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Industry Leaders Speak on Employee Satisfaction and Your Bottom Line

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PSC has released a new video.

The Pet Sustainability Coalition has released a new video with pet industry leaders weighing in on the importance of employee satisfaction to your bottom line.

All businesses want to attract and retain top talent. And in turn, top talent wants to work for a company that is driven by a purpose that closely aligns with their own set of values.

In a recent Fast Company article, Facebook reported that the most direct indicators of satisfaction for their employees are whether they believe in the company’s future, whether they feel aligned with the company’s vision and mission, and how confident employees are that the company is making the world a better place.

Workers who are fulfilled at work deliver a wide variety of benefits to their companies including increased innovation, fewer sick days, higher productivity, lower medical costs, and higher retention rates. Businesses who are able to provide a sense of purpose at work will dominate the market moving forward.

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In a video produced by the Pet Sustainability Coalition, hear from Spencer Williams, CEO of West Paw Design, who talks about the value of empowering employees through transparency. Learn from Dennis O’Donnel from PAW5 who implemented a living wage for all employees while doubling profits. Sujan Shrestha talks about how human well-being is the lifeblood of the Himalayan Dog Chew company. And finally, icon Rebecca Hamilton from Badger Company shares how treating employees like family is good for business.

So, how healthy is your businesses when it comes to employee well-being? At the Pet Sustainability Coalition, employee well-being is one of the primary categories of sustainability performance. The organization can help you create a great place to work while enjoying measurable business benefits in the process. Coalition members get an objective look at how your business performance compares to more than 50,000 other businesses around the world. Find out more at www.petsustainability.org, and check out the video here: www.bit.ly/PSCengagingemployees

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This webinar, held on November 7, 2019, is the second in a series from PSC discussing how retailers can establish sustainable practices in their business. Moderated by PSC’s Andrea Czobor, the webinar unveils data behind the increasing consumer demand for sustainable products, what retailers have to gain from connecting with these purpose driven consumers, and a new PSC program that makes finding these products easier for retailers.

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US Pet Food Spending Falls to $28.9B

The segment accounts for 37% of total US pet spending.

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Pet food spending in the U.S. fell by 7.3 percent in 2018 to $28.85 billion, according to the Pet Business Professor blog.

The $2.27 billion decrease stood in contrast to 2017, when food spending grew by $4.6 billion “due to a deeper market penetration of super premium foods,” the blog’s John Gibbons writes.

A small increase in pet food spending had been anticipated in 2018. The unexpected decrease “was likely due to the reaction to the FDA warning on grain free dog food,” Gibbons explained, noting: “A pattern of over 20 years was broken by 1 statement.”

Pet food spending has been choppy since 1997, with the general pattern being “2 years up then spending goes flat or turns downward for a year,” according to the blog.

Total pet spending in the U.S. climbed by 1.9 percent in 2018 to reach $78.6 billion, according to the blog. The pet food segment accounts for 37 percent of total U.S. pet spending.

 

 

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Video: Brave Housecat Fends Off 3 Coyotes

This feline showed moxie.

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A cat in the Highland Park neighborhood could have been in serious trouble when three coyotes came along.

But Max, who belongs to Maya Gurrin, showed amazing courage, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Max was surrounded, and the coyotes were nipping at him. But Max showed no fear. He even caused one of the coyotes to back away and jump onto a nearby wall.

“He’s always been crazy,” Gurrin said. “Like, if this were to happen with any cat, it would be him.”

The entire scene was captured on security camera.

As tough as Max may be, his owners have nonetheless decided not to let him roam outdoors anymore.

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Dogs May Be More Perceptive Than We Ever Realized, Study Finds

Even untrained strays can read human gestures.

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Dogs seem to be able to interpret human gestures even when they’ve had no training, a new study has found.

As any dog owner knows, pet canines understand commands and gestures with ease. A group of researchers set out to determine whether these capabilities are innate or require training, according to a report from Frontiers Science News.

The researchers looked specifically at pointing, with Dr. Anindita Bhadra of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, India, and colleagues studing stray dogs in several Indian cities.

“The researchers approached solitary stray dogs and placed two covered bowls on the ground near them,” Frontieers Science News reports. “A researcher then pointed to one of the two bowls, either momentarily or repeatedly, and recorded whether the dog approached the indicated bowl.”

About 80 percent of participating dogs successfully followed pointing gestures.

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“We thought it was quite amazing that the dogs could follow a gesture as abstract as momentary pointing,” Bhadra was quoted saying. “This means that they closely observe the human, whom they are meeting for the first time, and they use their understanding of humans to make a decision. This shows their intelligence and adaptability.”

The research was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

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