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There are numerous benefits that come with owning a pet. It's been medically proven that animal-owners enjoy a healthier lifestyle than those without pets. Not only do they reduce stress and improve your overall mood, walking or playing with your animal outside will help you cut down on your exercise time. They're also good at helping you meet friends/love interests in social situations - could you resist a crush on someone who has the same love for animals as you? With all the good things these critters do for you, it's only fair that you repay them with the best pet supplies.

Dogs aren't called “man's best friend" for no reason. Loyal, loving and playful, adorable mutts never fail at providing laughter, love, and companionship. In most cities, it is against the law to walk your dog without a leash (unless they are in a designated area), so one of the first things to do after buying a new dog is getting it a quality collar and leash.

The main purpose of a leash is to keep your animal close by your side so it doesn't bother anyone else; it's a training tool. There are two different kinds of leashes: standard and retractable. Standards are usually six feet long and they keep your dog close. Strong nylon leashes work best for bigger animals who weigh more than you and want to dart after everything they see on a walk. Retractable leashes can extend 20-30 feet and they are good for inquisitive puppies and smaller dogs. Because of the length, it's easier to get these tangled up in bushes or trees if you let your pet run too far.

The packaging on collars usually indicates for what size of animal they're best suited, but common sense also comes into play (it's obviously not wise to buy your St. Bernard a 1/2-inch-wide collar). Training collars are also available to persuade dogs not to bark or venture out of their designated bounds. These collars work by sending a small electronic shock detected by the vibrations in the dog's vocal chord. With the invisible dog fence collars, the owner sets up a barrier around their house and if the dog oversteps the line, they also receive a small shock. Although these have proven to be effective training devices, many people object to using shock-treatment to train their pets.

Cats don't generally don't like to be walked; they are more independent than dogs. However, there are harnesses that go around a feline's arms that will prevent them from running away in an open space.

Toys aren't necessary pet supplies, but they will sure make your pets happy! For cats, you can't go wrong with anything that incorporates the catnip plant (nepeta). Two third of all cats are behaviorally affected by the plant, causing them to roll around and mew in a state of euphoria. Cats also go crazy for just a bit of string, though there are plenty of scratching posts and official cat toys on the market.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for Web sites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background also includes teaching, pet care, and recreation. For more of her useful articles on pets, please visit Pet Supplies , supplier of information about pet care, pet accessories, and more.


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