Shop at Our Paws & Claws Pet Supply Store
Whether you’ve just adopted a new friend or you’re just looking for a great place to shop for pet products, be sure to remember Santa Maria Valley Humane Society’s on-site retail store, the Paws & Claws Boutique! The store is located inside the Edwin & Jeanne Woods Animal Care Complex, 1687 West Stowell Road, Santa Maria, CA 93458 and is open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday.
Our pet supply store carries the basics like collars and leashes, litter boxes, grooming supplies and the full Purina® ProPlan line of dog and cat foods. The paws & Claws Boutique specializes in interactive food puzzle games like KONG® and Busy Buddy® for dogs and Jackson Galaxy® toys for cats. Our on-site behavior experts and trainers can recommend the best harnesses and training equipment for every dog or cat.
KONG® Basics for Dogs
Most dogs need to learn to use a KONG Classic. Follow these steps to ensure your dog knows how to enjoy all the benefits of this popular toy.
- SIZE FOR SAFETY
It’s important to use the right size KONG so that your dog can have the safest, most enjoyable experience. Not sure where to start on sizing? Check out the KONG User Guide.
- ENGAGE TO ENSURE SUCCESS
Get your dog excited about their new KONG. Show it off and talk about it excitedly; maybe even play a little hard-to-get to pique their interest and show them what their new toy can do.
- STUFF TO ENTICE AND EXTEND PLAYTIME
Many dogs are motivated by food and KONG toys are perfect for stuffing with treats or kibble to keep dogs busy. The key is to stuff loosely so that the food will come out of the toy easily. To entice your dog, try using a little bit of peanut butter or their favorite treat in the KONG.
- FREEZE FOR GREATER CHALLENGE
Over time, your dog will learn how to get treats out of the KONG quickly. To increase the challenge, put together a mixture of wet and dry ingredients, stuff the KONG and freeze it. A frozen KONG heightens the experience by creating a long-lasting, mentally stimulating task. Wondering what to freeze in your dog’s KONG?
Play with your Cat!
Now is a purr-fect time to recommit to the basics of improving your cat’s health and happiness. “Cat Daddy” Jackson Galaxy recommends playing with your cat. Here are Jackson’s basic tips:
Tip #1 – PLAY THERAPY
Play with your cat every day! Dog owners have to walk their dogs, right? Cat guardians, you must play with your cats! This is a necessity. If you only have 10-15 minutes, that works (but of course your cat would love more time than this if you have it).
Remember, cats are motivated by their primal instincts to hunt, catch, kill, and eat. They need to release this energy, and if they don’t, that’s when some pesky behavior can start (scratching furniture or your legs, knocking things off the shelves, etc.).
When the term “play” is used, it means really play! Don’t just place an interactive toy on the floor in front of them and text chat on your phone or toss a ball with a bell down the hall. Be fully engaged. Take on the role of the bird, be the mouse, be the prey and run around with them. This is what you have to do to bring out their raw cat hunting mojo. If you want to really see that cat mojo going, playing is the way to go!
Tip #2 – BOIL AND SIMMER
Cats aren’t long distance runners, short sprints are more their thing. So when you’re playing, the best game plan is a short burst of time, then let them simmer down, then bring them up to a boil again (and so-on). Now your cat should be tired-out. After play is a good time to feed your cat.