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How To: Make a terrarium waterfall at home

If you own any bored reptiles and want to zest up their terrarium environment on a budget, this video will teach you how to make a cool waterfall for their terrarium using basic materials. It should take a couple of hours, and the results are very pretty (depending on your painting skills) and sure to entertain any small-to-medium-sized lizard. Not recommended for dinosaurs.

How To: Train your dog to perform the "cop-cop" trick

In this Pets & Animals video tutorial you will learn how to train your dog to perform the "cop-cop" trick. In this trick the dog learns to put its feet on your feet. Step 1 – teach the dog to target a book or a mat with their feet by offering them some treat. You can do this either by appreciating or clicking when both the feet touch the book. The next step is getting the dog to target the book with their feet while they are between your legs. You have to continually reinforce the dog to ma...

How To: Grow wheatgrass for your animals

Wheat grass is very nutritious for animals like dogs. In this video, we demonstrate how easy it is. The first step is rinsing seeds with water and letting them soak over night for 8-12 hours. After they have soaked, rinse. Evenly place the seeds on a bed of soil in a tray and cover with a paper towel. Then water thoroughly and cover with another tray. Keeping the seeds moist is very important. You should see results in 3 days when you can remove the extra tray and the paper towel. We then dem...

How To: Kill a cockroach humanely

Dealing with a cockroach problem? Maybe you want to get rid them but you don't want to feel guilty about killing them. Kill them the humane way and sleep easy knowing you caused them no harm on your path to a cleaner apartment. This video offers some helpful tips to taking of your cockroach problem the humane way.

How To: Clip your chihuahua's nails

This video shows how to clip your Chihuahua’s nails. Since the dog doesn’t weigh that much you may need to clip the nails more often then a heavier dog. If you can hear the dog’s nails clicking on the floor, then it is time for a clipping. Use cat nail clippers because they are smaller. If your dog has white nails, then just clip of the edge that is clear. If you look farther into the nail you will see there is a pink part. The pink part is a nerve. If the dog has black nails then just be car...

How To: Handle and restrain a ferret for injections

This Animal Welfare Foundation two-part video tutorial is from expert veterinary staff demonstrating the correct procedures for handling small mammals for clinical examination and medication. Its aim is to show that the primary consideration should be for the the welfare of the animal. This video guide will show you practical animal handling for a ferret.

How To: Feed and water pigeons before shipping

This is a short video on how to hydrate and feed pigeons before you ship them off. These are homing pigeons. Make sure you only ship pigeons in official and marked 'Live Birds' crates that are specifically designed for birds. There are four types of dry food and water that must be fed to a bird before they are packed and sent off.

How To: Vent a fish

Scientific studies have shown that species with large swimbladders, especially bottom dwelling fish such as grouper and snapper, derive an immediate benefit from venting.

How To: Sex a baby squirrel

This quick and easy video shows how to determine the sex of a baby squirrel. There is a demonstration of what a girl squirrel and boy squirrel look like to help identify. Watch this video animal care tutorial and learn how to sex a baby squirrel.

How To: Feed a baby sparrow

A baby sparrow eats about every 45 minutes, but they eat very little at a time. This video animal care tutorial shows how to administer food to a baby sparrow, in this case a helpless three day old. Watch this instructional video and learn how to feed an orphaned bird chick.

How To: Remove hair from a dog's ear

Fur can build up and mat on the inside of a dog's ear. Cutting it doesn't completely remove the problem, and pulling it out can hurt a dog's ear. A veteran pet groomer demonstrates one way of pulling ear hair from inside the ear of a toy poodle. Watch this video pet grooming tutorial and learn how to remove hair from a dog's ear.

How To: Cure a buddy sour horse with separation anxiety

Horses penned together can easily become dependent, or buddy sour, and suffer from separation anxiety while being ridden individually or involved unaffiliated activities. Instead of letting the horses work themselves up into anxiety which may cause them to hurt themselves, get sick, or generally injure their health, cure the horses of their co-dependency. Learn how to cure a buddy sour horse by watching this video tutorial from expert horse trainer, John Lyons. Cure a buddy sour horse with se...

How To: Tag geese

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources does an early summer goose round-up. They capture and leg tag juvenile and adult geese in order to track their longevity and movements. Check out this how to video on goose tagging to learn how to do it yourself!

How To: Make a DIY aquarium background

This is how to make a DIY aquarium or fish tank background. Some people's methods may differ from these, but this is the easiest, most inexpensive way. You may want to listen to the Incubus song "The Warmth" while you are doing it. (Wait--is that Brandon Boyd?)

How To: Give your cat ear drops

To keep your pet healthy you have to be able to apply the medicine it needs. Learn how to safely and easily give your cat ear drops or ointment, with advice from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London. Tips include: wrap your cat in a towel to prevent her from scratching you and massaging her head, a technique that helps the medication move down the ear canal. Give your cat ear drops.

How To: Care for snakes and build a snake habitat

Watch and learn how to make your very own snake habitat. This is an OUTDOOR habitat and not one for an indoor pet snake. It may look like a pile of sticks but apparently, if you build it, they will come... Hosted by David and Molly from the Discovery Channel's Backyard Habitat. Care for snakes and build a snake habitat.

How To: Choose a boer show goat

Our expert Robert Powell on raising award-winning goats tells you what characteristics make a prize boer goat. He discusses how to gauge these qualities in deciding whether or not to purchase a goat for competition. He also includes tips on how to wash and clip them as well as how to handle your goat to impress the judges.

How To: Train your dog for a rally obedience show

In this video series, learn about rally obedience for your dog from expert dog trainer Elise McMahon. Elise will tell you what rally obedience shows are, what your dog needs to know for rally obedience, and how to train your dog for Rally O shows. She will demonstrate how to read the signs, how to follow signs such as the serpentine weave and the about turn, how to finish left and right, how to do a 270 degree turn, and how to practice for a Rally Obedience course.

How To: Find Your Lost Cat

When your cat goes missing, chances are it's just chilling in a cozy spot under the couch, or maybe even hiding from you. So it's okay to not freak out just yet. Cats love to hide as if they're spiders, and even their hiding spots are similar. You can find them in corners, on the refrigerator, and according to my roommate, even the dryer hose is fair game.

How To: Entertain Your Dog/Cat

Our dog has tons of energy and always wants to play. However, play time can be exhausting to the humans of the house. We found out a few months ago that the dog loves to play ‘chase the red dot.' Boredom leads to creativity, so we attached a laser pointer to her head with a bandana and small piece of tape. This kept her continuously occupied until we removed it after 20 minutes. I assume you could try this with a cat if you were daring enough – good luck with that. Caution: Laser pointers (ev...