Julius – K9 Dog Harness Review

Hudson in K9 Julius Harness

Julius K9 Dog Harnesses are very sturdy and extremely attractive harnesses that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes to fit every breed of dog. They are normally known for their use on medium to large dogs but they are also available for small breeds and even puppy sizes are available.

Julius also produce harnesses with security locks, seat belt adapters, pressure distribution pads and harnesses with front control.

Product: Julius – K9 16IDC P3 + IDC PowerHarness with Security Lock for Dogs, Size 3, Black

Price: £35.88

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

 Price $52.99 on Amazon.com

 

Dimensions: 45 x 24 x 4 cm

 

Special Features: Adjustable, Easy to clean, Durable, Easy to use, Reflective

 

My rating: 9.5 out of 10

Julius – K9 161DC P3 + IDC PowerHarness Overview

Julius – K9 harnesses are great for all breeds at home and also for working dogs. They are used by many Police Forces around the world. With an interchangeable hook system and adjustable chest strap they are sure to fit any breed.

This harness has the added side rings, this had the advantage of securing your dog with a seat belt adaptor

Main Features:

  • Phosphorescent, Interchangeable patches: Hook and loop patches with the Julius – K9 Logo.
  • Water Repellent Cover: Due to it being highly durable, comfortable, secure and water resistant, these harnesses are the choice for security agencies, professional trainers and pet owners alike.
  • Side Bag Attachment Option: 3 and 4 Litre versions are available for the PowerHarness in sizes 0 to 4. A smaller IDC version is also available. With a 250 cm cubed capacity it is ideal for treats, documents and your mobile.
  • Flashlight Holder: Great for search and rescue teams and other security agencies, a high quality flashlight holder has been produced. This can be used for various different sizes of flashlight, and can be used simultaneously with the side bags.
  • Closable Handle: An excellent feature for working and rescue dogs. The new handle fixing option means you can fix only the steel ring, the handle, both of them or neither. This will minimise the chance of your dog getting stuck. Great in dense woodland.
  • Heavy-Duty Buckles: Thoroughly checked and tested in harsh conditions so you have full confidence in the quality of the product.
  • Breathable, Skin Friendly Inner Lining: Manufactured to the highest of International Standards, the OEKO-TEX lining will be comfortable and safe your dog.
  • Reflective Edges and Chest Strap: The reflective materials used are one of the most important functions of the harness. It is imperative that you can see your dog from a distance, if and when you are walking in the dark.

What’s in the Box? 

  • The Harness
  • Product Booklet
  • User manual
  • Product label

Conclusion

The Julius K-9 range of harnesses is a great product that will give your peace of mind whilst out with your loved one. They have a massive choice to choose from. Therefore, think about your walking environment, the size of your dog, and make your choice. Oh, and not forgetting, a great range of colours too.

My Hudson and Nelly both wear these. Just goes to show they suit any dog.

Hudson in K9 Julius
Hudson wearing his K9 Julius Harness
Nelly in her K9 Harness
Nelly in her Julius K9 Harness

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David

Dog Leads, Harnesses and Collars

Dog, Leads, Harnesses and Collars

So the day has come and you need to shop around for a lead and collar for your new puppy or dog. Ideally this should be prior to picking up your new pooch, so it is a good idea to know the size you will require and what style you will need.

There are dozens of different types available, whether it is big dog collars you are after or small. What kind of lead will you need? what length will you need? Do you want a designer lead or a lead for training? the list is endless.

I am therefore going to cover some of the more common dog leashes and collars (leashes are what our American cousins call a lead) and highlight some of our favourites here.

If you are still unsure about the choices available, you can always speak to a Vet or Dog Trainer, and they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

The Importance of choosing the correct Dog Leads and Collars

When choosing the correct lead and collar there are many things to take into consideration.

  1. Firstly the size of your dog. The collar must be comfortable for your dog (ideally two fingers slip easily between the collar and it is fur). Also, the lead must be the correct length for you when walking your dog. My wife and I have our own leads when walking our dogs, as I am nearly a foot taller than her. If I used her leads, then I would be tripping over the back paws of my dogs.
  2. The type of fur on your dog. If your dog has long fur and you decide to go for a harness, then that could become uncomfortable for him or her as their fur can get caught up in it.
  3. The attitude of your dog. If you find your dog is the kind that is prone to pulling a lot when walking then a harness is preferable. This is because if they pull, whilst wearing a collar, then there is a chance they could damage their neck.

With our two dogs we found that Nelly, the smallest, always needed a step in harness. This is because if she just wore a flat collar she could hurt herself. She gets very excited quickly and pulls and jumps all over the place. She just doesn’t realise how she can hurt herself.

Julius K9 Harnesses
Hudson and Nelly wearing their Julius K9 Harnesses

Hudson, the larger of the two can be equally as boisterous. When we first rescued him he was very timid so a flat collar sufficed. Now he is much more lively and confident so a harness is a must.

Both Hudson and Nelly use Julius K9 Harnesses.

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Different types of Leads / Leashes

  1. The standard Flat Lead. These are the most common and are used for daily walks and basic training. They are normally between 1 – 2 metres in length and have a clasp at the end. They are manufactured in nylon, leather and even cotton or rubber. Within this group are the round, rope like material instead of flat. These are more and more popular and the type that we prefer. Because of varying lengths and thicknesses they work well with all dogs and provide good safety and control. Top tip, always choose a good brand and check the clasp is rigid and fit for purpose. Some cheaper brands have clasps that do not last very long and can deteriorate quickly.
  2. Bungee and stretchable rubber Leads. Personally I would AVOID these. Sold as reducing pulling issues with the dog they only go to reduce your training skills with your dog. A dog trainer will advise that a strong lead and confident owner is what is needed to train your dog.
  3. Retractable Leads. These are very popular as the owner can vary the length of the lead from about 1 meter to 15 metres all with the push of a button. The handle contains a mechanism that allows the owner to retract and release the lead as and when it is needed.  Unfortunately, they do have a downside, the cable can be easily tangled and the dog can wander off into the path of danger if you are not constantly aware. People and dogs have been seriously injured using these. However, in the hands of a confident and situation aware owner, these can be an asset for the dog and the person.
  4. Slip Leads. These leads are also known as training leads and incorporate a lead and collar all in one. Basically they are a piece of rope with a small metal ring that provides a loop and acts as a collar. They are very easy to put on as all you do is place the loop over the head of your dog and it will tighten itself around it is neck. One thing to be wary of is ensuring it sits high on the dogs neck so to avoid choking your dog. A very handy lead but I personally wouldn’t use one long term, as it is a sensitive part of the neck, which prevents them pulling hard but could cause discomfort in the long run.
  5. Martingale Leads. These are not so common and are used more for quick walks when you are in a rush. Similar to the Slip Leads they look like the collar is attached to the lead with added adjust ability. They are designed for dogs with smaller heads and thick necks like greyhounds. They are designed to stop your dog “backing out” of it is collar.
  6. Gentle Leader Leads / Head halti. These look more like a collar than a lead that loops around the dogs muzzle. They are designed so that if your dog pulls, then it is head is directed towards it is owner, and therefore redirecting it is attention to it is owner.
  7. Halti Harness. These are designed to control your dog from the front in a steering action. Usually these are

made from a comfortable material so as to not cause rubbing on the shoulders or the chest of your dog. As with other harnesses they must befitted correctly so as to not cause discomfort.

 

 

 

Different types of Collars

  1. The Standard Flat Collar. Made from the same materials and designed to go with the standard flat lead. They are the most common and what you will find in most pet stores. Certainly all dogs should be able to walk with a Flat Collar. The only issue is that some breeds e.g whippets and greyhounds can slip out of them. If that is the case then a Martingale Lead would be more appropriate. Always go for a good quality brand as they will last longer and give you piece of mind.
  2. Choke-chain Collar. Some dog trainers recommend these as an ideal collar for training. The downside is they must be used correctly for it to be safe and under the eye of a reputable trainer. Some breeds do respond well to them but short nosed dogs must never wear a choke-chain.
  3.  Prong / Pinch Collar. Another controversial collar like the one above. Some believe if it is used correctly then are a good training tool whereas others believe they are abusive. It is recommended that if you were to use one of these you should contact a qualified trainer beforehand. Again, if a trainer is needed and you should be supervised when using one, then I for one would not recommend them.

 

 

Harnesses

  1. Back-Clip Harness. These are the most common and have a D Ring on the back. They are the easiest to use and the most comfortable for dogs. There are several styles and materials from which you can choose from all depending on the size of your dog. Ideally they are for small dogs. If your little one is boisterous then this harness makes your dog easier to control without putting any pressure on it is throat. The only downside is that they are not ideal for training due to not providing any directional control.
  2. Front-Clip Harness. These are not so common as the back clip harnesses but have a couple of distinct advantages. The harness stops the dog pulling as the directional movement when pulling is towards the owner not away from them. These are often preferred by professional trainers and are preferable for larger dogs. The only downsides are your dog is more likely to get tangled in the lead and they do have to be fitted correctly as an ill fitting harness can effect the gait of your dog. It would also prove to be uncomfortable for your dog if fitted incorrectly.
  3. Dual-Clip Harness. These provide the best of both worlds of front and back clip harnesses. Although the rear clip has the most control the front one comes into operation if your dog lunges or pulls. One slight downside is that due to the amount of padding and material used they can cause some chafing around the shoulders of your dag.
  4. Step-In Harness. Instead of being a full harness these require your dog to literally step into the harness rather than have it placed over their head. They can be front back or both attachments. Some dogs find it difficult to step into them so have to be placed into position. Our little Nelly uses one all the time but even after three years she can’t step into it. She just stands on her back legs and waits to be put into position. Quite entertaining actually ha ha.

Safety Notes

As you can imagine there are many different types of leads and collars out there that it can be difficult to choose the correct one. I always say if in doubt ask a professional. There is nothing to be embarrassed about and that is what they are there for. At the end of the day it is the safety and happiness of your pet that is the most important.

There are several types of collar that are available that cause pain for your dog. Pronged Collars, Collars that spray liquids, electric shock and choke chains will all cause pain and stress for your dog. I do not believe any dog should be put into a stressful or painful situation so would never ever use one of those products.

Conclusion

As I have mentioned here are many types available and really it is down to the size and temperament of your dog. I hope my experiences and advice have helped with your choice. If you have any questions or advice I might find useful please feel free to drop me a line.

All the best

David

Furbo Dog Camera: Full HD Wifi Pet Camera (Amazon Alexa Compatible)

Furbo Dog Camera

What does our Dog get up to whilst you are out of the house? Do you have more than one Dog and you have ever wondered who is the boss when you are not around? Or does your Dog have anxiety issues and hates being separated from you?

Well, with this device you can find out exactly what is going on in your home and all the answers you will ever need to know about your Dogs personality. The great thing too is that you can set this up to give them treats and nibbles whilst you are out of the house. (If they deserve them of course ha-ha).

Product: Furbo Dog Camera: Full HD Wifi Pet Camera with 2 Way Audio, Treat Tossing, Night Vision and barking Alerts, Designed for Dogs, Works with Amazon Alexa.

Furbo Dog Camera

Price: £158.00 or $179.00

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Weight: 948 g (Shipping Weight 1.6 Kg)

Dimensions: 15 x 12 x 22.5 cm

Special Features: 160 degree (diagonal) wide-angle lens

My Rating: 9 out of 10

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Furbo Dog Camera Full HD Wifi Pet Camera Overview

The Furbo Dog Camera is designed for Dogs and their owners. Furbo have collaborated with 1000s of vets and professional Dog trainers. The neat device can alleviate anxiety and separation issues in all breeds of Dog. The treat tossing function can be used to train your Dog as every toss is different. The tossing can be used as a distraction for anxious pacing, licking or barking. The Furbo holds around 100 treats of approximately 1 cm diameter.

The adjustable two-way barking alert (adjust for your own sensitivity) is an excellent touch. You can calm your Dog straight away once your phone receives notification straight from the Furbo. You can even set it up with the Amazon Alexa to toss treats when it suits you.

Furbo Dog Camera

 

Main features:

  • Works with Alexa: You can add voice control by combining with a screen Alexa device.
  • Talk: You can set it up for a 2 Way Chat and Barking Alert. Furbo will notify you when it senses your Dog barking. You can then speak to your Dog and calm him down.
  • See: The Furbo has a 1080p Full HD Camera with Night Vision. With Full HD, 160 degree wide-angle and 4 x zoom. You will be able to see your loved ones clearly day or night.
  • Play: Fun treat tossing. Play remotely by tossing treats to your Dogs vía Alexa or via the free Furbo iOS/Android app. The Furbo will hold approximately 100 treats of 1cm diameter.
  • Photo / Video sharing: You can take photos or record videos with the Furbo app. Share them with friends and family or on your Dog Blog.
  • Stability: The Furbo is easy to install and is stable and flexible. This ensures that wherever you put it you will be able to see everything even if it’s positioned on a high shelf.

What’s in the Box?

  • 1 x Furbo Dog Camera
  • 1 x 2m USB Cable
  • 1 x Power Adaptor
  • 1 x Quick Start Guide

Here are some of the treats available that will definitely fit:

Conclusion

The Furbo is definitely a fun, quirky and handy gadget. It will give you peace of mind, whilst away from the house, and will also give you lots of entertainment value. It is easy to set up, so even your favourite technophobe will soon have it up and running.
I would use the treats that are recommended. However, if your Dog doesn’t like them, or you have a preference, then a similar size and shape will do the trick.

if you have any comments of feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

All the best

David

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Dog Monthly Magazine

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What do you think? It is certainly a great read but is it the best? I would love to hear from subscribers of this magazine and others on which magazine is the best value for money.

All the best

David

How to Choose the Best Dog Groomer

How to choose the best dog groomer

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, your furry best friend needs to be kept clean and have basic grooming carried out on him. Just a wash, trim, nails cut, teeth scrubbed and ears cleaned will make a massive difference to his quality of life. It is, however, very important you get a good quality groomer. Someone who is there to get as many dogs through the door for maximum profit isn’t going to give your loved one the attention and cut they deserve.

How to choose the best dog groomer
Million Hairs Dog Grooming Gibraltar

I have seen Dogs come from groomers that have been shaved to the skin and their owners in tears at the state of them. Therefore, I have written a Post on how to choose the best dog groomer.

Finding The Best Grooming Parlour

Before you decide on a Groomer and make an appointment there are a few checks you should carry out first. A good groomer will never turn down a visit from a potential client so:

  • Does it have a good reputation? – Check online to see what others have said about the company. Do they have a Facebook page with lots of comments? When you see a nicely groomed Dog in the street ask the owner where they got their Dog groomed and if they recommend them.
  • Is the Grooming Parlour clean and kept clean? – Hygiene is very important. It’s obvious there will be hairs and the groomer should keep on top of the mess. If there is urine and excrement then that is definitely a no no. There will be accidents but these should be cleaned up at the earliest opportunity. Does it smell clean? You can expect Dog smells but it should never small bad. Common sense will prevail when you first see the premises.
  • Is there good ventilation? –The business should not be stuffy as it should be a calming experience for your Dog. If you can’t breathe in there it is a bad sign. There should be good ventilation and if in warmer climate adequate air conditioning.
  • Where is the Grooming area? – If there is a reception area but the Grooming area is out the back in a no go area then alarm bell should start ringing. No Groomer should hide where they are doing their business and should be more than happy to show you where it all happens.
  • How are the staff? – Are the staff sociable and knowledgeable? You should be able to ask them anything in relation to the Grooming and they should be helpful and willing to show you that your loved ones are in good hands. Question them about the handling of Dogs, what happens if they are shy or aggressive etc. If they seem uninterested, unknowledgeable and unwilling to interact with you then steer well clear.
  • Where are the Dogs kept? – Where are they prior and after grooming? Do they have access to fresh water? If they are kept in cages this may scare them and cause anxiety to your loved ones. My wife certainly doen’t believe in cages in her business. It is far better to have an area cordoned off for the more difficult ones.

How to choose the best dog groomer

Is it The Best Groomer?

Just because the Grooming parlour is neat, tidy clean and welcoming it doesn’t mean the person doing the Grooming is the best. Speak to them first and ask them about specific styles and getting the right cut for your Dog. You should never be too shy to ask any question to the Groomer. Too many people have had bad experiences with greedy Groomers who just want to get as many Dogs through the door to make a quick buck and have left the Dogs scalped and trembling in fear. Check out the following:

  • Has the Groomer received training? – All Dog groomers should have received certified training and their business should be licensed and registered.
  • Does the Groomer produce the right cut? – It is far too easy for a Groomer to take short cuts and get the Dog done quickly. Insist on getting the right cut for your breed. (There is plenty of online information regarding Dog cuts). Ask how long it should take so you can gauge the attention he or she will get.
  • Agree on a price beforehand – This is very important on your first visit. You don’t want to return to the Parlour to be told your Dog is awkward and has taken longer than expected, so you are going to be charged more.
  • How is their personality? – Some Dogs find it quite stressful visiting a Groomer. How is the Groomer’s demeanor? Can they handle a stressed and anxious Dog? Do they treat their clients like their own Dogs? Once you have found the right person and you become a regular, your Dog will settle in far quicker the more you visit.How to choose the best dog groomer

Before And After The Appointment

Between appointments you should regularly brush your Dog. This helps look after their coat and you can also check for lumps and bumps that shouldn’t be there. It will also alert you to any fleas or ticks he may have picked up. Another important note is if he has too many knots due to not being brushed he Groomer may have no alternative but to cut them out, therefore ruining their style.

On the day of the appointment give your Dog a good walk beforehand. This will tire him out and he is likely to be calmer at the Groomers. It will also ensure he has been to the toilet. There is nothing worse for a Groomer than to have a client turn up and immediately “go to the toilet”over the freshly mopped floor.

Give you contact details to the Groomer just in case there are any problems or they just may want to contact you to ensure they are carrying out your wishes. They may also need to call you if there is a delay in the cut so you do not turn up early and have to wait. it is all part of the customer service. Also, some Dogs tend to “show off” if their owner is present.

After the appointment, speak to the Groomer about how your loved one behaved. Did he seem stressed? Was he shy? Did he behave? You can also ask for advice on how to look after your Dogs coat, and do they have any tips on which grooming products to buy.

 

Conclusion

So as you can see when you are looking for a Groomer it is not as simple as picking up a Yellow Pages and calling the first available Dog groomer. You best friend needs to go somewhere he feels safe, loved and comfortable. Take a bit of time and ensure your Dog will be in the best hands possible. At the end of the day your Dog will be happy and you will have peace of mind.

Please see some Grooming information available from Amazon.co.uk

As always please feel free to leave any comments or questions.

David