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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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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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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff February 6, 2017 0 comments

Got no plans for Valentine’s Day? Feeling lonely and blue about not spending it with that special someone? No need to worry! The best suitor in town is sitting right next to you: your beloved pet! There is no one better to spend the most romantic day of the year with than the love of your life. Of course, you’ll need to plan something special so you can tell them how much you love them. Need inspiration?

Here are some ideas on how to spend Valentine’s Day with your pet!

Go For a Walk:

If you have a dog, it is guaranteed that they love long walks on the beach, or wherever for that matter. A nice, peaceful walk will set the mood for what is bound to be a magical evening. Grab your best leash and go for a walk together in your local park, the beach, or even around the block. Who cares as long as you’re spending time together? You can take the time to sit on a park bench and you two can watch the sunset. If your pooch is feeling restless, take them to an off lead area where they can mingle with other pups and go on several mini dates all at once. Just try not to get too jealous!

Go Out For Dinner:

You don’t need a romantic candle lit dinner to enjoy Valentine’s Day. Grab your pup and take them out for a night on the town. There are many different restaurants that are pet-friendly where you and your date can both have a good time. Head down to Republica in St Kilda where after a yummy meal and live entertainment, you two can go on that romantic walk on the beach. Visit Madam Brussels in the CBD, where you can treat yourself to a little cocktail and your pooch can strike a pose on the turf. Or if you want something more laid back and a bit…foxy, pop into The Fox Hotel in Collingwood. Enjoy craft beer, live music, vegetarian options and, if the weather is feeling generous, you and your dog can enjoy each other’s company out back in the courtyard.

Catch a Movie:

The old school date idea, cuddle up with each other and watch a movie! Set the scene at home by dimming the lights and spreading out some blankets and pillows on the floor. Pick out your romantic drama, or a good old rom-com, and you and your pet can watch it together. Or if you want more romantic scenery, you and your pooch can watch a movie under the stars at one of the many outdoor cinemas around Victoria. Have a romantic picnic at Moonlight Cinema, where you can lie on the grass with your date and treat yourself to some chocolate. Remember, chocolate is not for dogs! Or get in your car and head to the drive-in cinemas at Coburg. Not only can you and your pup cuddle with each other in the back seat, but there is also a Food Truck Festival happening for you to grab a simple, yet yummy dinner.

Who says Valentine’s Day is overrated? Your date is not only adorable, but they’re also a good listener and love making you smile. Your pet will make Valentine’s Day, and every day after that, a night to remember.

How do you spend Valentine’s Day with your pet? Comment below and let us know!

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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!

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New Year’s Resolutions: Yours vs Your Pets

posted by The Daily Fluff December 28, 2016 0 comments

Sometimes you and your pet don’t quite meet eye to eye. You want them to go to their bed, they want to sleep in your bed; you want to eat your food, they want the food for themselves. The list goes on and on, but if it came down to it, what habit would your pet want to start—or stop—in the New Year, and what would YOU want?!

You want… (Or need) to stop buying your pets so many presents. Treats, clothing and toys for your pet are your weakness—so pretty much every category. It would all be well and good if you didn’t already have so much for them at home!

They want… everything. Seriously, everything is a game to them, and they love games! They don’t care if it’s theirs, your child’s or if it belongs to the dog next door, if your pet had it their way they would have everything they wanted!

You want… as much as you don’t want your pet to know, the vet (and relatives) keep making comments about your pet’s weight. You love spoiling them, but their stomachs are nearly touching the floor, and they barely fit into their festive sweaters. New Year, new feed?

They want… food, food and more food. If your pet was a person they would eat all the delicious food all day, every day. If your pet had it their way, they would be rolling—literally—in every type of food they lay their eyes on, and it would probably be mostly yours. Even if it was just for one day, your pet’s New Year’s wish would probably be to swap food habits with you!

My New Year;s resolution is to stop jumping with excitement when visitors arrive, and to get more of my human’s delicious food instead of my own! – George the French Bulldog.

You want… to set more boundaries. All of your black clothes are covered in fur, but how can you move your cute kitty when it has nestled into your pajama drawer and is already asleep? It doesn’t even stop there! You always tell yourself that when you get a new couch you will stop letting your bear of a dog on it, but three couches later he is still there. Maybe next year?

They want… your bed, your couch and all your clothes. They want to sleep on them, eat on them and roll in them whenever they want to without getting scolded for covering them in fur and scratches. Maybe if you ask nicely they’ll share!

You want… to spend more quality time with your pet. More walks, more play and more attention in general.

They want… the same really, more time with you! In fact, they would love for you to quit your job, your hobbies and never leave the house—or them—again, not even for a minute!

You want… to finally finish training your dog not to bark unnecessarily. You know practice makes perfect, but after a few days of being a great, consistent trainer, you end up slowing down until your law enforcement is literally nonexistent. You can deal with the occasional yapping to the neighbours when you’re home, but you’re always worried about what your dog gets up to when you’re not home.

They want… to talk to everyone ALL the time. Your pet loves to talk to you, your neighbour, your neighbours cat, the postman—who always seems to run away for some reason?—and sometimes even to the flying things in the sky. Talking is so much fun and your pet can’t wait to do even more in the New Year!

What New Year’s resolutions do you have for you and your pet, and would they agree? Let us know in the comments below!

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Signs You’re The Best ‘Purr-ent’

posted by The Daily Fluff November 15, 2016 0 comments

Here at The Daily Fluff, we like to treat our pets as if they are a part of our family! Whether you like to pamper your pet with their favourite treats, or just love and affection, you know that no matter what, to them you’re the best human in the world.

Here’s a list of reasons The Daily Fluff thinks you’re the best ‘purr-ent’ out there!

You look after their health:

Like us, our pets probably aren’t feeling their best without yummy, nutritious food and some exercise! Trust us, your dog thinks you’re the best person on earth when you grab their favourite ball and have a game of catch. Keeping your pets active, keeps them happy!

When it comes to their physical health, you know what’s best, that’s why you take them to the vet, regardless of how much they don’t want to go!

You show them affection:

It’s important to show your fur babies how much you really love them. Set aside some time every day to pamper your cat or dog with love and affection. Whether this is some quality belly rub time, or just some cuddles, this fosters an emotional connection between you and your pet, and it shows them that you love them as much as they love you!

You let them hang out with their friends:

Socialisation is so important for pups! If your dog is an only (fur)child, make sure that every now and then you take them out to a dog park so they can interact with other dogs. Not only will your pup love making new friends, it will teach them important lessons.

They get super-dooper excited to see you:

You know your pet really loves you when they get excited every single time you walk back through the front door. There is nothing nicer then being greeted with pure happiness everyday when you get home! Whether your dog runs around in circles, or your cat rubs against your legs, this their way of showing you that they are glad to see you.

They treat you like you’re part of the pack:

This is how you know your pet truly believes you’re the best parent out there!

It’s natural for animals to cuddle up when they’re having naps, so this is why they might try and sneak into your bedroom in the middle of the night.

If they’re feeling playful, they might even try and give you a sneaky love-bite! If they give you a little nibble on the chin, or on your fingers, they are trying to tell you that they love being in your pack, and that you’re the ultimate purrent!

Our Insta-friend Bentley said

My mum is the best purrent because when she comes home from work after leaving me by myself all day she makes up for it with endless cuddles and kisses! She also puts up with my fussy eating habits and doesn’t get angry when I don’t eat my food!

How does your pet show you they love you? Leave us a comment down below!

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How To Celebrate Halloween With Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff October 27, 2016 0 comments

We can barely believe it, but Halloween is just around the corner! This spooky time of the year is a great excuse for you and your pet to get dressed up and enjoy some sweet treats.

If you’re feeling like getting ghostly, then here are a few tips to make sure everyone enjoys the celebrations.

Dress them up:

Time to get into costume! As if we even needed another excuse to dress up our pets. Whether you want to wear matching costumes, or want to let your furry friend shine in the spotlight, make sure that your outfits are pet friendly. Keep any zips or embellishments out of the way so your pet can’t chew on anything not-so-sweet.

You can even make your own costume, like our friends Biggie and Lil Kim:

“Our human dresses us up all the time; it’s super easy to make a ghost costume out of an old sheet”

Spooky snaps:

If you’re going to get all dressed up, you might as well have a photoshoot, right? Ask a friend to be your photographer and grab some happy-halloween family shots. You will cherish these photos for a lifetime, and they’ll definitely be double-tap worthy too.

Treat time:

Why should the humans have all the fun? While we wish we could share our Halloween takings with our pets, we all probably know that’s not the best idea. Make sure they don’t miss out on all the sweets, and prepare some animal-only treats. Try freezing plain yoghurt and raspberries for a bloody looking treat.

Safety first:

While Halloween is great fun for us humans, it’s important to be weary of common things that can put our pet’s health at risk. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep all lollies and treats out of your pet’s reach. Chocolate can be pretty toxic and cause nasty side effects like vomiting, diarrhoea, increased heart rate and even seizures. To avoid any visits to the vet keep your treats in air-tight containers and keep an eye on your pets at all times.
  • If your pet gets a bit spooked by visitors, make sure you keep them distracted from any ghostly or mysterious guests. We would recommend taking them to another room and playing their most favourite game, or grabbing them their favourite treat to distract them.
  • If you’re planning on decorating the house, make sure you keep any decorations well out of reach for your little friend!
  • With people coming and going, there is a chance that your pet might get out through open doors. Grab your pet an ID tag with their name and your number listed, and make sure that they are micro chipped so they can be returned home safely if they go wandering

How are you and your furry-friends going to celebrate this Halloween? Let us know in the comment section!

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