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4 Tips To Curb Destructive Chewing

posted by The Daily Fluff June 16, 2017 0 comments

Chewing is an important activity for dogs of all ages as it helps maintain a strong jaw, clean teeth and help relieve teething pain in puppies while also combating boredom. However, excessive chewing can be a sign that your dog is experiencing anxiety and frustration or isn’t mentally or physically stimulated enough.

For those of you with a dog who loves to destructively chew, it’s best to minimise exposure to situations that may make your furry-friend feel nervous or upset, as well as ensuring they have plenty of fun games to play and regular exercise.

For more ideas on how to curb destructive chewing, we’ve rounded up our top 4 tips:

“Dog-proof” your house:

Be sure to keep your valuable objects out of your pup’s reach until you’re confident that they won’t be chewed on. We suggest keeping your shoes and clothes in a closet, dirty laundry in a hamper, and books on shelves.

Provide your pup with plenty of appropriate chew toys:

Be sure to take note of the toys that keep your pup chewing for long periods of time and try to limit their access to them. Rotating or introducing new toys every few days will help ensure your pup doesn’t get bored with the same toys which could make them look elsewhere for things to chew!

Don’t be afraid to offer edible things to chew such as pig ears, rawhide bones, or natural chews:

A very important tip to deter destructive chewing is to help your pup learn the difference between what they should and shouldn’t chew. Offer them a great selection of edible chew toys including pig ears or natural chews. However, it’s best to avoid cooked bones as they may splinter and become a choking hazard.

As a general rule, don’t resort to giving them unwanted or unused household items like old shoes. This will help your pup learn to distinguish what is and isn’t theirs.

Keep them mentally and physically stimulated!

Daily walks, off-leash play with other dogs, tug and fetch games is a great way to achieve this. If, however you have a high energy breed, you may require more stimulation so why not sign up for an agility course or alpha dog training to truly engage both you and your pet?

If you work long hours or need to leave your dog unattended for a long period of time, why not have a good high-energy play session before you leave them alone! That’s sure to tire them out!

Do you have any great tips to share with us? Comment below.

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Wellbeing

4 Ways To Make Your Life As A Dog Owner Less Stressful

posted by The Daily Fluff March 28, 2017 0 comments

Dogs make our lives happier with their wagging tails, dangling tongue and excited barking. However, while their cute and cuddly presence brightens up everybody’s day, puppies can also be a bit of a handful.

If you’re getting a bit overwhelmed, we have some tips on how you can live your life with your pooch with no worries at all!

  1. House Training:

If you have a new pooch in your home, you may be worried about how they may adjust to their new living quarters. They’ll need to be taught straight away that the whole world, in fact, ISN’T their garden, and therefore cannot be used as toilets. If you’ve never house trained before, the general idea is to take your pup outside for toilet breaks every 30 minutes. The purpose of this is to get into your pet’s head that the outside is their toilet, not inside. Your new pup will also need to be watched constantly so that there is little risk of an accident. Get everyone in the house on board and have a shift schedule for who will be watching the new housemate. It may also help to find some obedience classes for you and your dog to take together. You two can have fun together as you learn how to get them to be on their best behaviour!

  1. Walking:

Taking your dog out for a walk isn’t just for toilet breaks: the fresh air also relieves them of stress and anxiety and gets them some regular exercise. If you’re too tired to take them for a walk, however, don’t stress yourself out! Aim to try and get at least 10 minutes a day. A quick walk around the block should do it. If you want the walk to be done as soon as possible, take a few treats with you. Give them to your dog after they’ve gone to the toilet or when you’re finished to encourage a shorter walk. If you’re a busy person who often comes home late after work, get someone in the family to walk your pooch, or hire a local dog walker to do it while you’re away. Once you get home, you can expect your dog to be lying on the floor passed out from their big day.

  1. The Dog Sitter:

If you’re a busy person, or you’re planning a long holiday, you may be worried your pooch won’t get the care they need. Luckily there are many options for you to consider so your dog will be well looked after while you’re away. Pop online and look up some local dog boarding houses for your pup to stay in. It’ll be like they’re having a holiday too! If boarding isn’t your cup of tea, look up some professional pet sitters who can stay at the house or mind your dog at their place. Or if you want to be sure you can completely trust your carer, get a friend to take care of your fur baby. Make sure you cover everything they need to know, such as vet contacts, food, walking schedules and back up contacts.

  1. The Vet:

Nobody likes to visit the vet, especially your pooch. But when they’re sick or injured, you will do anything to make sure your dog is well again. However, there are so many times you can visit the vet until the bills start pilling up. There are many strategies that can help you save money and keep your dog healthy. Taking them for regular check ups will decrease the likeliness of your dog becoming unwell and save loads of money in the long run. Getting pet insurance can help cover costs related to illnesses and injures. Money may still be spent, but it will benefit for emergency situations. It’s also a good idea to keep track of your finances to make sure there’s always some money available for your pup. If you just can’t cover it for whatever reason, ask a friend or relative to help out as a back up. If they love your pet as much as you do, they will have no problem helping out!

The precious moments you have with your dog will surely clear up any stress you may have. So don’t worry about a thing. You and your pooch will be alright.

What strategies do you have for living a stress-free life with your dog? Comment below and let us know!

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Fun

6 Things Your Dog Doesn’t Think You Understand

posted by The Daily Fluff March 1, 2017 0 comments

It’s safe to say that you and your dog are best buds. No one can argue about your special connection. However, you two are different species. So there are some moments when your pooch may feel like you’re not quite feeling their vibe.

That’s why we’ve come up with a list of 6 things that your dog feels that sometimes you don’t understand so you can both get on the same page!

  1. “Speak in Dog, Please”

Do you ever have those moments when you’re trying to give your dog a command, but no matter how many times you raise your voice, they just won’t listen? Well, that’s because they don’t speak English. They may understand the tone of your voice, but without body language, they may just look at you with a dumbfounded expression. If you ever have trouble giving your pet commands, try matching a hand gesture with each one so your dog can have a visual cue too. For example, if you want your pup to sit, point to the ground while speaking.

  1. “Is it Dinner Time?”

Whenever you’re in the kitchen, you may find your pup standing behind you giving you the puppy eyes. While this may seem endearing, your dog might be thinking that it’s dinnertime, even after you’ve just fed them. This may turn into a discipline issue, especially if they get in your way or if they become aggressive. Teach your pet a signal to make them leave the room or to stay in a spot that’s safe and away from you. If they do the right thing, feel free to give them a treat afterwards.

  1. “That Walk Was Quick”

Your dog may love going on walks with you, but if you’re one of those people who likes to jog or only has time for a quick walk around the block, your dog may not be able to stop and smell the roses…or anything, for that matter. Going on walks isn’t just exercise for dogs; it’s also their time to go out and explore their world. You wouldn’t like it if your friend wanted to go home after spending five minutes at the shops. Even if you’re just walking around the block, let your dog embrace their surroundings. They may sniff around or go to the toilet. As long as you still have them on your lead, let them have a good time while you’re walking.

  1. “Well This Is No Fun”

After a long day at work, all you want to do is cook dinner, watch TV and go to bed. However, while you’ve had a busy day, your dog has been sitting at home waiting for you to come back and do something fun. But if you neglect them, your pup may get a little stir crazy and act out in different ways, like chewing up your shoes or hiding in your wardrobe. If you’re unable to take them for a walk, spend at least 15-30 minutes playing training games like teaching them commands or hiding something for them to find. That way they’re stimulated and learning some obedience skills.

  1. “Please Don’t Be Mad”

Dogs respond easily to the tone of your voice and body language. So if you’re acting tense after having a bad day, your dog is likely to absorb all that negative energy and become tense themselves, which could make them aggressive. However, dogs are the perfect medicine for a bad day. Take some time to relax and let them know you’re okay. Lie down on the couch, give your dog a pet and maybe even do some meditating together. Your pooch is the master of the downward facing dog, after all.

  1. “P.S, I Love You”

To your pooch, you’re their entire world. You’re their chef, maid and playmate. While you may have a life away from your pup, your dog feels differently. That’s why it’s common for them to feel lonely whenever you’re not around. This could lead to more acting out. If this is an issue for you, there are a number of ways you can improve this. Leave out some toys, talk to a trainer for some tips, or drop off your pup at a friend’s or a doggy day care. As long as you always come home, they won’t miss you for very long.

No matter what happens, you and your pooch will still be the best of friends. With these tips, your relationship can only become even stronger!

What are some issues you and your dog struggle through? Comment below and let us know!

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6 Signs Your Dog Loves You

posted by The Daily Fluff October 10, 2016 0 comments

Everyone who knows you is very (VERY) aware that you love your dog. You most likely have photos plastered all over your wall of your dog, as well as screen savers, and think about your dog whilst at work. You possibly even dream of a land where only you and hundreds of clones of your dog exists—or is that taking it too far? Anyway, the point is, there is no doubt you love him or her, but how do you know that the special dog in your life loves you back?

They give you lots of kisses:

Your dog showers you with sloppy, smelly kisses. They kiss you when you wake up, before you go to sleep and every opportunity in between. Although it’s sometimes unwanted — like when you’re trying to get ready for a special occasion, and your hairy pooch decides it’s the perfect time to slobber all over your brand new outfit—it’s your dog’s way of saying “I love that you exist!”

They get excited when they see you (not matter how long it’s been):

Dog: “Mum, it’s been a whole day, I missed you so much!”
Also Dog: “Mum, I went outside to go to the toilet, I missed you so much!”
You know your dog loves you when they are CONSTANTLY greeting you like it’s been weeks.

Bentley says, “My favourite way to show how much I love my humans is whether they’ve been gone for 10 minutes, or 10 hours; making sure they’re absolutely smothered in kisses and cuddles from me the second they step in the door! (Whether they like it or not!)”

They can’t be upset with you:

Your fur child HATES the vet, HATES when you leave him/her and HATES baths. Despite this, 30 seconds later your dog will be in your arms begging to play. No matter how upset your dog may have been during unpleasant situations or whilst you were telling it off, it will forget about it straight away.

They want to be close to you:

Sometimes this means that sitting by your feet or next to you is not enough, and your dog will insist on sitting on your lap (even if they are 45 kilos)! Dogs are very loving, and contact is one of the main ways they express their affection!

Competes with others:

Your dog wants your undivided attention, and sometimes when your friends, partner or even other pets are around your dog gets extremely jealous that it’s not getting 100% of it. Occasionally the jealousy will result in a stare off and/or pushing its way between you and whatever is distracting you.

Pulls the ‘puppy dog eyes’ move ALL THE TIME:

We already mentioned evil stare offs, but puppy dog eyes are a whole new level because nine out of ten times you cave. Not only is this your dog’s favourite way to manipulate you, but it shows how badly your pooch wants to spend time with you!

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4 Ways To Exercise With Your Dog ­

posted by The Daily Fluff September 8, 2016 0 comments

Even with today’s busy lifestyle­ it’s important for pets and owners alike to keep fit so they can tackle all their important daily tasks (like testing out those new chew toys dad brought home!) with a clear mind.

Here at the Daily Fluff we’ve compiled four ways to exercise with your dog this spring, that will clear that winter fog away and get you both outside, soaking up some healthy Vitamin D.

1. Walking or running:

Walking or running with your dog is one of the most common ways to get fit while bonding together.

Instagram celebs Sherman and Diesel are big fans of a good beach ­run, they love how it wears their owner out so they can relax afterwards:

“Hearing the word W.A.L.K is our favourite part of the day. We like to exercise our human at the local off-leash beach, Beaumaris Yacht Club. Look out for Diesel chasing his favourite purple ball and I will be rolling around in some seaweed. remember regular exercise is great for your humans and helps keep us happy and healthy too.”

2. Keepings off:

Dogs love ball sports. Head to the backyard or local park with a soccer ball and play keepings off! Gentle dribbling activities will work out both you and your dog, while you try to keep the ball away and your dog tries to catch it. This is also a good way for you to check in with your old sports skills and see if you’ve still got it!

3. Stand­-Up Paddle Boarding:

If you’ve always wanted to try paddle ­boarding but haven’t the heart to leave your pooch at home while you get to splash around in the ocean, there’s no need to worry! Dogs love water, waves and the ocean in general. Any pup that loves the feel of the wind in their face during the drive down to the beach will equally enjoy the sea­ spray as they get to ride the waves like Kate Winslet in the Titanic.

4. Bodysurfing:

As the weather warms up, the beaches fill up. Bodysurfing is a fun way to get fit and no equipment is necessary! Your dog can join in too and catch waves with you. Careful though, your pooch might show you up on the beach, either by riding those waves more smoothly, or attracting the attention of cute lifeguards!

Do you have any fun tips on how to exercise with your pet? Let us know in the comments below!

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