The Benefits of Having a Family Dog

The Benefits of Having a Family Dog

A lot goes into raising a family. From instilling morals and emotional intelligence to ensuring their children appreciate the advantages of an active lifestyle, parents have a demanding mission from the get-go. How might parents get a helping hand? Research shows owning a dog can do wonders for a child’s development. Below are some of the many ways kids can benefit from man’s best friend.

Dogs are a big responsibility. They require care and attention every day. Tending to another living being in this fashion may increase kids’ self-esteem. How? While children accomplish age-appropriate tasks, such as filling their pet’s water bowl or taking it on a daily walk, they fulfill a purpose and, thus, feel a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. It can also make them feel like part of a team.

Dogs could also enhance children’s self-esteem by being a loyal friend. As they come home from school, the pooch’s excitement to see them can give them a boost and maybe even turn around a bad day. What’s more, when a little one grows up inspired by a canine’s loyalty and unconditional love, it can translate to other relationships down the road.

Growing up alongside a dog may also impart a greater sense of empathy toward others. Such compassion stems from nurturing a dependent animal throughout its shorter life span. Pets bring much happiness to our lives. Though, at some point, there is loss. When children experience the grief of losing a dear friend, they can learn from it and grow emotionally.

Even before a child can help care for an animal, there are advantages to being in the same household. Studies have shown cognitive, behavioral and social skills are elevated in children who talk to their pets — even if it’s just babbling as a toddler. Faster rates of intellectual development have been found as well.

Babies can also benefit from a family dog health-wise. Pet dander and the canine’s natural bacteria have been found to positively impact a young one’s still-developing immune system. In fact, the rates of ear and respiratory tract infections were found to be lower among children living with a dog.

Have you ever felt your mood improve after cuddling with a pet? It’s not all in your head. Petting a dog has been proven to reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels. It can also go a step further by raising serotonin and dopamine levels. When these nerve transmitters are triggered, it leads to a feeling of calm and happiness. These same effects happen in kids.

While there could be potential problems with a dog, research has found the merits of ownership go beyond what we once thought. For additional benefits for the whole family, please see the accompanying resource.

 

Article originally written by Lisa Zick, titled, Ways Children Can Benefit From A Family Dog

5 Things Every Cat Owner Understands

5 Things Every Cat Owner Understands

Our feline friends have idiosyncrasies that we all know and love (most of the time). They get into the weirdest of places, make some pretty silly faces, and always find a way to knock something important off of the counter, but there are some things that you can really only understand if you have a kitty in your home full time. 

Here are our top 5 things that every cat owner understands:

1. Fur. Everywhere.

You brush them every day. You vacuum. You dust. Don’t even get me started on the shedding between Winter and Summer! It. Just. Never. Goes. Away. 

If your cat has light-colored fur, you’re constantly lint rolling your black shirts. If your cat has dark-colored fur, you’re constantly lint rolling your white shirts. If your cat has multi-colored fur, you probably gave up a long time ago. 

2. Your cat eats better than you do.

At some point in a cat’s life, their vet will recommend the expensive food. Whether it’s wet food to keep them hydrated, weight management food to keep them healthy, or specialized food to help with a specific problem, the time will come that you feel like your cat is eating 5 star meals while you’re eating Rice-a-roni for the second time this week. 

If you’re going to feed your cat the good stuff, we recommend Ollie’s custom nutrition plans that give you the peace of mind that your cat is getting everything they need from their diet. 

3. Personal space? Never heard of it.

Whether you’re in the bathroom, on the couch, or trying to get a good night’s rest, you can rest assured that your kitty is right there, too. Cat owners are no stranger to a butt in their face or the feeling of their furry friend brushing up against their leg. It’s a closeness that’s unlike anything else!

4. The one-two-switcheroo. 

Cats are temperamental creatures. Their moods shift faster than they can jump from the couch to the coffee table. Every cat parent has experienced the sudden shift from, “Please pet me,” to, “I will now tear your hand to shreds.” 

5. Peace and quiet…until 3am.

Our feline friends love to sleep all hours of the day, but once that special hour comes along, it’s time to ZOOM. They’re playing with their toys (for once), they’re jumping across the furniture, but, most importantly, they’re keeping you awake. Your only choice, unfortunately, is to wait it out until they’re ready to drift back to sleep. 

To know cats is to love them, but it also means dealing with some unusual problems. Did we leave any of your common cat occurrences off this list? Let us know by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your input could be featured on a future blog!

How To Help Reactive Dogs Get Through A Walk

How To Help Reactive Dogs Get Through A Walk

Are walks with your dog stressful? Does your pet tend to jump on people in excitement, bark or even lunge at other canines? If so, your dog could be exhibiting reactive behavior. A dog can develop reactivity for environmental, developmental or medical reasons. In fact, shepherding breeds and Terriers are more likely to develop reactivity.

Reactivity is an issue that takes time, dedication and patience to reverse, and various training methods can be beneficial for your furry friend. Read on to learn about reactivity, as well as some tips and tricks to keep your pet calm while walking.

What Is a Reactive Dog?

A reactive dog is one that overreacts to stimuli in the environment, such as another canine, a person or an object. There can be many causes of reactivity, including lack of socialization, genetics, insufficient training or a scary experience. There are also different levels of intensity. Reactive behavior may include barking and lunging and is often confused with aggression; however, they are not the same.

Here's how you can help your dog:

Destress Before Your Walk

Do you usually feel tense and anxious before you begin strolling with your furry friend? If so, your pet may be picking up on your anxiety, since dogs are intuitive creatures. Moreover, if your pet does get triggered, you might behave reactively yourself by shouting or pulling on the leash. To avoid this, start your walk in a calm frame of mind, as this can help your pooch feel mellow and relaxed.

Use the Right Equipment

If your pooch tends to pull or lunge on the leash, consider using a head collar to reduce this behavior. This type of collar has a strap that goes around the neck, just behind the ears, and another strap that goes around your pet’s nose. It works by applying pressure behind the neck and around the muzzle, which helps you control your dog by guiding its head. Head collars can have a calming effect on dogs and even give nervous or fearful canines greater confidence. Moreover, canines can still eat, drink and pant while wearing one.

Walk Your Pet With Another Person

If you’re not confident in your ability to control your reactive pet, consider bringing a friend along on your next stroll through the neighborhood. Having another person with you can have a calming influence over you and your pooch. Additionally, walking your pet between the two of you can give her or him reassurance in anxiety-inducing situations.

Pick the Right Time of Day

Your goal is to have a successful, quiet walk. However, this could be impossible if you decide to take a stroll when other dog owners are likely to be out walking their canines, too. For this reason, consider picking a time of day that allows you to avoid as many triggers as possible, such as the early morning. Being strategic in this way can help your pooch stay relaxed.

Try Counter Conditioning and Desensitization

Counter conditioning is often used to change unwanted behavior in canines. It involves training your pet to change her or his emotional response or attitude to a certain stimulus. The first step is to anticipate your dog’s reaction to a trigger, then provide a treat or a favorite toy to distract her or him. This teaches your dog to associate the trigger with a positive reward. Be sure to expose your pet to the stimulus at a low intensity in the beginning.

Walking a reactive dog can be challenging. However, it is important to remember that it does get better with training and consistency. With enough quality training, you’re sure to notice a more relaxed walking buddy.

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AUTHOR BIO: Alec Hutchins is Chief Marketing Officer of Recherche Kennels - Goldens, a professional breeding and training facility. Recherche Kennels has over 10 years of experience breeding with top parent bloodlines and training puppies to be the perfect family pet.

A Dog Person's Guide to Cats

A Dog Person's Guide to Cats

Cats can be enigmatic creatures to humans who lack experience with them. Dog people, or those who have only had experience with dogs, can have a hard time adjusting to the stark differences between dog and cat behavior. At Pampered Pet Resorts, we know that cats are oftentimes misunderstood and hope to help every animal lover see that you can be a dog person and a cat person at the same time! 

The Basics

The first thing you must understand when interacting with a cat is their body language. While they do use vocal communication at times, body language is the main way that cats communicate their thoughts and feelings. When approaching a cat, it helps to get down on their level and offer out your hand for them to smell to familiarize themselves with your scent. Stay very still for a moment, and the cat will signal to you whether they would like to be touched or not. Cats are all about boundaries, and crossing them too early on can leave them fearful of you.

While most of our doggie fur-ends love to be held, pet, and played with, cats are gentle creatures that prefer to come to you first. Only when a cat is completely comfortable with you will they show off their playful side and allow cuddles. Below, you’ll find a helpful infographic detailing cat body language. 

I’m Not Mean, I’m Just Cautious

If you ever find yourself in a situation where a cat wants nothing to do with you, don’t take it personally. Cats are extremely independent and cautious animals that like to have the upper hand in all situations. Natural predators, they do not take kindly to loud noises or being cornered or chased. 

Dogs thrive off of obedience and routine. They love to please their parents with their good behavior, and thrive off of a schedule. Cats, on the other hand, act as a lesson in giving up control. Interacting with a cat is more of a conversation, allowing them to communicate their needs or wants, and the human responding. Some cats can be trained to perform tasks, but they have to want to perform the task for the training to stick. 

A good rule of thumb when interacting with a cat is to treat them as you would another human person. Give them their personal space, introduce yourself, and allow them to introduce themselves to you. Each cat has their own unique personality, and will respond to you in their own way. When they want to hang out with you, they will. When they want to be alone, they will. If you really want their attention, though, usually a treat won’t hurt!

We hope to educate our clients about all of the pampered pets that we serve. If you'd like to learn more about cat behavioir, click here.

Never Buy Another Cheap Dog Toy Again

Never Buy Another Cheap Dog Toy Again

BarkBox: the best pup-scription service for your pampered pet.

Pet stores can be overwhelming. With so much to choose from, how can a pampered pet parent be sure that the toys and treats they’re buying are high-quality and attractive?

Most of the time, you can have one of those options, but usually not both. And when a toy isn’t what you expected or Fido rips through another stuffy, you have to trek all the way back to the pet store to try out a new one. It can be exhausting, but that’s where BarkBox comes in!

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Pampered Pet Resorts is a proud affiliate of BarkBox, a dog-cented subscription service that provides your pet with monthly themed boxes of high-quality toys, treats and more. Every BarkBox has 2 innovative toys, 2 all-natural bags of treats, and a chew, curated from each month's unique themed collection, and sent right to your door!

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