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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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7 Signs You Own A Cat

posted by The Daily Fluff September 12, 2016 0 comments

If you’ve owned a cat, you’ll know that they definitely bring unique and hilarious personalities to a home that only fellow cat owners will understand. Although they come in all shapes and sizes, and can be quirky, different and sometimes very un-cat-like, there are just some things that seem to translate from cat to cat!

Cat owners unite for the 7 universal signs of cat ownership:

Sorry, my cat did it!
You find yourself making excuses for being late because of your cat and having to explain the strangest things to visitors.

“Friends know our mum’s a cat lady because she can’t keep the toilet paper on the toilet roll holder, due to our creative shredded paper arts and crafts all over the bathroom!” say the cheeky cats Lulu & Finn.

That’s not my hair!
You have more fur on your clothes than you have on your head, and sometimes you even find cat hair in your food—yuck! You have lint rollers around the house for special occasions, because all cat owners know that literally no piece of clothing seems to escape being covered in cat hair, even if you don’t touch them!

Do I have babies? Sorry, I thought you asked do I have fur-babies!

Your cat is part of your family. Our friends Mimi, Ollie and Bruno notice their Mumma “carries photos of us to show anyone who asks if she has children!”

If your cat doesn’t like someone, you seriously start considering whether your cat has some kind of sixth sense personality tester hidden away in their kitty brain, and whether you should trust it. You’re constantly wondering what your cat is thinking, and you love watching them grow from a kitten through to the teen stages (with a tear in your eye whilst saying, ‘kids grow up so fast these days!’)

Yes that is another photo of my cat!
Speaking of photos, you take way too many (or maybe not enough?!) as well as videos of your cat. How can you not when they’re always doing the funniest/cutest things?!

Self-proclaimed crazy cat lady/man over here!
You may have had the term thrown at you once or twice, but you wear it with pride. It’s more of a compliment anyway, right? You may have seen the lady on YouTube crying about how much she loves cats, and you’re just sitting there thinking, “same!”

“Meow!”
You’ve perfected your meow, and have conversations with your cat (even though you don’t understand what either of you are saying)! You also get really excited when your cat meows back to you.

Mind your foot, there’s a toy there!
There are cat toys all over your house and some aren’t even toys! You find straws, pencils and toy mice in the strangest places, and when you do, your sneaky cats aren’t too far away! Mimi, Ollie and Bruno find it funny that “every cable mum owns has teeth marks in it!”

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Top 5 Walks In And Around Melbourne To Take Your Pet on This Weekend

posted by The Daily Fluff September 11, 2016 0 comments

Melbourne dog­ owners, rejoice! We’ve compiled the top five walks to take your dog on in and around our glorious city this weekend. If you’re bored of the same old walking tracks and scenery then this is the guide you’ve been waiting for.

You and your pooch can head up the promenade and play in the sand, or hop in the car and go mountain-side. Most of these areas are off-leash (with the exceptions of nature reserves). We also took the liberty of getting advice for the weekend walk straight from the dog’s mouth! We contacted social media stars Lenny and Bentley to find out where their favourite walks are located.

Read on to find some inspiration for your next weekend adventure!

1. The Olinda Creek walking track ­(dogs allowed on­ leash)

Your dog can lock in some much ­needed face-­in­-the­-breeze­-lean-­out­-the-­window time as you head up to the Dandenong ranges this weekend and check out the gorgeous Olinda creek walking track. It’s a 10 kilometre return walk, rated easy to moderate, through the Silvan Reservoir and boasts stunning views of natural reserved habitat, eucalyptus trees and bright green mossy areas abound.

The fresh air and break from the city humdrum will leave you and your pooch feeling refreshed and once again in tune with nature. As it is a reserve, dogs will need to remain on leash, but that’s a small price to pay to let them snuffle through the undergrowth and feel those animal instincts once more!

2. The Upper Yarra Reservoir Park ­(dogs allowed on leash)

Situated around the highest point of the Yarra river accessible to the public, the Upper Yarra Reservoir park is a full­ on weekend getaway ready for the taking. Dogs must remain on ­leash but are welcomed as camping compatriots should you feel like pitching a tent or bringing a caravan and going grounding this weekend. Get back to your roots, pack a few picnics and some warm clothes and comfortable shoes. The Upper Yarra Reservoir park is an absolute gem and home to the beautiful Batt’s Creek track. Don’t forget to check out the various lookouts to see water gushing back down toward Melbourne and watch the drool form on your dog’s face as he imagines gleefully jumping down into the splashing surrounds.

3. West Beach in St Kilda ­(allows dogs off leash all year round)

Beside St Kilda pier and continuing on to Sandridge St, St Kilda’s West Beach is one of the most accessible dog beaches in Melbourne. With gorgeous harbour views and a smattering of beach side cafes to refresh owners and pets alike, this beach is a surefire way to release the hounds and any pent-up energy they may be feeling from the past week.

Let your pooch run wild, chase seagulls and dig excitedly through the sand to uncover all things curious. The shallow water means dogs will enjoy a quick dip and paddle. Winter won’t stop the curiosity in your pup as he  to she watches the tiny shoreside fish darting in and about under the surface!

4. Birdlands Reserve, West Belgrave ­(allows dogs)

Tucked away in secluded Belgrave South, the Birdlands Nature reserve is the perfect weekend walking track for pets and owners. It is a native animal reserve, so your pup will have to remain on leash, but the pay­off in seeing the myriad native flora and fauna (and even Platypus!) is worth it. You and your dog can get some fresh air and exercise and breathe in the delicious scents of native wattle and bottlebrush along this easy, flat walking track.

5. Inverleigh Flora Reserve ­(allows dogs on leash)

The Inverleigh Flora Reserve is a bit of a drive, located 27km west of Geelong on the Geelong ­Hamilton road, and is cared for by volunteers. This pretty reserve is home to a huge array of native species of flora and might even be a great space to spot a few native blue­banded bees! Your puppy might attempt to snap at a few of the flying insects so be sure to keep a leash handy. This walk is 9km long and pretty ‘out bush’ with no public facilities around. You will have to be sure to bring enough food and water to last you and your pup and take a few rest breaks. However, the reserve boasts over 50 species of native orchid and there have even been reported koala sightings so it’s not to be missed!

If you’re still after more of the outdoors after visiting these beautiful places, the Daily Fluff has got the inside scoop from some of our favourite influencers.

Instafamous pooch Bentley says:

“Two of my favourite spots to go for a walk is Lilydale Lake in Lilydale and The Retarding Basin in Boronia! Both have big grassy off leash areas that allows me run around and make new doggy friends! As well as lots of water for me to swim in if I need to cool down!”

And the adorable Lenny can’t get enough of the beach:

“One of my favourite walking spots is along Brighton Beach. Dogs like me are allowed to be off leash along the beach at all hours between March to November and from 7:30pm-­10am during the warmer parts of the year. I love running along the sand, splashing in the water, exploring the rocks and letting tourists take happy snaps of me!”


Do you have a favourite weekend walking spot around Melbourne? Comment below and let us know!

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Fun Ways To Dress Up Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff September 8, 2016 0 comments

Admit it, you might play judgmental pet owner when you see a dog walking around in a nice knit sweater, but deep down you know that your dog would look adorable in one. Dressing up your pets doesn’t mean you have to go super OTT, it can be both practical and adorable too.

Unsure what to dress your pet in? Read on below for some great ideas…

Bow-collar and neckerchief:

For those of you who are new to the world of pet fashion, starting off with simple accessories is probably the way to go. A simple bow-collar, or neckerchief can be a great way to start.

Oliver the Cavoodle would definitely agree:

“When we have guests over or when I’m visiting friends, mum and I always open my box of neckerchiefs – it’s a white wooden Jack and Jill box with my name written on it – and we choose which neckerchief I’ll wear. My favourite brands are Toby Wigglebottom and Charlie and Bella“.

Sweaters and coats:

Keeping warm in the colder months can be difficult, especially for breeds like Sphynx cats and Chihuahuas. Sweaters or coats are a great way to combat the cold and the changing fashion trends. Most pet stores stock sizes down to extra small, meaning that they would definitely suit our feline friends too (if you can get them on them!)

Costume dressing:

Costume dressing is for those of us who completely and totally embrace the world of pet fashion. I mean, if you’re going to dress up, shouldn’t your furry friend be able to as well?

Not only will a costume make your pet look sassy-as-hell, it will also provide you with photos that will last a lifetime. With Halloween on the way, the internet is full of costumes for pets of every shape and size. No really, for every shape and size.

So whether you’re feeling conservative or festive, there are endless ways to spice up your pet’s wardrobe. If in doubt, why not let your pet decide?


We’d love to see your pet in their finest threads. Share your snaps with us on Instagram by tagging us @dailyfluffmelb

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Top Dog Breeds For Kids

posted by The Daily Fluff September 5, 2016 0 comments

Picking the right breed of dog can be extremely daunting, especially when you’re a parent, grandparent or always have lots of kids around the house. Although every dog is different, there are breeds known for their friendly, easygoing and all-round great temperaments. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of the top breeds of dogs for kids.

Golden Retrievers
Golden retrievers have beautiful natures and they’ll be sure to give you and your child lots of love and attention. Their name reflects their playful nature, as they love to retrieve and play outside. Golden retrievers are also very intelligent, so they are great for determined kids who want to teach their pet lots of tricks. Be prepared for lots of wet kisses and an adorable face throughout puppyhood and adulthood that you cannot say no to!

Labradors
Labradors are quite similar to Golden Retrievers, but with less hair, therefore less upkeep. Like Goldens, they are intelligent, friendly and loving—sure to be a winner with the kids!

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Cavaliers are perfect if you are looking for a smaller dog for yourself and your family. They are extremely friendly, loving and have the cutest eyes framed by long floppy ears! They are also great for families who want a dog who will predominately be inside.

Labradoodles
Labradoodles are labradors crossed with poodles, and are gentle, loving and friendly dogs—therefore perfect to be around kids! Labradoodles are best suited to being inside dogs, but still love to have fun and exercise.

Newfoundlands
You may remember the Newfoundland, Nana, from the Peter Pan book. Her name was very suitable, as Newfoundlands are known as ‘nanny dogs’ due to their caring, protective and docile natures. They love water and being active and are suitable for those who want a large, fluffy companion. Their faces are so adorable that if you saw one on the street it would be weird not to run up and cuddle it!

Beagles
Not only are beagles highly intelligent, but they are a smaller, low-maintenance dog that are great around kids. Their short-haired coats are very suited for those who prefer less grooming and shedding, but make sure you keep an eye on their eating habits!

Keeshond
Keeshonds are like clouds with legs. They have a two-layered coat that surrounds their adorable, tiny faces. They are medium sized with curly tails, but putting aside their unique appearance, they have great personalities. They are energetic, loving and fit well with a family that want to involve their dog in their daily activities.

Adoption
Okay, this isn’t a breed—but it can be very rewarding for yourself and your child! Try taking your child down to a local shelter or rescue group and letting them find their own connection with a dog. Your child will learn a great lesson about second chances and helping those in need. Even if you’re wanting a puppy so it can grow with your child or are wanting a specific breed, don’t rule out adoption! Some rescue groups are breed specific, and many have dogs ranging from puppies to elderly dogs. If you want to know more about the dog’s personal temperament, many rescue groups now provide dog personality bios.

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Easy Ways To Toilet Train Your Puppy

posted by The Daily Fluff September 1, 2016 0 comments

It doesn’t matter how prepared you are, toilet training a puppy is not something that happens instantly. It requires patience, consistency and understanding, and it is something you should start working on as soon as you bring your pup home, and be continued until the training is complete.

Puppies are, well, puppies, and naturally don’t understand that accidents on the carpet are frowned upon! To make the training process easier, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you along the way, and to help make the (sometimes disgusting) process easier.

Put newspaper or training pads down:

This is a great method to use when training your puppy. Place newspaper or training pads all over the floor of the room the puppy is predominantly in — which works great if you’re keeping the pup in the laundry or a confined space overnight or when you go out! Slowly reduce the amount of newspaper/pads, until there’s only a small corner covered. Then, slowly move the last piece of newspaper/pads further and further towards the door and eventually outside. Once the puppy understands this is the spot to use, take the paper away.

Take them outside regularly:

This means after meals and drinking, as soon as they wake up and every few hours in between. “When I was a puppy Mum and Dad would take me out into the backyard lots of times a day, and give me lots of kisses, cuddles and treats when I went to the toilet on the grass! I quickly learnt that wee wee’s are for outside, and not inside on the carpet!” says Bentley the Newfoundland.

Watch out for the signs:

Even if you took your pup out 20 minutes ago, if he/she begins displaying the signs of needing to go, make sure you take them outside. The signs could be excessive sniffing, restlessness and anxiousness.

Don’t yell, but praise:

Try not to yell if your puppy slips up and has an accident inside. As they are only young, puppies can be very sensitive and may not understand what they did wrong. Puppies can become anxious, which is understandable as they’ve just moved to a completely new home and environment. Instead of scolding them excessively after accidents, try positive training by praising them and giving them cuddles and attention after they do the right thing and go to the toilet outside.

And what do the pooches Ollie and Oscar have to say?

“Hi Ollie and Oscar here! For our paw-rents, toilet training us was a nightmare until they figured out the secret. Treats! Lots and lots of treats and positive reinforcement. Humans need to make sure they take us to the toilet frequently, we have little bladders you know. Also if we accidentally go in the wrong spot they shouldn’t yell at us, just move us to the correct spot and praise us when we do go. That was our secret!”

Do you have any top tips for toilet training your puppy? We’d love to know – share them in the comments below.

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