Friday, May 26, 2017

Best Games To Play With Your Pooch

Playing games with your pup is an effective way for you to bond, build up trust and establish some ground rules. If this is your first dog, you may not be sure about what games you can play. As well as grooming and getting dolled up in the latest accessories, dogs love to play so just about anything goes! Here are some ideas that can be used indoors or outdoors and that will keep you and your pooch amused for hours!

Hiding games are the best

Dogs love to search for things! If you have never played this game before, it is a good way to introduce your dog to the “find it" command.
Show your dog what you are going to hide. This could be some favorite TufToys or even their favorite person. Then take the dog into another room whilst you hide the item. Bring the dog back into the room and use the command ‘find it’. You can use your voice to give clues about where the item is and when they are close to it. To begin with, you may even have to lead the dog to the hiding place because they will not know what to do! Then make a big fuss of them when they have found the hidden object. They will soon learn the object of the game. Before long this will be your favorite activity and it is one that can be enjoyed inside on a rainy day.
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Physical training for dogs

This may be a training exercise but your dog will love the attention and the activity. You can teach them to get up on top of an object in just a few days. Set up a low chair or a stool (depending on the size of the dog), it needs to be strong enough to take your dog’s weight. Encourage your dog to get up on it (perhaps with the verbal command ‘up’) and then give them praise when they do it. Once they have mastered this, you can teach them how to crawl under it in the same way. Cut treats in half or quarters for long training sessions or you will overfeed your dog. Eventually, your dog should be able to do a combination of the two activities.

Playing on the stairs

If you have some stairs in your home, they make a great place to play with your dog. You can only do this with larger dogs and with dogs that are over 1 year. Puppies can damage their joints if they spend too long playing on stairs.
Start with your pooch in a sitting position at the bottom of the stairs. Now throw a toy up to the top of the stairs and let your dog run up to retrieve it. For safety reasons, your dog needs to come back down the stairs at a slower pace.

Once your dog is worn out you can cuddle up together on the sofa and recover!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Done Up Like A Dog's Dinner: Pet Accessories to Keep Your Pooch On Trend


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We are a nation of pet lovers. We adore our four-legged friends, and this has seen the pet product market expand dramatically in recent years. Some might think that pampering your pooch over the top, but they deserve to be spoilt. They shower us with unconditional love after all. So, if you’re a fan of dressing your pet up in the latest trends, here are some perfect products and services to keep your fur baby treated like the royalty that they are.

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Grooming Sessions
Pets such as cats are self-cleaning, so you don’t need to worry all too much about keeping them fresh and groomed. But we all know the hassle that is getting a dog into a sudsy bath. There are countless videos online of man’s best friend doing everything in their means to avoid a dip in the tub. So why put yourself and your pet through the hassle? Avoid flooded bathroom floors and send your pup to a good quality pet salon. They will be handled by professionals who know the best ways to make the experience enjoyable for them. What’s best? They’ll leave smelling divine with clipped claws, fresh fur and maybe even a fancy blow dry to boot. For shedding dogs, a groom can be an occasional treat, as and when you feel the need. However, for non-shedding, curly-haired breeds, grooming is a must, and your pooch should be booked in every six to eight weeks to avoid dreadlocks and irritation to their sensitive skin.

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Wearable Accessories
We’ve all seen a chihuahua dressed up in a little tutu or other outfits at some point. Many people with miniature breeds seem to have a penchant for clothing their dogs like little humans. But these aren’t the only type of wearable accessories for dogs out there. There’s something to suit every dog without making them uncomfortable or looking too extravagant. Subtle accessories are the way to go, so if you have a large or cheeky ruffian of a pooch, try a little doggy bandana around their neck. Clip on bandanas are available to avoid choking hazards. There are endless styles of collars out there, from flashy diamante encrusted pieces to more subtle woven or leather designs. You could also try out a dog harness in your favorite color. Harnesses are a practical item, designed to make your dog more comfortable when walking on a leash. But that’s not to say they have to be dull and plain. Find a style that your dog is comfortable walking in and then start searching for designs, colors, and patterns that stand out.

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Home Accessories

Dogs have plenty of possessions sprawled out across your home. This could easily start to look messy but invest in products that match the general decor of your living space. Pet beds are available in a variety of styles and colors, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that matches the tone of your furniture. You can also pick dog bowls that match the accessories in the space where your dog eats.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Make Your Travel Plans More Fun with These Tricks

If you ask me, traveling should be all about fun. No one wants their travel plans to be a drag. But having fun when you’re traveling is never as easy as you want it to be. You have a limited amount of time before you have to come home, and there are many causes of stress that can strike you too. However, by using the advice discussed below, you will be able to ensure that you make your travel plans as fun and enjoyable as they can be.

Pack Less and Do More
Traveling light can be one of the very best things to do when you want to have an enjoyable trip. It’s simply not true that you need to take a lot of things with you to have a good trip. It’s perfectly possible to enjoy your travels without being weighed down by luggage. Actually, it can result in you having more fun because you will be able to move around more and do more than you otherwise could. You’ll be freer to do what you want to do. If you want to head off and explore in a new direction, you can use a service like Ridester and do that. You won’t be prevented from doing this by having too much with you.

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Sometimes, it’s far too easy to get caught up on the small things that don’t really matter that much. This is a trap that you should try to avoid falling into if you can. There is nothing to be gained by sweating over the minor things that are not going to have a big impact on the outcome of your trip. Rather than wasting your limited amount of time on your trip focusing on these things, you should change your approach and think differently about what you’re doing. The bigger things and the overall enjoyment you get from the trip are always more important.

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Avoid Every Place the Guidebook Tells You to Visit
This is a trick that all seasoned travelers will recommend to you. When you pay too much attention to what the guidebooks are trying to tell you, you stick to the conventional things too much. This can mean that you miss out on the smaller attractions and underrated delights that the location has to offer. That’s not what you want to happen, so think carefully about this. If you do choose to avoid every place that your guidebook tells you to go to, you can find that you uncover amazing things that not many travelers get to discover.

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Embrace, Interact and Engage with Things You Don’t Understand
Finally, you should make sure that you do what you can to embrace the things that you don’t understand about a location. This is what traveling is all about. It gives you a chance to engage with new ideas and meet new people. These are the things that matter most, so keep your mind open and explore as many of these things as possible.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Hair Health Check: Is Your Barnet at its Best?

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You take care of your body and eat the right things, dress to impress and look after your skin. But how much effort do you put into caring for your hair? If it’s become a bit of an afterthought, it’s time to make a change. Hair can hugely affect how you look and in turn how you feel. If you’re in need of a confidence boost, here are a few things to consider in regards to your locks!

Is it in Good Condition?
Just like anything, general wear and tear can damage our locks. Air conditioning, central heating, pollution, heat styling, incorrect brushing, hot baths- they can all leave it lacking moisture and split at the ends. To keep hair at its best, it’s important to take steps to protect it. During extreme weather, protective styles like buns and braids will prevent it from getting damaged. Use a heat protectant whenever you heat style, and try to keep this to a minimum. Brush gently, and be careful when removing hair ties too. Spend time choosing the right products, this art naturals argan oil shampoo review for example states how it’s useful for dry hair. Different products will target different things, so work out what your biggest hair issues are and choose accordingly. Some will protect color, others will add volume, others will help to nourish and repair. Use a deeply conditioning hair mask once a week and run some hair oil through the ends after washing. These will help to condition and protect, the healthier your hair is, the easier it will be to manage.

Does Your Hair Still Suit You?
In your teenage years and early twenties, you probably did a lot of experimenting with your hair. Different colors, different lengths, and styles, chances are you had fun with it. But as time went on, you probably found a style and color you liked and stuck with it. However, just because it suited you once doesn’t mean it always will. Weight gain or loss, aging and skin changes will all affect what cut and color looks best on you. Extreme colors like platinum blonde, jet black or deep reds might look striking in your younger years but leave you looking washed out years later. If you’re unsure, you’re always best speaking to a hairdresser. They will be able to advise you on the most flattering look based on your face shape, colorings, and age.

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Is it Time Consuming?
We all lead busy lives if you don’t have the time or inclination to be spending an hour each morning on your hair, then make sure you have some go-to styles that you can fall back on. It doesn’t have to be thrown back into a ponytail or messy bun, there are twists and braids that look smart but take minutes to do. Check out Youtube for some tutorials and master a couple of quick and easy hairstyles.

When was the last time you updated your style? Do you still have fun with your look, or stick to tried and tested styles?

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