Wild June Workshops For Holiday Fun At The Singapore Zoo!

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The June holidays are just round the corner and the Singapore Zoo has organized plenty of fun-filled activities to keep the young busy. From drama to yoga classes catered specially for the little ones, learning about nature has never been more enjoyable.

Animal Friends Show
Re-launched due to popular demand, the Animal Friends Show is back with an all new ending. It will showcase a collection of animals that will showcase their abilities to outsmart their human friends with simple antics and lots of surprises.

The Jungle Story
Want to hone your childs acting skills? The Singapore Zoo has put together a jungle-themed drama class with a renowned stage director who will teach them the ABCs of drama and stage play. Watch your kids act, sing and dance like never before.

Animal Origami
For those who wish to discover their inner artist, the Animal Origami workshop is perfect for children to express their creativity as they learn to create animal origami of all shapes and sizes.

Animal Yoga
Kids can now practice yoga with a little twist at the Singapore Zoo. Animal yoga poses for kids introduces them to yoga in a fun and creative way, using their imagination to simulate animal postures.

Dora and Diego Meet & Greet Session
Meet the ever popular Dora and Diego for a music workshop and sing along to their popular songs!

Dora the Explorer Back to School Backpacks Contest
Catch Dora and Diego in a Meet & Greet Session and stand to win Back to School with Dora backpacks by answering some simple questions!

Details

Activity – Timing Venue
Animal Friends Show (20mins) – 12.30pm – Kidzworld Amphitheatre
Re-launch from June 5 – 4.30pm – Kidzworld Amphitheatre

Singapore Zoo June Holiday Activities

Date: 5 – 27 June 2010 (Saturday & Sunday only)

Time / Venue:

Activity – Timing Venue
Dora/Diego Song & Dance Workshop (20mins) – 12.00pm to 3.00pm – Shaw Foundation Amphitheatre
The Jungle Story Workshop (45mins) – 10.15am to 2.00pm – Kidzworld Amphitheatre
Animal Origami Workshop (30mins) – 12.00pm to 4.00pm – Kidzworld Amphitheatre
Animal Yoga Workshop (30mins) – 11.00am to 1.00pm – Kidzworld Amphitheatre

Venue: Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Road
Singapore 729826

Admission fee: $18 (adult) and $12* (child, 3 12 years old) apply.

Note: No pre-registration is required. Admission fee lets you enjoy these activities for free.

Tips And Tricks For Therapy Dog Trainers In Wilmette

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Though therapy dog training is vital, many people are still unaware about such training methods that are used by a very few dog trainers in Wilmette, IL. If a dog is trained to provide care and affection to people in hospitals, nursing homes, health care centers, old age homes, hospices, retirement homes, sober living homes, etc., then it is called a therapy dog.

These dogs are also used to treat people with disabilities. Many people think that only a few dogs like Labrador retriever or Golden retriever or a Terrier can be used as therapy dogs, which is a wrong notion. Any breed of dog, of any size if trained by a good dog trainer who is specialized in such training can be used as a therapy dog. Whether a dog owner is going to use his puppy as therapy canine, still therapy training can be given to sober down an ill-mannered and misbehaved one. For proper therapy training, the owner of the canine should approach certified dog trainers who would be able to give proper training. A dog trainer if not aware of proper training methods or if an owner would like to give home-training for a dog to be a therapy dog, then the following tips can be followed.

“A dog trainer should be patient enough when he is handling a dog or a puppy. Too much of impatience with the pup may scare it and further training would become utterly difficult.

“A therapy dog needs to be AKC certified and should be at least a year old. He should have passed a graduation from a certified training institute.

“While training, it should be taught to handle sudden noise and sounds like electronic and metallic sounds, sounds of walkers and wheelchairs, etc.

“The trainers should also take care to train the dog specially in greeting people without bouncing or leaping, walking in crowded place very politely with its leash on, not touching spilled food if given a cue, etc.

“It should also be trained not to growl or snap if a socially challenged person pulls its ears.

“The trainer should be able to assess when the dog is ready. The dog should be temperamental and should not be aggressive. However, before certification as a therapy dog, it would undergo temperamental and obedience testing.

“The trainer should insist the owner to make the therapy dog become wary of strangers and not bark as and when he sees a stranger, as he would be meeting new people each day.

If you are a dog trainer in Wilmette and are interested in specializing in therapy dog training, then the above said tips and tricks would be really useful.

Guide for Dog Owners

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Many people have lived with pets around them all of their entire lives. If you’re in search of a pet dog, there are a number of things you ought to know. This article helps you with sound advice on how to take care of your dogs.

It is not helpful to train them where there is a lot of people. The They might feel distracted and it will be more difficult to teach them even the simplest commands.

Never let your dog go outside your yard without a leash. You will be held responsible of your dog’s safety and actions.

Talk to a veterinarian about the amount of food you should be feeding your dog daily. There are those that feed their dog with whatever it is written on the package, sometimes these guidelines are inappropriate for your dog. Speak to the vet about what you should be giving your dog.

Don’t buy your dog food. Inexpensive brands usually contain ingredients that can be dangerous for your dog. Talk to animal advocacy groups or consumer reviews to find the best dog foods you should be giving your dog. Your dog can really benefit much more from better food.

Your dog needs both mental and physical stimulation as well as ways to become physically active too. Teach your dog to get the newspaper as well as other helpful things around the house. This can make him feel like he is helping you out. This builds a solid bond between you and your dog.

Be politically active on behalf of your pet dog. Be on the lookout for any new laws that may be passed which could limit your rights as a dog owner. It is commonly indicative of a particular breed or bad dog .Get in touch with local officials. Practice and know about the your rights as a dependable resident and reliable dog owner.

After reading all of that, you should have clue of how you should take care of your pet. If you practice this advice, all should go well. Just take your time and go over the article once more if you have questions.

Doggy Dan has now released his very own dog training program. The program has been praised by numerous dog lovers. Interested in getting a copy? Go to this website on how to train a dog today.

Is There A Chigger Treatment For Pets

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Are Your Pets In Need of A Chigger Treatment?

I have been searching of the ultimate chigger treatment for a long long time. I have ve been the victim of so many chigger attacks I feel like I must have “chigger bait” written on me somewhere and those silly chiggers can read.

I learned after many years of sad experience, that dogs and cats carry chiggers pretty much like a mother possom carries her young. That is fastened to them anywhere they can hang on. I had never given a thought to pets being a carrier of misery.

Is it any wonder everytime a body pets or holds or hugs their pets after the pet has been outside for a romp they might have an attack of chiggers. All this while they just know they have not been out in the grass or in the woods.

“Where in the world did those chiggers come from?” Now you know. Do not pet your pet if they have been out beating the bush where chiggers live.

If you want a really good dose of chiggers just park yourself where your pet has been roosting after being outside.

It is necessary to perform a chigger extermination on your pet before you let them back in the house. There are some oils you can apply to your pet to help deter chiggers from hitching a ride on them. Or you can bath them with pretty hot, soapy water if you desire.

(I do not recommned flea collers and such for your pets. They carry deadly toxins and you are exposing your pets and their health to these toxins. If you truly love your pet, find something natural to indoctrinate them.)

If you have been doing this thing, letting your pets back in the house and you are getting chigger bites the best advice I can offer is move out of the house.

Actually, after you have decided on how to handle the pet issue you may need to clear up the chigger problem in the house.

Wash all of your exposed linen in really hot water with good soap and water and a shot of bleach. And dry on high heat. And I do mean anything exposed to your pets.

Did I mention you should also wash your contaminated clothing the same way? No? Do I really need to?

As for upholstery, I would suggest some kind of steam cleaning for upholstered furniture and the carpets.

I know how you feel. Been there and done that. I feel your pain and frustration of trying to find a chigger treatment that works, much less a natural chigger treatment that works. So it is my desire to pass on the benefit of my experience. Use it and pass it on if it is useful to you.

The Symbolism Behind Native American Fetish Animals

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Certain tribes are very closely associated with Native American fetish animals. The Hopi, Zuni, Inuit, and Navajo are particularly known for their fetish animals. They consider that these fetish animals are connected with the six sacred directions, which include the four points of the compass as well as the upper and lower worlds. Indian fetish animals are also considered to have certain traits. Each animal’s species is endowed with certain characteristics. These characteristics are thought to give protection to an individual or tribe.

Native American fetish animals hold a special place in many Indian tribes. While these fetish animals can be considered to be good luck charms, they hold a more significant place in Indian culture. The closeness felt by the Native American to the natural world, manifests itself in these fetishes. The different animals in our world were respected and admired by the American Indians. Fetish art may have abounded due to the animal’s ability to survive the harsh environment of the southwest desert. A fetish animal was carried in a medicine bag, very often.

It is not surprising that Indians would seek help while living in a sometimes hostile world. Inspiration was found in the animals around them. Native American animal fetishes seek to hold some of the animal’s qualities and resourcefulness. The animal’s spirit will also communicate with the unseen world. Representing aggression and tenacity is the badger. Love is found in the deer fetish and gentleness as well. The bear, which gives courage and strength, is one of the most familiar Native American animal fetishes. The list of animal fetishes is long, and you can easily find one to mirror the quality you seek.

The most common material Native American fetishes are made of is stone however, many options are available in wood or bone. Semi precious stone is often used, making the fetish even more beautiful. Today, skilled Indian artists are still making animal fetishes. A wide variety of individual styles are available, as well as a choice of materials. The beauty of fetishes is shown in materials such as turquoise, agate and quartz.

Animal fetishes are no longer confined to Indian tribes but are available to anyone. Having a Native American animal fetish can bring a measure of comfort to you. Besides free standing animal fetishes, animal fetish necklaces are now made by talented Indian artists. Having a collection of fetishes in the home can add interest as well as decoration. Undoubtedly, the beautifully made and polished fetishes can calm and soothe when held in the hand. These objects are equally appropriate when arranged on the table or shelf or when kept close in a pocket or purse. The thought and symbolism that goes into every Native American fetish animal can bring some of the spirit of the Southwest to you and your home.

Keep Fleas at Bay and Your Cat Healthy with World Class Tick & Flea Control Products from Hartz

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Most of us keep pets as we believe that they are not only good for emotional development of our kids but also to give us genuine companionship when we have no one else to count on. But it’s our duty to make sure that the pets are taken care of in the best possible way. The biggest threat to your pet’s health comes from ticks and fleas and not only feed on their blood but may also cause diseases like dermatitis and tapeworms. Along with putting your pet’s health in jeopardy, these pesky bugs can also put your life in danger as you can easily catch infection while you play with them or when the pet invites itself on furniture or your bed. In order to keep your pets clean and healthy you need to use pet care products manufactured by a reputable company like Hartz.

Hartz is one of the top companies that manufacture pet care products that help you keep your cat healthy and free from pests such as fleas and ticks. It’s advisable that you use Hartz flea & tick control products right from the day you get a cat for your home. Hartz UltraGuard Plus Flea & Tick Collar for Cats and Kittens is specially developed to eliminate and prevents both fleas and ticks up to 7 months. As its water resistant it stay on the skin of the cat and kills the flea eggs for up to 7 months thus making the chances of re-infestation remote. This should be used only on the kitten 12 weeks and older.

Hartz flea & tick Home Fogger is a very effective way of eliminating and preventing fleas, ticks, flea eggs, larvae and mosquitoes for up to 7 months. Hartz UltraGuard OneSpot Treatment for Cat and Kittens is one of their most sought after products when it comes to controlling tick and fleas. It is a monthly treatment that kills even flea eggs and larvae for up to 30 days.

Hartz is a premium brand of pet care products which has been catering to pets includes dogs, cats, parrots, finches, goldfish, tropical fish, reptiles, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits etc. for over 80 years. Hartz Flea & Tick Control products of 1,500 products strong Company are effective as well as popular.

To know more about the Hartz flea & tick control prodcuts and check out their entire range, log on to

Easy Ways to Keep Your Pets Happy

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Many times, humans confuse pet happiness with their own. The fact is it does not take too much to keep your pet’s tail wagging. Make sure that you are meeting the needs of your pet with these 5 happy pet secrets.

Basic Needs

Pets have basic needs the same way human beings do.Your pet needs secure shelter, water and food. As a general rule, your pet will be happier the more secure and safe your pet feels. While this sounds simple enough, some folks still get confused about a pet’s needs. There are a few things you can do to ensure these are met.

Get on a feeding schedule for your pet and keep this routine. Knowing that food comes routinely every day will keep your pet secure and happy.

For your pet, always keep water that is clean available for your four legged friend. Make sure it is full and fresh by checking it twice a day.

Weather considerations are important as well. A home that is too hot in the summer or not cold enough in the winter can spell disaster in terms of your pet’s need for a secure habitat.

When you have to be away, you might want to take your dog with you. By doing this, your dog will be spared from separation anxiety and destruction that is induced by boredom.

Play and Exercise

Think about critters such as squirrels and birds that run incessantly around in natural habitats. This indicates that happy creatures are active ones, regardless of what their species is. It is unfortunate that many folks buy pets that need minimal exercise. To keep your pet happy, make sure there is time carved out daily for play and exercise.

Boundary Setting

Knowing what the boundaries are keep pets happy. When you teach your puppy to sit before you go out doors or when your cat learns about litter boxes, you will not only feel better, but your pet also develops better self-esteem.

Entertainment

Pets that are unchallenged and isolated daily are more likely to feel unhappy. Engaging your pet’s brain by providing pet toys, a cat tree or even treats now and then will help keep your pet in good spirits. Teach your pet new jobs, skills or tricks. The more opportunities you provide for stimulating your pet’s brain, the less likelihood there is for your pet to act out due to boredom.

Bird Control Products – Bird Spikes – Pigeons Spikes

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Bird Spikes: N model
Bird Spikes: the best solution for chasing away pigeons. Bird Spikes never become rusty.
The N model is made of a UV – rays stabilized polycarbonate base and two rows of stainless steel spikes. Keeps away pigeons and birds of similar size.
Sizes:
Height: : 11 cm (4.3″)
Width: 6 cm(2.3″)
Length: 50 cm (19.6″ )
Each package contains 200 pieces, 100 meters(328 ft).

Bird Spikes: W MODEL
Bird Spikes: W model Stainless steel
Stainless steel Bird Spikes: the best solution for chasing away pigeons and birds of similar size. Stainless steel Bird Spikes never become rusty and keeps its shape for many years.
The W model is made of a UV – rays stabilized polycarbonate base and 4 rows of stainless steel spikes. Keeps away pigeons, crows , seagull, Canadian gees and birds of similar size.
Sizes:
Height: 11 cm (4.3″)
Width: 15 cm(5.8″)
Length: 50 cm (19.6″ ).
Each package contains 100 pieces, 50 meters(164 ft.)

Bird Spikes: V model
Stainless steel Bird Spikes is available also in V model, in which the spikes are places on a narrow base in a V shape with an additional middle row of spikes. Keeps away pigeons and is efficient also against crows. It can be installed on narrow surfaces.
Sizes:
height: 10 cm (3.9″)
width: 11 cm(4.3″)
length: 100 cm (39.3″).
Each package contains 50 pieces, 50 meters(164 ft).

Bird Spikes: Z model
Stainless steel
Stainless steel Bird Spikes: the best solution for chasing away pigeons and birds of similar size. Stainless steel Bird Spikes never become rusty and keeps its shape for many years.
The Z model is made of a UV rays stabilized polycarbonate base and 3 rows of stainless steel spikes. Keeps away pigeons and birds of similar size.
Sizes:
Height: 11 cm (3.9″)
Width: 6 cm (2.3)
Length: 50 cm (19.6 ).
Each package contains 100 pieces, 50 meters (164 ft.)

Bird Spikes: Y model
Stainless steel Bird Spikes is available also in Y model.
The Y model is made of a stainless steel base and 3 rows of spikes. It keeps away pigeons, crows seagulls and other big birds of similar size.
It can be installed on wide surfaces like the edges of gutters, and roofing tiles.
Sizes:
Height: 10 cm (3.9″)
Base width (wider than the V model): 3 cm (1.2″)
Length: 100 cm (39.3″).
Each package contains 50 pieces, 50 meters(164 ft).

Bird Spikes: U model
The U model is made of a stainless steel base and two parallel rows of spikes. It keeps away pigeons and birds of similar size.
Sizes:
Height: 10 cm(3.9″)
Width: 5 cm(1.9″)
Length: 50 cm (19.6″ ).
Each package contains 100 pieces, 50 meters(164 ft).

Dog Training

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Dog training is something that must take place from the moment that the new dog owner brings a dog home. It can be easy for a new dog owner to become smitten with their new dog, because it’s so cute and playful. However, it’s also important for new dog owners to understand the nature of the dog.

Not only should the pet owner know the character of the dog, but they need to understand that an untrained dog is harmful for a household, it’s unhealthy for the neighborhood and it’s actually bad for the dog. There are many dogs that find their way into shelters or back into shelters, because they didn’t fit in with a family. However, many dogs could avoid the fate of being sent to a shelter if their owners took the time to make sure that they were trained.

The nature of a dog is one that respects and requires leadership. The dog naturally won’t respect a dog owner, unless the dog owner establishes itself as the leader of the home. Therefore, the dog owner has to establish some sort of obedience and socialization training for the dog.

Without these essential types of dog training, the dog will try to test its boundaries. Some breeds of dogs will try to overcome their masters by becoming especially aggressive. There are other ways that dogs will show aggression against their master, if the dog doesn’t receive proper dog training.

Signs of dog aggression in a dog that hasn’t received dog training is excessive barking. The dog will bark at anyone who enters the home. The dog might also bark and snarl at those who live in the home. Certainly, the dog is showing aggression if it starts to nip and bite at objects in the home.

If the dog owner notices that their furniture is ripped or scratched at, they can be certain that their dog is showing aggression. Another thing that the dog might do to show aggression is marking their territory. They will urinate around the home, in order to mark their areas. Not only is this behavior a display of aggression, it’s totally unacceptable.

Dog training can eliminate these and other aggressive behavior patterns. Apart from aggression, they may also rebel because of boredom. Certain dog breeds require mental stimulation. Therefore, it’s a great idea for the dog owner to incorporate games and exercise into their dog training sessions. The dog will feel

stimulated and many dogs thrive when they are challenged mentally and physically.

Dog training is a must if the dog owner plans to adopt a dog. Dogs not only require training, but they naturally desire leadership. A properly tip how to train your dog is beneficial to have in the home. Training will ensure that the dog can live with a family for years to come.

Russian Blue – The facts every owner of this cat breed should know

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Little is known about the true origins of the Russian Blue cat. Some think Russian Blues are a natural breed originating in the Archangel Isles in northern Russia. It is thought Russian Blues were brought to England and northern Europe in the 1860s. What is known is that Russian Blues were first shown at the Crystal Palace in England in 1875 in competition, but were not recognized as a separate class of cat until 1912. Though Russian Blues were brought to American in the early 1900s, interest in the breed did not develop until after World War II.

Russian Blues have striking green eyes and an expression that makes it look as if they are always smiling. They have a solid slivery blue coat that is short and thick and feels silky. In fact, it is this legendary silkiness that caused Russian Blues to be hunted for the fur at one point. Some Russian Blues are born with ‘ghost stripes’ that fade by adulthood.

Their coats do not require much grooming, though Russian Blues do enjoy being groomed by their human companions. Described as shy (especially around strangers), Russian Blues are still excellent pets especially for people and families with busy lifestyles. Russian Blues do not require or crave much human contact and are able to entertain themselves for hours at a time. However, they are affectionate and loyal towards their families. In fact, Russian Blues have been described as sensitive to their families and will try to lighten up the mood of the house by entertaining those around if necessary. They are good with children and other family pets, but do startle easily and prefer to be handle gently. Russian Blues are prone to obesity so it is important to monitor their diet.

There is a website that has great information on Russian Blue and most other breeds of cats. It has details that pertain to a cat breeds health, grooming, living conditions, best food choices and more, the website is called: Dog And Cat Facts, and can be found at this url:

By Robert W. Benjamin

Copyright 2006

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Robert W. Benjamin has been in the software business on the internet for over 5 years, and has been producing low-cost software for the past 25+ years. He first released products on the AMIGA and C64 computer systems in the late 1970’s-80’s.

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