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Hey everyone! Come in and check out our discontinued stock bin at reception, where everything is 25% off!
Don’t forget to stop by our stall at the dog lover’s show and enter the draw to win over $1000 worth of goods and services for your pets!
For the Love of Dogs over 25,000 passionate Dog lovers attended the 2014 Dog Lovers Show at the Royal Exhibition Building and the event was voted Best Australian Show and Best Consumer Show.
Our third event will be one of the largest and most comprehensive festivals for Dog lovers in the world and provide an extensive array of entertainment, education and information.
It will be held from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd May (10am – 5pm daily) and is 30% bigger than last year with a lot more beautiful dogs to meet and connect with – it’s heaven for dog lovers under one wroof!
Tickets are ON-SALE NOW so to avoid the queues and save 25%+ off the ticket prices we recommend you click here to pre-purchase online – you’ll gain express entry through our special VIP Lane giving you even more time at the Show!
We will be raffling off a prize valued at over $1000! To enter, all you have to do is sign up to our mailing list!
Sign up to our mailing list to receive your free goodies on the day, and go into the draw to win over $1000 worth of pet products and services!
Exciting news! We now have our very own app – it is available on Android and Apple devices.
Why bother getting our app?
Well, not only will it be an easier and faster way to book your pets in for an awesome time at The Pets Hotel, and not only will it make life a bit easier when accessing our web cam, but it also give you ideas for things that you and your pet can do around Melbourne! Everything from parks to visit, and bars and cafes to relax and spend some quality time together
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We have recently changed our closing times. This allows that little bit of extra time to give all the pets way more kisses before we head home
Our hours are:
Monday to Friday 7am – 6.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am – 4.30pm
As usual CLOSED public holidays
We would love to say a big huge thankyou to all our magnificent people out there! Thank you for staying up to date, thank you for your patience, and most of all thank you for your kindness.
It means so much to us that you all appreciate everything we do for your pets. As we like to take such care with each animal, checking pets in can take a bit of time. Thank you also for your feedback, because of your help we will be able to stream line, patch up and tailor our busy check in days to make your drop off experience better. You are all so amazing and it is wonderful when our love for The Pets Hotel community is reciprocated! We had a busy but lovely Easter, and we LOVE cuddling, kissing and caring for your family whenever we can.
See you all soon!
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
Fear of loud noises, especially thunder and fireworks, is a common phobia in dogs. It’s usually displayed by hiding, whining, barking, pawing or even urination. Trying to help your dog cope with loud noises is important because the anxiety usually gets progressively more pronounced with age. A dog suffering from a fear of thunderstorms may begin to display anxious behaviour before the thunder begins. Rain on the roof of the house, bright flashes of light or even the drop in air pressure before a storm may be enough to trigger anxiety. It is important not to punish your dog for being anxious, but equally important not to cuddle too much.
• Punishing your dog will just create more fear and anxiety because thunder will then be associated with both fear and punishment
• Cuddling or comforting your dog too much isn’t a good idea because it teaches your dog that anxious behaviour is appropriate
Instead, first provide your dog with a safe place to seek refuge. Dog crates, under a bed or under a chair are common hiding places for a dog. Your dog chooses these places because she feels protected and the noise of thunder or fireworks is muffled. If your dog has not already picked out a place, provide one. Try leaving a few treats in a safe place to encourage your dog to go there.
Try desensitizing your dog to loud noises so the sound becomes normal. This is usually done by playing recorded thunder at a low volume and in short intervals while you monitor your dog’s behaviour. Try to distract your dog while the noise is present by playing fetch or engaging in some sort of enjoyable activity. If your dog is too frightened to participate, you need to turn down the intensity of your thunder stimulus and try again later. This process is long and requires patience, but in the end your dog will be much more comfortable during a storm.
For help with further treating your dog’s anxiety, seek advice from your veterinarian.
Cats are fascinating creatures to live with but sometimes their behaviour intrigues, perplexes and even frustrates owners. Here are some insights into the minds and behaviour of cats and why they do what they do.
Peeing on personal belongings
Cats like their environment to have their scent, so when foreign-smelling objects invade their space, they will often choose to mingle their familiar scent with the new one. One of the most effective ways of transferring scent is to urinate or spray on objects.
While it may seem disgusting to you that your cat has urinated in your suitcase or embarrassing that they have sprayed over your friend's handbag, this behaviour may actually be relieving some of the anxiety your feline friend is feeling.
You can prevent this happening by being very tidy with your belongings and by relieving your cat's anxiety.
Cats love to rub up against their owners. This movement may involve their entire body or sometimes just their foreheads and cheeks. Most owners see this as a sign of affection and welcome this behaviour.
When cats rub against objects, they are transferring their scent. It is almost as if they are claiming ownership and we are one of their belongings. Your cat head-butting or nuzzling your face deposits scent from glands in their cheek area. Their weaving through your legs, usually as you prepare to feed them, transfers scent from their sides and tails on to you. This behaviour is also an effective way of making sure that they have your full attention.
Tune in next month for Part two, where we explain scratching, meowing, kneading, and their swishy tail!
When it comes to games you can teach your dog, a rowdy round of fetch comes to mind. Playing games with your dog helps keep him alert and sharpens his mind while providing exercise and bonding for both of you. Did you know there are a number of other games you can teach your dog to play aside from fetch? Check out these cool games that will provide exercise and entertainment for you and your favourite pooch.
HIDE AND SEEK
Hide and seek is always fun, but it is especially so when you are playing with your four-legged buddy. For extra fun, gather up the kids and let them hide while your dog seeks so everyone can get in on the action. The hiders can also make small noises to attract attention and give clues to their whereabouts. You can also take a few of your buddy’s favourite toys and hide them around the room then let your furry guy seek them out.
If your dog knows a few basic commands like sit, stay, roll over, lie down, play a game of Human Says. It is along the lines of Simon Says except of course you don’t worry about “Simon didn’t say…” Practice going through the commands with your dog and see how he does. Be sure to offer praise and dog treats!
TREAT TREASURE HUNT
This game is sort of like a hide and seek scavenger hunt, with tasty treats as the reward! Keep your dog out of the room then hide some of her favourite treats around. Stick the treats under cushions, inside end tables, under chairs. Let her sniff out her treats while you watch the fun and enjoy her excitement. This will surely become your pooches’ favourite of the games you can teach your dog!
NAME GAME FETCH
This game can help you teach your dog a few words. No, he won’t recite them back to you, but he can learn the names of some of his favourite toys. Practice throwing toys and saying what they are. For example, throw the stuffed bear and say “Bear,” then tell him to “Get the bear.” Do this over and over with his toys and eventually he will learn to recognize the words and associate them with the correct toy. Once he starts recognizing the names, test him by putting two toys on the floor then ask him to get one of them. Make sure to give treats and plenty of praise when he gets it right!
ROUND ROBIN GAME
This is a great game for helping your dog come when called. Enlist the whole family and do this game indoors or out. Have everyone spread out so each person is several feet from the next. If outside, you can have everyone stand in various locations around the yard. Each person needs a handful of treats. Start by taking turns calling your dog’s name. When she comes to the person who called, she gets a treat and praise.
Play a few games that will actually help teach your dog a few things. Try one or more of these out and enjoy quality time with your fur baby.
(source: http://www.dogvills.com/five-cool-games-can-teach-dog/. article by RODNEY SOUTHERN)
This is our mate Fred. He enjoys sneezing and chasing little fluffy dogs to bite them on the bum, he is cute.