Hello PhysiPals and Pets,
We were fortunate to be invited to Kiki’s Pet Spa www.kikispetspa.com in Williamsburg [60 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY] Monday June 11, 2012 for a Puppy Play date hosted by Empire of the Dog www.empireofthedog.com . The play dates are Mondays and Thursdays. A few adult dogs present today to keep the excitable puppies in line and show them a positive way to interact with each other and with toys to share in a neutral environment! We were able to introduce a PhysiPet or three to the pups and adult dogs throughout the sessions.
We had an opportunity to give a VERY energetic pup “BagPipe”, a personal play session SEE VIDEO Here: Bagpipe In Action with the PhysiPet with the PhysiPet, to allow him a way to burn off some of his excess energy to better interact with the other dogs! There was a very curious named Scooter that could not get enough of the PhysiPet and the treat toy attached. The pups at the play date took their turn interacting with the curious toy in their play area. Even with all the excitement with new people and smells, the pups and dogs were still very interested in the PhysiPet and took moments off from romping to play alone or with a parent or puppy pal and the PhysiPet!
The trainers had a graduation after the puppy play date, and allowed us an opportunity to introduce the PhysiPet. They loved the interaction and action of the PhysiPet. One intuitive dog tried to get his owner involved by trying to place the attached treat toy in his owner’s lap meanwhile, the normal action of the PhysiPet continued to return the Toy to the PhysiPet base and the starting position!
Before we concluded our demonstration at Kiki’s in Williamsburg, we were able to interact with a very treat motivated Bully Breed. She played with the PhysiPet in bliss for 6 minutes non-stop. We have included this clip and a few others in a short video capturing the event. We had a great time and hope to have the opportunity to interact at puppy play dates like Empire of the Dog. Remember, if you have a dog that is very intelligent but left home alone with nothing but an inanimate chew toy, this intelligent dog will FIND something else to occupy your dog’s attention. We offer the PhysiPet as a complete entertainment/treat dispensing/ environment enhancing toy that will instantly Stimulate your dog’s MIND and BODY!! ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW:
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All dogs like to chew! This is not always a bad thing. A dog has 4 ways to interact with its environment: Sight, Sound, Touch and Taste. Unfortunately, the touch and taste aspect of a dogs way to EXPLORE their environment can often lead to destruction. Sometimes the chewing behavior is misdirected and focused on furniture, pillows, electronics, or anything that is within reach! Even though you may leave toys, bones, rawhide, and treat dispensing toys for your dogs to chew, your favorite pair of shoes or valued collectibles are often the target for these seemingly cruel beasts. This is NOT done on purpose. Most dogs choose to chew your personal items because they have your scent on them, or they notice you interacting with it, and want your attention. Dogs are curious beings and they are VERY observant. Understanding this may still leave some very destructive pets without homes due to frustrated pet parents.
Destructive behavior can be addressed in a number of ways. Some pet parents find that increasing the amount of exercise their dogs receive will help dissipate some of their energy. Other dogs are destructive to get attention from their owners because of extended periods of being left alone at home (separation anxiety) or boredom due to being confined to a pen or small space. Loud noises, construction, fireworks, or a lot of pedestrian traffic (where your pet can see) can cause your dog to chew and destroy as well. It is very important to know that your dog does not hate you or intend to frustrate you, this is just a reaction to another issue your pet is dealing with. Knowing this, and observing the “triggers” that cause your dog to destroy can help you discover the best way to treat your pet’s bad tendencies. Finding the appropriate stimulating exercise or toy to stimulate their mind can be the cure for your dogs destructive habits.
We have developed the PhysiPet to treat this tendency in dogs. The PhysiPet will give your dog a “task” to accomplish without frustrating your pet. The PhysiPet is exercise and stimulation for the mind & body of your dog! By attaching your pets favorite toy or a toy that dispenses treats will occupy your dog while it is home alone or in a confined space. Ensuring that your dog is stimulated mentally or physically will enrich their lives during their time alone.
Remember many pets will try and eat their chew toys, requiring you to monitor their interaction with them, but the PhysiPet will keep these chew toys from being totally destroyed. The PhysiPet can also be used to store a pet’s unused toys within the hollow base to act as a toy chest, allowing your pet to focus on a few toys at a time instead of “hoarding” all it’s toys, and quickly loosing interest. Try new toys and introduce new walking routes, or games to your dog, to try and curb its destructive tendencies. Remember dogs chew destructively because of boredom, phobias, separation anxiety, or attention. Try not to punish your dog for these behaviors, because in most cases it is a result of your lack of attention to the warning signs that your dog is exhibiting and the destructive behavior is the “cry for help”! Happy Parenting!!
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PhysiPet Product Review and Test at the Humane Society of New York
We had a great day at the Humane Society of New York today. We were able to test the small PhysiPet with a few of the cats at the rescue, and the Larger unit on the roof with 3 different dogs. We tested 1st with a female Pitbull, who quickly figured out how to retrieve the treat from the Holee-Roller attached to the PhysiPet proving how intelligent this breed is. The 2nd tester was a large yellow lab. The Labrador retriever was ball motivated, so we inserted his ball into the Holee-Roller, and he worked and played with the PhysiPet for the entire test (15 minutes). The final tester was a little Bulldog named Zoe. She was very active and immediately took to the PhysiPet. She loved the rope toy we attached to the PhysiPet. She pulled and shook the rope, and tackled the PhysiPet over and over. This was the most active interaction of the day.
We were able to capture some great shots of the Dogs and Cats interacting with the PhysiPet and we learned a lot from William Berloni. William was able to share some insights on how to use the PhysiPet as an exercise tool for the different breeds, like a shorter session for the Bulldog and a longer session for the Labrador! We will eagerly await the evaluation of the product test, and with what we have seen so far are very favorable!! We will post the link to the radio show when it becomes available next week! Till then, enjoy the pictures and video!! All the pets in the test are available for adoption!! Visit the Humane Society or your local shelter today and give a great pet a FOREVER HOME!! Enjoy the Video!!
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136th Annual Westminster Dog Show
The Westminster Dog Show was a great event from the benching areas, to the Theater, where the “breed best” are judged against the standard! We were able to see the personality of the dogs, and their owners and the excitement both share during an event like the Westminster. We were given insight into the core personality of many breeds and how they became that way. Training, purpose of job or tasks, and breed characteristics were core reasons that explained temperment and play habits for most breeds. Some dogs, did not respond to the same characteristics most of the breed exhibits. These dogs truly had their own personality and very Particular play habits! Many had set regimens that often revolved around an upcoming event.
I learned quite a lot about the training these dogs go through to become some of the “Breed’s Best”. I also found out about the different dietary regiments the various breeders implemented to keep their dogs in the best physical shape or to allow them treats throughout their training. One owner showed me a McDonald’s Bag that his dog knew meant something good for him, where another dog was absolutely beside itself because it knew it would get an ice cream treat once he won his competition! I enjoyed the various cuts of the pets and the how many of the dogs mirrored their owners.
Once the competition was underway, the atmosphere changed. It seemed like the start of a Football Game, and the dogs knew it was show time. It was cool to see the dogs and their reaction when they and their handlers felt they had a good showing. The dogs Pace would change and you could see the confidence emitted through their trot! I really liked some of the bigger dogs shown in the first day. I saw breeds I never knew existed, like the Xoloitzcuintli (XO or Mexican hairless). There was a tall representative of the breed in the show that was spectacular. I loved to see the German shepherd win its herding class, and hoped it would place better in the Best in Show. I was able to take some pictures at the show. I hope you enjoy them!
Nikki Moustaki with David Frei Spokesperson of the Westminster Dog Show