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Playtime with your Dog

 

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Playtime with your dog is very important for many reasons.  It is a time for exercise, bonding and just plain fun.  Below are all of my tips for you to keep in mind about playing with your dog. You can also check out these video found on the Why My Dog Does website.

First tip is to remember that all dogs have different play styles. Some dogs just want to play chase, others want to roughhouse and some are just fine playing some tug-of-war. It is really important to make sure to pair up a dog with an appropriate partner. Some dogs might not like being chased by another dog and could start a fight. Or if a dog really likes to pin another dog down and bite at them and shake them, they should not play with a dog who could get really afraid but another dog would totally love that!

Some dogs can sound super ferocious when playing. It might sound like they are killing each other . As a dog owner you need to make sure that both dogs are okay with such “mean talk” and are not intimidated by it.

You can roughhouse with your dog yourself, however you need to keep in mind that not everyone likes that. So teach your dog a cue that means, you can roughhouse now. I like to use “Come Get Me” or “I’m going to get you”. This way your dog knows when it is okay to go crazy with a human and when it is not.

Always initiate play first. You don’t want your dog to start roughhousing unless you have approved it. This way he will not “surprise” another person who comes to your house and who might take it as an attack.

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You should always supervise your children with dogs. Even the sweetest dog could accidentally hurt a child and then be put down. Especially when it is not your child!

Personally, I allow my dogs to play bite me, but some people do not like that. Dogs can learn how to play differently with different people. You just need to have a special word for your dog that tells him “go crazy” — keep in mind, that play biting is only when the dog puts his mouth on you. I stop playing if the dog puts pressure behind his bite.

Watch that your dog does not get over aroused. Arousal can turn into aggression. As soon as you think your dog is too wild, just stop playing and be boring.

Same thing goes for playing with other dogs. If at any time you feel like one of the dogs is getting a little “crazed” do a short time out. Then let them back to play.

When dogs are playing together, make sure no one is holding on to teach other. When a dog holds on to another dog’s skin or fur, injuries can result really quickly. Just say “Ah Ah” and/or separate them.

Do not worry about dogs rolling over too much. You dog is not a “sissy” they might just like to play like that or they could be trying to get at other dog’s level. Especially when playing with puppies.

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About the author:

Aly DelaCoeur combines her love of dogs, years of experience, and the most up-to-date animal behavior science in WhyDoesMyDog.com. Her goal is to help you and your dog have a fuller, happier, and more rewarding relationship. Our unique platform optimizes content for consumption and sharing. 

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“Kitty Style Advice” from Morris the Cat, week three.

 

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Readers, have you been putting Morris’s grooming tips into action? I’ve been looking much spiffier since I started taking advice from a cat. We’ve come to the final edition of “Dear Morris,” in which the coolest cat on earth showers us with pearls of wisdom… and a few hairballs.

And if you haven’t yet entered Morris’s good-grooming giveaway, now’s the time! As the star of the iconic 9Lives cat food commercials, he knows how to live large, and he wants us humans to enjoy celebricat treatment as well–that’s why he’s giving away a super-soft, human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe, a $300 Spa Finder gift card, and a whole year’s supply of 9Lives cat food! (That last one’s for your cats.) Enter at his website Prospurr.9Lives.com.

Dear Morris,

Lately I’ve been looking slightly less than my best, which is unfortunate because I just started a new job and I wanted to make a good first impression. But instead, my eyes are all puffy and I just haven’t been my chipper self. I’m not sure how to get out of this style rut. Morris, can you help me get my grooming groove back?

Sincerely,

Fashion Faux-Paw

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Dear Fashion Faux-Paw,

Let me shed some light (and some fur) on this situation. The main thing I took away from your question is that you’re STRESSED! Starting a new job can be stressful and can lead to falling out of typical routines and lack of sleep. I should know because every time I start shooting a new commercial, I only sleep 15 hours a day instead of 16. But don’t despair! There’s one failsafe way to calm those nerves and give you back your glow. I’m talking about a massage, specifically a kitty massage. We kitties LOVE to give massages–well, we think of it more as kneading but you humans don’t seem to know the difference. A kitty massage will help you relax, and in turn, feel and look better. Plus, it’s purr-ty much impossible to feel stressed when you have the love of a cat.

There you have it! Thank you, Morris the Cat, for sharing this invaluable grooming advice. Readers, how many of you have a good-looking, well-groomed feline at home? You could win them a whole year’s supply of delicious 9Lives cat food, plus a human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe and Spa Finder gift card for you! Just go to Morris’ Live Well & Prospurr website to enter. Then, ‘paw it forward’ by tweeting #MorrisFeeds, and Morris will donate a bowl of 9Lives cat food to a kitty in need.

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*I have partnered with 9 Lives to bring you this post. I will be receiving free cat food in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation.

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“Kitty Style Advice” from Morris the Cat, week two.

 

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…And we’re back for the second installment of “Dear Morris,” featuring meows of wisdom from the world’s most famous feline, Morris the 9Lives spokescat. Morris wants to help you look (and feel) as good as he does! And to do that he’s offering advice, plus to chance to win a human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe, a $300 Spa Finder gift card, and a whole year’s supply of 9Lives cat food! Enter at his website Prospurr.9Lives.com.

Dear Morris,

My teenage daughter spends 45 minutes in front of the mirror every day primping and brushing her hair. I think this is excessive but she tells me it’s what makes her happy. Morris, since you always look fabulous, I thought you could give me some advice–what’s the best way to get her to spend less time in front of the mirror?

Sincerely,

Fur-ustrated Mamma

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Dear Fur-ustrated Mamma,

I know it may seem like I just wake up looking this good, but believe it or not, I put in lots of long hours licking my fur. In fact, as a cat, I groom up to 50% of the time I’m awake. Grooming not only makes you look good, it can be used for meditation–kind of like focusing really hard on a red laser dot. So I say, take the time you need to feel your best–whether it’s 5 minutes or 45. It’s a very purrsonal choice.

Morris has spoken, readers. Turns out there’s nothing wrong with a little extra gussying up. And to help you do that, be sure to enter Morris’s good-grooming giveaway at his Live Well & Prospurr website. You can also tweet #MorrisFeeds and Morris will donate a bowl of 9Lives cat food to a hungry rescue kitty.

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*I have partnered with 9 Lives to bring you this post. I will be receiving free cat food in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. 

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It’s the Most Cat-tacular Event of the Season! You’re invited to a #RespectYourCat Twitter Party on March 28, 2016

 

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Calling all cat lovers: I’m paw-tnering with my pal, Morris the Cat for the most important day of the year: Respect Your Cat Day on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Morris is throwing the first #RespectYourCat Twitter Party to celebrate this most “impurrtant” holiday. Come and join in on the fun and furry festivities — we’ll be sharing informative tips on how to treat your cat like royalty, all the cute Internet cat photos you can handle and fun surprises galore!

If you’re a cat lover, you wont want to miss this “unfurgettable” evening.

For those are you unfamiliar with Twitter Parties, they are really fun and oftentimes, huge, live chats on Twitter that use specific hashtags to connect participants to the conversation stream.

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How do YOU show love and respect to your cats? Tell me in the comments below.

I hope to see you at #RespectYourCat Night on Monday, March 28, from 8-10 pm ET (5-7 pm PT). 

Please RSVP here to join the fun:  http://tweetvite.com/event/respectyourcatnight

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with 9 Lives to bring you this information. I will received free branded goodies in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation.

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“Kitty Style Advice” from Morris the Cat, week one.

 

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With spring coming up and after that, the dreaded bathing suit season (eek!), I know everyone’s searching for ways to look their best. And my readers have a ‘paw up’ on the competition because we’re about to get some style and wellness tips from someone who knows a thing or two about looking awesome… I’m talking, of course, about Morris the Cat.

In case you’re not familiar with this illustrious feline, Morris is the original celebricat, starring in over 50 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s up through today. He’s even been called “the Clark Gable of cats,” and that’s about as debonair as it gets! In his “Dear Morris” column, he’ll be answering some readers’ burning questions about good grooming, and he’s also giving away a human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe, a $300 Spa Finder gift card, and a whole year’s supply of 9Lives cat food! Enter at his website Prospurr.9Lives.com.

Dear Morris,

I love my cat, Baxter, but man, does he shed! Every time I leave the house I’m covered in cat hair. It’s getting to the point where we can’t even cuddle together without me looking like the sticky side of a lint roller! Unleash your wisdom, Morris… there must be something I can do.

Sincerely,

Hairy Harry

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Dear Hairy Harry,

If your cat is shedding on you, the thing you should tell him is… “thank you!” Being covered in cat fur means you get to look like a cat, which means you get to look more awesome. However, if this isn’t your desired effect (although I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be), try wearing clothes the same color as your cat to camouflage the fur. Kind of like a cat camouflages himself in clean laundry–hey, come to think of it, that could be why you’re always covered in fur! You can also try brushing Baxter a couple times a week to remove excess fur and redistribute the natural oils on his skin–now, that’s what I call a win-win!

You heard it right from the kitty’s mouth, folks! Tune back in for Morris’ next edition of good grooming advice and don’t fur-get to enter the giveaway at his Live Well & Prospurr website. You can also tweet #MorrisFeeds and Morris will donate a bowl of 9Lives cat food to a hungry rescue kitty.

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*I have partnered with 9 Lives to bring you this post. I will be receiving free cat food in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. 

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Up Country – Designer Pet Products and More

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you have probably read posts I have written about our “mini-zoo” – our five cats, dog and Goldfish.

Our pets mean the world to us. There is nothing we won’t do to make sure they are happy and healthy.

We spoil our pets too. We give them plenty of fun toys, comfy places to sleep, food, treats and a lot of hugs and snuggles

All of our furry family members were adopted. Four of our five cats and our dog are from our local animal shelter (one was a foster kitten who we ended up adopting). Our other cat was a feral (wild) kitten that we took in. He’s far from wild now. He’s very shy and timid.

Our fish we won at the county fair five years ago. He’s suppose to be a Goldfish but he’s HUGE (about 8″ long). We joke that he’s a baby Koi fish.

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Fishy is the orange one – he’s still alive. Wishy, the white one, died a year ago

Since most of our pets are adopted, we try and donate to our local shelter as often as we can whether it’s food, money, old blankets or toys.

I also tend to shop at places I know that give back to the community, especially animal related charities.

A designer pet company called Up Country does just that. They donate to various pet charities.

Here at Up Country we are committed to giving back to our community, both in our backyard and far afield. As a local company with a Made in the USA mantra, it’s natural for us to have a grass roots approach to giving. Our goals are not only to provide monetary support for these organizations, but to also raise awareness for their important causes.

Up Country gives back to the community, both locally and internationally with their recent announcement of Up Country Cares. They truly care about all animals, not just dogs. I am happy to support such a company.

Up Country has a huge assortment of dog products – bedding, toys, treats, accessories. They also have a few cat products as well.

We have an indoor/outdoor dog bed from Up Country that I was sent to review.

We live in a condo. We are located on the top floor. The only “yard” we have is a rickety old wooden 6′ x 12′ balcony. Our dog gets to go for walks, but our cats can’t. They need fresh air so they spend a lot of their time on the balcony.

The balcony is made out of wood that is old ans splintered. One day when we win Lotto (Ha!) we’ll have it replaced. In the mean time we have to make due with what we have.

Kitty (L) and Anakin (R) enjoying our blacony on the outdoor carpet and on our bench.

Kitty (L) and Anakin (R) enjoying our blacony on the outdoor carpet and on our bench.

I don’t want them to sleep on the bare wood (that is not very comfortable – plus I worry about splinters). In the summer we put out an outdoor rug, but that can get really hot and it’s not that comfy either. For that reason we like to provide our fur babies with comfy places to lie on our balcony.

I opted for an indoor/outdoor bed for our pets from Up Country because its something our pets can enjoy year round – even in the winter (we’ll just bring it inside).

I opted for a large bed because often I have seen our dog and one of our cats sharing a bed at the same time.

What I like about this bed is that the cover is washable. Pets get things dirty whether it’s muddy feet or throwing up a hairball. Stuff happens. That is why I love the idea of being able to wash it. Our other pet beds are not washable and I can never get them fully clean.

At Up Country the indoor/outdoor pet bed is called a “Futon.” You can purchase additional covers so that you can change the look throughout the year.

As per Up Country…

Outdoor Pet Futons are made with durable weather-resistant material. Beautiful fabrics are nice enough to go from indoors to outdoors and tough enough for even the worst weather. Covers zip off for easy cleaning.

Espn on the Up Country Indoor/Outdoor Futon/Pet Bed.

Espn on the Up Country Indoor/Outdoor Futon/Pet Bed.

I have seen most of our pets on the bed/futon, most especially our dog Espn. He especially likes it and sleeps/lies on it all the time when he’s outside. It’s a great way for him to get fresh air and sunshine without having to sleep on a uncomfortable wooden balcony.

Here is our cat Anakin enjoying the Up Country bed too. He probably uses it the most out of all of our cats.

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Up Country has so many wonderful products for your pets. Here are just a few of the thing you can find at the Up Country website.

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If you would like to learn more about any of their products, or their charitable contributions, please visit www.UpCountryInc.com. You can also find them on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about their products?

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Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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