Three Benefits of Training your Dog

While most people think of training as teaching your dog to ‘sit,’ there are actually many benefits that reach beyond this. Training isn’t just limited to new pups either - it’s equally beneficial for adult, senior dogs, and even cats to learn some new tricks! However, be mindful of your pet’s capabilities before starting any new training regimens and always make sure to move at their pace.

Take a look below for 3 key benefits that training your pet has to offer:

1.    Training Helps Burn Off Energy

Training is a great way for pets to release excess energy as well as boost concentration. A training program for adult, senior dogs and cats will keep their body and mind active and stimulated. You can teach an old dog...or cat new tricks!

And, no matter your pet’s age, training is an excellent way to create and grow the trust and bond between you and your canine or feline counterpart.

2.    Training Helps Their Health

Training, especially the kind that involves agility and tricks, can maintain or improve good health. This is because the training of this nature typically involves running or jumping, and other forms of physical maneuvering. Not surprisingly, increased muscle strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance are all areas that can reap the rewards of this type of training. Just as with humans, new physical challenges can help dogs and cats overcome physical and mental plateaus, keeping them interested and excited about daily life.

3.    Training can Improve Intelligence

Not only will you be increasing your pet’s wealth of knowledge, but their ability to learn new things can also improve. The more you practice training, the more efficient the learning process will become for them. With this inevitably comes an increase in your pet’s confidence – not only in themselves but also in you.

Starting a new training program with your pet is simple. Begin with short training sessions every few days, making sure to keep a few motivators (treats) on hand, and gradually increase the frequency and duration. It won’t be long before you, and your pet, realize the many benefits of training.

Remember, be patient & have fun!

... from Pets + Us December Issue


Tips for Taking the Perfect Pet Pictures

Millions of photos of pets are taken around the world every day. Let’s face it, having a smartphone with their incredible cameras in our pockets 24/7 makes it pretty easy to snap, edit and post photographs of our furry friends in an instant. And…let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a cute pet pic?

There’s no special equipment required with these tips! Just grab your phone, watch your pet closely, have patience and start shooting!

Get Outside 

Good natural light is the whole ‘bowl of biscuits’ when it comes to photography, especially when taking pictures of your dogs! Dog owners should avoid photographing their pets in dark rooms or on very dark dreary days. Bright and clear light is the easiest to create a flattering pet portrait. Also, shooting in your pet’s their natural environment is stress free and more fun for them.  Some great places to take pictures are your backyard, local park or the trails.  Before you even get started, take a look around your environment and determine where the best light is and head on over to that location.

Focus on their Features

The eyes, nose and mouth are the most expressive part of your dogs face, so if you want to create really fetching photos, focus on those spots and their many expressions. If they are awake, a perfectly timed whistle or “Wanna go to the park?” from you can really create focus or a head tilt for the curious. If your dog is sleeping, this really gives you an opportunity to get those up close and personal candid shots of their face, nose and even their furry paws!

Get Down and Dirty  

Get down and around, your dogs level and take pictures from different angles for more interesting and captivating shots. You may want to stretch first, but changing your cameras perspective from above, below, in front, and even behind allows you to use your creativity to produce different shots that highlight the favourite parts of your dog from all different points of view. Don’t be afraid to try action shots as well. Getting the right shot though, means having a lot of patience and having your trigger finger ready to shoot!

Grab Their Attention

Every dog needs some sort of motivation to pay attention, especially when you’re trying to get them to focus while taking their picture. If you’re not engaging enough, your pet will simply become disinterested and withdrawn. Motivate your pets and make it a fun experience. Try using treats, toys and praise – always make it positive! 

Remember, always reward your model, and they will reward you with the perfect pic and be more likely to cooperate, which will make it a fun experience for all!

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