on the World Wide Web
Laura Emery, Field Editor
Every dog owner knows those eyes — the look your dog gives
you when it wants something.
It’s those large, innocent, pleading eyes that tug on your
heartstrings, and make it hard to be firm with your precious pooch. These
moments are the ones that endear pet owners to their dogs.
As with children, being a pet owner — whether it’s a dog
or a cat — has its ups and downs. And so it’s good to know that the World
Wide Web contains a wealth of information to help you along the way — from
kitten or puppy to full-grown pampered pet. Advice, tips, and tricks are
available with the click of a mouse.
This Web site is in a question-and-answer format, where
pet owners write in their concerns and then pet experts post replies. There
are interesting questions on such topics as a Great Dane’s excessive
television-watching habits, the habit of eating rocks, aversion to walking
on slick surfaces, canine car sickness, and dirt-eating and shadow-chasing
tendencies. It may take a little time to scroll through the pages, but
finding the answer to your dog’s not-so-common problem makes the extra
PerfectPaws.com contains a load of tips and tricks on
puppy training techniques, dog behavioral problems, training problems, and
kitten and cat training.
This is a comprehensive resource for information on
kittens and cats, including sections devoted to cat care, kitten adoption,
cat rescue, and cat breed information.
This Web site offers some of the lowest discount prices on
pet drug products available. All products are USDA- or FDA-approved, and are
the same medications you buy from a veterinarian’s office.
About.com is a huge resource for information on everything
from dating to dogs. In the Web site’s dog section, there is information on
basic training — everything the new owner needs to get started with common
commands and training exercises and moving on to deal with frustrating
With interesting articles titled “Help! My dog bit
someone!” and “Rolling in Smelly Dead Things,” pet owners are sure to find
the answers to all their questions.
This Web site is run by a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit
association that tries to provide financial assistance to owners of domestic
animals who need veterinary care.
The site contains veterinary health topics about dogs and
cats, such as spaying and neutering, bone surgery, and advice about
euthanasia. There is also an online tour of a cyber-animal hospital.
Healing Touch for Animals is a great Web site that talks
about holistic medicine for pets (natural healing) and where to find classes
to be trained.
This Web site is a prize find, mainly because it contains
a huge amount of educational articles on a wide range of topics – including
how to read your dog’s non-verbal signals, understanding canine rivalry,
recognizing changes in behavior associated with aging dogs, learning about
canine social hierarchies, and dealing with behavior problems in dogs.
This is a great place to find your perfect pet. Just type
in the kind of pet you want (dog, cat, bird, pig, reptile, etc.), breed,
age, gender, and the area you’d like to search in. The Web site also has
informative articles on pet care, pet health, and pet training.
From a cozy inn on the coast to a ritzy resort, this Web
site exists to help pet owners find the perfect pet-friendly place to stay.
The site contains over 25,000 listings for hotels, B&Bs, ski resorts,
campgrounds, and beaches that are pet-friendly. Also, check out the Travel
Tips section to learn how to take your pet anywhere.
The name of the Web site says it all.
PetBehaviorProblems.com is designed by veterinarians to help dogs, cats or
birds with a variety of behavior problems for a fee (currently $120 for a
dog consultation). While the expert’s information comes at a cost, this Web
site can be quite handy for those pet owners who do not have access to
animal behavioral therapists.
According to this Web site, people who play with their dog
— stay with their dog. Here, you will find advice on how to train and
entertain house dogs. The Web site also includes articles with information
on behavior, breeding, and buying — along with personal dog stories.