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Perfect Setup: Plan Your Bird’s Cage Environment With Care

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bringing a new companion bird home can be exciting for you but frightening for your bird. The key to introducing your new feathered friend to your home in a Fear Free way is to plan for and set up his new cage and environment in a mindful manner before you bring him home. Maintaining an […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs

Flirt Your Way to a Tired Dog

Reading Time: 3 minutes Boing! Boing! The Boxer puppy was bouncing all over the place, her wiggly butt somehow defying physics and going in different directions at once. “We take her for three walks a day!” her owner complained. “She’s never tired!” Taking your dog for a walk is great for mental enrichment, but to truly exercise your energetic […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs

Playing in a Winter Wonderland

Reading Time: 3 minutes Most dogs love snow, the exceptions being some small dogs and dogs without much haircoat. That said, throw a jacket and some booties on them and even dogs such as German Shorthaired Pointers love to skijor and sled. Here are some ideas for winter fun with your dog. Backyard Play The best snow for dogs […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home

8 Ideas for Getting Out That Pent-Up Energy This Winter

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dogs everywhere seem to be afflicted with the zoomies these days. With the arrival of winter’s challenging weather coupled with the spike in COVID cases, many pet parents and their dogs are forced to stay socially distant, spend more time in our homes and cancel travel plans for at least the upcoming winter months. That […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home

Hide and Seek: Just Add Dogs!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hide ‘n seek is the greatest dog game ever because there are so many benefits. It keeps children (or adults) engaged. There’s some exercise involved for dogs. When the dog inevitably finds the person hiding, the human-animal bond is enhanced. It’s a great way to reinforce calling your dog to you. And most of all, […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home

Quash Quarantine Qualms: Brain Games to the Rescue

Reading Time: 3 minutes Are you and your dogs stuck at home hiding out from the coronavirus? They’re probably wondering why they’re not getting as many walks or car rides to different places. Changes in their routine can be stressful. You can help to reduce their stress—and yours—with some mental activities that are perfect not just when a pandemic […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats

Play: It’s Not Just for Kittens

Reading Time: 4 minutes Kittens are born with an amazing ability to seek and pounce—but not right out of the womb. That aptitude develops in partnership with physiological changes as they grow. At first, they are helpless, fully dependent on their mother. Their only focus is staying warm, finding their mother’s teats, and sleeping. Their mother’s licking not only […]

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Cats Fears & Anxieties Life at Home

How to Know If Your Cat Is Happy

Reading Time: 3 minutes September is Happy Cat Month. It’s a special celebration created by—who else?—the CATalyst Council. The organization’s purpose is to help spread education and awareness about the health, welfare, and importance of our companion cats. Is your cat happy? We talked to an expert, as well as several cat-loving humans, about how to know if cats […]

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Activities & Enrichment Cats Life at Home

Playtime: Stress Relief for Your Cat and Yourself

Reading Time: 3 minutes Play is vitally important to a cat’s mental and physical health. Cats may sleep up to 16 hours a day, but when they’re awake, they need stimulation. Play is the best way to accomplish this. Play is nothing more than a way for your domestic tiger to satisfy his natural hunting instinct. In the wild, […]

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Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home Senior Pets

Games to Play with Your Senior Dog

Reading Time: 4 minutes Not so long ago, your dog was barely beyond puppyhood, and you could throw his ball so far you could barely see it and wait for him to race to it, fetch it, and return it. You could toss a flying disc, and he’d leap to catch it. You could throw a stick in the […]