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3 Things I bet you didn't know about... Pets Need A Life Too!

Posted in 3 Things I bet you didn't know @ Apr 17th 2019 - By Gillian Shippen, Nurse Manager & Director Pets Need A Life Too
3 Things I Bet You Didnt Know About

Pets Need A Life Too is a one-stop-shop dedicated to enriching the lives of pets by sourcing & supplying unique environmental enrichment products & toys of all types for all pets. 

1. They are absolute experts at.....

Behaviour enrichment!

It is their passion and sometimes they forget just how much of a passion it is until they're able to help someone with a problem. Behaviour enrichment is slowly starting to be recognised as an important part of managing animal behaviour. 

The founder and director of Pets Need A Life Too, Gillian Shippen became interested in behaviour enrichment for a variety of reasons. Firstly, she welcomed a Rottweiler into her family at a time when the breed was gaining a bad reputation in the media. She felt she had a point to prove that they were a great breed in the right hands - just like any breed of dog (she grew up with Chihuahua’s – also a very much maligned breed). She was determined her boy would be a nuisance to no one and so taught herself about behaviour enrichment at a time when enrichment was not focused on. 

Her education at that time involved attending any behaviour related seminar or conference she could possibly get to - all of which made her realise she would be utterly hopeless at training people to train their dogs. Training animals she could do, training people - not so much!

But her passion for behaviour enrichment has only grown and she can now wax lyrically about how an animal interacts with items within their environment and why. She loves watching an animal work out their new behaviour enrichment toy and seeing their body language change as their confidence grows. It's an even better feeling when the pet owner reports back on the delight and change in an animal’s demeanour

She also rejoices in seeing the change in demeanour when she help pets regain their mobility with wheelchairs – mobility and disability support to her is an integral part of behaviour enrichment. 

2. The one thing that makes them different from their competitors is....

Pets Need A Life Too specialises in figuring out which toy would best suit an individual animal's needs – Gillian doesn't just want to sell her favourite toys, because she understands that her favourites (or rather her pet's favourites!) may not work for a different animal.  

Unlike pet stores that do not really know the enrichment value of their products – Pets Need A Life Too understands how each item works, their benefits and their pitfalls. Gillian is able to advise pet owners on how to get the best use out of any item. 

Free consultation service for pet owners

Pets Need A Life Too offers a free consultation service to help people choose the right toy for their pet. This process starts with questions to find out what their specific goals are for their pet: is the owner after something they can “set and forget” or are they after something they can work with their pet together? What do they already do to provide behaviour enrichment and how does the pet respond? What kind of property does the owner have? How much space do they have inside and out? 

Then moves on to questions regarding the pet: breed, age, sex, what kind of diet they have, how they interact with things in their environment, how they play with existing toys, their confidence levels, reaction to noise, etc. All of this information is essential in gaining the right information so the most appropriate toys can be suggested for that pet. 

Behaviour enrichment is not just about toys

Pets Need A Life Too also stocks wheelchairs and other products, services and support for disabled, injured and aging pets. Gillian believes that our aging, disabled, and injured pets are family and deserve to live happy healthy lives so for veterinary clients who are caring for an aging, disabled, or injured pet, Pets Need A Life Too is the right place!

They also stock many disability support products to make your client’s life easier while keeping their pet mobile, safe, healthy, and ready to enjoy life! Their range is constantly expanding as the need for disability support for pets is becoming much more widely and readily accepted.

Pets Need A Life Too pride themselves in their honesty in the information and recommendations they provide to clients with respect to both their toys and disability support aids. Gillian is a veterinary nurse with over 25 year’s experience, which means veterinarians can be confident that she will assist their client referrals by suggesting the best disability support to suit the needs of the patient and their client. 

3. They can make your life easier by....

Pets Need A Life Too stocks the very best enrichment toys, mobility and disability support aids so veterinary clinics do not have to. 

Every veterinary clinic has only so much room for merchandise display and only so much time to discuss the merits of the merchandise, so you don’t want to waste precious space on stock that moves slowly. Pets Need A Life Too stocks a wide range of niche and therefore often slow moving behaviour enrichment and disability support products so you can free up your merchandising space to be more productive. 

You can feel secure and confident in the knowledge that the behaviour enrichment, mobility and disability support needs of your patients will be properly seen to with compassion, dedication and honesty.

Find out more about Pets Need A Life Too! by visiting their Page in our Business Directory 

 

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