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3 Tips for a Healthy Dog Coat

posted by The Daily Fluff September 20, 2017 0 comments

Fur. Pretty much all dogs of different shapes, sizes, and colour have it, with some having long, some having short, some having straight and some having curly coats of fur. For all dogs though, having a nice shiny healthy coat helps in their overall health and wellbeing, plus really healthy fur is so beautiful and luxurious to pat.

Below we have 3 tips to help you and your dog achieve ultimate hair goals, or in this case fur goals.

Nutrition

Nutrition is a big factor in determining how healthy a dog’s coat will be. Essentially the more nutrient dense your dog’s diet is the healthier your dog will be and in turn, the shinier and healthier their coat will be as well. To accomplish this, find foods that are best for your dog’s breed, size, and age, which can be done by simply reading the labels and contents of your dog’s food. Foods that are high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids are also great in keeping your dogs coat shiny and healthy. It’s important to note that it is best to talk to your vet about the best nutrition and food for your dog as each breed may have different nutritional needs.

Grooming

Grooming is an important step in giving your dog a nice shiny and healthy coat of fur. This can either be done through a professional groomer or even on your own. As a guide; long-haired breeds should be brushed twice a week, those with thick undercoats should be brushed once a week, and short-haired breeds need to be brushed frequently to get rid of loose fur.

Bathing

Obviously it’s important to wash and bathe your dog regularly to keep them happy and healthy, however, it is also important not to bathe them too frequently. Washing your dog about once a month is generally enough to help keep their skin and fur healthy. This is because constant bathing can strip your dog’s fur of the essential natural oils that they produce to keep their coats healthy, similar to the advice we are given as humans to not wash our hair too much for the same reason.

 

Did these tips help your pooch get a nice shiny coat? Have you got any other tips and tricks to help dogs maintain a healthy coat? Let us know in the comments!

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Top Tips For Moving Homes With Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff August 3, 2017 0 comments

Moving houses can be an exciting and stressful time for us humans with the excitement of starting a new chapter in our lives, but also the stress of packing, unpacking and everything that goes with it! However, during moving day humans aren’t the only ones feeling stressed, our pets can also become very anxious during this time.

Make moving a little less stressful for you and your furry friend with our top tips below!

Stick to their routine:

During the whole moving process, it’s important to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible. This includes before and after the move. Continue to feed your animal at the same time you normally would and to make sure you take your dog for a walk every day. The more they stick to their usual routine, the easier the adjustment period will be!

Pet proof your new house:

When animals become anxious and stressed their instinct can tell them to flea or escape an uncomfortable or threatening situation. As they are unfamiliar with their new home and its surroundings some pets may try to escape, and even try to find their way back to their old home. This means it’s vital to check the house, yard and fencing to ensure that it is secure and that there are no areas your pet can squeeze through in order to escape. For people with cats, it’s best to keep them inside for a couple of days until they feel safe and secure in their new home.

Allow your pet to get comfortable with their new surroundings:

Once you have moved into your new place make sure you get your furry friend accustomed to your house and its surroundings. Let your pet to explore the area, including the yard and any surrounding areas under your supervision. For dog owners, it might be a good idea to take your dog for regular walks during the moving process to get them use to the sights, sounds, and smells of the new area, this is especially helpful in the event they do escape they have a better chance of finding their way back home again.

Do you have any great tips for moving homes with your pet? Let us know in the comments below!

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New Year fireworks: tips for keeping your pets calm and areas to avoid

posted by The Daily Fluff December 28, 2016 0 comments

Although New Years is celebrated worldwide, it can be quite the opposite affair for animals, with the loud parties, large groups and fireworks increasing levels of anxiety in certain pets. Although every animal can react differently, there are a few characteristics that can be quite common in anxious pets. These may include dogs barking, pacing, shaking and even chewing (or destroying) whatever is close to them.

To help ensure your pet doesn’t act out and is as safe, calm and as happy as possible, we have compiled a list of advice to implement over the New Year period.

What to do:

  • Don’t yell at your pet. If your pet is scared of fireworks, they will naturally come to you for help. By scolding at them for barking, jumping or chewing you can make them even more stressed and anxious.
  • Give them affection, but don’t overdo it. Pat them to keep them calm and treat them as you usually do, as too much attention may result in them thinking there really is something to be afraid of.
  • Put on some music or television that they are used to, to help calm them and cover up the other noises. Be sure there is nothing loud or scary on TV!
  • Bring them inside if possible and close the curtains to block out any visuals or frantic glances.
  • Take your dog for a walk, your horse for a ride or play with your cat during the day, so they are tired at night time and ready for a big sleep!
  • Give them a treat that may take a while to eat and some chew toys. This could include bones and Kong toys filled with treats.
  • In the weeks prior (or even begin months before in future years), play audio of fireworks your pet becomes used to the sounds and understand they are not a threat.
  • Ensure all your fences and gates are secure, as the ‘flight’ response may kick in when they are afraid. Also ensure they have an up to date tag on their collar and microchip just in case.
  • Make sure your pet has somewhere to hide, whether it is a kennel, blanket, small room or under a table.
  • If possible, having someone home with them will make them much calmer! Find out if any loved ones are looking for a relaxing night in if you’re unable to be home.
  • Buy a thunder jacket for your dog. They can be very calming!


Where to avoid taking your pet after dark:
Never take your pet to a firework display, even if you think they will be fine. If you’re unsure on where firework displays will be taking place, here are a few key areas that you should avoid taking your pet:

  • Large ovals
  • Beaches/lakes
  • Showgrounds
  • City and surrounds

Click here to see a list of large Melbourne events, or contact your local council for more details on what is happening in your local area.

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“Oh no!” A Collection of Stories From Embarrassed Pet Owners

posted by The Daily Fluff December 16, 2016 0 comments

Cats and dogs aren’t the most elegant of creatures, and this results in moments where pet owners stop and think, “what ARE you doing?!” For those of you with stories that you love—or hate—to share with others, don’t worry, you’re not alone! The funny, the embarrassing and the just plain gross… read the stories below that will have you cringing, laughing and pointing fingers at your own oh so similar pet.

SMELL MY BREATH – A STORY FROM BENTLEY THE NEW FOUNDLAND:

“Sometimes when I’m feeling a little cheeky, I like to find Mum or Dad and pretend I’m about to give them a big kiss and cuddle… and, as I’m face to face with them, I let out a huge burp! Yep that’s right, I can burp louder than most humans! Safe to say Mum and Dad are not impressed by it!”

CODE RED – A STORY FROM SHERMAN THE GOLDEN & DIESEL THE BLACK LAB

“I know this looks bad Mum, but it was a code red emergency. Diesel’s ball was stuck under the couch
and you were out. We had to take matters into our own paws; just consider over turning the couch and shredding its base collateral damage. At least we got the ball..”

IS THIS FOOD? – A STORY FROM BIGGIE SMALLS THE MINIATURE DASCHUND

“I really enjoy eating number twos. Sometimes I sit behind other dogs and wait – it’s like a buffet restaurant! For some reason my parents always leave the dog park with a red face!”

OOPS, THAT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN – A STORY FROM BENTLEY THE NEW FOUNDLAND

“I’m not sure how I learnt this or where I picked up the habit from, but when I lift my leg to do number ones, sometimes number twos come out whilst my leg is cocked! Mum always laughs at me and I don’t get why!”

LET ME IN – A STORY FROM FREDDIE MERCURY THE BRITISH SHORTHAIR CAT

“There is nothing I hate more than missing out on the action. So, when the humans try to lock me in the living room every night, I’m determined to escape and wake them up by loudly meowing in their sleeping faces. Once, in an effort to keep me out of the bedroom, the humans started barricading the door with cases of wine (they drink far too much). However, they underestimated my strength, and I managed to move two cases of wine all on my own! The look on their faces was priceless… don’t mess with Freddie!” 😼

CAN’T LOOK YOU IN THE EYE AGAIN, DAD – A STORY FROM SPENCER THE CHOW

“Not long ago, Dad came home after staying at a friend’s place for the night. I ran to him and started to hump him. At this point, Dad didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!”
What embarrassing or funny stories do you have of your pet? Share your story in the comments below!

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Top Places Around Melbourne To Take Your Dog On A Date

posted by The Daily Fluff December 6, 2016 0 comments

Saturday is growing closer and you can’t pick a location for date night! What’s something fun, relaxed, and an activity that you both would enjoy? Not to mention they have to let your date in…

When choosing a location for your date they must allow:

  • extremely hairy—but well sculpted—dates; and we’re not talking hipster beards or man buns
  • clingy dates who aren’t afraid to give you—and anyone else that is near—public displays of affection. Monogamy isn’t quite his/her thing
  • lack of table manners and acceptance of licking one’s bowl clean
  • dates without any sense of decency (clothing is usually minimal if not nonexistent, besides for special occasions)
  • your date to use the surrounding grass for, well, you know… you promise to clean it up!

Luckily we’ve rounded up some great places in Melbourne for you to take your pooch on a date:

To a café and for a stroll along the beach:

What’s more romantic than grabbing a bite to eat then enjoying each other’s company while you walk hand-in-lead along the beach? The amount of dog friendly cafes and beaches located locally is always growing. If you have your heart—or stomach—set on one of your favourite cafes which isn’t made for dogs, pack your dog some lunch and sit at the outdoor tables!

Midge the Maltese cross Shih Tzu says,

I love going to Priscilla Jones Cafe this time of year, there is great food for the humans as well as special treats for us pups. There’s also a huge park behind the cafe, and Port Melbourne dog friendly beach is only a short stroll away. That’s perfect in my book!”

To the movies:

How great would it be to take a date to the movies who doesn’t talk the whole way through the movie and who can’t tell you any spoilers? Dog friendly outdoor cinemas include: Moonlight Cinemas, Coburg Drive Ins (provided our dog stays inside your car) and Lunar Drive Ins. How cool is that! If you’re feeling a bit more like a night in, buy treats and watch movies curled up on the couch! We’re sure if the film has at least one animal in it you might capture (some) of your dog’s attention.

On a winery tour:

So, we may have already spoken about Gourmet Paw Prints many times here at The Daily Fluff, but how could we now mention it again? It’s the best idea ever! Take a winery tour with your dog, with the bus and locations all organized for you in either Mornington Peninsula, the Yarra Valley or the Dandenong Ranges. A day full of food, fun and wine—which we might just add, you can’t share wine with your dog which is a bonus for you! They also organise doggy movie nights at their popup cinema at Witchmount Winery—why not do both?

On a surprise getaway:

Pack your bag, car and dog up and just go! You’ll find that most accommodation states online whether they are dog friendly or not, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a place to accommodate to your doggy needs! Gourmet Paw Prints also organizes a two night, dog friendly luxury getaway within the Mornington Peninsula for special doggo-verseries. The sisters from Diggiddydoggydaycare also offer pet friendly cottage accommodation within Portarlington with a closed in backyard. Check it out here.

On a picnic:

One of the simplest ideas of all; take your dog on a picnic to practically anywhere! You could go to your local park, lake or even set it up within your own backyard. Pack a basket full of treats for yourself and your dog, some games and a picnic rug. We recommend that you also take a bone or a treat that takes a while for your dog to eat so you can attempt to eat your human food without sharing. If you’re in public, watch out for other dogs who might be jealous of your picnic date.


Where is your favourite place to take YOUR dog on a date? Comment below and help a fellow pooch lover out!

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Top Tips for Photographing Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff October 13, 2016 0 comments

Hands up if your camera roll is filled with pics of your pets (guilty as charged)! Capturing cute pictures of your fur-babies has become even easier in the age of the smartphone and with a few great tips you’ll be photographing your favourite furry friend like a pro in no time!

Here are our tips on how to get that Insta-worthy pic:

Use natural light:

We’ve all taken photos with the flash on before and we all know – it’s not so pretty.

Ollie and Oscar prefer to be photographed in natural lighting when possible:

“If you’ve seen our Instagram you would know that we like to think of ourselves as professional models, but really it’s all about natural lighting”

We would suggest scheduling a photo shoot early in the morning, or in the afternoon. Afternoon light is diffused which means that it’s sure to flatter your pet. Try and avoid taking photos in bright sunlight, as it’s not as flattering and isn’t too kind on your pet’s eyes.

Patience makes perfect:

Let’s be honest, although they might be some of the cutest models, our pets definitely aren’t the most focused. Capturing a cute snap of your pet isn’t going to be as easy as snapping a few pictures with your friends on the weekend, that’s for sure.

Patience is key when it comes to pet photography. Don’t expect to grab the perfect shot straight off the bat. It might take 10 to 15 minutes to get a good shot of your pet, so be willing to invest some quality time!

Get on their level:

We all have our good and not so good angles, like when you open up front-facing camera unexpectedly (we’ve all been there)! No matter how big or small your furry friend is, make sure you get on their level to grab the best snap.

Always be prepared:

Luckily, most of us walk around with a camera in our pocket 24/7, so we can be prepared to whip our phones out at any second to grab a candid snap of our pets.

Sometimes spontaneous photos can be the best, so get your camera out when you’re playing catch, when your kitty is staring longingly out of the window, or when you’ve just come home with a fresh pack of your pet’s favourite treats.

The natural moments are sometimes the most precious!

Create a relaxing environment:

If you want to get the best out of your pet, make sure they’re feeling happy and relaxed.

Our friend George says that a relaxing environment is the key to a successful photo shoot:

“Let me fill you in on a secret to get a great photo. Always remember that I need to feel safe and comfortable so that I can relax”

Scheduling an Insta-shoot after your pets’ just woken up from a nap, or after a walk or play will produce the best results.

Play some tug-of-war or catch with your pet will get their blood pumping and create like-worthy smiles.

Bribes, lots of bribes:

I mean if you can get your pet to pose perfectly without bribing them with some treats then you’re one lucky pet-parent!

Lulu and Finn know it’s photo time when their pawrents get out their favourite toys:

“The humans think we don’t notice the camera when they dangle our toy mice above it (silly humans)!”

Grab your pet’s favourite toy or treat and hold it above the camera to capture their attention. Most animals will do anything for a slice of cheese, so using bribes is definitely a great way to get their attention!

Of course, don’t forget to shower them with treats and cuddles after you grab the winning snap.

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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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5 Animals Every Household Needs

posted by The Daily Fluff September 26, 2016 0 comments

For most of us, the perfect thing to complete a household is pets — and lots of them!

Not only do pets keep you company and give you lots of love, but they will also keep you occupied whilst providing you with lots of memories to cherish. From the small and slimy to the big and hairy, we’ve got you covered for the animals every household needs!

The Scaly:
Fish are great for those who may not have the time, money or ability to own any more large pets. Even if you often travel on short trips, you can purchase fish feeding blocks. Be prepared to research water temperatures and which fish can be housed together. And remember to be careful of your other pets prying eyes (and stomachs)!

The Small:
There are a variety of smaller pets that we’re sure your heart and homes have room for. Bunnies and guinea pigs are great for those who want outdoor, ‘hut-living’ pets. Otherwise, rats and mice are great for the indoors and—despite their bad rep—they’re adorable and sweet! (Or at least that’s what we hear…)

The Loving:
The first animal that generally comes to mind when you’re thinking about a furry new family member is a dog. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and with so many breeds and personality types to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your family. Have we mentioned how happy and loving dogs are? There’s nothing better than coming home at the end of a long day and having your canine pal greet you with sheer joy and excitement.

The Characters:
A cat (or two or four) is a must have for all households. They are amusing, fluffy, loving, interesting and at times, downright strange. Every cat may be unique, but they have one thing in common; they will take over your life and your social media accounts. Okay so not in the violent kind of way, but in the “I love you so much I’m going to watch you do cat things all day long” way.

The Colourful:
Whether you choose to have parrots, love birds or lorikeets, birds are such great pets to have. Birds are extremely underrated, and despite them being less common than some other pet choices, they can be very affectionate, loving and have hilarious personalities. If you’re looking to own some birds, it’s a great excuse to start an outdoor project by building an outdoor aviary. For those who want a self-sufficient household, why not get chickens? This way you can ensure the eggs you eat come from well looked after chickens.


What animals do you have in your household? Comment and share with us!

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Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Pet’s Birthday

posted by The Daily Fluff September 22, 2016 0 comments

All over the world, humans celebrate their birthdays. They receive presents wrapped with colourful paper and ribbons, eat their favourite meals, and sing around a chocolate cake. Little do they know their pets are watching from their beds with heavy hearts thinking, ‘what about my birthday, I’m seven and haven’t had one party!’ Or maybe they’re watching whilst thinking about how much they want that last slice of cake—either way, we’re sure they would love to celebrate their special day, too! If you’re short on ideas, below are our favourites to ensure your pet feels loved and overjoyed from celebrating.

Spend extra time with just you and your pet – no distractions:

Turn off the TV, put down your phone (unless you’re recording the event) and have some one-on-one time focusing on your pet. Not only will your pet feel grateful and special, but it will leave you feeling great for giving them the attention they deserve.

Ollie the kitty had his birthday celebrations recently! Here’s what he had to say: “It was my first birthday on the weekend, mumma pulled out allllll the stops and I had the bestest day ever! I got all the cuddles I wanted, plus a walk around the backyard on mum’s shoulder (for the first time ever) watching birdies up close! I was a good boy and didn’t try to catch them. I also got some cool new toys and heaps of playtime, and for dinner mum gave me 50g of smoked salmon all to myself! I also got heaps of sweet and thoughtful birthday greetings from my friends all over the world on Instagram, which made me feel really special.”

Do your pet’s favourite thing:

Whether it’s laying by a heater with cozy blankets, playing fetch outside, running through an open field or swimming at the beach, take time out of your day or weekend to do what your pet loves to do.

Organise a cake smash:

Yes, dog versions of a cake smash exist! They are such a unique and special way to capture your fur-baby doing something fun. Contact a pet photographer for more information.

Take a family photo:

Take a photo to remember the occasion. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, just put your camera on timer and get into position. It’s a great family tradition you could start to commemorate your pet’s birthday. Put aside a photo album to add the yearly photo so you can see how everyone changes. Get the party hats out and make it fun!

Have a birthday party:

Invite your friends and their pets over for a birthday party! Bake special homemade pupcakes (and human cupcakes for you) and spend some time with everyone in your backyard or local park.

Give them treats:

Treat them with a few extra nibbles, or splurge on their favourite food for dinner! Food is the key to a lot of pet’s hearts.

Buy them new toys:

All pets love toys and let’s face it, their fluffy bear is getting extremely raggedy and old. Even wrap the presents up, as some pets may even find the wrapping paper the best gift of all! (Or if you’re a cat owner, the box that the gift came in will be their new favourite possession!)

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10 Signs You Are Addicted To Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff September 9, 2016 0 comments

We all love our pets. We love cuddling them, watching movies with them, taking them to the beach and playing with them. We can’t help but obsess over their soft fur and those cute puppy­ dog eyes. We talk about our pets around the office and hunt down the best food and treats for them (only the best for our furbabies right?!)

But just in case you’re not sure if you’re totally addicted to your pet, here are 10 signs…

  1. You and your pet have combined likes and dislikes: Your cat doesn’t like watching Beethoven, so you don’t like watching Beethoven.
  2. You’ve left school or work to check on your pet during the day.
  3. You take your pet on specifically pet designed weekend outings like dog beaches, dog wineries, dog­ friendly cafes. If you can’t bring your best friend, what’s the point?
  4. You’re hoping the new iPad upgrade will recognise paw­prints so you can facetime your pet during the day from the office.
  5. Your pet’s picture is your Christmas card design.
  6. You designed a New Year’s card just to give out more pictures of your pet.
  7. You get separation anxiety when parted with your pet.
  8. You’re currently knitting your pet a sweater to prepare for the colder months ­or googling, ‘best cat sunscreens’ for the hotter months.
  9. You talk to your pets like they are people and when you come home you ask how their day was and talk about yours to them.
  10. Your pet has its own Instagram page that you’ve set up and you put more time and effort into his/her page than your own. In fact, they have more followers than you.

Instagram stars Mimi, Ollie and Bruno know their mum is addicted to them because “she can’t leave us alone and always has to cuddle and kiss us and can’t even be away from us for one night!”


Are you addicted to your pet? Tell us how you know in the comments below!

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