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Essential training techniques for the Smart Puppy

Dogs are fast learners. You can begin teaching simple commands for everyday use by employing vocal instruction, treats or other methods like Clicker Training. These essential training techniques will ensure the overall well being of your pup . Bringing home a puppy is such a joy. But most pet parents give up training their dogs or some don’t start at all because the task of training seems so…

Playful bonding with Kids & K9s

Growing up with a dog in the family is one of the most enjoyable and valuable experiences for a child. Here are a few games and activities to engage your child and your pooch. These days, thanks to the growing dependence on gadgets and related technology, children get hooked on to them from a very early age. Parents have been exploring other options to keep their children occupied and teach them…

Getting the right breed

You’ve decided to get a dog, great! But have you decided on a breed yet? Before you decide to get a breed of dog based on the look or image, you need to think about what the breed was originally bred for. For instance, can you handle a Terrier digging in your garden, or an Australian Cattle Dog chasing other animals? Here’s how to choose an appropriate breed. Megan, a purebred Australian…

Keeping “Paw-mate” Content & Comfortable!

A pup is a commitment for life. Space is vital, so you choose the breed as per the space available, advices Senthil who further mentions that first time pet parents must always ask to see the pup with the mother and littermates. “This way you get to know the hygiene factor and if ethical breeding standards are followed. Follow your heart to find your PAW-MATE,” he adds. Know your pup “Your…

KPS guide to prepare your home for a pooch

Once you have decided to bring home a pup, it’s time to make your family and home ready for the tailwagger. Here’s how… Get the essentials: If you wish to crate train your pooch, bring a crate as per his size. Also, get all the essentials ready like his food and drinking bowls, leash, bed and bedding, ID tag, etc. Determine his ‘own’ place: Find a corner in the house which your pet can claim as…

Happy Homecoming For Your New Pup

This may be used as a guide for anyone wanting to adopt a pup. This will also give an insight to the readers regarding their own dogs. Let’s say I have decided I want a new puppy and have decided to own a female Labrador Retriever. Before I actually want the pup I will begin searching for reputable breeders. I don’t need them to have litters ready yet as at this point I want to know the knowledge…

Pet care during festive season

-Even the most confident dogs can be scared of fireworks! Yes, your happy go lucky pet could be trembling, shaking and barking more during the coming celebrations at your home. It is important to understand that dogs and cats have stronger hearing power. So what we perceive to be loud is even louder and unbearable for the pets. In addition, dogs are also sensitive to vibrations caused by loud…

Are you ready for a pooch?

If you are planning to bring a pooch home, pause and think - are you really ready for a pooch? Here’s KPS way of knowing whether you are ready to bring that cuddly little one home: Reason for getting one: Think of the reason for getting a dog home – is it just because your child wants or it is the latest fad? Bring a dog only if you are looking for a companion, a buddy, a loving and lovable…

Be on Guard and Watch out for common mistake

Learn about common mistakes which are better best avoided. Health and wellness is always top priority. Read on and find out about advices on Health, Training and Grooming – some common mistakes which are must watch out for. Common ‘HEALTH’ mistakes to watch out for Wrong food: “Sometimes adult food is fed to puppies, which leads to indigestion and they suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea,” advices…

How to become a marvellous pet parent

Here are some vital tips to become a marvellous pet parent. Adopt a country or pariah dog as your pet. He is more disease resistant and easy to manage. Puppies have to be periodically dewormed and fed a balanced diet to refrain them from eating rubbish. Obedience training is very essential to have a good, life-long relationship with your pup. Start early when he is 3-4 months old. Any new…

KPS way to safe car travel with you pooch

Never let your dog sit in your lap. Don’t let your dog sit in the front seat as he can distract the driver by climbing onto his lap or might interfere with easy access to gear/brakes. The front passenger seat has airbag and your dog can be injured in case of any mishap. Use a crate or pet carrier for your pooch. Secure the crate so that it cannot flip forward in case of sudden stop. If…

Be safe when the sun shines bright

From keeping their pets indoors to providing water all the time to grooming and short haircuts – it is definitely a pleasure to see our pet parents well informed on Do’s and Don’ts in summer time. Here’s what our pet parents from Jaipur share… “During summer, temperature variance causes hair fall and dermatological problems, so it isn’t a good idea to give dogs frequent baths.However, regular…

Learn how to keep your pet safe this summer

Animals do not have efficient cooling systems (like humans who sweat) and get overheated easily, which can result in heatstroke that can be fatal. Here’s why and how to protect your pooch in summer. Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body temperature in a safe range. A dog with moderate heatstroke (body temperature from 104º to 106ºF) can recover within an hour if given…

Why is water important for your pet?

Water is the most important of all the vital nutrients needed for a pet. It constitutes nearly 84 percent of a newborn puppy and 60 percent of an adult dog. It is the basis for all metabolic processes of the body. Let’s find out more about the importance of water. According to Dr CS Arun, “Though very essential, the importance of water is completely overlooked and ‘water negligence’ is a common…

Home alone!

Separation anxiety is one of the common problems faced by pet parents but each pet is unique and so is how they are handled. Here, our Hyderabad friends share their experiences on dealing with separation anxiety. Giving him a comfort zone: “Dollar, my five-month-old Lab, has no issues with separation anxiety. It’s Gavin, my four- year-old Dachshund,who does. He is very devoted to my mom and…

Be Cautious with Collars: Learn to make an informed choice!

The collar plays a very important role in your pet’s life. It is important to choose the correct collar for your pet according to his size and use because a wrong collar will not solve the purpose and will make the pet feel very uncomfortable and can even injure him. There are many styles of collars and harnesses available at pet stores. Choosing the right collar/ harness is one of the most…

Warm and happy in Winter wonderland!

Winter is a wonderland – our four-legged friends too need that extra care to keep them warm, hygienic and safe during this time. Many fellow beings live with a misconception that their pets have a coat of fur so that they are able to withstand the cold better than humans. This is not the case. Like us, these fur-coated creatures too are accustomed to the warmth of indoor shelter and cold weather…

Social and health benefits of pet interaction

Scientific evidence is increasingly showing that pets are good for people. UK and international research demonstrates that interaction with pet can reduce visits to doctor, enhance social interactions, enrich quality of life for elderly people, perform vital role in child development and so on. Let’s see how does it happen. Pets also improve chances of survival after life-threatening illness,…