Boredom Breakers for Good Dogs and Cool Cats

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I’ve been hearing that many of you two leggers are working from home. This is very wise of you to do this. For many of you, this also means your good dog is staying home with you because the doggy day care is closed and/or your daily walker is self isolating too. Again, that’s a very wise thing to do, but your good dog may miss the routine & get bored with being home all day.

It’s impawtant that a good dog gets plenty of physical exercise but it’s also impawtant for them to work their brains too. This also applies to cool cats, let’s not forget them. Boredom can lead to OCD & other “unwanted” behaviors such as destroying furniture. A canine couch potato is just as bad as it’s human counterpart. So here are a few suggestions to keep a dog’s mind sharp & it’s day more interesting while you two leggers work on those report things you do.

Food puzzle toys are invaluable boredom busters. Since my wild cousins spend much of their time scavenging for food, food puzzle toys offer a natural solution to dog boredom. Puzzle toys also encourage chewing & licking, which can have a calming effect on us good dogs.

There are lots of products available that can offer a number of difficulty levels. You can use something as simple as a Kong or ball stuffed with treats to more elaborate devices that require problem solving steps. Suzie Q prefers a Kong stuffed with treats. She doesn’t seem to understand my puzzle game. But I’m very smart. BOL!

You can also put food to work for you by making your good dog or cool cat hunt for it. Hide small treats of food in the house for your good dog or cool cat to “hunt.” Initially, make the treats very easy to find. As your furriend gets better at this game, practice hiding the food in more difficult spots.

A Knotty Toy for Good Dogs can be fun on these long days. They are gnawsome for interacting with your good dog. If you’re working online, it’s good for your eyes to take frequent breaks. Use the time to engage your pup with a game of tug of war or indoor fetch. Nothing makes a good dog happier than bonding with you.  Play is a great way to do that.

If we all do our part & be responsible, we will all be stronger on the other side of these times. Please, if you’ve been asked to stay home, do so. I’m serious.

Stay! ( I’ve always wanted to say that.)

CEO Olivia

Why Is That Pumpkin Purple?

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The Purple Pumpkin Project began in the fall of 2012. It was founded by Ron Lamontagne who was searching for ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness. Ron’s youngest son was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009 at the age of four. The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since kids would soon be carving & decorating pumpkins, he thought why not make one purple & tell people about epilepsy when asked, “Why is your pumpkin purple?”

Ron has seen how epilepsy impacted his son. Although he appears like an average kid on the surface, his son has experienced major challenges academically, physically & socially. Additionally, there is much misconceptions & fear about epilepsy.

Although Ron has been outspoken about the challenges his son faces, many people still choose to keep their seizures private. By raising awareness, Ron hopes to support those people & increase overall awareness of epilepsy.

Ron started the Purple Pumpkin Project  Facebook page on September 2, 2012. Within two days, the page had likes in all 50 states; it reached more than 500 likes in the first three days. Ten days later, the page surpassed 1,000 likes, & photos of purple pumpkins started pouring in. Almost two years later, the PPP Facebook page has grown expediently & purple pumpkins are appearing globally.

Why is that pumpkin purple?…to initiate dialog & to spread awareness of epilepsy. 1 in 26 Americans will be diagnosed with Epilepsy at some point in their life. Epilepsy is also one of the most common neurological diseases in dogs, some studies estimate up to 4% of all dogs are affected.  Our CEO Olivia was diagnosed with idiopathic epilepsy before her 1st birthday.  As a Canine Epilepsy Ambassador she spreads awareness globally.

This Halloween, on the eve of Epilepsy Awareness Month, turn one of your pumpkins purple & encourage others to do the same. Host a purple pumpkin decorating or carving event at your home, school or workplace & help your community get seizure smart.

CEO Olivia

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Bonding With Your New Good Dog

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Wonderful, you’ve decided to bring home a new dog; hopefully adopted from a shelter or rescue. That’s great! Since all dogs are capable of forming a loving bond with you regardless of age, a puppy doesn’t have to be your only choice. Welcoming a new dog into your home is rewarding but will require an adjustment for all concerned.

It’s important to establish trust & a sense of safety. Give the new dog the opportunity to explore his/her surroundings safely & discover any new roommates on his/her own terms.  Our experience has been that meeting outside in a neutral zone is best form most dogs.

Be patient, your new family member has a lot to learn, such as house rules, his/her place in your “pack”, as well as new commands & routines. It can all be a little overwhelming so give your new dog time to adjust.

Learn to read your dog’s body language. Make eye contact often. It’s important to recognize signs if your dog is frightened or feeling nervous. Remember to create confidence & not enforce anxious behavior.  Also learn the dog’s likes & dislike. For example, not all dogs like to be held close. When I first came to live with my huMom I preferred to lean on her rather than be hugged.  I love to be hugged now. Take time to learn what games your dog prefers & their favorite toys.

Spend as much time together as you can. Play time & walks are excellent for bonding as is daily training. Exploring the neighborhood is a good way for your dog to feel comfortable in his/her new surroundings.

Be consistent, be patient & in a short time, your new dog will be a solid member of your family.

CEO Olivia

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