The Importance of Play

At PetSafe®, we believe it is essential for your pet to take time out of their busy schedule and have some fun! Our Play & Challenge range will keep your pet busy and engaged and encourage play in order to keep them healthy and active. Dogs, cats, pups and kittens can enjoy hours of enjoyment by being kept alert with our innovative laser and teaser toys and even be rewarded with tasty treats, through our treat dispensing toys.

A dog’s natural instinct is to practice their hunting skills, to fetch, retrieve and forage. We continually look to design our Busy Buddy™ toys from our Play & Challenge range with this in mind.

Here is a small selection of Busy Buddy™ toys which we believe your dogs will love!

Busy Buddy® Squeak ‘n Treat Troog – The first treat dispensing squeak toy with two separate dispensing chambers. Built with our Treat Meter™ design which controls the flow of treat dispersal and irregular shape which offers an unpredictable bounce, the Troog™ is sure to make playtime last longer!

Busy Buddy® Bouncy Bone – This interactive bouncy bone is perfect for stronger chewers and is designed to provide your dog with increased chew time, by keeping them engaged for longer with a combination of both a rubber ball and refillable tasty treats.

Busy Buddy® Pogo Plush™ Ball – The traditional faux sheepskin covering, unique bounce back design and free-floating inner squeaker of the Pogo Plush™ makes for a more satisfying and longer lasting play than your regular plush toy.

Our Play & Challenge range also caters for your cat’s playful needs; our interactive Frolicat™ toys are specifically designed to stimulate a cat’s natural instinct to hunt and pounce!

Below are a handful of Frolicat® toys which will no doubt keep your cat busy whether you’re at home or away.

FroliCat® BOLT™ Automatic Laser Light – An interactive toy which produces an unpredictable and exciting laser pattern that is sure to keep your cat busy and have hours of fun.

FroliCat® POUNCE™ Rotating Cat Teaser – This automatic, rotating teaser toy will have your cat running in circles as it chases a mischievous electronic mouse around a circular path.

Funkitty Egg-Cersizer™ – A treat/feeding ball that dispenses treats from all angles. It is uniquely adjustable which means that you are in full control of how it dispenses treats in relation to your cats play!

Ultimately, by taking the time to extend your pet’s playtime, they will be healthier and more active and this will improve their quality of life and strengthen the bond you both share.

For more handy tips and guidance of how to keep your pet engaged, download our ‘How can I encourage my pet to play’ leaflet now.

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PetSafe attends national pet event in Birmingham

The National Pet Show took place at the NEC in Birmingham on the 7th and 8th November and a member of our team was there to soak up the atmosphere and speak to one person in particular.

Victoria Barnard has been attending pet shows around the world for over 20 years and still thinks that the best way to educate and look after a pet is through toys and playing.

Here’s what she had to say…

What is it about shows like this that interests you so much?

Where else can you see a dog weighing 11 stone eating a selection of sausages? Or, rabbits on an assault course?

It’s great and as you’ve mentioned I have been doing it for years. It all comes back to that playful element and educating and training your animals through activities. Be nice, love and play with your pet and as you’ve seen they’re capable of amazing things.

What impact do toys have on animals and their development?

Who doesn’t like to play? That’s why PetSafe are great because they help animals come out of their shell. Don’t forget, the products are not only good for the animals they’re great for the owners. Many owners I speak with buy play products if they are feeling stressed or recovering from illness. The toys allow the pet to spend more time outdoors and that’s great for the owners too. I guess you could say that it’s a win, win situation.

Why should more people use PetSafe products?

Pets are social creatures so they become excited when we do. Engaging your pet with a toy is far easier than playing alone. Studies show that even though animals do lose interest in certain toys eventually, they almost all become intensely interested in toys during the first couple of months. Each pet has its own unique personality and energy level. PetSafe’s variety means that there’s generally a toy for your indoor or outdoor pet.

Which PetSafe product is your favourite on the market at the moment?

We have three puppies so we are huge fans of the Busy Buddy puppy toys. The whole range is great to be honest and I’m sure that many owners here at the NEC would agree. You only get out of your pet what you put in and the Busy Buddy range really helps people and their pets express themselves.

How do you expect pet toys to develop over the next 20 years or so?

I’m not sure really. They’re pretty advanced now. People tend to underestimate the value of toys and play for their companion animals. I’d like the people who make toys for animals to keep it simple and continue to make them so that the pet owner gets the maximum out of the experience as well. Pet toys shouldn’t be seen as indulgencies but as necessities. They’re really essential for managing, socialising and bringing the best out of your dog. And that, ultimately, is what’s important.

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10 top tips for owners and their pets on Bonfire Night

For many people across the UK, Bonfire Night is regarded as a celebration and event to remember.

However, for our animals, it can be a frightening and distressing time.

Unlike most owners, pets don’t associate loud firework noise and flashes of light with enjoyment.

In fact, most pets have very acute hearing and loud noises and whistles could frighten them and cause them to run away.

So, with this in mind, we’ve put together our 10 top tips, which are carefully designed to keep your pet free from stress and happy this Bonfire Night.

– Ensure that your pet is kept indoors. Do leave internal doors open though so that your pet doesn’t feel trapped and can move around.

– Prepare a place indoors for your pet to settle should they start to feel distressed during the bonfire or firework display.

– If you have a dog, try to take it for a walk during daylight hours to avoid them being outside if/when the fireworks start. Keep animals such as cats indoors at all times and put a litter tray down.

– Close windows and curtains and put on relaxing music to help calm your pet.

– If you are indoors during the firework display ignore the sounds as much as you possibly can so that your animal follows your example and realizes that there’s nothing to worry about. Continue to pay no attention to your pet if and when they become distressed. Through carrying on completely normally you can show your pet that the fireworks are nothing to be concerned about.

– If your pet has a selection of toys try to encourage them to play with them so that they are distracted from the noise outside.

– If your pet lives outside cover the majority of the pen/hutch/cage so that they are protected from the sound and flashes. Do however leave a small opening so that your animal can see out. If you have a small pet the hutch should be put inside your house or garage hours before the fireworks/bonfire starts.

– Does your pet have identification attached? If your pet does happen to run away then there is a greater chance that they’ll be returned to you if they have an ID tag and a microchip.

– If you are making your own bonfire safely lock your pet indoors earlier in the day. Before lighting a bonfire, check underneath to make sure that there isn’t a hedgehog or two hibernating there.

– If you are concerned about your pet at any time, call the veterinary centre you are registered with immediately for advice and further assistance.

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