Why do dogs need carbohydrates?

Carbohydrate is a great source of energy for dogs and, if from whole grains, can provide a slow-releasing, sustainable source of energy which can help build stamina and reduce appetite in very hungry dogs. Carbohydrates are also the ingredients that provide fibre in the diet, ensuring good digestion and absorption. Of course there is another … Read more

Dental Health

Teeth and mouth problems can affect all breeds whether large or small. There can be genetic causes but most problems are due to accidents, bad habits (like carrying tennis balls) or a gradual development over time of teeth and gum disease, often called periodontal disease by vets. Approximately 80% of all dogs are thought to … Read more

What dogs understand from their owners

There are often amazing stories on super intelligent dogs in the news, understanding more than we ever realised they could. But in fact our own dogs at home often know more than we think they do. We give them signals unconsciously every day that they learn from and constant exposure to our language and associated … Read more

Breed Post: Cavalier King Charles

For this month’s breed post, we have the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Known for their constant waggy tails, the Cavalier is a charming and happy-go-lucky little dog that absolutely loves to be with people and thrives on human company.   The Cavalier descended from the King Charles spaniel. In the early 19th century, King Charles … Read more

Recipe: Cinnamon & Papaya Happy Breath Flapjacks

We all know how unpleasant it can be when your pooch suffers from a bad case of ‘dog breath’. If you have a little time and like to do a spot of baking, it might be worth giving this recipe a try for healthy, teeth-friendly flapjacks. Ingredients: * 200 grams of rolled oats * 1 … Read more

Visiting The Vet

January can be a busy month at the vets as aside from the usual reasons to take your dog, such as vaccinations, weight loss clinics and puppy socialising classes, January can also be a great time to take your dog for a health check for anything that became noticeable over Christmas. For a lot of … Read more

Walking The Dog

Getting out for a walk with your dog is one of the benefits of dog ownership but sometimes in the dark, cold and wet winter months, it doesn’t always feel like one! A study in Scotland last year (where it doesn’t get much colder, wetter or darker in winter) found that dog owners were 12% … Read more

The different types and purposes of collars on dogs

Some dogs hate wearing collars and will make your life difficult as you try to put it on them but wearing a collar with the name and address of their owner is obligatory in public places in the UK and even if your dog wears a harness the collar needs to be worn as well. … Read more

Breed Post: Airedale Terrier

For this month’s breed post we have the Airedale Terrier. Often referred to as the ‘King Of Terriers’, the Airedale is the largest of the terrier breeds. Originating from the valley of the river Aire in Yorkshire, the Airedale was bred from a Welsh terrier and an Otterhound. The idea was to create a dog … Read more