Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
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Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

3 Benefits Of Social Play For Dogs

Benefits of social play for dogs

Bowing, chasing, bouncy movements, play falling, self-handicapping, and friendly wrestling; These are all examples of healthy social play for dogs! Have you ever been curious about the benefits of your dog socializing with other dogs at Doggy Day Camp? We did a little research and found these three benefits of friendly social play for dogs:

 

1. Getting Along

Much like children playing on a team, social play for dogs can teach them how to behave with others and play fairly. Marc Bekoff, a Professor at the University of Colorado says, “play is not only fun. It’s useful behavior. And studies of play indicate that animals actively cultivate a sense of fairness and cooperation by playing” (source 3).

 

2. Health and Exercise

According to Vet Street, “between 20-40% of all dogs seen by veterinarians in the United States are considered overweight” (source 5). This could be due to a lack of exercise. When your dog is socializing with other dogs, they are likely running around, playing, chasing and generally being active. Not only does a lack of exercise sometimes result in an overweight dog, but it may also exhibit itself in the form of hyperactivity, barking, and destructive behavior at home (source 5).

 

3. Having Fun

Dogs benefit from playing with other dogs and having a good time. Whether it’s a friendly wrestling match or a chasing game of tag, it’s important for your dog to have fun when interacting with other dogs. Much like humans, when a dog happily plays, positive changes happen in their brain: oxytocin, prolactin, beta-phenylethylamine, and dopamine are released (source 4). This means a playing dog is a happy dog!

 

Although it is good to encourage your dog to interact with other dogs, it is important that they do it on their terms when they feel ready. Forcing socialization can frighten your dog and make them aggressive (source 6). If your dog needs help with socialization, consider training with one of our Best Friends certified dog training experts.

All in all, a dog who safely chases and plays with other dogs is a happy, healthy dog. A happy, healthy dog means a happy owner. Book your dog’s socialization time and send them back to school at Best Friends Doggy Day Camp, today!

 

SOURCES

  1. Dog Behavior Blog
  2. Pawderosa Ranch
  3. The Light of Dog
  4. Smart Animal Training
  5. Vet Street
  6. Animal Bliss
  7. Pet Helpful
  8. AKC

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Dogs Having The Best Summer Ever

Dogs having the best summer ever

Summer is a time of vacations and travel or simply relaxing at home for a staycation. As much as we would love for our dogs to accompany us on all of our adventures, we often must leave our furry friends at home in the care of someone we trust.

But fret not! Best Friends Pet Hotel is your pet’s version of a vacation. With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, the fun is just heating up! Pools, forts, bubbles, and Doggy Day Camp parties are just a few of the ways your pup is sure to have a great end to their summer!

Here are some dogs that are having the best summer ever at Best Friends Pet Hotel.

Dogs playing with bubblesIs there any happier sight than dogs playing with bubbles?

Dog Birthday PartyMarley is all smiles on his birthday.

Dog Under The Sea Themed PartyThis cutie enjoys an ‘Under The Sea’ themed Doggy Day Camp party.

Puppy Bowling PartyThese pups know bowling isn’t just for humans.

Doggy Luau PartyJust “lei-ing” around!

Dogs in a poolTaking a dip in the doggy pool.

Under The Sea Dog PartyThis cutie is enjoying Doggy Day Camp!

dog in a fortForts are fun!

Solar Eclipse DogThis handsome fella enjoyed the Solar Eclipse.

dog birthdayGoing head first into the birthday fun!

All smiles dogPatiently waiting for treats.

Pool side dogKickin’ it pool side.

Dog SlideSliding into Summer fun!

Dog Waiting For TreatsIf you give puppy eyes long enough, the humans may give you treats, right?

 

If you have yet to book your pet’s last summer vacation at Best Friends, reserve their spot today!

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Check The Chip

Check the chip day

What is ‘Check The Chip Day’ you ask? August 15th is a day to raise awareness with pet owners to register and update their pet’s microchip. Though many Americans have their pets microchipped, only about 60% are actually registered or have up-to-date information in the microchip registry.

Did you know that microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned home to their owners and microchipped cats are more than 20 times as likely to be returned to their owners? It’s true! Registering and updating your pet’s microchip can make all the difference when finding a lost pet and helping them get back home to you.

If your pet is already microchipped, you can look up the details to ensure their chip has updated owner information, here. If your pet has yet to be microchipped, make an appointment with your vet as soon as you can.

Make sure to check out this video about why you should microchip your pet!

 

Source: https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/Check-the-Chip-Day.aspx

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