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Where To Find Cheap Dog Insurance

Written By: Teri Champigny - Jan• 29•12

The thing to do is to figure out where to find cheap dog insurance and still get your money’s worth. It is worth shopping around for cheap dog insurance. If you have recently welcomed a pet into your family or are considering doing so for the first time, you are probably surprised at how much pet health insurance can cost.

In many cases, a veterinarian is hooked up to a particular insurance provider that they will suggest you sign up with. So if you already know the veterinarian that you want to use, that might be the way to go. However, you are not likely to get the cheapest deal that way.

You can often find a better plan online, but do check that your veterinarian will work with the other company – or ask the insurance company for the address of an approved veterinarian in your area.

The problem with cheap dog insurance – or any kind of cheap insurance – is that the companies usually reduce the amount of cover so that they can offer a lower price. This means that if you go for the cheapest pet insurance you will often find that you are not covered for all of the costs that you expected.

Some cheap dog insurance policies may not cover vaccination shots. Others may not cover the most serious diseases or any pre-existing condition – that is a health problem that your dog already has – even if you don’t know about it.

This means that it is very important to read the fine print. You may even want to get a quote from a very expensive plan so that you see everything that is covered. That makes it easier to figure out what is NOT covered in the cheaper plans that you are considering.

If you look for cheap dog insurance online, you will have more chances to compare prices. The alternative is to call a lot of insurance companies, and that takes time. Also, you probably wouldn’t be able to call as many as you could find on the internet.

The advantage of calling the companies is that you can sometimes get a better deal that way. This is especially true if you have seen a good offer online.

For example, let’s say you prefer a particular veterinarian who is approved for company A’s pet insurance plan. You want to go to that veterinarian but company A is not the cheapest alternative. But if you can go online and find a cheaper plan that offers all of the same cover, you can call company A and say, “Hey, I really want to sign up with you, but company B is doing the exact same insurance plan for X dollars less. Can you offer me an improved deal?”

In that situation they will often reduce their price for you. But you have to be sure that the cover is the same across the two plans, otherwise they will simply explain that their policy is more expensive because it is better.

So the best place to find cheap dog insurance is on the internet, but it is often worth negotiating either on price or on cover to get a good deal from an insurance company that your veterinarian recommends.

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The Best Pet Insurance For Your Pets

Written By: Teri Champigny - Jan• 29•12

Off topic about dogs is what this articles about. If you have a pet then this is about the best pet insurance for your pets. What is the best pet insurance that you can buy? It is the one that suits your pets and your circumstances. There is not just one best pet insurance plan that would be a good fit for everybody. If there was, that plan would be the only one available and everybody would sign up for it!

The huge number of pet health insurance companies is a sign that there is room for a lot of variety in this market. On top of that, just about all of the companies offer more than one plan. So if you want to find the best pet insurance, you will need to look at more than one policy. We will give you some tips on how to do that.

First, you can be pretty sure that any pet insurance company will have different plans for dogs and cats. This is because the costs, needs and lifespan of these animals is not the same. Dog insurance usually includes liability cover, so that the insurance will help you if your dog attacks somebody or damages their property.

Cats do not need this cover. This is partly because cats are not so likely to cause serious injury or damage, but more importantly it is because owners are not held responsible for their cats in the same way. A person is expected have a dog on a leash or under effective control any time it is outside their own home. So if your dog attacks another dog, that is likely to be considered your fault for not controlling the dog. But a cat wanders around the neighborhood freely on its own and you are not expected to control it in the same way.

It is possible that the owner could be held responsible for the actions of a cat – for example if you knew that your cat had AIDS, and you allowed it to go out and infect other cats – but it is much less likely. In that example, it would be difficult to be sure that it was your cat and not some other cat that had caused the infection.

Some companies also offer insurance for other animals. You will usually find these plans listed under ‘exotic animals’. You may not think that your pet is very exotic if you have a rabbit or a hamster, but these plans cover most small and unusual animals. They are mostly designed for the owners of valuable pets who want to insure them against loss, e.g. theft or accidental death. Horses are not usually covered by pet insurance but by specialist equine or agricultural insurance plans.

Most companies offer a discount if you are insuring more than one pet, so it is worth making sure that you sign up with a company that offers plans for all the types of pet that you own. There are also several other variables that you will need to consider, including the age of your pets (some plans do not cover older pets), whether they are of a breed that is known for hereditary health conditions, and financial factors.

For dogs and cats, most pet insurance companies offer more than one option. The more expensive plans cover more diseases, have higher claim limits and lower deductibles. Budget plans may require a co-payment, so that even after the deductible payment, the insurance company only pays 90% of the cost of any treatment.

This means that shopping around for pet health insurance can be complicated. It is very important to read the policy carefully before you sign up, and this can be time consuming if you are considering more than one plan. However, you will not regret spending the time to find the best pet insurance for you.

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A Guide To Dog Training

Written By: Teri Champigny - Jan• 24•12

One of the best books you can get is a guide to dog training. There are many out there so you will have a lot to choose from. Before starting dog training, it is best that you know what your options are. These days you can find many types of places that do dog training. These training places vary in price and each one them has something different to offer.

The first type of dog training is known as puppy preschool. This is a dog training course meant for puppies that are about 6 weeks to 5 months old. These puppy preschool classes generally last for no more than 6 to 8 weeks. In these training sessions, your puppy is essentially be taught how to socialize with people and as well as with other puppies. Here your puppy also begins to learn how to sit down, stay at a place, and how to come.

The second type of dog training course is meant for the dogs that are at least 5 months old. This type of dog training is known as the basic dog training. The duration of these classes is usually about 8 to 10 weeks. This is the basic course, where your dog is taught the art of walking properly on a leash, sitting, staying, coming and heeling.

The third type of dog training course is known as the intermediate dog training. This dog training aims at teaching the dog mostly the same things that are taught in the basic training course, in a more detailed form. Here the dog is trained to stay for a longer span of time, and is also taught to follow orders given by other people.

The intermediate dog training generally lasts for about 8 to 10 weeks, and is meant for those that are no less than 5 months old. It is essential for the dog to have completed its basic dog training course, or to be accustomed to the basic commands that could have been taught by the owner.

The next type of training course is known as the advanced dog training course. Here, once again, the course is quite similar to its previous one, i.e., the intermediate dog training course, except for the fact that this time it is more detailed. Here, the dog is taught how to sit even without you in the view.

This training course is about 8 to 10 weeks long, and is meant for those that have completed their intermediate training. Here, they are also trained to walk beside their owners without a leash. Moreover, it gradually prepares the dog to take the Canine Good Citizen training course. The Canine Good Citizen training for dogs is the last course. To pass this course, your dog will be taught the 10 necessary aspects.

This course is strictly meant for those dogs that have completed all the previous courses. The test is quite tough and can only be passed if the dog is really well behaved. Depending on whether your dog can pass, the course can last for several weeks.

Keeping this information in mind, you should be able to decide the dog training course best suited for your dog. However, you may seek the opinion of your local dog trainers to know more. Many trainers consult for free. So now you should be at least a step closer to introducing your dog into a training course!

A guide to dog training book can be very helpful if you want to train your dog yourself.

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Healthy Cats Know What Tastes Good

Written By: Teri Champigny - Jan• 12•12

Healthy cats know what tastes good and what is good for them. As all cat owners know, a feline can be a wonderful addition to any family. One of the most basic aspects of cat ownership is proper health care for the cat. Health care for a cat encompasses a wide array of vaccine shots, flea protection, vet visits, medications, and even proper exercise.

A Healthy Brindle Cat

However, the most important aspect of cat health is also often overlooked. People spend hundereds of hours and thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a cat to keep it healthy, but most cat owners don’t pay nearly enough attention to the proper cat food they get for their cat.

The right cat food is absolutely essential to a healthy, happy cat.

But what is the best cat food for your cat? While each cat will have slightly different nutritional needs, there are some general rules that must be considered when looking for cat food.

First of all, cats (like their human owners) need a high quality diet. This means the best types of protein, fats, carbs, and the less preservatives and chemical additives, the better. Most of the research available online does not compare specific brands of cat food, as much as specific ingredients to feed your cat, and which to stay away from!

Cats need a high protein diet. Wild cats are very carnivorous, and cats derive a great deal of their nutritional needs from protein. House cats, while not wild, still have many of the same nutritional needs as their wild feline counterparts. So, the most important ingredient in any cat food is protein.

Carbohydrates are also an important part of a cats diet, though not as important as protein. Cats really should derive the majority of their nutritional needs from protein, so cat foods that are high in carbohydrates may not necessarily be the best for them.

Interestingly enough, many of the premium brands of cat food offer exactly what most cats need, and aren’t necessarily more expensive. This is because high end cat foods need a smaller serving amount than the low end cat foods to give a cat all the nutrients they need to be satisfied and healthy.

When comparing a premium brand such as Eukanuba, to a lower cost brand such as Purina, the cost difference for the recommended serving size is only a nickel a day. Furthermore, because a cat will eat less of the high end cat food, their waste will be reduced. This can cut down on the frequency of litter replacement and litter box related chores.

Another aspect of cat food to be considered is the quality of the protein in the food. Because of the way many pet food companies describe the meat in the food, it can be difficult to figure out exactly what the difference between “chicken flavored”, and “chicken dinner” is.

Food that contains “chicken meal” can only be made from the skin, flesh, and bones only. This is really the best type of protein for a cat. Food that has “meat byproducts” can contain nearly any animal parts, and are of lower quality than “chicken meal”. Food that is “chicken flavored” only has to taste like chicken, but may not contain any animal meat at all. Also, chicken is generally better than beef for cats.

And it goes without saying, preservatives, as well as artificial colors, should be avoided whenever possible. Although specific research is lacking on this subject, we do know that preservatives and artificial colors can have a negative impact on human health. It is only logical that cats will also be negatively affected.

Keep in mind what your cat needs and read the labels. DO NOT over feed your cat or he can become fat. Like most things when your shopping for your cat read the labels to make sure you are feeding your cat a healthy diet.

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The Basset Hound – Laid Back And Loving

Written By: Teri Champigny - Jan• 09•12

The Basset Hound (if you want a purebred) or a Basset Hound mix (if you don’t mind not having a purebred) can be a Medium/Large dog that typically weighs between 45-75 pounds. Their height averages between 11″ to 15″.

Basset Hound Mix

The Bassett is long and low and their height/weight ratio makes their already short legs look even shorter. In fact, their name comes from the French word “bas” which means low. Their gentle, loving, patient nature makes them an excellent companion dog for the home while their keen sense of smell and hunting instincts continue to make them excellent hunting companions.

Recognized by the AKC in 1885, the acceptable colors for the Basset Hound are a variety of hound colors, but they are typically white with chestnut or sand colored markings. The fairly dense coat is short, straight, hard and smooth. Their coat is easy to groom and only requires an occasional brushing and shampooing.

This loving, gentle dog is perfect for family life. For the mix breed the colors are not important.

They are excellent and patient with small children, even when they are not socialized with them. They are affectionate with their family and love to be around their family. They are great with other dogs and pets as well, although early socialization is good for non-canine pets because they might chase them due to their hunting instincts.

They are easy going and fairly inactive when they are inside, making them great for apartment life as they enjoy relaxing and laying around inside. They are more active outdoors and require regular play, exercise and time to run. If you don’t have a yard, you should plan to at least take them on a daily walk.

They are fairly easy to train, but if they are on the trail of a scent, they will not pay any attention to you. For this reason, a fenced in yard is best. They have a tendency to gain weight, so monitoring their food intake and giving them ample exercise is important.

The Basset Hound originated in France and dates back hundreds of years. Their ancestry can be traced back to the Bloodhound.

Originally used as hunting dogs, the Basset Hound uses its excellent sense of smell to track animals. Even though they can still be used for hunting, they are seen more as companion dogs today. If you like when you take your Basset out for a walk there is an excercise you can do that will keep his mind active for what he was bred for without having to actually hunt.

What you do is make up a puree of whatever his fav meal is and put it into a squeeze bottle. Then you just make trails for him to follow with his fantastic sense of smell. This will make your pup very happy and doing what he loves doing best.

Few breeds equal the Basset Hound’s gentle, forgiving, laid back nature. They are perfect for active families and for those that just enjoy an occasional walk provided their Basset Hound can have daily outside time. Whether you have small children or other pets or dogs, the Basset Hound can fit into just about any type of family dynamic with little to no adjustment problems.

Enjoy the new Dogs & Puppies Adoption Blog article on Basset Hounds and here are some of the other pet and dog sites that I currently operate. Hope you can find all of the information about dogs and caring for dogs that you are looking for through these sites.

Puppies & Big Dogs
Teri’s Dog Training Tips
The Puppy Blog

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