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It’s February and by now everyone is back at school! This month’s issue includes some handy tips to get both kids and pets back into the swing of things now that the holidays are over. It can be a huge adjustment, especially for a puppy or kitten who have come into a home buzzing with activity, to days spent occupying themselves at home without any human interaction. logo
A popular option for many of our guests is to check-in to the hotel for Doggy Day Care. Dogs who check-in before work or school are straight out to our Yappy Yards for a morning Playtime and if sociable, are out with other friendly dogs of a similar size and temperament. Pet Attendants supervising the play groups provide plenty of pats and cuddles, while keeping the action going with toys and balls being thrown around to the dogs that like interactive games.
After a big morning play session, your pets are taken back to their suites for some time to rest, and unwind. Any special needs are attended to. The early afternoon is when the real fun starts to happen with yet another Yappy Hour session or Playtime along with our Pet Attendants, to get them well and truly tuckered-out before home time.
Doggy Day Care pets are picked-up before closing, wonderfully relaxed and happy after a day of adventures with their human and furry friends. February’s exclusive complimentary VIP offer is a FREE* Doggy Day Care session. All you need to do is show the voucher at the end of this Newsletter when you come in.
Call the office on 5282 1286 and mention February’s VIP Offer to discuss having your dog come in for their complimentary session and to become one of our regular Doggy Day Care crew!
(*to the maximum value of $30.00, limited to one per customer and valid until 22.03.16)
A big slobbery ball of fun between Ted, Chewy, Skip and Leo in our Conservatory Play Yards in their afternoon Yappy Hour!
Our guests REALLY enjoy their Playtimes and Yappy Hour!
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Felines lack a sweet tooth; it is believed that there is a mutation in a key taste receptor that prevents cats from tasting sugar.
As summer comes to an end and we all get back into a regular routine, it can cause some confusion for our pets as to why we are no longer around to play all day. In some cases it can lead to destructive behaviour when pets look for things to keep themselves occupied.
Below we have compiled our best back to school tips for your kids and your pets to ensure a smooth move into the school year for everyone!
1. Leave Interactive Toys Out During the Day
When your pets’ favourite play buddy heads back to school their day can suddenly feel very empty. Specific dog-safe boredom busters such as Kongs and other pet-puzzles can keep your pets active until their favourite friend returns home from school.
2. Put the Radio on Low
During the summer the house is full of sounds: the kids romping around, the T.V. running and music streaming from iPods and laptops. When the kids go back to school many of these sounds will suddenly be cut off for the majority of the day. If your home will go from full of activity to quiet and empty, consider leaving the radio on for your pets. The sound of voices talking and singing will comfort both dogs and cats until the family returns home.
Your kids have probably spent a lot of time with your pets this summer. From playing outdoors in the yard, to swimming to cuddling up and watching movies in the evening — there’s no doubt that your children and pets have had a lot of time to bond.
When the kids go back to school your pets can begin experiencing separation anxiety. Remind your children that even though their schedules are now busier, they cannot forget about their furry best friends.
Create a daily routine that ensures your children and pets will continue to spend quality time together, including:
This not only ensures your pets get the attention they love and deserve, but it will help your children learn how to be responsible and caring pet owners. These are important lessons your kids will carry for life.
Now that your pets will be spending more time home alone it’s important toplan evening and weekend activities that include them.
An evening stroll in the park, a weekend picnic or even just a special weeknight brushing can help provide your pets the attention they crave (and deserve).
3. Join our Doggy Day Care
Elcho Park Pet Hotel Doggy Day Care gives your pets an opportunity to enjoy continual interaction with our caring staff all day long. Not only a great way to satisfy your dog’s needs but also it is great exercise and can burn off tons of excess energy.
The benefits also flow on to you the owner. You can come home to a well-exercised, well-behaved tired dog who is ready to relax on the couch and snuggling up with you.
Hopefully the above tips can help set a routine that works for your family (the two-legged and four-legged alike) and you won’t have to worry about coming home to a disaster courtesy of a bored dog.
Geelong Animal Rescue (GAR) is running a February special on its mums and dads! These very beautiful adult felines will be only $100 for the duration of this month.
So go on and check their profiles, fill in an adoption application and take home a lovely companion!
Click here to adopt Mog
Click here to adopt Chuckles
Click here to adopt Angus
Click here to adopt Summer
A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?
- Josh Grogan (Marley and Me)