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Bonfire Night Survival Guide

28 November 2018 / Posted in: Blog Posts

With Bonfire Night arriving in a few days’ time, we have created a handy list of tips to make the night as enjoyable as possible for both you and your dog.

  • Try to walk your dog earlier in the day before the fireworks start. If you are concerned that fireworks might go off when you’re walking, keep the lead on.

  • Always keep your dog indoors during fireworks and close the curtains to cover flashing lights from outside

  • You can place some of your clothes around to keep them calm.

  • Did you know that dogs drink more when they are worried? Make sure you fill their water bowl up.

  • If loud noises are a recurring problem with your dog, speak to your vet in preparation about calming products. They let off a ‘dog appeasing pheromone’ and can help your dog to feel calm.

  • Dogs may like to hide in a place where they feel safe, this might be under a table or bed. Try not to disturb them once they have found a safe spot.

  • If your dog is panting, drooling, shaking or putting their tail between their legs, they’re stressed.  Try turning the TV or radio on to muffle the noise, not too loud though!

  • Remember that praising your dog whilst they’re distressed will only make their phobia worse.

  • Finally, stay calm and give your dog lots of praise when it’s all over.

                                                                                                                                                   

Royal Three Counties show 2018

14 June 2018 / Posted in: Blog Posts

If you are coming to the Royal Three Counties show this year, please come and see us! We are Avenue D 839.

Crufts 2018

20 February 2018 / Posted in: Blog Posts

If you are coming to Cruft's this year make sure you pop by and say hello! We will be in our usual spot, Hall 3 Stand 88!

                                                                                             

Discover Dogs 2017

18 October 2017 / Posted in: Blog Posts

If you are coming to Discover Dogs this year make sure you pop by and say hello! We will be in stand 126!

Autumn Dog Tips

07 November 2016 / Posted in: Blog Posts

Most dogs love this time of year, rain can make smells more exciting on a walk and they love to explore and get abit muddy! We need to make sure our pups stay happy and safe during this change in weather, here are a few tips for Autumn with your dog!

Walking with your dog
After each walk be sure to check your dog’s paws specifically between their pads and toes for hardened mud and stones. Cleaning your pups paws with some warm water will help remove any mud and prevent salt from causing any irritation.

If your dog feels the cold easily, kit them out with a warm waterproof dog coat. Even if your dog does not feel the cold it may be an idea to invest in a waterproof jacket with the unpredictable weather we have here!
Don’t forget to treat yourself to some warm clothes too; you want to enjoy the walk as much as your best friend does!

Walking in the dark
As the nights draw in more and many dog owners now walking their pets in the dark, it is important to make sure that you can be seen by oncoming traffic. Wearing reflective clothing is the best way to ensure you are seen, you can even buy dog collars that light up so your pup can be seen too!

Keeping the outdoors, outside
Your dog going for walks and toilet breaks in wet weather is bound to get a little muddy. One option when your dog is going for a toilet break in the garden is to buy a special doormat that traps any mud and water, this will save them leaving a muddy paw print trail around your house!

It is not only the inside of your house that suffers with muddy paws, your car boot will definitely get put through its paces if you and your pooch go on regular walks no matter what the weather is like outside. The VersaLiner will provide your car with high sided, heavy duty protection to keep your car boot just as clean as when you first got your car.

What to take with you on a dog walk

26 January 2016 / Posted in: Blog Posts

It is always a good idea to take a bag with you on your walks packed with basic supplies. There is a fair few items on the list, do not threat you do not need to take every single item with you if your walking fairly close to home or your car. If you are a few miles away from help then it is better to be prepared and take more of items with you. 

Must have items to take with you... 

  • Make sure that your dog is microchipped and is wearing a collar with an ID tag 
  • Plenty of water 
  • Treats (for you and the dog!)
  • Whistle if required for recall, it is also useful if you need to call for help too
  • Poo bags
  • Mobile phone with full battery in case you need to ring for help

Items to have in your car or easily accessible at home... 

  • Blankets and towels 
  • Cooling mat, especially useful in hot weather 
  • First aid kit 
  • Boot Buddy VersaLiner - keep your car boot protected from all of the muck and mess that comes with taking your four legged friend on a walk!

Getting fit with your pooch

21 January 2016 / Posted in: Blog Posts

Getting fit is probably one of the most common new year's resolutions. The key to getting in good shape is to make sure you have fun whilst you're doing it and what better way to get fit than with your four legged friend?

Walking
Going for a walk is one of the most effective forms of exercise, both for you and your dog. It is very easy to do as you do not need any special equipment to go for a walk (apart from a lead and poo bags of course!)
If you find your starting to get bored when going for a walk, mix it up and try a new route or visit a new forest/park for a change of scenery. Don't forget to have your VersaLiner fitted in your car boot to keep your car boot clean from the inevitable, muddy paws! 

Running 
Similarly to walking running requires no equipment and you and your four legged friend get to enjoy the great outdoors while increasing stamina and strengthening your muscles. Remember to let your dog stop and explore the different smells of where your running. 

Cycling 
If your dog is so full of energy your worried he may pull your arm off why not give cycling a go. You will need to get the essentials such as a non-tangling lead, a body harness, a reflective vest for your pooch and water bottles for both you and your dog. Make sure you get your pup used to the bike before going out on your adventures, walking along with the bike with your dog on the other side so that he can get used to the bike. Doing practice runs with the bike and using the commands for slowing down, stopping and getting your dogs attention back to you are vital, over time they will become used to these. 
Remember this isn't a race, pedal at a pace that your dog can keep up with easily!

And most of all, have fun! A healthy lifestyle awaits you and your pooch in 2016!

What to do if your car is broken down

07 January 2016 / Posted in: Blog Posts

If your car brakes down when you are on the road, it can often leave you in a sticky situation. Especially if you are on the motorway! 

Get Off The Road
If it is safe to do so, getting your car moved off the road should be one of your first moves when breaking down. This will prevent causing an obstruction on the road. 

If your on the motorway you should try to come to a stop on the hard shoulder, trying to come to a stop as far to the left of the lane as possible. If you cannot get your vehicle onto the hard shoulder, stay in your car. Although this may be nerve racking it is safer to stay in the car with cars zooming past you then to attempt getting out and make sure you call for help immediately. 

Make Other Drivers Aware That You Are There
If you are on the hard shoulder, switch on your hazard warning lights. If it is darker you can make your vehicle more visible to other drivers by turning on an interior light. 

When getting out of the car, make sure you exit via the left hand doors. If you have a reflective jacket or piece of clothing, now is the time to wear it. 

Keep yourself and passengers safe by staying the other side of the safety barriers, if there is a grass verge stay on this completely out of the way of fast moving traffic. 

Call For Help
Do not attempt to fix the car yourself, once you are a safe distance from the car call your vehicle recovery company using your mobile phone or an emergency telephone box if it is close. 

You should also call the police to inform them of the situation if your vehicle is causing an obstruction and putting others at risk. 

 

 

Excersise Your Dog Inside with these Bad Weather Boredom Busters

01 October 2015 / Posted in: Blog Posts

As much as we would love for the weather to be perfect all of the time, mother nature seems to think otherwise. In the Summer its too warm, in the Winter its too cold and typical of the UK it almost always seems to be raining!!!


It's very important for your dogs well-being to regularly exercise and sometimes that means exercising indoors! At a glance there isn't a fat lot of physical exercise that can be done inside the average house, but we have come up with a few ways to make exercise in your house easy for your four legged friend. 10-15 minutes of mental stimulation, an activity where your pooch has to concentrate and really think about the game infront of them is about as exhausting as half an hour of walking or playing. 

So if the weather isn't cooperating, try this mental and physical exercise tips! 

1) Brain Games and Dog Puzzles
Did you know there are tons of games and puzzles designed for dogs? Simple treat dispensing toys that require interaction from your pooch to problem solving games to encourage your dog to think about how they can retrieve the delicious treats hidden. A simple DIY treat game for your dog can be made from a muffin tray and several tennis balls, place treats in the bottom of the tray and place tennis balls ontop to hide the treats. Your pup will be able to smell the treats and will have to figure out how to retrieve them. 

2) Tug of war
A simple tug toy and a game of tug of war will not take up a lot of room, but it will use a lot of your pups energy! 

3) Trick Training 
Teaching your dogs the basics of obedience skills such as sit, down and come make the most of your time inside with your dog and teach them some more advanced skills such as stay and speak. Once you have these mastered step it up and try tricks such as paw and roll over, this will strengthen your bond with your dog and you will have some great fun showing off what you've taught. Not to forget your dog will LOVE being rewarded for learning their new behaviours. 

4) Laser Pointer
You can buy laser pointers for a couple of pounds from your local pet shop, shine it back and forth around your living room and watch as your dog chases the laser around. Be careful to avoid shining the laser directly in a dogs eyes, as this can cause damage. 

Planning a summer road trip

23 July 2015 / Posted in: Blog Posts

With the 6 week summer school holidays finally here, your car is going to be used a hell of alot for summer road trips. We have the Do's and Don'ts of planing for a summer road trip! 🚘

Do make a plan for your journey, but make sure its flexible. Making sure you know where your going and what times you will be leaving/arriving is a great start, however when driving with kids there are bound to be delays (and about 10 toilet stops within the first few hours!) so make sure you keep this in mind when setting your schedule. 

Don't schedule your journey down to the last minute. As mentioned above this is a recipe for disaster, delays are bound to pop up. Keeping your schedule as more of a guideline is ideal as you'll have time for expected events. 

Do provide snacks and entertainment for childrenthere is nothing worse than hearing "Are we there yet?" and "I'm hungry" over and over again. So bring plenty of snacks and a variety of games to keep the kids happy and entertained throughout the journey, this will create a peacefull enviroment for the driver. 

Don't bring sugary snacks. Unless you want your children bouncing of the walls in the back of your vehicle, keep the sugary drinks and snacks away from long journeys!

Do bring a Sat Nav. This handy little gadget will get you to where you want to be with ease, it will also show you current speed limits, petrol sations and rest stops along the way. Just make sure your maps are updated regularly to account for road works!

Don't rely on just one method of mapping. Just incase your Sat Nav decides to play up or you have forgotten the charging lead make sure you have a paper map in your car just incase, it may be tedious to use but you'll be gratefull if you end up stranded somewhere! 

Do travel during the summer, there's nothing better than taking a road trip in the sun or simply taking your dog to the park for a long summers walk. If your travelling with your dog, don't forget to keep your car boot clean with our VersaLiner.