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7 Accessories Our Pets Probably Secretly Want

7  Accessories Our Pets Probably Secretly Want

There’s no doubt that our dogs and cats want nothing more than hugs, scratches behind the ear and on the stomach, and treats. Since we can’t communicate with our pets directly, how do we know what their needs (and wants) are? There’s no harm in treating them with material  things as long as they’re practical. Modern pets want to step up their game too. If we can wear in-season outfits, tinker with the latest gadgets, or lounge on the comfiest sofas, why can’t they?

Having a pet is quite complex. It’s not just about finding yourself company at home or something that’s decided on a whim. Considering it has to be fed, cared for and looked after, it’s almost like we’re being prepared for parenthood. When it comes to efficiency, accessories that are easy to store, space-conserving and durable will always win.

1. Barking in the Rain

Dogs are prone to sicknesses too, so making sure they are kept dry and warm during rainy season is a must. We can’t always rely on the climate to remain pleasant. Although there are no “rules” about our pets playing in the rain or snow, too much of it may be harmful.

Make the experience of walking your dog in the rain comfortable and enjoyable by giving them their own doggy umbrella. Famously styled after the transparent Japanese umbrellas, the umbrella made of clear material makes it easy for you to keep an eye on them. It comes with a leash too so you never have to worry about them wandering too far.

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    2. King of the Backseat

    Rather than keeping them attached to a leash with minimal freedom to move around, why not cover the backseats instead? We wouldn’t wish it on any pet, but restricting their movement by keeping them tied can lead to possible strangulation. Setting up a car seat cover allows them to roam around the back seat as much as they want without getting their fur everywhere. Plus, owners can drive without having to constantly look back and worry about the backseats being ruined.

    3. Cutely Carry Your Canine

    In terms of versatility, an accessory that doubles as a car seat, a plush pet bed and a carrier is a pretty good deal. This product has been tested the same way children’s car seats are proven reliable, so pet safety is guaranteed.

    Owners who feel bad about leaving their tiny pets behind rather than going through the hassle of carrying them around, this is your chance to make it up to them. It comes with a detachable mesh dome that keeps them from unpredictably jumping out. You can now carry them conveniently and in style.

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    Versions that fit under airplane seats and rest on top of suitcases are also available for jetsetter owner-pet duos. On the other hand, larger canines and felines have no choice but to trek by foot.

      4. Portable Pet Bowl Banquets

      Collapsible and made from silicone, this portable pet bowl saves you the trouble of fumbling for actual dining appliances in your purse.

      Although raw food and meat are good for our pets, we can’t always carry it around with us when traveling with them. Instead, replace the meat with healthy dog treats and drinking water for easier cleanup on the go. Keeping their tummies happy and hydrated has never been easier.

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      5. Chasing Lights with your Cats

      Pets will never say “No” to cuddle time and one-on-one interactions with their owners. As nocturnal animals, always expect your cat to eventually crawl into bed with you. Cats are touchy and clingy animals that constantly require attention (that’s if they’re not sleeping their day away). With the laser cat toy, your cat will have laser patterns to chase, pounce at and keep themselves busy even while you’re away. Set it up in a safe and spacious area so no mishaps occur while they’re busy frolicking.

        6. Track your Tail-wagger Twenty-Four Seven

        GPS technology is no longer limited to just vehicles and maps. If you can use GPS to find your car in a crowded parking lot, it can also be used to track your pets.

        The Nuzzle is a smart collar which keeps you up to date with your pet’s activities (both indoors and out). Choose to secure the collar with the built in tracker directly, or mount it on their already existing gear. This can be used on multiple pets and comes with a “geofence” feature so you’re notified if they roam a little too far away. Say goodbye to “lost pet” flyers, search parties and anxious stopovers at animal shelters.

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        Pets can benefit from technology too.

        7. Sturdy Pup Paraphernalia

        You want their toy to be fun, but also durable. For heavy chewers, toys that are tough last barely a few months. A pet toy should be made out of non-toxic material and be chunky so there’re no risks of accidentally swallowing some of its parts. Only you know your dog’s chewing strength; “indestructible” labels and persuasive marketing shouldn’t convince you too easily. Just like any material object, toys will reach their end eventually. Veer towards rubberized material or strong rope based toys.

        We all want the best for our canine companion, especially if you consider them your “baby”. No matter what pet we have, they guarantee that we will always have another source of joy, entertainment and most importantly, love. This is just one way for us to give back.

        Once you’ve gotten the hang of raising a pet, we can’t assure that having children should be any easier – nevertheless, as long as they get along, having both is definitely a blessing.

        Featured photo credit: Pexels.com via pexels.com

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        Last Updated on August 15, 2018

        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

        Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

        Video Summary

        Why is it important to train up our core strength?

        There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

        This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

        Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

        In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

        One Exercise, multiple benefits

        There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

        By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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        When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

        Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

        In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

        What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

        What will happen when you start doing planks every day

          1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

          Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

          • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
          • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
          • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
          • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

          2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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            Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

            Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

            3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

              Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

              4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                5. You’ll improve overall balance

                  Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                  6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                    Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                    7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                      Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                      How to hold a plank position

                      1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                      2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                      3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                      4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                      5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                      6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                      7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                      Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                      Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                        How to improve your plank time gradually

                        1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                        2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                        3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                        Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                        Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                        You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                        • Prolapse
                        • After prolapse surgery
                        • Pelvic pain conditions
                        • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                        • Previous childbirth
                        • Overweight

                        Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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