Tips When Traveling With Pets

Traveling with a pet is a rewarding experience, yet it is important to keep in mind that a little preparation can go a long way toward keeping animals comfortable on the road. In addition to searching for pet-friendly lodging and transportation options, pet owners will want to plan ahead for their animal’s potential needs. Whether a person is traveling by train, plane or automobile, these tips will cover everything necessary to ensure smooth travels with one’s animal companion.

Consult with the Veterinarian

One of the first stops before embarking on an adventure with a pet should always be the veterinarian’s office. At this appointment, not only can a thorough check up and vaccinations be performed to ensure pets are healthy enough to travel, but veterinarians can also provide a few safety pointers that are specific to animal type and breed.

Choose an Appropriate Carrier

Dogs can sometimes travel in a car without a carrier, but they should still be provided with a pet barrier or seat belt designed for their size to keep them secure. Cats will likely need a carrier in the car, as will smaller pets. Those who will be flying should check with the airline for specific carrier guidelines.

Double Up on IDs

Despite the utmost of care, it is possible for the unimaginable to happen and a pet get lost. For peace of mind, make sure to place an additional updated identification tag with the address and phone number of hotels and other forms of lodging on the pet’s collar. Then, add an ID tag to the carrier and any other pet accessories as well.

Start with a Trial Run

Some animals take to travel as if it is a normal part of their lives. However, others may display behavior that is quite different from their usual selves. If possible, pet owners should take a few shorter trips that can help acclimate their pet to the form of transportation that will be used as well as their carrier. This can help to identify any potential issues before they arise on a longer trip.

Plan for Climate Changes

If a trip will involve going to another country or state with a different climate, it is important to plan accordingly. For example, smaller, short-haired pets may require a sweater in a colder climate, and thick-haired dogs may need to be trimmed at the groomer’s before heading to a warm or tropical locale.

Take Along a Comfort Item

Traveling to a new locale can cause some animals to be anxious or even depressed. A favorite toy or blanket can help to ease their anxiety and provide a source of entertainment while away.

Take Frequent Pit Stops

Those who are traveling by land should plan for occasional pit stops that will provide an opportunity for their pet to take a bathroom break or just run off some energy. Ideally, these breaks should be planned for at least every two to three hours, and animals should never be left alone in cars so even a restaurant can provide a chance to let a pet explore.

With a little preparation, pet owners and their animal companions will know what to expect when the big day arrives. Once the bags are packed and the pet is secured, it is important to relax and enjoy the traveling adventure. Remember that pets look to their owners to assess how to react to a new situation, and having confidence will ensure that everyone enjoys the trip.



Pet Halloween Safety Tips

rick or Treat… Is This Something Good to Eat?

Halloween is just around the corner and everyone is getting ready for fun festivities! By the time the big night rolls around at the end of October, many homes will be bursting with holiday treats, spooky decorations and even an alcoholic beverage or two. Some of us “pet parents” are gearing up as well, buying or making treats to give out to neighborhood dogs that might “trick or treat” alongside their human counterparts. It all sounds like great fun and games, but is it? Keep on reading to learn about Halloween Safety Tips for pets.

October 31 and November 1 are very busy days and nights for veterinarians all over the world. This is because many pets are exposed to holiday things that are harmful. A few examples that pet parents should be mindful of include:


Decorations are half the fun on Halloween. These may not be so much fun if they become lodged in your cat or dog’s digestive tract and require surgery for removal! One of the most common Halloween decoration to be eaten by a pet is the soft, cottony filament that is used as “faux-spider webs”. This stretchy, stringy material is fun to put on doorframes and outdoor plants. Cats think that this material is fun and many decide it is tasty too! Young puppies and kittens are most likely to eat spider-web material, so keep it out of reach for safety’s sake. Electrical cords are also a decoration hazard, as many people like to light up their windows before the trick-or-treaters arrive.


Chocolate toxicity is very common around the holidays, especially Halloween. Children are prone to “sharing” with their dog after a night out collecting candy. Chocolate is always a no-no for all dogs, as it contains a toxic compound, theobromine, which can cause digestive upset, pancreatitis, heart problems, seizure and death. White chocolate is the least toxic and baking chocolate is the most dangerous. The higher the cocoa content, the more lethal. A good reference for chocolate’s toxic levels can be found here through VSPN’s Chocolate Toxicity Calculator.


Baked goods are mostly harmless if accidentally eaten, as long as they don’t contain chocolate or xylitol! Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is used instead of sugar in many candies, baked goods, toothpastes and even peanut butter! A small amount of ingested xylitol causes a massive release of insulin from the dog’s pancreas, leading to a dramatic drop in blood glucose. This low blood glucose, called hypoglycemia, can be life-threatening. If your dog gets into something this Halloween, check the labels and contact your veterinarian immediately.

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins are in most homes with children, as they make a delicious snack. Small boxes of raisins are popular goodies given out during “trick or treating.” Raisins and grapes contain a toxic compound that causes kidney failure. Even 1 or 2 raisins is enough to put a 20-pound dog in the hospital! If you have dogs and children, check their goodie stash and put all raisins (and chocolate!) out of Fido’s reach.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are popular additions to cookies during the holidays. They may be given out during trick or treating in locations such as Hawaii, where they are plentiful. While they are delicious to you and me, macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs. After ingestion, signs of toxicity can last up to 48 hours and include tremors, rear limb weakness, muscle pain and fever.

‘Adult’ Beverages

Halloween is not just a holiday for children, many adults spend a lot of time planning the perfect party. Most Halloween parties involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Some of these may not taste too good to the family dog, but others may seek out a sip or two. People also do crazy things when they’ve had too much to drink and may think it is funny to fill the dog’s water bowl with beer. Doing this can be very dangerous! Ethanol (“drinking alcohol”) can cause vomiting, dehydration, incoordination, stupor, coma and death in dogs. Keep your dogs safe while the party is going on by keeping a close eye on them and your guests, keeping beverages out of their reach or simply putting them to bed early before the party starts.

Common Sense

Most Halloween accidents with pets are preventable with a little planning and common sense. Keep your children’s candy stored securely, locked up in a high cupboard. Teach your children not to share their candy with the dog. Cover electrical cords and keep curious dogs out of the punch bowl. If the unthinkable does happen, keep your veterinarian’s phone number close at hand. If you think that your dog or cat may have eaten something dangerous, it is best to be safe and contact your vet straight away. Happy Halloween!



Hamster or Gerbil – Pros and Cons of Each

Having a hamster or gerbil as a pet can be a fun experience but, before you make a decision, you should learn more about the pros and cons of owning each animal.

Are These Animals Friendly?

Even though gerbils and hamsters are popular pet choices, the latter is not too fond of captivity. However, gerbils will make great pets as long as you buy more than one. Of course you have the option to purchase a single gerbil but since they are social animals you should purchase two so they can bond with each other.

If you do choose to purchase multiple hamsters and gerbils, it is a good idea to purchase two males. Female gerbils and female hamsters are aggressive with each other, but gerbil and hamster males get along well with one another. If you choose to buy a male and female gerbil or hamster, they should not be housed together, especially at a young age. You may also be interested to know that hamsters breed quickly.

Gerbils are ideal pets for children who have little or no experience caring for a small animal. This is due to the fact that gerbils are active throughout the day and rarely bite. Hamsters, however, do not like to be petted or held. Hamsters will bite when they are held or if they become irritated. And, although hamster bites do not cause serious danger, the bites are often painful. If you have young children, a hamster may not be the right pet choice for your family.

Inexpensive Maintenance

It is not expensive to purchase a hamster or gerbil, nor do you need a large budget to maintain them as pets. Most hamster cages come assembled, as well as any cage accessories you might want to purchase for your pet. Keeping a gerbil or hamster cage clean is also simple to do and it does not cost a lot of money. When purchasing a gerbil or hamster cage, you can spend as little as $50. Likewise, you may spend $50 a year on gerbil or hamster food, depending on the brand you purchase. When it pertains to these pets, their litter and bedding materials are the most expensive part of owning either of the two.

Sleeping Patterns

You should know the sleeping patterns of any pet before making a purchase. If you want to sleep well during the night, a hamster is not the right choice for you. Since hamsters are nocturnal, they will spend most of the day sleeping, and their nights will be spent playing with hamster toys or running on the hamster wheel inside their cage. Hamsters do not like to be woken up for any reason, even to play.

Gerbils are diurnal; therefore, they will not interrupt your sleep by digging or moving around in their cage. Gerbils like to play during the day, which can be fun for you and your children.

Escaping the Cage

Sometimes, regardless of how attentive you are, gerbils and hamsters escape their cages. When a hamster escapes his cage, he will be difficult to find and capture. You should know that hamsters enjoy chewing on furniture and wiring. So, if your pet hamster escapes his cage and he chews on the wires in your home, it could cause a house fire. Gerbils are also hard to find once they escape, which is why you must purchase an escape-proof cage for either of these little critters.

Remember that owning a gerbil or hamster will require some of your time, money, and patience. Overall, gerbils and hamsters can make great pets. But they are not the right choice for every pet owner which is why you should weigh the pros and cons before choosing one… or two in the case of gerbils… to bring home to meet the family!


Pet Grooming Needs – Why Grooming Is Essential for Pets?

A clean pet is a happy and healthy pet. Well brushed hair, no hair in the eyes, clean and fresh fur, clean teeth, clipped nails and pest-free skin make a pet’s life comfortable and their behavior better.

On the contrary, adverse effects occur when your pet is not groomed properly making things worse. Serious conditions may arise when you neglect the grooming habits in your pet. When your pet’s grooming needs are not attained on the regular basis, it can result into pricey vet’s bills and rickety behavior of your pet.

Let us check on the result of some of these neglected grooming needs.

Long Hair

Long hair causes a lot of discomfort and skin issues in dogs and cats. Hair hanging over the pet’s eyes blur the vision alternating his behavior as well as sometimes resulting in to eye problems. When long hair not properly cleaned and brushed regularly, furry pals suffer from matting and can be an extra burden on them to walk with.


Lack of washing and brushing normally result into matting. This is quite painful and pave way to numerous skin conditions. Moreover, severe matting restricts blood flow pulling tightly on a pet’s skin and even your small pat causes lot of pain. In extreme cases, matting can be so severe that it ultimately restricts the movement of the body resulting into deformity in pets.

Double Coating

Irregular brushing or neglecting brushing pet’s hair leads to extra coating. This exposes pet to suffer from the heat stress.

Overgrown Nails

Long nails may be a fashion in females but when it comes your four legged companions it is totally opposite. Overgrown nails cause lots of discomfort and at times are quite painful. With the long nails growing in the paw pads, it causes infection. Along with this, long nails can cause your pet’s toes to bend and create a walking deformity.

Grass Seeds

If you are not up to the date with your pet grooming, it is not easy to detect grass seeds on your furry pal. Undetected grass seeds can cause abscesses and other severe skin problems. Many cases exist that prove that a pet loses an eye from a neglected grass seed.

Fleas, Tick and Mites

When not grooming timely, pets become the host to some of the most common parasites – fleas, ticks and mites. These blood sucking parasites can be fatal to your pet and they usually thrive on untreated and dirty bodies.

Dental Problems

Lack of dental care opens up different oral issues including bad breath, teeth loss, tartar formation, reduced appetite, and if not treated can even lead to organ damage to your pet’s heart, liver and kidneys.

All these health problems are mostly connected to lack of grooming regime in pets. They are quite detrimental to pet’s physical as well as mental health due to discomfort and pain. By inculcating grooming regime on the regular basis you can support your four-pawed companion to lead a physically fit and mentally strong life. Therefore, it is necessary that you start tending your pet’s grooming needs for their overall wellbeing.

Taking care of two spaniels and one bulldog, I have realized that lack of grooming brings in lot of issues and it is necessary to maintain pet health and hygiene. Learning how grooming is so essential for our furry pals, here I have shared my experience related to pet grooming.


Cleaning Your House With Pets

Today let’s talk a little about keeping your house clean with pets. Okay, okay this is not the fun thing to always talk about, but I’m sure it’s a daily struggle for all of us pet owners. Constant shedding from almost every kind of dog and cat is bound to happen. From the day you welcome a new puppy or kitten into your home you know the task of keeping up after them is there.

Living in town and a yard that wasn’t fenced in I already knew that I wasn’t going to have an outdoor dog. She was indoor and had free reign with most of the house, aside from the spare bedrooms. I watched her like a hawk when I brought her home and for the first two days I was pretty good at reading her signs as to when she needed to go out. But I wasn’t always fast enough. There were the few accidents that of course I was pretty diligent at cleaning up right away and making sure to spray the carpet or hard wood to deter her from going there again.

As the days, weeks and months go by your puppy will be getting better at letting you know when they need to go out and just about the time you think you have a handle on it, BAM… the poor thing gets sick. Either with a new food change or something that is causing your poor pet digestive issues, you now have another clean up situation. Whether that means a carpet spray or hardwood cleaning or it entails the full body suit clothes pin on the nose and rubber gloves to your elbows, it’s gotta get cleaned up. Then there is the smell to contend with.

Finding the solution to work in your home to control the smell and cleaning can be hard. Here are a few things I do that seem to help a lot.

Spot Scrub.

Wherever the scene of the crime is I start with spot scrubbing. Odor killing and stain removal for pets are the two biggest things I look for in a spot cleaner.

Baking Soda.

Baking soda helps to deodorize a room. If it’s my carpet I start by sprinkling around the area and if the smell is still pretty bad I let the container in the room to absorb the smell. This also works wonders in kitty litter boxes. When I change them I sprinkle it in the bottom of their litter box and on the floor under the box. Baking soda and vinegar water is a perfect stain remover when steam cleaning and scrubbing your carpet.

Grooming and bathing your dog.

Oh yes the difference this makes in the smell of my house is amazing! Especially as I was dealing with an allergy that made her skin have a terrible odor. Grooming was essential for my dog with allergies.

Vacuum every day.

I try to keep up with my vacuuming. I don’t always do it every day but I try to. I also use baking soda before I vacuum and let it sit in the carpet about a half hour before running the sweeper.

Odor control room spray.

This one is a big one. I always have a spray bottle of odor control spray to help freshen up the house especially before any visitors come.

Cleaning can be a daunting task as a pet owner but we could never trade that for all the love and affection we get from our loving furry friends.


Cat or Dog? Which Makes The Better Pet?

Some people are naturally cat lovers while some are dog lovers and some do not like pets at all. It may be a person’s personality, interests, lifestyle or it could be the pet that they had growing up that makes the difference. Whatever the reason, some prefer cats while some prefer dogs. While both cats and dogs make excellent companions, there are some factors that make one better than the other. This, however, typically depends on the person and what they look for in a pet. Here are some factors to consider that differentiate owning a cat or owning a dog.


Caring for a pet can be time consuming and costly. In this category, cats are the winners. Cats require a lot less care than dogs. Cats are independent and can be left alone for long periods of time. They sleep a lot and can find simple ways to amuse themselves for hours such as watching birds from the window sill. They also use a litter box so cats do not have to be let out of the house to relieve themselves. All cats are small so they do not really require the exercise that some dogs require.

Dogs, on the other hand, must be cared for consistently. A dog cannot be left alone for extended periods of time. Dogs require being let outdoors to relieve themselves. Many dogs require daily exercise so a big yard or long walks are important. Most importantly, dogs are not as independent as cats. Dogs like companionship and can easily become board. Aside from having more than one dog to entertain each other, humans need to be present in the daily life of dogs.


Cleanliness is an important factor to consider when choosing a pet. The biggest concern of pet owners is allergies. Cats are twice as likely to cause allergic reactions in humans than dogs. Cats shed and leave dander on carpet and upholstery as well as in the air. Although some types of cats are less likely to cause allergic reactions, cat owners must be cautious when choosing one that will not aggravate allergies. While dogs can also shed, especially long haired dogs, they are less likely to leave behind allergens in the air.

When it comes to cleanliness, cats are one of the cleanest animals. They constantly groom themselves. Cats do not have to be bathed, regularly brushed or professionally groomed. Many dog breeds, however, require professional grooming, regular baths and daily brushing.


Variety of breeds is another important factor when choosing any pet. Cat breeds are not quite as varied as dog breeds are. Different cat breeds do have different personalities. For example, Persians are high maintenance while Siamese are friendly. Another factor is that all cat breeds are small, not leaving a lot of room if a person wishes for a bigger companion.

Dogs come in a variety of breeds and sub-breeds. The American Kennel Club recognizes many breeds and their personalities. Choosing a dog to fit an owners personality, lifestyle or needs is much easier than sorting through different cat breeds.


One of the most important factors to consider in a pet is how it is bred to function. Dogs breeds are differentiated by their abilities. They can be trained to hunt, protect, work or offer service. Dogs can easily be trained and tend to be very devoted and loving to their human companions.

Cats are very independent. They cannot really be trained but do instinctively hunt and kill rodents. Although many cats are loving companions, there will never be as much affection and loyalty to owners as dogs naturally give.


Finally, interactivity is important to any pet owner. How much are they willing to spend entertaining their pet. While some cats are social many avoid people they are not familiar with. Cats can be kept indoor at all times so it is not necessary to take them outdoors to get exercise. Cats enjoy very simple play such as chasing small toys or strings. It is relatively easy to entertain a cat.

Dogs require much more interaction with humans than cats.Even smaller dogs need to be let out once in a while and should be walked. Large dogs require a lot of outdoor exercise and fresh air. A dog owner will have to spend more time playing with their pet than a cat owner.



Choosing the Perfect Dog, Cat or Pet Bed

All of us pet owners know that our cats and dogs have very distinct personalities! Some are outgoing, some are a little more introverted and some just like being close to their owners. When choosing the perfect bed for your cat, dog or other pet, there are lots of factors to consider. Their personality traits are one factor but also consider their habits and their likes and dislikes as well. Also keep in mind where their bed may be placed. If it’s a drafty or very warm area, your choice of bed may be affected and you may want to select a warmer type or cooler bed style.

Our calico cat, Peaches, is a little feisty. We have other words for her at times but I’ll leave that up to your imagination! She likes to bully ‘Princess’ Elsie who doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. She’s super shy and needs a lot of security. A shy or somewhat insecure pet would likely do well with a bolstered bed to offer some security – or a completely enclosed pet bed or house that they can crawl into and get all cozy, away from the world. Of course some cats like to sit in the window and watch the world – and other cats – go by! So, a cozy and comfy window perch is a perfect choice.

When choosing a great bed for your favorite canine, there are lots of sizes available for your Chihuahua-sized dog to your Great Dane! There are comfy pet beds for them to snuggle into and beds with bolsters that offer that extra needed security. Your English Sheep Dog may not need or want that extra fluffiness since they already have a bunch of fluff. But for dogs without all that hair, a pet bed with extra cushioning might be the answer. There are also cooling and heating pads and beds for pets that need it in summer or winter. And there are self-warming beds made of material to specifically harness your pet’s body heat and reflect it back to them.

All in all, by taking the time to consider all factors, you help ensure that your pet will actually use the bed and find it a great source of comfort – their ‘go-to’ place! When you start paying closer attention to your pet’s behaviour and habits, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll know your pet!

As a loving pet owner, I am always trying to please my pets and meet their needs! Don’t we all? When looking for that bed for your best friend, consider all the factors that might go into a choice that will suit your pet perfectly. Be aware of his habits, where he likes best to take a little snooze and what exactly will best suit his needs and wants.


6 Elementary Tips to Take Care of Your Pets

Pet owners often wonder – what they should do to keep their pets healthy; is there a decorum they should follow? Pets are like family members that need to be fostered with care. It’s a very responsible task as a pet owner to keep the pet in check. There are various important things that need to be taken care of if you want to be a proud owner of a pet.

Periodical Veterinary Appointments

In a case of pets, the most significant reminder is – don’t wait for them to get sick, bring them for a periodical check up. If it’s not feasible for a half-yearly one, then at least once a year wellness checkup is a must for the pets.

Similar to human beings, pets need periodical check up to ensure the wellness and resolving the health issues if they are infected. Consequently, pets are needed to visit for regular vaccination and other screening tests to avoid sudden superfluous concerns.

Parasite Protection

The most common causes of disease in pets are Parasites. Some parasites can be internal, such as worms and protozoa and some are external like ticks and fleas. These parasites can be deadly and can cause diseases like Heartworm and Lyme which ultimately lead to the death of pets. Pets’ parasites can be contagious which can be a threat to the kids of the family. Providentially, these parasites can be easily preventable by providing monthly preventatives.

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and Neutering pets are an imperative and beneficial for a number of reasons. To begin with, it would prevent the overpopulation of pets. Secondly, it lowers risks for various fatal diseases like pyometra – infection of the uterus, breast cancer, testicular cancer etc. Last but not the least, a lot of pets get lost or abandoned due to their behavioral problems and spaying and neutering can also help with these problems like aggression, get lost, roam etc.


While collars and name tags are necessary, they can’t guarantee the safe return of pets. As a result, here comes the marvel – the Microchip. Since collars and name tags can fall off, microchips are the next best possible alternatives out there. A lot of pets that have ended in shelter houses were returned to the owners’ side for the reason that they had microchips attached to their body.

Nutritional Foods and Exercise

Don’t go and look for only cheap, inexpensive pet foods since those foods may not be healthy for the pets. You can consult to a veterinary about what, how and in which amount u should feed your pets. The foods should be nutritional and well balanced. Consequently, it comes to the issue – exercise.

A lot of pets, nowadays, suffer from obesity that leads to diseases like diabetes and arthritis. Therefore, pets are needed to maintain their level of activity and weight just like humans. Research shows that exercise is the best possible way to keep the pets healthy both physically and mentally.

Love and Affection

Pets also long for love and affection just like us humans. They like it when their owners pay attention to them or take extra care of them. Research verifies that pets rely on us not only for food and security but also for social comfort and bonding.


Great Pets for Older Children

Thinking about saying yes to getting your tween or teen a pet? Older children can care for all kinds of pets with unique features and needs. Whichever pet they set their heart on, there are many important questions to consider before choosing one. Do you want:

  • A pet for companionship or practical reasons?
  • Indoor or outdoor pet?
  • To cuddle it?
  • A pet that stays in its habitat or roams around?

Do you live in a house or an apartment? Do you own or rent? How big is your yard, and is it fenced? Does your child travel overnight much? Does anyone living in the home have fears about or allergies to any animal? How much can you afford to spend monthly on pet supplies and pet care? Here are tips about seven pets you may want to consider.

1-2. Dogs, Cats

Animal shelters have plenty for adoption. Both make great companions but there are risks of injury from dog bites and cat scratches. Both need periodic immunizations, regular worming and ongoing flea prevention. Cats get exercise walking around the house, but dogs need to walk, run and play every day. There will be poop to scoop daily for either, but cuddling and companionship are worth it.

3. Parrots

Parrots are lively, playful, colorful and costly. They bite hard. They mimic easily, can quickly learn to talk, and are noisy. Parrots need lots of space and like coming out of their cages, but will peck and ruin wood furnishings. They eat seeds, fresh produce and nuts, often discarding shells outside the cage.

4-5. Horses, Pygmy Goats

These outdoor animals need plenty of room and shelter from the elements. Some animal shelters may have horses for adoption under $2,000. A horse requires a lot of care every day without exception. If you do not have space for a horse, you can board them at nearby stables or small farms. Pygmy goats are miniature creatures content to graze grass and drink water. You can pet and thank them for keeping the orchard mowed.

6. Seahorses

These fantastic aquatic creatures are fragile, but once you get their marine ecosystem set up, they are about as easy to care for as other fish. Seahorses eat about six to eight frozen Mysis shrimp per day and grow to five to eight inches tall. They need easy-to-grasp hitching structures like kelp or faux coral. Instead of getting seahorses caught in the wild, getting captive-bred seahorses does not contribute to their depletion.

7. Chinchillas

Chinchillas can live 20 years. They eat pellets from the pet store, drink fresh water and need a solid-bottomed, wire cage. These soft, furry, fragile creatures can be gently cuddled, but are probably best for children over ten years old.

Having pets improves overall health and reduces stress. They provide comfort through times of grief and trauma. Caring for them builds character, trust and confidence. In the end, having pets teaches us about the life cycle and treasuring those we love. No matter the age when you decide to get one, considering personal lifestyles and resources are important parts of choosing great pets for older children.



How to Click a Perfect Photo of Your Pet

Photo shooting a pet is not a small thing. You need to be an expert for that. In fact, you need to learn the photography. It is because unlike the human beings the parts are not camera friends and besides the sound of click will further make them scared. So here are a few steps on getting the right photo shoot of your pet.

Make Them Camera Friendly

It is very important to make your pet camera friendly. You can incur a few spoiled photos for that. Some of the pets like dogs or cats might even have a particular liking towards a certain photo or video cameras. So, you can take some of their photos from a digits camera and show them on the TV. Hence you need to make a schedule where you would snap and then put their photos on TV and show them full screen. It will attract them to the photos and whenever you will next take camera in hand they will be more than ready to give you the right pose.

Say Cheese

While we human being smile as soon as “Say Cheese” enters our ears, we cannot expect pets to react in this way. But still there are certain ways in which you can train them to react in a similar way. SO, every time you take a camera and want to take their photos say any particular word you pet can connect with. It might be “Tommy, Snap!” or “Pussy, Mew” or in case of birds you can go for certain sounds like kissing, or making sounds with your mouth. However, you need to ensure that in case you are using words you should give more emphasis on vowels rather than consonants.

Reward Them

Every time you take your pet’s photo you need to reward them. If it is dog you can give it the food that they like the most while in the case of parrots you can treat it to its favorite fruits or grains. It will make them happy and rewarded and next time they would be more than willing to give you the best pose.

Do Not Expect Too Much

Many times people’s expectations are just too high for the pets. With due respect to all your love and admiration towards your pet what you need to understand is that they we cannot communicate with them the same way as we can communicate with the human beings. So at times even after several attempts you need to be satisfied with 80% or 90% of your expectations because it is very possible that in an endeavor to make them pose to satisfy you 100% you might even miss the chance.

Take Help of the Technology

The technology today is so advanced that you can even time your camera in such a way that it can take the automatic snaps after every 2 or 3 seconds. That kind of camera would be perfectly fine for you as that will help you to capture 5-6 instances and thus you don’t need to worry if the very first photo does not come out fine.

Getting a right photo of your pet might not be an easy task. However there are several tricks to make it possible. But if after trying every trick you are not able to make your pet camera friendly then you can also go for the professional pet photo shooting services.