amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

Ever since I started this website I have been looking at ways for all of us to save money. It is too easy these days to just go to any website and order what you want. Yes, there are comparison websites, and some work and some are geared to specific companies. I have never been one to spend hour after hour researching different items, where they come from or how I can get the cheapest price. THAT is where I have gone wrong.

Research amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

Did you know that wherever you are in the UK or Europe you can have an amazon.co.uk or an amazon.com account? No, I didn’t either until recently. After researching between the two giants of amazon.co.uk and amazon.com I have realised I could have saved a fortune if I had just sat down for an extra 10 minutes before deciding what to order. How Frustrating !!!!

So, lets take two examples I looked up today. I have gone through the whole process of ordering both items to an address in the UK and you can see for yourself the difference in prices.

Petami Deluxe Pet Carrier

To start with we will visit amazon.co.uk

As you can see this item is priced at £70.53. When you get to the checkout the total is £80.51

So now let’s head over to amazon.com

As you can see this item is priced at $38.99. When you get to the checkout the total is £52.77

As you can see. If you order from amazon.co.uk it is going to cost you £27.74 more !!!! The winner is shopping with amazon.com.

That is one good example. Let’s have a look at another.

Oster Pro 3000I Pet Cordless Clipper

To start with we will visit amazon.co.uk

As you can see this item is priced at £329. When you get to the checkout the total is £329

So now let’s head over to amazon.com

 

 

As you can see this item is priced at $295.83. When you get to the checkout the total is £312.79

That may not seem much of a difference as it is only a saving of £16.21. Also it will take a week longer to get to you, HOWEVER you do get a free 10W Blade which sells for £22 so you are actually saving £38.21.

So as you can see. If you order from amazon.co.uk it is going to cost you £38.21 more !!!! The winner is shopping with amazon.com.

Conclusion

It only takes a small amount of time to shop around to make massive savings. Just by researching amazon.co.uk and amazon.com you can save a fortune.

Once you have started saving money you can start treating yourself and your furry best friend.

amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

Once again, if you have any tips or comments please feel free to drop me a line.

David

How to Choose the Right Dog Food

I firmly believe that your Dog is part of your family therefore deserves the best When I say “the best”, that does not mean your best friend should be sitting down and eating the same food as you This may seem like the easiest option, however, it really is not. Unfortunately Dogs have very different stomachs to us and the wrong kind of food can make your loved one very poorly. The funny thing is, your Dog does not know what is bad for him He will eat anything if it tastes nice to him, he will not know it’s bad, even when you take him to the vet because of an adverse reaction to say a juicy leg of Pork.

How to choose the right Dog food

How to Choose the Right Dog Food

Food is the most important factor in your Dog’s life. He needs to gain everything to ensure his body can cope with the energy required to run in a field or chase a ball. Also, he requires all the nutrients to ensure his body is healthy not only on the outside but internally. Too much or too little can have adverse effects on your Dog’s diet which can ultimately make him poorly.

The choice can be overwhelming as there are so many companies dedicated to producing Dog food. You should never fall into the trap of buying the product with the nicest packaging or the cheapest option There are many factors to take into account before making your purchase.

First you need to decide whether you need wet, dry or raw Dog food. Dry Dog food comes in the form of kibbles, pellets or biscuits Wet food comes with a kind of jelly that Dogs love and raw food is usually frozen with a high meat content

When buying the food it either comes as “complete” or “complementary”. A “complete” food will contain all the nutrients your Dog will need but a “complementary” will require other foods to supplement it.

You can also buy foods that are designed for different age groups, different breeds and for those with allergies

Things to remember:-

  • Low quality foods tend to contain byproducts, additives, cereals, preservatives and artificial colours.
  • If the first three ingredients of the food are corn, soy, wheat or byproducts, then the chances are this is low quality food that will not give your Dog the nutrients he requires.
  • If within the first three products there is a good meat source and the list is short there is a better chance it is good quality. Also, if the food is naturally preserved then this should contain everything your Dog needs.
  • Read the labels carefully. Look for specifically named meat or fish and avoid byproducts.
  • If you have a very lethargic Dog that does not get much exercise, then refrain from giving him a high performance diet as this will cause him serious discomfort. High simple carbohydrate diets can lead to obesity.
  • Rotate between different brands. Transition between the brands gradually. A balanced diet requires variety.
  • High-temperature processing destroys essential nutrients. Try to stay as close as possible to organic and natural ingredients.
  • A multi vitamin or mineral supplement can also help.
  • You want your Dog to have a happy and long life, so, ensuring he has a healthy diet free from artificial additives etc should go a long way to helping him achieve this.

How to choose the right dog food

How to Deal with a Fussy Dog

If your Dog is a fussy eater then you will need to change his diet gradually. (Do remember they are very clever!!). It is a good idea to buy small packets of food to try out on him and try a few different brands until you find one he enjoys. Be aware though, if his diet changes and he starts to lose weight then you must go to the vet for a check up.

Raw Meat, Wet or Dry Food

You need to find a good quality product that your Dog likes. There are so many choices to choose from and the best way to find out which is best is by trial and error. Don’t listen to your friends who swear on this or swear on that as every Dog is different.

Some Dogs adapt really well to raw food while others become constipated. Some people feed a mixture of dry food and raw meat, or wet and dry food, whilst others cook meat for them. Our two Dogs love cooked meat. Nelly is a furry dustbin that can eat anything, raw or cooked, and it will have absolutely no effect on her whatsoever. Hudson on the other hand is far more delicate. He gets diarrhoea very easily so he only gets meat as a treat.

The Important Ingredients

  • Nutrients – Your Dog needs a wide range of nutrients for a healthy life. These range from Macro-nutrients, like protein and fat, which dog’s need in large quantities to micro-nutrients that are needed in smaller amounts but are just as important.
  • Fat / Oils – These serve essential functions. They promote healthy skin and hair. The fat provides twice the energy of protein or carbohydrates. Essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) cannot be made by your Dog so must be obtained from food. These control inflammation, blood clotting and brain development. Too little can lead to health problems. Some oils when taken in moderation can be beneficial for Dogs and some foods have them added. Common supplement oils include fish, evening primrose, borage oil and rosemary oil.
  • Fibre – These have been much debate in the past as to whether a Dog needs Fibre in his diet. The growing consensus is that it can be very beneficial. Fibre provides zero calories and passes through the digestive system pretty much unchanged. It does however act like a sponge and absorbs less water from the colon. It will also help to soak up any diarrhoea so producing a firm stool. It also helps in the reverse. Too little water in the colon causing constipation, then the fibre will gather water from surrounding tissues to help resolve the problem. Fibre is also a pro-biotic. This means it provides a medium and a food source for “friendly” intestinal bacteria. These bacteria help the digestion of food and keep away harmful bugs.
  • Protein – Protein is essential for healthy skin and muscle tissue growth and repair. It is also the key ingredient in hair and nails. Within Dog’s it is also an important energy source. Protein comes in many forms and the most important for Dog’s is through meat and fish. In important fact to take into account is that some cheaper brands substitute meat for lower grade protein sources such as soya meal, maize gluten, potato protein and vegetable protein. These are harder for your Dog to digest and can lead to dietary intolerance.
  • Minerals / Ash – Ash is often misunderstood in the terms of Dog food. Ash is simply the measure of the mineral content of the food. The calorific content of the food is calculated by incinerating all the carbohydrates, fat, and protein. This leaves only the minerals. The energy released is measured and is known as the ash content. Dogs need a wide variety of minerals to stay fit and healthy. These are the most important:
    • Calcium – Necessary for bone formation, teeth, muscle contractions and nerve transmissions.
    • Phosphorus – This is required for skeletal structure, DNA, RNA structure, energy metabolism.
    • Magnesium – This is needed to allow enzymes to function, nerve cell membrane interface and hormone secretions.
    • Potassium – required for healthy nerve function, enzyme reactions, energy metabolism.
    • Iron – Integral part of haemoglobin; enzymes in respiration and energy metabolism.
    • Copper – Connective tissue; iron metabolism, blood cell formation and defence against oxidation.
    • Zinc – Enzyme function; protein and carbohydrate metabolism; skin function and wound healing.
    • Manganese – Enzyme reactions; bone development, cartilage formation; neurological function and metabolism.
    • Selenium – Important in the immune system and protection against oxidation.
  • Vitamins – Vitamins are essential for keeping your Dog fit and healthy. These need to be taken in through diet due to the fact your Dog’s body cannot produce sufficient quantities. There are currently thirteen known vitamins that are crucial.
    • Vitamin A – Necessary for growth, vision, foetal development and healthy skin and coat.
    • Vitamin B – (X8) These are primarily involved in metabolising and deriving energy from the food you eat.
    • Vitamin C – Vital for the immune system.
    • Vitamin D – Important during skeletal development and absorbing calcium in the intestine.
    • Vitamin E – Defence against oxidative damage.
    • Vitamin K – This is involved in assisting blood clotting and bone development.

How to choose the best dog food

How Much to Feed

It is just as important to feed your Dog the right amount of food as it is to choose the right Dog food. If I kept filling our Dog’s bowls full of food every time they emptied them they would soon be overweight and unable to do their daily walks. Dogs will just eat and eat as they do not have knowledge of diets and weight maintenance. There are plenty of guidelines on how much food you should be giving your loved ones. The information is also found on the sides of dog Food packaging. If you are unsure speak to your vet and try to weigh your Dog regularly. This will also help you keep an eye on his weight so you can tell if you are over or under feeding him.

When to Feed

Once you have chosen the correct amount of food to feed him then you can divide this up how you see fit. Vets advise against just once a day as your Dog can become bloated and suffer from Gastric Torsion. This can be potentially life threatening so its best to feed him 2 – 3 times a day. Dog’s love consistency so once you have food a good schedule stick to it. I’m sure if you forget a meal time your loved one will remind you ha-ha.

Conclusion

It can be a minefield trying to choose the best Dog food for your loved ones. Try to choose the best quality you can afford and always check the labels for percentage of meat quantity. There should be between 20 – 30% protein in Dry foods and between 5-8% in Wet.

Please see some best choices available on Amazon.co.uk. Don’t forget you can order from Amazon.com, you may get a better deal.

As usual, if you have any comments please drop me a line.

David

Review of “On Paws Sleep Well Lounger”

On Paws Sleep Well Lounger

Review of On Paws Sleep Well Lounger – Excellent quality and value for money. The perfect bed for your Dog.

If you are looking for a bed that is made of great quality material and is value for money then you can’t go wrong with the “On Paws” range of bedding. My particular favourite is the “Sleep Well Lounger”. It can be ordered in various sizes depending on the size of your Dog and will look good in any area of your house. It is a Premium Quality Pet Bed and I believe far better quality than some more expensive beds.

Review of On Paws Sleep Well Lounger

Product: On Paws”Sleep Well Lounger” Dog Bed Brown, Size S (50 x 40 cm) Teflon Protected, Machine Washable, Detachable Covers (5 Sizes & Choice of Colours available)

Price: £29.99 & Free Delivery in the UK  

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

Weight: 1.1 Kg (Shipping Weight 1.1Kg)

Package Dimensions 56 x 41 x 9 cm

Special Features: Teflon Coated to help repel water, oil and stains.  

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Review of On Paws Sleep Well Lounger

 

On Paws Sleep Well Lounger Overview

On Paws recently launched a range of beds for your Dog which offer premium quality, comfortable and durability at an affordable price. They have sourced the best quality materials for the exterior and interior fill.

The Sleep Well Lounger has seven removable cushions for easy washing and ensures no clumping of the fill after wash. The rectangular shape allows your pet to spread out and relax in comfort and style. The elegant style looks great in any position in the house.

The beds come in 5 sizes for your Dog, Puppy and even cats and kittens. They are fully washable at 30 degrees and are water, wind, oil and urine resistant due to the Teflon Coating. The soft lining ensures your loved one will have a restful sleep. The cushion is removable and reversible should you wish to use it on the go. The inner lining can be reversed from the soft comfortable lining to the water resistant Teflon coated lining for those wet muddy days.

It is important to choose the right size for your dog. Please see below the sizing chart.

Main Features:

  • Premium Quality. The Sleep Well Lounger comes in 5 sizes to best suit your pet whatever their size. The bed ensures your pet has a luxurious restful sleep.
  • The outer cover is made from a high quality, extremely durable polyester / nylon fabric which is then DuPont Teflon coated to help repel water, oil and stains. The exterior walls are reinforced with premium quality fill for extra comfort and “snugness”.
  • The inner is made from super soft padding to ensure your pet feels comfortable and snug.
  • The bed is fully washable with reversible / removable covers for easier washing.
  • The base has an anti-slip mesh to prevent slipping on smooth surfaces.

Conclusion

What more could your best friend need? A great bed designed to last and be used in all conditions. I believe this is a fantastic all-rounder that comes very reasonable price.

A good idea is also check our Amazon.com. Even though it is in the US you can get really good deals and great rates of postage.

Don’t forget, if you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David

How to Choose the Right Dog Breed for You

Choosing the right dog for you

Choosing the right breed for you and your family is as important as making the decision to have a Dog. There are lots of decisions to be made apart from the obvious ones. It is not just a case of “do I buy a pure breed?” or “do I rescue one from a shelter?”. You also need to know if YOU are ready to own a Dog. Below is lots of information on how to choose the right dog breed for you.

Questions You Will Need to Ask Yourself

  • Have you made a choice of pet that will fit in with your lifestyle?- When you become a Dog owner there are many adjustments you may need to make in your life. For instance do you have children? Do you have other pets? Does anyone in the family suffer from allergies? How much time have you to walk your Dog? All the questions need to be answered before making the decision.
  • Do I have the finances required to look after a Dog?-There are many financial decisions to make. For example if you buy a pure breed from a Reputable Breeder it can cost between £500 – £2000 for your pet. Never buy from a back street breeder. A cheaper option is to buy from a Shelter or Resue Centre. There, you will pay a low fee which usually includes vaccinations and having him chipped. You are also likely to receive a Dog that is mixed with many breeds. This is very advantageous for health reasons. On a personal front we had a beautiful Miniature Schnauzer called Nessa that was a pure breed. She suffered from skin conditions most of her adult life bless her. Both the Dogs we have now were rescued from a shelter and they are healthy and fantastic Dogs.Choosing the right dog for you
  • Other expenses – Medications, Microchipping, Vaccinations, Grooming, Teeth Cleaning, Flea Treatment, Leads and Collars and a massive expense is food bowls and FOOD.

One Size Does Not Fit All

You may have a good idea of the kind of Dog you want. However, will that size of Dog fit into your lifestyle? Will it fit into your home?

If you live in a Flat it’s probably not the best idea to bring home a huge Dog. Large Dogs need more space to move around. If they are happy then they wag their tails like mad. Not so good if it’s in a small area as furniture, belongings, and even children can get damaged in the excitement. One advantage of a larger Dog is that they don’t normally need as much exercise as small hyper Dogs, that need to be worn out. However, they do need more attention and the food bill will be considerably greater than a small one.

Small Dogs are more vulnerable and delicate. They can be stepped on or mishandled. Be Always careful around small children as they can think your Dog is a toy. I have seen it with my own eyes, small Dogs getting very stressed due to manhandling by children. Smaller Dogs can be much more sensitive than larger ones. They get cold quicker in colder climates, so be ready to wrap them up or have your room temperature set to warm. Training is an important factor as the smaller ones can get a “Tough Dog” attitude to compensate for their small size. I must say my Nelly, the Miniature Poodle, believes she is a Great Dane ha-ha.

If you live in the countryside think about where your Dog will be spending most of its time. A small Pomeranian covered in dirt, bugs, bits of tree and shrubs is going to be a nightmare to groom.

Choosing the right dog for you

Activities and Training

It is quite obvious that different breeds require different amounts of exercise. It does not matter which breed you have, ALL Dogs require routine exercise. You must be able to commit to this. If this is difficult then choose a Dog with a lower exercise threshold like a French Bulldog. If you are looking for a running companion with lots of agility, then you will be more suited to a Border Collie. Our Hudson is a cross between all sorts of breeds and I have never known him to tire.

You must be able to adjust the amount of exercise your Dog is getting. It is far too easy, to fall into the trap of having lots of enthusiasm for exercise throughout long summer days. However, when the winter comes, do not start to neglect the amount of exercise your Dog is getting. If for instance, your Dog starts to bark constantly and starts destroying you home or garden, then there is a high possibility he or she needs more exercise.

You will need to take into account whether your new best friend will require Training. This can be a great benefit yo yourself, your neighbours and the local Dog Community. You can take your Dog to obedience classes and socialisation training. We used to take our Nessa to agility classes which was so much fun for us and for her.

Dog Training is also available through lots of online forums and there are many books dedicated to this.

Physical Appearance

The way your Dog looks has a lot to do with his Grooming needs. All Dogs need basic grooming, but some a lot more than others. If you have a long haired Dog then this will require more daily maintenance and a trip to the Groomer’s more often. Short haired smooth coated Dogs tend to be shredders which will mean you will have to clean up more often. Remember, if they are shredders then they will not be accepted very well by those people with allergies. It is always a good idea to buy some basic grooming tools to help reduce shredding, and for keeping your loved one looking great.

Choosing the right dog for you

Something else to think about, Dogs with long ears tend to get infections easier. They require frequent cleaning so it’s a good idea to choose a Groomer that does this every time they groom your Dog. In addition, some types of Dogs constantly drool. If you own a Bloodhound, Mastiff or similar Dog, then it’s a good idea to carry a “slobber cloth” around with you.

 

Age

If you decide on a Puppy then for the first six months you will need to dedicate a lot of time to training. There will be accidents in the house and there is a possibility items will get chewed. Patience is a must, and given time the problems will become ironed out and your Pup should become house-trained.

An Adult Dog can be an excellent choice. Once you meet him you will be able to judge his temperament and possibly his energy levels. You know he will not grow anymore, so that get’s rid of some uncertainty. Just because he is an adult it doesn’t mean he is properly trained. He maybe partly trained, so will just need a little bit of further training on getting home. Our Hudson was three when we got him. Although shy at first, it didn’t take him very long to settle into our home life. He was fully house-trained so that was a blessing.

Older Dogs should not be forgotten. These can make amazing friends and companions. They are less likely to need lots of exercise but may need attention in other ways. You must remember they might not last many years and are more likely to develop health problems. However, they still need a home like every other Dog. If you can accept this, then adopting an older Dog is a wonderful compassionate thing to do.Rescue Dog

Conclusion

As you can tell there are lots of things to take into consideration when getting a Dog. Making the right choice is crucial. There are far too many Dog Shelters with thousands of Dogs needing a good home. You must make sure that you and your family are ready for the commitment and that it is not just a stage you are going through because your young son or daughter wants a puppy.

Reading up on different characteristics of different breeds is a must when understanding what you are likely to go through when choosing that breed. Please see below my top five books available on Amazon.co.uk

If you have any questions or tips you would like to share, please do not hesitate in dropping me a line.

David

How to Choose the Right Dog Bed

Dogs are very active animals who love nothing more than running around, exploring, and playing, however, they still need a good old lie down and a safe place to rest their weary heads. Therefore, it is very important to know how to choose the right dog bed.

Dogs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and so do Dog beds. It can be very confusing as the choice of materials, colours, shapes and sizes is incredible. You must therefore take into account many important factors. It’s also important to consider any health issues your loved one has, your Dog’s age, and your Dog’s personality.

Don’t forget to take into account any issues or needs you have. For instance, what is your price range? Will it match the furniture?

What Size Bed Should I Get?

This is very important, not only for your pocket, but most importantly for your Dog. Is your Dog fully grown?, if not, you will need to take into account how big he is going to get. You do not want to buy a small bed, and further on down the line, end up paying for a larger one because you misjudged his size.

If your Dog likes curling up to sleep, he may prefer a small bed with sides to curl up next to. However, what if he wants to stretch out?

It is therefore a great idea to take some time to watch your Dog sleeping. Take into account his way of sleeping, curling up, stretching out or a bit of both. Does he get hot or cold during the night? If he gets hot, then maybe he needs a larger bed so he can regulate his temperature.

Measure your Dog whilst he sleeps. If you measure from his nose to tail and then add another 20 – 30 Cms that will give you a good idea of space needed. Don’t forget if he’s a puppy you can buy a lot larger bed and fill it with blankets and toys until he grows into it.

What Type of Bed Should I get?

Dog beds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are waterproof, some are washable and some are not. There are those that can have their covers removed to wash or you can put the whole bed in the washing machine.

The best bed is one that is made from comfortable materials and easily washable. It must be easy to wash as you do not want to keep putting off washing the bed because it is a hassle. Remember, hygiene is of the utmost importance.

Take into account what environment your Dog will be in. If you are outdoors a lot then a waterproof bed is ideal to prevent damp getting to your loved one. Also, if it is outdoors it is likely to need to be more robust then one that sits on your bedroom floor.

Is it very drafty where you live ? If so, then a bed with sides is ideal as it well help keep your Dog warm and protect him from drafts.

Does your Dog have Special Needs?

When buying a new bed, you really must take into account whether your Dog has any health issues or special needs. Even if he hasn’t, you must take into consideration his age and the likeliness he likely to become less mobile.

Has he got arthritis? If so, you can purchase an Orthopaedic bed that help those with sore joints and arthritis. These are normally made from high-density foam that conforms to your Dog’s shape and offer support and comfort to ease his aches and pains. Remember to make sure you have a good cover on the bed as memory foam does tend to hold on to odour.

Is your dog old and incontinent? If so, a waterproof bed is a must. If not, you must ensure the bed you have has a waterproof cover.

If your Dog has sensitive skin or is prone to rashes etc you can even buy a Hypoallergenic bed. You can also get Hypoallergenic covers that you can stuff yourself with different materials to see which is the best for your Dog.

Where is the Best Place to put your Dog’s Bed?

The best place for your Dog is somewhere warm and draft free and away from the daily hustle and bustle. Your Dog is not that different from yourself, he will want to feel safe and secure and be able to have a quality forty winks.

You can also have more than one bed. For instance, you can place one where he can relax in and around the family and another where he can relax and go to sleep properly. I have friends who have trained their dogs to sleep on their beds in the kitchen near the boiler where it is nice and warm. They never go upstairs but that is the way they have been trained. Personally, we have beds for our two next to my wife’s grooming parlour so they can be near her all day. They then have heir own in the bedroom for when they want some quality time.

Conclusion

When you go online and see the array of beds available it can be a very confusing time. Just take into consideration everything I have mentioned and you won’t go wrong. Remember the most important thing, your loved one needs and enjoys sleep like the rest of us. Try to make sure whatever you buy will fulfill his needs.

Please see below my top five choices from Amazon.co.uk

Also check out the deals on Amazon.com. depending on where you live you can often get better deals with postage to the UK. If you are in the US then even better.

Any questions or tips please just drop me a line below.

David

Basics of Dog Grooming – A Great Looking Dog is a Happy Dog

How Well Is Your Dog Groomed?

 

The reason one should groom his/her Dog is simple – your dog’s physical state influences the way he feels and the way you look at your dog. Extreme cases, where lack of proper care, cleaning and grooming can directly affect the behavior of your Dog, are not rare.

Proper grooming not only infuses a healthy glow to your dog’s appearance, but also helps develop his self-esteem; while it makes you a very proud parent, when you show off your Dog to others.

 

 

The first step involved in dog grooming is: Brushing!

Brushing has been universally acknowledged by expert dog groomers as the single most important step in grooming.

The benefits of brushing are many. To name a few:

  • Better blood circulation
  • Shinier and healthier coat
  • Better bonding

Subscribe to this FREE dog grooming mini course and learn more about brushing and combing and other grooming tools and their applications.

Even if you know how crucial brushing is for your Dog’s health and well-being, we all know that there is a right way and a wrong way of doing anything. And without doubt, you would like to do everything the RIGHT way when it comes to your Dog.

Yes, there’s a method to follow while brushing your Dog.

Here are FIVE steps to successfully brushing your Dog that will prove to be extremely useful:

  • Brush against the growth of the hair first with a slicker brush and then with a medium or wide-toothed comb.
  • The slicker brush removes all the loose hair and the comb takes care of the tangles.
  • Brush your Dog along the hair growth and make sure you reach the skin as you brush his way
  • If your Dog’s paw pads are hairy, then clip them using electric clippers. Do not clip the hair in between the pads. Clip only the excess hair.

Brush your Dog’s hairs to prevent it from matting. Matting can be a very painful experience.

Regular brushing untangles the matted hairs on your Dog’s coat. Since this is a risky job to do, the best way out is to prevent them from forming in the first place. And doing this is simple: just brush and comb your Dog regularly. If and when you see any mats or tangles, use a detangle solution and a medium-toothed comb.

Don’t wait until your Dog is dirty or matted to introduce him to grooming. That would make him associate the experience with unpleasantness. Moreover, many dogs learn to see their routine brushing as an alternate form of petting, i.e. another source of affection and attention.

Subscribe to this FREE dog grooming mini course and start Grooming your Dog all by yourself right from the comfort of your home Today.

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Conclusion

Basic Dog Grooming skills are a must. My wife is a Dog Groomer and she advises everyone of the basic skills needed.

It is also worthwhile taking your loved one for a proper grooming every so often, just like we do when we go to a hairdresser. A good groomer will check your Dog for fleas, clean their teeth, check their ears and clip their claws if necessary.

If you have any feedback please drop me a line.

David

How to Toilet Train your Dog – Basic Easy to Follow Principles

Is Your Dog Toilet Trained Enough?

House Training a puppy or adult Dog is such an essential issue for its owner that even a single exclusive tip turns out to be extremely helpful.

The first step in how to toilet train your Dog is making your Dog fit for company. Basically you need to potty train him. Some see this training as a hassle and some as a challenge.

For me, it is part of bringing up a pet.

Click here to subscribe to a FREE course on housetraining puppies and dogs.

There are a few things you need to know before you actually start potty training a puppy or adult Dog.

  • You need to understand your dog’s body language. Watch for signs that will indicate to you when your pet wants to go to the toilet.
  • If you own puppies, remember that they need to go potty at fairly frequent intervals – as soon as they wake up, after short naps, after play-time, after meals, and finally, before going to bed.
  • Take your Dog for walks at the time that he usually does his potty. Take him out to the garden, or wherever you can take him, and then to the same place there every time he needs to answer nature’s call.
  • Praise your Dog after he goes to the toilet at the right place. Some Dog owners even give treats to their dogs. But remember to do this every time he does it right. He will relate the rewards to his having “done it right” and zero in on the spot where you want him to defecate regularly.
  • With time, you can try signal training. This is so that you know when your doggie wants to go. You can hang a bell at his level near the door and teach him to push it with his nose or pat it with his paw on his way out. I think my Nelly would use a bell just to keep us awake at night ha ha.
  • Until your Dog has been fully potty trained keep him under strict vigilance. Do not let him roam around the house freely.
  • Use a crate. A crate-trained Dog is usually very happy to get his own den. The advantage of crating is that dogs do not soil the place where they sleep. So, he will naturally not go to the toilet inside the crate.
  • If you have a small dog and if you live in a block of flats or in a place that does not have a garden, you can try litter tray training. What you do is create a space for your pet to go to the toilet in your house itself.
  • Use positive reinforcements while housebreaking puppies or adult dogs. Do not scold or hit him as you will gain nothing by doing that. He will only associate punishment with your return from outside. If you catch him in the act, a stern ‘NO’ or ‘FREEZE’ will do. It will startle the Dog enough for him to stop pooping.
  • Be prepared to return to a soiled home if you are keeping your Dog home alone for more than 4 hours as separation anxiety is quite common among home – alone dogs.
  • Accidents will happen. It is unusual for a trained adult Dog to work against its house training. But medical problems or health disorders may lead to sudden accidents.
  • Many dogs mark their territory. These can be a leg of a table or a particular wall. Intact male and female dogs mark their territories by urinating. Use deodorizers to spray on the places where your Dog has marked.
  • If you are patient and are ready to accept that house training a dog takes time, even months sometimes, you will end up having a good housetrained Dog.

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Now we will move on to how to potty train puppies and adult dogs.

Potty Training A Puppy:

Irrespective of breeds, housetraining a puppy is considered to be one of the biggest challenges by dog owners. If you think housetraining your puppy simply involves a steady supply of old newspapers, then think again.

A puppy does not develop full control over his bladder until it is over 4 or 5 months old. Since they are growing and developing rapidly at this time, puppies eat more, burn more calories and need to toilet more frequently than an adult Dog.

After each nap, meal, drink or play, take your puppy to his designated area (indoors or outdoors, wherever you have decided) and stay there until it eliminates. Then bring him to his crate.

Repeat this situation everyday until he has developed a habit out of it.

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Potty Training An Adult Dog:

The best way to housetrain an adult Dog is to begin all over again.

Observe him very closely. Maybe even maintain a diary of where he goes and when. Whether he is pooping when you are home or only when you are outside; whether you can time yourself to be home when he feels the need to go outside.

You can try dog crates, but be careful to introduce him gradually to them.

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Conclusion

From day one of owning your new best friend you must start to train him or her in basic toilet skills. If you ignore this, the more time that goes by, the harder it will be for you to train him.

As usual, if you have any comments or questions please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

Review of Simply Natural Extendable Dog Lead – Great Quality and Customer Support

Review of Simply Natural Extendable Dog Lead – Great Quality and Customer Support

If you are looking for a great all round extendable dog lead then you can’t go wrong with the Simply Natural 3 Metre Retractable Dog lead. This review if for the 3-Metre extension version for dogs up to 15 Kgs.

There are many manufacturers of extendable dog leads. Some are a lot better than others. I personally wouldn’t go for a cheap one as you have to remember these have working parts and with a lot of use can wear out quickly. You also want good customer support if anything goes wrong. You want one that is well-made, good quality and value for money.

I believe this lead has all the above characteristics, along with the added great customer support.

Product: Simply Natural Dog Leash 3 Metre Retractable Dog Lead Extendable for Dogs up to 15 Kg with 1 Touch Lock and Release

Price: £13.87

 

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk

 

Weight: 99.8 g (Shipping weight 240 g)                           

 

Dimensions: 19.6 x 11.2 x 4.4 cm

 

Special Features: Easy to use, Retractable and Durable

 

My rating: 10 out of 10

 

Simply Natural 3 Metre Extendable Dog Lead Overview

The company are so pleased with their product they are offering a 100% 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are not happy, simply send it back and you will get a full refund no questions asked.

The product has been improved over the years and now incorporates a no snag retraction. The ergonomic design is manufactured so that you can use it for longer periods without any discomfort and the one touch hold and lock button makes it easy to use.

Main Features:

  • Premium materials used in the manufacture process
  • Safety Inspected design and Eco friendly so tested cruelty-free with your pet in mind
  • Reinforced nylon polycord to give strength and peace of mind

The lead is easy to use with an ergonomic design. Can be used on any dog up to 15 Kgs without any worry. Please read my article on choosing the correct lead.

The multi function button lets you control everything with a flick of your thumb.

  • Hold: Keep your thumb on the button and release at will
  • Lock: Flip the side to lock lead in place at your desired length

The improved nylon polycord is the key to their no-snag design. It gives you lightning-fast retraction and zero binding. Also, the handle has been redesigned and lightened to make use more comfortable.

Conclusion

A great popular product made of quality materials. The company has an excellent reputation with great customer support. Having a lead you can rely on will make walking your loved one even more enjoyable.

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

David

 

 

Training Your Dog to Listen to You

 

Training Your Dog to Listen to You

Why Won’t My Dog Listen To Me?

This is a question that many friends have asked me. Also, I have been stopped in the street by Dog owners Who have also asked this question. However, before I attempt to answer your question, let me ask you a few instead:

  • Do you use collars, head halters or clickers to make your Dog listen to your commands?
  • Do you have to raise your voice every time you want your Dog to listen to you?
  • Does your Dog always come or sit on command – anytime and anywhere you want him to?

If your answers are mostly in the negative, its time you seriously reconsider your role as a sincere Dog trainer and an ideal pet parent.

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Get Your Dog To Listen To You

Before you begin any training, you must first establish yourself as the “ALPHA dog” of your family. Your Dog must know that you’re the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge.

Here is a list of simple DO’s and DONT’s that you must follow if you want to be the Alpha:

  • Always go out or come in through the door first – remember you are the leader;
  • Always eat first – give your Dog something to eat only after you’ve finished your meal;
  • Don’t circle around your Dog when he is lying on the floor – make your Dog move out of your way instead;
  • Don’t let your Dog set the rules – pay attention to him when you think fit, and not whenever he demands;
  • Don’t let your Dog sleep with you in your bed – make sure you mark out his sleeping area clearly.

Once you have successfully established yourself as the Alpha, training your Dog and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your Dog does not learn to “listen”, all your training efforts will be in vain!

Does your Dog know his name? Does your Dog look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in Dog Training. If your Dog doesn’t respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.

To make sure that your Dog recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your Dog’s name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand. Continue calling his name until he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately. Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you’re sure that your Dog has learnt to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you with a pat or a hug.

You must understand that Dogs respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force.

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Conclusion

These are the very basic ways to start training your dog. The pillars to which you can build on if you like. Once you have mastered these you can then go onto further educating your loved ones.

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

David

Julius – K9 Dog Harness Review – A sturdy and Attractive 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.

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

David