Many people enjoy raising goats as pets, or as livestock. Animal care skills are essential when raising goats. Whether keeping goats as pets or livestock, it is important to have basic animal husbandry skills to care for the animals. Goats are typically healthy, robust animals. However, without proper care and maintenance, they can succumb to disease and other health conditions. Goats are defenseless, so part of their overall care is providing them a safe environment. There are several reasons to raise goats. Goats give us cashmere and mohair. They are an excellent source of dairy products such as cheese, milk, and also meat. They make wonderful pets for both adults and children. Goats are intelligent animals and easy to train. With their constant grazing, they are known for their skill at clearing a field. Goats are a valuable asset. Developing countries often prefer dairy products from a goat, such as a goat milk and goat cheese. Goat milk byproducts produce skin care items such as soap. Daily Care for Healthy Goats Goats need a sturdy, secure fence to protect them from predators. They require protection from the elements such as excessive heat. They also need protection from the rain, snow […]
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Not just from the questions about the horses dieing early this week in a polo match but the sport itself is in trouble. In many ways, this year’s Kentucky Derby, just 11 days away, will be a horse of a different color. The actual two minutes of racing should not be a departure from the past. There will be a large field. The start will be a cavalry charge. The best horse may or may not win, depending on jockey pilot success in finding a crack in the usual Great Wall of Churchill that the horses create as they turn for home. Other similarities will remain. The mint juleps will taste like medicine and be overpriced. New boundaries, in design and common sense, will be pushed in women’s hats. And, within 30 seconds of the winner’s crossing the finish line, the horse’s connections will be asked about winning a Triple Crown. Indeed, the Derby is the happiest time of the year for racing. But then, this year’s especially needs to be, because much in the sport leading up to it hasn’t been a belly laugh. Here’s a scorecard of current-day horse racing: Item: Hollywood Park’s summer meeting begins Wednesday and […]
Why Do Dogs Hump? Mounting or humping is what most male dogs do when they mate. But as you have seen, dogs don’t only mount when mating, and they don’t only just mount other dogs. Some dogs may mount furniture, other animals, stuffed toys, and people. Female dogs mount too, but much less frequently than males. Dogs May Hump for Sexual Reasons Apart from actual mating purposes, dogs still have plenty of reasons to mount. Oddly, people often overlook the more obvious of these. Even neutered and spayed dogs display sexual behavior, often accompanied with what looks to a human eye like flirtatious playing. You may also see a female dog lift her tail away from her private area like she would if in heat and preparing to mate. Male dogs can ejaculate after humping, but if neutered, the fluid contains no sperm. Dogs May Hump When They are Anxious or Excited Mental arousal isn’t just sexual. Some dogs response to a house guest can reflect happy excitement. This can lead to an erection. Dogs may also hump when anxious. Some suspect that anxious humping is the kind many popular training books explain as an alpha domination or an assertion […]
By now if you have a dog you have probably figured out they are pack animals. They are loyal and will put their lives on the line for someone they love in an instant. As amazing as that is it also brings us to a very common dog issue: Separation Anxiety. There is many levels and on the lightest levels all dogs have some of this. All dogs miss their owners when they are gone, hence the happiness when you come home. Luckily some stores around the US went out of their way so you can bring your dog with you. Not only is this good for your dog but let’s be real, everything is better when you bring your dog. Here is the list of the biggest stores in the US that let you bring you dog: Half Price Books Gander Mountain Academy Michaels Hobby Lobby Ross Sephora Tiffany & Co. Bath and Body Works Home Depot (Most stores) Pottery Barn Hallmark Bass Pro Shops Barnes and Noble Macy’s Web Host Pro (Design Offices) Old Navy Restorations Hardware Tractor Supply Co. The Apple Store Unfortunately most store managers can over write the company policy and change the rule. But in most […]
Fireworks can easily frighten animals. The loud explosions are more clear to animals and especially dogs. A nice trick to keep your dogs a little more at ease is to play some sort of noise at your house and keep them indoors. Even music will help drown out the sounds of explosions happening outside. Not only is the noise a factor for your pets this 4th of July. Most Animal Care and Control states that their busiest time is during the July 4th Holiday. Take precautions to keep your furry friends safe: keep them indoors, remedy tag, online collar, approved and microchip. Pets in a panic tend to run and can have more of a risk of being injured. Not having your pets indoors or on a leash is a substantial risk. Be safe and have a great 4th of July!