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Friday, 16 December 2011

Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers

 Gift Ideas for Pet Lovers
With the holidays just around the corner, it's time to start thinking of gifts to give your friends and loved ones.
Finding unique gifts can present a challenge, and most people never consider giving pet-related gifts.
Since the chances are good that more than one person on your holiday gift list has a pet that he or she adores, why not give a distinctive gift that your recipient will treasure?
Here are five great gift ideas to get you started:

1. Fine Art Animal Prints
Dogs may come in many shapes and sizes, but each has a personality all its own.
One of the most delightful gifts you can give to a pet lover is a fine art print of his or her breed.
One of the most notable artists offering fine art animal prints is Lorena Pugh.
Her print, "Princess," for example, depicts a white toy poodle laying atop a stack of twelve colorful pillows, while "Angel Face" showcases a gorgeous pug who has just snagged a cluster of grapes off of a dining room table.
In "Chocolate Craving," she realistically captures the yearning of a chocolate lab as he reaches for a tennis ball against a beautiful background of blue sky.
These limited edition animal prints are sure to be treasured, as each comes with a consecutively numbered dog tag to match the tag in the print.

2. Stone Animal Statues
Who wouldn't love a playful stone animal statue depicting their beloved pet? 
Animal garden statues are perfect gifts, as are stone animal statues for the home and office.
While some statues - like a sleeping spaniel puppy or an eager dachshund - make you feel warm inside, others - like a cat holding a pair of binoculars up to his eyes, ever watchful for a bird - make you chuckle. 
Stone animal statues are available for virtually any type of pet, and are certain to be cherished.
3. Crystal Animal Statues
Whether your gift recipient has a dog, cat, horse, or rabbit, he or she is sure to enjoy an elegant crystal animal statue.
Typically made from 24 percent lead crystal, hand-finished animal statues are beautiful yet whimsical.
Crystal animal statues can depict a wide variety of pets, from a sitting cat to a dog with a bone; from a turtle to a frog; from a horse to a mouse; and from a duck to a dove.

4. Entertainment
When it comes to gifts for pet lovers, there's nothing more unique that pet-related entertainment.
There is actually a music company that creates music for animals, so consider giving a gift of music about and for cats, dogs, or birds.
Another great gift idea is to buy a DVD or video that is designed to entertain your recipient's dog or cat.
Your friend or loved one can play the DVD or video while he or she is at work or out running errands - guilt free!

5. Animal Posters
If you've ever owned a pet, you know how funny they can be.
Animal posters depict pets in a variety of outlandish situations
 (remember the cat in "Hang in There"?), and are eminently affordable.
An animal poster is sure to bring a smile to your recipient's face.

It's both original and thoughtful to give a gift that acknowledges your recipient's pet as a central part of his or her life.
Pet lovers will appreciate and treasure your gift, whether it's a fine art animal print or an entertaining DVD.

Dog Agility Jumps

Dog Agility Jumps:
We are often asked, "How many jumps should I start with?"
 You can never have too many single jumps to practice agility.
A good starting place is four jumps. 
This is the absolute minimum number of jumps that we recommend. 
You can teach a variety of skills, drills, and exercises with four jumps. 
Four jumps will allow you to work on a short jump chute or jump grid. 
You can setup a "box" with your jumps and practice handling, collection, and 270 degree jumps. 
You can teach your dog jumping left and right. 
You can be outside the box and send your dog or you can handle from the inside of the box. 
Can move the setup to a horizontal line, so you can practice and meanders threadles.
Go to the next step and eight jumps.
Now you can install two boxes and a jump introduction.
Now we hit you with exercises that you can exercise your dog.
 Your jump grids can be of recommended size and quantity of jumps. 
You can also setup your jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the circumference of the circle. 
This pattern also enables you to train a variety of skills.
Your next consideration is a double jump and a triple jump.
 You could set two or three single jumps together to make your expanded jump, but having double and triple jump in your course work is really valuable to practice.
 We've seen many dogs run a clean course and the last obstacle is a triple and the dog is not prepared for it, and bang, down comes the bar.
May well be ahead of the pack and two sets of eight jumps.
This is a workout in the end, because you can keep jumping at any time an outlet is separate from the course work, and have only eight to jump on the work of course.
And when you include your double and triple, you can really practice all the jumping skills and drills necessary to get you those "Qs".