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Benefits of Natural Products and Holistic Pet Care
There are a number of reasons for choosing natural pet foods, treat and supplies. First, the use of natural products is consistent with a holistic view. A holistic approach considers all factors regarding your pet's health. A natural diet reduces contact with unnecessary chemicals and preservatives while increasing the intake of quality nutrients and vitamins. Quality natural foods can reduce the onset of a variety of health problems, including allergies, digestive troubles and more. Holistic care also looks at an animal's surroundings for ways to improve health. Lowering potential causes of stress, such as loneliness or territorial conflicts, can be helpful in improving overall health. Sufficient exercise and grooming are also elements of good holistic care. Holistic treatment of exciting conditions by use of natural products will promote faster healing as natural ingredients are generally absorted better by your pet and thus speeds the healing process. Another reason for using natural pet products is the reduction in human exposure to toxins. Most pets are in frequent contact with people; especially children. Contact with a pet can mean exposure to whatever is on your pet. Use of natural products such as shampoos, and repellent reduce the harmful effects toxins can have on your pet. Flea and tick treatments may contain toxins that affect people as well as pets, whereas natural treatments avoid these risks. also, natural products breakdown and are absorted into the environment better than chemical agents and, consequently, are more earth friendly.
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Puppy Picking
First, consider your available space. If you live in an apartment, you can rule out large dogs. Look for dogs in the Toy group, such as Yorkshire Terriers, or some of the smaller dogs in the Terrier group, like the Miniature Schnauzer.
If you have children, you may want to rule out very small dogs, such as Chihuahuas or Maltese. They are delicate and can be accidentally injured by young children. On the other hand, very large dogs, such as Boxers or Saint Bernards, can be overly boisterous and can accidentally turn your child into a human bowling pin. Consider medium-sized breeds, such as Fox Terriers or Lhasa Apsos.
Next, Consider how much exercise you can give your dog. If you have a home with a fenced yard, your dog will be able to get some exercise on his own.
However, dog breeds in the Sporting, Hound, and Herding groups are very high-energy animals, and they will need intensive daily exercise. Plan to take a lot of long walks with your dog or go for a daily romp in the park. After all, these dogs were bred to work hard, and they don't do well unless they have a job to do or a way to burn off excess energy.
Also, don't forget to consider grooming needs. Some breeds need only half an hour or so of grooming a week, while others require an hour a day. If you are short on time, don't buy a Standard Poodle, or a Maltese--unless you plan to take your dog to be groomed. Breeds like Boston Terriers or Whippets are good choices for people who don't have time for a lot of grooming.
Once you decide which breed you want, you will need to consider the age of the dog. Many people opt to buy a cuddly little puppy instead of an adult. While puppies have the advantage of not yet having developed any bad habits, it will be up to you to be sure your puppy is housebroken and obedience trained.
Do you want to buy a puppy? If so, you will need to find a reputable dog breeder who has a litter of the appropriate breed. Often, a good breeder will have a waiting list for puppies. If you aren't the patient sort, you may be tempted to buy a puppy from a pet store. A word of caution--many pet store puppies come from puppy mills and have genetic health defects, bad temperaments, and other problems. It is usually safest to buy a puppy directly from the breeder.
Older dogs are usually housebroken and frequently have some obedience training. They are also less likely to be hyperactive and destructive. However, they can have behavioral problems or health problems that prompted the former owner to find them a new home.
If you are interested in an older dog, you may want to visit your local animal shelter or call a breed rescue. These groups evaluate the dogs' health and temperament before adopting them out. Once you've picked the breed and the dog, you have one more important decision to make--what to name your new best friend!