Monthly Archives: January 2016

14 Sweet Ways to Pamper Your Pet for Valentine’s Day

You don’t need a special day to pamper your pet, but Valentine’s Day is a nice reminder nonetheless. This “people holiday” can be a wonderful “pet holiday” too! When those paws come padding across the floor to see you on February 14th, you’ll be ready with lots of love and attention. Get inspired with these 14 sweet and simple ways to pamper your pet.

Pets on pet furniture cover

1. Playtime for two
The two of you can always find something to do! You know your pet’s favorite activity, whether it’s romping around playing fetch or scampering after a toy mouse, so set aside some time for lively play.

2. Spending time with others
If your dog is social and well-behaved, he’ll probably enjoy spending time with other dogs, kids, or adults. Your dog gets to be lavished with pets and pats; plus, a visit from your pup might brighten someone’s day!

3. Going for a walk
If the weather allows, go for a walk past your dog’s favorite sniffing grounds.

4. Quiet time
If your tuckered-out puppy needs a little downtime, let him rest, but not without a blissful belly rub or scratch behind the ear, of course.

5. New toy
You don’t have to get rid of his favorite slobbery stuffy, but you can always surprise your pet with a new toy to pique his interest.

6. Home spa day
If a professional pet grooming session isn’t in the budget, have a home spa day. Groom your dog so he’s looking extra-handsome, or brush your cat while she purrs with contentment.

7. Homemade meal
Tie on your apron, and prepare your pet’s favorite meal – just be sure that the ingredients are healthy and safe for your pet.

8. Special food treat
Pick up something delicious (to canine minds, anyway) from the dog bakery, or indulge your pet in a treat that he doesn’t get very often. Delight your parrot with nutrient-rich fresh fruit; some seeds and certain fruits may be off-limits.

9. Shared sofa space
You don’t have to banish your pet from the sofa anymore; just be prepared with a pet furniture cover that protects most of the furnishing, or a pet cover with bolsters.

10. Shared bed space
Let your dog or cat catch 40 winks during the day or slumber for the night at the foot of your bed. You don’t have to fret about damage to your comforter or bedspread if you have a bed protector for pets.

11. Accent table/pet house
Give your small pet his own safe, cozy hideaway while furnishing your room with an accent table/pet house. Placed beside your chair or bed, this table will suit both you and your pet!

12. Food area update
Chow time! If your dog’s food mat is looking a little dingy, or it keeps sliding across the floor, place his bowls on a new personalized pet mat with slip-resistant backing.

13. Sweet(er) dreams
Freshen up your pet’s bed by washing the removable cover. Or, if it’s time for a new pet bed, find him something plush and soft with plenty of extra cushioning. Older animals especially will appreciate having a memory foam pet bed for pressure relief.

14. Animal attire
Winter shivers shouldn’t ruin this day. If your dog has short/thin hair or a weakened immune system, he might be more comfortable in a sweater or jacket. Just be sure to find a material that won’t cause your pet discomfort, and measure properly so that the fit is good. Socks or boots with grips can be helpful to elderly dogs or those in need of traction on slippery areas.

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Indoor Activities to Keep Your Pet Active During the Winter

Winter weather plays no favorites; two-legged or four, you’re going to be spending more time inside. If you’re tired of being cooped up, remember that your furry friend might be dealing with his own version of cabin fever. While he might not be able to roll around in the green grass after chasing after his favorite Frisbee, he can still stay alert and active indoors. Consider these indoor pet activities suggested by the ASPCA and PetMD.

Learning Stations
Create several “stations” in your home, with a different sign and pet command at each. Walk your dog to each station, and state the command or signal it. If he’s successful, he gets a treat! You’ll reinforce basic commands while your dog stays active.

Hide and Seek…Treats!
Clear out the breakables from one room, and get ready for a little game with your favorite furry pal. While your dog is out of the room, hide treats for him to find. PetMD suggests making the treats easy to find at first, then more difficult once your dog understands the game.

Food-Dispensing Toy
If your dog’s getting bored or restless, stimulate him with a treat-dispensing toy before behavioral problems start. PetMD recommends choosing a food toy that’s durable and easy to clean, filling it with healthy treats, and using it only occasionally (not at regular feedings).

New Commands
If your dog’s an ace at basic commands, consider teaching him new tricks. Wouldn’t you like a high-five from your canine buddy, or to see him “putting away” his own toys in a basket? You and your dog can bond, and you’ll keep his mind engaged as he learns something new. PetMD recommends a 15-minute session.

Fun for Felines
Though your kitty loves to lounge about, exercise is good for him too. PetMD suggests stimulating your cat’s hunting instincts with motorized mice, feather toys, or yarn; just make sure to put the feather or yarn away after playtime is over. Another option is to use a laser pointer to mimic the appearance of a bug; your cat might love chasing it and romping around. Keep the pointer low to the ground, and avoid flashing it in your cat’s eyes.

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