Do Cats Like Running Water? | Woof’n Purr Professional Dog Walkers & Pet Sitters-Dearborn, MI

Do cats like running water?

Well, do they? The answer is yes, cats like running water! Now let’s take a look at the back story, way back…

Cats’ aversion to water is widely accepted as fact — but in truth, not all cats feel the same about taking a dip. One domestic breed, the strikingly beautiful Turkish Van cat, actually delights in getting wet. His ancestors did, too, plunging into lake waters to better cope with the extreme summer heat in the Lake Van region of Turkey, where the breed originated.

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Ear Infections! | Woof’n Purr Professional Dog Walkers & Pet Sitters – Dearborn, MI

Ear Infections!

Earinfections

Ear infections in dogs are common and most dogs suffer from this painful condition sometime in their life. Scratching and rubbing at the ear(s) and head shaking are common signs. You may also notice an abnormal odor from the ear or see redness or swelling. Most ear infections in adults are caused by bacteria and yeast, though ear mites are a common cause in puppies. Your veterinarian will take a sample from the affected ear(s) and examine it under the microscope to help identify what microorganisms are present.

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Tips on Tuesday “Stay” Woof’n Purr Professional Dog Walkers – Downriver, MI

Stay

IMG_2446Stay means “Remain in the position I tell you to until I say otherwise.” In the beginning, you will only work on teaching your dog to stay for a period of time (called duration). As you progress through pet training, you will work on two other steps, add in distance and distractions.

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What Does a Cat’s Tail Tell Us? | Woof’n Purr Professional Dog Walkers & Pet Sitters – Trenton, MI

What Does a Cat’s Tail Tell Us?

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Your cat’s tail can tell you about what’s going on inside their head. Tails are good indicators of mood. Take a little time to observe your cat’s behavior and you will start to get a feel of the tales the tail tells.

Position: high. When your cat holds her tail high in the air as she moves about her territory, she’s expressing confidence and contentment. A tail that sticks straight up signals happiness and a willingness to be friendly. And watch the tip of an erect tail. A little twitch can mean a particularly happy moment.

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Chip Your Pet Month – Microchip ID for Pets | Woof’n Purr Professional Pet Sitters – Downriver, MI

Chip Your Pet Month

Microchip ID for Pets

Every pet owner’s worst fear is their pet getting out or lost!  Most pet owners can literally feel the anxiety come on at just the very thought.  The BEST way to ensure your pet is returned safely and quickly, should this ever happen, is identification, a microchip ID.  Pet ID’s come in many forms; collar with tags, microchip or tattoo.  We highly recommend pets always wear a basic collar with tags along with having a permanent ID through microchipping.  Here is an introduction to pet microchips and how they work:

What is a microchip?

A microchip is a circuit that is implanted under your pet’s skin, around the shoulders. It’s as small as a grain of rice! Microchipping is a helpful way to reunite with your pet if they’re ever lost. Your local vet can implant the chip under your dog’s skin, within a few minutes. It doesn’t require anesthesia and is a painless procedure and isn’t very expensive; prices range from $25 to $80 dollars. Once inserted, you register on the website with your contact information and your pet’s information.

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Tips on Tuesday “Fading the Lure” | Woof’n Purr Professional Dog Walkers – Dearborn Heights, MI

Fading the Lure

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Once your dog begins responding consistently to the lure, you can start “Fading the Lure”.

Remember to do this randomly; otherwise, your dog will start to sense a routine.Start by luring and rewarding every time. Then:

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Pet Fooled – Pet Food Documentary Review | Woof’n Purr Dog Walkers & Pet Sitters – Downriver, MI

Pet Fooled – Pet Food Documentary

Our Review and What We Feel is Valuable 

Pet Fooled is the first documentary of its type showcasing just the pet food industry.  As pet professionals, we were excited to see this documentary come to life as we feel pet food is such an important topic and yet many pet owners do not really understand the background or history of the industry nor what all the current options really mean when they are browsing the shelves.  

Let’s start with what we liked:

  • A glimpse into how kibble and traditional pet food came about
  • A look at the regulatory (or rather lack thereof) process in pet food
  • Some descriptions of ingredients with a few examples of labels used
  • Some explanation on what pets need to truly thrive
  • A look at how marketing works well and can mislead well meaning pet owners

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Tips on Tuesday “Come When Called” | Woof’n Purr Professional Dog Walkers – Dearborn, MI

Come When Called

This is one of the most important cues you can teach your dog, “come”. Always reward your dog for coming to you when you call him because it will help ensure he will come to you every time he is called. Even if you aren’t using treats as rewards, you should use them when teaching this cue.

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Did You Adopt a New Pet at Empty the Shelters? We Are Here to Help! | Woof’n Purr Dog Walkers & Pet Sitters – Downriver, MI

Pick me! Pick me!  Did you adopt a new pet at Empty the Shelters this last weekend? 

We are here to help!

We know bringing home a new pet can be exciting and rewarding but also sometimes a bit confusing as well.  We have compiled some general information for you on some important points to help you and your new pet get settled as quickly as possible.  19250155 - good doggy master hand with delicacy for beagle puppy [Read more…]

Tips on Tuesday “Loose-Leash Walking with Leave it” | Woof’n Purr Professional Dog Walkers – Taylor, MI

Loose-Leash Walking with Leave It

There will be times when you’re walking with your dog and he will try to pick something up in his mouth. You’ve worked on Loose-Leash Walking, “Take It” and ”Leave It” and now it’s time to start combining the three. Start in a location that is fairly distraction free like a hallway in your home, and place some toys on the floor. [Read more…]