As summer shows hints of the cooler season to come, it’s the perfect time to play fetch with your dog! Fetch is great for exercise and for releasing your dog’s pent-up energy. Your dog might be a natural, or he might need some practice to grasp the game. Make fetch a part of your playtime repertoire with these tips from WebMD Pets and the American Kennel Club.
- Start small, with quick indoor games of fetch. When you first take the game outside, choose a time when there aren’t other dogs or people around to minimize distractions.
- Try modifying a tug-of-war game. After a short game of tug, toss the toy a few inches away so that your dog runs to it, then grab the toy and start another game. Throw it farther away each time. Tug on the toy when it’s in your dog’s mouth to encourage him to come back to you. This should eventually evolve into a fetch-like game. (Read more here.)
- Or, try a treat-based approach for dogs reluctant to fetch. First, place the toy on the ground. When your dog looks at it, utilize clicker training and reward your dog with a treat. Continue to reward your dog with each interaction until he associates the two. Next, step up your game! Save rewards for when your dog sniffs the toy, puts his mouth on it, or picks it up. After your dog is reliably picking up the toy, encourage him to bring it back to you and reward him when he does. (Read more here.)
- If your dog will chase a Frisbee, choose one specifically made for dogs so it won’t chip his chompers. Throw it lower to the ground so your dog isn’t jumping high into the air and risking injury.
- End the fetch game while your dog still wants to play and isn’t bored.
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Dogs have always been known as “man’s best friend,” and the Good Dog Sculpture depicts the sentiment with a moment frozen in time.
The resin table sculpture stands on a gray base and shows a dog and woman leaning toward each other, offering support and companionship. In a bronze hue with gold highlights, the camaraderie of two friends warms the heart and stands as a beautiful reminder of the love between owner and pet.
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Tuckered out from playing and climbing, it’s time for a little Catnap. Upon finding the perfect branch, this slumbering feline is sure to bring a measure of cuteness to your decor.
Made of resin, this adorable wall accent features a completely relaxed kitty cat on a tree branch enjoying kitten dreams. This cat-tastic gift-worthy item measures 10.5”Wx4.5”Dx8”H. The kitten wall accent is perfect for cat lovers and is available in three colorations: a black and white kitten, a striped gray kitten, and a striped orange kitten.
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It seems fitting that July is National Pet Hydration Month—we humans are trying to stay hydrated and cool this month too! Whether your pet is soaking up the summer outdoors or chilling indoors with the A/C, hydration is key.
First of all, how much water does your pet need each day? According to PetMD, your pet needs about a half ounce to one full ounce of water per pound of body weight. As you might expect, large pets will need more water than small ones, and dogs will drink more water than cats.
To ensure that your pet gets its daily H2O, PetMD recommends providing fresh, clean water that’s easily accessible, supplying multiple water bowls if you’re a multi-pet family, and keeping the water bowl away from noisy areas if your pet seems skittish.
If you and your dog are out exercising, remember to stop for water breaks, especially if you notice that your dog is panting hard. PetMD recommends providing enough water to quench your pet’s thirst but not allowing large gulps that could lead to stomach upset.
Have a safe (and hydrated) July with your pet!
Add a pop of color to your home while displaying a love for “paws”itively adorable pets. With a balanced combination of both bold and subdued hues, the Liora Manne pet-themed mats are sure to brighten up your home and provide a fun invitation to guests.
These hand-hooked polyester/acrylic mats can be used indoors or outdoors seasonally. Made in China, each mat is .375” thick with a cloth-covered latex backing. Pet-themed mats are available in four designs and three rectangle sizes: 30”x20”, 36”x24”, and 48”x30”.
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Stretch your muscles beside three French bulldogs portraying different yoga poses on brightly-colored mats with the Yoga Dogs Mat.
Yellow eyes peer over the edge of the Meow Cat Mat, which depicts a black cat and a black and gray cat with the word “Meow” in teal.
Against a backdrop of blue sky, seagulls, and a net, set sail alongside a retriever in a captain’s hat sitting before a ship’s wheel, a bulldog in a striped hat, and a black Lab sporting a yellow hat with the Arrf Ye Mateys Mat.
Playfulness abounds with the Cats and Butterflies Mat as two cats, one black and the other black and gray, track three richly-hued butterflies flitting above their heads.
Your pet is a part of your family, and preparation for an emergency is important. As a pet parent, it’s your responsibility to include your pet in your emergency and disaster plans. When making or revising your emergency and/or disaster plans, know where your pets are going and have anything they might need ready to go. For more details and a comprehensive list of emergency kit necessities, visit the CDC web site.
- Plan ahead. If you live in a disaster-prone area, learn what kinds of problems those disasters can present for both you and your pets. If your pets can’t go with you during an evacuation, don’t just leave them at home. Pets need a safe place to stay in an emergency, so find out where they can go ahead of time, and be prepared for the possibility of multiple pets being unable to stay in the same place. Remember: if it’s not safe for you, then it’s not safe for your pet.
- Create an emergency kit. You’ve made one for your family, but your pet needs one, too. Include food, water, bowls, medications, a litter tray/litter or disposable bags, extra leashes/harnesses, and toys that are easily transportable. Include veterinary information, medical records, and current pictures of your pet in a waterproof container.
- Stay up-to-date. Make sure the information on your pet’s collar, carrier, and in the disaster kit is current. If your pet is microchipped, ensure that information is up-to-date as well, in case your pet gets lost. Have your pet’s vaccinations updated often, and check clasps on collars regularly.
- Sheltering in place. Some emergencies require you to take shelter in your home, so establish ahead of time which room is the safest place for you, your family, and your pets to shelter in. The ideal room will have few or no windows and be free of anything that could be toxic to your pet. For small animals, make sure to block off any small spaces they could get stuck in.
- Returning after an emergency. Changes in routine can make pets irritable, defensive, or aggressive, so keep a close eye on your pet when establishing the new normal. Tell family and any visitors that your pet isn’t his or her usual self so your pet has less reason to lash out, and be aware that the disaster may have disoriented your pet by destroying or changing scent markers.
Pets often mean as much to us as the rest of the family, so make sure you’re including them in your plans, kits, and drills. The more comfortable they are with the routine in case of emergency, the easier it will be to ensure their safety along with your own. For special considerations for animals such as horses or birds, check out the ASPCA web site.
Though the magnificent sea turtle spends most of its life in the ocean, you can still enjoy the sight of it in your home with charming decor. First, learn a few facts about the sea turtle from National Geographic and SeaWorld!
- The largest sea turtle is the leatherback, which can weigh 2,000 lbs.
- Sea turtles can’t pull their head and limbs inside their shells.
- Leatherback turtles were around when T. rex was alive.
- Green sea turtles can stay under water for as long as five hours.
- Most sea turtles are identified by the number and pattern of plates on their top shell.
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The Swimming Sea Turtles Rug will make waves in your indoor or outdoor space with its UV-stabilized design.
Embellished with glass bubbles and wooden sea turtles, the Turtle Wave Wall Art by Joanna Ferrara can be displayed indoors or outdoors in a covered area.
The Turtle Bay Sculpture features a marine creature in the middle of a downward dive; its shell is adorned with ivory and brown capiz shell accents.
Dangle coastal beauty from your wall with the Seaside Ocean Plaque Set. Each wall accent features a textured sandy background and a string hanger.
As the warmer weather rolls in, you want to get outside and enjoy it. Of course, you love taking Fido with you! Just remember that while you can shed the layers of clothing you’ve bundled up in all winter, your dog doesn’t have that same advantage. Here are some tips from the ASPCA for exercising with your pet under a summer sun:
• Keep a close eye on your canine companion. If your pet seems tired and doesn’t want to continue exercising, don’t force her, and make sure she gets plenty of fresh, clean water.
• Watch for symptoms of overheating. Unlike humans, dogs don’t sweat, and they’re much closer to the hot pavement. If your pet is panting more than usual or having difficulty breathing, let him rest in the shade for a while.
• Stay indoors during the heat of the day. Exercise during the cooler times of the day for your dog’s comfort, such as around dawn, dusk, or in the evening.
• Swimming unsupervised isn’t safe. Not all pups can swim, so don’t leave your pet unattended around large bodies of water. If you’re out on a boat or in a deep pool, get her a life vest to ensure her safety.
• A dog’s fur helps regulate body temperature. Even if your dog has long hair, don’t just shave it off. His fur coat has layers to it, and removing them makes it more difficult for him to stay cool during the hot days and could lead to a painful sunburn.
With the days lengthening and summer beckoning you and your pet out more often, you don’t want to spend extra time cleaning mud and dirt off of your floors. The solution? Durable pet mats!
WaterHog® pet mats are USA-made and can be used indoors or outdoors year round. Crafted with an exclusive Water Dam border to keep dirt and water on the mat and off of your floor, these antistatic mats will not mold, mildew, or rot. Place a mat inside or outside your door, or use it as a tray for food and water bowls.
Backed in slip-resistant rubber and available in a variety of colors, each floor accent has a tone-on-tone dimensional pet-related design. The Bark Bark Pet Mat has the repeating word “Bark” and paw prints. The Paws and Bones Mat is patterned with paw prints and dog bones and includes free customization with your pet’s name!
Click here to shop all colors and styles of the “pawsitively” darling WaterHog® mats from the Touch of Class® site.
The seasons are changing, the temperature is spiking, and your pet can’t wait to get outside and soak it all in. Challenge yourself to join your pet in the great outdoors with Move More Month!
During the month of April, the American Heart Association challenges people to exercise more throughout the day. What better way to inspire motivation than by including your pet? Begin a morning or evening routine of walking your dog or playing with your cat. If you keep the time consistent from day to day, your pet will always remind you to get up and move.
Here are a few other ways to motivate yourself to exercise more:
➢ Open windows and let in that fresh spring breeze
➢ Prop a toy near your key or purse repository
➢ Hang a dog leash rack next to the front door
➢ Schedule pet playdates and exercise in your calendar
➢ Find an accountability partner by inviting friends and family to join