How to Choose a Pet: Dogs vs Cats

dog-vs-cat-150x150You want to purchase or adopt a pet, although you are unsure if you want a dog or a cat.  After all you love them both.  There are a few deciding factors to consider.  Where you live, how much time you have to devote to your pet.  The cost to consider when you go out of town or to the vet.  How much training will be involved for a dog, and believe it or not how much will be involved in training your cat.  You might want to sit down and write the pros and cons of owning a dog or a cat.  If all you can think of are the positives, and you know you want a pet, this article can give you some insight on what pet might be best suited for your current lifestyle.  Set down, and relax with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy this article.

How to Choose a Pet: Dogs vs Cats

If you decided to purchase a pet, you must be responsible and reasonable. This may seem very easy: that`s enough to visit a pet store or bird market and to buy what you liked. However, in reality it is not so simple – in fact each animal requires a certain care and must be suitable to the owner`s temperament and lifestyle. If you plan to buy a pet for a long time, but not for a month or so, read a few useful tips.

Dog is one of the most popular pets. Faithful, loyal, affectionate, loving, ready to do anything for its owner. If you want to get a dog, be prepared to walk it several times a day, to do its training, to perceive this animal as a full and equal family member. Pay attention not only on the appearance of a dog of any breed, but also by other characteristics: features of care, living conditions, the nature, purpose (dog fighting, hunting, house, etc.). Evaluate your desires and possibilities, give yourself the answer to the question will the dog feel comfortable with you, and you.

Regardless of their breed dogs have one common point – they require greater attention, communication and love. Dogs are like children: time-consuming and are offended if they are ignored. So the dog is well suited for people who prefer active way of life, mostly young and active, single people who want to find a faithful friend, as well as those who own a sufficient amount of time to practice with the dog. Do not get a dog if you have young children.

Independent, proud, proud, capricious, tied to the house more than to its owners. The cat is not less popular pet than its eternal rival and antithesis – the dog. As is in the case with dogs, a lot depends on the choice of breed. Cat`s characters resemble to characters of the people – so it’s important to choose a cat breed that matches to your temperament and lifestyle.

Despite the fact that cats are not amenable to training, pay attention to their education. It is necessary to teach a cat to use the toilet at the appropriate place, to scratch its claws only in specifically designated rug and to make it clear where in the house has “forbidden” zones.

Cats are recommended to creative and independent people; however, they must be willing to tolerate cat’s willfulness.

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11 Tips for a Healthy, Happy Adult Dog

buddy-the-dog-150x150As your dog reaches adulthood you have probably settled into a routine in regards to your relationship.  Make sure it’s a mutually rewarding one.  Here are a few guidelines to make yours is mutually rewarding:


  1. Each day give your dog at least 30 minutes of your undivided attention.  Play, brush, practice obedience commands or give a few treats.
  2. Each day give them plenty of exercise.  You too can get some exercise in too.  It’s a win win.
  3. Indoors or outdoors be sure they wear a flat collar with up-to-date ID tags at all times.  This is a must if your pet should ever get lost.  Get them microchipped.  If you don’t have them microchipped, promise yourself you will the next time you go to the vet. (Pet festivals often have organizations who will microchip your pet at reduced prices.) Periodically have your veterinarian check to make sure the chip is still active.  Do this when you take them in for their annual.
  4. Keep practicing the basic commands such as “sit”, “come”, “down”, “heel”, “stay”, and “leave it”.  Sign up for a refresher course.  2 Paws Up Pet Sitting & Dog Walking have dog trainer referrals.  Check our website
  5. Once a year have your pets taken in for their annual exams, and discuss any new or ongoing health issues.
  6. Brush you dogs teeth once a day to stay ahead of tarter build-up on their teeth.  I will write a followi up in a few weeks on the easy way to brush. Also talk with your veterinarian about the best way to brush your dog’s teeth.
  7. Every month, schedule on your calendar, day planner or tablet that you give your pets heartworm preventative.  In Georgia, it is recommended you do this every month.
  8. When you find your pet itchy, smelly or dirty, bathe them or schedule a grooming appointment.  We would be happy refer you to a few groomers in our area.
  9. If your dog is home alone all day, consider putting them in “doggie daycare” or hire us to take them for a walk and play with them.  They need stimulation during the day.  Wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a calm dog?  Dogs are social animals, and can become destructive when bored or lonely from chewing up your shoes or your remotes to peeing on the floor.  They need companionship.
  10. Dogs need quite time just like us.  Provide them with a comfortable place to rest in an area where they will spend most of their day, in respect for their “quite time”.
  11. Always supervise children around dogs.  Teach them not to tease them or encourage undesirable behaviors, such as chasing and barking.

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Contacting PET Friendly Properties

  1. Travel-Pet-150x150Tell them, hotel or travel agent, that you want to make reservations and bring your pet.  Some properties have restrictions on the number, type, size, or weight of pets they allow.
  2. Ask about any non-refundable fees or refundable deposits required.
  3. Find out about any restrictions on the number and type of rooms available.  Some properties limit pets to smoking rooms or a certain section of the property.
  4. Additionally, some properties have seasonal or length of stay restrictions on pets.
  5. Inquire as to whether your pet may be left unattended while in room and, if so, if the pet must be in a crate or carrier.
  6. In any event, you may want to consider getting a ground floor room to make late night bathroom runs easier.

Before you leave

  • Clip you pet’s nails.  Pets with freshly-trimmed nails will be less likely to damage items in strange surrounds and will be easier to restrain if necessary.
  • Brush your pet to remove all loose hair.
  • If you pet has fleas, obtain and complete the necessary treatment before traveling to avoid infesting its new surroundings.
  • Where is the best place for your pet to travel?

Riding in cars with dogs

Dogs who enjoy car travel need not be confined to a carrier if your vehicle has a restraining harness to restrain the animal.

Riding in cars with cats

Because most cats are not as comfortable traveling in cars, for their own safety as well as yours, it is best to keep them in a carrier.  It is important to restrain these carriers in the car so that they don’t bounce around and cause possible harm to the animal inside.  It is best to do this by taking a seat belt and securing it around over the front of the carrier.

Leave the front seat for humans

It is also a good idea to travel with your pet in the back seat of the car (although, never in the bed of a pickup truck!), because of the possibility of a front-seat passenger side airbag deploying and causing possible harm to your pet in an accident.

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Guest Blog Post by, Dr Sarah Robinson…Why Chose a Beagle Boxer Mix? Complete Guide in 2017

bogle.jpgAnyone care for double the trouble, but twice the fun?

If you just held your hand up then a beagle-boxer mix could be the right dog for you!

These muscular medium sized dogs are a hybrid between a beagle and a boxer, both breeds being notorious (some might even say ‘infamous’) for being big canine characters, which is code for saying boisterous and outgoing. But both these breeds are also dogs with a big heart, which are too busy being nosy or looking for food to bother about being aggressive.

The prospective owner of a beagle-boxer puppy needs to know exactly what they’re letting themselves in for, the good and the bad, so let’s find out more about this appealing hybrid dog.

The Bogle
In the same way that a Cocker spaniel cross poodle is a cavapoo, so a boxer mixed with beagle is a bogle. This blend of two distinct breeds is known as a ‘hybrid’ or as some term them a ‘designer dog’.

The original idea behind hybrid dogs was to create a dog with desirable characteristics from each parent, combined in the pup. For example the Labradoodle was originally bred as a low shedding family dog, but they quickly sky-rocketed in popularity because of their general all round adorableness.

Whilst this genetic cocktail is great in theory, in practice there is no guarantee which characteristics from either parent will dominate the puppy. This may be fine if you aren’t too worried if your bogle has the white, black, and tan marking of a beagle, rather than the boxer brown, but is more problematic when it comes to health.

Imagine the scenario where a puppy inherits the ‘bad’ genes from each parent for breed related health disorders. This can’t be ruled out so the prospective beagle-boxer mix owner (as for any hybrid breed) should approach getting a puppy with their eyes open to the potential problems.

To better understand these, let’s look at the health problems linked to the parent breeds.

The boxer:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cancer (especially mast cell tumors)
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease (development problems of the major blood vessels, and a heart rhythm disturbance)
  • Under active thyroid glands.

The beagle:

  • Back problems (disc disease)
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Under active thyroid glands
  • Cherry eye

With this in mind any budding pet parent should be sure they have financial provision in place to meet the need for veterinary care should their pet become ill.

Why Chose a Beagle Boxer Mix?

OK, so who is the perfect owner for these four-legged personifications of energy and enthusiasm?

For a start you need plenty of space because both dogs love to be active. Think of a beagle following a scent trail all day and then cross that with the kangaroo-like ability of the boxer to bounce and act nutty, and you appreciate the nature of the challenge.

To this end you need to provide exercise…and plenty of it. These are not one, 20 minute walk round-the-block dogs, but need to be able to run and chase, and really feel the wind through their fur at least two to three times a day.

On the plus side, there’ll never be a dull moment as these intelligent dogs with a love of sniffing and following a scent, find all sorts of ways to get into trouble. Again, a reasonable sized yard with a sturdy fence is a boon, along with the beagle part comes the urge to escape and explore impeded by their pet parent.

You also need to be committed to training your dog, which is no mean feat as they are easily distracted and prone to divert their considerable brain power to ways of avoiding doing what they’re told. This doesn’t mean a beagle boxer mix can’t be trained, but rather that you’ll need to stick with it and train every day.

This isn’t meant to deter the truly dedicated, but merely give a realistic impression of life dominated by a beagle boxer mix. The payback is a wonderful canine companion without a nasty bone in his body who loves life and will brighten yours beyond compare. Read more on

Beagle Boxer Vital Statistics

These dogs are medium-sized and muscular, standing around 35 – 50 cm at the shoulder. On average an adult weighs in at 20 – 30 kg, with this depending on whether they take after the larger boxer or the smaller beagle part of their heritage.

Paws-onality of the Beagle Boxer Mix
Your bogle is likely to be nosy, intelligent, energetic, and easily distracted by nature of their parentage. But more than this, a big influence on their personality is the socialization they received as a puppy.


It is crucial that any puppy is exposed to a wide range of different people, (male, female, tall, short, children) with different tones of voice and mannerisms. This helps the young puppy to register all these different experiences as ‘normal’ and ‘safe’ and mean he grows into a confident, well-adjusted adult.

This opportunity for socialization is a limited one, with the puppy learning fastest up to 12 weeks of age, and tailing off by 18 weeks. Thus the puppy kept in seclusion and rehomed at 4 – 5 months of age is liable to become a nervous, anxious adult.

To this end, be savvy about where you purchase a beagle-boxer puppy from. Do your homework and make sure the breeder is legitimate, rather than a shop window for a puppy farm. Safeguards to look for that mean the breeder is more likely to be genuine include:

  • See the puppies with their mother
  • Watch to make sure the mother knows the puppies (sometimes a female dog unrelated to the puppies will be put in with the litter.)
  • Check the breeder’s reputation online
  • Ask for references from people who have purchased puppies from them previously
  • Check the puppies are reared within the home, and not kept in an outdoor kennel with little human contact
  • Ask the breeder what plans they put in place to socialize the puppies
  • Ask to see proof of preventative healthcare for the mother and puppies such as vaccinations and deworming.
  • See if the breeder asks as many questions about you, as you do of them (A reputable breeder screens those that buy from them, to ensure their beagle boxer puppies go to good homes.)

On their Best Behavior
Well-behaved beagle boxer mixes don’t happen by magic, you need to work at training them. This can be an uphill struggle given the combo of the beagle and boxer brain, neither of which is great at listening to instruction. However, the secret (or not so secret!) weapon you have at your disposal is food!

Beagle boxer mixes are highly food motivated, they’ll do just about anything for even the most uninteresting looking piece of dry kibble, let alone something ultra-tasty like a cube of cheese.

Your beagle boxer puppy is the perfect candidate for reward based training, which is something to start from day one, with toilet training the day the puppy comes home.

Their first lesson is indeed to put the puppy on your selected toilet spot, and if the little one obliges, heap praise upon their furry head (and a tasty treat). This way they start to learn that emptying their bladder or bowel in a certain place is a sure fire way to getting a reward. And when you love food as much as a beagle-boxer mix does, this is highly motivational.

Which raises the point of how to train your puppy. Always use reward based methods. This works by rewarding the puppy for desirable actions such as “Sit”, so that the puppy is eager to repeat the command in order to win a reward. Of course that positivity comes in many forms other than food, and could be a fuss, praise, or a game with a favorite toy.

Keeping Your Bogle Healthy

Beagle boxer mixes love food! Yes, use treats to train them, but also keep an eye on that waist line. Overfeeding can lead to weight gain which predisposes the dog to problems such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease.

Feed a good quality food that contains a good quality protein (such as a named meat), but also be sure to weight the food out each day and avoid overfeeding.

Preventative healthcare is also important to maintain an active and health hound. Issues to address include:

  • Vaccinations: Core vaccination and also rabies
  • Deworming: Including treatment against common worms such as the roundworms, and deadly worms such as heartworm.
  • External parasites: Control unpleasant visitors such as fleas and ticks
  • Desexing:
  • Microchip: A permanent means of identifying your dog.

Even though your bogle has a short coat, be sure to pass a slicker brush over their fur at least once a week. This shifts shed hair and massages the skin, which promotes a glossy coat.

And finally, have fun with your beagle boxer mix. Make the most of having an active dog by engaging with them in activates such as agility, flyball or hiking. By fully engaging with them, you’ll both be happier and fitter for it!

Name: Sarah Robinson
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Author bio:Dr Sarah Robinson attended veterinary school at Oklahoma State University receiving a D.V.M. in 2008.
Sarah’s longtime interest is to help people to better communicate with their pet companions, and in doing so, to help them to strengthen their relationships with their dogs and cats.

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Create Your Easter Basket For That Special Kitty!

Have you ever thought of making your own Easter Baskets for your cat? Here is an infographic of what to include in your DIY Easter Basket, plus we have included a recipe for homemade cat treats. All you will need is a large Easter Basket or cat bed to hold all or most of the toys as well as a container or jar for your homemade treats. Making your own Easter Basket is not as difficult as might think. Plus it won’t take long, and it will be lots of fun! Here is a short list of items to put in your Easter Basket plus tasty treats too.


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Walking Your Dog, Your Best Year Yet

Barbie-Walking-in-Park-150x150 Is walking your dog on your list of resolutions for the new year?  You want to get fit so you head for the gym, forgetting that your pooch needs a walk too.  Why not combine the two!  You and your dog can get fit together.  You can train together.  What a great month to start.  It’s January, and it’s National Walk-Your-Dog Month, so honoring our four-legged friends, here are a few reasons you should make this your “Best Year Yet” by keeping this resolution all year.

Dogs – Responsibility – Their Own Health?

You think that just because your dog has a doggie door that they are running around playing all day long.  So when you come home after working a 9 to 12 hour day, you figure they should be exhausted too?  Do you think they just want to lay around, and take it easy?  Think again.  That’s why they are super energized, and expecting you to entertain them the rest of the evening.   Chances are, if given, they just might be  couch potatoes while you’re away.  Eating chips and candy all day.  It is a good thing the don’t have opposing thumbs.  Being a responsible dog owner, take them for a walk when you get home, they and you will feel better for doing so.

Get Going by Leashing Up and Lacing Up

Leash up your pooch and get active.  Start a trend, think outside the box, start a daily fitness class where you and  your dog can go hiking, camping, yoga, and maybe even kayaking.  Change up your daily dog walks, this will take the boredom out of the routine.  Studies show that having a friend to help encourage you to exercise is one of the ways to keep the momentum going in your daily exercise routines.  So leash up your dog, lace up your shoes dog, and get walking.   Walk or jog the pounds off together.  Sign up for the fitness app, “My Fitness Pal”, on your phone.  That way you can log everything from food to fitness, and monitor your progress.

A Tired Dog is A Good Dog

No doubt that Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer knows that often unwanted behavior that your dog exhibits is quite often from boredom and frustration.  We all know how excited dogs become when you say “Let’s go for a walk” or pull out the leashes.  Oh the start of the happy dance!!!  If you find you might just need a tiny bit of help in the middle of the day, don’t forget you can contact your professional pet sitter.  If you live in the Lilburn Georgia and the sounding areas you can call us, 2 Paws Up 770-695-3096 or visit our website for more information .

Good Dog Stock

Your dog comes from Wolf stock.  Wolves are nomads by nature and can cover over a 100 miles in a day searching for food.  Walking your dog is in their DNA.  Remember that happy dance I mentioned?  This excitement is “pack” behavior similar to what wolves do to work up adrenaline before a hunt.  Your dog wants to walk.  They are fulfilling their elemental psychological drive to “work” for their food.

Exercise in Socialization

Your dog will get to know all the sights and sounds of their neighborhood by meeting other people and their dogs.  This is an excellent exercise in socialization.  The more your dog gets accustomed to the sounds of cars, lawn mowers, bicycles, people, and other dogsthen your dog will be less scared and or nervous of new sounds in the future.

You Are Their Pack Leader

It is your job to be the leader.  A walk is an excellent time to exert your leadership and reinforce your “pack leader” position.  Remember, you are Alpha, so prove it.  Along the walk make sure your give your dog some basic commands like sit, and heal to let him know you’re their “Pack Leader”.

Cultivating Bonding

You will strengthen the bond between you both by discovering, and sharing new places and experiences.  This is a wonderful benefit of walking your dog.  Start today with one of the best benefits of walking your dog, cultivating the bonding connection.

Overcoming Obstacles

How many times have we said these four words:  “I don’t have time”?  Make it part of your list of things to do.  Schedule the time in your daily planner.  You have time to sit and watch your hour TV show.  Start with small increments of time 15 minutes, then increase it to 20 minutes, then increase it to 30 to 60 minutes.  You will find you feel better, because your becoming more fit, and your dog is tired and relaxed.  Now you and your pup and sit quietly thus watch your favorite TV show together.  See how easy that was

My Goal to You

I will make it my personal goal to be the person my dog thinks I am.  The person who bonds by walking my dog daily.  Will you?

Tells us or give us some creative ideas you find to sneak in walks or exercise when you’re pressed for time.  We would love to hear from you.

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Keep your Pet Healthy and Look Good

We all want to keep our pets healthy and looking good. It is my pleasure to share an article written by Anna Josephs.

Misi Becoupe here with Rocky and we want you to know that our mommy, Barbie feeds us Lucky Dog Cuisine, so she is already trying to keep us healthy and looking good. We can’t always tell her exactly what we need, although, we do let her know when we don’t like something. Our coats get rough, we get ear infections, and sometimes when she is not looking we yuk on the carpet. Take head, because I want to bring you some information I found while perusing the internet.

Keep your Pet Healthy and Look Good

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Anyone who owned a pet knows that how pet becomes our special part of our family. Yes our pets are a part of our family. Pet owner always want the best for their pet. Pet needs special and daily care throughout their lives. Pets are like small children, they won’t tell you exactly what they need. It’s the pet owner who has to understand and treat them as well as you can to look your pet good and healthy.
Most of pet owners don’t have much time to spend with their pet its result to pet health problems. It’s always good to consult your veterinarian if your pet shows any abnormal behaviors. Very pet needs an appropriate clean environment, a healthy diet, proper exercise and attention from you. Now pet owner do not have to worry about their pet, number of online sites provides you with all the information about cleaning and disinfecting the pet looks and how to keep your pet look more good and clean.
1) Pet store: Pet store are the best place for buying your favorite pet. If you live in a large city, there are probably dozens of pet stores in your near by area. Finding one that will provide you with the products and services that you need pets can be difficult.
Selecting the right store is necessary. Find a store that treats all its animals the way you would want. All the animals should be kept in appropriate, clean and safe enclosures. The behaviour and health of your pet has a lot to do with how it was kept before you got it.
2) Pet products: What does organic pet product really mean and why is it given so much importance? Previously pet owners where not aware of pet products but now it is no wonder that people are very much aware and conscious of this fact already.
Most of pet owner are under the impression that anything with “organic” inherent on it is superior. This is a nice ideal. And of course, organic products may indeed taste better and be healthier for us. However, do people really need organic pet products? In the first place, is there such a thing? Even the government is confused about how to define “organic” and is continuously struggling to establish uniform and stable standards to assist consumers in figuring it all out. Find the best pet product store so that your pet can have the best.

Anna Josephs is a freelance editor having experience of many years in writing articles and news releases on various topics related to health, automobile and social issues. Currently, she is working on . To get more details on Pet, please visit .

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