2. Present evidence that you have cared for a pet for four months. Get approval before you start* *Work done for other merit badges cannot be used for this requirement.
3. Be a Responsible Pet Owner It takes time, effort and money to care for a pet properly. You must provide: Food Shelter Health Care: Vaccinations Preventative measures Exercise
4. If you already have a pet, consider whether you are caring for it in the best possible way. With your parents approval, make changes to improve your pets quality of life.
5. If you are choosing a pet, remember: Do not keep wild animals such as squirrels, raccoons, or opossums as pets. Wild animals should be left in their natural habitat and enjoyed only when encountered there. Also, wild animals could carry disease and pests such ticks, fleas and rabies.
6. Write in 200 words or more about the care, feeding and housing of your pet. Tell some interesting facts about it. Tell why you have this kind of pet. Give local laws, if any, relating to the pet you keep.
7. Dogs When choosing a dog consider the following: Large dog or small one Male or Female Shed or non-shedding Consider the breed: hunting, guarding, herding, tracking, racing personality, good with children, calm, barks, size Do you live in a apartment or a house with a fenced yard Age: puppy versus adult dog
8. Just for funwhat am I? Can you match the name to the correct dog breed? Dalmation, Dobermain Pinscher, Poodle, Dachshund, Pug, Beagle, Siberian Husky, Bulldog Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Rottweiler
9. General Dog Care Veterinarian Vaccination for canine, for example: distemper, hepatitis, kennel cough, canine parvovirus, rabies Heartworm, flea and tick prevention Obedience and house-training Socialization and behavior training Exercise Grooming Teeth, foot and nail care Plenty of fresh water
10. General Dog Care House-Training , Crate Training Socialization Housing your dog Need shelter and daylong shade Food Keeping your dogs food bowl full might be easier for you, but some dogs will overeat by trying to consume all the food in the bowl and could become obese Do not feed a dog pork bones, chicken bones, chop bones, T-bones, or other bones that could splinter.
11. Laws and Ordinances Know the animal ordinances in your area (check with local veterinarian, animal control center, city police to learn the laws you must follow). They may include: Leash Laws Pooper-Scooper Laws Licensing Laws Rabies Vaccination Laws Nuisance Laws Dangerous , Vicious Dog Laws or Breed-Specific Laws Spaying and Neutering Laws Wild or Exotic Animal Laws
12. Cats When choosing a cat consider the following: Male or Female Consider the breed: Long haired, short haired, large or small breed Do you live in a apartment or a house with a fenced yard Do you have other pets?
13. Just for funwhat am I? Can you match the name to the correct cat breed? Bengal, Main Coon, Sphynx, Tabby, Siamese, Persian, Himalayan, Burmese, Russian Blue, Bombay
14. General Cat Care Veterinarian Vaccination for example: feline distemper, respiratory, feline leukemia and rabies worm, flea and ear mites prevention Litter box training Socialization and interaction with other animals Exercise Teeth, nail care (scratching post) Plenty of fresh water Food (with a vets guidance, make adjustments as needed)
15. Fish When choosing a fish consider the following: Tank size Equipment: filter, heating, lighting, nets, air pump, tank thermometer, underwater dcor, gravel, Location of the aquarium Water balance and how to add the fish Type of fish examples: goldfish, tropical, tetra Food and feeding: live, flakes, pellets (each fish type is different, buying the correct food is important for healthy fish) Cleaning
16. Just for funwhat am I? Can you match the name to the correct fish? Bala Shark, Vampire Tetra, Beta Fish, Clown Fish, Tetra Sucker Fish, Goldfish, Glow Fish
17. Birds When choosing a bird consider the following: Breed: various life spans Equipment: cages, removable tray, removable food and water cups, cuttlebone Feeding Care: trim birds nails (a vet can show you how with an emery board) Location is key: kitchens can overheat the bird, in the bedroom the bird may keep you from sleeping
18. Just for funwhat am I? Can you match the name to the correct bird? Canary, Carrier Pigeon, Finch, Love Birds, Macaw, Parakeet, Cockatiel, Cockatoo
19. Small pets When choosing other small pets consider the following: Types (guinea pigs, hamsters, mice): various life spans Equipment: cages, food trays, water sipper tube, exercise balls, good bedding , chewing toys or treats Feeding Location is key: may of these animals are nocturnal Safety: Is the animal appropriate around children? Allergies?
20. Just for fun what am I? Can you match the correct name? Ball Python, Corn Snake, Chameleon, Bearded Dragon, Royal Dandy Pig, Guinea Pig, Chinchilla, Ferret, Teddy Bear Hamster, Dumbo Rat, Blue Rat House Mouse, Deer Mouse, Lionheart Rabbit, Holland Lop
21. Show that you have read a book or pamphlet, approved by your counselor, about your kind of pet.
22. Find out more about your pet:
23. Guidelines for Responsible Pet Owners Observe all laws, ordinances, and neighborhood rules regarding pets. Spay or neuter all dogs and cats that will not be used for breeding. Give your pet the proper nutrition, and veterinary care as required. Be courteous; respect the property of others. Always dispose of wastes and bedding in a proper manner, and always practice good personal sanitation.
24. Do any ONE of the following: a. Show your pet in a pet show. b. Start a friend raising a pet like yours. Help your friend get a good start. c. Train a pet in three or more tricks or special abilities.
25. Training Your Dog Learning how to respond to basic obedience commands can literally save a dogs life in todays busy world. Obedience training can begin when dogs are 4 to 6 months old and continue throughout a dogs lifetime. Obedience-trained dogs make better pets, have fewer behavior problems and generally bond more closely with their owners. There are many training methods. The most important part of training your dog is consistency and fairness.
26. Dog Training
27. Training Your Cat Cats learn by watching. Therefore, teaching your cat tricks takes a lot of patience and repetition. Because cats normally scratch trees or the ground to remove the old nail casings on their claws, it is important to teach your cat to use a scratching post instead of your furniture.
28. Cat Training
29. Training Your Bird Some bird breeds train easier than others. For example, a canary is easy to train. You can teach your bird to perch on a T-stick and then on your fingers. Once you and your canary become pals, open the cage door and hold the T- stick in the cage. In time, the bird will hop onto the stick. Once the canary learns to stay there, slowly draw the bird and the stick out of the doors. Make sure all the windows, shades of blinds and doors are closed in case the bird flies off the stick. Also, be sure no ceiling fans are in use. Do not chase the bird if it flies. Simply leave the cage door open and the bird will return when it is ready. If you are tempted to teach your bird to whistle, wait until you have taught it to talk. Once it learns how to whistle, it might not want to learn how to talk.
30. Bird Training
31. Showing Your Pet Cats and dogs can be exhibited in official cat and dog shows, while any animal can be exhibited at an ordinary pet show. Even Guinea Pigs are exhibited at some county and state farm shows, or local community show.
32. Help A Friend
33. ___ 1. *Get approval to start, then show 4 months care ___ 2. 200 word report ___ 3. Read book or pamphlet ___ 4. Choose ONE: show pet in show, help a friend start raising a pet, or train a pet with 3 trick *work done for other merit badges cannot be used for this requirement.
34. Boy Scouts of America Pets Merit Badge Series, 2010 Dont forget: