills.
  • Puppy play dates: Organizing play dates with dogs that you know are both friendly and healthy is a great way for your dog to get the social interaction he or she needs. It also helps build and maintain human friendships!
  • Doggie day care: Taking a dog to day care is a great option for dog owners who work during the day. These facilities are full of dogs who are ready to play and make friends and staff members who understand the canine’s needs.

It is important to keep in mind that, while dogs are very social creatures, they might not want to be social all of the time. Be aware of your dog’s body language and don’t push interaction on them if they appear tired or aggravated.

 

How do you help your dog interact with other dogs? Comment on this post to suggest which methods you’ve found useful for fellow pet owners!

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Protecting Pets From Wild Predators

Cats and dogs go missing every day as a result of wild animals like coyotes and predatory birds. Pets weighing up to 25 pounds are the most at risk of attack by predatory animals. However, don’t forget about larger pets too as they can also be at risk if predators think their young are being threatened or if they attack in groups.

Pet owners – remember to take precautions against the dangers of wild animals to keep your pets out of harm’s way! Here are a few tips:

  • Build a fence to keep coyotes out of your yard. If you are not able to put in a fence, consider making your yard less attractive to predators by installing motion sensitive lighting and trimming your landscape to remove hiding places.
  • Do not leave pet food outside as it can attract wild animals. It is also a good idea to feed pets inside as they can be more vulnerable to predators when distracted by eating.
  • Supervise your pets while they are outside and keep them leashed during walks. Wild animals, especially predatory birds, are less likely to attack pets when their owners are present.
  • Add roofs to outdoor kennels or add enclosed runs to pet doors to provide shelter if your pets must be left alone outside.
  • Lock up! Make sure your windows and doors, including dog doors, are secured against wild animals at night.

While protecting your pets may be your top priority, it is important to remember that there are many state and federal laws against harming wildlife, particularly predatory birds, even in defense of your pets. Contact your local animal control or wildlife service agency for assistance.

Have you used any of these tips to keep your pets safe from dangerous predators? Comment on this post to suggest which tips you’ve found useful for fellow pet owners!

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Fetching the Gold

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if dogs competed in the Olympics? Imagine the noise from all the barking at the opening ceremony if they actually marched in as teams!

Most dog owners already know their pets are all-stars even without medals to prove it but here are a few events we’d like to see the world’s most skilled canines and their trainers compete in:

  • Canine Freestyle: This sport involves choreographed performances set to music by dogs and their handlers. This event may seem a bit quirky, but, after all, this year’s Olympics did include horse ballet!
  • Skijoring: In this winter sport, described as a mix between cross country skiing and dog mushing, people on skis are pulled by one or more dogs. Caribbean canines might be seen as the “underdogs” in this event but we think they might surprise us like their bobsledding human counterparts!
  • Flyball: This sport matches two teams of four dogs against each other in a relay-style race across a 51-foot long course. With running, jumping, and fetching involved, Flyball would be the ultimate Olympic event for dogs.

Would you watch dogs compete in the Olympics? Comment on this post and tell us your favorite dog sport to watch or participate in with your pooch. If you would like to learn about more dog sports, visit ASPCA.

 

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Andy Murray hung his two hard-earned Olympic medals around the necks of his beloved pooches, Maggie May and Rusty.

 

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Pet News Roundup: Pool safety tips for those hot summer days, pets helping kids with autism, and a look at why dogs chase laser beams!

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Cool Cat Facts

Think you know everything there is to know about your favorite feline? Think again! We’ve rounded up some of the most interesting facts about cats on the web for all you Ailurophiles out there!

Here are some of the coolest cat facts we found:

  • Cats think of humans as large cats instead of thinking of themselves as small humans
  • Like human fingerprints, cats’ nose pads are ridged with unique patterns
  • A group of adult cats is called a “clowder” and a group of kittens is called a “kindle
  • When cats are happy or pleased they squeeze their eyes shut
  • Ancient Egyptians often shaved their eyebrows in mourning when their cats died
  • A female cat is called a Queen or a Molly
  • Female cats are usually right-pawed and male cats are usually left-pawed
  • A cat can jump up to five times its own height in a single bound
  • Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds while dogs can only make 10

Do you know more cool cat facts? Comment on this post to share them with your fellow pet owners!

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