Laser pointers can be a great way for dogs and cats to get exercise on days of inclement weather. Many dogs and cats love to chase the little red dot around the room. Even the laziest animals will get up for the laser pointer. There are a few things to remember when using safety practices with the laser around your pets. First, make sure the laser is not too powerful and can accidentally damage your pet. According to the FDA, the highest power acceptable to use around animals is 10 milliwatts. Also, never shine the laser in your pets eyes. Another idea to think about during play is to use a real toy that can be caught in conjunction with the laser pointer. Animals may get frustrated because they cannot physically ever catch the laser, so it is important to give them something that is real and they can have as a prize at the end of the game. Also, you may hide treats in nooks and crannies and end the laser in those locations and your pet ends up with a goodie as well. Some dogs may get overstimulated and laser pointers may not be such a great idea for them, while other pets may not care a lick in the world about it. Each pet is different and all you can do is see what your individual animal likes. As a pet sitter, I have several clients with Gwinnett Pet Watchers that love the laser pointer. Not only is it entertainment for the pets, but it is fun for us to watch as well!
As I go about my business as a dog sitter & pet walker, I travel all around Gwinnett County and spend a lot of time with my dogs hanging out in the parks. Just read what J. Faith Meader writes in the Examiner,
Gwinnett County boasts one of the largest park systems in Georgia. At the national level, it has one of the most successful greenspace programs in the country, made possible by the one-cent sales tax of SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). Fortunately, the efforts of the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Department have not gone unrecognized. The National Recreation and Parks Association presented the county with the 2008 Gold Medal Award for its excellence. In 2009, Park Pride announced Gwinnett County as a winner of its inspiration award.
In this series we will be exploring Gwinnett County’s Parks from “a dog’s eye.” We will be taking a look at how pet friendly they are and all the cool things you can do at each of them. We will also keep you aware of upcoming events that you and your dog(s) might enjoy.
Below is a map of the parks in the Gwinnett County area. Take a look, I’m sure you can find one close to where you work, live or play. Let us know what’s going on in the park that you frequent the most.
|Note: Numbers next to park name indicate location on map.