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Friday, September 26, 2014

Ways to Bond with Your Pet - Hill's Giveaway #GetHealthyHappy




Welcome to the third edition of the "Healthier Pets. Happier Lives" campaign with Hill's Science Diet. The campaign's objective is to educate pet parents on preventative care to encourage a healthier and happier pet. You can review the first and second articles on Vet Check Ups and Meal Time.

While regular vet visits and proper nutrition are important to the physical health of your pet, we must not forget the little EXTRA details to promote your pet's mental health. The focus today is to encourage you to make that extended effort and reinforce the bond between you and your pet.


Here are a couple of ways you can bond with your pet:

PLAYTIME:

Playtime is the perfect opportunity to encourage physical and/or mental stimulation. Remember, a bored pet is not a happy pet! Toys come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures. Toys with squeakers will typically provide sensory stimulation. A simple tennis ball will work well for both cats and dogs for chasing and fetching.


If your pet is anything like Ruckus, you have a huge chest of toys sitting at home. However, your pet will just play with ONE item! Don't let that become the norm.


TIP: Instead of keeping all your toys out in the open, alternate them to prevent your pets from being bored. Trust me, the next time they see it, it's as if they just got a brand new toy!

GROOMING:

Obviously, it goes without saying that owning an American Eskimo dog requires a fair amount of grooming. Believe it or not, Ruckus has never set paws in a pet salon! We actually enjoy bonding over our grooming sessions. Routine brushing will reduce shedding and maintain a shiny, healthy coat. Typically, long-haired pets will require daily brushes or at least twice weekly brushes. Shorter-haired pets, on the other hand, will benefit from once weekly sessions.

Take a look at one of our silly grooming session:



Ruckus loves his grooming time because he sees it as a free massage.

If you have any questions or need advice, the best opportunity to address this is with your pet's veterinarian at your pet's next annual visit. What better way to do this by entering for your chance to win $100 towards your next vet checkup from Hill’s Science Diet! Go here for more details.

GIVEAWAY:

As an extra bonus, Ruckus is partnering up with Hill's to giveaway two bundles of your choice (dog or cat!)

Dog Bundle:
1) a stainless steel dog bowl
2) a bag of Hill’s Science Diet Dental Chews
3) a bag of Hill’s Science Diet dog treats
4) a Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag


Cat Bundle:
1) a laser pointer toy
2) a stainless steel cat bowl
3) eight micro cans of Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free entrees
4) a Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag.

Enter via Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Remember, don’t just get happy. #GetHealthyHappy!


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.™, but Ruckus the Eskie only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


52 comments:

  1. Chasing each other in the yard. I would choose the dog prize

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  2. LOL hope you are not felling crabby Ruckus. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly.

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  3. Games of chase at the dog park. Or the roll all over mom as soon as she sits on the couch game. Dog bundle

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  4. I love going bicycling with my dog! And I would love to dog prize pack if I won! :)

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  5. Playing with their squeaky toys is what they like doing. Even though Kota is 14 years old he still likes his toys.

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  6. I forgot to put on my last comment that the dog bundle is what we would like.

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  7. My favorite bonding activity with my dogs is when we play together. I would love the dog bundle.

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  8. What a great giveaway!!! Shame it is U.S only!!! I wish everyone good luck!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  9. Walks are the favorite. I'd like the dog prize please.

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  10. My favorite bonding activity, is currently when our pet puppy wakes up. She is calm and cuddly. If I won, I'd choose the dog package.

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  11. Doing agility with Shiloh has created a much deeper bond between us than I ever could have imagined. So I'd want to win the dog bundle for him.

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  12. Jedi and I like hiking the arboretum. I'm thankful for the cooler weather coming this way, allowing us to spend more time in the woods.

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  13. I love walking with my dogs!

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  14. My favorite bonding activity is playing with our cat's, with his favorite piece of ribbon.

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  15. My cat and I have been together for 15 years now, so everything we do is a bonding activity—he especially likes to chase toys that I throw for him! And for him, I would like to win the cat bundle!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  16. I like to lay on the floor with my dog. I pet him and talk to him. He loves it. I would want the dog bundle.

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  17. My favorite bonding time is a long walk in the woods or around the creek with my dog. If I won i'd be happy with either bundle as I have one dog and two cats. I guess if I choose it'd be the cat bundle.

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  18. My cat doesn't like going for car rides so we usually just get some of his toys out and he runs around and chases them.

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  19. Throwing n fetching sticks with my puppy dogs is a plus !!!!!!! Dog Bundle Please ....TY

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  20. My cat and bond when I brush her fur and play with her. If I win, I would want the cat bundle.

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  21. I love taking my dogs Geocaching with my family! I would love to have a dog bundle.

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  22. My dog loves to curl up next to me when I have a blanket, I always share the blanket with her. I would want the dog bundle.

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  23. My favorite activity is playing with the Bean to keep her active. We'd love the dog prize!

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  24. We like going of long walks. I would pick the dog prize.

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  25. i love cuddling my cats!
    i would prefer the cat bundle!

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  26. If I win I definately want the dog bundle. I have eight dogs, including three rescues who would enjoy the dog bundle. My favorite bonding activities with the dogs are both grooming time and snuggle time. Most of my dogs are long haired too.....as all but two of my dogs are shelties. Like your baby, mine enjoy grooming time too as like you, I have a tendency to be silly with them too. Loved the video...I've done the same thing with my shelties! They also think it's fun. Thanks for the chance to win

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  27. Cuddling with my pets is my favorite bonding activity.

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  28. My favourite bonding activity with Beamer is napping together, hehe. We spoon :)

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  29. michelle cavanaughOctober 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Hanging out and napping with my guys is our favorite. I would choose the dog package

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  30. our bonding time is sitting together or playing with one of his toys oh and by by time i would choose the dog package thumper would love this hes a yr old pom pom pomeranian...thanks for this chance

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  31. I just love playing with the girls...no matter what we are doing...being together! The dog package would be best! :)

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  32. I love taking her for walks, it makes her so happy to be outside and running around! I would choose the dog package :)

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  33. I play "tag" with both of my pets we will chase each other around the house or yard. I would want the dog package!

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  34. We like to go for walks! I'd choose a dog package

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  35. Would love to win the dog pack! I love just snuggling with my big ol' baby and watching him snooze...haha! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    jamieandandre at charter dot net

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  36. I love long walks with our dog and playing with his favorite sparkly toy with my cat. I would want the kitty bundle.

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  37. I like to play with my cat with a feather on a string. I would like the cat bundle.

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  38. My favorite bonding activity is letting my cat become a collar while I'm working in the garden. She wraps herself around my neck and purrs like crazy. The kitty bundle please.

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  39. I like taking the dogs for walks, but if I won, I think I'd choose the cat prize for our cat instead.

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  40. My favorite bonding times are play time, when we can roll, I can watch the meow s interact, and nap, when they lay by me, purr, knead, snuggle, meow; I would choose the cat pack

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  41. I like to do a pack walk outside. I would love to have a dog bundle :)

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  42. My favorite bonding activity with my dogs is just to cuddle with them. I would want the dog bundle. Thanks!

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  43. My favorite activities with my dogs are hiking and then running. I would not ever consider doing either without them - nor would they let me back in the house if I did. I would love the dog package - or should I say my 3 dogs would love the dog package!

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  44. Cuddling. My lil guy is a cuddler and he just loves when it is time to watch a little TV and cuddle up on the couch. I would of course choose the dog pack.

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  45. Just hanging out watching tv with my daughters dogs with all of them(3) on me or around me. I'd choose the dog pack. Thank you for the chance :)
    sue-hull64(at)comcast(dot)net

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  46. my cat and I usually snuggle up together while I read a good book, and he snoozes on my lap. I'd prefer the cat package.

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  47. Braveheart the cheagleOctober 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    My dog loves playing fetch with his stuffed animals! That and napping. All day.

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  48. I love to pet my cats, or play fetch with the two of them that like to play fetch. One prefers old baby bottle nipples, the other prefers thick hair bands. *shrugs* Of course, as a cat person, I'd want the cat bundle! :D

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  49. I love a good nap with my pup! Id chose the Dog package

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