I wanted to share with my members this great and fun review of Petpav.com that was on “Nikki Knows Pets.” Nikki Moustaki writes weekly reviews on different pet products or in my case, a pet social network. I was thrilled to have such a great review on such an amazing platform. Here is the review:
Petpav.com Review by Nikki Moustaki
I recentlycame across a cool pet social network calledPetpav.com, short for Pet Pavilion. It's kind of like Facebook for pets. The pets and pet businesses on the site are friendly and often funny, and it’s a great way to meet other furry companions, which I typically do through Facebook and Twitter, but on Petpav.comthey're concentrated, and no worries about their profiles being taken down by the Facebook pet police.
As social networking has become insanely popular, it seems like we didn't know how we managed to stay connected to our friends, family, and co-workers before! But now our pets have their very own platform where they can connect with other pets and pet guardians.
A Warm Welcome
When you first sign onto the site, you fill out a profile for your pet or pet business (like other similar sites, no surprises) and then you're welcomed by Sammy, a sassy orange tabby cat and the site administrator.
Once you build a profile for your pet, like I did for one of my dogs, Pearl, you navigate to the "petworking" wall, similar to the newsfeed on Facebook, and introduce your pet, ask questions, meet other pets and their owners, etc.
You can brag about your pet by uploading photos, videos, and making comments on the petworking wall. Pearl likes to brag (and beg for cyber cookies), so I'm sure she'll be on her well, imploring other members to send her photos of yummy eats. I have found that the other members on the site are fun, passionate, interesting pet people.
Also, if you have a problem with your pet, you can ask other pet guardians for advice. If you want to find a good veterinarian nearby, you can ask if anyone has a recommendation, or give you some tips for your overweight dog (poor chubby Pearl, she'll be getting some advice in that area).
Pet businesses can promote their business for free to an all-pet audience. Pet businesses can also become Pet Business of the Week, and who doesn't like to win that kind of award? The Pet Business of the Week is featured in PetPav's weekly newsletter and is promoted on Facebook, Linked-in, and Twitter.
Weekly Articles on Pet Care
PetPav also has some interesting articles that help pet guardians with pet health issues, announces local pet events, and breaks pet news. Once you join, you get a weekly newsletter with the top articles of the week. I get TONS of newsletters and junk mail, but I don't mind getting this one since it's literally only once a week and doesn't clog up my inbox.
With Facebook getting so big, it’s nice to find another place for pets that they can call their cyber home. It's a great concept. I’m interested to see how Peptav.com continues to grow. See you there?
If you are like most pet owners, we all worry about our ‘kids” when we go on a vacation. Who will take care of our cats and dogs? Are they going to be OK and in good hands? Well, Furlocity.com is a new site that helps you find a safe and happy place for your beloved pets.
Here’s how it works:
How to book a stay for your pet(s)
When it comes to booking a stay for your pet(s) there are some things you should know. First, they made it easy to find the best place that suits your needs and that of your pets. Second, they took early measures to ask facilities what they would need in order to make the check-in process easy and quick. There are two ways you can book a stay with them.
First, watch this great video of how Furlocity works. And then it is all explained below for your information.
By registering, you are creating a pet profile for all of your pets. The reason they do that is so that pet resorts/hotels are well informed of who your pet is, any medical needs they may have and most importantly vaccination records. It is vital that all of your pet(s) vaccinations are stored and you can do so by simply requesting them from your veterinarian. Our FAQ section details all the necessary vaccinations that our pet resorts/hotels will require. Registering also enrolls you into their rewards program by giving you free or discounted nights for booking a stay with them. It’s their way of saying” Thank you!”
2. Search and Book:
They know that when you need to book a stay, especially if its last minute, you just want to get on and book. You can most certainly do that. When checking out, you will be asked a few pieces of information that the pet resort/hotel will need to get to know the needs of your pets. It’s that simple!
3. What happens after your book your pet?
Once your pet’s stay has been booked, you will receive a confirmation email as will the pet resort/hotel that you booked a stay with. All pet resort/hotels have all standard protocols with them including a welcome call to help you understand your needs and that of your pets. If the pet resort/hotel requires a screening/behavioral analysis prior to being admitted, you must do so within 7 DAYS of your stay. If for any reason your pet does not get accepted, they will issue a FULL refund.
4. What about multiple pets?
You can book a stay for all of your pets at once. In fact, for most facilities that they list, you will receive a DISCOUNT for booking multiple pets staying in one room! The room that you pick will be where both pets will stay. Some pet resorts/hotels can only house up to a certain amount of pets in one room at a given time. Be sure to check with your facility or ask them once they contact you.
Furlocity is rolling out their cities slowly. Right now they are located in San Diego, California Aurora and Parker, Colorado. If you own a pet in those cities, take a look at Furlocity.com and book your pets’ stay today. I can’t wait to see how http://www.Furlocity.com grows and expands to other cities.
We all love our dogs immensely and know how they not only shower us with love and affection, but can also teach us how to care. We learn every day that taking care of our dogs not only helps them function, but we also benefit from having a pet in our lives. Our pets teach us love, compassion and selflessness as they become our companions and family members. And, we LOVE it even more when we can adopt a pet and save his or her life.
Imagine now how wonderful it would be if we could not only save a dog’s life from a high-kill shelter, but also help jail inmates rehabilitate at the same time. That’s exactly what Georgia Jailhouse Dogs provides for dogs and inmates and I think it’s brilliant!
I had the opportunity to speak with Gordon Panter of Georgia Jailhouse Dogs about their wonderful program.
A Win – Win for Dogs and Inmates
Georgia Jail House Dogs (GJHD) is a non-Profit organization that was started to help rehabilitate Georgia's county jail inmates and their local shelter dogs through a well thought out good behavior incentive program. The concept behind the non-profit is for inmates to gain a new, optimistic outlook while helping train at-risk shelter dogs to become more caring and adoptable.
GJHD teaches prisoners new skills
The inmates, in teaching and working with these dogs to become more sociable, are learning wonderful and practical life skills. These inmates will be able to look for employment in the dog arena having gained the knowledge of dog care, grooming, and training. This has proven to help the recidivism rate and give the inmates a goal to pursue.
Further, in caring for the dogs, the inmates have learned how to love again and gain an instant companion in the process. By helping these dogs, they are in turn helping themselves.
GJHD gives at-risk shelter dogs a real chance to get adopted
GJHD gives their community’s homeless dogs the chance to become the top choice for a caring home. The dogs undergo a three to six week program of humane training and upon completion become Canine Good Citizens. When a dog completes the program, there is an actual graduation ceremony held for each class of dogs and the dog becomes certified as a highly trained canine citizen. Who wouldn’t want to adopt one of these dogs!
Further, these dogs are taken from every county’s euthanasia list to give them a second chance at life. The program puts much thought and time into matching the dog and inmate team.
GJHD wants to expand the program further
GJHD’s goal is to have as many Georgia county jails participate in this type of program that can rehabilitate both inmates and dogs. As it continues to grow and flourish, I would hope that other states can implement a similar program. But, until that happens, I encourage you to take a look at their website: Georgia Jailhouse Dogs and like them on Facebook: GaJailHouseDogs to see how wonderful this program is.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Andrea Arden, owner of Andrea Arden Dog Training, one of the most respected Dog Training schools in the nation. Her reputation proceeds her as she was named the best dog trainer in New York by New York, W, Time Out and Quest magazines and the Daily News.
I provided the questions and Andrea gave me her answers.
What made you decide to go into dog training?
My father was passionate about all types of animals. I grew up with an array of pets: fish, hamsters, dogs, cats and horses. I inherited his passion for animals and loved being surrounded by them. I also rode horses and eventually learned how to train them.
I then moved to New York City where I started training dogs. I apprenticed for two years with a dog training school called “City Dog”. I started to train dogs on my own and then opened my own dog training facility. But, that didn’t happen overnight. It took years of hard work and schooling. I have been in the business for twenty years now and feel fortunate to have made a career out of my passion.
What makes a good dog trainer?
A good dog trainer is one who loves dogs, first and foremost, and makes dog training fun. The goal is for dog training to be a great, fun experience for dogs and their owners. A good dog trainer is one who has studied and trained for many years and hopefully under a great mentor.
I was fortunate enough to study under Dr. Ian Dunbar, who is really the pioneer of what is now termed “positive reinforcement training”. He should be credited as the man who changed dog training techniques from punitive, negative reinforcement training to fun positive behavioral training. I was lucky enough to learn from the best.
Andrea is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers as well as a Certified Pet Partners Team evaluator for the Delta Society and the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.
Do you have a specific technique that you use for training?
Management – Doing all you can do to set up the dog for success so he or she doesn’t fail.
Training – Motivating dogs to learn training because they want to do it and it is fun.
Our approach solves and prevents new problems before they arise while rewarding the owner’s efforts with the joy of taking a positive approach to working with their dog to build a lifelong bond. We’re advocates of user-friendly and dog-friendly dog training.
What do you think is the biggest misconception among dog owners?
The biggest misconception among dog owners is what we call the “Lassie Syndrome”. In other words, a dog comes to you as perfect. However, we all know that dogs come in different shapes and sizes with a multitude of personalities and temperaments. Dog owners can’t expect any puppy or dog to be perfect or that training can be done overnight.
As dog trainers, we need to work with both the dogs and their owners to create behaviors that are beneficial to both of them. And, we can do this in fun, interactive environment as long as the owners are ready to work!
Is it ever too late to start training a dog?
It is never too late to train a dog. I prefer to start with puppies as they are much more open to the world and haven’t yet learned any negative behaviors. However, as long as both the dog and the owner are ready to put in the time and effort, it is never too late to train a dog.
Tell me about your charity work
I am so glad that you asked me about my charity work. I am currently on the Board of Directors of “Animal Haven” which finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs. I just joined two new organizations that I am really passionate about:
The first is called “Dogs for the Deaf” which rescues and trains deaf dogs and also helps provide autistic and deaf kids with dogs to help them.
The second charity is called “Pets for Patriots” which advocates the permanent placement of adult dogs and cats with every available, able and willing military family in the U.S.
Andrea and I could have spoken for hours about her love of animals and training. You can learn more about Andrea as she is currently on Animal Planet’s hit shows Dogs101, Cats101, Pets101, America’s Cutest Dog and America’s Cutest Cat.
If you live in New York City, please visit Andrea Arden’s dog training school. You and your puppy will be happier for it! Her website is: http://www.andreaarden.com.
Easing Paw Animal Therapy – A Wonderful Form of Pet Care
If your pet is in need of care, I would encourage pet owners to try this wonderful form of pet care.
Annette Ramseyer of Easing Paw, Pet Therapy performs all of these different styles of animal therapy. She studied and learned from the best:
Pet Massage (Pet Massage, LTD. Jonathan Rudinger) Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) (Carol Komitor, Founder of HTA) Reiki (Elisabeth Ridgeway, Reiki master) Tellington TTouch (TTouch) Acupressure (Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute)
Easing Paw focuses on non-invasive, non-medicated, restorative therapy. I work with dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and other large and small animals.
Pet Massage: Massage is more than a rub. It is focused, careful, and precise touching. Whether the massage is for your dog, cat, horse or other animal, it eases lower back pain, arthritic hips, hip dysplasia, and enhances emotional bonding and trust. The many benefits of animal massage therapy include easing boarding time and helping to relieve the stress of animals caused by anxiety and depression, seen especially in rescue animals. Animal massage therapy can help relax the tight and tense muscles in the body of your pet or animal.
Reiki: Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation to promote healing. In Tibetan energetic healing, the practitioner sets an intention to facilitate the healing process of the animals and allows Reiki to flow in the amount that's needed for the problem of the animal. This type of energy healing is ideal for use with animals because, with Reiki, the animal controls the treatment, accepting Reiki in the ways that are most comfortable, either hands-on or from a distance, or a combination of the two. Reiki is not Healing Touch for Animals.
Tellington TTouch: Tellington TTouch works with pressure points of the body. It is a hands-on technique. Tellington TTouch is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The TTouch is done on the entire body, and each circular TTouch is complete within itself. The skin of the animal in moved in a clockwise direction. Pressure is adjusted for different animals and different parts of the body, depending upon what is comfortable and nonthreatening to the animal.
Healing Touch for Animals: Healing Touch for animals® (HTA) is a holistic energy therapy that benefits and recovers health and healing. HTA practitioners do hands-on work to balance the energy system within and surrounding the body. The goal of HTA is to restore harmony, energy, and balance within animal energy systems to support the self-healing process of the animal. Pain and anxiety are drastically reduced by the use of HTA.
Acupressure: Acupressure (finger pressure), like acupuncture (uses needles) is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The so called meridians, channels, in which the Chi (life-force energy) and blood of the animal body circulate, run on the surface of the body and are connected with tissues and internally with the organs, moving the energy, balancing the Chi, which is transporting strength, nourishment, and healing properties, relieving or preventing blockages and excesses that can cause discomfort, pain, and disease.
Benefits: Relaxes sore, stiff muscles, relieving pain in older animals
Increases flexibility and range of motion
Reduces the risk of injury in high-energy animals
Improves performance in high-energy animals
Enhances the immune system
Increase oxygenation into muscles and tissues
Increase elasticity of muscles for high-energy animals in agility contests
Increase range of motion, flexibility, and stride length especially in old dogs
Increase performance level at shows and events and reduce recovery time
Release stress and tension
You can get in touch with Annette for more information about this wonderful form of treatment at : www.easingpaw.com.