20 Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

20 Health Benefits of Pet Ownership

Pet owners already know how much their furry friends improve their quality of life. Pets provide more than unconditional love they also provide a wellness boost. There are a number of proven pet ownership health benefits for people including mental and emotional related benefits from decrease in depression, stress and anxiety, enhance social skills; health related benefits of lower blood pressure, improve immunity, decrease risk of heart attack and stroke; and physical related benefits of increased activity. There is anecdotal and scientific evidence that shows pet owners tend to be healthier than the average person. Here is my list of 20 incredible health benefits of pet ownership. 1. Keep you active – dogs require daily exercise and are likely to beg for a walk or to play a game. Studies have shown people with dogs are more likely to participate in low to moderate physical activity than people without dogs. Dog ownership may promote a walking activity and motivate both the dog and the owner to go outside for some fresh air, however you are not going to experience these benefits if you are not willing to walk your dog in the first place. Your dog needs exercise so get out there and walk your dog daily and you both can reap the rewards. 2. Help socialise – pets are a great icebreaker to help you meet new people and be sociable. Pets provide a great means for improving your socialisation skills especially meeting and interacting with other pet owners. Though people sometimes may have a hard time getting to know each other, pets can be the common denominator...
Pet Wellness Tip – Is Your Dog Behaving Badly?

Pet Wellness Tip – Is Your Dog Behaving Badly?

Is your dog barking, digging holes in your garden, pulling washing off the line, pulling their bed apart, eating outdoor furniture, chewing your favourite shoes? Dogs not only need physical exercise, they also need mental exercise! What is dog mental exercise you ask! It is pretty much like brain exercise for us! We do brain exercise when we work, study, or do puzzles, games, reading, you name it! Anything that stimulates our mind is mental exercise! For dogs they stimulate their minds a little differently but need it as much as we do! I touched on dog mental exercise in my last Pet Wellness blog post about walk your dog somewhere new. When you walk or take your dog somewhere new it is stimulating all of their senses as there are new exciting smells and things to explore! When your dog has their senses stimulated this generates brain activity and that is dog mental exercise! There are many forms of mental exercise for your dog including as mentioned walking or taking your dog somewhere new, dog obedience training, playing games, teaching your dog tricks, and agility training. With all of these mental exercises they also involve physical exercise so your dog is getting a full brain and body workout! Different breeds of dogs learn at different levels and ability depending on the original purpose of their breed for example if they are a working breed, shepard breed, hunter breed, or companion breed. Starting off with some basic dog obedience training that is a positive and rewarding experience for your dog is a great way to start with some mental...
Pet Wellness Tip – Dog Obedience Training Commands and Tips

Pet Wellness Tip – Dog Obedience Training Commands and Tips

Not sure where to start with dog obedience training with your dog? Here are some word commands and tips for dog obedience training to get you started training your dog! With repetition and training with these word commands, your dog will learn each one and what is required of them when you say it. With all dog obedience training it needs to be a positive experience for your dog. They will then be interested, enjoy learning, and will be more likely to do as you ask. Positive training is all about rewarding your dog. Use treats to reward your dog, a positive happy voice, positive body language and praise. A great reward is a food reward in small bits for example small bits of liver treats (even the fussy eaters love liver treats!). When your dog does a positive action with obedience training reward your dog with the treats for example your dog physically sits when you use the command ‘sit’, ensure you reward your dog with a treat, energetic voice and praise immediately. An extra reward can be used at the end of your training session like their favourite toy, so your dog associates all of the training as lots of fun and a very positive experience. Do not reprimand your dog when training, with your voice or pulling at the lead or collar. The only time you do this is if your dog is displaying a very bad behaviour and you are teaching them what is a bad and good behaviour for example chasing cars – however with this kind of training you do need to know...

Pet Wellness Tip – Walk Your Dog Somewhere New

  Humans are social beings and creatures of habits. Animals are too. However did your know your dog loves going to new places for a walk and not just walking the same route every day? Even though we are creatures of habit, if we do the same thing over and over we get bored. Thats why we do different exercises, try new food, and go to different holiday destinations. Dogs are the same, they also get bored doing the same thing, going on the same walk or going to the same park day after day! This is because dogs are also social creatures. Dogs love new smells, meeting new dogs, exploring new places, and they love new adventures. New smells stimulates and excites all of their senses. Perhaps you may remember a time when your dog got excited when you took him or her to somewhere different or to a place they loved? Dogs get very excited going somewhere new or to a place that had stimulating memories for them, for example going for a big walk in the bush or a trip to the beach. They love the opportunity to explore, to find new smells and objects as this is their natural instinct. Modern day dogs are descended from wild wolves. Todays domestic dogs have natural instincts that have been forged over several thousand years of living in the wild. Taking your dog to new place allows your dog to use his natural instincts and senses. It is also positive for you to take your dog on a different walk or to a new place, as you are...

Get Moving with Doggy Moves!!

  If you love your four-legged friend as much as I do you will love my exciting new and unique Doggy Moves© exercise class I have developed. Doggy Moves has been created for you and your best friend – to get you and your pooch moving with a combination of human and dog exercise moves, plus dog training. Doggy Moves is a first in Australia, and I am thrilled to offer it here on our glorious Sunshine Coast. I am a qualified and register personal trainer and I previously owned a pet business in Brisbane. I have been involved in dog obedience, training and competitions for over seven years with my beloved border collie. Being a border collie and living in Brisbane my dog needed mental exercise as well as physical exercise. We went to dog school initially for dog obedience training when she was a puppy. We made many great human and dog friends and took our training over seven years to an advance level in agility, fly ball, competitions, and expos at schools, pet expo and shopping centres – our group was even approached by Movie World! We both loved it. My beautiful girl has since retired and is living her senior years quietly with her fellow fury friends. I have been brewing away with my Doggy Moves idea for some years now – as I had always planned to do my personal training qualification – passionate about living an active and healthy lifestyle – after a career change from being a corporate business and marketing professional. My dog and I use to do a lot of other...