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Just fur fun l Sep-Oct 2009

All About My Buddy:
My Name is:Bronessa Das
My Buddy’s Names is: Bruna
My Buddy’s Breed is:Labrador
My Buddy’s Age is: One year
My Buddy is : Female She is adorable
My Buddy’s Favourite Treats :Bread and Pedigree food
My Buddy’s Funniest Habit: Always tries to catch her tail and has a fancy for cats
My Buddy’s First Love : My mother and me
Celebrity my Buddy Resembles the Most : Underdog
Character Certificate to My Buddy will Say : Playful and greedy
A Song to Dedicate to My Buddy :How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?
BUDDy and ME: (Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing the Most : Playing with the ball
What We Indulge Doing on Sundays: Racing together
What is the Best Trick I Have Taught her : To catch the ball with two hind legs

Just fur fun l July-Aug 2009

All About My Buddies:
My Name is: Surajit Modak
My Buddies’ Names are: Xena and Tommy
My Buddies’ Breeds are: Labrador Retriever & Spaniel
My Buddies’ Ages are: One and two years old
My Buddies are : Female (Both are sensational girls)
My Buddies’ Favourite Treats :Chicken and mutton
My Buddies’ First Love :For Xena, it is her red Doggy Saucer and for Tommy, it’s my wife Baisakhi
Celebrities my Buddies Resemble the Most : Xena resembles Bruce Lee while  Tommy resembles Johny Lever
Character Certificate to My Buddies will Say : For Xena—A daredevil who loves to play and have an association with all and for Tommy—Listens instructions and keeps constant watch for outsiders entering the house.
Songs to Dedicate to My Buddies :For Xena — Aa Dekhe Zara, Kisme Kinta Hain Dum and for
Tommy — Hume Tumse Pyar Kitna
BUDDies and ME: (Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing the Most : Playing everywhere, running and visiting places together.
What We Indulge Doing on Sundays: Playing, dancing on disco songs and having lunch and dinner together.
What is the Best Trick I Have Taught Them : Giving a welcome reception when somebody enters our home.

Dog training

…With some fun & happiness

We love to pamper our pets with treats and toys, but that’s not enough to keep them happy. We should spend quality time with them. Training them for various things can be a best way to keep them busy, active and content

Dogs love human company and enjoy interacting with their pet parents. Training does not necessarily mean

Dog Training

Training session with pooja

Sit, Down, Stay and all the other Obedience Commands. Training can be fun for the pet and pet parent too. Here is a list of simple things to keep your pet busy and hence happy.

Bark/speak

Apart from your pet’s natural urge to express himself you can also teach him to alert with a bark when the need be.

Method: Find out what excites your pet i.e. toy, treat, leash (possibility of going out for a walk), doorbell ringing, etc. Tease him with a toy, treat or your action and encourage any sound. Praise him well with a toy or a treat at this stage, praise him if he makes any sound. Continue to do so until he starts giving you a solid bark. Please remember not to promote any wrong behaviour while making him excited.

Kong toy

These boredom-blaster toys are very useful and come in different sizes and shapes. You can stuff your pet’s favourite treats or any other food which he enjoys. Kong toys help keep pets busy and away from any destructive activities in the house.

Get daily newspaper

Newspaper can be a fascinating object for many pets. If your pet loves to fetch his toys, you can teach him to fetch the daily newspaper. Give him lots of praise and offer him his favourite treat every time he fetches the newspaper for you instead of making a mess with it. Such simple acts can be very interesting for the pet parent and rewarding for the pet too. Please note that pets love to shred the paper so roll the paper and put a rubber band on it to make it easier for your pet to hold.

Kids & pets

Pets and kids can be great friends and every pet parent must take efforts to socialise their pets with kids in the neighbourhood. In fact, you will be surprised that all the kids in the neighbourhood will know you because of your little darling.

Fetching dog bowl

Pets love food, make it even more fun for them by teaching them to bring their own food bowl before their meal time.

Method: Use a plastic or metal food bowl which is not too heavy for pets to pick. Start by keeping the bowl in a particular place before every meal. Use small portions of his meal to encourage him to pick it up. Initially you can even throw it and ask him to fetch it as he would normally do with his toys. Flip it on the other side if you feel your pet is finding it difficult to pick it up from ground for a better grip.

Fetching leash

Pets love to go out for walks or to play. Most of them get very excited at the sight of their leash or understand the words ‘Chalo’, ‘Leash’, ‘Walk’, ‘Let’s Go’ etc. You can train your pet to bring his own leash every time he goes for a walk.

Method: Start by keeping the leash at a particular place, closer to the door if possible. Encourage your pet to go out with you and start by throwing the leash for him to fetch it before you open the door. Once he starts enjoying this game of fetch, you can encourage him to fetch it on his own from a particular place.

Open/close doors

Attach a long cloth or rope to the door handle and teach your pet to pull it for opening or closing doors. It’s easy to teach and fun for the dogs.

Method: Teach your pet to tug on a rope or his cloth tug toy. Encourage him to play tug near the door which you ideally want him to open. Get him really excited about tugging game. Now you can attach a small rope to that tug toy or attach the rope to the door handle. Encourage your pet to tug on it while it’s attached to the door. Try to make him stand in front of the door so when he pulls/tugs, the door starts to open. Encourage and praise any right behaviour towards the final goal.

Car rides

Most of the pets love car rides. Teach them to enjoy their rides and behave well in the car. Pets can be great companions and stress busters during long drives.


Tips to follow while training your pooch

  • Always remember to make it all as a game for your pet. Do it with lot of enthusiasm and energy.
  • Find out what motivates your pet i.e. treats, toys (balls/squeaky/ring/tug toy, etc) or your company.
  • Divide the final action in small parts and encourage your pet to learn it in steps.
  • Do not over expect things from them.
  • Always remember to praise (verbal and pats) at the right time.
  • If your pet is finding it difficult to perform something, do not lose your patience. Give him a ‘time out’ and then practice after sometime later.
  • While training your pet remember to teach him the action first. Once he learns it then put a ‘command word’ to it. Do not use the ‘command’ unless he knows the meaning of it.

(Pooja Sathe-Gawande is a qualified professional, trained at Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour and Training, UK.)

Just fur fun! l May-June 2009

All About My Buddies:
My Name is: Vinata Iyer
My Buddies’ Names are: Junior & Buddy
My Buddies’ Breeds are: Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever
My Buddies’ Ages are: 3 years & 2 years
My Buddies are : Male
My Buddies’ Favourite Treats : Chicken
My Buddies’ First Love : For Junior, it is his red ball &  for Buddy, it is me
Celebrities my Buddies Resemble the Most : Junior with Shah Rukh Khan & Buddy with Abhishek Bachchan
Character Certificate to My Buddies will Say : For Junior—very energetic & affectionate and for Buddy—a brat but loving.
Songs to Dedicate to My Buddies : ‘Bachna eh hasseno’ & for Buddy — ‘Come to me’

BUDDies and ME: (Few of our favourite things)
List of Activities We Like Doing the Most : Playing in the garden and swimming
What We Indulge Doing on Sundays: Playing in the garden
What is the Best Trick I Have Taught Them : For Junior—Giving Hi-Five & for Buddy—Giving a hug

Just fur fun! l Mar-Apr 2009

All about my buddy
My Name is: Tanmay Kulkarni
My Buddy’s Name: Jhunnu
My Buddy’s Breed: Samyoed
My Buddy’s Age:2 Years
My Buddy is: Female
My Buddy’s favourite treats: Everything that’s Delicious
My Buddy’s first love: All yummy food items
Celebrity my Buddy resembles the most: Tuntun (Uma Devi)
Your character certificate to Buddy will say: A combination of beauty and wisdom
A song you would like to dedicate for your buddy: Mukhda chand ka tukda

BUDDY and ME: (Few of our favourite things)
List of activity we like doing the most: Playing and eating

What both of us indulge doing on most Sundays: Playing together

What is the best trick I have taught her: come here seat down and shake hand

Just Fur Fun | Jan Feb 09

All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do write in your poems, short stories or anecdotes of your loving doggy and see them splash here.

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Feedo

Here’s the checklist of information we would love to have, email it to us at info@dogsandpups.net

 

All about my buddy:

My Name is: A Vishal

My Buddy’s Name: Feedo

My Buddy’s Breed: German Spitz

My Buddy’s Age: 1 year 3 Months

My Buddy is: Male

My Buddy’s favourite treats : well balanced home food with occasional chicken and ice-cream.

My Buddy’s funniest habit: When my father returns from his office, he lies on his back and get totally confused or if a great comes home, he gets excited.

My Buddy’s first love: Its me!

Celebrity my Buddy resembles the most: He’s a celeb himself

Your character certificate to Buddy will say: Playful and fluffy

A song you would like to dedicate for your buddy: Googly Woogly Hush

BUDDY and ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of activity we like doing the most: Playing and walking

What both of us indulge doing on most Sundays: We go for long drives and on alternate Sundays we play in the park behind our house.

What is the best trick I have taught him: To protect we whenever anyone hits or scolds me and I tought him clapping while on hind legs.

 

Just fur Fun | July Aug 08

All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do write in your poems, short stories or anecdotes of your loving doggy and see them splash here. Here’s the checklist of information we would love to have.

Just Fur Fun!All about my buddy :

My Name is: Meghana Pampapathi

My Buddy’s Name: Krish

My Buddy’s Breed: Lhasa Apso

My Buddy’s Age: 9 months

My Buddy is: Male

My Buddy’s favourite treats: Dog chews

My Buddy’s funniest habit: When I, my mum and sister dry his fur using a hair dryer after bath, he tries to bite the air coming out of the hair dryer!.

My Buddy’s first love: Food, treats, me and more treats!

My Buddy and food: Pedigree

Celebrity my Buddy resembles the most: Hmmm…. not sure he’s unique!

Your character certificate to Buddy will say: Extremely loving, playful, amazing, naughty and excellent guard dog!!

A song you would like to dedicate for your buddy: Who let the dogs out!

BUDDY and ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of activity we like doing the most: Sleeping, playing tug-of-war and of course eating!

What both of us indulge doing on most Sundays: Playing with each other

What is the best trick I have taught them: Hmmm… nothing as yet!

Just Fur Fun! | July Aug 07

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All you kiddies out there, we would love to know more about you and your dog. Do write in your poems, short stories or anecdotes of your loving doggy and see them splash here. Here’s the checklist of information we would love to have and you can win a doggy gift hamper.

All about my buddy :

My Name is : Simone Liane Noronha pawkid1

My Buddy’s Name : Cherie

My Buddy’s Breed : Beagle

My Buddy’s Age : 3 Months

My Buddy is : Female

My Buddy’s first love : None other than me

My Buddy and food : Royal Canin

Celebrity my Buddy resembles the most : Mr. Bean

Your character certificate to Buddy will say : Very naughty outside but loving inside

A song you would like to dedicate for your Buddy : How much is that doggy at the window?

BUDDY and ME: (Few of our favourite things)

List of activity we like doing the most : Playing & going for a walk

What both of us indulge doing on most Sundays : Walking and playing

What is the best trick I have taught him : Fetch the ball !

 

Fun, frolic, festivity… and feast too

Let’s satiate our pooches’ taste buds with delectable delicacies, this Christmas. The mouthwatering recipes will definitely add more zest to our doggies’ festive spirits. So unfold your apron and dust your cooking cap, barge into the kitchen, singing & humming jingles. Here’s wishing all pet parents…we wish you a merry Christmas…and a Happy New Year.

HOMECARE Christmas cake
Ingredients: 2 cups baking flour, 2 eggs,
1/2 cup corn oil, 1/2 cup margarine, 1/4 kg chicken liver, 1-2 pieces cooked chicken liver, then crumbled, 1/2 cup yogurt, 4 teaspoon baking powder.

What’s cooking…
Combine flour and baking powder and set it aside. In a mixing bowl, beat softened margarine until smooth. Add eggs and corn oil; mix it well then add liver, and mix until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Pour batter into cake pan. Bake at 325° F/160° C for 60 minutes. Let it cool completely for a few minutes before removing it from the pan. Place cake on a serving plate and spread yogurt over top and sides of entire cake. Sprinkle crumbled chicken liver over top to delight your darling.

HOMECARE Cookies Treats
Ingredients : 2 cups chicken liver broth,
2 cups baking flour, 2 eggs, pinch of
baking soda.

What’s cooking…
Mix fresh chicken liver broth with baking flour until dough. Then add eggs, baking soda to the dough until it blends completely. Then cut into your treat sizes. Press it into your greased oven pan. Bake at 325 ° F/160 ° C, until ready to treat your pooch…!!!
HOMECARE Dog Food provides specially-formulated, nutrient-enriched fresh pet food in Mumbai. An idea conceptualized by two brothers Kashiff and Wasiff Khan. Started in 2003, these Dabbas delight a lot of pooches. To pamper and treat your doggie, call 919820803330.

Puppy training made fun

A well behaved dog and a happy owner make a perfect combination. Behaviour and training always go together. Training always leads you to understand your dog and also helps you communicate better with him.

 

Apuppy’s first day at home is very exciting. But after a few days of excitement and joy, starts the actual struggle of bringing up the puppy. In most cases, problems start occurring, first being the toilet training extending to not obeying basic manners, teething, chewing habits, etc.

Puppy training should start from the time when she enters your home. Any form of training should always be fun to the dog as well as the owner. Keep it short and simple. It is also important to check the attention span of puppies during training. The owner should be completely involved in the training process, as it helps to create a strong bond between the owner and his dog. Even if you involve a professional, be a part of the puppy  training programme and understand the methods used for training. Always reward your lil’ one.

Training a pup requires a lot of concentration, practice, patience and persistence from the owner. Also, once you start, you need to progress gradually. The first part of training should be the basic puppy  training, which involves teaching good toilet habits, controlling a pup during teething period, getting her used to being around people and other dogs, teaching her good food habits, etc. Then come the basic commands such as Sit, Down, Stay, Fetch, etc.

There are four basic things to teach your new puppy:

Use of word “NO”:

Puppies, by nature, are very playful and mischievous. They tend to do many things, which are not acceptable to us, such as showing affection towards people by jumping up on them or by licking, stealing food, running away with things, etc. Therefore, you should teach the pup, what is acceptable and non-acceptable behaviour from day one.

Follow these simple tips to train your puppy:

  • If you don’t want your puppy to access certain areas of your home, be firm about it right from the beginning.
  • Give your pup lots of different textured items to chew while she is teething but don’t allow her to chew furniture, etc.
  • Make her a cosy bed to sleep.
  • Start using the word ‘NO’ firmly for things you don’t want your pup to do. But, do not scream or hit the puppy, as it will not solve the problem but make it worse.
  • If the pup picks up something and starts running, don’t run after her, instead call her towards you, and show her something more interesting. You can also distract her with favourite treat or toy.

Developing good food habits:

Puppies are usually very greedy by nature. Food is the most important thing for them. They often try to steal food or search for it in the garbage bin.

Here are a few tips to develop good food habits:

  • Fix a routine of your pup’s meals and snacks from the very beginning.
  • Never feed her small bits or snacks, while you are eating.
  • It is a myth that feeding the dogs before you eat will stop her begging for food when you have yours. It is absolutely wrong. Moreover, in a dog’s pack, the leader always eats first and then the members have their share.
  • You can ask your dog to sit comfortably next to the dining table and give her chew bone.
  • All members must ignore her completely (not even eye contact), while having your meal, till you finish. When you finish and clear the table, you can reward her with treat for nice behaviour.
  • Reprimand your dog with a firm word like “Bad Girl” only if you catch her in the middle of the act and not after she has already snatched the food.

Training her not to jump on people:

On seeing their family members, pups get very happy and tend to jump. Here are a few tips to avoid this:

  • All members of the family must follow a routine of not interacting with the pup at the door, when they enter the home.
  • Do not make any eye contact or physical contact, such as patting, when you enter and for at least initial 10 minutes.
  • You can also fold your hands and sit quietly, not allowing the puppy to bite your fingers, clothes, etc.
  • Once her initial excitement is over, call her and pat her slowly, praise her with a treat or have a short fetch game, as a reward for good behaviour. So, it has to be you who starts the interaction.

Practice this routine for some time, until your pup learns it.

Teaching command “Sit”:

Most of the pups learn to sit very quickly, with the use of a treat or biscuit. But later when the dog learns how to sit on command, many people stop giving treat or praise. That’s when she starts ignoring the owner and will only sit when you have a treat in your hand.

Here’s how to teach your dog to sit

  • Take a piece of your dog’s favourite treat. Hold the treat in front of her nose and move the treat up towards the top of her head high enough that she can barely reach it.
  • If your dog lifts her front paws off the ground, you are holding the treat too high.
  • When your dog lifts her head and shoulders to get her treat, her bottom should go down and soon she will be in the sit position.
  • Praise her by saying “Sit, Good girl, sit” and give her the treat.
  • You can even gently touch your dog’s back, signalling her to sit.
  • Practice this several times until she learns to sit at the ‘sit’ command.

Puppy Training class: Pooja Sathe offers a pet dog training course, puppy care course, which is a 6 weeks course, where the owners have to bring their pets for the class and all aspects of training are explained to them. They work step by step with their lil’ ones and the pups also gets socialised.

For more info, contact Pooja Sathe at 9820596903.