BEHAVIOUR AIDS FOR DOGS
I am in the camp that believes your companion animals deserve treats at Christmas too. Sure, they don't know it's Christmas, but they are part of the family and they should share in the extra love that gets spread around during the holiday season. It could be as simple as picking up some of their favourite yummy treats.
Our beagle mix rescue dog, Jolene, received a few gifts from The Company of Animals this year to help with some of her quirkier habits. World-renowned animal psychologist Dr. Roger Mugford founded The Company of Animals in 1979. The company is based on a 100-acre working farm in Surrey, England - it's home to the Training and Behavior Centre, which specializes in dog training, among other things. Therefore, The Company Of Animals is in a unique position to research and develop new products to help resolve pet-related behaviour and training problems. They strive to develop products that help owners and their pets enrich their lives together.
Gift number one for Miss Jolene is the GREEN Slow Feeder. I realize that dogs tend to eat quickly. I've had other dogs in the past. But I've never seen a dog quite like Jolene. She would swallow the whole bowl of food in one go if she possibly could. The behaviour worsened recently when we got our second dog, Ace. Jolene is so afraid that he will steal her food that she literally began choking every time she ate. I was afraid I would have to give her the doggie Heimlich a couple of times. Seriously.
The GREEN slow feeder has been amazing! Instead of the seconds it took her to eat a meal before, it takes Jolene about 20 to 25 minutes to eat a meal now. Lest you think that is cruel, it actually is quite the opposite. According to The Company of Animals, slowing down eating reduces the risk of bloat and the unpleasant after-effects of eating too fast, resulting in a happier, healthier dog. I believe it satisfies some of Jolene's natural desires to "hunt" for her food. The feeder is designed to look like big tufts of grass. Ace knows that this is Jolene's dish so he patiently watches while she eats her meals. The GREEN Slow Feeder works with both dry and wet food, and washes up in the dishwasher.
That same hunting instinct means that Jolene spends car rides mining for crumbs the kids may have left on the floor and on the car seats. It makes for a bit of an unpleasant ride when she nabs a stray plastic sandwich bag or a wad of tissue. Enter her second gift, the CLIX CarSafe Harness. It keeps Jolene safe and secure (and unable to hunt for food) while we're driving.
The success of this one can depend on your dog, because a very active dog could twist himself around while wearing the "seatbelt." (I had a black lab that would do that.) Jolene is okay with it though. The CLIX CarSafe harness has soft neoprene padding covering all points of contact, with particular focus on a central chest protector. It's very easy to use - we actually use it for walks (with a leash attached) too!
Jolene's third gift is an interesting one. She is kind of an anxious little girl sometimes. We're not quite sure what she experienced in the year before we got her. But we discovered that she is calmer and less prone to licking the carpets when she wears a snug sweater. So we decided to give the Anxiety Wrap a try. The Company of Animals says it's like "a therapeutic hug" and I believe it. It's a soft, smooth, stretchy fabric that fits snuggly over your dog's back and abdomen. Somehow it offers soothing properties. Jolene isn't a big fan of the leg straps, so we just snap them above her butt. There are different sizes, and you want it to fit a bit snug. I think we chose a bit too big for Jolene. If your dog is between sizes, I might go with a smaller size. It has velcro areas so you can adjust the fit too.
Ace will be getting presents too, but I gotta admit he doesn't have as many "issues" as Miss Jolene (bless her sweet heart). Treats and toys are good for him. Are you getting gifts for your pet(s) this Christmas?
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The Prizes - 1 GREEN Slow Feeder, 1 CLIX CarSafe Harness & 1 Anxiety Wrap
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