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Hi everyone,

I received this via e-mail today. If you enter the Dogs Today Photo Competition then you automatically get a Free 3 Month subscription. There are also plenty of other prizes of vouchers for PurrfectlyYappy.com.

Well worth a look I think.

Check out the link:

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Here is the photo I shall be entering into the competition. I would really love to see what you will be entering.

My Grumpy Nessa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the best and good luck in the competition.

Alternatively, if you do not want to enter the competition but would like a subscription to Dogs Today why not subscribe through the link below.

David

How To Protect Your Dog During Winter

How to protect your dog during winter

Once the nights start drawing in and the temperature drops we must consider that it’s not only us that feel the difference, it’s our furry friends too. It is inevitable that you will not spend as much time outside as you would in the summer. However, just because we don’t want to go out so much it doesn’t mean our Dogs don’t want to too. My Hudson doesn’t care if it’s 100 degrees or minus 5 he will go out whatever the weather. As for Nelly, as soon as it gets below 20 degrees she wants to curl up and hibernate ha-ha.

So here are a few tips to bear in mind for protecting your Dog during winter.

Winter Walks

There are two things every dog owner should be wary of come the winter. These are Frostbite and Hypothermia.

  • Frostbite – Frostbite effects Dogs just as it does us humans. When the body gets cold it draws blood from the extremities, to the core of the body, to try to help it stays warm. Therefore, your Dogs ears, paws and tail can get seriously damaged when ice crystals form in the tissue. Unfortunately this is not immediately obvious. Only when they start to thaw out does it become extremely painful. Also, in serious conditions, the skin can turn black and fall off.
  • Hypothermia – If your Dog spends too much time in the cold and wet he can easily develop hypothermia. This is particularly prevalent in older Dogs or Dogs that are in ill health. You will notice he starts to shiver and his ears and feet will get cold. As it gets worse you may see signs of lethargy, weakness and depression. These are all signs he needs to get back indoors in the warmth. If it gets really bad his muscles will stiffen and the heart rate will slow down. This can be life threatening so you must be able to recognise the symptoms early on.

Just because it is cold outside it does not mean you should not be taking your dog out. If you have small breeds and sort haired breeds then a coat is ideal. You must remember though that a coat will not protect your Dogs ears, paws and tail from the cold.

A great tip for winter walks is to think about the time you are going for a walk. If you can then take your Dog out later in the morning, once the temperature rises, then all the better. Try to avoid the last thing at night when the temperature has dropped. If it is sunny during the day then try to go out in the sun. Just a little bit of sun can make a massive difference to the walk. It will also give you both some well needed vitamin D.

How to protect your dog during the winter
Dinky enjoying herself in the snow in England. She now lives in Canada.

Plan your Walks

Walking in winter can be a lot more hazardous than it is in summer. For example, if you live near a pond, river, or the sea your four legged friend may love jumping in the water. Of course, during the winter this can be extremely dangerous. The cold water can cause hypothermia and there is the danger of falling through ice.

You may need to trim his fur between his paws. This will help prevent ice balls forming which can be really painful.

Think about the footpaths. Are they icy? Have they been treated? if they are icy there will be slip hazards for both of you. Also, if it has been treated with chemicals or salt, this can get between his paws and can irritate his foot pads.

Think of where you are going. If it is dark, try to keep to lit up areas and wear bright or fluorescent clothing so that others can see you. We used to have a small light on our Nessa’s collar so if she was running in a nearby field then we could always see where she was.

How to protect your dog during winter
Tracy, Nessa and Dinky enjoying the snow.

Food and Health

During winter you and your Dog are likely to have a lot less exercise. Therefore, it is a good idea to cut down on BOTH of your food intakes !!! ha-ha. Water is just as important in winter as it is in summer. Ensure your furry friend gets plenty of water when exercising and keep him hydrated.

As for health wise, if your Dog is getting on a bit and is suffering from arthritis then he may feel the cold in his joints. If he starts to feel a lot of discomfort, a trip to the vet should be arranged.

A good moisturiser is useful to help prevent skin cracking on his paws, ears and tail. There are various types available. You can also get supplements you can add to his food that keeps your Dogs coat healthy in the winter.

Bedding

Think about where your Dog will be sleeping at night. Try to keep his bed in a familiar area but away from any drafts and doors that keep opening and closing. Extra blankets on his bed can help, and raise it off any stone or tiled floor. You may even find that during cold spells he will be more determined to get on the sofa with you or even try to get on your bed. This is only because he wants extra warmth. (Or he is just spoilt ha-ha).

If you have an open fire in the winter this can be extremely dangerous. Make sure you have a suitable fireguard so he cannot get too close, or if the fire “spits,” he will not come to harm from rogue embers.

Grooming

During winter it will be a lot easier for your Dog to get wet and filthy. They really don’t care about how they look and if they are wet and covered in mud. However, as previously mentioned, you need to look after their coat to look after their health. Make sure you bathe them and ensure they are dried thoroughly before letting them outside again. Don’t over do it with the washing and shampooing as this can also damage the fur and lead to skin conditions. Speak to a vet or professional groomer for advice on how often to bathe.

Conclusion

Looking after our loved ones in winter should not be a chore but should just be a change of routines. A little more thought needs to go into your daily activities, but it really should not cause any issues. As long as you stick to ensuring you are getting adequate exercise and think about your pets health then you shoud not go far wrong.

Please feel free to drop any hints or advice you want to share.

Until next time. All the best.

David

Amazon Hidden Gems Sale

Amazon hidden Gems Sale

Hey everyone,

I have just received this from Amazon.co.uk. They have 154 items in the hidden gems sale, for pets alone, and another 9607 on everything else

. Here are some of the top deals for Dogs.

There are some great deals to be had and this is just before the deals start appearing for Black Friday.

I hope you find some great deals.

Please feel free to drop me a line.

All the Best

David

Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and Jumpers?

Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and Jumpers?

We live in a Mediterranean climate, and even though the days are getting shorter, it’s still warm, and a fleece is only really needed in the evenings. However, I have already seen a lot of Dogs out an about wearing thick winter coats.

When we lived in England our Schnauzer Nessa had a warm coat for winter. This was because it often snowed and she loved playing in it. So my question for today is “Do Dogs need to wear coats and jumpers?”

Do Dogs need to Wear Coats and Jumpers
Our Nessa back in Blighty
Dog Dogs Need to Wear Coats and Jumpers
Our Nessa racing through the snow

 

Not all Dogs Need a Winter Coat or Jumper

Obviously where you live and your breed of Dog are very important factors. Just because us humans are beginning to feel the cold, this does not mean your loved one is too.

Larger long haired Dogs do not need to have an extra layer. Examples of these are Malamute’s, Saint Bernard s and the Siberian Husky. These are perfectly happy in cold temperatures. For them an extra layer would be extremely uncomfortable and would most likely result in them overheating. There are also large breeds that might need an extra layer to keep them warm. For instance, a Greyhound is a large Dog, but with very short fur and little body fat. An extra layer will definitely be suitable for these animals.

Small short haired breeds will often need an extra layer in cold spells. Also, older Dogs, puppies and poorly Dogs can benefit with some extra warmth. If it is cold outside then put the jumper or coat on for when they are outside and doing their business. Once inside, where it is nice and warm, take it off. You do not want your Dog overheating.

If, you live in a warmer climate you do need to ask yourself if any Dog needs a coat or jumper. Yes, I know they look cute, and it’s certainly a conversational piece when all the Dogs are together running around in their woolly jumpers. However, they do have fur, so do they need a coat?

Do dogs need to wear coats and jumpers

A Jumper will Not Always keep your Dog Warm

An important thing to remember is that we are a lot taller than our four legged friends. Where it is comfortable for us to walk around in a Jumper it might not be the same for our Dogs. If, you are walking on wet grass or there is dew on the ground the jumper is going to get wet. This will act in the same way as it would for us. Wet means cold and uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter how cute they look, their health and happiness is your priority.

Personally, I would only have my Dog wear a Jumper if it was really cold and the ground was dry. Also, if it’s really cold in the house, then I would recommend a jumper for a smaller short haired breed.

If it’s wet and cold then a fleece lined waterproof coat is the best idea. This will keep him warm and dry. Once home you can remove the coat and you will only need to dry his paws and face.

Not all Dogs will Become Accustomed to Wearing a Jumper or Coat

Some Dogs take to wearing outer garments like a duck to water but others will never take to it. If, you leave it until the last minute before you walk out the door your Dog may dislike the idea and “freeze in place” or go absolutely bananas. You can try to calmly “dress” him and let him wander around the house first to get used to it. NEVER force your Dog to wear an outer garment and then drag him out of the house. You may just have to deal with the fact he won’t wear it. Then you may need to come up with another idea.

Our Hudson has a waterproof jacket for when it’s tipping it down. He has no qualms whatsoever wearing it. On the other hand our Nelly hates it with a vengeance. Although she hates the rain, she would rather get wet than wear her coat. Luckily she only weighs 3 Kg so it’s not too much to dry her when we get home.

Quality not Quantity

When choosing a Jumper or Coat remember it’s quality not quantity that counts. A thick coat does not mean it’s going to keep your Dog warmer. It is more likely to be uncomfortable for your Dog and could impair his movement resulting in him getting stressed out and possibly overheating. Technology these days provides lot lighter garments that are lined adequately, therefore presenting a more suitable warm garment.

Even when buying Jumpers, make sure you do the research first. You must make sure it is a comfortable fit and doesn’t have bits hanging off it that could get caught in bushes or furniture. These include zippers, buttons, tags and hooks. All these can get caught or chewed off and swallowed. Make sure it is easy to pull on and off and it does not cause your Dog to struggle. The most common mistake I have seen is jumpers that are too tight which cause your Dog to act like a fish on the end of a line when they are being removed.

Think about the material, a wool jumper may be warm but how often will you need to wash it? Will your Dog be comfortable with wool or will it cause him to itch? A good blend of wool and cotton is a great idea. Make sure it has a tight weave so it is more durable and will last longer.

Measuring for a Jumper or Coat

Make sure you know the measurements of your Dog before you go to the shop or order online. Make sure your best friend is standing up and measure from the base of his neck (where the collar should sit) to the base of his tail. Also, measure his chest and waist. The majority of clothes use these measurements. If unsure go for the larger size as comfort is paramount. Never make him wear tight clothes that impairs his movement or breathing.

Once you have your garment and he is wearing it, check he has plenty of movement around the neck and the armpit area and he has plenty of freedom of movement. If, you are happy with his fit then he should be too.

Conclusion

It can be a confusing time once winter arrives on our doorstep. Does my Dog need a Coat or Jumper or is it just a fashion thing? It really does depend on where you live and the breed of your Dog. Just because your neighbour has a Yorkie with the latest trendy dog coat it doesn’t mean he needs it. He could be overheating and dehydrating quickly in his coat.

On the other hand you maybe in your house and your toy poodle who is shivering uncontrollably. There is only so much curling up they can do to keep warm. Get a blanket to cover him and he will let you know when he is too warm. Alternatively put a pretty jumper on him to keep him warm. He won’t care what design or pretty pattern it has. As long as he is warm he will be happy.

I hope this article has helped with any misconceptions as to whether or not to go and buy a Coat or Jumper for your loved one this winter. Please see a few of my favourites on amazon.co.uk.

Any tips or comments please feel free to leave me a message below.

Until next time.

David

10 Signs You Have a Happy Dog

10 Signs you have a happy dog

We all know that Dogs can’t speak, so they are unable to express themselves through words or expressions. The only way they can communicate is through body language. By carefully paying attention to your Dog’s body language, you will soon be able to work out whether they are happy or sad, or even if they like something or not. I have come up with the top 10 signs you have a happy Dog.

They are Happy to See You

The most obvious clue your Dog is happy is when they greet you at the door. Our two go completely bananas when we open the door and we have to go through a routine of picking them up for them to calm down. A happy Dog will also get excited when we wake up and they will keep an eye on you whilst you are wandering around the house. Another way to tell you Dog is happy to see you is by their eyes. Their eyes and eyelids will be relaxed. They will also blink often and have a soft gaze. Be aware that a hard gaze with narrowed eyes can be an indication of aggression. Wide eyes with their whites showing can mean your loved one is frightened.

Dogs will also have “Happy Barks” to show their owners they are happy. These are normally more high-pitched than a normal bark. For anyone that has met our Nelly they will understand precisely what I am saying !!!!!

Leaning In

If your Dog loves to stay close to you and even leans into you, then that is a sign she is really happy and enjoying contact time with you. It is a fantastic feeling having a Dog that comes to you for attention, and is relaxed in your company.

When he stays just out of reach or walks away from you then this usually means he wants more space. Stop the cuddles for a bit !!!!

Tail Movement

The most significant sign that he is happy is by the movement of his tail. If it is high and wagging then he is a happy boy. Also, if the tail wag is soft and loose and in a more neutral position then this is also points to him being happy.

If his tail wags stiffly but doesn’t shake with the rest of his body then your Dog is most likely trying to tell you he is assessing a new situation and in a state of alert.

Relaxed Body and Mouth

If your Dog is not tense or stiff and seems relaxed then this is a good sign he is happy and feeling good. Other factors are him having soft and loose shoulders and the posture of a rag doll with no inclination to get up and get stressed out. This will most likely include a lot of sleeping. Make sure your Dog is happy sleeping as a lack of sleep can indicate distress.

If your Dog is not comfortable then they will normally seem tense, tight or stiff.

Happy Dogs also appear to smile. If the mouth is open and a few teeth are visible then this indicates he is in a good mood. His tongue depending on the breed can also be lolling. Studies have shown that if this is the case they are very happy and so relaxed they can’t be bothered to keep it in their mouths. Obviously this would not be the case if he were snarling.

Floppy Ears

Although there are many shapes of ears spread out through many breeds the consensus is they all react in the same way. If the ears are floppy and relaxed then this is a sign your Dog is happy.

If your Dogs ears are pricked forward this usually indicates they are interested in something going on around them. If the ears are are pinned back, then beware, as this is likely to indicate fear or aggression.

Belly Up

If your Dog is wriggling around on his back and showing his belly and tongue then this is indicating he is very happy. Our Hudson puts on a really good show when he does it and it looks as if he is swimming ha-ha.

Note that if the body appears stiff and he keeps his mouth shut then this could be showing submission instead of satisfaction.

Healthy Appetite

A happy Dog will undoubtedly have a healthy appetite. This doesn’t mean that he will eat anything and everything you put in front of him, as you should be regulating his feeding, but you will see he is happy with his eating and will eat the right amount of food you have put down for him.

Some things to be aware of are that if his appetite significantly increases this could be a sign of disease. This goes the same way if his appetite drops. In any cases of changes in appetite it is always a good idea to have him checked out by a Vet.

Dancing and Playful

A happy Dog loves to play and go for walks. When I see our Dogs playing in the house or when we are out for a walk we know that they are happy. I have even woken up during the night and caught our Nelly playing with soft toys by herself which really puts a smile on my face. Be aware though that if they start becoming very quiet and reluctant to play then this can be a sign they are not well. Straight to the Vet.

10 signs you have a happy dog
A happy Rupert about to play. Thanks to Suzy, Luther and Fabio for the pics.

Another sign of happiness is when they start dancing / hopping. If they do this then they tend to bounce from side to side on their rear legs. Our Nelly does this everytime we walk in the door ha-ha and then makes us pick her up once we have managed to catch her.

Related to the dancing is “bowing”. Play bows are a definite sign your Dog wants to play with you or his friends. You can tell when he is bowing as he will lower his chest to the ground and keep his rear in the air.

They Like Other Dogs

Dogs are very similar to humans when it comes to interacting with other company. If your Dog is friendly whilst out and about and not aggressive then this is a sure sign he is in a good mood. Lots of social engagement is great for your Dogs.

The more engagement they get, the happier they will be when they see other Dogs.

Healthy Coat

An excellent indicator that your Dog is happy is if he has a healthy coat. If your Dog is stressed or poorly they tend to shed hair and they can have skin problems. If this starts to happen you should go and see a vet immediately. If he is happy and his coat is shiny and healthy then he should be too.

Conclusion

So as you can see there are several ways to tell if your Dog is healthy. Having a healthy Dog makes our life a lot easier and less stressful as it does for our furry friends. Unfortunately sometimes our pets do get poorly which can turn our whole world upside down. Therefore, remember the warning signs and go and see a vet if you are unsure.

If you have any comments or tips please feel free to leave any comments below.

Also I have added a few books from amazon.co.uk that you may find interesting and they are all about keeping your best friend happy.

Until next time, all the best

David

How to Celebrate Halloween with Dogs

How to celebrate halloween with your dogs

Halloween is a fun time for children so there is no reason why your Dog cannot be included in the Halloween activities. Your Dog is a member of your family and thoroughly enjoys being with you and being involved with the family. If your kids are getting dressed up and running around having fun, then I’m pretty sure your furry best friend will want to join in. However, there are a few things to be wary of, so my tips on how to celebrate Halloween with dogs, should help you stay safe and have some fun.

How to celebrate halloween with your dogs
Our Nessa celebrating Halloween

Your Dogs Personality

If you have a shy and fearful Dog then being in a large group may frighten him. Also, all the fancy dress costumes may make him feel threatened, so if he backs away and tries to skulk to a corner then he does not want to join in. Remember not every Dog will want to be with a large group of people. On the flip side you could have a huge Dog that is the friendliest in the world, but you must realise if you are trick or treating with him, just his size could scare young children.

Include Your Dog and Dress Him Up

If you have an outgoing and friendly Dog that loves all the attention and being around people then why not dress him up? Let’s be honest, when you see a Dog in a fancy dress outfit it does make you laugh and if they don’t mind it then why not add them to our fun. When choosing an outfit make sure it fits well and there is plenty of room for him to move. Avoid anything that has too many niggly items stitched on that he may chew off. Make sure you keep an eye on him during the festivities in case he gets fed up wearing the costume. If so, just do the sensible thing and remove it.

Keep Decorations and Trick or Treat Sweets out of Reach

Dogs are naturally curious so any decorations at their level they will want to check out. Unfortunately chewing on a plastic spider or eating chocolate intended for children can be very bad for them. Chocolate is extremely bad for Dogs and vets are inundated with poorly Dogs every year at Halloween. Some sugar free sweets have a sugar substitute which is extremely toxic to Dogs. The best thing to do is keep all treats out of reach of them and keep an eye on what they are sniffing at other peoples homes if you are trick or treating.

Don’t leave your Dog unattended in your house if you have candles lit. It is far too easy for a Dog in a fancy dress to bump into a candle holder and knock it over.

Trick or Treating with your Dog

Outgoing and friendly Dogs should be encouraged to go Trick or Treating with you and your family. There is nothing funnier than a dog dressed as a pumpkin wobbling down the road. Ensure your Dog is well-behaved and not easily spooked. There will be lots of strange noises and kids in costumes that he is not familiar with. If you are planning on giving treats from your doorstep make sure you keep an eye on him so he does not slip out and try to join in with the kids outside in the street.

There may be people coming to your door that also have pets dressed up. You will have plenty of treats for the kids but how about treats for the Dogs? There are plenty of them on the market so buy some extra treats for your neighbours furry friends. Also, be aware that if you are visiting other houses ensure that if they give your Dog a treat it is the right sort.

Check out the Dog treat Recipe Below:

Ingredients

Makes 25 treats

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

 

Conclusion

Halloween is supposed to be all about having fun. If your pet can join in then so much the better. I still have very fond memories of Nessa, our miniature schnauzer, being dressed up in allsorts of crazy outfits. She did look grumpy, but used to love running around and showing off her outfit. Those photos are priceless to us so why don’t you go out and have some fun with your furry best friend.

Below are some treats, outfits and toys I have checked out on amazon that will go towards making your halloween special.

Any Halloween tips or funny stories please send my way.

Happy Halloween

David

GREAT NEWS: Sainsbury’s Ban Fireworks

Sainsbury's ban fireworks

Fantastic news as yesterday Sainsbury’s announced they will not sell any fireworks in any of its 2,300 branches this year.

Sainsbury's Ban Fireworks
Sainsbury’s Ban Fireworks

 

The First Major Supermarket to Stop Selling Fireworks

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s has said they have stopped selling fireworks following a concern for pets. They will instead be offering “glow sticks” to festive customers.

The move has been welcomed by pet lovers and animal charities. It is a well known fact that loud bangs and flashing lights are distressing for animals.

sainsbury's ban fireworks

The Daily telegraph was informed by Tescos that they will continue to sell them as would Waitrose. Asda will continue to sell fireworks, but as they understand some customers and pets don’t like noise, they are launching a collection of low noise fireworks. Aldi continue to sell fireworks but provide information and advice on how to make pets feel safe and secure.

A spokesperson for the Dogs trust said:”Although they can look beautiful, fireworks can be very distressing for dogs when let off unexpectedly, and because they are so easily accessible all year-round, dog owners are on tender hooks as to when their beloved pooch will next be frightened. We congratulate Sainsbury’s on their decision not to sell fireworks this year and would encourage others to do the same.”

Conclusion

I believe this is a great step in the right direction and Sainsbury’s should be applauded for making such a bold move. Another point that has not been mentioned in all the Press is that this is also important for the elderly. Every year we hear complaints from the elderly of the horrific noise levels of fireworks. I have been in estates when there have been fireworks going off and it can sound like war zone, terrifying for animals and the elderly. Once again I applaud Sainsbury’s for a great step forward.

If you feel the same or feel the opposite feel free to drop me a line.

A happy Dave

How to Train Your Dog to Use a Dog Door

how to train your dog to use a dog door

I decided to write a Post on this subject as only last week I was visiting my little sister and she asked me about it. She has a Westie called Poppy who is used to a Dog door, but as she is nearly 14 years old, She is now finding it difficult. Bless her.

How to train your dog to use a dog door
Little Sis and Poppy

A Dog door can be a useful tool and can be handy to have if you live in the appropriate building. For instance if you live in a block of flats then a Dog door is not going to be very appropriate. You Dog may love running up and down the corridors, but I’m pretty sure some neighbours would not be very happy. Alternatively, if you have a small garden, they can be useful but must NEVER let it be an excuse that you do not need to take your Dog for a walk. A Dog only sees a garden as an extension to its kennel. He still needs to go out and get his exercise and also to get his fix of different smells.

Size of Door

Before you can learn how to train a Dog to use a Dog door, you must choose the correct door. They come in many makes, shapes, sizes and styles, but you must choose the one that is best for your Dog.

Size – When you are choosing the size, DO NOT, choose the smallest that your Dog can get through. Make sure he has some extra room to get through. If it is too tight he may be scared to use the door. Also, as he gets older he may put on weight and struggle to get through it. A bit like us humans ha-ha.

This may seem like an obvious thing to say but ensure the Dog door is situated where your Dog can go out into a safe area. A back door into a garden is ideal. A front door onto a street is probably not a good idea.

Types of Door

There are lots of different makes and styles of door. They can be put into solid wooden doors, screen doors, plastic and metal doors and even outside walls. Despite the frame and where you choose to place the door, they all come with a choice of flaps.

  • Clear Flaps – These are the most common and are pretty fail-safe. They usually come with a locking device so you can stop your Dog going out whenever he wants. Also, you can have a switch that only ensures one way travel through the flap. This can be very handy if you want to stop your neighbours cats sneaking in and eating your Dogs food. You just have to make sure you know your Dog is outside and he cannot get back in.
  • Magnetised Flaps – These come in various designs with magnets placed on the bottom of the flap or on the sides. Sometimes they come with both. If the magnets are removable, then remove them to start with so that your Dog gets the hang of it. if not, give the flap some gentle persuasion initially so your Dog is not frightened to push it.
  • Electronic Flaps – These can be set to fully electronic or partially. This helps for when you are training your Dog to use the Dog door. It can be operated by a chip or collar key. They tend to make a clicking noise when in use which can take some time for your pet to get used to. A good idea is to give him lots of encouragement when he initially starts using the door.

Dog Door Training

You must remember that in every type of training you must remain consistent and never give up. Training your dog to use a Dog door should only take a couple of days and a big bag of treats.

  • Timings – Patience is a virtue or so they say. Some Dogs take longer than others to learn, so a bit of patience might be needed. The first time you start to teach your Dog make sure it is a bright day with plenty of light and not too many surrounding sounds if possible. If it is pouring with rain and dark the other side of the door, he will not want to go through. He will do the same as I would want to do and go and cuddle up somewhere nice warm and dry.
  • The Flap – If the flap can be removed then remove it to start with. If not then you can always tape it up out of the way. Start with your Dog inside and put a treat in your hand. Let him smell it and then toss it through the flap to the outside. With a bit of luck he will peer through the gap and step outside to retrieve his treat. This may take a couple of goes for him to get the hang of it. If he isn’t too keen to go through, then you can leave him where he is and go outside. You can then see him through the flap, whereupon, you can coax him through with a treat or just call him to come to you. If this still does not work, then wait until it is his feeding time. Instead of using a treat put his bowl the other side of the door. Hopefully this will work. If the bowl is outside he may not want to eat outside so try switching. Once you have succeeded in any way to get him through make sure you lay on him lots of praise. With just a little more practice it will become a normal event.
  • Replacing the Flap – When you get to the stage he is happy going back and forth it is time to replace the flap. He may be very wary to start with. Therefore, you can hold it up slightly for him to push onto to come through. Once again the use of treats will probably work very well. Keep giving him praise when he uses it and gradually let the flap come down on his back so he gets used to how it feels. You are aiming for him to gain confidence so he pushes it himself and is not scared of it on his back. This whole process could take a couple of days and for the more timid it could take up to a week.

Conclusion

So we have learnt that it is not a five-minute job teaching your Dog how to use a Dog door. You must never expect to fit a door and for your Dog to just look at it and start using it straight away. A little bit of patience and some of the tips above will ensure your best friend is using your house like a hotel ha-ha.

Please see below a selection of Dog doors available from amazon.

As always if you have any comments please feel free to drop me a line.

All the Best

David

Online Deals Of The Day

Online Deals of the Day

Did you know that amazon.co.uk and amazon.com offer online deals of the day? I certainly didn’t until recently and was extremely surprised at how much money you can save. Just by spending a few minutes of your time, you can save massive amounts especially if you are buying in bulk.

Here is a good example of one item on offer today. Amazon online deal of the day.

How Does It Work?

Amazon has three kinds of Deals which are daily deals, weekly deals and Lightning Deals.

  • Daily Deals – These are advertised on the website from 00.01hrs to 23.59 hrs. You must purchase within that time or you will not get that deal.
  • Deals of the Week – These start at 00.01 hrs on a Monday morning and finish at 23.59 hrs on the following Sunday. As above, if you order out of these times you will not get the deal.
  • Lightning Deals – These are a promotion where a limited number of discounts are offered on an item for a short period. These are found on the Daily deals page and are available until the short time of the promotion lasts or until all the discounts are claimed. Therefore, you have to be on the ball when these are available. You can also join a waiting list for an item if all the discounts are help in other peoples baskets. If they don’t purchase then you have the option to buy if you are next on the waiting list.

There are also others way to save. Amazon also has a link for Savings and Sales and they even have Upcoming Deals where it tells you how much time there is before an offer becomes active.

What type of Items are Available?

When you go to the Deals page there is a list of every category available for savings. I have certainly been impressed by the amount of items available. Just today there are 107 items available under Pet Products.

Conclusion

Just by spending a bit of time on either of the amazon sites you can save a lot of money on your pet products especially if you are buying in bulk. Also remember that comparing between amazon.co.uk and amazon.com can save you a ton of money. Please see my post on how this works.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. Please feel free to leave any tips or recommendations.

All the best

David

How To Travel With Dogs

How to travel with Dogs

Our Dogs are part of our family so we try to take them everywhere with us. Millions of people every year take their pets on holiday with them. The more you research this the easier it becomes. There are companies now all over the world that cater for holidays where you can take your pet.

Our Dogs are anxious and get upset if we leave them alone for two hours, never mind two weeks !! I guess we must be doing something right if they want to spend all their time with us ha-ha. Last year we took them to the North of Spain on a road trip. Although I drove over 1000 miles, we managed to stay in fantastic accommodation everywhere and all tailored for Dogs.

We book everything through Booking.com and with the use of the filters on the search system it is easy to adjust for dog friendly hotels.

Link too booking.com
Click on picture above to go to Booking.com

Should You Take Your Dog?

You may want to take your Dog on your travels but there are instances when this is not possible. If your loved one is very old the experience might be quite traumatic for him as he will be away from his usual day to day activities. I would then suggest he is left at home where his routine will be the least disrupted or with a Kennel that he is used to.

If your furry travelling companion is poorly, pregnant, or gets travel sickness easily then it will be better if he stays at home.

What type of activities will you be doing whilst away? If you are planning on spending a couple of weeks visiting theme parks or water parks etc then the last thing you want to do is leave your Dog cooped up in a hotel room. Your Pet needs to feel comfortable and will want to be with you in its new strange surroundings.

So, prior to booking your Dog friendly hotel, make sure you have planned your holiday to fully encompass your loved one in your activities.

Preparing For Your Trip

First of all you need to ask yourself where are you travelling to?

As I mentioned before, we take our pride and joy’s to lots of places within driving distance so our holidays are not great distances. If I visit family in the UK, then my Dogs stay at home with the Wife. They are happy, and she is even happier as I am away ha-ha.

Pre Holiday Checks –

  • Double check you accommodation is pet friendly. Read the small print. I made the mistake once of booking a pet friendly hotel only to turn up and realise it was only pet friendly if you stayed in the grounds in a camper van or tent. Thankfully, they were very accommodating due to the distance we had travelled and the fact they were not busy.
  • What are the local vets out of hours service? Do you have contact numbers?
  • Make sure your pet is fit to travel. Are its vaccinations up to date? Is he micro chipped and are the details up to date?Does he need medication?
  • Do you have a collar with an ID tag attached with correct contact details? This is very important as he is away from his usual safety zones so could stray if not kept an eye on.
  • Are there Dog friendly activities you can do? Remember you must ensure your loved one feels secure.

Hudson and Nelly whilst staying at Hotel Colores, Zahara de Los Atunes, Dog Friendly Hotel

Taking Your Dog Abroad

There are many rules to follow when taking your Dog out of the country. There are different guidelines for Ferry travel and Air Travel. Attached is a guide provided by the RSPCA. Also, attached is a guide to travelling provided by the American Kennel Club. Please bear in mind with the possibility of Brexit many things could change in the future.

The UK Government provides information on taking your Dog overseas and for bringing it to the UK. They also provide the latest information on the process after a possible Brexit.

Hotel Misiana Tarifa Dog Friendly Hotel

Whilst On Holiday With Your Dog

Remember, your loved one is going to be in a strange place with strange surroundings.

Try to keep to the following –

  • Keep walking and food times the same as usual.
  • Try to ensure their diet is the same as at home. Therefore, you can take prepacked food with you if possible. Just because you are on holiday and might be overindulging it doesn’t mean your Dog can too.
  • Don’t leave them alone in strange surrounding as this may cause anxiety.
  • Make sure your Dog is comfortable and can get a good nights rest.
  • Try to take something familiar to your Dog with you. For example, their bed or if that’s impracticable, a blanket they are familiar with.

Hotel Dos Mares Tarifa Dog Friendly Hotel

Conclusion

Whether you are travelling short distances or long haul it is possible to take your furry loved ones with you. It is easier now, than ever before, and by just spending a bit of time researching the possibilities you can ensure a happy holiday for you and your Dog. There is plenty of advice available and if you are leaving the country you MUST follow the guidelines for the country you are visiting.

Happy travelling

If you have any tips or advice you would like to add please drop me a line.

David