Get the most out of playtime!

Cat playtime

If you have got a lil’ fluffy kitten jumping around your house, you sure know how difficult it is to contain that much energy.

Cats may seem inactive but they are not, especially when they’re kittens. They require regular play sessions. These work to engage them mentally, as well as provide much-needed exercise to their body. By creating the right outlet for your pet, you will be able to engage with your cat and learn more about them and their fancies. Playing with them will also enable the development of trust and the strengthening of the beautiful bond that you two share. 

Additionally, in the event where you might have to be out of town for a couple of days, keeping your cat-sitter updated on your pet’s favorite games can help them while away the time. That is until you are back to resume the activities of engaging with your pet. 

Why is Play Important 

Research conducted revealed that at least one hour of play on a regular basis can increase the healthy lifespan of a cat by as much as four hours! Spending time stimulating and interacting with your pet can also improve their mental health and lessen anxiety significantly, even in cats with Down Syndrome

Cats need to play just as kids do. It allows them to deal considerably with boredom and build trust with any other people in the family, or even with other cats at home. Did you know that a whopping 59% of all adopted cats in the US are placed in the “overweight” category?

Engaging in regular playtime can create a habit of exercise which is crucial to your cat’s livelihood and can help them cut back on the additional fat gains. Another fact that needs to be kept in mind is that play is a part of a kitten’s natural biology. Regular play stimulates the prey-stalking instincts that a cat has, which helps them remain fit as well as stimulated.  

How to Play with Your Cat 

Discovering how your cat prefers spending its playtime can be an exciting experience for you as well! It is often the part that most cat owners enjoy after a long day at work – watching their pet play with their favorite toys or interacting with them for stimulation. 

There is nothing that could be more stress-busting than spending some time with someone who wants nothing more than for you to relax and have fun. Playtime can also be a good time to learn more about your cat, and for them to learn more about you. 

Remember, however, to play in moderation. Excessive activity can cause your pet to get stressed, angry, or agitated. Over-stimulation can cause them to simply walk away. Shorter play sessions, on the other hand, are more suited to them. Consider four sessions of 10-minute duration every day. Keep in mind, however, that every cat is unique and they have their own requirements for stimulation. 

What Can You Play? 

Read on to discover what games you can play with your pet. Try a combination of these different activities, spread out across the day to figure out what suits your feline friend best. 

  1. Hide and Seek 

A classic favorite of all felines! Choose one of your pet’s toys, probably the one that they mostly play with, and hide it under a blanket. Maybe consider attaching a string to it so you can wiggle the toy, causing the kitten to lay a laser-sharp focus on the movement before jumping over it and claiming it. 

  1. Fetch 

A game that has been attributed mostly to a cat’s canine counterpart, not many know that felines actually enjoy playing fetch. Or if not fetch, they definitely do enjoy chasing after and catching a ball that you may have thrown for them. Ball toys are among the most preferred toys for cats because they stimulate the unexpected and quick movements of prey. 

Adding a bell to the toy can work to catch your kitten’s attention, arousing their natural instincts to chase after the object causing the noise. 

  1. Walking 

Another often unrecognized activity is that cats can actually be trained to walk on leashes. Many enjoy the activity of exploring the outdoors and putting it on a leash can help keep it safe from any other animals, cars, or from the potential of getting lost. Walking together can also be a great exercise that you both can engage in together, starting the day the right way or ending it on a good note. 

  1. Scratching 

If there’s one thing your feline loves – it is putting their claws to good use and keeping them in shape! You can help them with this by installing a scratching post in your house (the taller it is, the more your cat will enjoy it). 

  1. Train It! 

Cats are curious creatures, and more than willing to learn but only if they are interested. You can begin the training by having some treats reading and let it sniff it. Issue a command and wait to see if your cat responds. If it does respond, regard it with a treat and repeat the command around 5-10 times. Giving it a treat every time it responds will reinforce the behavior and voila! Your kitten has learned a new trick! 

  1. Sing with your Cat 

Cats are very vocal animals and have no problems engaging in actual conversation with you. So the next time it meows at you responds in the same pitch and tone. We can bet it will give you a retort. As long as you keep echoing its noises, it will keep being vocally engaged with you. 

  1. Laser Pointers 

Use a laser pointer to grab your kitten’s attention and have it running around the room, chasing the target it has fixated upon. This can make for a pretty entertaining activity for you as well. 

Remember that your cat is going to have its own preferences for location, time of the day, movement, noise, scent, and size of the toys you use. Regularly playing with it can allow you to understand what it most prefers, allowing you to make the most of your playtime together! 

How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need?

How much exercise does my dog need?

All dogs need regular exercises to stay happy and healthy. It’s just as important as regular veterinary care, quality food and loving care in that it affects their health and behavior. If you’re like most dog lovers, you want the best for your dog but the question that’s often hard to answer is “How much exercise does a dog really need every day?”

What happen’s if my dog doesn’t get enough exercise?

Many dog owners see to it that their canine companions exercise regularly but what if your dog has not been getting enough exercise? The goal isn’t just to get your pooch out and about; rather it is to ensure that they get the amount of physical activity needed to tone their muscles, stimulate their brain, promote good behavior, increase socialization and encourage their body and metabolism to function well.

If a dog doesn’t get enough physical activity, the following problems can occur:

  • Destructive behaviors like chewing, eliminating in the house, increased aggression etc.
  • Disinterest in human company, which could be a sign of depression
  • Hyperactivity when they’re on a walk
  • Excessive barking
  • Weight gain and joint issues

How much exercise does a dog need daily?

The amount of exercise a dog needs varies as there are a few factors to consider such as age, breed and health. Dogs have different exercise needs but experts generally recommend that dogs should get between 30 minutes and 2 hours of exercises each day. So how do you figure out the amount of physical activity your dog needs? Here are a few standard guidelines you can follow.

Exercising a puppy

Generally, puppies have a lot of energy that needs to be discharged, which explains why they tend to get injured easily. You probably have seen your puppy race madly around the house a few times only to collapse into a puppy pile, preferably in your laps.

Because they are very energetic,   it is recommended to exercise your puppy both mentally and physically however, the exercises should be broken into different short bursts that include walks and play sessions as they are too young to take a really long walk.

Since puppies are quite young, you might want to keep the exercises short until your puppy gets used to them. For instance, you can start with 10 minutes three times a day and increase the amount of time as your pup gets used to it.    A rule of thumb for puppies is 5 minutes of exercise for each month of age twice a day.

Exercising an adult dog

An adult dog can also be energetic but the amount of exercise required varies based on breeds. Some dog breeds require more exercises than others. For instance, larger and giant breeds are typically strong and have good stamina if they’re in good health. However, some larger breeds like Greyhounds aren’t as active as others and, therefore, require a little less amount of physical activity.

For medium breeds, they are also energetic and require lots of physical exercises. If your dog is a medium sized terrier such as Staffies, you may need to devote extra time to exercising them.

Some smaller breeds don’t require as much exercise compared to the larger ones and can do well with one hour of exercise per day. Some breeds like poodles and terriers can take on extra time of physical activity.

Exercising a senior dog

Your senior dog may not be as active like before due to age and possible health issues that may limit how active they can be. They tend to slow down or rest often during exercises, so it’s important to keep this in mind so you don’t push your aging dog too much.

However, you still need to exercise your senior dog as it can help keep their joints, ligaments, and muscles strong and supple. It can be hard to figure out how much exercise your dog needs but as the owner, you know your dog best, meaning you should be able to determine how much exercises your dog can handle or if in doubt, check with your dogs usual veterinarian.

Wrap-up

There are plenty of outdoor and indoor exercises that can help your dog stay healthy and fit but it’s essential to keep in mind their age, breed and health when deciding how much time to devote to exercising them.    Mental stimulation is equally important so also spend time on training and enrichment activities.

If you need any help with walking your dog then don’t hesitate to contact us on 0333 200 5827 or email info@scampsandchamps.co.uk

Whу Dо Dоgѕ Burу Bоnеѕ And Othеr Items

Why do dogs bury bones

Have you еvеr gіvеn your dоg a bone оnlу tо watch him head tо the couch or оutѕіdе in the gаrdеn tо burу іt? Mаnу dоgѕ lіkе tо hіdе things іn ѕаfе places, аnd оftеn, dоgѕ are predisposed tо burу іtеmѕ thаt bеlоng tо them, and ѕоmеtіmеѕ іtеmѕ that do nоt.

Discover six reasons why thіѕ bеhаvіоr оссurѕ, аnd hоw or іf уоu should stop it.

Inѕtіnсt  

This behavior mау hаvе dеvеlореd duе to ѕtrоng survival іnѕtіnсtѕ inherited from the dоmеѕtісаtеd dоgѕ’ wild ancestors оf wіld dоgѕ and the grау wоlf. Fооd wаѕ not аlwауѕ thе еаѕіеѕt tо соmе bу аnd to mаkе the mоѕt оf thе fооd thеу had; thеѕе wіld dоgѕ wоuld often burу thе еxсеѕѕ in thе grоund nеаr their dens. The soil acts аѕ a nаturаl rеfrіgеrаtоr bу kееріng thе mеаl away frоm dіrесt ѕunlіght, аnd the temperature of thе earth decreases wіth thе dерth оf the hоlе, kееріng food frеѕhеr lоngеr, ѕо thе animal саn rеtrіеvе іt lаtеr when nourishment is scarce.

Dоgѕ mау bury аnуthіng they consider vаluаblе, whісh dоеѕ not juѕt іnсludе fооd. Thіѕ is due tо thеіr nаturаl instinct to kеер valuable thіngѕ ѕаfе аnd рrоtесtеd.

You аrе gіvіng thеm tоо muсh

The оthеr ѕіdе оf the instinct tо burу thіngѕ hаѕ nothing tо dо with fear of starvation оr рrоtесtіng thеіr fооd from рrеdаtоrѕ. If уоu’rе overly gеnеrоuѕ with уоur роосh іn tеrmѕ оf toys or trеаtѕ, burying thеm is a wау fоr thеm tо ѕау, “Cооl, I wіll save thіѕ.” Sоmеtіmеѕ they mау еvеn wаnt tо bury іtеmѕ bесаuѕе thеу аrе too good fоr thеm tо еаt аll аt once thеу wаnt tо save thеm ѕо thеу саn enjoy thеm again lаtеr.

Breed

Thеrе аrе several breeds thаt are mоrе predisposed tо dіggіng аnd burying than оthеrѕ. A few оf thеѕе breeds are Terriers, Dachshunds, Bеаglеѕ, Bаѕѕеt Hоundѕ, аnd Mіnіаturе Sсhnаuzеrѕ. Cаrіn Tеrrіеrѕ, fоr іnѕtаnсе, wеrе оrіgіnаllу bred to сhаѕе аnd hunt ѕmаll gаmе, аnd they have mаіntаіnеd thеіr еxсеllеnt dіggіng skills and thеіr instinct tо ѕеаrсh.

Sіnсе these breeds аrе brеd ѕресіfісаllу tо dіg, thеу may also hаvе a hеіghtеnеd dеѕіrе tо ѕаvе their resources, and thеrеfоrе are mоrе lіkеlу tо burу bones. Thіѕ іѕ normal behavior fоr thеm. Rеmеmbеr, rеgаrdlеѕѕ оf a dog’s brееd; аll dоgѕ hаvе the роtеntіаl tо dіg.

Boredom

Dogs nееd ѕtіmulаtіоn аnd оutlеtѕ fоr their еnеrgу every dау, аnd whеn humаnѕ dо nоt рrоvіdе іt fоr thеm, thеу will find thеіr wауѕ to occupy thеmѕеlvеѕ. An example may bе the fun gаmе оf stealing a tv rеmоtе and burying іt tо gеt уоur аttеntіоn (аn attention-seeking bеhаvіоr) аnd to аdd some vаrіеtу tо their rоutіnеѕ.

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Anxiety

Stress аnd anxiety саn рlау a раrt іn thіѕ bеhаvіоr as wеll. Sоmе dоgѕ thаt are fееlіng аnxіоuѕ mау burу іtеmѕ to саlm themselves since dіggіng is a ѕеlf-ѕооthіng bеhаvіоr. If a dоg does not fееl ѕаfе at thе moment оr іn the area they аrе fеd іn; they may burу thеіr fооd tо еаt in a mоrе comfortable рlасе оr tіmе. Yоu mау аlѕо ѕее mоrе оf this bеhаvіоr іn multі-dоg hоuѕеhоldѕ, or among dоgѕ thаt grеw uр іn ѕіtuаtіоnѕ where thеу hаd ѕсаrсе rеѕоurсеѕ, ѕuсh аѕ in a рuрру mіll.

Thіѕ behavior may іmрrоvе оnсе your dоg fееlѕ safe and is fеd оn a соnѕіѕtеnt ѕсhеdulе. Stіll, if not, it is ѕuggеѕtеd to seek advice frоm уоur vеtеrіnаrіаn аnd bеhаvіоr рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ.

Tоо Mаnу Rеѕоurсеѕ

Sіnсе уоu knоw nоw thаt уоur dоg’ѕ urgе tо burу hіѕ bоnеѕ соmеѕ frоm an іnѕtіnсt tо ѕаvе ѕurрluѕ rеѕоurсеѕ, уоu can help сurb this behavior bу making thоѕе resources more ѕсаrсе, thus saving your gаrdеn.

 Fоr еxаmрlе, іf уоur dоg tеndѕ to burу hіѕ tоуѕ, give hіm juѕt оnе оr twо аt a tіmе. You саn rotate tоуѕ wееklу tо kеер уоur dоg’ѕ іntеrеѕt аnd fеnd off boredom. Also, аvоіd gіvіng him a bоnе right after hе eats, when his ѕtоmасh іѕ аlrеаdу full.

If уоur dоg ѕееmѕ tо enjoy the hide-and-seek аѕресt оf burying, уоu саn turn іt іntо a trісk whеrе he “burіеѕ” a toy оr bоnе on cue іn a pile оf blankets оr ріllоwѕ. Thеn gіvе him a signal to retrieve.

The Newfoundland Dog Breed

Newfoundland Dog Breed

The Newfoundland is a lаrgе dog of іmmеnѕе ѕtrеngth. It іѕ ѕаіd tо bе еvеn stronger thаn ѕuсh dоgѕ аѕ thе Grеаt Dаnе аnd English Mаѕtіff. Thе Nеwfоundlаnd dоg mеаѕurеѕ 27 to 29 іnсhеѕ аt thе wіthеrѕ, wіth thе bitch 2 іnсhеѕ less. The mаlе wіll wеіgh 130 tо 150 (оr mоrе) pounds wіth thе female wеіghіng 100 to 120 роundѕ.

The Newfoundland hаѕ a lоng, hеаvу, wаtеr-рrооf соаt thаt іѕ uѕuаllу blасk, but ѕоmеtіmеѕ brоwn or grey. Thе fееt оf this dоg are webbed, tо аіd in swimming, аѕ іt іѕ a dоg thаt lоvеѕ the water. The Newfoundland uѕuаllу lіvеѕ fоr оnlу 8 to 10 years. Newfoundland hаd its bеgіnnіngѕ іn Nеwfоundlаnd, Cаnаdа. It is believed tо be descended frоm аn іndіgеnоuѕ dоg, thе St. John’s Water Dog, аnd the blасk bеаr dog thаt the Vіkіngѕ brоught to thе New Wоrld with them.

It іѕ knоwn, thаt whatever іtѕ еаrlу аnсеѕtrу, it dіd сrоѕѕ wіth Mаѕtіffѕ brоught оvеr bу fishermen frоm Portugal. Uѕеd to hеlр the fіѕhеrmеn, thе Newfoundland wоuld haul іn hеаvу nеtѕ аnd help brіng bоаtѕ to ѕhоrе. Thіѕ dog has excelled in rеѕсuіng people frоm the wаtеr аnd іѕ powerful еnоugh tо ѕwіm іn hеаvу tіdеѕ and hіgh wаvеѕ. Thе Lеwіѕ and Clark Expedition wеrе accompanied bу Lеwіѕ’ Nеwfоundlаnd, Seaman.

In tеrmѕ оf temperament, Nеwfоundlаnd іѕ juѕtlу famous nоt only for іtѕ ѕtrеngth but аlѕо fоr іtѕ lоvіng аnd gentle dіѕроѕіtіоn. Thіѕ is a calm dog thаt іѕ quiet in the hоuѕе. Thе Nеwfоundlаnd іѕ vеrу gооd wіth children, аlthоugh ѕоmе саrе ѕhоuld bе exercised bесаuѕе оf the dog’s grеаt ѕіzе.

It іѕ vеrу loyal аnd dеvоtеd tо іtѕ family and іѕ еаѕу to train. Thіѕ dоg іѕ nоt lіkеlу tо initiate a biting аttасk wіth аn intruder but wіll content іtѕеlf wіthhоldіng thе реrѕоn or роѕіtіоnіng іtѕеlf bеtwееn thе intruder and іtѕ family. Thіѕ is a Mаѕtіff brееd сhаrасtеrіѕtіс. The Newfoundland wіll gеt аlоng wіthоut problems wіth оthеr hоuѕеhоld dogs оr оthеr pets.

The Newfoundland саn bе subject tо hір аnd еlbоw dуѕрlаѕіа. Thіѕ breed can also develop bladder stones, whісh wіll uѕuаllу have tо bе removed ѕurgісаllу. The mоѕt ѕеrіоuѕ hеаlth problem іѕ ѕubvаlvulаr aortic stenosis, a ѕеrіоuѕ hеаrt соndіtіоn thаt can affect even уоung dogs. As wіth mоѕt lаrgе dоgѕ, the Nеwfоundlаnd саn bе ѕtrісkеn with blоаt. A quiet tіmе аftеr ѕmаll mеаlѕ саn help рrеvеnt this, but іf it dоеѕ оссur, thе dоg must be tаkеn tо a vеtеrіnаrіаn іmmеdіаtеlу tо save іtѕ lіfе.

Aѕ part оf grооmіng activities, the thick соаt of thе Nеwfоundlаnd muѕt bе саrеfullу brushed every week. Durіng thе spring ѕhеd, thе hеаvу undercoat must be bruѕhеd out. The vоlumе оf hair рrоduсеd wіll оftеn bе astounding, аlmоѕt tаkіng uр as muсh ѕрасе аѕ the dog itself. Thе dоg ѕhоuld nоt bе shampooed аѕ thіѕ mіght remove the oils that contribute tо thе wаtеrрrооf соаt.

Whіlе іt is said that thе саlm аnd gеntlе Nеwfоundlаnd can lіvе іn аn араrtmеnt, thе ѕіzе of thе dоg and thе fасt that it рrеfеrѕ соld tеmреrаturеѕ ѕhоuld рrоvоkе thought. This dоg wіll рrоbаblу bе bеѕt ѕuіtеd to living іn a hоuѕе wіth a уаrd. While nоt thе mоѕt active dog, thе nеwfоund land nееdѕ dаіlу еxеrсіѕе due to іtѕ асtіvе nаturе.

Thіѕ dоg bоndѕ strongly wіth іtѕ humаn frіеndѕ аnd dоеѕ best and is hарріеѕt whеn wіth іtѕ family. A family thаt еnjоуѕ оutdооr асtіvіtіеѕ, еѕресіаllу thоѕе іnvоlvіng water wіll probably bе thе bеѕt оwnеrѕ fоr thіѕ dog. Fіѕhеrmеn or hunters оr people еngаgеd іn winter ѕроrtѕ will fіnd thіѕ dоg a perfect соmраnіоn. The Newfoundland dog breed іѕ еxtrеmеlу capable of bringing drowning vісtіmѕ оntо shore quickly аnd easily.

Finally, Newfoundland hоldѕ thе rесоrd for rеѕсuіng thе mоѕt people from drоwnіng іn a ѕіnglе day, in thе еаrlу раrt of thе 20th сеnturу 92 реорlе wеrе saved frоm a ѕіnkіng ѕhір durіng a ѕnоw ѕtоrm. Thе реорlе оn bоаrd threw a rope іntо the wаtеr which was rеtrіеvеd bу thе dоg аnd taken tо ѕhоrе. Once thе rоре hаd bееn ѕесurеd оn a buoy the ѕtrісkеn crews wеrе аblе to uѕе іt tо fіnd thеіr wау tо shore. Newfoundland’s are rеnоwnеd fоr thеіr gеntlе tеmреrаmеnt and wіllіngnеѕѕ tо рlеаѕе nаturе.

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What is Puppy Socialisation?

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Socialisation is the activity of introducing your puppy to other animals, adults, children, different environments, sounds, smells, and also different events. Introducing your puppy to new encounters in a safe and positive way is an essential part of raising them!

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Best Dog Walks In Derby.

Best Dog Walks In Derby

Derby is a lovely place to visit and has plenty of history to explore. Derby has some pet friendly hotels and there are plenty of parks for you and your best friend to enjoy dog walking in and around Derby.

There are picturesque country parks and lots of open green spaces. Some areas even have parks, nature reserves and playgrounds so lots to keep the whole family entertained. Many parks have rules about when to keep dogs on lead so be mindful of these when visiting and don’t forget to take a drink for your best friend!

Poppy Wood

Poppy Wood is one of the best places for dog walks in Derby. With plenty of trails and lots of dog friendly grassy woodland, you will be sure of a great dog friendly walk. There are some enclosed areas for off lead fun for your dog.

There are also picnic tables dotted around so you can always enjoy a picnic with your best furry friend.

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park is a dog friendly site, but they do ask that dogs are kept on leads in central courtyard areas. There are some dog tie up points near the information centre and in the courtyard if needed. The park is free to enter however there is a charge to park your car. Elvaston Castle Country Park is in walking distance of Alvaston and Borrowash.

Marketon Park

Being close to the centre of Derby, Marketon Park offers lots of open spaces, paths and areas to explore with your dog. As with other parks, please be mindful of letting your dog off lead if they like to chase wildlife.

There are also lots of childrens play areas at the park but dogs aren’t allowed in these areas. Marketon Park is very popular when the weather is nice, so bear that in mind when planning your visit.

Mercia Marina

This a great starting place to access the canal paths for some lovely walks with your dog. There are also some planned circular walks listed on their website. After your walk, there are plenty of places to eat and drink along the marina. Added bonus!

Darley Park

Darley Park is a very beautiful park and it is situated within walking distance of Derby City Centre. The park includes some nice open spaces for your dog to have chance for a good run and play. The park also hosts access to the River Derwent if your dog loves a dip in the water.

Chaddesden Park

A lovely spot to take your dog for some exercise, plenty of open space and there is even a stream for your dog to have a splash around in, great for those warm summer days.

Best Dog Walks In Derby

Foremark Reservior

Lots of lovely paths here to explore with your dog, you can even have a walk on the sandy “beach” areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead here so bear that in mind if your dog loves off lead play.

It can get crowded here on sunny days, so best to go early if you can. There is a small shop selling drinks and ice creams too.

Monsal Trail

This trail is about 20km long and takes in some spectacular scenery along the way. Being an old railway track, this route is great for those needing a nice flat walk. The trail is popular with horses and cyclists so best to keep your dog on their lead.

Plus this trail is near Bakewell with all its lovely charm and tasty cakes from the local bakeries.

Allestree Park

Allestree Park is the largest open space on Derby so lots of space for your dog to have a great time. Parking is free here too so an added bonus if it isn’t within walking distance.

If you would like to find out more about dog walking & pet care services in Derby, contact our Derby branch on derby@scampsandchamps.co.uk and one of our team will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Scamps & Champs Pet Food

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Our grain Free recipes are ideal for pets with sensitivity or intolerance to grains or gluten; a great alternative to rice or cereal based recipes. Pet Food formulated without grains may help to alleviate common symptoms of grain sensitivity or intolerance.

The benefits of Grain Free diets can include:

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Pets & Anxiety

Separation Anxiety In Dogs - Scamps & Champs

by Victoria Brierley

Dogs are very much susceptible to some of the emotional struggles that humans can have. Anxiety is very much one of these struggles.

There are a few types of anxieties that a dog can suffer from. Separation anxiety is the most common form and can occur with examples such as when the dog owner leaves the house, leading to the dog feeling stressed. Other common anxieties consist of noise phobia, which triggers dogs to be stressed by loud noises, as well as social anxiety which causes a dog to feel uncomfortable in social situations.

Food for thought

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Pets suffering from separation anxiety may tend to display unwanted behaviours which can include: 

  • Excessive vocalisation
  • Excessive panting
  • Destructive behaviour such as chewing and tearing objects in their surroundings
  • Urination/defecating in the home

There may be a number of reasons why some dogs feel this way but not all of these behaviours are a direct result of separation anxiety, so owners need to determine if these behaviours only occur when the pet is left alone.

Food = Fun

Mental stimulation is a very useful and effective method of helping to manage pets suffering from anxiety.

Interactive feeding is an excellent way to keep their mind at rest and their mouths occupied when pets find themselves on their own.

Puzzle feeders and treat balls are a great way to help keep pets stimulated. These toys should only be given when the owner is not present, this way the pet can learn to associate the experience of receiving this ‘special toy’ and being alone, much more positively.

Here at Scamps & Champs, our Grain Free, Superfood and Treat recipes can all be used in conjunction with puzzle feeders, kongs, truffle mats and treat balls. Our 80% fish treats are small and ideal to hide in truffle mats and puzzle feeders.

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Always make sure to take into account any additional treats from the portion of your pets normal daily ration to prevent overfeeding.

Exercise and Training

There is strong evidence that clinical signs of anxiety can often be a result of failure to provide a pet with sufficient regular daily exercise. Exercising your pet before you are due to leave them alone provides them with the opportunity to go to the toilet and tire them out so they’re much more inclined to relax. You can also hire a pet sitter/dog walker to provide pop in visits or dog walks to break up your dogs day.

Contact us to find out more at info@scampsandchamps.co.uk or call us today on 0333 200 5827

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Puppy Visiting Options in SE London

Puppy Visits - Scamps & Champs

The excitement of getting a puppy can sometimes be tinged with some anxiety about how to ensure the best care for your puppy when you are out for some or all of the day. Ensuring you have the best possible care for your new beloved pet is important, and an option which more and more pet owners are turning to is to use a Scamps and Champs South East London professional pet carer to undertake regular puppy visits.

Our pet carers are experienced with dogs and puppies (and absolutely love them!) and can visit your puppy for up to an hour (or longer if you need it) from 1 to 4 times a day, depending on your needs.

We offer 2 different levels of puppy visit and a puppy package.

Our Puppy Comfort Visits typically entail letting your puppy out to go to the toilet, feeding them, and importantly, giving them love and cuddles and playing with them.

Our Premium Puppy Visits entail all of the elements of the Puppy Comfort Visit plus we will reinforce any training which your puppy is receiving in basic commands, ensuring we know which methods and words you use, to ensure consistency. When your pup is old enough and able to venture outside, we will also take them for a short walk on each visit,  getting them used to toileting whilst out on walks and helping them with road safety, for example, ensuring they respond to commands to wait before going into the road.

Our Premium Puppy Package provides great value by giving you 11 visits for the price of 10, when you book in a block, and also includes a free gift.

We always ensure good communication with you so that we are always on the same page as you when it comes to your puppy’s care, and we will give you a report after each and every visit so that you know what has happened during the day.

The benefits to your puppy in having a Scamps and Champs professional pet carer are clear; your puppy will receive, love, care and attention whilst you are out, they will get used to being looked after by another adult, who brings with them experience of looking after other dogs and puppies and can often help you with difficult challenges with your dog.

And as your dog gets older we can transition to providing you with a dog walking service, overnight pet sitting if you are away or possibly home boarding.

We have thorough procedures for only ensuring that we provide only the best staff to look after your treasured pets and to come into your home.  We interview staff thoroughly, and, once they have demonstrated their motivation, experience and reliability, we obtain references for the previous 2 years and ensure that the pet carer has an up to date DBS (police) check. Our pet carers are also fully insured whilst working for Scamps and Champs South East London.

You will meet your pet carer before agreeing to go ahead, so that you feel confident about the puppy visit service we will provide. At this meeting you can tell us all about your requirements, including the type and number of visits you would like, and the routines and quirks of your puppy.

During the puppy visit service, we keep in close contact with our pet carer to ensure that everything is going as planned and we are on hand to provide back up or help if needed.

The prices for Scamps and Champs South East London puppy visits are as follows

 30 minute visits60 minute visits
Puppy Comfort Visits£10.00£17.00
Premium Puppy Visits£12.50£22.00
Premium Puppy Package – pay for 10 visits in a block and get 11th visit free£125.00£220.00

For a detailed quotation, please contact us for further information. Scamps & Champs South East London currently provide puppy visit services in South East London and  Bromley. 

Scamps and Champs are members of the National Association of Registered Pet Sitters and the Pet Industry Federation. Contact Scamps & Champs via our online form, to check availability and make a booking. Learn more about our puppy visit service by visiting the Scamps & Champs Website.

August 2020

A Few Tips On Raising Your Puppy

A few tips on raising your new puppy

It’s a fact that during the lockdown period 1000’s of new puppies were welcomed into homes up and down the country.  So here at Cardiff Scamps and Champs we’ve put together a few tips to help get your pup off to a flying start.

Vets

As you will no doubt be aware, there have been restrictions on vets  during the pandemic, meaning that by law they have only been able to  deal with emergencies.  However, things are slowly returning to normal  and hopefully they will be back to doing all the ordinary things as  well as the emergency stuff. If you have not already done so, it is  imperative that you get your puppy registered, health checked and all  vaccines sorted. Give your vet a ring today and get them booked in.  Your vet will give you good advice on worming, de-fleeing and lots of  other issues.

Food

Puppies have specific nutritional needs in order to fuel good growth  and development, and this means they require a good balanced diet.   Puppies generally come in a great variety of sizes from the teeny tiny  to the “looks full grown” variety, so be sure to thoroughly check all  the ingredients on the various ranges of puppy foods on the market,  and make sure your pup is eating a food designed for their body size  and shape and the body size and shape they will quickly grow into – if  in doubt, your vet may be able to give you some information.

Toys & teething

If you have been on the receiving end, you will realise your puppy has  needle-sharp little teeth, but these will soon be replaced by adult  teeth that can shred your best shoes or furniture in seconds. When  teething, pups will chew just about anything so it may just save you a  small fortune if you think ahead and get them some well made chew toys  or appropriate chewing treats.  Now will also be a good time to think  of their oral hygiene, as tooth decay and gum disease can cause  serious health issues, especially if your pup has heart problems, and  may leave you with a hefty vet bill.  So talk to your vet about  getting a suitable toothpaste and brush and get your little one used  to a daily brushing routine.

Socialisation

Everyone panics about getting their puppy socialised but unless your  pup has had all of its full range of vaccinations, it will need to be  kept separate from other dogs to prevent serious diseases from being  picked up. Once vaccinations are completed, start getting your pup out  to meet others, whether at a puppy party or just meeting other peoples  pups – always be aware that your pup is still a baby and though they  jump and bounce about in a cute way, this may not always be  appreciated by other dogs, so make sure your pups meetings are always  safe. Dogs are pack animals and they will love making friends, but  they may not yet have learned the variety of signs, signals and social  behaviour necessary, so never let them to run up to other dogs, and  always be able to get them out of harms way if necessary.

Training

There is no time like the present to start with the “not on the couch”  and “bedtime” commands, and then progress slowly to more complicated  stuff like “sit”, “stay” and the recall routine. Take your time,  remember that all pups will learn at different rates just like we do.  Always be kind and gentle and always reward your pup when it completes  the desired behaviour.  You could join a puppy training class as this  will also aid with your pup’s socialisation skills. When your pup has  learned the good behaviour and acquired new skills,  keep that going,  because they’ll soon be teenagers and will behave like it – and that’s  a whole other experience!

Separation

If your puppy arrived during lockdown they’ll think that you being at  home all day is how the world is. So, you going back to work will not  only disrupt their regular routine but could create separation  anxiety.  If you’re in work all day and are not lucky enough to have a  job where you can nip back home, then give serious consideration to  getting someone in to break the day up for your pup. It will allow  them to get a much needed drink and something to eat and continue with  their toilet routine. It will also provide a chance to stretch their  little legs with a short walk or some good quality playtime.  It is  imperative that you do not leave your pup alone for long hours, as  this will lead to unavoidable soiling and cause serious issues with  ongoing training leading to stress and potential behavioural problems  that may take a long time to settle.

Here at Scamps and Champs Cardiff, we know the importance of raising  and training your puppy to become a happy and well balanced adult. 

We  offer specialised puppy packages, puppy visits and puppy day care to  help you return to work with confidence in the knowledge that your pup  is being cared for, and receiving ongoing training and enrichment in a  safe environment.

We are Fully Insured, Police Cleared and Licensed. We are also open 7  days per week – 10% discounts and other benefits available as a  welcome to our services.

SCAMPS AND CHAMPS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE NOW OFFERING A  FULL RANGE OF ORGANIC AND SPECIALISED DRY AND SEMI MOIST FOODS FOR  PUPS/KITTENS THROUGH TO ADULTS – please enquire at: Tel: 0333 200 5827 Email : cardiff@scampsandchamps.co.uk