Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Little Extras = Happy Pets Giveaway #GetHealthyHappy

Regular vet visits and good nutrition is a great first step -- and a strong foundation --  to keeping your pet healthy. But it's those little extras that can make all the difference in enriching the life of your pet and making them an extra special member of your family for a long, long time.

We've put together a list of five LITTLE ways to make a BIG impact in your pet's life so you can enjoy the bond you have for year's to come.

Then read all the way down for some special offers from the folks at Hill's Science Diet AND a very special Little Extras Giveaway!

1. Play with your pets to enrich their lives both mentally AND physically

Play is a great way to encourage your pets to get up and get moving, but it also provides much-needed mental stimulation and the perfect way to interact WITH your pets.

I love to play interactive games with Rocco like find it games or box games. Dog and cats also enjoy a good game with a flirt pole or any type of toy at the end of a string or a pole that they can chase.

The key is to mix it up to keep things interesting! Rotate the toys you play with to keep things fresh and stimulating for your pets.

Rocco has fun hiding in a box!


2. Provide positive reinforcement to good behavior

Rocco loves to be told how smart he is, but I think he loves it even more if that can be reinforced with a tasty treat!

We like to keep a variety of healthy treats on hand to use in short, frequent training sessions and to reward good behaviors.

Hill's offers a variety of tasty treats to help keep training time fun!















3. Give your pet a special place to call their own

Pet beds come in all sorts of styles and fabrics to complement your home's decor, and they also provide a comfy resting spot and a safe haven for your pet.

For cats, consider one that offers seclusion or fits into a favorite resting place. A cat tower can provide the high vantage point your feline enjoys.

For dogs, make sure to choose a durable bed - especially if your dog is a chewer - and one that can easily be washed.  Rocco has his beds and special places all over the house, and he loves to cozy up in his crate too!

This bed does double duty as an end table!
4. Start a grooming routine soon as you get your pet

I started brushing and combing Rocco when he was a little pup, and also got him using to having his feet touched and his toenails clipped. If you plan to use a blow dryer on your dog, first make sure it's not too hot, and you'll want to get your pup accustomed to the sound and feel of it.

Using treats and praise when you groom can help your pet associate the time with a pleasurable experience.


Rocco gets groomed as a young pup
5. Accessorize for style and safety

A collar and a good leash are essential and there also are lots of styles to choose from. You can even personalize a collar or a tag to help identify your dog in case he ever gets lost.

If you have questions or need advice about any little extra that you’d like to give your pet, a perfect opportunity is at your pet’s annual checkup with your veterinarian. Don’t forget about the chance to win $100 towards your next vet checkup from Hill’s Science Diet!

Hill's is also offering a $10 off promotion on select Hill's Science Diet products for both dogs and cats.


Win a Little Extras prize pack from Hill's for your cat or dog

To celebrate these little extras, Hill’s is providing a special giveaway for our readers. Two readers will win a dog OR cat "Little Extras Bundle". Here is what's included in the prize packages:

For dogs:
  • Stainless steel dog bowl
  • A bag of Hill's Science Diet Dental Chews
  • A bag of Hill's Science Diet dog treats
  • Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag
For cats:
  • Stainless steel cat bowl
  • Laser pointer toy
  • Eight micro cans of Hill's Science Diet Grain Free entrees
  • Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag
Enter via the giveaway widget below. Get started by simply adding your name and email address to the widget, and then press the blue arrows to reveal the various entry options.

Good luck!




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 To Dog With Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. 

44 comments:

  1. What don't I do for them? We go on special trips to the pet store

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  2. Good luck to all with the giveaway. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. Wow Rocco, what a generous prize.
    my cat loves everything science diet and can't wait to try a micro can entree. even though she propably will want two or three...
    wish us luck

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  4. I let them be therapy dogs for head injury patients. They love it!

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  5. My older dogs cld certainly benefit from the dental chews & I could use the training treats for my 5 mo old puppy who seems to b quick @ learning new stuff so im excited about teaching her lots of tricks & commands

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  6. We make sure our little extras are daily walks, snuggle time, kisses, indoor play time and socializing with other pups :)

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  7. my pups little extras daily walks and party's for her Bday

    my cats little extras lots of play and more party's!

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  8. I bake Luma pumpkin cookies to help when she has an upset tummy :)

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  9. My 2 are getting old now so its harder for them to walk up and down the hills we live in. The little extra I give them is their treats that I them when they come in from outside.

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  10. Get them treats and special cat food.

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  11. The Lil Extra Thing I Do For My Doggie Is Taking Him To Trips Everywhere I Go He Comes Along He Love Visiting His Cousins In Houston And In Brownsville..Just To Show Him He Is Extra Special To Me!! Love Blue A Lot!!

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  12. My kitty boys are very smart and love to play fetch. They play sneak attack and chase each other. We play toys and they get a lot of attention and treats.

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  13. My five dogs and three cats are my life. There isn't anything I wouldn't do for them. Yes, I spoil them, but not in a bad way. They are spoiled with love more than with things, although they have plenty of toys and get plenty of treats. I love buying and making toys and treats for them. I bought a cat tower for the cats and it's one of the best investments I've ever made. They get plenty of use out of it.

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  14. The little extras I do for Schooner and Skipper...I make sure I hug and kiss them good bye every morning. After I get home we play ball and run around the backyard playing catch me if you can. We snuggle very night and I tell them how much I love them and they are my babies!

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  15. OMGOSH puppy Rocco was such a little floofball!
    My little extras...tons of bellyrubs! And adventures to places with lots of grass for rolling around in like a crazy dog.

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    1. He's still a floofball, but he was a much smaller fluff! hehe!

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  16. A yummy giveaway!! Where did you get the end table bed? We need it
    Lily & Edward

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    1. We found it at Glamour Paws in Atlanta! I found one online here: http://www.allmodern.com/The-Refined-Canine-The-Igloo-Deluxe-End-Table-Dog-Dome-IGL-FR-DX-ES-TRC1011.html?csnpt=SS81-TRC1011&SSAID=822416&refid=SS822416&df=1 You absolutely DO need one!

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  17. We have two dogs but I often only take one for a walk or to training and leave the other home. Whenever one has to get left behind, I leave them with a kong filled with peanut butter and apple slices. :)

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  18. She gets walks daily and special treats.

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  19. We go on special trips, have lots of play time together and they get cooked meals.

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  20. We go to all the dog events around town. This includes Yappy Hour, end of the year pool parties, Howl-o-ween events and the canine games.

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  21. I like to make homemade treats for my furkids. They get something extra on their kibble during dinner time. Like chicken broth or rice or a little piece of meat. I wash their bowls after every meal. They get groomed several times a week and I wash their bedding at least once a week. Usually get it done when I change the sheets on our bed.

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  22. I make my Olivia Puppy Ice cream. I spend hours entering contest for her to get things I might not normally be able to on my budget. Getting her all the goodies she needs.

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  23. We now have two different cat towers because one of our cats liked to hog the first one we had and not share with the other two cats. I try to take time each day to give each cat some solo attention without the other cats around.

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  24. I make sure they get to do or have what they love most from making sure they get to have favorite treats or attention and cuddles.

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  25. I found out I have a dog that loves water so we take him to the pond often.

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  26. We love to take our boston to the pet store. Anytime, we go out we stop by Sonic and get her a cup of ice water. She loves their water for some reason.

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  27. I try to always remember that they spend their days waiting to do fun things with me, and need an outlet for energy and something to keep their minds occupied. So I try to do many "little things" with them through the day.

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  28. Our girls love swimming so we try to take them as much as possible in the summer.

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  29. Just giving them a little bit of a pet when they are sleeping on their beds as I walk by them gives them that little unexpected extra and connects with them. Other than that, they are always the focal point of my life.

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  30. I give my dog little extras by taking him for walks, letting him go with me in the car to pickup kids from school (he is buckled in for safety), giving him high quality treats and food, and lots of love and attention.

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  31. I take him to the park daily when its not raining or too cold for him!!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  32. I take my dogs for car rides and I also give them special frozen treats!

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  33. I have 2 cats and feed them treats almost all the time.

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  34. i spoil my cats. i buy them toys galore and cat nip. they also get to sleep in my bed.

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  35. I sit down and play with them and make sure they have everything they want and need!

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  36. Treat them as part of the family...

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  37. Based on a recent survey of owners by the APPA, nearly 1 / 2 of dogs and 62% of cats sleep within their adult owner's beds.
    Is your bed the gathering
    home spot for those these animals when nightfall arrives? Many people love snuggling with their pet while they sleep. Sleeping domestic pets help them feel secure, comfortable, and loved. The survey discovered that 62% of small canines, 41% of medium-sized dogs as well as 32% of large dogs sleep using their owners; another 13% of felines sleep with children.

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