Info for Kids
You are so lucky!
You have the chance to look after an animal for the whole of its life. Learning all about what it needs to survive and make sure it is always safe, warm and as happy as it can be! So, if you have a dog, cat or a smaller furry animal, like a rabbit, here are a few tips for that special time you spend with your treasured pet.
* If you feed your pet biscuits as part of a meal, try taking a few biscuits out of the bowl and feeding them to your dog or puppy by hand. Ask your pet to sit for a biscuit; a hungry dog is much easier to train!
* But, whatever you do don’t try to take his bowl away when he is in the middle of his dinner. Some people think this is a good idea but how would you feel if someone stole your ice cream just as you were tucking in to your favourite flavour?
* Most dogs loved to be brushed. Use a nice soft brush and give your dog treats for good behaviour. Just don’t let him bite the brush!
* We love to cuddle but dogs are not so keen! A good scratch behind the ears, a tickle of the tummy or a nice chest rub is more of a dog’s idea of heaven.
* Puppies often need to be carried until they have been to the vet for their vaccinations. Hold your puppy carefully with one arm scooped under their bottom and the other under their front legs. But don’t pick your puppy up too often, especially if they are sleeping.
*Sometimes a puppy can feel quite scared – they are only small – it is a bit like someone picking you up and putting you on top of your house! Scary!!
On the lead
* If you are pulling in one direction your dog will most probably pull in the other direction unless they are well trained. To stop the tug-of-war, try loosening the lead, then jump up and down, calling your dog’s name, waving their favourite toy – your dog will soon run to you for some fun and a treat!
*Finally, remember dogs get tired too, just like us. So let them sleep, especialy the older ones!
* Find out what food your cat should be fed by asking for leaflets at the vets or look in books or even on the internet.
* Why not try teaching your cat to ‘sit’? When you have prepared food for your cat hold the bowl in the air so your cat can see it. Then wait! Eventually they will sit and you can give them their food straight away. If you try this each time you feed your cat they will eventually learn to ‘sit’ for their dinner!
* Be careful, cat’s get scared easily!
* Hold your cat carefully with one arm scooped under their bottom and the other under their front legs. If they start to wriggle put them down or you may get scratched.
* A cat, or especially a kitten, can feel quite scared because they are only small and it is a bit like someone picking you up and putting you on top of your house! Scary!!!
* Cats love to chase moving objects, try feathers, balls or even a piece of string! After the game, hide the toy until next time; they will be much more excited to see it again next time if you do.
* Some cats like to be brushed but some cats don’t! Try using a soft brush or a zoom groom for just a few minutes. But remember – mind those teeth and claws!
The main difference between dogs, cats and the other small furry pets we like to keep is: Dogs and cats are predators – they chase and kill other animals to eat. Rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, mice etc are prey – they are chased by bigger animals for food. So, when you want to feed or play with your pet they may think they are in danger, which is why sometimes they bite or try to run away. Instead try the following:
* Sing or talk gently as you approach your pet, letting them know you are there.
* Avoid waking your pet up; they will most probably be grumpy and very scared.
* Once your pet is awake, pick them up gently, don’t squeeze too hard – they are very delicate!
* Don’t pull their ears or pick them up by their tail, you wouldn’t like to be held in the air by your big toe!
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