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Fun Games to Improve your Pet's IQ

Posted by William Yap on 18 December, 2016



Ever wondered how clever your pet is? Here are some great games to entertain you and your pet, while developing their mental abilities to learn, remember and detect. These will keep them mentally stimulated while teaching them some useful and impressive skills.

WHICH HAND IS IT

This is a very simple scent game which helps hone your dog or cat’s sense of smell by placing their favourite treats in the palm of your hands and let them guess which hand you’ve placed the treats in. Naturally, they have sharp noses, but as our beloved pets, they often do not need to use them. This game helps utilise their natural talent. We carry a fantastic range of tasty treats from only $3.95 that will make your dog drool! Check them out by clicking here.

TEACH THEM TO HELP

Dogs have been our comrades for centuries, as they love nothing more than being helpful (and the praise they get when they are). Teach them how to fetch your slippers, open doors, etc.

TEACH THEM WORDS

Teach them the names of their toys. On average dogs can learn 165 words which is as much as a 2-year-old child can learn! Some even as much as 250, with a border collie called Chaser learning as many as 1000 (roughly as much as a 3-year-old child)

GET INTO A ROUTINE 

Try to do some stimulating activity before feeding time. This will make them associate following your commands with the pleasure of food and will ensure you remember to test them every day. Mix it up a bit, don’t always like them to sit, sometimes get them to roll over, or perhaps both so that they do not learn to preempt you. When it comes to feeding your pet, don’t forget to clean their bowls regularly for safety and hygiene.

Check our blog about cleaning food and water bowls.

 

THE CLASSIC GAME OF FETCH

This tests them physically and mentally and for many dogs is the epitome of happiness. To keep them on their toes see if you can get them to wait before they can fetch the toy you have thrown. With the CHUCKIT Ball Launcher, you get to throw the ball further with less effort. Check it out here.

  

EVEN CLEANING UP IS FUN – teach your dog to put their toys away. Have one place, basket or box where all the toys live. At the end of the play, session get your dog to collect all the toys and place them in the box, for each toy they successfully clean up you can reward them with a treat of a hug.

Fantastic Treats For Your Pets This Christmas

Posted by William Yap on 08 December, 2016



Christmas is a time for all the family, but we understand you might not be able to treat your dogs quite as much as, say, your children. Therefore we have hunted down some brilliant present ideas that will reflect your love but not the depth of your pocket.

1. First up Toys: We have a range gift ideas for you loving cats and dogs that start from only$ 4.95. Pets Palace has a range of gifts for your pets and can be found categorised for gifts under $ 10 and gifts under $ 20. You can also have a look at the huge range of quality, fun toys your pets would love, and that will keep your pets entertained for hours. Toys are especially helpful for the holidays when you are relaxing with friends and family and so want to keep your pet happy and relaxed. 

2. Homemade treats: the way to most animal’s hearts is food, so why not make your pets some of these quick and easy treats, so that they can enjoy the festivities too! Click this link here for the recipe.

3. Learn how to give a doggie massage: Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason, they love spending time with you more than anything money can buy, so just dedicate a portion of the day to giving them some one on one time. There are many tutorials on the internet on how to give your dog a massage. Check out this page by Wikihow*.

If you don’t own a pet or are thinking of adopting (another) one, do consider going to your local dog and cat shelters for adoption. Not only would your pet thank you for providing a place called home this Christmas, research also found that there are great benefits for you to owning a pet. Check out our blog on the great benefits of owning a pet.

*We do not endorse Wikihow.com and its contents.

How to Look After Your Pet This Summer

Posted by William Yap on 23 November, 2016

With the summer well on its way, we know how important it is to protect your pets from the heat. Here we have collated some of the top tips from the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation, to help you keep your pets happy and healthy this summer!

 

  1. WATER – It is important for your pets to have the access to water at any time. It is also worth providing multiple containers just in case one gets knocked over. It would be a good idea to put ice cubes in the containers too. Pop-up pet travel bowls can also be useful if you are on the move.

 

  1. WALKIES – Have you ever stepped on the hot cement or road in bare feet? It hurts right? Our pets’ feet are also very sensitive to this heat so to help them prevent burns, walk them in the early morning when it’s still cool or in the late evening when the ground has had the chance to cool down.

 

  1. EXERCISE – Furry pets are unable to sweat in the same way that humans do, so they have one less mechanism to cool down. Try to limit strenuous exercise, especially during the hottest time of the day and make sure they have plenty of shade and water.

 

  1. UV Protection – Pets with less and lighter fur can suffer from sunburn more easily than pets with thicker coats. Before you go out in the sun with your furry friends, make sure they are well protected with UV Protection Cream or are wearing a Rash Shirt.

 

  1. SWIMMING – Let your pets swim in a paddling pool or in a safe lake. Not only it will help them cool down, they will also get the exercise and fun time they needed. Don’t forget the UV Protection! If it is your pets first time in the water, ask your vet if your pet is ok to swim as some dog breeds cannot swim or are prone to issues when swimming. Pets Palace also sells specially designed life vests for dogs which are great for swimming or when you go boating. Call 02 9519 8777 for more information.

 

  1. FUR TRIM – Just like human wears thinner clothing during summer, our furry friends need to have their fur trimmed down. Do not shave it completely as the fur will protect your pets from the harsh UV sunlight. So a little groom always helps.

Your Pet’s Food and Water Bowls Should Be Cleaned Daily!

Posted by William Yap on 05 November, 2016

For the sake of your pet’s health and wellbeing, their food and water bowls must be cleaned on a daily basis. When left uncleaned for a few days, the bowl could attract a build up of bacteria, disease and mould. Your pets could get very sick from consuming food or water from the dirty bowl. It could even traumatise them from eating and drinking from the same source.

We are often guilty of simply adding water to a near-empty water bowl, instead of washing and refilling the bowl with fresh water. Topping up the water bowl doesn’t rid the bowl of the bacteria and fungus that have been growing in the bowl. 

When it comes to the food bowl, some say you could simply rinse the bowl with warm water when it’s only had dry food in it and wash it with soap at least every few days. When it comes to wet food, you do need to clean the bowl every day.

As inconvenient as it sounds, washing the food and water bowl DAILY with warm soapy water could save you from lots of inconveniences, time, money and stress in the future. Always ensure that the bowls are rinsed thoroughly. Consuming soap residues could upset your pet’s tummy. 

Also remember to clean areas around where the bowls are placed such as the floor and wall around the bowls, the feeding mats, and any placements used in securing the bowls.

At Pets Palace, we have a range of dishwasher-safe bowls. We carry a wide range of stainless steel and silicone bowls – materials widely used for food-safe utensils. Click here to check out our collections.

The few minutes it takes to clean is nothing compared to your happy and healthy furry friend!

 

What Should You Do for Your Pets When Emergency Strikes You?

Posted by William Yap on 28 October, 2016

You never know what life might decide to throw at you, one day you might have an accident and need to spend a few days in the hospital, and if something like this were to happen, who would look after your pet?

Don’t worry, because we’ve outlined our best recommendations below to make sure that, if accidents do happen, you won’t need to worry about your pet being in the best hands when you can’t be there. Here are our top tips for preparing for an emergency. 

Family

It can always be a safe contingency plan to rely on your family in an emergency, asking your children, nephews/nieces, grand children or brothers/sisters to assist when an emergency comes up can be great to help ease your pet’s fears. Make sure that your family members know how to feed your dog, any medication or special treatments it might require and make sure your dog is familiar with the new carer. Not only will your dog appreciate it, they'll also think of it as a little vacation, and you will only need to worry about the emergency at hand.

 

Neighbours and Community Programs

There are some fantastic resources available out there for seniors when emergencies do strike. Get involved with your local community to learn what kind of supports the local community clubs and businesses offer to senior citizens.

If your dog is very low maintenance, consider setting up an emergency plan with your neighbours. If you can’t be home for any reason, educate them on how to take care of your dog by visiting and feeding your pet while you’re away.

 

Boarding Services

Have you ever considered boarding your pet? Professional boarding services take your pet into a stress-free environment and can take care of your beloved pet until you’re feeling better. If a family member or neighbour is unable to look after your pet, they may be able to assist in getting your pet booked into a professional pet boarding company.

 

Start a Manual for Your Pet

If your pet has an emergency you can’t attend to, it will be extremely helpful for friends and family to know how to support your pet in the best way possible. Here is the information we recommend preparing and storing somewhere easily found (such as on the refrigerator):

 

  • Pet’s name
  • Age
  • Local Vet
  • Food preference
  • Feeding times
  • Favourite toys
  • Daily play or walk schedule
  • Medication

 

 

 

Should I Take my Pet with me on a Holiday?

Posted by William Yap on 13 October, 2016

Travelling With Pets

Planning for a holiday could be dilemmatic at times! Here at Pets Palace we know it’s hard to leave your furry friends when you go away. So we’ve outlined some tips to make holidaying with your pet as smooth as possible.

TRAVEL

Whether by air, water or road you need to consider the safety and comfort of your pet. Firstly, check out our travel and accessories page to get some ideas of the equipment you might need, for example, seat belts. 

If you are using public transport, ferries or planes, make sure you have checked with the company to see what their restrictions are. Many flights offer pet travel options (especially on domestic flights) but have specific requirements for the crates used to hold the pet. The good news is that these can be rented instead of buying one and only using it once.

ACCOMMODATION

There are plenty of pet-friendly places to stay, especially in Australia. Airbnb and smaller B&Bs are probably your best bet, but it is always worth ringing first to check; even if you’ve stayed there before double check that the rules have not changed. 

PET SITTERS

There is always the chance that you might want to enjoy some time without your beloved pet, so enquire with your accommodation or search the internet for local companies that offer pet sitting services as well as dog and cat boarding.

PET HEALTH

New areas will introduce all kinds of new bacteria and threats so talk to your vet before travelling to ensure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations and ensure that if they are on any medication, you have enough to last the whole holiday. Additionally, do a quick search before travelling so that you know where your closest vet is and have any documents you may need to present to the new vet if the worst does arise. 

FINALLY, HAVE FUN!

Whether you are looking for relaxation, excitement, culture or scenery, we know you and your pet is going to have the best holiday, enjoy!

Are You Bringing a New Feline Home? Here's a Must Read Before You Do

Posted by William Yap on 02 September, 2016

Bringing New Feline Home

There is nothing more exciting than bringing your new feline home, and it can be challenging to introduce your cat to the pets you may have at home already. When bringing a new cat home, you need to have a realistic expectation that not all cats get along. Many cats are territorial and will put out a fight with other pets to make sure no one enters it or takes their territory. This can be very distressing for our beloved felines, so it is important we take precaution when deciding to bring a new cat back home.

The importance of scent

To appreciate how cats communicate, we must understand the importance of scent. It’s incredible how well they use their scent to communicate. Every time you see your cat rubbing its cheek along an object, it is marking its scent. When cats rub each other, they are exchanging scents. Exchanging scents mean the cats are creating peace between each. It also allows them to create a familiar scent which enables security between the two felines.

New Cat/Kitten Tips

  1. Keep your cat separated at first you can do this by setting up an isolation room for your new cat/kitten.
  2. Ensure that your cats are still able to smell and hear each other, you can do this by feeding both cats on the other side of the door
  3. After 2 to 3 days switch their locations so they can get used to each other’s distinct smells
  4. You can also rub there smells against each other using the same material to mix their scents
  5. Cats also love the smell of catnip, purchase some catnip from pet’s palace and place it where your introduced cat is staying. This will help your other cat be distracted from the new cat smell. Click Here to check out some catnip we have in stock.
  6. You can start slowly introducing the cats to each other, don’t let them be too close to each other, bring them slowly closer every time you let them meet.
  7. Reward good and positive behaviours with treats. You can purchase a whole range of treats from our Pets Place store – Click Here.
  8. When you feel that your cats are ready to interact with each other place them in a room together in where they can see each other face to face and walk away
  9. Watch them from a distance away, they may hiss at each, growl this is normal, however, if they get aggressive take them away and try again later.

Caring for Senior Dogs

Posted by William Yap on 16 August, 2016

Caring for our pets as they get older can be difficult, but we are all willing to go that extra step for our furry friends out of love, respect and companionship. Our friends at Pets Palace have given us their top 5 tips for caring for senior dogs.

Schedule regular visits with your vet – A regular check-up ensures that you and your pet will be able to handle any irregular changes in health that come up, and ensure a proactive approach to managing your dog’s health.

Ask for a body condition evaluation during each vet visit – A body condition evaluation will allow you to determine your dog’s ideal body weight and ensure that your vet is up-to- date with your dog’s full physical health.

Feed your older dog a high quality diet – It helps to ensure that your dog is receiving the most vitamin and nutrients from their meals, and high quality diets help dogs avoid health issues that become more prevalent as they get older. 

Consider fortifying your senior dog’s diet with fatty acids such as DHA and EPA  These fatty acids have been shown to be incredibly beneficial to dog health and assists in mobility issues, arthritis and a myriad of other joint based diseases.

Exercise your senior dog – Exercising your dog can help him/her maintain healthy joints and muscles and ensure that they’re keeping fit. We recommend tailoring your dog’s exercise needs to his/her individual requirements.

Our tips are general helpful advice, however we recommend checking with your vet before changing your pets diet, giving them supplements or changing their exercise routines.

Great ways to keep your pets busy while you are out!

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 02 August, 2016

It's hard to leave your beloved pets at home when you had to be out and about. It's harder when they are bored, inactive and counting every minutes before you will get home. We want to share some tips to keep your dog occupied with plenty of fun distractions and activities.

  • Freeze cubes of peanut butter or broth and put them in a plastic bottle with some holes in (put tape on edges so that they aren’t hard)

  • Build them their own digging box, bury toys in sand this can keep some dogs busy for hours and helps localise their digging desires.
  • Potentially hire a dog owner. Most destructive behaviour occurs from boredom, ensuring that your dog is not left alone all day will help ensure they stay calm and well behaved.
  • Studies suggest dogs get bored of toys after a certain time. Some dogs will stay interested for a lot longer than others but it is always exciting for them to receive a new toy. Try to mix things up every now and then, when you introduce a new toy you can take one of the old ones a way for a while and then reintroduce it a couple of weeks/days later to have the same affect. You may even want to swap toys with a friend or neighbour as the new scent will add an extra layer of intrigue.
  • Something as simple as a nice view can really make a difference. Being able to watch people on the street or birds in the yard can interest dogs and cats for long periods of time. While basking in the sun in front of the window is many pets favourite place for a nap.

Click Here to check out Pets Palace latest collection of toys your Dogs and Puppies would love!

Making toilet training easier for puppies!

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 09 June, 2016

With every new puppy comes so much excitement and happiness but as any new dog owner knows, whether intentional or by learning, mistakes are bound to happen around the home.

But never fear, Pet Palace is here to make toilet training as easy as possible. With just a couple of simple steps we can help get your puppy started in toilet training using our extensive puppy pads range. Not only do puppy pads offer a short term solution to the indoor mess but they also offer a long term plan to help move this mess outside. Have a look at these training instructions to see how easy it is! 

Training Instructions

1. Place a pad in a space that’s small area your puppy is most likely to urinate in for a few days, for instance the lounge room. Dogs do not like to go to the toilet where they sleep, so move the pad away from their bed.

2. Place your puppy on the pad and give him or her a command to potty. Leave your puppy alone for a few minutes while she does her business.

3. Reward him or her with a few treats when she gets it right!

4. Continue doing this until your puppy starts using the pad on their own.

5. Of course there may still be some accidents so when this happens place your puppy on the pad and quietly clear up the mess they made. There is no need to punish them, they are already starting to learn not to poop on the floor.

6. Gradually move the pad toward the door and then outside to complete the training process.

Now that the stinky business is over you can concentrate on having fun! Pop down to our store or continue exploring our website to find other exciting products to make looking after your furry friends that bit easier.

We carry a wide range of products to help with your puppy’s training, from odour removal  to urination deterrents. Have a look at our online store to see how we can help!

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