****The Zig Zag Eel** Want to learn a little bit about a really interesting fish in the freshwater aquarium hobby? The zig zag eel, there are other species of freshwater eels but these are my two cutie pies. They are not considered real eels but they get their name from their elongated body with a long snout. This fish can reach 35 inches in length in the wild but about 20 inches in captivity. They can live 8-18 years long. These fish are moderately difficult to keep in the aquarium, they require a large tank when full grown and pristine water conditions. They can be very shy when first introducing them to your tank and can be difficult to get to eat for the first few weeks. Mine took about a week before they ate anything. I started off hand feeding them blood worms and they warmed up to me in no time. They are very personable with me and always say hello when I approach the tank. They have very small scales protecting their body so they are prone to fungus and parasites. Zig zag eels are generally nocturnal, they feed on insect larvae, worms, and other aquatic invertebrates. They can be aggressive with their own species so it best to keep them singly unless you have a large enough tank with plenty of hiding spots. They are beautiful and very fun to watch. I absolutely love my two! #savanastips #happyhoundfishsitting
••FULL BODY CHECK•• Every pet parent needs to know the importance of full body checks. Checking your fur babies body at least once a day and becoming familiar with what’s normal and not normal can save a life! Every day (not exaggerating I actually do this every single day) while my cats are napping I do full body checks. Sometimes I have to check Cahcah twice a day because she likes to explore the wonderful outside world and I never truly know what she gets herself into! During a body check I start off with normal pets on the head then I start looking in their ears, checking teeth, running my fingers down their back for lumps/bumps, moving fur around looking for nicks/scratches, inspecting bellies for rashes/cuts, feelings legs for any sign of broken bones, feeling between their little toe beans, and even checking under their tails! Usually they have a couple scabs from their roughhousing and an occasional eye booger, but other than that I have been lucky enough to have two healthy cats!! Doing daily body checks has helped me keep me cats feeling their best! Last night during my daily routine I felt a knot on Fatboy’s stomach. At first I thought it was his leg because he was laying on his side but I repositioned him and sure enough he had a knot under his skin! I couldn’t see any signs of swelling and his belly looks like his normal fat belly but had I not body checked him I would have missed this knot! Me being the worry wort I am I contacted the vet immediately and we have an appointment set!! I’ll keep everyone updated on this and fingers crossed it’s nothing life threatening. I know this isn’t a training tip, but I had to share with you all how helpful it is to check your pets!
****The common Pleco**** The Hypostomus plecostomus, also known as the common pleco, is an algae eating sucker catfish. You can find them at any and every pet store selling fish. Did you know they can grow to 15inches in aquariums and up to 25inches in the wild! They are beautiful fish and most people get them thinking they eat poop and other waste from their fish but that is wrong. They eat a variety of things! My Pleco, Zeke, loves drift wood!! He will suck on drift wood for days. He also loves eating cucumbers, squash, algae wafers, and other vegetables. Believe it or not, Pleco’s produce more waste than most fish and they also outgrow most common aquariums. It is true that fish will only grow to the size of the tank, but what people do not realize is that their growth is stunted, the fish’s organs continue to grow but their body size does not, eventually leading to death. So if you are considering getting a common pleco, remember how large they actually grow! #happyhoundfishsitting #fishofinstagram #savanastips
Tank, you made the world a better place. Your soul will forever be alive in our hearts. Every second spent with you made my life better and I thank you for all the smiles and memories. Now you can rest peacefully with all the snacks you desire!
Listen up puppers because I’m only gunna say this once! When teaching a new cue you should only ask for the command ONE time. Do not repeat the command over and over again. Doing so will teach the dog that he/she is allowed to ignore you until she feels like doing whatever it is your asking. For example: you want your dog to sit... you say “sit” wait for the dog to give you the behavior “yes” and treat! If you ask your dog to sit and they do not immediately sit.... then you wait for the behavior to be given. You may have to lure the dog into the sitting position but you should never repeat the command if it is not given. If your dog starts to wander away or loose interest- break out a higher reward treat, redirect (say “free” call the dog over to a different spot- can be a couple steps away or even a room with less distractions) once you have the dogs attention now you can ask for the command and wait for a response! Let me know in the comments below if you would like to watch a video of me demonstrating this tip! Thank you all for tuning in for training tip Thursday and I hope you all give this post a like and share!!! Talk to you all next week!:) #happyhoundpetsitting #happyhounddogtraining #sit #dogtrainingtips #greyhoundsofinstagram
Want to know the advantages of having an aquarium in your home? Well, here are a few things to consider if you are on the fence about it. Owning an aquarium has actually been proven to reduce stress and high blood pressure. The effortless and elegant movements fish have slows your pulse by seeing the soft motions they have. The trickling water is also a calming aid. The bright colors of the fish and/or decor create a positive atmosphere, which is the best way to start your day! For most people in the hobby, keeping tanks creates an outlet to everyday life. It is a great hobby to get into and it gets your creative juices flowing. Having the responsibility of these little lives (fish) gives me motivation everyday. It keeps me busy and sane. -Savana #happyhoundfishsitting #savanastips #tanktuesday #savetheturtles #keepourseasclean #fishtanksofinstagram #fishtanklife
Howdy folks! Lucy and I have a question for all our friends in the process of training their fur children. Have you found yourself becoming frustrated during training because your dog keeps losing interest in the treats you’re offering? Well this is a common problem with a super simple solution! ~Do not feed your dog right before a session~ It is best to have a hungry dog during training so they will focus on you and the food you’re offering. If you usually feed your pup dry kibble you can use that as his/her reward for each correct behavior. Once they lose interest in the kibble it’s time to switch to a higher value treat. Which brings me to today’s tip: •THE DOG DETERMINES THE TREAT• During any training session you should always have an array of treats on hand ranging from low value to high value. But not all dogs like the same food! You may have to buy small amounts of different treats to figure out what your doggo likes the most. Some dogs are not food driven and would rather have belly rubs. If that’s the case then offer attention instead of treats. You ask for a behavior- the dog gives correct behavior- you reward with a pat on the head. The more challenging the behavior, the more attention you give as a reward! ~ If you have any questions please comment down below, or send a private message. Feel free to tag us in pictures of your dog doing his or her favorite trick and let us know what their high value treat is! If you found today’s tip helpful please give this picture a like and share it with your friends. I’ll be back next Thursday with another fun post!! #happyhoundpetsitting #happyhounddogtraining #dogtrainingtips #dogdeterminesthetreat
• BETTA • BETTA • BETTA • Let’s explore all things betta today. Stick around and we might even debunk a myth or two;) ~~Originating in Thailand, Betta fish could be found in rice paddy farms, swamps, wetlands, and shallow ponds. These bodies of water may be shallow but they span many miles giving the fish plenty of room to swim! During dry seasons majority of the Bettas will die off due to over crowding, poor water quality, and inadequate food supply. When the water levels rise back to normal fallen leaves and plants provide a natural filtration system making the water quality pristine. And just in case you were wondering... YES, Bettas are anabantoids, which means they can breathe atmospheric air using a unique organ called the labyrinth when water oxygen levels are low. (They have gills as well, but how cool is that organ!!?) ~~ ~~Did you know Betta fish are tropical freshwater fish? This means they like warmer temperatures ranging from the mid 70’s to mid 80’s. They can survive in room temperature waters, but their life span will be shortened due to lethargy and stress!~~ ~~Betta fish can live without a filter in their tank, but having a filter provides more pristine water conditions. So if you want your sweet Betta to live longer and have more coloration you should consider putting a filter on their tank~~ ~~Speaking of tanks!!! Betta fish need 2.5 gallons of water or more to swim and explore! What’s the saying? “The more the merrier”? Well when it comes to the amount of water for them to swim around in... always go with more! They are much happier with room to roam and they love finding places to hide. Think about adding some plants and maybe even a figurine or two to make your Betta feel more at home!~~ If you found these tips helpful please like and share this post, tag us in pictures of your Betta, and comment down below if you have any questions ! 🐠🐟 I’ll be back next week for another Tank Tuesday!! (Ps- the tank in the picture does not have a Betta fish. But if you’re wondering what two gallons looks like... well here ya go!) #fishtanktips #tanktiptuesday #onetankatatime #fishofinstagram #happyfishpetsitting #savanastips
Hey friends! I didn’t have time to make a cute post to announce another new segment for our Instagram page but I do have this adorable photo of Gigi the greyhound💕💖 Gigi and I have gathered you all here today to share some exciting news! As many of you know, I (Mariah) have been attending classes to become a certified dog trainer!🐾 while I am still learning all the Do’s and Don’ts of training I would like to share my thoughts and knowledge with you all! Join me each Thursday to learn some simple tips on how to improve your training lessons and how to make training more fun for you and the dog! #happyhoundpetsitting #happyhoundtrainer #dogtricksofinstagram #puppylessons101 #greyhoundsofinstagram
‼️Fish Friends‼️ join Savana every Tuesday for helpful hacks and tips to keep your aquarium looking it’s best! Savana has a never ending love for marine life and she wants to share her knowledge with as many people as she can. Each week Sav will be posting some interesting things and we don’t want anyone to miss out! So please like and share this photo and check us out every Tuesday!🐠🐟🐡🦑🐙🦀 #fishtanksofinstagram #helpfultips #fishtanktuesday #happyhoundfishsitting #savanastips
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Happy 4th of July from four cuties!🐾 ~Remember to keep your fur babies inside and out of harms way tonight. Fireworks can be very scary to some dogs and cats. We do not want any one getting hurt or running away!~ #happyhoundpetsitting #petsofinstagram #dogwalker #fourthofjuly