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Keeping Pets Safe This 4th of July and Summer

Keeping Pets Safe This 4th of July and Summer

Fourth of July and summer fireworks can be scary experiences for pets.  Dogs, cats, and other animals can get spooked easily by the loud bang of fireworks, and it’s our job to do whatever we can to help keep them safe. Animals may get scared or confused when the unexpected bang occurs, causing them to runaway in fright, or otherwise injure themselves out of fear.

Here are some tips to help keep our animal friends safe during 4th of July and summer fireworks:

  1. Give pets a safe environment from the loud noises. Dogs often like to be in a small space when they feel frightened, such as their crate or dog bed. Cats routinely hide in closets or under beds during fireworks. Make sure you know where your furry friends are before and after the fireworks display.
  2. In or outdoors, avoid leaving pets alone during fireworks. If you must leave pets alone, make sure all windows and doors are securely shut. Familiar noises like the T.V., a fan or the air conditioner can help lessen the stress of the loud noises.
  3. If your pet seems scared, avoid punishment and speak calmly and cheerfully. Give pets a distraction from the loud booms with a KONG® toy full of treats. At Purr’n Pooch we fill the toy up with treats then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer. Pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter then get to the treat. Specific treats are made for pet relaxation. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations, we have Pet Naturals Vermont Calming Treats for all kinds of pets. All-natural, long-lasting Churpi Chews are also a good bet.
  4. Gentle pressure can help relieve anxiety. If a furry friend feels stressed, a wrap fastened around the midsection can calm the nervous system through a hug-like pressure. We suggest using Thundershirt, available at both Purr’n Pooch locations in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.
  5. Don’t forget about the ears. Our pets are sensitive to loud noises just like us, and Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for dogs is a great way to protect hearing. The muffs are comfortable, lightweight and come with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for the highest level of comfort. Make sure to supervise your pooch while the muffs are on.
  6. ID your pet. Make sure all your pets have an ID tag or microchip so they can be returned to your loving home if they escape.
  7. Educate yourself. Make sure you know when your community, and surrounding area, is having fireworks displays so you can be prepared to protect your pets.

Here is a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 3 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Point Pleasant Beach Fireworks: July 2 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Manasquan Fireworks & More: July 4 at 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Brick Summerfest: July 2 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Asbury Park Fireworks:July 4 at 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Bradley Beach Fireworks, Dance & Swim: July 3 at 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest& Fireworks: July 4 at 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • West Long Branch Fireworks: July 4 from 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 3 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Seaside Heights Fireworks: July 4 from 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Ocean City July 4th: July 1 at 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • LBI Fireworks: July 4 at 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 3 at 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

WEEKLY DISPLAYS

  • Wildwood: Every Friday night at 10 p.m. in July and August
  • Point Pleasant Beach: Every Thursday night at dark in July and August
  • Seaside Heights: Every Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. in July and August

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. Remember to take care of our furry friends so we can all be safe and enjoy the summer.

 

Stimulate Your Pet’s Mind and Body with Play

Stimulate Your Pet's Mind and Body with PlayDo you spend most of your time laying on the couch or in bed staring at the wall? Probably not. You’re most likely keeping yourself occupied at work or engaged in some type of activity you enjoy. What do you think would happen to you if you spent each day doing absolutely nothing? It would certainly have some negative effects on your physical and mental health. The same goes for our pets. Just like us, a lack of activity and stimulation is not good for their health, nor is it something they enjoy.

Physical activity and mental stimulation through play are very important for pets. All pups are born with innate play skills. They have deeply rooted instincts to search, chase, grab and tug. Without play, dogs may show behavioral problems due to boredom and excess energy. This makes sense because they’re meant to lead active lives. It’s important for your dog to play in order for him to live a happy and healthy life.

Just like dogs, cats are also born with instincts to play. When you look at what they do in the wild, it’s obvious why they need to play.  Cats are naturally curious, so when they are not mentally stimulated, they can become depressed and lethargic.  Similar to dogs, cats are also more likely to develop behavioral problems such as insecurity, aggression, urine marking, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, when stressed or anxious because of boredom.

Take time to play with your pets every day. If you have a cat, find something that engages his interest, like interactive toys. Interactive playing strengthens the bond between you and your cat. It also lets your cat hone his hunting skills, release energy, gain confidence and get in a good exercise – all beneficial to his physical and mental health.

With a dog, there are countless ways to play, both indoors and outdoors. Fetch, scent games, puzzles, tug of war, running, walking and training are all great activities. Just like with a cat, play will strengthen the bond between you and your pooch.

Because most people are constantly busy, pets often end up spending much of their time home alone not doing very much. We can only imagine they’d feel the same as a human would if they spent each day as a couch potato. Daycare facilities are the perfect solution for a pet to avoid a lazy life. While you’re away, they’re sure to be occupied with lots of fun activities, such as puzzles, games and space to run, play and socialize.

Here are some ways we exercise your pet’s mind and body at Purr’n Pooch.

Playground Activities

At Purr’n Pooch, we have hygienically effective turf and natural grass yards, as well as puppy playground equipment, where pups get to run around, play and socialize. Playground fun will give your dog physical and mental exercise, while practicing social skills with other dogs.

Splish, Splash: Pool Time

The best part about this time of year is that our outdoor pools are open! Swimming and splashing around in our in our supervised outdoor and indoor water parks provide both mental and physical stimulation for our visiting boarding and daycare pups. They help your dog to socialize, get in a cardio vascular workout, and of course, cool off! We offer several freshwater pools and water elements like fountains and waterfalls for their enjoyment. Pool time rates are available here.

Cattery

All cats need mental stimulation, especially indoor cats. Our cattery in Tinton Falls features a 22-foot waterfall, and rock wall for climbing and playing is perfect for occupying even the most finicky of cats. Our windows with perches provide mental stimulation as cats look outside to observe.

Social activities with humans enrich a cat’s environment. At Purr’n Pooch, cats experience private play time, explore rooms, lounge, and use toys provided in our fully equipped cattery.

Food Puzzle Toys

When there is food involved, pets are sure to be interested in whatever is going on. Food puzzle KONG® toys and are an excellent way to keep pets entertained and mentally stimulated. These puzzles are sturdy containers, made of hard rubber or plastic, that hold food or treats inside but don’t give pets easy access to the food. They have holes on each end or on the sides, and pets must work to get the food to come out by shaking, pawing, rolling, nibbling or licking the toy. Food puzzle toys require time, patience and problem-solving. Visit our Wall and Tinton Falls, NJ retail boutiques to purchase these games.

Agility4Fun Classes

No matter the breed of dog you have, you and your four legged furry friends can enjoy the fun of agility together at Purr’n Pooch. Agility4Fun is designed for all dogs and their owners to enjoy the sport of agility. It’s a different way for you to exercise your dog, and an excellent way to take basic training to the next level.

Play ‘N Games

Purr’n Pooch offers Play ‘N Games for pets that come in for daycare on Tuesdays. They will get to participate in one of these fun activities: agility, puzzles, or scent work. The additional cost for this service is $35.

Have any questions or want to schedule a time to visit our facilities, contact us. We hope to have your pet visit us for a day of fun and games.

Make a Big Splash This June at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort

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SAVE THE DATES FOR EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS!

There’s much fun a foot (or paw) at Purr’n Pooch this month. Our daycare and boarding dogs are enjoying their time outdoors playing with friends in our fresh water pools and spacious playgrounds. We also have a host of events and promotions planned for our clients. They include a second Paint & Sip fundraising party by popular request, an Argan spa special for pups whose fur coats require some extra TLC, a BOGO pool pass promotion for summer savings, and much more!

It’s also Adopt a Cat Month and at Purr’n Pooch we adore our feline friends and offer many services to accommodate their needs and care. Learn more >

Visit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals website for a list of organizations that focus on cat rescue and adoption >

EVENTS

PNP-CC-June-Paint-&-SipPAINT & SIP FUNDRAISER
Wednesday, June 3 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Purr’n Pooch Pet Resort, Tinton Falls
Uncork your inner artist! Join us for a fun beginner acrylic painting party to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for AnimalsNo prior art experience or drawing talents required. The 11″ x 14″ canvas will already be sketched out for you. You will be taught step-by-step how to create your own version of your pet and you will leave with a finished one-of-a-kind masterpiece of your own and a new talent you’ll want to grow. All painting supplies will be provided for your use, just bring your creativity and be prepared to have fun! Cost is $50 per painter.
Register now >

PNP-CC-June-Yappy-HourDOGGY YAPPY HOUR
Friday, June 5 ~ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ocean County Park, 659 Ocean Avenue, Lakewood
Bring your best friend to enjoy a night of displays, vendors, demos and give-a-aways. This free event is sponsored by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Ocean County Parks & Recreation. Visit the Purr’n Pooch table for treats for your pup.

PNP-CC-June-BirthdaysJUNE BIRTHDAY PARTIES  
Tuesday, June 16 ~ Tinton Falls
Wednesday, June 17 ~ Wall
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pups in boarding and daycare will enjoy treats and games on the playground as they celebrate the birthdays of their friends born in the month of June. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page.

PROMOTIONS

PNP-CC-June-GamesRESORT: FUN AND GAMES
Enhance your dog’s daycare and boarding stay with mind stimulating games! Choose from agility, puzzles, scent work, or ball and retrieve games. The activity is held on Tuesdays and lasts approximately 30 minutes and the cost is $35. Add the service to any daycare or boarding stays.

 

PNP-CC-June-Inset-PuzzleRETAIL SPOTLIGHT
Star Spinner, Treat Wheel and Kibble Drop puzzles by Kyjen are now available in our retail boutiques.Challenge your dog’s natural instincts and enrich his life with these fun puzzle games. Cost: $14 to $25

 

 

PNP-CC-June-SpaSPA SPECIAL: ARGAN TREATMENT
Treat your pup to a rejuvenating argan treatment. Argan shampoo and spray are rich in argan oil, essential fatty acids and vitamin E, adding luster and shine to dry, brittle coats. Teeth brushing included. $25 plus price of grooming or bath.

 

 

PNP-CC-June-PoolRESORT SPECIAL: BOGO POOL PASS
Buy one outdoor pool pass and get a second one free. Cost: $24 Group Pool Time and Playcare when boarding, $32 Individual Pool and Playcare when boarding.
June 19, 20 and 21 only.

PAWSITIVELY NOTEWORTHY DATES

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June ~ Adopt-a-Cat Month
June 1 – 6 ~ Pet Appreciation Week
June 4 ~ Hug Your Cat Day
June 9 ~ World Pet Memorial Day
June 21 ~ Happy Father’s Day & First Day of Summer

For more information, call 732.842.4949 (Tinton Falls) or 732.528.8100 (Wall) or email info@purrnpooch.com.