Wonder why your pup doesn’t like that new toy you got her?  A recent study published in Animal Cognition explains why dogs prefer some toys to others.

According to researcher John Bradshaw (from the University of Bristol's Veterinary School), “...dogs perceive toys in the same way that wolves perceive prey, they prefer toys that either taste like food or can be torn apart, however the latter can cause health problems if the dog accidentally swallows some of the pieces.”Adding to that, Co-author Anne Pullen said that the toys should be "soft, easily manipulable toys that can be chewed easily and/or make a noise."

While dogs always showed interest when presented with a brand new dog toy, they quickly became bored if the toy had hard surfaces or didn’t make any noises.  Even with soft and squeaky ones, dogs eventually got over the novelty.

The solution? Play with your pup! "For an animal as social as a dog," Bradshaw explained, "toys only become really exciting when they are part of a game with a person. Few toys will sustain a dog's interest for long if the owner is not around to offer encouragement." He added, "If a dog has to be left on its own, it is most likely to enjoy toys that can be chewed, make a noise when played with, or are designed to be eaten as they disintegrate (such as a chew)."

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To read the full article, visit Discovery News.

By Play Admin on Dec 03, 2012 at 12:48 pm 0 Comments

For those of us who own a pet (or rather, have a pet that owns us) we know that there are major perks. Aside from being our best friends, pets can also help us lead healthier and happier lives.

With the state of the economy these last 5 years, it's not surprising that the number of households that become petless increased to 2.8 million. That's the first decline in over 15 years!

While yes, pets can be expensive (finding the right food, veterinary care, pet beds, etc.) we can assure you - they're SO worth it. Here's a great infographic from Masters in Healthcare showing just a few of the great benefits of having a pet.

Perks of Pets Infographic
How does your pet enrich your life? Leave us a comment below!

By Play Admin on Nov 07, 2012 at 10:10 am 0 Comments

Every spring, we happily welcome blooming flowers and longer days. But for many, spring also brings... seasonal allergies. Between all the sneezing, sniffling and coughing we often overlook our poor four-legged friends. Did you know that dogs can get seasonal allergies too?

Symptoms vary and some are actually very similar to humans. Goopy eyes, sneezing, crankiness (okay, thats more common in humans)  -  all signs your pup is suffering from the pollen. The number one sign that your pet is allergic? Skin problems. Does your pup chew or lick his paws? Scratch his armpits? It's likely your pup is suffering from seasonal allergies.

What can you do to help? Visit your vet, they can help determine the source of the problem. Sometimes they will prescribe medication or recommend a different type of food. And although you've probably heard you should only bathe your dog once or twice a month - during allergy season you should up this to once a week. A bit excessive you say? Not so, check out this video of Dr. Becker on ABC's Good Morning America.


Dr. Becker makes a good point. Many of us suffer from seasonal allergies - and for all of those who share their bed with their pup (I'm guilty) bathing once a week not only helps relieve their symptons, it can help yours too!

By Play Admin on Apr 02, 2011 at 12:00 am 0 Comments