Keep up to date with all the Boot Buddy news...
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?
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!
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.
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.
#TongueOutTuesday Facebook Competition Winner
10 November 2015 / Posted in: Competition Winners
Ford EcoSport 2014 Boot Buddy
09 November 2015 / Posted in: New Products Added
The Ford EcoSport is an all-new compact off-road-style car aimed at a target audience that wants the high-riding position of a 4x4 but still wants something small enough to cope with the urban environment. It’s based on the Fiesta, which means it drives extremely well. In the main it’s a comfortable small car which has much to recommend it. We are delighted to announce that we now can offer our products for this vehicle.
The liner allows EcoSport owners to buy a perfect fitting liner to suit their wants and needs. You can really put your vehicle through its paces now without having to worry about damaging the boot upholstery.
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 children, there 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.
Keeping your dog cool in the summer
29 June 2015 / Posted in: Blog Posts
When our summer finally rolls around its important to find different ways to keep your dog cool and comfortable. Here is a few of our tips on how to keep your dog cool this summer...
1. Time your walks and exercise.
Although you may not feel like taking your four legged friend on a long walk when its nice and warm, your dog will still need their exercise. Try walking your dog in the early morning or late afternoon when it has cooled down abit, this will reduce the threat of overheating.
2. Using a paddling pool.
Not all dogs love water, but its worth a try to see if your dog does! Paddling pools are cheap and can be filled up and kept in the shade for your dog to stand, lay or play in when he gets warm. If you find the blowing up of a paddling pool too much hassle try throwing down a wet towel in the shade so that your pooch can rest on it too cool down.
3. Frozen treats and food.
In the summer months most pet stores will stock frozen treats for your pets. Putting ice cubes in your dogs water bowl will keep the water cool and refreshing for your dog, some dogs also enjoy munching on ice cubes for some reason?!
4. Keeping your dog inside.
If possible try and keep your dog inside during the warmest points of the day. This will reduce the risk of over heating, if your dog is desperate to go out and
play in the garden make sure they have access to plenty of shade and water to keep them cool.
5. Grooming can make a big difference
If you have a dog with long, thick hair it may be time for a trip to the groomers! Getting your pup a trim will not only make them look prim and proper it can also help with air circulation and allows your dog to feel the gentle summer breeze.
6. Keep your dog hydrated.
This may seem obvious but never underestimate the importance of having water available at all times for your pet.
Facebook June Competition Winner!
24 June 2015 / Posted in: Competition Winners
Things to remember when driving with your dog
03 June 2015 / Posted in: Blog Posts
Your four-legged friend depends on you to remember everything they need, especially when your taking them with you on a car journey. Whether your journey is big or small here are our top things to remember to keep your pooch happy when your travelling...
Plenty of food and water
Dogs can get dehydrated very quickly in the car, especially if you are going to be driving in the summer. Making sure you pull over and let them have a drink regularly is vital when your on larger journeys, also making sure you have enough food for your dog is important too. Ideally you do not want to disrupt your pets feeding routine so feeding them before you travel would be the best solution as they then have the chance for their food to digest whilst you are on route.
However things do not always go to plan so if you have to feed your dog whilst you are on the move, consider feeding them a smaller portion than normal - noone wants a poorly pet whilst driving!
It will be very hard for your dog to be stuck in the car and not being able to run about and play! So having a stash of long lasting dog treats is a great idea to reward your four legged friend for their good behaviour, it will also keep them occupied if it takes them a while to eat it!
Dogs can get very excited when travelling so having his or her favourite toy will provide some distraction. We recommend something that isn't noisy as your patience will start to wear thin after half an hour of excessive squeaking! This will also be a good idea if you know there is a park or field at your destination so that your pooch can use up some of their stored energy from the trip.
Its inevitable that when you stop off for a break, these will come in handy!
Never let your dog out of the car without putting their lead on, new environments will get them excited and they will want to explore these new surroundings. You will not be aware of what is around you in the area, there could be all sorts of dangers that you are unaware about. Waiting until you have checked that the area is safe before letting them free.
Car Boot Liner
This is pretty essential unless you like spending hours removing stubborn dog hairs from your car boot upholstery. The VersaLiner will provide your car boot with ultimate dog-proof protection, muddy paws, stubborn hairs and any accidents that your pooch may have whilst travelling will be kept safely away from your car boot interior. Once your journey is complete simply wipe down the surfaces of the liner and its like brand new! The liner is custom made to your car boot and the option of the VersaLiner Mat will offer your pooch a non slip and cushioned surface to travel on.
Facebook Competition Winner!
12 May 2015 / Posted in: Competition Winners