In today’s busy, growing, and techy society, our simple friends (pet dogs) may not be getting all the attention they so very well deserve! Whether we are investing more time in our educations of careers, time is a commodity that seems to find itself scarce. A late night in the office or an all-nighter preparing for an exam could mean sacrificing time allocated to walking the dog, feeding the pooches, or really important pet cuddles. Finding someone to pet-sit can be hard to find last minute, and let’s be honest, your friends and neighbors are probably busy too. What if I said that you could find potential pet sitters with just a “woof?”
The solution is as simple as downloading an app. It’s free, easy to use, and requires a vocabulary of only 12 words. The app DoggyBnB can be downloaded on any smart phone for a reasonable price of zero dollars. On this app you create a simple profile including your name, your dog’s name, and the number of dog’s you have. The app marks your location on the map as it does with all other app-holders in the vicinity. The app is targeted to pet owners who are themselves inclined to provide assistance to other pet owners. Some functions of the app include:
- “woof” – posting a request for your dog to be walked, fed, or looked after
- “fetch” – offering pet care to other pets in the area
- “sniffer” – browsing through pets in the vicinity to setup doggy play dates (swipe left for no, swipe right for yes)
Call it the ultimate social media app for you and your dogs! However, because the app itself is fairly new, the network of pooches in your vicinity […]
5 Ways to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween
- Dangerous Pet Costumes: If you choose to dress up your pet, clothe your dog or cat with a simple approach. Pets can become tangled in elaborate, tight-fitting costumes with strings, ties, belts, & sashes, which can lead to bodily injury!
- Halloween Decorations: If you enjoy decorating your home for Halloween, take into consideration what you are putting on display & where the decorations will be placed!
- Noise: Dogs & cats can become frightened & anxious on Halloween due to the recurrent ringing of the doorbell & the chatter outside the door. Moreover, the bombardment of strangers dressed in unfamiliar & scary costumes can alarm some pets.
- Sweet Treats: Candy and chocolate are never good for dogs or cats & there is an increased chance that your pet may consume treats meant for the trick-o-treaters! Chocolate is extremely toxic to pets & candies wrapped in plastic & other types of wrapping can lead to choking, upset stomach, or an obstruction.
- Lost Pets: Halloween isn’t an ideal time to let your dog or cat wander unattended. Be mindful that a prankster could be inspired to mess with your pet.
Every year, on the 28th of September, the world unites in the fight against rabies. World Rabies Day is a day of activism and awareness.
The bond between people and dogs is special and this World Rabies Day, we’re celebrating that bond with Me and My Dog #TogetherAgainstRabies (which is the theme for 2014). Too often, fear of rabies shifts people against dogs. Vaccinating dogs against rabies stops this terrifying disease at its source and saves people’s lives too.
Our model for rabies prevention includes vaccinating dogs against rabies to create a barrier of immunity between the disease and people. With your help we can bring our model for rabies prevention to more communities and improve the prospects for millions of dogs!
When you kiss your significant other, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?
Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we’ve known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, shame, & guilt. But it’s hard to find out what animals are really feeling.
A study published July 2014 brings us closer to proving that dogs do get jealous. Psychologists from the University of California, San Diego adapted a test that has been used on human infants to see whether dogs exhibit jealous behavior.
They videotaped how 36 dogs reacted to their owners ignoring them and instead petting and talking sweetly to a plastic jack-o’-lantern or an animated, stuffed dog. When the study was over, 72% of the dogs expressed jealous behavior (snapping at the object or pushing or touching the owner).
These dogs were trying to draw their owners away from the stuffed animal, feeling something very similar to human jealousy.
More studies have to be done before we can definitively say that dogs feel a basic form of jealousy.
Does your dog express jealous behavior?