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There are a number of benefits to play including: Exercise One of the best benefits to playing with toys is that it keeps your dog moving, this improves their cardiovascular function, helps prevent issues with their joints such as arthritis and prevents weight gain. Dogs should have the opportunity to play with their toys every day on top of their usual walks. Brain Training Dogs are incredibly intelligent animals and some breeds more than others, need constant mental stimulation. Enrichment or Intelligence toys are a great way to keep your dog learning whilst reducing boredom. Kongs are some of the most popular enrichment toys. Engaging their brain is also physically exhausting just 10-20 minutes of mental stimulation is the equivalent to an hours walk. Building trust & strengthening relationships When dogs play with humans or other dogs, they learn to interact, play, share and communicate which strengthens their social skills. Playing with your dog also helps develop your relationship together.
Most dog toys are designed to allow your dog to exhibit natural behaviours. For example, a Beagle is a scent hound and therefore is likely to enjoy toys (and games) that allow it to use its nose. Watch for activities your dog particularly enjoys and buy toys that encourage that. It’s also important to offer variety as your dog will likely get bored with toys that do the same or very similar things so mix it up every once in a while.
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A Guide to Dog Licences and Responsible Ownership in Ireland
Dogs can bring so much joy to people’s lives, but they do come with certain obligations. As a responsible dog owner, you need to be aware of a few key requirements before bringing your pet pooch home…
Dog Grooming – How the Change of Season Affects Your Dog
Summer is just around the corner! So what better way to celebrate than heading to the hair salon for a fresh new hairdo. The same applies to your beloved pooch! That’s right; we’re here to discuss your dog’s next groom and what you need to think about during the warmer months. I managed to pin down Aoife the Head Groomer at Dec’s Pets to help answer some questions and give us the low down on all things grooming.
Getting a Dog? Why You Need Our Puppy Starter Kit
After what feels like months (or maybe years of planning) it is finally time to pick up your newest and cutest, member of the family. But, what do you actually need for their arrival? You go onto the internet & are immediately bombarded with an overwhelming amount of products and content regarding what food to buy, what toys they need, which is the comfiest bed, how will I train them, where will they sleep. So, what is a puppy starter kit and are really all they’re cracked up to be?
Top Picks: 5 of Dec’s Favourite Dog Toys
Dog toys, are they a waste of money, or a life saver? Read more to learn about our 5 favourite dog toys and why you need to add them to your shopping cart pronto! Boredom encourages bad behaviour; loneliness encourages separation anxiety; combine that with an instinctive intuition to chew and tear and you are left with a troublesome combination (& possibly some unfortunate looking furniture)
Dry Dog Food – Freshtrusion™
The journey begins with trusted farms and fisheries which provide only the finest quality fresh meats and fish.
A Happy Home: Helping Your Dog Deal With Boredom
It’s All In The Routine: Helping your dog deal with boredom is essential for a happy home life. Tweaking and changing your dog’s daily routine regularly encourages your dog to look forward to the day and exercises your dog’s mind. This encourages mental stimulation and stops boredom.