April 2012

Dear Petlover,

Hi there it’s Marko, one of the owners/administrators on Pets.ca and this is our second newsletter of 2012. We intend to only put out occasional newsletters, so rest assured you will not get bombarded with mailings. If you think you know another pet lover that may like our newsletter, please just forward this email to them and ask them to sign up on almost any page on Pets.ca. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to email them to newsletter ( A T ) pets (Do T) ca (please use the correct formatting) Now, onto some info.

Featured podcast (Audio recording)

Tenderfoot Training Answers Questions on Dog Games & Dog Aggression/Dominance

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This audio podcast with expert dog trainers Doug and Elizabeth Simpson of Tenderfoot training was recorded a couple of years ago. But because it deals with extremely important topics (especially aggression/dominance), we wanted to rebring it to peoples’ attention. It also remains one of our most downloaded podcasts.

In this podcast we help answer 2 questions posed by members of our  pet forum. The first question by Elliesperfect asks about games and interactions with dogs that don’t involve training. Elizabeth suggested hide and seek games, tracking, obstacle courses and so much more. The next question answered is by Benmax who asked about the differences between dominant versus aggressive behaviour in dogs. Doug Simpson answers this one by focusing on the basics in a practical way.

You can listen to these recordings easily by clicking the embedded player at the bottom of each particular post. Click here to listen to this podcast.

A podcast is simply audio (similar to a pre-recorded radio program) that you can listen to on your computer or on an mp3 player like an ipod any time you like.

Advertise to 6,500 petlovers

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Pet Photography

Photography on Pets.ca – There are many places to see cute pet photography on Pets.ca including our Pet photos section. We also have a special forum just for pet photography in our pet forum, where each month we set up a challenge or theme. It’s all fun and it’s all free and here are just a few pictures from this winter. Here’s some cute and cuddly pictures from the March 2012 – Pets Looking Straight into the Camera challenge. This month’s challenge is April 2012 – Funny – Goofy Faces and pics from that challenge will go in our next newsletter. Thanks to sugarcatmom, breeze, Marty11, Carmy, hazelrunpack and TokyoParrot for the use of their pics in this newsletter. Please note: There were a few pix that we did not use even though we wanted to. We only use pictures that members from our pet bulletin board have allowed us to use by posting in this list. Please add your name if you want us to consider your images (it’s fun and free of course).

March 2012 Challenge: Pets Looking Straight into the Camera

Pet Videos

Animal videos are so cute and so much fun that we have decided to add pet videos to our pet forum. We’ve only just started adding a few videos but the ones that we’ve added are likely to make you smile. One that shows that there are still many selfless people among us is called Man saves calf and it’s a lovely short video. Anyone can see all the videos but in order to comment, you need to be a bulletin board member (it’s free).

Yawning and Blinking in Dogs

When it comes to reading a dog’s body language there are many movements and gestures to pay attention to. Some of the gestures are easy to understand. A growling dog is sending a clear message and very few people will mistake the intention of that message. It means that the dog is uncomfortable and you should immediately back off or back away. The growl will likely also come with other gestures like standing forward, ears pointing forward and possibly raised fur. A broad wagging tail is also a clear sign usually associated with happiness and alertness.

These gestures are immediately understood by other dogs and humans because they are so demonstrative and ‘in your face’.

There are however, many subtle gestures that will likely go unnoticed by most humans unless they know a little bit about dog behaviour. Blinking is one such behaviour. For humans, blinking mostly just keeps debris out of our eyes and keeps our eyes moist. Although humans in North America don’t pay too much attention when other humans blink, blinking still has the potential to be a great communication tool when needed. A person that has suffered a trauma, and cannot communicate in a regular fashion, can blink once for ‘yes’ and twice for ‘no’ when asked a question. In a similar fashion blinking patterns can spell out letters of the alphabet. More common than that is the half blink or a wink from one eye. Read the full pet tip on Yawning and Blinking dogs here.

2 Products From Our Store

Whether you are looking for pet products for your own pet or a gift for someone else, the Pets.ca store is a great place to check out for unique products. Here are 2 of our bestsellers. Occulonat homeopathic pellets and Doggie Angel pet ID tag.



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