Easy Steps in Supporting Prevention of Animal Cruelty

Animal cruelty is a very real crime. Every year, there are several animals that are maltreated. Whether they are household pets like cats and dogs, or wild animals like bears and elephants, these animals are not safe from animal cruelty. However, only a few concerned citizens are aware of this crime. If you want to show your support for preventing animal cruelty, here are some easy steps that you can follow.

Set an Example

Start the change within yourself. If you own an animal, set an example for others by always providing your pet with the proper love and care that it deserves. Always provide fresh water, food and shelter. Be responsible and have your pets neutered or spayed. When your pet is sick or is in need of medical treatment, send him to a veterinarian. It is important that you do not neglect or abuse your pets. Shower it with a dose of tender, loving care.

Encourage Others To Join You

Have others back you up. Otherwise, no one will take you seriously. There are several ways to gain supporters. You can either host rallies or write a petition. You can also campaign online and gather signatures for a petition through the Internet. You can also do it personally, by asking people you meet at a park or rally or in school to sign your petition. All you have to do is print out pages of numbered lines with a heading “Stop Animal Cruelty”, and have people sign it.

Be Against Animal Testing

Animal testing is a form of animal cruelty. Do not buy products that are conducted and tested on animals. Buy or make buttons that clearly state your opposition against animal testing and hand them out to others.

Support Organizations Against Animal Cruelty

There are very many organizations against animal cruelty. These organizations are committed to stopping animal abuse and neglect. Also, they rescue and treat animals that are formerly victims of animal cruelty. You can show your support by being part of these organizations and giving donations that will help in treating thousands of abused animals.

Inform Others

There are many people who are unaware of animal abuse and neglect. Every day, this crime happens and there are any people that are unaware that this is actually taking place. It is very important for you to spread the word. You can do this by handing out pamphlets informing people of what’s really happening and what they can do to stop it.

Report a Crime

Your involvement is very important. If you see an animal being abused or neglected, do something about it. Report to your local humane society, animal shelter, or animal control agency right away. Know who to call when reporting animal cruelty. Take note of important details, such as the type of animal cruelty, persons involved, the date it happened, and where it took place. These will really be of big help to the investigating officer.

How Does Exercise Affect Your Dogs’ Behavior?

Most of us think of exercise as physical; staying strong, heart healthy, keeping weight down… What we don’t really think about is how exercise, or the lack of exercise, can affect dog behavior! I love to say ” A tired dog is a good dog!”

Very often I hear people complain that their dog is “spiteful.” There is no such thing as a spiteful dog. If you find your couch chewed up your first reaction should be “What happened to you to create such anxiety?” When your dog has excess energy, which creates stress, it WILL be spent. Whether this energy is spent in destructive behavior (couch, shoe, or wall chewing) or constructively depends entirely on YOU!!

A lack of exercise causes anxiety and stress. Destructive behavior is one consequence of a dog who has not had enough exercise. Anxiety can be expressed by destructive behavior or self-mutilation. Very often people will come home to find that their dog has chewed a big hole in his coat or has licked a paw until it is raw and bleeding.

Hot spots can also be caused by stress. When you see a hot spot, the first questions you should ask yourself are “Could this have been caused by anxiety or stress? Is this stress or anxiety caused by a lack of exercise?”

Every dog, especially young dogs, will be better able to pay attention to you and work with you when they are not suffering from too much pent-up energy. Do you know what it feels like to be restless or feel a little hyper, like you just have to move? Well, when YOU feel that way, you do something. When your dog feels that way, he has to wait and hope that you will notice his NEED for exercise and provide an appropriate outlet.

If you are leaving your dog for any amount of time, it is your responsibility to make sure that she has had enough exercise that she will be content to wait calmly until you return home. Every dog is different, some dogs need a lot more exercise than others.

Some of the things you can do to make sure your dog (and you) get enough exercise are:

  • Daily walks
  • Training in Obedience, Agility or Rally
  • Playing Fetch
  • Swimming
  • Running (not on concrete)
  • Play Sessions With Dog Friends

For those of you thinking of bringing home a puppy or a rescue dog, keep in mind the exercise requirements for the specific breed you are thinking of. If you have an All-American (mixed breed), take a guess at what breeds are there. Think about the characteristics of those breeds and if the exercise requirements of the dog are compatible with your family and lifestyle.

Exercise is important for the emotional and mental health of your dog as well as physical wellness. Appropriate exercise should be part of your daily routine to keep your whole dog healthy and happy. It will also strengthen the bond between you and your dog! Playing with your dog will help reduce YOUR stress too!! Have fun with your dog, you’ll both feel better!

Rescue Dogs & Agility

The pounds, humane societies and rescue organizations are full to the brim with dogs that only want to please. Where else could you possibly find a better candidate for dog agility?

Rescue dogs seem to make some of the better agility dogs. Why is this? Well, there may be a few good reasons, but I believe the most valid one is their willingness to please. Rescue animals seem to understand that you have “saved” them from possible death. They seem to want to do all they can to make you happy. This urge to please usually translate into a dog that is easier to train.

Pretty well any dog would make a good candidate for agility as it is open to all sizes and breeds, mixed or purebred. Dogs are classed according to their height, not by breed. And yes, your mutt can achieve a “Champion” ranking, perfect for rescues. There are of course some breeds that the experts say are among the best for agility. The most favored is the Border Collie. Almost any dog that is at least part Border can be trained to agility. Shetland Sheepdog types are also favoured in their size for their smarts, quickness and willingness to please. Jack Russell Terriers also make great agility dogs, but remember this breed usually takes more work and a firm handler. But even if you have no idea what breeds make up your rescue, try them on agility, you have nothing to lose (except maybe a few pounds)!

If you are looking to rescue older dogs, don’t worry, there is agility for all ages. There are specific groups for older dogs, “tunnels” for those who can’t or won’t jump, and even “rally” for those with extra energy. And if agility isn’t for you, there is always Fly-Ball, and for the more sedate owner and dog, Rally-O (which makes obedience training fun and different).

So do a little research into which type of agility you would like to try, and head to your local rescue house to find the perfect 4 legged friend to do it with you!

Motorcycle Pet Carrier – Tips To Avert Likely Dangers

When you savor the wide open highway on your motorcycle, a motorcycle pet carrier might be the most suitable choice to carry along your faithful buddy on your trip. Yet traveling with your dogs should in no way be without precaution, especially on a motorcycle. Several motorcycle pet carriers can pose a risk to your animal’s life and your own. This report explores a few prospective dangers with motorcycle dog carriers or cat carriers and also exactly how you might avert them.

Pet Restlessness and Playing while Traveling

A good number of pets – dogs and cats alike – are susceptible to squirm, jump, and pace while traveling. They don’t understand the possible dangers of moving about and usually attempt daring feats without forewarning. It’s up to you as a pet owner to make certain your pet’s well-being at all times.

A motorcycle pet carrier which is held against your body by using secure straps, such as canine travel chest pouches, can usually give and move as your pet moves. Typically, if the pet begins to squirm, this will be a distraction to you as the driver or to your passenger if the pet is being held by a person in the motorcycle’s passenger seat.
A chest pouch can also turn out to be an irritation in and of itself. The pouch may become miserable and also quite warm after a while, making either you or your pet feeling confined and exhausted.

An additional pet carrier which presents dangers is the pet carrier travelling bag which connects to your motorcycle and secures your pet on a tether in front of the driver (in between the knees) and makes it possible for the pet to stand up while traveling.

This is usually a popular method for those that want to “show off” their pet when riding slowly in a parade or motorcycle rally, however it is really never a safe option for fast speeds on the open highway. The pet can easily lose his footing and slide off of the motorcycle. This can hang your pet before you can reach out to grab him. It can also distract you while driving when the pet moves around. This endangers you, your pet, as well as other people driving on the same road.

With either of these types of motorcycle pet carriers, your pet can likely get hurt terribly or killed if a serious crash takes place.

Steer Clear of Potential Risks of Pet Travel

A person could prevent most of these potential hazards by choosing a motorcycle pet carrier that is resilient and offers all the safety characteristics vital for a happy, safe trip. You will need to pick a size so your dog or cat has plenty of room to move about within the pet crate, as well as plenty of venting for fresh air. The pet carrier must also be installed safely and securely.