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Many scientific studies on human and animal social interactions stress the importance of play. We and our pets are unique in that we play all of our entire lives. The fact that humans and pets stay playful
as adults is significant and is part of what makes our relationship so special.
Dogs and cats need to relax (just like people) and have fun in order to grow and thrive. Although play can be exciting and fun, as pet owners we need to remember that our pets also need supervision and control. Our pets need to learn the rules of play.
As owners of pets we have a responsibility to make it clear to our pets, especially dogs, when it’s time
to play and when it’s not. An excited pet can lose control and lack of control, can lead to aggression. In order to be well adjusted and happy, dogs need to play, .
Interactive play strengthens the bond between
you and your pet.
Go and have fun together
As responsible pet owners and especially dog owners it is our duty
to make sure that our pets are well behaved .
Nearly all common behaviours can be traced back to instinct. Barking
digging, marking, and chewing all served distinct purposes in the wild.
For instance, when we throw a ball for our dogs, what appears to be
play, is actually the natural instinct to hunt and chase. Dogs become
frustrated if their natural instincts are constantly suppressed.
Rather than punishing our dog, for doing what comes naturally, it’s
far more productive to find acceptable ways to satisfy these instincts.
Healthy play can influence our dogs in so many ways.
Physical and mental development, emotions and behaviour can all be
influenced by play, It helps our pets expend excess energy. Providing
your dog or pet with satisfying pet chews, pet toys and balls, will help
to minimise inappropriate behaviour and will keep your pet occupied.
Durable chew toys with an erratic bounce appeal to a dog’s natural
instinct to chase prey. When a dog captures and chews on the toy
this helps in satisfying the need to hunt and chase, as well as the
the urge to chew your furnishings and fittings.
Games like fetch, tug and chase can help satisfy a dog’s instinctual
needs, as well as strengthening the bond between dog and owner.
Play helps our dogs expend excess energy, which is extremely
important for appropriate behaviour development.
Here is a useful tip, some dogs will just not play with toys, try this.
Pick a chew toy for your dog that has a hollow centre and place
a few treats or food inside the toy. Your dog will use all of its
natural instincts to chase and chew the toy, while trying extract
the treat inside. This little technique used regularly as a training
aid can help adjust a dog that has behaviour problems, such
as chewing furniture etc.
With a little time and effort and the right techniques it is possible
to influence your pet's behavioir and get them to behave the way
you want them to behave.
Don't forget to reward your pet for their good behavioir !
We all enjoy a treat !
We tend to treat our pets as family members and as for
dogs, the human family has become their pack. In spite of
domestication the dog’s basic instincts have not changed.
Dogs are predators, scavengers and opportunists,
genetically dogs are programmed to hunt for their food,.
Trash can scavenging, dinner begging, counter surfing,
furniture chewing and garden digging are all outward
signs of an opportunistic and highly successful scavenger.
All too often these traits are considered behavioural
problems, when in fact, they are just evidence that;
"a dog is just being a dog".
What more do Pets need for a Healthy Life?
A well looked after pet needs more than just food, water and a
warm comfortable place to sleep.
You may want to think about giving your pet additional Vitamins
such as Omega 3, 6 etc. that are naturally found in pet fish oils. Consider giving your pet a supplement that will provide hip and
joint support, such as Glucosamine & Chrondrotin.
A pet, or cat, dog feed mat or feed tray may be useful and will
help keep your floors clean and tidy..
Travel accessories such as a pet cat or dog travel bowl.
A pet car restraint device is also a sound idea to ensure
your pet is not injured in an accident or from being thrown
around while they are travelling in a car.
Bath Time for Pets.
Be careful at bath times with your pet, try to use good quality shampoos and conditioners, that will not strip the natural
oils from your pet's fur, or irritate their eyes and skin. Use
gentle natural organic products if you can, or at the very
least, products that do not contain soap. I use an organic
oatmeal dog shampoo when bathing my dogs.
Pet Food Labelling Information.
Try to gain a good understanding of what the label on a pet food product means, so that you can make an informed decision on
what to feed your pet.
Not all Pet foods are the same, the nutritional elements wildly differ depending on the product, the ingredients and the manufacturing process used. It comes down to your persomal choice on what
foods you feed to your pets and what goodness your pets get out
of their food.
For more information on Pet food labelling and what it means for you and your pet.
Please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will send you an information sheet on " Food Labelling" and
what it all means.for the health of your pet.
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