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Give your dog a purpose

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PART 3:  GIVE YOUR DOG A PURPOSE

Our dog, Cotton, had always felt that he was the protector of the castle and the family.  But as he got older, he didn’t do his usual bravado when greeting guests and didn’t walk the perimeter to check for intruders.

About that same time, my father entered his 80’s and I found that if I gave him something to look forward to, he was so happy!  We all like to have a purpose and another purpose besides sitting around the house.  For my father, I would plan excursions, events, or activities and planned them months in advance so that he could plan, think and get excited about whatever it was that we were doing.

Just like us, dogs love to feel like they have a purpose, a job and like to feel needed. Read More…

NEW DISTRIBUTOR

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SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND CUSTOMERS

Get Up & Go can now be purchased from:

WOOMBYE VETERINARY SURGERY

23 BLACKALL STREET

WOOMBYE  QLD  4559

Ph: 07 5442 2000

Why Play Is So Important For Your Older Dog…

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Part 2: Why Play Is So Important For Your Older Dog!

When our old cocker spaniel, Cotton, got old, I noticed that he was less interested in his old toys and the games he used to love to play.  You may have noticed this with your old dog as well.  But you know what, if I got down on the floor with an old favorite toy and started up one of his favorite games, like tug of war, he was all of a sudden back to being a puppy!  He seemed energized and ready to play…and had a happy look on his face.

I think that sometimes we, as owners, are the ones to blame for them not playing.  They don’t initiate it, so we assume they aren’t interested.  But half the fun is having you involved in the play and your attention, especially if you are down on their level.

Studies have shown that dogs that don’t engage in a lot of play suffer from behavioral issues such as anxiety or aggression.  Less playtime can also lead to an increase in whining, jumping up, and not coming when called. Read More…

Dog Days of Summer! Beach Rules For Dogs!

Going to the beach with your dog can be great for exercise and socialization! Here are some things to remember to make the trip more enjoyable:

* Make sure you’re within a Dog Exercise area on the beach, the Gold Coast City Council has great maps to show you where the Dog Beaches are at this link.

* Be sure to take a plastic bag!

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