Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Importance Of Play For Both Pet and Parent

“I’m up,” the alarm goes off, you squeeze gently into those yoga pants and off you go. What do I know about being a cyclist? You get to your spin class and immediately go to town on the latest peloton bike, not literally but figuratively. Forty-five minutes later you're home tired, refreshed and ready to take on the world, but why?

"I'm up," the alarm goes off, you hastily put on those gym pants and off you go. What do I know about being a bodybuilder? You get to your gym and of course, you ideally choose the biggest dumbbell you can find because heavy is better.  You survive your forty-five minutes of sometimes irrational thinking and return home gassed, refreshed and ready to move a mountain, but why?

"I'm up," it only takes a glimmer of daylight for you to jump excitedly on the bed ready to go.  So what if the entire household is still asleep, you're up and that's all that matters. You're ready to sink those paws into the ground and roll in the misty dew.  Twenty minutes later you return pooped, refreshed and ready to do it again, but why?

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Whether it’s a spinning class, a gym workout or a romp in the yard, exercise or play is vital to both pet and parent. “What all play has in common is that it offers a sense of engagement and pleasure, takes the player out of a sense of time and place, and the experience of doing it is more important than the outcome.” says psychiatrist Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play in Carmel Valley, Calif.

Played Much Lately?

When's the last time you did something that was so engaging, so much fun, you lost track of time?

Play is not just essential for kids, we’ll leave this as an old wives’ tail; it can be an important source of relaxation and stimulation for adults as well. Playing with your romantic partner, yes woof, friends, co-workers, pets, and children is a sure (and fun) way to fuel your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and emotional well-being. So as it stands, while we can’t rosé all day as we should, or play all day as we must, a healthy dose of play goes a long way.

How About Your Pet?

Now let’s think about our baby, our furry family member, yes, whether it’s chasing a ball in the yard or using the canine treadmills, exercise or play is vital in helping dogs expend pent-up energy, much more so for some more than others. Without that outlet, they may show behavioral problems that can range from destructive tendencies to attention-seeking antics. Just as surely as a couch potato would benefit from a trot around the block, a dog prone to chewing the couch or digging up a garden will find a much-needed release valve in play and exercise.

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Often, such physical activities form an important part of resolving behavioral issues. So let’s ask it, How Often Do You Play With Your Dog? Hey, we get it, today’s pet parents are busier than ever and life happens. So while you work on your schedule, select great designer dog toys and your furry baby will thank you. But with most things take all the caveats seriously, there are myriads of toys to choose from, and simply put just make sure it’s the appropriate everything for your baby.

While we all prefer bonding, and having fun with our pets, they can also enjoy endless fun bundled in a well-chosen favorite toy or toys. So just remember, play isn’t just reserved for your canine companion, you need play as well. Have fun play my fabulous pet parents.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Clean Dog Is A Happy Dog

What do I mean by "A Clean Dog Is A Happy Dog" and who the heck is that for. A well pampered pooch that's the envy of its peers and the subject of all the chatter not only looks and feels good, but smells great too. But let's be real, if a trip to the doggie spa is out of the picture, why not bring the spa to you. Today's fashionista pet parents are pulling out all the stops when it comes to their furry family members and why shouldn't you.

With a few simple rules of the road, your pampered pooch will be living in a lap of luxury and enjoying the royal treatment they deserve. As with most things moderation is the key. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the least favorite, most of us may agree that our little bundle of joy would readily check the number 10 box when it comes to taking a bath. Yes, it's that look when your pet is saying; "not sure why this is happening, don't I already do this myself!!"

So what's the deal with bathing anyway?

  1. We all love our pets and spending this quality time in the process is a great way to strengthen that bond you share with them. 
  2. Of course nothing beats a great smelling pooch when dirt and odors are removed from their coat and skin. 
  3. And something you may not think about, but bathing is a great way to protect yourself and the rest of your family members, just keeping it healthy. 

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How Often Should I Bathe?

How often do I bathe you may ask?  Note this is not intended for you, but I would say at least twice per day or as needed. While this may work for us humans, no robots here, keep in mind that bathing your pet too often can be detrimental to them as well. It can irritate the skin, damage hair follicles, and increase the risk of bacterial or fungal infections. So how often you may ask? The best bath frequency depends on the reason behind the bath. Keep a few simple factors in mind, including health, breed, coat, and activity level, as well as where these activities are taking place.

No mystery here, dogs who spend the day outside rolling around in things they shouldn’t really are going to need a bath far more often than ones who spend most of their time on the couch, and of course sometimes it's a simple nose test; if your dog comes into a room and you can smell him, more likely than not a bath is needed.

What bathing products do I use? 

First, think skin pH, arguably the most important when it comes to picking out the right bathing product. Our babies have sensitive skin so our choice here may or may not have a skin reaction visible by red, itchy skin and hives. Furthermore, ingestion of pet shampoo can cause symptoms like vomiting, drooling and decreased appetite. Are you worried yet? Let's face it, with so many great veterinarians available, if you’re unsure of which type of shampoo to buy, simply talk to your veterinarian, who knows your pets and their medical history and is in the best position to provide individualized recommendations.

Where do I find the right products? 

For today's pampered pets, designer dog spa products are available now more than ever. From deluxe dog shampoos, conditioners and refreshing spays to fabulous dog colognes, the world is your oyster as you can have your pet looking and smelling as great as you do. Our Chic Sassy Pets luxury dog products and accessories boutique has all your pet spa products and dog spa supplies. Visit us online, you'll be happy you did. Shop today! Choose wisely my fabulous pet parents.
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