Memory skills put to the test

A study done by the University of Michigan found that cats have better memories than dogs. Hidden treats were shown to the animals, but they were not allowed to retrieve the treats immediately. While dogs memory on the treat location lasted no more than 5 minutes, cats remembered and retrieved the treat as long as 16 hours later.

Leaving the yard

Going for a walk with your dog can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity. Here are the reasons that the American Humane Association recommends taking your pup for walks:

Bonding time  Active time together helps create a stronger bond of affection and socialization with other dogs.

Exercise Most dogs don’t get enough exercise in a fenced-in yard. Walking can benefit you and your pet.

Boredom Neighborhood walks add variety and new scenery for your pet.

Pet pampering

According to American Pet Products Association, many hotel chains have announced new pet-friendly policies that include everything from oversized pet pillows to check-in gift packages. Some even have a licensed dog masseuse on staff.

Canine Assistants Tip of the Month

There are an infinite number of things you don’t want your dog to do and, in comparison, a small handful of desired behaviors you’d like to see your dog perform. So, it only makes sense to focus on teaching your dog what to do rather than what not to do. For example, if you catch your dog chewing on something he shouldn’t, silently replace that item with an appropriate chew toy and praise him for chewing on the right thing. Redirection works far better and faster than correction.

For the Birds

There are more than 9,000 species of birds. Parakeets, canaries, finches and parrots are the most popular to keep as pets.