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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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5 Ways Your Pet Can Improve Your Mental Health

posted by The Daily Fluff January 17, 2017 0 comments

Feeling down in the dumps? Not getting enough sleep? Stressed out about that deadline? We all have bad days. It’s natural and a part of life. But sometimes it can be too much and all those negative feelings can come crushing down on you if not treated right. Different strategies work for different people, but there’s one that can always manage to brighten up your day: having a pet. Whether it be a cat, dog, rabbit, guinea pig or even a turtle, pets are proven to have a positive impact on your mental health.

Read on for our top 5 reasons why pets can improve your mental health!

  1. Taking your dog for a walk:

Exercise is a very healthy and beneficial method of improving your mental health. It relieves stress, depression and anxiety, improves sleep, and increases energy. However, it’s hard to be motivated to exercise when it’s easier to do nothing. That’s where your pooch comes in. Having your dog look at you with those puppy eyes will surely help you get out of the house. Take your dog for a brisk walk around the block, through your local park, or if you’re having a good day, for a run. Make it fun by throwing or kicking a ball around at your nearby football oval.

  1. Taking care of them:

Having a pet requires you to give them constant care. They need to be fed, hydrated, cleaned up after and loved. While this may sound stressful, it can be highly beneficial. Taking care of your pet will get you into a routine that can increase your motivation and productivity. It’ll get you moving, and it’s actually pretty easy since you’re doing it all for someone you love so dearly. Plus, seeing their beaming eyes and hearing their happy meows and barks of gratitude makes it all worthwhile.

  1. Socialising together:

Sometimes when you’re having a particularly stressful day you just need to unload on your best friend. However, there are times where you just need a listening ear. Luckily for you, your pet can’t speak. While we all wish our pets can talk so we know what we’re thinking, having them just stare at you with loving eyes can be a real life saver in times of need. Socialising is a great way to healthily express your emotions without bottling them up. Not only can socialise with your pet, but you can socialise together. You two can join your local dog training club or dog show where you two can meet new people and make new friends!

  1. You have a best friend:

If you ever feel alone and that no one understands you, your pet is the perfect cure for that. Pets can easily help decrease loneliness. They bark, purr or squeak whenever they see your face. When you play with them, they roll around affectionately or do impressive tricks to catch the ball. They make you smile, which increases serotonin and dopamine levels that help calmness and happiness levels. They are the most adorable and loving friends you can have.

  1. Give them a pet:

This is pretty easy. How can you not pet them? They’re so soft and cute. But did you know petting can increase your mental health? Stroking their fur and giving them a cuddle is proven to relieve stress. It releases hormones that help stabilize stress and anxiety levels, and it lowers your blood pressure. Not only does it have benefits for you, but it also keeps your pet relaxed, healthy and happy. This guarantees that your pet will be able to brighten up your day!

Your pet is without a doubt the cutest medicine to have by your side. They will be there to help turn that frown upside down.

How has your pet made you smile? Comment and let us know!


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:


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.