Hooch, Jan. 24th Pet of the Week!

Hooch is a 9-month-old male boxer. He’s a great playmate with other dogs in our shelter’s Dog Play Yard, and he’s silly as can be! But his kind eyes and lovable nature show his quiet side—his gentleness and affection toward people. Want a smooch from Hooch? You can meet him at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID #A619653.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village. 

Dulce, Jan. 17th Pet of the week!

Dulce means “sweet,” but it could also mean “smart” as well. And “silly,” and “soulful.” We could go on about how many beautiful words beginning with describe Dulce, but we’ll just explain that she loves a good romp, sits at attention for a treat, and rolls around with glee in our doggie play yard. Plus, she’s snuggly! There we go again! Meet this year-and-a-half girl at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A614098.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: P.D. Pitchford Animal Village.

3 Ways to play with your dog this year

Playing with your dog is important for its well being. In fact, studies show that dogs who don’t engage in a lot of play or physical activity are more likely to develop anxiety and aggression. Dogs love to play around and have fun and as pet owners, we should indulge them in their happiness. How often you play with your dog affects its quality of life. Some owners spend time playing six times a day, while some three times, and yet some just once a day. Raising a well balanced dog means allowing them to socialize with other dogs and learn basic manners. Puppies learn proper manners through playing, as they’re likely to get nipped when they act inappropriately around other dogs.

If you’re looking for ways to keep your dogs busy even indoors and also to relieve their boredom, you’ve come to the right place. There are many ways to play with your dogs even if you think you don’t have enough time for it. Read on to explore 3 ways to improve your play time with your furry friend.

  1. Use mentally stimulating games

Dogs like engaging in mentally stimulating activities. Playing games with them not only helps them become more physically fit, it also improves their mental capacity. Invest in Nina Ottosson toys and upgrade your usual game of fetch and try to explore other activities that stimulate the brain. For instance, you can do a treasure hunt with your dog. This helps him use his nose and teach him to use all his other senses in order to recover a hidden treasure. Start simple by putting your dog in a sit-stay position and letting him watch you hide a treat or a toy. Then on cue, let him go and look for it. Don’t forget to reward him for finding the treasure!

Another game you could play is Hide and Go Seek. It’s an exciting game that’s similar to treasure hunting, except that you’re the treasure! You would need at least two people for this. One who will hide (that’s you!) and one to instruct your dog to sit-stay and give the cue to begin searching for you. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with your dog and this can be played both indoors and outdoors too.

  1. Visit a dog park

Not every dog enjoys going to dog parks, but it’s good to try at least once if you’re looking for something to do outdoors with your dog. Parks are good for dog to dog social interaction. It’s also helpful in introducing your dogs to other people and making him more comfortable around them. Parks are designed for dogs to enjoy so there are sure to be many types of equipment that would allow them to play and run around such as hoops, slides, agility walk sets, and jump bars.

  1. Exercise with your dog

Walking or running with your dog is not only good for you, but it’s also good for your pet. Dogs are wonderful companions and they’re usually content with whatever their owners are doing. Whether you’re just lying down on the couch, or going for a road trip, they’re happy wherever you are. And that’s exactly why they make the best fitness companion. They’re a great excuse for you to get out and do some exercise. Walking them out in the neighborhood is a good physical activity for the both of you. It doesn’t have to be extreme, and of course, you have to adjust your regimen too. But a couple of minutes out brisk walking already has several advantages to your health. Don’t miss this chance to stay fit!

Magnus is January 9th Pet of the Week!

His name’s Magnus, and he’s a 4-year-old beauty. He’s a sweet boy who’s pretty chill, but that doesn’t mean he just sits! He does sit, but he also shakes hands and fetches balls, plus he’s great on a leash and happy to walk with you. Start the new year with a magnum opus—or is that a Magnus opum? Oh, well. Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A616662.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village. 

Mutts & Mimosas with Tocaya Organica

Head to Tocaya Organica next weekend for a special Mutts & Mimosas event in partnership with Wags & Walks. On Saturday, January 12th from 11am-1pm, the Playa Vista location will be hosting puppy adoptions, serving mimosas and kombucha cocktails, and more! Of course, all your favorite modern organic Mexican bowls, burritos, tacos, and salads will be available to enjoy while supporting our four-legged friends.

 

Credit: Tocaya Organica and Wags & Walks. 

 

Tulip, Jan. 4th Pet of the Week

No tiptoeing around the fact that Tulip is a beautiful girl, and she’s just as sweet as she is pretty. Tulip is a year-old silver tabby, perfect to ring the new year in with. She loves being held, which is good for both of you during these chilly nights and days we’re having! Share some warmth with Tulip at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A616225.

 

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village. 

Kris Kringle, Dec. 26th Pet of the Week!

Little Kris Kringle is but 4 months old and so wanted a home for Christmas. But his namesake, aka Mr. Claus (that’s his white glove holding the little guy), said, “Little fellow, two things: First, pets aren’t gifts like video games and sweaters, so I’m not leaving you under someone’s tree. Second, the home that will take you—or any needy pet—would be so grand that even I can’t deliver it. That’s up to a special human.” If you know anyone that special, take them to meet Kris Kringle on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Or you come yourself. Ask for ID#A614731.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village. 

Frosty and Rudolph, Dec. 20th Pets of the Week!

Frosty the rabbit, with his gray-nosed buddy Rudolph … Frosty and Rudolph were brought in to Animal Care Services at the beginning of December and were given Christmas names in the hopes that someone would give these two beauties the gift of a forever home. Both bunnies are gray shorthair rabbits and like people of all ages very much. There are enough rabbits at the shelter’s Bunny Barn to fill Santa’s sleigh, but remember that pets aren’t gifts—you are their gifts! Meet Frosty and Rudolph on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A618605 for Frosty and ID#A618604 for Rudolph.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.