Archive for the ‘Fun!’ Category

Cabin Fever? Here’s a days worth of activities…….

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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Happy New Years!

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Happy 2015! Here’s to making life-improving New Year’s resolutions.

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Happy Happiness Happens Month

Monday, August 25th, 2014

August is Happiness Happens Month and we thought ‘what better way to make people happy, than with pictures of happy dogs?!’ So, here they are! Some happy dogs to help spread happiness!

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Happiness Happens Month

Friday, July 18th, 2014

August is just around the corner! And August is Happiness Happens Month!

To celebrate Happiness Happens Month, we want to share pictures of your happy dogs! Because who doesn’t get happy from seeing happy animals?!

Send us your happy animals photos here to help make more Happiness Happen! 🙂

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5 Simple Ways to Show Your Pet You Love Them

Monday, April 14th, 2014

 

In honor of National Pet Month, here’s to remembering to honor your pet!

5 Simple Ways to Show Your Pet You Love Them

1. Your Presence is the Best Present:  Spend quality time with your dog every day.  This could mean going on a quick walk in the morning before work, playing ball in the yard, practicing a new trick, or just relaxing on the couch while watching a movie.  Whatever you and your dog enjoy doing together, make sure you set aside time every day to spend with your dog.  Like the quote says: “Your dog may not be your whole world, but to your dog, YOU are his whole world.”  Make your dog feel like they are your whole world as often as possible.  This will truly show your dog your love.

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2. A Tired Dog is a Happy Dog:  Give your dog the gift of exercise. Exercise can come in a variety packages.  Figure out which ones your dog enjoys and keep it different: variety is the spice of life!

  • Play fetch in the backyard
  • Go on a walk (even better, go with a friend!)
  • Play tug
  • Go out for a jog
  • Go on a hike
  • Make a trip to the dog park
  • Go for a car ride
  • Make a trip to a pet store
  • Play tug in the house
  • Play hide and seek (hide tennis balls or a high value toy in different places in the house.  Run around with your dog and help them find/get them)
  • Learn a new trick (mental exercises can be just as good as physical exercise!)
  • Go for a swim at your local lake/pool
  • Give puzzle toys (for times when you can’t spend as much time with them as you’d like)
  • Try a new sport or activity with your dog (there are beginning classes for agility, dockdogs, flyball, frisbee and more!)
  • Take a weekly obedience class

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3. Compliments Can Go a Long Way:  Reward your dog when she does something good.  Even if it’s something small or seemingly insignificant, saying “good dog” when your dog lays down next to you, or is quiet even though she could bark, these are good times to praise your dog.  If she gets something good every time she does something good, she will be good a lot more often! Praising your dog for doing the ‘right’ things will encourage her to want to be good, and this helps create a happy, (and bonus!) well-behaved dog.

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4. Communicate:  Talk to your Dog.  As in all types of relationships, communication is key.  Your dog loves to hear your voice. Even if he may not seem like he is listening, dogs listen.  And he’s not going to tell you to be quiet, give you attitude, or judge your decisions.  So talk to him! Tell him how your day was, what difficulties you faced, what exciting things happened, ask how his day was, tell him how much you appreciate him, and tell him you love him. Every day. Along with making your dog happy, you might just find it was one of the best things you can do for yourself also. Sometimes we just need a quiet loved one to listen.

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5. A Healthy Dog is a Happy Dog:  Show your dog your love by making healthy treats, feeding them food with natural and healthy ingredients, and giving them a proper amount of exercise.  As tempting as it is to give treats to that adorable face every time you’re given the puppy-eyes, keep in mind that treats should count towards your dogs daily food intake.  Managing weight is extremely important in keeping your dog healthy. Overweight dogs are more prone to heart disease, arthritis, hip dysplasia and many other health ailments as they get older.

Tips:

  • Check your dog’s food label for the ingredients list, if you don’t recognize ingredients or there are ‘byproducts,’ consider going to your local natural pet store and talking to them about healthy foods.
  • Give treats less often (replace with pets and praise)
  • Make/give healthy treats (sweet potato chews, carrots)
  • Ask your vet at your next check-up how their weight is, and be active about getting/keeping them at a healthy weight
  • Give them some sort of exercise every day (even if you don’t like exercising, help them to stay healthy and in shape)

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