Posted: Oct 01 2012
PupLife Dog Blog » Fun
Let's face it: after a long hard day at work, we often don't have a lot of energy left.
Feeding the dog, walking the dog and then making dinner are things that need to be done and by that point, we might be thinking about hitting the couch.
But wait! Playing with your dog should also be on your evening and weekend to-do list, and here's why:
It Keeps Your Pet Out of TroubleLike humans, dogs need to blow off steam every once in awhile. It helps to keep their minds functioning at their peak and it beats the blahs. Dogs that are bored can become lethargic, or even worse, can start looking for things to get into. Playing with your dog helps your pet to interact with you and the environment in a positive way. A game of fetch, or chasing each other around the back yard is not just fun for your pet, it is good for them too.
The Interaction Creates Deeper BondingThis one is obvious, and for pretty much the same reasons. Sure, you might be tired and want to watch an episode of Mad Men, but why not DVR that episode and play with your best friend instead. You'll be surprised at how much better you will feel when play time is over. In fact, you usually will feel a bit refreshed. The interaction with your dog makes the worries and drama of the day melt away. Once your pet is tired out, you can both settle in on the couch and fire up your favorite tv show. The interaction truly creates a better bonding between pet and "parent".
It Is Great Exercise For You & Your PetWhen you and your pet can run around a bit, it is obviously good exercise for you both. It may not be the equivalent of a half hour on a stair master but it sure beats sitting on the couch eating Fritos. Chasing tennis balls or your pet's favorite Dog Toy around the yard or dog park gets the blood flowing and when you do it regularly, it is a great way to knock off a few calories. An active dog (and dog owner) is always a good thing in the long run.
By playing with your dog on a regular basis you can keep your pet from getting bored, increase the bonding level between you and your pet and even work off a couple extra calories.
Sound good? Now who wants to play? Woof!
Posted: Sep 19 2012
If you like traveling with your pet, you are not alone. In fact, according to a new survey commissioned by PetPlan Pet Insurance, 53% of all pet owners like to travel with their pet.
Some other interesting responses to the survey include:
• 44% are willing to spend up to $150 to travel with their pet• 22% are willing to travel over 50 miles with their pet• 54% have stayed at pet friendly hotels• 6% are willing to spend on a souvenir for their pet• 26% have traveled by airplane
Traveling with your dog can be a fun experience, enhancing the bond between pet and pet owner. It also brings a new perspective to your travel plans, often bringing you to locations that you did not previously consider. Finding dog parks in new places can be fun and meeting new friends (both human and canine) always enhances your experience too.
The PupLife pups are big dogs, and they are a bit fussy, so flying by airplane isn't really a convenient option. However, they love going on car trips out of state to visit relatives and have been on long vacations by car as well. Of course, when the PupLife dogs travel, they need to have all of their favorite dog toys, and are always outfitted with the proper dog collars, tags and safety gear.
Do you travel with your pet or take your dog with you on vacation? Let us know your travel stories - we'd love to hear them!
Posted: Aug 20 2012
Greatest. Cartoon. Ever. All hail Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman.
Posted: Aug 17 2012
If you're like us, you spend a ton of time on the phone. Not talking, mind you, but checking out social media sites, iPhone apps and web sites. One of the coolest new things we've discovered for the phone is Dog Boogie.
Dog Boogie is a newly re-built iPhone app for dog lovers. It allows you to take cool photos of your pet, grab their attention with head-turning sound effects and even share your dog's profile with other dog lovers. You can even share your pet's profile on Facebook and Twitter. It's pretty sweet.
The app was built by the developers at DogTown Media out of Los Angeles. If you'd like to download the Dog Boogie app, simply visit the iTunes App Store at http://bit.ly/dogboogie, or visit Dog Boogie online.
Tell them PupLife sent you. Woof woof!
Posted: Aug 01 2012
At PupLife we are always searching for cool new trends in the pet industry. One of the neatest ideas we have heard in a long time is DOGTV.
As its name suggests, DOGTV is television designed exclusively for dogs. Its producers spent hundreds of hours to create content that caters to a dog’s well being and unique sense of sight, hearing and movement detection. Everything from the visuals – the scenery, scenarios, color palettes and camera angles – to the audio soundtracks were selected with a dog’s experience in mind.
We also like the fact that DOGTV is created with the dog's well being first in mind. DOGTV programming is organized into relaxation, stimulation and exposure segments that provide just the right balance for the daily cycle of "stay-at-home" pups. “Animals need visual and auditory simulation throughout the day. DOGTV presents a breakthrough with programming that is created specifically for dogs,” said Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, MRCVS, a veterinarian specializing in animal behavior. “It will help millions of dogs that are left home alone every day and also help pet parents who don’t have the luxury of taking their dog with them to work or paying for doggy daycare.”
Currently, DOGTV is only offered on TV in the San Diego test market. However, it’s available as a streaming online channel that can be accessed by any pet lover in the world. Plus, our friends at DOGTV have created a special offer just for PupLife readers. When you use the special promotion code PUPLIFE50 you'll receive 50 percent off the online streaming price for the first month.