So in our last article we gave you a few pointers on how to house train your puppy. We explained some general things about her toilet habits, but there is a lot more to training a pup than simply teaching her not to pee on your expensive carpets.

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You definitely need to teach the puppy some manners now when she is young because otherwise it will be much harder for you as she gets older. We all know just how happy dogs can get when their owners come back from work. They start barking as they feel you jiggling your keys and as you enter the house they start jumping up and down or start running in circles. They would literally do anything in order to get your attention.

One of the most pressing problems a new dog owner is faced with is the puppy’s urge to jump on people. Believe it or not, this is something that you have taught her. It’s something that you have encouraged over time, and no matter how many times you tell her to stop doing it, she just won’t listen. The thing is that the puppy acts this way because she wants to be picked up and played with. So the only way she knows how to show you that she wants to be held and pet is by jumping on you.

Didn’t think there was a wrong way to pick up a puppy, did you? Well, there most definitely is. Don’t pick her up when she is facing you or when she is already jumping on you. The key is to hold her as if you were about to pick her up, turn her around, let her calm down for a couple of seconds, and then pick her up. This is how she will learn that jumping on you will not get her picked up, but being calm and patient will.

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Another thing new dog owners seem to get a lot of is chewed shoes, furniture, and pretty much anything in the pup’s reach. You need to understand that puppies are a lot like babies. In the first couple of months of their lives they are teething, so their gums often get sore and itchy. You just need to keep your cool and find the best solution to this problem. It’s okay for them to chew, but it’s very important that they chew the right thing. There are lots of chew - toys and treats that you can get from your local pet store. Don’t hesitate to get one for them. Encourage them to use it, and clearly state your stand on chewing anything else. When you see her picking up your shoes again, firmly say “no”. Be careful not to scare the puppy though, because she will lose her trust in you, and start seeing you as a threat.

 

cat-205757_640As a cat owner you need to understand their language. It seems difficult to understand the sign of an animal. But if you observe closely you might know what they are trying to say. You may have wondered a lot of times what actually goes through their mind, do they actually love you? There are many different ways for cat to express their feeling toward their owners. Some of those are easy to understand but others you need to observe really carefully. So here are some signs which can explain the true feeling of your dear pet.

Bringing Presents
We give present to those people whom we love the most. It is no different for animals, a cat bringing presents for you means loves you. The presents are usually their kills and meals. So don’t be alarmed when your cat brings a dead rat for you. It is actually a present for you and the way of cat to express the love for you. Cats are known as good hunters, and they will offer you presents from their hunting. It is considered as a thank you from them.

Showing Their Tummy
Cats are very shy and sensitive in nature. So if they do something like flashing their tummies to you, that actually mean love and affection. Most animals are not known to flash their bellies to stranger or people they don’t like. Cats are like those other animals. Whenever you see your cat is rolling and displaying their tummies that is obviously an indication of love and affection. Animals love it when they feel protected by their owner and they show symptoms of that. Cats are full of pride and honor, so letting their guards off by showing furry tummy means something.

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Soft Biting
That is another sign of love from your cats. Cats love to bite owner but not the hard ones, just tender bites to express their love for you. A playful cat will do things like hopping around you, cuddling and soft bites just now and then. If it is not causing any harm you should let your cat do that. It is natural way of expressing their love for you. Owners love the soft bites from their cats which just cause tickling and no other harm.

Following
Cats will follow you wherever you go when are they are in love with you. They linger around you and they like it very much. They will rub their body with your legs and follow you. So you should be careful so you don’t run over your beloved cat. Cats do that to show that they are really fond of you and want to be around you all the time.
As a cat owner if you understand their signs, you will discover so much about their feelings. It will make you feel good about yourself. It is always good to know that someone loves you so much even it is a cat.

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Unpleasant as it may be, once in a while we have to deal with cleaning out home. For those who happen to be living alone this may not be such a chore, but since not all of us can afford that luxury, cleaning up can often turn into a very nerve wracking task. When you think of the fact that you also have to clean up other people’s mess, now that’s a real bummer. So here are some tips and tricks that will hopefully make things easier for you.

Burnt pans: So there’s really no need to convince anyone that you are in fact NOT a world class chef. You only need to show them your pans and they will surely believe you. What happened? Did that new TV show got you hooked and you completely forgot about what was going on in the kitchen? Did you cook for the dog and it turned out bad !? Or is this your roommate’s doing?

Well, it doesn’t really matter now, so here’s how you can fix it: dissolve some cleaning powder or even solid dishwashing detergent in water and pour it into the pan. Put the pan on the stove and keep it there until the water starts to boil. As soon as you see the first bubbles take the pan off the stove and let it cool for a bit. When it’s safe to keep your hand in the water, you can start scrubbing it gently with the rough part of your dishwashing sponge. I can assure you, the pan will look as new!

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Oven: It’s important to clean the inside of your oven and your grill while they are still hot / warm. This way it will be much easier for you to clean all that nasty grease. It’s advised that you sprinkle some salt on the grease stains so that they don’t turn into burnt grease. So while the oven is still hot clean it with a mixture of one part hot water and one part vinegar. After you have finished scrubbing you only need to rinse with some water. I learned this from Pro's janitor service company. In order to make your job easier in the future you can lay down some aluminum foil on the bottom of your oven and change it once in a while. This way, you will no longer need to scrub the oven and save some time when cleaning it.

Radiator: Do you have any idea just how much dust your radiator has in between its elements? Just like the top of the kitchen cabinets, it is often ignored and full of pet hair. The annoying thing about it is that it’s pretty difficult to clean. The vacuum nozzle definitely can’t fit in order to deal with all that dust; your hand can’t fit, and so on. So here’s what you need to do: straighten the hook of a coat hanger and pierce it through a wet sponge. This will surely be an effective way to clean those hard to reach spots.