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How To Choose The Right Dog Crate For Your Puppy

Looking for a dog crate?fancy dog crate Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming in CT

So you are looking for a dog crate and you want the highest quality you can get for the best price. What options are available to you, and what are the pro’s and con’s of the various types of dog crate…
First, let’s look at the black epoxy coated crates. They look great when they are new, but they chip so easily and tend to look old after only a few uses. Let’s be honest, if you are spending good money then you will want real value for your money and not something that is going look used within a short period of time.
Second, let’s consider those plastic bases that some companies put in the crates. Plastic bases often crack, and split and dogs often chew them. So in reality, there is no advantage to a plastic base except for possibly saving the manufacturer a little money on material and labor costs.
Third, there is chrome for cages – they look great, at first and then you find they also chip and flake because chrome is just another coating. Be aware that the flaking chrome if ingested by a dog could make them sick. In fact you don’t really see many chrome ones around these days which is a good thing. So what are you left with?
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Well you are left with galvanized crates. These are by far the best option, and the top quality galvanized crates have the following features:
• Galvanized for non-rust long lasting
• Polished finish
• Anti-tamper locks
• Very heavy gauge mesh frame
• Metal tray that can’t be chewed and wont split or crack
• Assembles in three moves
• Wont chip or flake
• Lasts for years
• Slide out tray
• Wholesale Prices
The major difference between types of galvanized dog crates is the gauge of the mesh used. If you opt for the beautiful dog crates that are now made to look like a piece of furniture in your home (and why wouldn’t they? since we have cribs for babies, and our dogs are like our children!) be sure that even though these look great, they are SAFE and DURABLE for your pet. The wire should be galvanized and the wood should be safely treated in case your pooch tries to ingest it.
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Dog Crates, dog cages, kennels, whatever you call them, offer an effective way to housebreak puppies, keep your pets safe either at home or away. Some crates now offer an innovative build and design that allows simple assembly and disassembly in seconds and are galvanized which prevents against rust and deterioration and is safe for your dog – this means they will look great for many years to come. When not in use, the cage/crate folds flat for easy transport and storage.
Finding a dog crate that fits your needs includes not only being aesthetically pleasing, built safe to last, and the correct SIZE for your pet. Your dog must be able to stand up, turn around in a circle, and lie down, stretched out inside of the cage, without his paws or toes fitting thru the bars. Keep this in mind when buying a new crate for your small puppy. What size will they be in a few months? A larger crate can and should be divided while your pup is small. It should be a space they can grow INTO and not OUT of.
Finally, a dog crate should not be used as a “time out” area for your dog. It should be a positive reinforcement for good behavior, a place where they can safely relax, a place for them to call their own, a place where they WANT to go into on their own!  So, when introducing your pup to a crate, be sure to put a treat or two, a favorite safe toy and an old tshirt that smells like you in it. Then their crate will surely be a place they WANT to be!

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is an award winning company of 22 years. We firmly believe that a dog crate can help to properly house train and keep your pup safe, healthy and happy. Feel free to contact us to discuss your pet’s care, dog walking, pet sitting, mobile grooming, cat sitting, puppy potty training, overnight sitting, housesitting, and so much more in over 35 towns in Connecticut.
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Dog Care: 6 Easy Steps For A Terrific (And Safe) Romp In The Woods

Have a fun and safe romp in the woods this fall with your dog!running in fall leaves

Leaves are falling and paws are crunching in the parks….. In this beautiful autumn weather, a walk in the woods with your dogs can be exhilarating.
What a beautiful time of the year to get out with your canine companion and enjoy the crisp, cool air, frolic in the falling leaves and take in the visual splendor of nature.  A walk in the woods can be an exhilarating experience for you and your dog, especially if you’ll take a moment for some basic dog care preparations. Minimize surprises and emergencies by following these simple steps.
I don’t know about you, but I will drive hours to find a place where the dogs can run free in nature. We all love it and often spend the whole day in the Conneciticut hills together. I’ve developed a list of easy dog care to-do’s to ensure we have a great time and arrive and leave together safely.

I recommend the following items for your outdoor adventures and dog care:

1) Orange vests for you and your dog
This may sound like overkill, but I recently had an experience with my dogs that scared me. I was out in the woods with my dogs when I heard shots fired not far from me. I couldn’t see my dogs and terror ran through me. Immediately I realized we were not prepared for the hunters.  Bright colored vests would have helped the hunters know we were not deer, and please don’t shoot us.  Every year you hear the stories of accidental shootings. Don’t be the next casualty — don your orange vests!
2.  Current dog tags on collars
Keeping a collar and current dog tags on your dog helps others get him home if you get separated. One thing I have recently done is change the dog tags to read “I must be lost.  Please call Mom.  (xxx) xxx-xxxx”.  This gives all the pertinent information, yet doesn’t provide information for an easy abduction.  I don’t want someone to know my babies’ names, which might lead the dogs to believe the stranger is a friend.
3.  Foot and body check during and after the outing.
I check my dogs’ paws and body frequently to remove the debris from the fall season — gum balls, seeds, burrs, rocks, thorns, pine needles, and leaves can add up to irritation or lameness.
4.  Fresh water and a bowl
If I can help it, I don’t let my dogs drink standing water. I carry fresh water instead.  I have had to deal with stomach problems in the past from bacteria in standing water. Carrying your own water is a small thing, but doing it can prevent lots of pain and suffering, a vet bill, and a 10-day supply of antibiotics.
5.  Towels
I love towels, lots and lots of towels.  To me, dropping dirty towels in the washer is much easier and less smelly than detailing a car or working to get that horrible wet, dirty dog smell out of fabric and carpet in my truck.
6.  Whistle — long range
Lastly, I whistle-trained my dogs. If we do separate, a blow on the whistle has them running to me.  Chances are, they don’t like not being able to see me and will be happy to have me back in their sights.  I highly recommend the ACME whistle that sounds from 2-5 miles.  Get it on a lanyard and carry it with you.
These 6 simple steps can make your outdoor trip so much more enjoyable, for you and your dogs. And paying attention to the basics in dog care shows your dog just how much you love her.
Happy hiking!

Halloween Costume Contests For Your Pet

yorkie-superdog-costume-wagging-tails-pet-sitting-mobile-grooming-connecticutEnter your pet’s photo to win our Halloween Costume Contest!

Have fun this Halloween with your furry family member! Enter your pet’s photo on our Facebook page, or via email to info@waggingtails.com, to win our Halloween Costume Contest!

Contest hosted by and prizes from Connecticut’s award winning pet care company:

Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming LLC!

Prizes include gift certificates for mobile grooming and pet sitting services!!  See our Facebook page for details.

So find a safe, comfortable costume for your pet, (any pet!), click a pic, and post it to our FB page, no later than 10/31!

Cutest, scariest, most creative…have fun!  Enjoy some of our favorite Halloween Pet Costume photos below!

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Cooling Pet Beds – A Solution For Hot Summer Months

Keep your pet cool, with a cooling pet bed!bull dog cooling bed Wagging Tails pet sitter dog walker pet groomer connecticut

Did you know that there are several pet beds on the market, specifically designed to offer relief to your pet during those hot, humid summer days? Cooling pet beds provide an affordable solution to help minimize your pets suffering.
A cooling pet bed has many therapeutic qualities that your pet can benefit from and may be just what the vet ordered for your furry friend. It can be very helpful and bring much relief, especially if your cat or dog suffers from bad joints, hips or one of many skin conditions affecting pets from all walks of life. A cooling pet bed doesn’t have to be expensive either, and can be used all year around, especially in southern climates. Your buddy will be extremely happy!

Your Pet Can Stay Cool During The Dog Days Of Summer

cool pet bed Wagging Tails pet sitter dog walker groomer cheshire ctIf you’re shopping around for a cooling pet bed, or just considering making a purchase on one of many models available, be sure to consider the size of your pet. Measure your pet from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail.  Consider the age of your pet when you are deciding on the thickness of the pet bed. And also consider the thickness of your pets fur. A Greyhound will not as heavy duty of a cooling dog bed as say, a Husky! Don’t forget, that cats enjoy cooling pet beds too!
Keep in mind that young pets that are prone to chewing, should not be left unattended with a cooling dog bed. Follow the manufacturers instructions and care.
Some pets have thicker fur than others, which makes it hard to keep cool. Unfortunately this can be the cause of your pets lack of energy, skin irritations, breathing difficulties and a variety of other concerns. Why not give your pet the choice of cooling down when it’s too warm, with a cooling pet bed? It can make the world of cooling pet bed Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming LLCdifference.
Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service LLC is an award winning pet care service located in CT. 21 years experience caring for all critters from hamsters to horses. We want your pet to stay cool, healthy and happy during the dog days of summer!
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Your Dog’s Water

dog water bowl Wagging Tails pet sitter mobile groomer cheshire ctFor your dog’s good health and comfort your dog’s water supply is important.

A constant supply of fresh water is essential to your dog’s good health and comfort. Water is very important, representing and estimated 70 percent of the dog’s weight. Like man, a dog can go without food for a surprisingly long time, but if he is deprived of water, he can’t survive for more than a few days, or even hours, in a hot, dry environment.

A dog’s water consumption varies according to the climate to his activity, and to the composition of his meals. Heat and exercise dehydrate him quickly. He gets very thirsty in cars or any confined space. However, excessive thirst for not good reason should be reported to your vet, because it may be an early symptom of diabetes or kidney trouble.

One bowl of water per pet should be available at all times.

At home he should have a clean, full water bowl next to his food dish, another in his play area, and possibly a third one that is accessible at night. Away from home the problem is more difficult. A thirsty dog is attracted to water in the gutter, in stagnant pools and rain puddles. Clean rain water is fine, but hard to find. Do not allow your dog to drink from puddles, shared bowls, or watering stations at dog parks or facilities. Parasites and infections can spread thru shared water sources.

Caustic chemicals used to melt snow on streets and sidewalks, weed-killers and insecticides on lawns and golf courses contaminate most standing water and should be avoided. Try to train your dog to drink only from his own bowl or what you offer him. Try to keep a water-filled plastic container with you or in your car, especially if you plan on a lot of walking or running during hot weather.

Other liquids besides water that dogs can drink?

Milk is the only liquid, aside from water, that appeals to dogs and still agrees with them, (although it may cause loose stools). They are seldom tempted by other drinks and particularly dislike carbonated drinks. Milk is always another good source of protein but should not be used as a substitute for meat. Any flavored drink should be avoided, as it only tends to irritate the kidneys, causing frequent urination and dehydration.  Water, fresh water, and plenty of it, is necessary for your pet.

In summary, for their health and safety, clean, fresh, cold water should always be available to your pets! www.waggingtails.com (860) 621-7387 (Pets) Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service of 21 years in ConnecticutWagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service

How To Stop Your Dog From Pulling On The Leash

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Pulling on the leash is one of the most common misbehaviors seen on all kinds of dogs.  Puppies and adult dogs alike can often be seen taking their owners for walks, instead of the other way around.  Pulling on the leash can be much more than an annoying habit.  Leash pulling can lead to escape in the case of a break in the collar or leash, and an out of control, off leash dog can be both destructive and dangerous to itself and to others.
Leash pulling can result from a variety of different things.  In some cases, the dog may simply be so excited to go for a walk that he or she is unable to control themselves.  In other cases, the dog sees itself as the leader of the pack, and he or she simply takes the “leadership position” at the front of the pack.
If excitement is the motivation for leash pulling, simply giving the dog a few minutes to calm down can often be a big hedog pulling Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming in CTlp.  Simply stand with the dog on the leash for a couple minutes and let the initial excitement of the upcoming walk pass.  After the initial excitement ahs worn off, many dogs are willing to walk calmly on their leash.

Dog Training

If the problem is one of control, however, some retraining may be in order.  All dog training starts with the owner establishing him or herself as the alpha dog, or pack leader, and without this basic respect and understanding, no effective training can occur.  For dogs exhibiting these type of control issues, a step back to basic obedience commands is in order.
These dogs can often be helped through a formal obedience school structure.  The dog trainer will of course be sure to train the handler as well as the dog, and any good dog trainer will insist on working with the dog owner as well as the dog.
The basis of teaching the dog to walk calmly on the lead is teaching it to calmly accept the collar and lead.  A dog that is bouncing up and down while the collar is being put on will not walk properly.  Begin by asking your dog to sit down, and insisting that he sit still while the collar is put on.  If the dog begins to get up, or gets up on his own after the collar is on, be sure to sit him back down immediately.  Only begin the walk after the dog has sat calmly to have the collar put on, and continued to sit calmly as the leash is attached.
Once the leash is attached, it is important to make the dog walk calmly toward the door.  If the dog jumps or surges ahead, gently correct him with a tug of the leash and return him to a sitting position.  Make the dog stay, then move on again.  Repeat this process until the dog is walking calmly by your side.
Repeat the above process when you reach the door.  The dog should not be allowed to surge out of the door, or to pull you through the open door.  If the dog begins this behavior, return the dog to the house and make him sit quietly until he can be trusted to walk through the door properly.  Starting the walk in control is vital to creating a well mannered dog.
As you begin your walk, it is vital to keep the attention of the dog focused on you at all times.  Remember, the dog should look to you for guidance, not take the lead himself.  When walking, it is important to stop often.  Every time you stop, your dog should stop.  Getting into the habit of asking your dog to sit down every time you stop is a good way to keep your dog’s attention focused on you.
 Make sure your dog is looking at you, then move off again.  If the dog begins to surge ahead, immediately stop and ask the dog to sit.  Repeat this process until the dog is reliability staying at your side.  Each time the dog does what you ask him to, be sure to reward him with a treat, a toy or just your praise.
Remember that if your dog pulls on the leash and you continue to walk him anyway, you are inadvertently rewarding that unwanted behavior.  Dogs learn whether you are teaching them or not, and learning the wrong things now will make learning the right things later that much harder.
It is important to be consistent in your expectations.  Every time the dog begins to pull ahead, immediately stop and make the dog sit.  Continue to have the dog sit quietly until his focus is solely on you.  Then start out again, making sure to immediately stop moving if the dog surges ahead.
Wagging Tails Pet Sitters in Connecticut have walked thousands of dogs and are experienced in handling all breeds, all ages, all levels of obedience. Visit our website and blog, for more information and tips about caring for your pets.
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How To Detect And Treat Whipworm In Your Dog

Could your dog have worms?

When it comes to keeping your canine companion healthy both inside and out, it’s important for owners to know which parasites see your dog as the perfect host.

 Whipworms – what are they?

One of the lesser-known parasites that pose a danger to dogs is the whipworm. Whipwhipwormworms, like most parasites, are resilient. In egg form, their hard shells allow them to survive outdoors in the soil for years in the time. In many ways, whipworms are like hookworms, but instead of ending in a hook shape, one end of this worm tapers to a narrow, whip-like point.
Unlike hookworms, whipworms can’t enter the body through the skin. The only way for your dog to contract them is by eating the eggs. Whipworms exist throughout North America, and transmission is easy if your dog has any contact with other dogs. The long-lived eggs can show up in the soil, dog toys, discarded bones and water dishes. Once eaten, whipworms then grow to maturity inside your dog’s digestive system.
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When they reach maturity, the adult worms fasten themselves to the large intestine and the cecum, a transitional pouch between the large and small intestine. Here, these nasty little parasites slash and puncture the intestinal walls in order to feed. The female starts to lay her eggs, which the dog excretes through the feces.
Symptoms for whipworm resemble those for other worms, such as hookworm. Many dogs can carry a certain number of whipworms without showing distress, but past a certain point, your dog may begin to exhibit signs such as a dull coat, anemia, rapid weight loss, and a loose and bloody stool. He may also begin vomiting up a yellow-green substance. In very severe cases, the worms may begin to puncture the intestinal wall, to the degree that the intestine begins to stick to the body wall. In this case, you might see your dog licking and worrying his right flank.
When you take your dog to the vet, it may take some time to diagnose him with whipworm. Whipworms lay eggs only intermittently, and even when they’re actively releasing eggs, any diarrhea in your dog can make the eggs hard to find. Typically, vets will perform four stool samples over four days before ruling out whipworm.dog with id
If your vet finds whipworm eggs, she’ll administer a potent dewormer. But most whipworm dewormers on the market are only effective against worms in their adult form. As a result, you’ll probably need to re-treat your dog.
There are no simple and effective ways of removing whipworm eggs from the soil around your house. However, a contaminated environment can infect your dog over and over again. The best way to combat reinfestation is to make sure your dog’s quarters are sunny and dry, since whipworm eggs require moisture. Try to place him in an area of fresh new gravel, pavement or soil.Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming Service
Be sure to visit your veterinarian and discuss with them any health concerns you may have about your pet.
Our team of Professional Pet Sitters, Dog Walkers, Mobile Groomers here in Connecticut consist of veterinary technicians, dog trainers, and experience pet caregivers. When you are planning a vacation, a staycation, traveling for work, or have to work a long day away from your pet, hire Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming to love your pet when you can’t be there!

Wagging Tails Donates Vest To CT State Police K9

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(Released by CT State Police, Middletown, CT, 2016)-

Connecticut State Police’s K-9 Asher will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

The vest is sponsored by Wagging Tails Pet Sitting and Mobile Grooming of Southington, CT

and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Donated by Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming.” Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.  The donation is part of Wagging Tails 20th anniversary celebration. The award winning, Connecticut company offers several pet care services, including, Professional Pet Sitting, Dog WalkingMobile Grooming, House Sitting, and Pet Waste Removal.

K9 Asher has been assigned to Trooper First Class Jessica Colburn for two years and is currently working at Troop A in Southbury. CT State Police K9 Asher is a three-year-year-old German Shepard who is trained in all patrol functions including tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, apprehension, obstacles and obedience. K9 Asher is also a Human Remains Detection Dog on the Search and Rescue Team.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four -legged K9 partners. Through private and corporate donations, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., has provided more than 1,700 protective vests in 49 states at a cost of more than $1.6 million. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has an average weight of 4-5 pounds and has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.angies list 2015 award

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Important Things To Know Before Adopting A Kitten

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Adopting a cat is a joyful event in every family. But cats bought at first glance can cause a big surprise and unfortunately sometimes a great disappointment, too. Many unwanted cats end up in the streets or animal shelters because of people’s irresponsibility or inconsistent pledge.

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It is important to know that if you buy a pet, you will have to take responsibility for it. You should never buy a cat as a result of a sudden resolution. As a pet owner you are required to take responsibility for an adopted living creature, you must take care of it not only when it is fit as a fiddle but also when it is ill for the rest of its life. The following guide is for those who are to become cat owners for the first time in their lives.

Where should you get your kitten?

It is very important where you get your cat because it does matter what experiences your future cat has gained during the very first part of its existence. If you would like a pedigree cat then it is worth the trouble to look for a breeder who will kindly show you his or her animals and can provide you with information on the advantages and disadvantages of the different varieties.

You can buy cats in pet shops, too. You can buy healthy, well-bred, well-kept kittens in some of the better pet shops. Kittens are catered for their special needs in these specialized shops, for example, they are provided with runways, toilet boxes, and things to climb on and to play with.
But it is more common to adopt a kitten from our local shelters, petfinder.com,  or to pick up a stray cat from the street.  In this latter case you should also take into account the different parasites such as mites, fleas, ticks, worms, or the appearance of latent diseases. Adopting a kitten from a local pet shelter is definitely the best option in our opinion!

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It is not simple to place an animal in a human’s habitat and it is also true for cats. Kittens should stay with their mother and siblings until they are 7 or 8 weeks old, because it is essential for their sense of safety and it is essential for their healthy development. During this time they can learn what things can be dangerous for them such as dogs, strangers, cars, etc. The fact that they have accustomed way too much to their original surroundings can cause problems for those cats that are older than 9 or 10 weeks. They can have hard time getting used to their new environment, they often wander off or run away.

Would you prefer a female cat or a tomcat?

You should make a decision about your cat’s sex well in advance because a she-cat and a male cat can cause totally different problems.

Keeping of a mature male cat involves many unpleasant things because by the time a tomcat becomes sexually mature he gets into the habit of spraying. You can prevent this if you have your cat neutered in time. Due to their instincts, tomcats often wander off, fight with the other male cats of the neighborhood and by doing this they get wounds, bruises and parasites easily. They can acquire or pass on incurable diseases such as FIV or leucosis. If you forbid him to go out, he will meow desperately. Female cats are smaller, gentler, they like petting and cuddling much better than male cats but they can also cause a lot of problems when they become sexually mature. Around the time when they become 5 or 6 months old, they become sexually active, which recurs in 14-week periods. During this time, they run away and look for a partner if they have a chance to do so. They give birth to 2 or 3 litters of kittens a year.
To prevent the inconveniences that are due to this frequent labor and to avoid certain diseases it is recommended to neuter female cats, as well. Animal protection associations also suggest that you should have both girl and boy cats neutered. Nowadays these operations are considered routine procedures and they are absolutely painless.
Please spay or neuter your kitten.

Would you like to adopt a pedigree or an ordinary domestic cat?

Rare, registered pedigree cats are sold for hundred or thousands of dollars while you can put your hands on mixed cats for free, or a small adoption fee. There can also be significant differences among the different varieties concerning intelligence. For instance, there can often be deaf cats among the white ones and there are the so-called over-bred silly varieties and those types that require special treatment. You are not recommended to keep such cats even if they are award winning and you can afford them. Although crossbreeds are wilder and harder to domesticate than pedigree cats, they are better to keep as hobby pets since they are tougher and more resistant to diseases. And last but not least their character is more similar to real cats.
Whichever kitten you choose, be prepared and dedicated to a long life together. Well cared for cats can live up to over 20 years of age! www.waggingtails.com Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Grooming LLC

Pet Therapy Aids In Treating Depression

GibsonWho could dispute that animals can have a positive effect on emotional well-being? With research being conducted into the field of alternative medicine on an on-going basis, more and more people are beginning to realize the cathartic effects that animals are having on individuals well-being, especially so in those patients suffering with depression. While some people recover from depression using medications alone, there are many others, who would prefer to use a combination of alternative therapies to try to alleviate the symptoms of depression.

One of these treatments being studied is ‘Pet Therapy’, but what is this alternative and how could it help? Many scientists have spent endless hours looking into the different types of therapy available for treating depression as an illness; ‘Pet Therapy’ has been concluded as one of these therapies. Animals have long been recognized as being a positive force in the healing process.

Fighting depression: How pet therapy can help

Dogs notably have a calming and therapeutic effect on people. They can help individuals to cope with the emotional issues related to their illness. They also offer physical contact with another living creature and help to divert a person’s attention from their pressing daily problems. Owning a dog brings about a sense of responsibility. Dogs rely on their owners for feeding, walking, attention and love. What better excuse for a depressed person to get out of bed in the morning?

senior with catDogs love almost everyone without any degree of prejudice or rejection. You do not need to speak any type of language to communicate with a four-legged friend. Give them a treat, tickle their tummy and they will love you without bounds. Dogs are aware of illness and sadness and genuinely want to provide companionship and comfort; they show an abundance of intelligence and are both intuitive and compassionate.

Any dog owner will relate and agree with me when I say that it is a warm feeling when their dog can detect their sorrow and lick their tears away.

Pet Therapy can facilitate many positive changes one such example being increased socialization skills. Animals can be used as part of group therapy programs to encourage communication and increase the ability to focus. Helping to develop a person’s self-esteem and reducing their loneliness and anxiety are just some potential benefits of individual-animal therapy. wagging tails pet sitter in ct

The bond between humans and animals is demonstrated every day in millions of homes around the world. It is also becoming a powerful, common mode of therapy in many facilities such as hospitals, schools and residential homes.

While it is difficult to measure and quantify the benefits of dog therapy with hard scientific fact, there is no question that the magical interaction possible between animal and human is unmistakable. Tears can be dried. Scowls transform into smiles. Silence is broken and lastly but not least importantly, loneliness and isolation can be ejected from a person through mere touch and cuddles.

Dogs offer their owner’s absolute and unconditional love and a level of boundless patience that no human could ever possibly give. The love of a dog is unlimited, what better form of alternative therapy could there be?

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