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The Best Places to Meet True Pet Lovers around Melbourne

posted by The Daily Fluff February 23, 2017 0 comments

There are a lot of dog parks and beaches all around Melbourne so sometimes it’s hard to decide where to go on your next adventure. Most dog owners love seeing their pups socialise with other pups, playing and exploring together, it’s what we all love to see. But what about you? Isn’t it time that you start socialising too? What if you could socialise while your pup does the same?

We narrowed down our favourite places for meeting other pet lovers around Melbourne. That way you can both get socialising with like minded people & pooches.

Clayton Reserve, Macauley Road, North Melbourne:

A terrific inner city fenced park so you can let your pooch run free! Popular among inner city canines as it is on the fringe of the CBD, it’s an excellent spot for your pooch to get some exercise while you both socialise with other visitors.

Princes Park, Balaclava Road, Caulfield South:

Princes Park is a popular destination for many pets. Consisting of a fenced football oval as well as unfenced off-leash soccer fields, there’s plenty of ground for you and your pooch to cover. Water taps, bowls, benches, lots of trees and parking also available, it really has it all! Just don’t forget to bring waste bags with you to pick up after your pup. What we really love about Princes Park is that it has its own Facebook community: Princes Park Dog Owners. Meet like-minded pet owners and tee-up some socialising dates, perfect for locals. The Facebook group welcomes you to post a photo introducing you and your pet to the group! With over 500 members – what an awesome group to be a part of!

Sandown Street Beach, Brighton:

A purposely fully-fenced length of beach perfect for your pooch to enjoy the sand and the water, no leash required. Often busy particularly in the afternoons throughout summer, it’s a fantastic spot not far out of the CBD where you and your pooch are bound to make new friends. Enjoy a stroll along the marina with a stunning view of the city skyline in the distance. A purr-fect photo spot. Tip: We hear peak hour is 5:30pm weekdays and sunny Saturday mornings!

Citizens Park, Richmond:

A very busy park where apparently all the dog owners in Richmond (there are a lot of them) visit frequently. When the large fenced football oval isn’t occupied by footballers it is taken over by a mass of dogs, pups and their owners. What more could you want?!

McDonald Reserve, Beaumaris:

Our contributors Sherman and Diesel are big fans of this fun park and think it’s the perfect place to head to at the end of the busy week.

Sometimes our pawrents crave the company of other like-minded people. I know crazy to think just spending time with us 24/7 isn’t enough. When this happens to ours, we like to walk them to McDonald reserve in Beaumaris. Lots of people socialise their pups there and some Friday afternoons some even gather for a nice social drink!! We like to think this dog/human interaction is beneficial to all involved.

Must Love Dogs Meet Ups!

It’s not exactly a ‘place’ but it’s a group that we just had to share with you! With numerous organised meet-ups a month, this Must Love Dogs group is perfect for socialising with dogs. The best thing about this group is that you don’t even need to have a dog to join. You may be thinking about getting a dog or you’ve had dogs in the past and miss the company, either way, you are welcome to go to their events and get your dose of dogs you need! Some of their events also include pet owner information and training on how to teach and bond with your dog. Over a 1000 members and currently 13 scheduled meet-ups, the group is safe as it requires approval by an organiser before joining.

You do not need a dog to join. You might want to learn about dogs before getting a dog. You might no longer have dogs but would still enjoy their company. If you love dogs you are welcome to join us. -Must Love Dogs

Follow this link to join the group today! www.meetup.com/en-AU/Must-Love-Dogs/

We hope this has given you some ideas on where you might go on your next adventure! If you have a favourite spot where you’ve met some great pet lovers, please share with us in the comments below!

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Apartment Living with Pets: What You Need to Know

posted by The Daily Fluff February 17, 2017 0 comments

Ready for your happily ever after but missing a very important companion in your home? Us Melburnians sure love our pets but unfortunately, it’s very common to hear people say “I really want a pet BUT I live in an apartment!” Well, we have some good news for you! There are many pets that are suited to apartment living but there are some specifics you do need to consider before taking the dive.

Which level will you live on? 

We have found the lower levels much more convenient as your closer to the outside. If you are planning on getting a puppy, toilet training can be very challenging and will require lots of trips outside to begin with. The ground or 1st floor makes this a lot easier.

Choose your animal and breed carefully:

High energy dogs such as Labradors and Border Collies may really struggle to live in a confined space. This can result in them acting out and chewing things they shouldn’t or damaging furniture.

Size: 

A larger animal may just not be ideal in an apartment; remember pups do grow! Make sure you research your breed and the expected size once it is fully grown.

Exercise:

Plenty of it is key. It allows your pet to burn energy so they aren’t restless or agitated at home. If you’re time poor you should consider a dog walker or doggie daycare to help with this.

Time:

You need to be prepared to set aside time every day for your pet, whether that be time for walking, playing or just doting them with attention. Providing your pets with a daily routine and attention can minimise your pet misbehaving as it’s usually a call for attention.

Neighbours: 

Be aware of how close your neighbours are and how well the apartment blocks out noise before getting a pet. If you happen to have a dog who’s a barker, consult your Vet on ways to minimise barking and correct behaviour.

Our Tips:

  • Bring the outside in: Plants can make your pet feel more at ease in an apartment setting.
  • Cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are ideal for apartment living –  they are quiet and can be toilet trained more easily.
  • Communicate with your landlord: Your landlord may have specific requirements or restrictions when it comes to pets. This may also include a pet deposit to cover possible damage or cleaning costs when vacating.
  • Vaccinations: It is really important to keep up their worming and vaccinations as apartments often have shared yards and facilities so you need to make sure your pet can’t infect anyone else using these areas. If you have a dog and it was to bite someone, having vaccination records is vital.

We hope this can assist you in making the right decision in choosing a pet for you and your living situation. If you have the ideal pet for your apartment we would love for you to share with us in the comments below!

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10 Reasons Why Bunnies Make Excellent Pets

posted by The Daily Fluff February 8, 2017 0 comments

When you’re considering a new addition to the family, too often the question seems to be “should we get a cat or dog?” They may be the most popular pets but here at the Daily Fluff we want to broaden your mind; because a bunny rabbit may just be the perfect pet for your home and lifestyle.

We contacted some of our bunny friends Amsterdam and Autumn and found there was a lot we didn’t know about rabbits!

Here are the top 10 reasons why rabbits make excellent pets!

  1. They can be house trained, easily
  2. They are intelligent
  3. They can live inside just like an indoor cat or dog
  4. They are clean
  5. They have distinct personalities
  6. They help you stay healthy
  7. They like keeping a routine
  8. They are quiet pets
  9. They help you feel calm
  10. They have long life spans, usually around 10-15 years

And there’s more!

If you’re in an apartment or are looking for a pet that is house trained and quiet, rabbits are the perfect animal for you! You may need to empty the litter daily but they won’t bother the neighbours or wake up little kids with barking or meowing.

Rabbits are great at keeping themselves clean with self-grooming, not dissimilar to cats, so there is no need for baths which is lucky since rabbits generally don’t like water! Their personalities are easy to read – and they are sure to let you know if they are happy and or unhappy.

Our friends Amsterdam and Autumn are great at showing their mum and dad what they are feeling:

We love to run and jump around when we are excited but will turn our backs on you when we are grumpy!

Rabbits are smart and curious creatures and they can even learn their name and come when they are called. Rabbits love human interaction and can work their own schedule around your day-to-day routine! They often have their playtime when their owner is home which makes your mornings and nights so much more exciting! Just like any other pet they will be pleased to see you when you get home from work and since your fridge needs to be stocked with fresh herbs and veggies, they will also encourage you to eat healthily! What more could you want?

Here at the Daily Fluff, we’re pretty convinced that rabbits make excellent pets! But if you’re still unsure we suggest doing some of your own research and follow some pet bunnies on Instagram (like Amsterdam and Autumn) to learn the ins and outs from rabbit owners.

Do you own a rabbit? What are some of your favourite things about them? Comment and share with us below!

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How To Choose The Right Dog Breed For You

posted by The Daily Fluff January 31, 2017 0 comments

For any pet lover who is looking to bring a new pup into their family, choosing the right breed can be challenge. How are you supposed to choose when there are so many amazing and adorable breeds in the world?!

While we all tend to be drawn to breeds we think are cute and cuddly, it’s important to also think about how to best care for your potential pup. This may mean that you have to make some hard practical decisions when bringing a new dog into your home.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before picking your breed of dog. 

How much space do you have?

If you’re living somewhere small you are probably better off with a smaller dog breed. If you’re living in an apartment you’re better off looking for a low energy dog so that your pup isn’t couped up and gloomy. Big dogs need a lot of space, a large backyard and most of the time a decent vacuum cleaner!

How much time to you have?

Some dogs require more attention than others and are miserable being alone too long. For example working dogs like German Shepherds and Border Collies are very active, need long walks and plenty of company. If the house is empty for most of the day and you don’t have time to go on long walks you are more suited to small dogs like Cavoodles or Maltese breeds. They are pretty happy to laze around!

Why are you getting a dog?

In order to pick the right breed, you may also need to ask yourself why you are getting a dog in the first place?

For many of us, it’s the love and companionship of having a fluff ball running around causing adorable chaos that makes us sure we need to add a new fur baby to our home. However, you may also have another practical reason, whether that’s to guard your home or to provide friendship to your young children.

How did you pick dog breeds? Comment and let us know!

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Open Your Doors and Make It A Home

posted by The Daily Fluff January 30, 2017 0 comments

What do we really know about the local animal shelters in your area? It’s easy to assume they do invaluable work, but the truth is it goes much deeper than that.

It’s a hard truth to face, but it’s one that needs to be known by all the pet lovers out there. Thousands of beautiful, healthy and loving kittens and cats are put down every year across the country, why? There’s a major overpopulation issue. There are multiple ways we can try and impact this and make a real difference; The Cat Protection Society (CPS) are committed to making a change, starting with education. The CPS endeavor to educate the community in responsible cat ownership and by also providing de-sexing services at a discounted rate through their clinic, their commitment to all aspects of cat welfare and management is clear. By promoting the recognition of domestic cats as a part of this community; they hope to give what we all want for these cats, a fighting chance.

It might seem like these cats are just another face in the crowd, but a cat we want to tell you about today is anything but that. Her name is Bella, she is the indoors-y type, great company, loves attention and interacting with her family as much as possible. She is a family-first type of lady. And when we say lady that’s exactly what I mean. Bella is a 8 years old, which might not make her your first pick, but in our opinion she really ought to be. Her maturity has made Bella more resilient to her surroundings and to multiple personalities, she loves to give and receive affection daily, making the perfect addition to your home. Bella’s Mum unfortunately was unable to take her with her when she moved into an aged care facility, which actually happens quite a lot with adult cats, leaving them homeless.

Currently, Bella is in foster care and her carer couldn’t give her a better wrap:

Bella is a delightful, affectionate lady who would love to keep your lap warm and keep you company.

Bella has been in the care of the Cat Protection Society for 165 days now, she really would be most at peace in a new home, where she can get properly settled. Here at The Daily Fluff, we’re sharing this story, hoping that one of you will decide to open your door and make it a home, for Bella.

For information on how to adopt Bella or to find out more about adopting a cat, head to the CPS website at http://www.catprotection.com.au/pussy-cat/bella/

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10 Ways to Puppy Proof Your Home

posted by The Daily Fluff November 11, 2016 0 comments

There pretty much isn’t anything more exciting than bringing your new puppy home for the first time! Unfortunately, though, it’s not all fun and games! Just like mum and dad used to tell us as we’d beg and beg for a new puppy, with pets comes responsibility.

Here are our top ten tips to puppy-proof your home.

  1. Get rid of toxic items

Lock up all of your toxic chemicals, far away from your pup. New puppies can be super curious, and if they really want to, they can wriggle into dangerous places. Lock your chemicals and cleaning products in a place they can’t get access to. Pups can also react badly to some plants you might have in your backyard. Read more about toxic plants to look out for here!

George The French Bulldog agrees:

“I love to play in the backyard, so it’s important that anything that I might try to eat (like small rocks or the hose) is out of my reach and that any plants or garden items used are pet friendly.”

  1. Keep all doors shut and secured

Trust us, there is nothing scarier than when your new pup seizes their opportunity and goes straight for the front door. It might be a bit of an adjustment, especially if you haven’t had a dog before but it is definitely worth being super careful around any doors that are used to access the big bad world.

  1. Puppy-proof your fence 

Dogs LOVE to dig and to squirm into places they shouldn’t be, so make sure to thoroughly check your backyard. Check for any holes in your fencing, or any gaps a wriggly little pup could squeeze through!

  1. Use lots of towels while toilet training

If you’ve had a puppy before, then you know that toilet training can be a seriously long process! To avoid any lounge room disasters, cover all carpeted areas with old towels. Using absorbent puppy-pads will also help you avoid messy clean-ups!

  1. Tidy up electric cables

New puppies LOVE to chew, especially while they are teething! Clean up all electric cables, and keep them well away from your pups favourite hangout zone. Honestly, better they chew on your favourite shoes than the wifi cable, right?

             6. Identify any hazards

Puppies and stairs do not mix. Block off the stairs with a child proof gate to keep them safe!

  1. Clean up

Puppies can be seriously curious creatures. Within minutes of arriving at their new home, they will be sniffing around to familiarise themselves with their new family! This means that any socks left on the floor, dust bunnies under the couch or food left under the oven can become a puppy hazard. Have a big clean out a few days before your pup arrives home, just to be safe!

  1. Keep food out of reach

Not only is human food super appetising for our fur-babies, it can also be quite damaging and even toxic. If your new pup is particularly curious, it might be best to buy some child locks for your pantry and fridge doors. Keep all food out of their reach until they learn their boundaries.

  1. Store away important belongings

Like we said, new puppies are extremely curious and have an affinity for chewing. Lock up all of your valuables!!

  1. Create a puppy-only area

If your puppy has its own area where it can sleep, eat and play safely, then they are less likely to get into trouble around the rest of the house. Creating a space that they enjoy spending time in is the best way to keep your new pup safe in your home.

As you are applying all these top tips and tricks for puppy proofing your home, it’s important to make sure that you reward your puppy for the amazing job they are doing! Frankie The Lil Sausage thinks this is very important as well!

“Give your new puppy lots of praise when they do the right thing. I always love hearing what a good girl I am!”

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Benefits Of Pets In The Workplace

posted by The Daily Fluff October 10, 2016 0 comments

For most of us, the best thing about arriving home after work each day is being greeted by our furry friends. Playing catch or having some quality cuddle time is the best way to relax and de-stress after a long day at work.

However now you don’t have to spend your day wondering what mischief your pet is getting up to at home, or waiting for the clock to hit five so you can go home and spoil them with belly rubs anymore! Studies have shown that having pets in the workplace can actually be extremely beneficial!

Unconvinced? Here are the top benefits of having pets in the workplace:

Reduces stress and anxiety:

Anxiety is common in most workplaces. Even if you love your job, deadlines, meetings and time management can get to even the most zen of us!

Studies have shown that pet’s behaviour provokes laughter and entertainment, which is likely to reduce stress and feelings of depression. This is especially relieving in high-pressure corporate workplaces! Having something to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety is guaranteed to create a more productive and effective workplace.

Encourages physical activity:

Being stuck in the office, sitting down, sending emails all day definitely is not great for your health and wellbeing, that’s for sure. Even on the most beautiful summers days, we can feel obliged to stay inside while we’re at work.

Having pets in the office gives you the greatest excuse to get out and enjoy that sunshine! Leaving the office for even 15 minutes to walk the dog can be a great refresher and it can improve employee’s focus. Win/win!

Increases productivity:

Being happier, healthier, and less stressed at work can make a more productive team. Reduced stress in the workplace means that employees are less likely to take sick days and are more likely to enjoy their time at work.

Workplaces that are pet friendly have found that as office-pets create a more relaxed environment, they also boost creativity. Meaning that employees are more likely to be imaginative and productive.

If you’re seeking a bit more balance in your corporate life, we would definitely recommend asking your boss about introducing pet-friendly office days! Even if it’s just one day a week – like our friends at Jetpets, who have introduced Furbaby Friday at their workplace.

 I mean, who can resist a puppies’ face anyway?!

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Yoga For Dogs

posted by The Daily Fluff September 22, 2016 0 comments

We all know what yoga is right? Thank the internet and the crazy pretzel­ shaped selfies of men and women world over for educating anyone who might not have heard of this ancient practice about how they can heal their bodies and lives through this mental and physical meditation.

Of course, these days yoga itself comes in a few different varieties, some perform it in classes in the centre of busy gyms, some prefer to stretch outdoors alone, some (like yours truly) meditate via the aid of a Youtube video yogi in their dressing gowns and pajama’s before hopping on the tram to work, and – some people now take their dogs along to yoga with them!

Yoga | Doga | Exercise | How To Exercise With Pets | The Daily Fluff | Melbourne Pet BlogIt’s called Doga, and as it increases in popularity, fans are raving about it!

Of course, a four ­legged pooch can’t exactly stretch themselves out into a warrior, or butterfly pose. So, what exactly is Doga?

As it turns out, Doga is primarily a social experience for dogs and owners to bond. While there are some dog ­friendly poses, the main characteristic of Doga tends to be in creating a closer and more trusting relationship between dog and human. Many classes ask humans to stroke and massage their dogs, breathe with them and sometimes perform some light stretching. Other classes simply involve the dogs being there, present alongside other dogs and humans in a calm, friendly setting.

The idea makes sense, as many humans are already aware of the de-­stressing effects of having a pet or other friendly animal around. Dogs tend to detoxify any situation, and therefore are the perfect companion to bring along to a yoga class, provided they are not too over-excited and energetic!

How to do Doga/Get Your Dog Involved:

U.S Doga teacher Brenda Bryan has invented a few techniques for getting dogs involved and encouraging pet/owner bonding time. Most of Bryan’s techniques simply involve increasing the closeness between pets and owners and creating a more comfortable setting for the dogs. To get started with Doga you could try her Heart-­To-Hound Mudra, a meditation that connects you to your dog by placing one hand on your own heart and one hand on your dogs, then closing your eyes and breathing slowly.

All in all, Doga looks like a great way to have some fun and relax with your pooch. Why not try it out at home, or even email your local yogi to see if you could bring a little canine love to your after‐work yoga class!

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6 Reasons Why Pets Make You A Better Person

posted by The Daily Fluff September 7, 2016 0 comments

We all know that our furry friends brighten up our lives, but did you know that they are also helping to make you a better person?

Here are some of the amazing things pets do to make us better people:

Pets…

Make you appreciate the little things:

How often does your pet do something cute that makes you stop what you’re doing and just watch? Whether it’s a head tilt or a head-bump from your cat, our pets know how to get our attention so we can really appreciate what surrounds us.

Teach you responsibility:

Remember that fish your parents gave you when you were young? Yep, that was to teach you responsibility. By caring for a pet you become in-tune to their needs and understand what it means to have something rely on you.

Encourage you to be active:

Most pets are playful and encourage you to get moving; resulting in a more active and healthy owner.

Frankie Sunny the sausage dog says, “I help my humans stay fit and healthy by giving them the puppy dog eyes so they take me for lots of walks.”

Bentley the Newfoundland agrees with this and points out, “I give my owner a reason to exercise—only if I feel like it too!”

Teach you to not hold grudges:

You just scolded your dog two minutes ago for chewing up your favourite decorative cushion, but here he is with his dopey smile looking for a belly rub. Pets prove to you that everyone makes mistakes. Even if you haven’t been in the best mood, or if they have been extra naughty, you still love each other!

Cheer you up:

Whether you’ve had a tough day at work or you’ve heard some bad news, your pet knows. It’s no doubt that pets can sense your feelings and often when they do they try to comfort you. Not only is this heartwarming, but it helps to cheer you up so you can get up and keep going. Even if things aren’t going your way, you have your pet to snuggle up to at the end of the day.

Bentley reassures his human, “I’ll smother you in kisses when you’re sad!”

Teach you patience:

Young animals need to be trained and taught from a young age, but this is not something that happens overnight. By owning and raising a pet, you’ll learn that good things really do come to those who wait.


How has your pet made you a better person? Share with us in the comments below.

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5 Ways to Deal With Animal Separation Anxiety

posted by The Daily Fluff September 5, 2016 0 comments

Animal separation anxiety can be a real issue for some pet parents. While at first a dog whining at the door can seem a little cute and silly, actions surrounding animal separation anxiety can become quite dangerous and pets desperate to escape for a lunchtime reunion with their mum or dad can really hurt themselves. Some symptoms of animal separation anxiety can include: Excessive whining when owners leave, urination in strange areas and destructive behaviour such as chewing ­as well as the aforementioned escape attempts.

Here at the Daily Fluff we’ve compiled the top five ways to deal with animal separation anxiety. Remember that extreme cases of separation anxiety may require treatment and training from a certified pet behavioural specialist.

Counterconditioning:

For more mild cases of separation anxiety counterconditioning may be effective. Counterconditioning is a method that relies upon associative behaviour. Owners can train their pets to look forward to a normally anxiety-­inducing situation by giving them some sort of treat to look forward to. Food ­based puzzles and toys are perfect for this. Every morning before leaving for work you could try stuffing a food based puzzle toy with a tasty treat to alleviate antisocial behaviour. Your pet will eventually move their attention from your leaving to the treat they will consume and begin to enjoy their alone time.

Leave the TV on:

Leave the TV or radio on. This is another option best for mild separation anxiety. The lull of human voices will comfort and interest your pet, as well as distract them from your departure.

Mix up your pre-departure routine: 

As a pet lover you notice that your pet is aware of certain things about you. One set of such behaviour is known as ‘pre-departure cues’. You may notice that your pet can exhibit signs of anxiety when you start to go through your daily leaving routines. Whether this consists of grabbing your keys, ironing, putting on your shoes, or packing your bag. You can extend your counterconditioning training by alleviating your pet’s idea of the significance of these motions. Pick up your keys, and then sit down and wait for a little while before leaving the house. Other methods include leaving for very short periods and then coming back, gradually moving on to longer out­-of-­home excursions.

Try crate training:

Crate training is another method that may help your pet deal with separation anxiety. When a pet is enclosed in a smaller area they can feel more secure. If you opt to use a crate training method (best for dogs) ensure that you create a ‘safe space’. Fill the crate with lots of toys, treats, etc.

Reward good behaviour:

Treat your pet if they are quiet when you come home: Regardless of the method you use you should reinforce it when you greet your pet upon your return home. If they are calm 
and quiet treat them and show affection. If they come bursting out barking, ignore them in a calm manner until they resume normal behaviour.

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