How do dogs sense fear? Do they actually smell fear, or are there loads of behavioral indicators that make them afraid? We do know that dogs have a sense of smell that is about one million times more sensitive than humans. It is believed that dogs identify humans based on their individual smell. It’s possible that dogs sense fear in a situation when they smell sweat coming from a human who is in distress.
Two olfactory systems in dogs have been identified. The main olfactory system allows dogs to recognize smells such as a newly opened can of tuna fish, or freshly baked cookies. These types of smells release airborne molecules that attach to olfactory receptors. The accessory olfactory system begins with the Vomeronasal organ, or the Jacobson’s organ, which is located at the floor of the nasal cavity. This system detects emotional states such as territory, aggression and reproduction. Animals communicate with each other by giving off different scents.
Many dogs are fearful of loud noises, such as humans screaming, thunder, the vacuum cleaner and construction equipment. They are also sensitive to the body language of humans. For example, if we run towards a dog he is likely to cower or take a defensive stance. Dogs are superior observers. They probably sense a situation is out of the ordinary just by the way a human behaves.
How can we soothe a dog that is fearful? It isn’t wise to overly coddle a scared dog, but it is helpful to reach out and offer comforting pets and a reassuring voice to calm them down. If too much attention is given then the fearful behavior might be reinforced. It is also a good idea to try and redirect their attention away from the fearful situation. Offer them something to chew on or engage them in play. There is a product called the Thundershirt that has shown to effectively reduce anxiety and fear in dogs, almost instantly. It works by constantly providing gentle pressure on a dog’s nervous system. Often just reassurance by the owner will help to calm your dog until their fear has passed.
Josie was an indoor-outdoor cat until something attacked her one day. Who knows what actually happened. It could have been a mouse-catching operation gone awry, or maybe a she mistook a raccoon for the family dog she likes to taunt. She came in for some love and a meal that day and her face was bloody with a giant gash underneath her eye.
After several trips to the vet and a few hundred dollars later, Josie was an indoor only cat. Like many cats, every time the door opens, she moves into stealth mode and tries to get out. Mostly her efforts fail, but the humans tend to feel badly that she can’t go hunting any longer. A stroller seemed like a viable alternative. She can’t prowl on land, but she does get to see and feel the outdoors like the good old days.
KittyWalk Systems designed strollers especially for cats. All of their stylish strollers have a 360 degree view. Josie likes the 5th Avenue Luxury stroller in pink, of course. The stroller is great for cruising the neighborhood and park. This is not a jogging stroller and shouldn’t be compared to one. The smaller, swivel wheels mean that the stroller is meant for mostly smooth terrain. Josie is not a cat that would appreciate an all out run, so a stroller for walking is just right for her. The sturdy, claw-proof mesh is an attractive feature. She can go in the front or the rear opening. Josie spent a few days with the stroller sitting in the living room, so she could check it out. The cabin is removable from the frame so she can just pop into the stroller after a car ride to the park.
KittyWalk Systems makes eleven strollers to suit the needs of choosy pet owners. Check out the features for yourself.
Doggyride pet strollers are made for pets that weigh as much as 110 pounds! A pet stroller may seem unnecessary to you until there is an injury. Many times an injury leads to a surgery which means a lot of time that your pet is not able to get outside to exercise.
Doggyride makes a mini pet stroller for pets up to 55 pounds and the Original/Novel strollers for pets up to 110 pounds. Each stroller is easy to assemble and is comfortable in which to ride. There is strong support on the sides of the cabin. This is good when your dog leans into the sides, he won’t rub the moving tires. For extra support you can get an additional pet mat, for the cabin floor, that is 3 inches thick.
Doggyride uses air-filled tires for a very smooth and shock absorbent ride. There is plenty of ventilation for your pet, with a sunroof and mesh on the sides. The rear wheels have a push-release mechanism so are easy to remove. The cabin will also serve as a crate. This stroller fits easily in the rear of an SUV or a wagon. The Doggyride strollers are also sold as bike trailers.
Andy was an indoor-outdoor cat until something attacked him one day. Who knows what actually happened. It could have been a mouse-catching operation gone awry, or maybe he mistook a raccoon for the family dog he likes to taunt. He came in for some love and a meal that day and his face was bloody. He had a gash underneath his eye.
After several trips to the vet and several hundred dollars later, Andy was an indoor only cat. Like many cats, every time the door opens, he moves into stealth mode and tries to get out. Mostly his efforts fail, but the humans tend to feel badly that he can no longer go hunting. A cat stroller is a viable alternative. He can’t prowl on land, but he does get to see and feel the outdoors like the good old days.
KittyWalk Systems designed strollers especially for cats. All of their stylish strollers have a 360 degree view. Andy likes the 5th Avenue Luxury stroller in blue, of course. The stroller is great for cruising the neighborhood and park. This is not a jogging stroller and shouldn’t be compared to one. The smaller, swivel wheels mean that the stroller is meant for mostly smooth terrain. Andy is not a cat that would appreciate an all out run, so a stroller for walking is just right for him. The sturdy, claw-proof mesh is an attractive feature. He can go in the front or the rear opening. At first, Andy spent a few days with the stroller sitting in the living room, so he could check it out. The cabin is removable from the frame so he can just pop into the stroller after a car ride to the park.
Traveling with pets, whether by train, plane or automobile, is becoming more and more commonplace. More hotels and restaurants are catering to travelers who don’t want to leave their furry friends at home. Two excellent wheeled carriers for small pets include the Snoozer Cooper Bag and the Gen7Pets Roller Carrier.
Snoozer Cooper Bag
The Snoozer Cooper Bag is definitely a small dog or cat wheeled carrier. The interior dimensions are 14″W x 9″D x 12″H. Weight limit says up to 15 pounds. Some reviews for this bag say it is not roomy enough for dogs or cats that weigh closer to the 15 pound mark. Measure your animal before purchasing. The Cooper Bag has two fabric color options: Zebra and Black. The four wheels all swivel, it is very easy to move it on the floor. The telescoping handle reaches 41 inches high. There are several side and front pockets to store items. There is a magnet allowing the top flap to stay partially open if you choose. This bag fits under most airline seats.
Gen7Pets Roller Carrier
The Gen7Pets Roller Carrier has two different size options: One for pets up to 10 pounds and another for pets up to 20 pounds. Both carriers only weigh a little over 6 pounds. The Gen7 carrier is unique with its Smart-Level platform that keeps your pet from being tipped while riding. The Roller Carrier has lots of mesh windows to keep your pet ventilated. The small carrier has the interior dimensions: 15.5″H x 8.5″D x 13.5″W while the larger size is 15″H x 9″D x 16″W. There are three fabrics from which to choose: Red, Black Geometric and Zebra.
When deciding which wheeled pet carrier will work for you, pay attention to the actual size of your dog or cat as opposed to just the weight.
Pet Gear reinvented the Travel Lite stroller for pets up to 15 pounds. This is a perfect stroller for airports, shopping centers and trips to the park or the vet. The stroller itself only weighs 9 pounds and has double front and back wheels for stability and ease of steering. The Travel Lite folds easily and folds flat to fit into small spaces and car trunks. You don’t have to assemble this stroller, it works right out of the box! It has a tether inside to connect your pet’s leash and the height from the ground to the handles is 38 inches. The high handle height means you are less likely to kick the wheels when walking with your pet. Cats and dogs alike love the massive view through the zippered mesh front. The Travel Lite comes in three different weather-resistant fabrics: Black, Blue and Pink.
This brand new pet stroller is made of lightweight aluminum (18 lbs) and has many special features. To start, it has a removable storage basket. I haven’t seen that on any other stroller! The basket has carry straps so you can use it separately. This is also the first non-zip stroller for Gen7Pets. The canopy closes with a latch. As with many of their strollers, the canopy will tuck underneath, when open, so it doesn’t flop down on your pet. The handle height is 39″ tall so there is plenty of room to walk or run behind this stroller.
The Monaco handle has an easy folding mechanism that you only need one hand to maneuver. The double front wheel swivels, but you are also able to lock it in place. Three-wheeled pet strollers are easy to navigate on rough as well as smooth road. This stroller will carry up to 60 pounds and has EVA foam (never flat) wheels. The Monaco has two safety leashes inside the cabin and has a paw rest because many pets like to get a better view of the outdoors. Choose from three different patterns, Black Geometric, Red Geometric and Dress Blues.
The benefits of owning a pet are well-known. Pets improve the quality of life for many humans. I’ve known plenty of people who prefer the company of dogs and cats over other humans! When we get older, this phenomenon potentially becomes even more evident; pets are good company, they give people a purpose, a sense of responsibility.
As your physical, and mental, capacity declines the need for nursing, or personal care home, placement becomes greater. It’s been the norm not to accept pets at these residences. Lately, however, may nursing facilities are allowing residents to bring their pets with them, or the facilities are adopting their own pets for community enjoyment. Animals that are taking up residence in nursing homes include dogs, cats, birds, ducks, fish, even miniature pigs. Giving up your residence is a signal to some that you are giving up your independence. Asking people to give up their beloved companions, often of many years, seems cruel. Kudos to all the facilities that encourage and adopt pets!